We're planning to climb at Markfield this Thursday from 6 P.M. onwards if the weather is OK. If it is raining or damp then we will got to the Tower at Beaumont Leys instead.
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As you hopefully are already aware there are some very important changes being proposed for the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), to which the Bowline (like many climbing clubs) is affiliated. The BMC is a membership led organisation and as such it is key that members have their say in any proposed changes. Please take a moment to read the details below which will help you understand the changes and when and how you can have your say on these:
Just remind me what the BMC does again?
As climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers, the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) is our national representative body. The Bowline, like nearly all climbing clubs, is affiliated to the BMC. Key areas that the BMC works on are –
- Conservation and safeguarding the environment
- Providing testing and advice to improve safety
- Providing support to encourage participation of young people
- Supporting volunteers
- Negotiating access to crags, mountains and open countryside
- Supporting professional training, qualifications and development
- Supporting and governing competition climbing
- Providing support for clubs
- Providing specialist insurances
- Purchasing and managing property (huts)
- Purchasing and managing land (crags)
- Lobbying and campaigns
- Publishing guidebooks and DVDs.
- Conserving mountain heritage and tradition
All this work is done by a small group of BMC employees, and a much larger group of unpaid BMC volunteers – including some Bowline members. All Bowline members are BMC “club members”, because we are members of an affiliated club.
So what was the problem?
The BMC is managed by an Executive Committee and a National Council of members representatives. There have been increasing issues and concerns around these bodies, arising from legal problems around the Companies Act, issues raised by Sport England, and issues raised by the Exec / NC themselves. These were brought to a head during 2016/7 by the abortive “Climb Britain” rebrand, and the subsequent Motion of No Confidence.
Why does it matter?
As members, we want to be sure that the BMC is managed as effectively as possible, thus making best use of our subs! How the BMC is managed and organised has a crucial impact on how effective it is. We need to be sure that it is acting in the interests of us, the members, and that it is listening to and responding to the democratic majority. Some changes are needed to maintain recognition of the BMC by Sports England, for background see page 3 of the IG FAQ (link at end of this paper).
What has happened so far?
An “Organisational Review Group” (ORG) was set up in mid 2017, to review the BMC, take input from interested parties and relevant experts, and recommend changes to improve management of the BMC. The ORG produced its final report on 3 March 2018; since then, the recommendations have been taken forward by an “Implementation Group” (IG) composed of 5 members of the National Council. The IG have just (6 April 2018) issued their first set of proposals. Basically the IG have split the ORG proposals into 2 phases, phase 1 to be put to the full BMC membership via the annual AGM in June 2018, via a vote on a new set of Articles of Association for the BMC. Phase 2 changes will be considered at greater length, for potential implementation in 2019.
What is going to happen next?
The IG proposals will be debated at the next round of BMC area meetings, which are happening over the weeks commencing 9th and 16th of April. Output from these meetings will then be taken by BMC Area reps to a meeting in Kendal at the end of April, to decide exactly what to put to the AGM in June. At the June AGM the IG advise that -
- There will be a special resolution (i.e. requires 75% of voting members to approve the motion) in order to update the BMC Articles of Association to reflect the legal and good governance standards applicable in 2018, and to allow the continued recognition by Sport England crucial to our funded partners, and important to the BMC more widely..
- There will be an ordinary resolution (i.e. requires 50% of voting members to approve the motion) in order to agree the process and timelines by which the remaining recommendations by the ORG are reviewed and implemented as appropriate, and to commit to delivering this key proposal, for the April 2019 AGM wherever possible.
Please note that if you can’t make it to the AGM you really, really should try to use your proxy vote – see below. They will all count!
This is obviously an interim report, and the Bowline committee will update you as events proceed.
Where can I find out more? What do I need to do?
Read the references below. Do you agree with the proposals from the IG or not?
Go to our area meeting and listen to the debate – for most members your “home” BMC area will be the Midlands and the next meeting is on Wednesday 18th April, 8pm in Solihull (click for more details).
Most importantly – make your mind up on whether you agree with the final set of changes to be proposed at the June BMC AGM, and VOTE! You don’t have to attend the meeting in person – you can submit a proxy vote. We expect forms for this to be issued with the (somewhat delayed) spring edition of the BMC summit mag that all Bowline members are sent.
The IG have created a lot of detailed documents, but start with their high level briefing paper –
Also see their FAQ –
Weather looks great tomorrow. We're going to Froggatt, meeting in the Heather Wall / Tody's Wall area around 10:30am. Or meet in Outside cafe at 9:30am for a pre-climb full english. Be there!
BCC Meets Secretary
Apologies once again for the lack of updates from me. It's been a busy time and we've had some trouble with the website which is why you will notice there are no meets listed yet. Something I will be fixing over the coming weeks and in the meantime you can find all the dates for this years meets below.
However just because the website has been quite doesn't mean the club as been quiet. All this proper winter weather has had those who like to climb frozen stuff out in the mountains making the most of the good conditions. Those of us who prefer our climbing a little warmer have been making the most of the indoor sessions and also enjoying watching people doing the hardwork at the BANFF film festival showings.
