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Bowline CC - AGM update and new committee

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 22nd March 2019 @ 7:13pm

Hi Bowliners,

We had a good turnout at our AGM last weekend, with 35 members in the room plus a good number of proxy votes we had representation from nearly half the members. The minutes of the AGM will be available soon but I thought I'd give you a quick update on the meeting and some of the matters on the agenda.

Firstly we said a big thank you to Paul Parker for all his hardwork and dedication getting our hut refurbishment completed. Zoe presented Paul with a little tipple plus a model of our beloved club hut. Paul has now stepped down as Hut Secretary so he can focus on enjoying the hut rather than fixing it. We also said a big thank you to Zoe Pickering who has finished her 2 years as Chair of the club committee, steering the club through a time filled with acronyms that some of us have come to associate with hardwork and controversy. 

We discussed the club membership fee's for 2020 and in light of the increase in the amount we have to pay to the BMC (due to an increase in the insurance premiums), and the need to ensure the members fees cover the clubs running costs, the membership fee for individual members in 2020 will be £35 (joint will be £60). The fee's for using the club hut will not be changed.

The club's affiliation to the BMC was discussed and voted upon with the vast majority being in favour of staying affiliated to the BMC so affiliated we will stay (thank goodness). We also discussed and voted upon the proposed concessionary membership category for the club, this was approved by a majority vote and the committee will handle the implementation of this new category in time for the 2020 membership renewals.

Last but by no means least we elected our new committee who will be responsible for the running of the club for the following 12 months. There are some familiar names remaining on the committee but I am pleased we have a number of members joining the committee for the first time. We are still looking for a Meets Secretary to help co-ordinate the meets plan and we can co-opt a person into this role anytime so if you'd like to join our awesome team in this role let me know.

Please particularly note that we have a new Hut Secretary, Martyn Jennings, who has taken over from Paul Parker. However hut bookings are still handled by Dave Toach so please contact Dave in the first instance (see contact details on the club website).

You can find details of the club committee members on the club website. If you'd like to join us for the next committee meeting, club members are always welcome, it is on Sunday 31st March and you can find the details here.

Finally although the club email system seems to be working again we are still looking to transfer the club website, emails, and event management to a new system soon. We'll send out more details about this in due course.

Also coming out next week will be the meets list for the year and beyond.

Have a great weekend and maybe see you Sunday for a climbing in the Peak.

Andy Potter
BCC Chairman

Sunday climbing at Ramsham Rocks

  • Tomorrow, 24th March 2019 at 11am
    Location: Ramshaw Rocks

    We'll be in the Peak this Sunday. As it is reasonably windy and from the west we are heading…

    • 2 people are attending

Bowline CC - AGM reminder

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 13th March 2019 @ 7:52pm

Hello Bowliners,

Yes it's me again with another friendly reminder about our Annual General Meetin this Saturday. As you will have seen from the emails sent out earlier this week there are strong opinions about the clubs affiliation to the BMC. It will come as no surprise to those that know me that I will be voting firmly in favour of staying affiliated to the BMC. I'm not saying the BMC are perfect, far from it, however they need they need the support and engagement of clubs more than ever to move forward, so now is not the time for us to be disaffiliating as then we will have no voice!

However I know that some of you feel differently and that of course is completely fine. What I would like to ensure though is that whichever way the decision goes on Saturday that it best represents what club members want. That means we need you all to vote on the motions for the AGM. It would be great to see you there in person of course, but if not then please do send in your proxy voting forms. You can find the proxy voting forms in the Agenda for the AGM which is attached to this email along with the minutes, financial reports and report on the BMC affiliation from the committee.

If you can join us for the AGM there is a pre-AGM bouldering session at Social Climbing from 13:30. And there is also Pizza and beers after the AGM, see the website to book your place for the Pizza.

Kind regards,

Andy Potter
BCC Vice Chair

Bowline CC - Your club needs YOU!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 7th March 2019 @ 1:37pm

Hello Bowliners,

This is an important time of year for club members with the approach of our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16th March. There are important matters that will affect the future of the club on the agenda this year, and as such it is particularly important that as many of you as possible vote. Obviously it would be great to see you at the AGM where you can vote in person (and then enjoy Pizza afterwards). But if you cannot attend please do take the moment to submit your votes using the proxy forms attached the agenda which you were all sent via email. You can return your proxy forms by email so it shouldn't take up much of your time.

Our club exists to serve its members, and it is through the hard work and dedication of those club members that volunteer to help with the running of the club, that we are able to continue to grow and thrive. We have been fortunate to have a strong team on the club committee over the time that I've been involved and much has been accomplished to keep the club running smoothly and our lovely club hut in top condition for the benefit of all members. And we have also had the benefit of the Charnwood Hills Race committee who have worked hard to continue the success of the race and allow club members to benefit from the financial input the race provides to the club. A big thanks is due to all involved and we will be recognising this at the AGM.

