It has been nearly 18 months since we had a new front door on our club hut and therefore a new lock. Many of you who had hut keys have exchanged them for a new key free of charge. However there are still some people with old hut keys. Those of you with old hut keys have until the end of April to arrange to exchange them for a new key. After that you will have to pay a new deposit for a new key.
To arrange your key exchange please contact Dave Toach (07703 121591).
We've now got the hut meets for 2019 on the website (which is behaving itself for now). Check them out via the meets page or see the list below. This is also a good time to note that we've updated the guide for staying at the hut, please make sure to read this before staying at the hut and please pass it on to any guests you are taking with you.
More meets info will follow later this week.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoe Pickering - Chair
The Bowline is holding its annual bouldering competition somewhere a bit different this year, at Redpoint Climbing Wall in Birmingham https://www.redpointbirmingham.co.uk/. 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
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!