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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. 



Bowline CC -

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 16th March 2020 @ 6:17pm

Dear all,

Sadly the club has had to make the hard decision on Font. 

This has been cancelled as per the latest advice from NHS England and GovUK regarding travel, risk and isolation.

I know this is very disappointing for you all but Font will still be there, maybe something later this year?

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news.



E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 14th March 2020 @ 7:36pm

Dear Club Member,

Due to the rapidly escalating number of people being diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus we have concluded that it would not be responsible for the Club to hold its AGM at the end of March, which would involve bringing together upwards of 40 people in a relatively confined space.

Although we realise that the Club's Rules of Association require us to hold a General meeting in March, under the current circumstances it is better to postpone the AGM,  rather than running the risk of potentially further spreading the virus to our nearest and dearest and wider in the community.

Therefore this Email gives formal notice to postpone the AGM.

We are postponing the date of the AGM until late June or early July, as soon as we have a practical date we will let you know. If nearer the time of June/July it looks like an AGM at this time is not feasible then we will postpone the date again till September, after the summer holidays.  


Andy Railton (Hon) Secretary 

Bowline CC - Club news (Wednesday 11th March)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 10th March 2020 @ 11:12pm

It looks like those on the Scottish Winter meet are having a good time judging by the photos and updates in the Bowline Members Facebook group. Good to hear that some more club members have been introduced to the 'joys' of winter climbing, congratulations to Andy Harper who has got his first winter lead climb under his belt. 

You should all have received the email with the Formal Notice of the club AGM on Saturfday 28th March. We need as many club members to attend as possible so please make every effort to come along. It's your club and it needs you to help ensure its future!
A little sooner than the club AGM is the next BMC Midlands area meeting which is coming up next week on Thursday 19th March starting at 19:30 in Solihull. The meeting includes free food courtesy of the BMC and an excellent talk from John Edwards about 'A cheap long weekend in Longyearbyen'. Full details on the BMC website. A number of club members are part of the BMC area committee so there will be familiar faces present, I may be able to offer lifts from Leicester.

Hope those of you who went to our Tuesday evening bouldering at 
The Climbing Station had a great time, goo training for those going on our trip to Fontainebleau next month. With the outdoor climbing season approaching now is the time to join our Thursday evening roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys and get in shape ready to hit the real rock.

Bowline CC - Extra Hut weekend

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 9th March 2020 @ 8:59pm

Good evening,

All those joining us at the hut this weekend can you please reply to me confirming. This will be your booking

To date I am aware of:
Me (obviously)
Andy Richards
John Morgan

If you need to fill out any additional forms for guests these can also be forwarded to me.

And finally,
If you would like to join in on the Saturday Roast dinner a heads up on numbers would be helpful.




E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 7th March 2020 @ 9:27pm

Hey Bowliners! 


It's Annual General Meeting time again - this is your club and the AGM is a great opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of the club.  Your committee have been busy responding to member's suggestions and feedback over the past year and we have proposals to discuss and where appropriate vote on;

· Family membership - a recommendation from the committee to create a Family Membership scheme to allow members kids (and grandchildren) to join formally so they become more closely associated with the club and can be covered by the BMC's third party liability insurance.

· Membership fee updates - proposals for the new Family Membership rates for under 18s and refinements to membership fees of other categories to reflect a year's experience of these and help address some anomalies – to be fully discussed at the AGM and voted on of course.

· Some updates to the Byelaws the committee think will better reflect today's club

· Charnwood Hills Race – a full discussion of the impact to our finances of not being able to run this year's race and the steps we plan to take over the coming months to try and protect next year's event

· We also need to elect Committee officers and members for the coming year (another great way to get involved - the current membership secretary is standing down next year and we will need to elect a vice chair for next year - so if you're interested in joining the committee team please let us know!).

To comply with our rules, we need at least a quarter of eligible members to attend the AGM but in reality, we want as many as possible to ensure discussion and voting reflects the views of the wider club.  To help with this we're holding it again at "Peter (Pete's) Pizzeria" - the venue for last year's successful AGM.  Sadly club funds don't stretch to subsidising either beer or pizza but we hope you'll stay on and enjoy both with fellow members after the event - there's a link on the website to register interest for food so Peter's team know roughly how many want to stay on.