It's an honour to be taking up the Chair of such a successful club and I'm very much looking forward to what we can achieve in the next couple of years. However we will need a strong team of volunteers to allow the club to best serve our members and continue the clubs success. This is where we need you to get involved and be part of the team. Now this can seem quite daunting I know, and you might be thinking that you won't have the time or that you don't have the skills. However we have great support network of experienced club members on hand which means that now is the best time to step forward and get involved. We have some key roles to fill this year and put simply the clubs continued success depends on you. There will be some hard work involved but I can tell you from first hand experience that it is also a load of fun and a great experience, as part of a great team. The roles we need to fill this year are:

  • Hut Secretary - A really important role with responsibility for arranging the upkeep of our lovely club hut. Thanks to Paul Parker the hut is in top condition so the person taking on this role will have the best possible start. This role doesn't mean you have to go to the hut all the time, or do the work on the hut yourself, the role is about co-ordinating and ensuring this gets done (usually with the support of club volunteers). Fortunately bookings are handled by our hardworking treasurer, Dave Toach, so you won't need to deal with the bookings side of things. For more details about the role contact me.
  • Meet Secretary - Another important role with responsibility for making sure we have a great programme of meets organised for each year. This role does not mean you have to organise all the meets or that you even have to attend the meets. We aim for each meet to have an organiser, so this role is about making sure the meets programme is planned and that meets are taking place and handling any feedback to go into future plans. The meets plan for this year has already been drafted so you'd be starting from a good position. Again for more details about the role contact me.

We are also looking for ordinary members to join the committee and help us make the best decisions on behalf of the club members and to support the committee with general tasks that need doing to keep our club running smoothly.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss getting involved please get in touch with me.

Kind regards,

Andy Potter
BCC Vice Chair

Bowline CC - AGM 16 March 2019

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Monday, 25th February 2019 @ 12:10am

As an addition to the formal AGM notice, please note we have three positions vacant on the committee this year and are looking for nominations/people willing to stand:

Hut Secretary
Club Secretary 
Meet Secretary

If you would like further information, please contact the Chair


Bowline CC - Formal Notice of the Bowline Climbing Club Annual General Meeting 2019

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Sunday, 24th February 2019 @ 9:00pm


As formal notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Bowline Climbing Club, please find attached the Agenda, 2018 Income & Expenditure sheet, 2018 Bowline Annual Report and Financial Statement, Minutes from the 2018 Annual General Meeting and the Report from the review of the Bowline Climbing Club Affiliation to The British Mountaineering Council.

Please ensure that any proxy forms are received by the Club Secretary not less than 48 hours before the AGM. The email address is

Best regards
Zoe Pickering - Chair


Bowline AGM and Pizza!

  • Saturday, 16th March 2019 at 4:30pm - 11:30pm
    Location: Peter Pizzeria, Leicester

    The Bowline Climbing Club’s 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at Peter Pizzeria, Welford…

    • 10 people attended

Bowline CC - Discount Day and Bouldering Competition

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Wednesday, 13th February 2019 @ 12:23pm

The Bowline is holding its annual bouldering competition somewhere a bit different this year, at Redpoint Climbing Wall in Birmingham As well as a great bouldering area the venue also has some really good lead climbing – a perfect sharpener for a sport climbing trip or for Font! We even have our own room afterwards for tea and cake. 

In addition to the usual fun and games, the Rock On climbing shop based on site is also offering, for this day only, a 20% discount to Bowliners. Rock on are specialist climbing kit retailers with a great selection and detailed knowledge, so if you are looking for some new climbing kit for the season ahead, why not take advantage of this offer? Maybe you need new climbing or approach shoes? Is it time to replace that tired harness, helmet or rope, or get your hands on a lovely new bouldering mat for Font?! Now is the time to get it! 

In addition to shopping on the day itself, if there is something you particularly need that is not a stock item (maybe you fancy a static abseil rope for example or something else non standard) then given enough notice they may be able to order it in for you.

If you can't make it on the day, but still want something, drop me an email and we could arrange to collect on your behalf. You can reach me via:

As the discount event will only run if there are enough people, please indicate whether you will be interested buying some kit by clicking in the ‘buy a ticket' option here:

Please let us know if you are interested in the discount day by 20 February 

Bowline CC - Save the Date!

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Saturday, 2nd February 2019 @ 8:35am

Hello all

One for the diary - the 2019 Bowline AGM will be held on Saturday 16 March at16.30. Pop it in the diary, come along to have your say and join us for some optional pizza afterwards! The venue will be Peter's Pizzeria, Welford Place, LE1 6ZH - the formal agenda and notice will follow soon! 

