Come and share the adventure with the Bowline Climbing Club! Rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, cycling, walking; based in the Leicester area we welcome new members, with or without experience. For more information contact: Zoe Pickering on 07709 337976 orvia email.
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.
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).
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.email@example.com. His project is described online here.
E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 5th December 2018 @ 1:04pm
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:
On Thursday we are having a change of venue just for this week and heading to Social Climbing instead of The Tower. Meet from 18:30, drinks in The Salmon pub afterwards..
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.
E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 3rd December 2018 @ 11:43pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.