News and Announcements

Bowline CC - BMC Affiliation Review

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

Hello

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 - claudiasarner@hotmail.com

Kind regards,

Andy

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

Hello

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:

Announcements:

  • 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 - My.whitehall@derbyshire.gov.uk. 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:

Announcements:

  • 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 thechairman@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk 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 lisamackenzie8@gmail.com.

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:

Announcements:

  • 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.

Social Climbing on Thursday

  • Thursday, 6th December 2018 at 6:30pm
    Location: Social Climbing, Leicester

    Somewhere different on Thursday, just for this week we will be at Social Climbing instead of…

Sunday climbing at Bamford

  • Sunday, 18th November 2018 at 10am
    Location: Bamford crag, Peak district

    The weather this Sunday might just be nice enough for a last blast of climbing in The Peak. We…

    • 5 people attended

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 8th November 2018 @ 6:17pm

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.

Club meets this week:

Opportunities open to club members, and external events, this week:

  • Nothing to share that is happening this week. Are you doing something next week (Wednesday onwards) which club members could join in with? Let us know about it by Tuesday night.

Announcements:

  • 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!
  • Entries to the ballot for the Charnwood Hills Race are open until 11pm this Friday. Enter using the EntryCentral system
  • Make sure you've noted the clubs new bank account details for any payments you make - see the Payments page on the website.

Saturday @ Social Climbing

  • Saturday, 10th November 2018 at 12:30pm
    Location: Social Climbing, Leicester

    An extra indoor Bouldering session at Social Climbing in Leicester this Saturday from…

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 1st November 2018 @ 4:18pm

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.

Club meets this week:

Opportunities open to club members, and external events, this week:

  • Nothing to share that is happening this week. Are you doing something next week (Wednesday onwards) which club members could join in with? Let us know about it by Tuesday night.

Announcements:

  • You should all have received an email about the BMC affiliation review. Please do take a minute to read this and respond to the survey.
  • The hut refurbishment is progressing well. We hope that sometime later this month we will be ready to do the decorating and we'll need some help from club members so keep an eye out for more details. 

Bowline CC - BMC Affiliation - please read

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Thursday, 1st November 2018 @ 7:13am

Hello all

Introduction
At the Bowline AGM in March 2018 there was a lengthy discussion, details of which can be found in the AGM minutes, which resulted in a motion being proposed to review the clubs affiliation to The BMC (British Mountaineering Council). As the club is not constitutionally required to affiliate to the BMC it is not unreasonable to review this from time to time. 

The committee were tasked with creating a 'terms of reference' setting out way in which the review would be conducted. This terms of reference was approved by the committee at the April committee meeting. However it was agreed to delay any further action on the matter until after The BMC AGM so that better clarity could be obtained on the organisation's possible future direction, and to allow engagement with The BMC at a time when the matter could be considered properly.

For more details please see the 'terms of reference' document which is available in the members area of the club website and also attached to this email. 

What progress has been made so far?
After the BMC AGM we began the process of engaging with The BMC via the clubs committee and the area meetings. Both routes have progressed well with the clubs committee recently discussing the matter and agreeing that The BMC should produce materials to assist clubs like ours with understanding the benefits of affiliation, both for the club as an organisation and for club members. This includes updated website materials and a video.

The BMC Midlands area meeting also discussed, at our request, assistance from the BMC with reviewing our affiliation. The matter was voted to be sent to the BMC National Council, who duly discussed the matter at the recent council meeting. During the discussion it was noted that other clubs are reviewing their affiliation and that the BMC should do more to support clubs via information about the benefits of affiliation. Again the website is to be updated and a video produced. In addition the CEO of the BMC, Dave Turnbull, has offered to come to a meeting with the club to discuss our affiliation with club members. 

In addition to support for clubs with affiliation reviews the subject of tiered membership was included in the discussions as it was part of the background to our affiliation review. The BMC is already looking into the possibility of different membership tiers as part of the implementation of the Organisational Review Report recommendations. It was noted that this proposal has been discussed before, however it was noted that this issue has been raised by several clubs recently and it was agreed that it should be considered further. There are possible options for the club to implement this without needing the BMC to change its membership schemes.

What happens next?
The terms of reference have a number of objectives to fulfil in order to get to the point where a proposal can be made for club members to vote on at our AGM in March. Some of these have already been achieved as noted above. Others are in progress such as assessing possible alternative providers for some of the services the club currently receives via the BMC to better understand the impact on the club if we had to obtain these services ourselves (e.g. insurance), reviewing the clubs future direction and how that aligns with the BMC and approaching club members for their views on our affiliation to the BMC.