Best regards 

Bouldering Competition and Discount Day

  • Saturday, 9th March 2019 at 12pm - 6pm
    Location: Redpoint Climbing Wall, Cecil Street, Birmingham, B19 3ST

    The Bowline is holding its annual bouldering competition somewhere a bit different this year,…

Bowline CC - Staying at the club hut

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 24th January 2019 @ 7:42pm

Hi Bowliners,

We have updated the guide to staying at the club hut which now includes the six cardinal rules for staying at the hut. Our hut secretary has asked that all club members please take note of these rules:

  1. You must book before staying at the hut.
  2. Sign the Hut Book on arrival; test the fire alarm, and safety lights and sign to say that they have been tested in the Hut Book.
  3. Respect all hut users and our neighbours.
  4. Leave the hut clean and tidy. 
  5. Do not leave pots and pans draining. Dry and put them away immediately. 
  6. Unless you have pre-paid, hut fee's are to be paid as soon as you arrive home.

Please note that unless you book the hut exclusively there may be other club members (or non club members) staying at the same time. Also, the hut is reserved for use by club members only across all bank holiday weekends.

At the discretion of the committee a cancellation charge (not exceeding the value of the booking) may be imposed on groups of four or more people cancelling a booking with less than seven days notice.

For more details about the club hut please see the website.

Bowline CC - BMC Affiliation Review

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Sunday, 13th January 2019 @ 8:21pm


Just a reminder that Dave Turnbull, CEO of The BMC, will be  coming to speak with us on Wednesday this week (16 January) in an open forum for all members. 

This is a very important opportunity for club members to engage with both The BMC and the club and we look forward to seeing you all there!  

We will be in the upstairs room at the Black Horse in Aylestone, start time 19.30. There will be chips! 

Best regards 
Zoe Pickering - Chair

Bowline CC - BMC Youth Climbing Series - Volunteers needed

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 7th January 2019 @ 1:22pm

Hi Bowliners,

As you are hopefully already aware a number of club members are also volunteers with the BMC. The BMC Youth Climbing Series Competition (Midlands and Peak area) is taking place over the next few months. We are looking for keen climbers/boulderers to volunteer as judges for the competition. This is a great opportunity to help support a new generation of climbers, and see some really impressive bouldering/climbing skills.

Some familiarity with bouldering/climbing competitions would be an advantage. But if you don't feel confident judging we are also looking for some volunteers to help with competitor registration and collating the results.

The 1st round takes place on Saturday 12th January at The Depot Climbing Centre in Birmingham from 10am to 5pm. If you can help all day that would really great, but any time you can spare could be helpful.

Contact the Midlands Area Youth Co-ordinator - Claudia Sarner -

Kind regards,


BMC Forum

  • Wednesday, 16th January 2019 at 7:30pm
    Location: Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone

    Following our recent membership survey, just over half the responses received indicated wish to…

    • 2 people attended

Bowline CC - BMC Affiliation Review

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Saturday, 22nd December 2018 @ 9:35am


At the 2018 Bowline Climbing Club AGM the club committee was asked to review the club's affiliation to the BMC. The Terms of Reference document for this review can be found in the Committee and General meeting minutes section in the members area of the club website.

As part of the affiliation review we have been looking at the key services that we obtain from the BMC. Of particular importance to the club is the insurance cover we obtain from the BMC, which includes civil liability cover for all club members across a wide range of activities, cover for club members working on our club hut, and insurance for the hut itself. We have been unable to identify any alternative providers who are prepared to provide the same cover to us as an independent organisation. It goes without saying that we would not be able to operate responsibly as a club and a registered society without this cover.

We have also conducted a membership survey to the BMC. Just over half the responses received indicated either a need to understand our affiliation in more detail, or a wish to engage with the BMC to explore areas of concern more fully. In response to this, the CEO of the BMC, Dave Turnbull, is coming to speak with us in an open forum for all club members. This is a very important opportunity for club members to engage with both the BMC and the club.

In order to ensure we make an informed proposal to you all regarding our affiliation to the BMC we would strongly encourage all members to attend the forum.

The venue for the forum will be the The Black Horse pub in Aylestone. We'll be in the upstairs function room starting at 19:30 on Wednesday 16th January 2019, there will be chips!

Following the forum we will be drafting a motion, to be voted on by all club members at our AGM in March, regarding our affiliation to the BMC. We'd really like to consider as much input from members as possible before drafting the motion. If you are unable to attend the forum but have some feedback for us please send an email to the chair (Zoe Pickering).

Best regards

Zoe Pickering - Chair

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 13th December 2018 @ 7:03pm

Hi Bowliners,

Welcome to this week's "What's on", letting you know what's happening over the next 7 days, plus any announcements from the club.