There has been a range of improvements to our lovely club hut recently. If you've stayed at the hut recently you may have noticed the new storage shed behind the hut where we can now keep all those things that really belong in the shed. It's also where you can store your bikes rather than bringing them into the hut. Following the installation of the shed club members have installed steps up to the shed and the recent 'Love the hut' weekend added an access ramp to from the camping to the passage behind the hut.
We've also had new PVC windows fitted to the back of the hut. A bigger fan for the shower room. The club members at the 'Love the hut' weekend also fitted new guttering, rubbed down and repainted the facias, improved the drainage at the back of the hut, re-inforced the bank behind the hut, and painted the hut the outside of the hut. All being well the hut should not need any more maintenance until our re-furb in the autumn (more on this in a future email).
A big thanks to all the club members who have helped at the hut, and a special thanks to Paul Parker our hut secretary for organising all these improvements.
If you miissed the quiz at the club AGM, well here's your chance see if can do better than the winning team. They scored 31 points. Below is a link to the Quiz Questions (although we've removed the music round and the video question). Just a little help, for the Route Aspect round answer only N, S, W or E.
Quiz Questions Link
So don't cheat and try Googling for the answers OR looking at the quiz answers first!! When you've completed the quiz, you can look up the answers here at this link
Quiz Answers Links
Can you beat the magic winning score?
Charnwood Hills Race
It seems so long ago now but the Charnwood Hills Race was a big success and it won't be long before we are planning next years race. Make sure you've got the date in your diary, Sunday 3rd February 2019, we'llneedlots of volunteers. And in the meantime checkout the race blog article by Chris Lamb - Running the Charnwood Hills Race
Last but not least it's looking like we might be getting some weather for climbing at last. You should all have received an invite to Climbing this Sunday in the Peak District. Hope you can make it, but if not why not join us for Bouldering on Tuesday at The Climbing Station or Roped Climbing on Thursday at The Tower.
BCC Meets Secretary
We are looking to put in the clothing order for Bowline Base layers and Fleeces as soon as possible. With Xmas now over and hopefully healthier finances can we ask you to put in your orders as soon as possible. There is an order form attached for you to fill in or you can just put what you want direct in an Email. Pictures of the Base layers and Fleeces are on the website with costs shown. The Base layers are particularly good quality and value being the Subzero Brand; the club's head honcho (aka Zoe) has had one for 10 years and it's still going strong apparently. We haven't had many orders for the Base layers, originally we were only going to supply these in Black, which is available in across the full size range. However, we can also get some in Aqua Blue but only in the sizes S and M. The colour is slightly darker than the Sky Blue colour women's hoodies we ordered a couple of years ago.
Please can you send your order forms/emails to firstname.lastname@example.org within the next two weeks. Remember to state sizes and quantities.
After a lot of hard work and preparation, our race organisers and their team have pulled off another great Charnwood Hills Race. This is an important event for our club so a big thanks to everyone who was involved in the preparation and on the day.
It was great to see Bowliners taking part in the race again. Congratulations to Zoe Proctor who was 1st place Bowline Woman and to Rob Pullen who was 1st placed Bowline Man. You can check-out their times along with all the other results over on the club website.
Peter Fryer has kindly shared his pictures of today's race. You can view the pictures here - https://pafphotos.weebly.com/charnwood-hills-2018.html
We did have some lost property left behind after the race, including some car/house keys. If anyone is looking to reclaim their lost items or hears of anyone who lost something please get in touch with the race administrator - email@example.com
Next years race will be on Sunday 3rd February 2019 so get the date in your diary now and we hope to see you there.
BCC Meets Secretary
Back in July 2017 the former secretary and Chair of the Bowline, Peter Thompson, discovered a treasure trove of records in an old suitcase in his attic relating to the foundation of the club in 1951 and its early years through to around 1960. Dave Unwin has taken up the mammouth task of shifting through these records and combining them with later records, which we already had, to compile a brand new history of the first 25 years of our club.
The result is 'A Bowline History: the first 25 years' which runs to just shy of 50 pages and presents a fascinating insight into how the club began and how it developed throughout it's formative years and onwards into the late 1970's. We've updated our club history page on the website to include this new work and we hope that maybe in the future we can extend this to cover the remaining years up until today with the same detail and quality.
Having read the history myself I am very grateful to Dave for what must have amounted to a huge amount of work. I would strongly encourage you all to grab a moment in your comfy chair, with a cup of tea/coffee, and immerse yourself in an excellent account of the first 25 years of our club. Visit the history page on the website and download the PDF using the link (be patient when you click the link as the PDF is around 3.5MB and may take a little while to download).
A big thanks to Dave for putting this together. If you have any comments please let me know.
BCC Meets Secretary
After going through a fair few revisions I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Meets List is complete. A big thanks to Tony Bishopp, Simon Perry, Paul Parker, Andy Railton and Zoe Pickering who have all volunteered to organise meets this year which is a big help to me and means that we have a really good range of meets for you join in with.
