News and Announcements

Bowline CC - Virtual AGM Tuesday 22nd September 19:30

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 21st July 2020 @ 10:15pm

Hi Everyone,

We've decided to hold the postponed AGM on Tuesday 22nd September at 19:30. It will be a virtual AGM via Zoom. So please put this date in your diary.

We will send a formal notice of the AGM with Agenda etc. and details of how the virtual AGM will work.

Best Regards

Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Details for Virtual Summer Dinner

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Sunday, 5th July 2020 @ 11:45am

Hi Folks,

So we can't yet physically meet up for a summer dinner as a club. But we can hold a virtual dinner.

So the plan of the dinner is as follows.

We have 3 courses; Starter, Mains and Dessert

We will have 3 cusine types; Meat, Vegetarian and Vegan.

We will conduct the Virtual Summer Dinner by Zoom. We start each course at a pre-set time with a short quiz/fun event 5-10 minutes then it is down to eating, chatting and drinking. The suggested menu with timings is set out below.

Depending on the weather we could be outside or inside. Outside would be great if the weather is OK, but we appreciate everyone may not have a garden etc. If you want to meet up in groups please do obey the current rules/guidance that are in force in your location for numbers (and remember you will probably have to use the inside facilities!) on the day of the summer dinner. Sorry for folks living in the Leciester City area, but I guess the re-imposed restrictions could still be in place - C'est La Vie I'm afraid.

Dress will be come as you like, but some of us will be dressing up.

It should be fun, so please sign yourself up and do book off Friday 17th July in your diaries.

Menu & Course Times

We've chosen a simple menu - all dishes are designed so that you can make them evening before or during the day. We've selected some recipes from BBC Good Food - but they are just suggestions - please feel free to choose your own dishes:

1st Course - Homemade Hummus - Start 7:30 P.M with Quiz Round 1
Chorizo & Red Pepper Hummus (Serves 2)
Pepper & Walnut Hummus (Serves 2)
Carrot Hummus (Serves 4)

Main Course - Chilli - Start 20:00 with Quiz Round 2
Meaty Chilli (Serves 4)
Vegan Chilli (Serves 4)
Black Bean Chilli with Veggie Toppings (Serves 4)

Dessert - Chocolate Pudding - Start 20:45 with Final Mega Quiz Question
Chocolate Chia Pudding (Serves 4)
Chocolate Mousse (Serves 4)

We will send out the Zoom Link Next Weekend with a reminder on Thursday 16th July

Please do Register so we know roughly how many people are coming:


Andy Railton

Virtual Summer Dinner

  • Friday, 17th July 2020 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm
    Location: In the Ether or Your Back Garden

    Hi Folks,

    So we can't yet physically meet up for a summer dinner as a club. But we…

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Bowline CC - tonight zoom meeting

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Wednesday, 17th June 2020 @ 8:07pm

Bowline CC - Cuillins and the next film night

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Monday, 15th June 2020 @ 6:05pm


This week we have a couple of offerings from Masa and PP on the Cuillin Ridge  - Masa provides context for his conversation with PP about the various times for the Greater Traverse, and PP responds with an account of two of his visits. 

For those of you who fancy a virtual trip along the Ridge after reading these articles, join us again at 8pm on Wednesday this week (17June for anyone who is losing track of time) for some more beer and Cuillin themed shorts. (Short films that is. There need be no knobbly knees on display). 

Join us via Zoom here:

Lots of love

Bowline CC - Buffs!

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 10th June 2020 @ 8:17pm

Hi Folks,

So I'm collecting the remaining 13 buffs for delivery if people want one. 9 in Yellow and 4 in Pale Blue.

Anyone want to order a buff?, someone has already ordered 2 off.

It's £6 per buff and since I'm posting them out an extra 65p for postage.

Contact Andy Railton ( to order your buff today.



Bowline CC - Movie night

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 8th June 2020 @ 11:37pm

Good evening one and all,

I hope you are all well and did something interesting this past weekend.

As the weather looks pretty pants this Thursday, lets have a movie night.

The premise is as we cant all sit round together, have a chilled beverage and chew the fat; lets get together (virtually), have a chilled beverage (or 6) and watch a short movie whilst chewing the fat.

A link is below, we are scheduled for 8pm this thursday the 11th.

I hope to see you there :)

Michael Jones is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bowline Movie night

Time: Jun 11, 2020 08:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 717 1227 6026

Password: 5jE06E

Bowline CC - Weekly Update and Fun Things!

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Sunday, 31st May 2020 @ 8:43pm

Hello everyone!

I hope you have all had a good weekend and enjoyed the sunshine? 

This week Mike has shared the story of his first year in the Bowline. It seems pretty positive, so we must be doing something right! I hope you enjoy it.

Looking ahead a little, next year is the 70th anniversary of the club and we plan to celebrate in style at the annual dinner, which we hope to hold on 06 November, as close as we can get to the actual anniversary date. Please use the link below to let us know what kind of an event you would like it to be!

Thanks a lot!

Zoe :-)

Bowline CC - Hello!