PLEASE NOTE - This is the last "What's on" for 2018. We'll be back in the New Year on the week commencing 7th Jan.

Club meets this week:


  • White Hall Outdoor Pursuits Centre - Did you ever do a course at White Hall Outdoor Pursuits Centre near Buxton?  Do you have memories that you could share with others? If you did, then Dan Riley at Derbyshire Children's Services would be interested in hearing from you. Dan has lottery funding to develop a People's History of the Centre. Contact Dan via email - His project is described online here.   

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 5th December 2018 @ 1:04pm

Hi Bowliners,

Welcome to this week's "What's on", letting you know what's happening over the next 7 days, plus any announcements from the club.

Special announcement - The club hut is now available to be used again after the recent refurbishment works. Sporting new insulation, a raised ceiling in the lounge, new electrics and plumbing for the lounge and bedroom, new flooring, and a fresh lick of paint the hut is now better than ever. Of course this doesn't all happen by magic, a very big thanks goes to Paul Parker who has spent many many days at the hut to get this done (and Paul's brother Tommy who is not a club member but has spent 7 days helping Paul at the hut). And of course the club members who helped out with clearing out the hut, decorating, and reinstalling all the furniture and fittings, a big thanks to you all!

Club meets this week:


  • BMC Organisational Development Group (ODG) - The BMC wants to hear from you! There's now a website where you can find all the documents relating to the work the ODG has done so far, and you can comment on each document and article. Find out more on the BMC website.
  • Cademan bouldering guide - There is a fresh update to the Cademan woods bouldering guide. Great to see development of bouldering in the local area, check out the latest guide here.

Bowline CC - The 33rd Charnwood Hills Race - Your Club needs YOU!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 3rd December 2018 @ 11:43pm

Hello Bowliners,

The Charnwood Hills Race is being held on Sunday 3rd February 2019 and we need volunteers to help make sure it all goes smoothly! The race is a hugely important event for the club and the income keeps your subs low and has also enabled the supercool improvements to the club hut that have recently been carried out. This is the moment where you can help support the club by volunteering a few hours of your time during the morning of the 3rd February to marshal or help out with teas and coffees.

For the race to run safely, we need at least 45 marshals at a variety of points along the race course. You will need to be in position for around 3 hours, and in return for your trouble you will receive free tea or coffee back at the school hall, a goody bag with a sandwich and cake and a free pint should you care to come to pub with us afterwards. You also need to be good at clapping, cheering and generally being encouraging - there's always a good atmosphere out on the course. To volunteer, please contact Zoe Pickering via as soon as possible.

We also need 6 volunteers to help with the teas and coffees in the school hall, three of whom need to be at the school for 7am, and three  for an 8am start. To volunteer for this job (first come first served so get in quick!) please email Lisa Mackenzie at

Thank you for your help!

Free Solo screening at The Phoenix

  • Saturday, 22nd December 2018 at 8pm
    Location: Phoenix cinema, Leicester

    Club members are booking tickets for the screening of 'Free Solo' at the Phoenix cinema in…

    • 2 people attended

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 @ 2:32pm

Hi Bowliners,

Welcome to this week's "What's on", letting you know what's happening over the next 7 days, plus any announcements from the club.

Bookings are now open for the Chairman's walk on Sunday 2nd December. You can join us for the walk and lunch, or just the walk or just the lunch. Hope we see you there!

Club meets this week:


  • Social Climbing - After our trial period of alternating between The Climbing Station and Social Climbing for our Tuesday bouldering we've decided that we will be sticking with The Climbing Station going forward. However this doesn't mean we're abandoning Social Climbing, we'll be there on Thursday 6th December and probably on a monthly basis after that.
  • Monday night callisthenics - Liz Morrison is going to a Monday callisthenics class 6-7pm at Ape Index, there are 3 other adults that go weekly; 2 climbers and a novice gymnast. All are welcome to join!
  • Children in Need at The Pinnacle - The Pinnacle climbing wall in Northampton are running a fundraising day for BBC Children in Need this Friday, a number of club members are going, more details on The Pinnacle website.
  • Committee meetings - The minutes of the last committee meeting have been published on the Members Area of the website. The next committee meeting is on Thursday 13th December, all club members are welcome to attend committee meetings.

To find out more about the Leicester area based
Bowline Climbing Club 
please contact our chairman.

Happening this month

March 2019
Tuesday 5th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 7th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 9th
12pm Bouldering Competition and Discount Day
Tuesday 12th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 14th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 16th
4:30pm Bowline AGM and Pizza!
Tuesday 19th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 21st
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Sunday 24th
11am Sunday climbing at Ramsham Rocks
Tuesday 26th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 28th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Sunday 31st
7:30pm Club committee meeting

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