Engaging with the club members is a key part of the affiliation review and now that we are nearing the point where we can start to draft some proposals we'd like to get some input from club members via the attached survey. We have chosen to use the survey format to enable you to respond anonymously if you so choose. 

Please note that it is the affiliation of the Bowline Climbing Club to the BMC that we are requesting input on not the BMC itself, except, of course, in so far as it is necessary to clarify any comments you wish to make.

A rough timeline for the remainder of the affiliation review looks like this:
October - Survey club members for their input on the clubs affiliation to the BMC.
November - Committee review club member input and updated information from the BMC and investigations into alternative service providers.
December - Draft proposal(s) created and refined.
January - Draft proposal(s) circulated to members and a forum held for all club members to attend to discuss the proposal(s) with the committee and Dave Turnbull (CEO of the BMC).
February - Proposal refined following club member feedback and submitted as a formal motion to be voted upon at the club AGM.
March - club AGM and vote on the final proposal.
It is important to understand that at this stage we are gathering input from the membership to inform the process,  you will be able to ask further questions and give further comment at the forum meeting and to vote on the final proposals at the 2019 AGM.
 

You can access the survey here.

Thank you in advance for your response.

Best regards
Zoe Pickering - Chair

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 24th October 2018 @ 12:26pm

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.

ANNUAL DINNER - Last chance to grab your places, book now via the website!

Club meets this week:

Opportunities open to club members, and external events, this week:

  • Nothing to share that is happening this week. Are you doing something next week (Wednesday onwards) which club members could join in with? Let us know about it by Tuesday night.

Announcements:

BMC Midlands AGM and Alex Roddie talk

  • Wednesday, 21st November 2018 at 7:30pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come to Solihull for the next gathering of Midlands climbers and…

Extra meet at the Karabiner MC hut

  • Thursday, 25th October 2018 at 9:30pm - 6pm Sunday, 28th October
    Location: Ty Powdwr, Karabiner MC hut, NE Side of Llyn Padarn, Map Ref 585609

    A last minute extra meet open to all club members. The excellent Karabiner MC hut is currently…

    • 1 person attended

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 17th October 2018 @ 9:55pm

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.

EXTRA MEET - I (Andy Potter) have booked an 8 bed dorm in the Karabiner MC hut in Snowdonia from Thursday 25th October (evening) to Sunday 28th October. I will be staying there with my two sons but the hut has no-one else booked (yet) across this period so if others would like to join us we can a allocate you a place in our dorm (or book one of the other dorms if we need more space). Cost is £12 per night, contact me if you'd like a space.

Club meets this week:

Opportunities open to club members, and external events, this week:

  • Nothing to share that is happening this week. Are you doing something next week (Wednesday onwards) which club members could join in with? Let us know about it by Tuesday night.

Announcements:

Work has now started on the improvements to the club hut. A small team went up at the end of September and stripped out the fittings and fixtures most of which fitted into the new shed. This is starting to pay for itself in what we've saved in storage and transport hire. The work should take approximately four weeks after which it will need decorating before new flooring is fitted. Another weekend will be required to put back the fixtures and fittings. So hopefully by the end of November we should be up and running.

So we need volunteers for the decorating weekend and the moving back in weeks. As with all builders the finish date is fluid so when I have the dates I'll let you know. A big thank you to Tom Parker, Andy Railton, Stepan Ptacek and Mick Brady who worked so hard over the preparation weekend.

Bowline CC - What's on!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 10th October 2018 @ 2:02pm

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.

ANNUAL DINNER AND SLIDESHOW - Please book your places and make your menu choices ASAP. It's quick and easy to do online via the club website.

Club meets this week:

Opportunities open to club members, and external events, this week:

  • Nothing to share that is happening this week. Are you doing something next week (Wednesday onwards) which club members could join in with? Let us know about it by Tuesday night.

Announcements:

  • Minutes of the last club committee meeting are now available on the members area of the website. The next meeting is on Thursday 1st November (evening), club members are welcome to attend committee meetings.

To find out more about the Leicester area based
Bowline Climbing Club
Contact: 
Zoe Pickering (07709 337976)

Happening this month

January 2019
Tuesday 1st
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Tuesday 8th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Tuesday 15th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 16th
7:30pm BMC Forum
Tuesday 22nd
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Tuesday 29th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station

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