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Wednesday, 27th May 2020 @ 8:22am

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well and you managed to find some cool ways to enjoy the long weekend?

I just wanted to forward the attached article by Bob Crosby, about his trip to Morocco. This is a country that's firmly on my 'list' for walking or climbing, when this is all over and if there are any airlines left to fly me there! (Although I suppose we could have an epic cycle trip ;-))

That's all for now, take care and keep the articles and photos coming!


Bowline CC - QUIZ

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Sunday, 17th May 2020 @ 2:44pm

Hi Folks,

I was good to see a fair few folks take part in our Quiz night by Zoom. But if you missed it here is the Quiz attached. I've also attached the answers as well, but NO Cheating or Googling - you know you're only cheating yourself! The format is in Open Document Presentation so it should run in most presentation software as well as Power Point.

I've also attached the files as PDFs, but since there is a music round which I can't embed audio on Acrobat Reader I've had to send a separate WORD doc with the music files embedded, but as soon as you double click these it reveals the Track Title - so not perfect.

Hopefully it's all self explanatory.

Have fun - the best score we had on Friday was 21.


Andy Railton


E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Wednesday, 13th May 2020 @ 9:59am

Hello all!

We promised you a Bowline quiz and I am excited to confirm the details as follows:

Day/Time: Friday 15 May at 8pm


The quizmaster will be Andy Railton via Zoom, so grab a beer and settle in for a fun evening!

Lots of love 

Bowline CC - An update on club activities/gatherings

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 13th May 2020 @ 12:10am

Hi Club Members,

Firstly I hope this email finds you well.

No doubt you will have become aware of the new guidance from the government and may have been wondering what this means for the club. The good news is that for us as individuals the new guidance allows for the resumption of some climbing and hillwalking, albeit with a strong emphasis on staying well within your comfort zone and maintaining social distancing at all times (the only exception being members of your household).

However for the moment we will not see a return to non-virtual club activities/gatherings as these are not practical within the current guidance. Unfortunately this means we will have to wait a bit longer before we can get together again, but I'm sure you'll agree this is a fairly small price to pay to do our bit to help keep the situation with COVID-19 'under control'. The club hut will continue to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Of course this is an evolving situation and the guidance is very likely to be refined over the coming days and weeks. We will keep you up to date as and when this changes the situation with regards to club activities/gatherings and the use of the club hut.

If you'd like to see more details on the guidance specific to climbing and hillwalking as an individual the BMC have a good article on their website -

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - weekly update

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Saturday, 9th May 2020 @ 2:27pm

Hello one and all!

I hope you are all managing to enjoy yourselves during this bank holiday, even though most of us can't be near the rocks and mountains. 

Andy Railton is working hard on a club quiz, which will be available to test us all on, hopefully, the 15 May via Zoom. A good chance to grab a beer and socialise with fellow members, so make sure you keep the evening free and watch this space for more details!

We have had a good response to our request for articles, and Chris Brumby has sent us some photos of his trip to the Cordillera Cantabrica for us to drool over - this is somewhere that looks completely amazing. We definitely have to go here some day when we can all move freely again! I have also attached an obituary for Joe Brown, climber and mountaineer, which Dave Unwin has penned and kindly donated.

I hope you enjoy the articles, and thank you to those who took the time to send contributions over - we'll have some more to share next week and please keep them and any photos etc coming so we can all enjoy remote adventures until we are finally released!

Lots of love and stay safe!


Bowline CC - BMC Survey

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Thursday, 7th May 2020 @ 8:02pm

Hi Folks,

Please attached Email from the BMC, they are undertaking a flash survey and would like individual club members input.


Andy Railton 

Dear Clubs,

Many thanks again to those clubs who have taken the time last month to submit a response to the proposed Clubs Strategy for the BMC. I am currently sifting through and summarising the responses, and will endeavour to reply do those representatives who asked questions directly as this process continues.

In the meantime, we are keen that individual club members have a chance to engage with this process, even if they may not have time to digest the full document, and as a their opportunity to engage at area meetings last month was lost due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We have launched a flash survey for members to quickly feed their views on the overall direction of the strategy. It consists of a short video outlining the strategy and the reasoning behind it, and a short 3 question poll. It should take members no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The flash survey can be accessed here:

If clubs are willing, we'd be very grateful if you could share this link with your members in your next club communications or via social feeds. This has already been promoted via direct BMC mailings and social channels, but it would be an enormous help if clubs could also encourage their members to participate.

We are now hoping to present an updated paper in June to clubs and National Council, taking on board all of the comments received. We expect the final draft to be launched some time this summer, although we are keeping dates and what format it takes under review until we know what lockdown restrictions we may be under at that time. Given

Once again, many thanks for your contributions so far.