The following list gives you the dates planned for all the meets. As you can see some already have event pages on the website giving you all the details. I aim to get at least the outline details for the remaining meets on the website in the next few weeks so that the Meets & Events page becomes the goto place for finding out what is going on. When we have each meet ready for you to book places we'll send out an invitation email for you to book places as normal.
Please pop these dates in your diary now and we hope to see as many of you as possible at whichever meets take your fancy!
Also I'll be rebooting the regular update emails, these will be sent out once every two weeks with the latest club news, meets, etc. In the next email look out for details of the recent improvements to the hut and a big update of the club history.
Don't forget we are still meeting every Tuesday night for bouldering at The Climbing Station (Loughborough) and Thursday nights for roped climbing at The Tower (Beaumont Leys).
- Wednesday 7th February (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting and Suzie Imber talk. [Andy Potter]
- February 17th-20th - Climbing on the Jurassic Coast. [Tony Bishopp]
- Wednesday 14th March (evening) - The Club AGM and Quiz. [Andy Potter]
- Saturday 3rd March - BANFF film festival. [Zoe]
- March 17th/18th - Spring love the hut weekend [Paul Parker]
- March 31st-7th April - Fountainebleau bouldering. [Andy Potter]
- Wednesday 18th April (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting [Andy Potter]
- April 21st/22nd - Club hut weekend.
- May 5th-7th (May Day bank hol) - South Devon and Dartmoor [Andy Potter]
- May 19th/20th - Meet secs birthday bash (North Wales) [Andy Potter]
- May 26th-28th (Whitsun bank hol) - Lake District (family friendly) [Andy Potter]
- Wednesday 6th June (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting [Andy Potter]
- June 16th/17th - Club hut weekend.
- June 23rd/24th - Family meet (club hut) [Andy Potter]
- June 30th/July 1st - Saunders Mountain Marathon [Andy Potter]
- July 14th/15th - Summer meal (Peak District) [Andy Potter]
- July 21st/22nd - Family meet [Andy Potter]
- July 28th/29th - Club hut weekend.
- August 12th/13th - Dorset [Andy Potter/Tony Bishopp]
- August 26th-September 8th - Dolomites [Andy Railton]
- September 1st/2nd - Club hut weekend
- Wednesday 5th September (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting [Andy Potter]
- September 15th/16th - Lake district (Barrow hut) [Andy Railton]
- September 15th/16th - Family meet (club hut) [Andy Potter]
- September 22nd-29th - Croatia [Simon Perry]
- September 29th/30th - Club hut weekend.
- October 6th/7th or 13th/14th - Mountain Biking Meet (Brecon Beacons) [Paul Parker]
- Saturday 10th November - Annual Dinner and slideshow [Zoe]
- November 17th/18th - Kendal mountain film festival [Zoe]
- Wednesday 21st November (evening) - BMC Midlands AGM [Andy Potter]
- Sunday 2nd December - Chairmans Walk [Zoe]
- January 22nd 2019 (Tuesday evening) - Bouldering competition [Andy Potter]
- Sunday 3rd February (2019) - Charnwood Hills Race.
- Late February (2019) - Skiing trip [Andy Potter]
- Wednesday 13th March (2019) - AGM [Zoe]
The Charnwood Hills Race is coming up in just less than 3 weeks time. Our means of recording the results now uses chipped timing, though we back this with good old paper and pencil records as well. The electronic timing people use a laptop with a big battery back-up. Although not strictly necessary it would useful to have a generator available just in case. Does anyone have a small generator that they are willing to lend out? We almost certainly wouldn't need to use it. If you do can you drop me an Email.
Andy Railton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Firstly I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that you've recovered from the effects of any excesses over the past few days. With the New Year approaching it's time to start thinking about 2018 and the adventures we can have together, whether they be on rock, on foot or on two wheels. With that in mind you'll hopefully have already got the meets we've sent out over the past few weeks in your diaries. If not remember you can always find all the meets over on our website.
You'll have noticed that a number of the meets I've sent out already are not being organised by me. This is something that I am very pleased about as it means we can put on more great meets by spreading the work involved across many people. Most meets are actually pretty straight forward to organise in principal, and if we have most meets being run by club members it means the Meet Secretary can be free to provide guidance and assistance to those running the meets. This is important as we will be in need of a new Meets Secretary in near future so we want to make the role something more manageable, requiring less work for the individual than is currently the case (trust me I know).
With this in mind what I'd like is some more volunteers to run meets for 2018. We are aiming to discuss the Meets for 2018 at our next committee meeting on Wednesday 17th January so get in touch with me before then and let me know what meet you'd like to offer to organise. I can do all the website/facebook/email stuff for you, all I need is the brief outline of the meet, date/times, location, etc. It's much easier than it seems and very rewarding!
I'm off to Joshua Tree for a few weeks so I look forward to reading all your suggestions when I return. Andy :)