Attached you'll find the formal agenda with helpful explanatory notes on the all the motions being voted on, the changed Byelaws and of course the Club’s Income & Expenditure account for 2019.  Please remember, whilst only paid up full members can vote at the meeting, we welcome views of all so come along and get involved.  And don't forget - if you can't attend in person please take a moment to complete a Proxy Voting form to ensure you have a say in the future of your club

So, can you please mark in your diary to attend the AGM on the 28th March.


This is the formal notice of the Bowline Climbing Club AGM at 16:00 at Peter Pizzeria, Leicester LE1 6ZH on Saturday 28th March.

Under the Club's Rules of Association we are only allowed to vote on Motions at the AGM that have been circulated at least 14 days prior to the AGM. Club Subscriptions, Hut Fees and Votes to elect committee members are standing items on the AGM agenda and don't need to be proposed as a Motion.

 If you can't attend the AGM you may either vote on the Motions that are appended to the attached AGM Agenda on the Proxy Voting Slip OR nominate someone to vote in your place (also on the Proxy Voting Slip) as a proxy who is going to attend the AGM and is ELIGIBLE to vote. You MUST however send in your completed Proxy Voting Slip to the Club Secretary either by Email or Post within 48 hours of the date of AGM, that is by 16:00 on Thursday the 26th of March.

Club Secretary Email:

Club Secretary Address: 8, Harrier Close, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LEICS, LE9 6RU

Andy Railton (Hon Secretary)

PS - All the files attached are PDF so they should be easy to download and view, the Modified Byelaws are also attached as a WORD file, because they print better in that format.

Bowline CC - BMC ODG REVIEW Strategy for Clubs

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 7th March 2020 @ 5:52pm

Hi All,

Please see below an Email received from the BMC regarding a strategy for the clubs that has been developed as part of the ODG Review. As you can see from the Email below they are looking for responses to the proposals by the 22nd March. You can either respond directly via the link below or send you comments back myself or Andy Potter to be raised at the next area meeting on the 18th March or attend the area meeting yourself.


Andy Railton

The proposals link is here:

The link to the ODG website where you can post comments is:

Sent on behalf of the ODG Clubs Workstream……

Dear Clubs,

The Clubs Workstream of the BMC's Organisational Development Group has been working over the past year to develop our thinking on how the BMC should develop and deepen its relationship with its affiliated clubs. In June 2019, we published a report setting out the results of our research and consultation, setting out a number of changes to the representative structures for clubs and laying out a number of issues to be addressed.

We are now reaching the end of our work, and are pleased to present a draft clubs strategy to guide the work of the BMC in this area over the coming years. This strategy builds on our findings and recommendations in the interim report and converts them into a viable work plan for future BMC volunteers to take forward.
We’ve set four objectives to encourage the development of a partnership relationship between the BMC and its clubs, laid out the work needed to achieve them and defined key measures of our success. We've presented a graphical overview of the strategy below and you can view the full document on the ODG website here.

It is important that clubs and their committees have a meaningful input into the work done on their behalf. We encourage clubs to provide their comments on this draft at their local Area meeting, through their local BMC clubs rep or via the ODG website by the 22nd March 2020. A final version will be presented to the Board at their April 2020 meeting.

Clubs are asked to review the draft strategy, and consider the following questions:

1. Do you agree with the direction of the strategy, the aim and the four objectives?
2. Do you agree with the proposed projects? Can you see any practical issues?
3. Are there other areas of work we could do that would help us reach our objectives
4. Is there anything you think that would be relevant to your club that has been omitted / missed from the projects and objectives?
If you have any questions, then please get in touch with your BMC clubs rep or submit them via the form on the ODG website.

Many thanks for your input into this work,

Mike Spooner
ODG Clubs Workstream Lead
Student Clubs Rep, BMC Clubs’ Committee

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Jane Thompson
Clubs & Volunteers Officer

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Bowline CC - Scottish Winter Meet Places Available

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 4th March 2020 @ 10:19pm

Hi Folks,

Still places available on the meet, 3 available due to people dropping out.


Andy Railton

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