All the best

Mike Spooner

Cubs Workstream Lead, Organisational Development Group
Student Clubs Rep, BMC Clubs Committee

BMC Student Clubs on Facebook:
BMC Student Clubs Officers Group:
Student Clubs Web Page:

What's the BMC Clubs Committee?
The Clubs Committee was set up to discuss all things related to clubs and to facilitate sharing of information between clubs. There are clubs representatives from each of the BMC's areas to represent their interests and opinions. There are also two Student Club reps (Mike & Lizzie) whose job it is to gather the thoughts of student clubs and help communicate the work the BMC does. We also have a Student Panel of 5 student club officers who help feed us ideas and keep us up to date with the issues clubs are facing. So if there's any issues you think we should be talking about, or thoughts on what the BMC could do better, then get in touch!

Bowline CC - Catch Up!

E-mail sent by Zoe Pickering, Sunday, 3rd May 2020 @ 2:52pm

Hello all

I hope this email finds you all well and coping with lockdown through what must have been the nicest spring for - well, forever!

First of all, as you are aware from Andy Railton’s email, Pam Cottle sadly passed away last week. Pam had been a member for very many years, and was an active climber and cyclist who grew up in the area around the club hut and was good friends with Ada, Edfryn’s wife. She was very devoted to the hut and was often kind enough to donate useful items, the most recent being the picture frames that now display many of the posters on our walls. Pam will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with her partner, Tony, and her family at this very difficult time.

Although we can’t all be out having our normal adventures, we do have some exciting things for you to look forward to and participate in. 

Andy Railton is working on an online club quiz which will be a great opportunity for us all to get together (via Zoom) to have a bit of a social over a beer whilst competing aggressively for the glory of the winning spot. Some of you will remember Andy’s AGM quizzes which were always good value - particularly the infamous body parts category ;-). Keep an eye out for more details on when this will take place.

Also, we are looking for more articles on your adventures to circulate in our catch up emails (of which this is one, in case you weren’t sure). They don’t have to be long - even just a paragraph is fine - and they don’t have to be about climbing - I’ve kicked us off with one about the booze cruise Suzie and I went on a couple of years ago! Just let us know what you did, (or even what you plan to do), and send anything you would like circulating to me at - I’ll make sure that they get sent out. To read about Suzie and mine’s exciting trip check my scribblings out here

You all must have lots of ace photos and memories that will remind us of adventures already had and inspire us for new ones in the future. Just a reminder that these can be shared (if you so choose) in the Bowline Climbing Club Members Facebook group. This is a members only group separate from the club Facebook page which is designed as a bit of a social forum. If you aren’t a member already, get signed up - this is the place to engage (politely, kindly and responsibly, obvs) in general chat with other members.You’ll find Mr Hextall has already submitted a freakishly hard treasure hunt on there, but there’s also general news and views to be shared.

Stay safe everyone and hope to see you all soon!

Lots of Love


Bowline CC - Sad News

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Friday, 1st May 2020 @ 8:52am

I've some sad news to pass on. Pam Cottle passed away this Wednesday. Of course funeral arrangements are affected by the current situation so attendance won't be possible, but as soon as we have any details we will let people know.


Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Committee meeting Thursday 3rd April

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 1st April 2020 @ 11:12pm

Hi Bowliners,

Whilst most club activity is sadly on hold the committee are still keeping things ticking along. We are having a committee meeting via video conference tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 19:30. Club members are welcome to join committee meetings, if you'd to attend this one let me know and I will send you the video conferencing link.

You can find minutes of the last meeting on the Members Area of the website as usual.

Hope you are all staying safe and well,


Bowline CC - Club hut closed and advice regarding outdoor activities

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 24th March 2020 @ 11:36am

Hello Bowliners,

I had hoped that today I'd be writing to you with something light hearted to keep everyones spirits up. But sadly following the latest government advice I am writing to inform you that the club hut is now closed to all users. Club members and external users must NOT visit the club hut until further notice. 

Also, all club members are requested to heed the advice from the government and The British Mountaineering Council about participating in outdoor activities.

Stay safe and well everyone, I hope we can all get together again for some adventures soon!


Bowline CC - IMPORTANT - Club meets and hut usage

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 17th March 2020 @ 5:10pm

Dear Bowliners,

We are experiencing an unprecented situation in our society and we as a club need to do our part to protect each other, our families, friends and the community at large. To that end we are cancelling all meets until further notice, this includes all weekly indoor climbing meets and all club trips/events.

We are not taking any new external bookings for the club hut and we would strongly encourage members to NOT go to the club hut for the foreseeable future. We have the situation under continuous review and we may provide further guidance regarding the hut as the situation evolves, this may well result use of the hut being banned.

With the situation likely to get much worse before it gets better I'd like encourage everyone to consider carefully the risks to themselves and to others before undertaking any of the activities that I know we all love. The more we do to help now, the sooner we can all get together again as a club and share more fun and adventures.

We will continue to publish a weekly update via email every Tuesday. If anyone has anything they'ed like to include please do share with us.

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Font refund

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 16th March 2020 @ 8:31pm

Sorry its me again,

To add to my previous email I can confirm that there will be a refund.

Right now this will be £65. There was a deposit paid which was slightly under £20.

There is discussion as to whether this deposit is recoverable, I at present do not know which way that will go but I will communicate this information once it is known. 



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