Last night's AGM went smoothly although only once we had enough members join for the meeting to be quorate. We passed on thanks on behalf of everyone in the club to our outgoing committee members Ali Tempest and Mike Jones. And we elected some new committee members with Chris Brumby joining as vice-chair, John Morgan joining as an ordinary committee member. Andy Potter has been elected as meets secretary. Other members of the committee were re-elected to their roles meaning the committee for the coming year is:

  • Chair - Zoe Pickering

  • Vice-chair - Chris Brumby

  • Secretary - Haydn Williams

  • Treasurer - Andy Railton

  • Membership secretary - Tony Bishopp

  • Hut secretary - Ian Robinson

  • Meets secretary - Andy Potter

  • Ordinary committee members - John Morgan, Randal Jackson, Bob Jones, Pete Bottrill

  • NB: Bob Jones also holds the role of treasurers assistant.

The AGM also approved the changes to the membership and hut fees which had been proposed by the committee. The changed fees are as follows (all other fees remain as before):

  • Membership

  • Under 18 membership - £20

  • Vet single membership - £30

  • Vet joint membership - £55

  • Hut

  • Member per night - £6

  • Members guest per night - £8

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by Zoe Pickering (Club Chair):

My decision to go on the Scottish Winter Meet this year was somewhat last minute and it was not without reservation either - the last one I went on was around twenty years ago - it rained all week and the memory, as they say, is dark. However, I bit the bullet and bagged my place and found good conditions, sunny views and plenty of snow, even if it was only down to a few hundred feet below the summits.

The meet was fully booked and it was good to see friendly faces old and new, pursuing a wide range of wintery activities including radical intrepidness from Max and Will on the North Face of the Ben (I bumped into them at the top at lunchtime and they'd already done three routes), baby steps in snowy gullies and on classic ridges such as Ledge Route from Ben and myself and brave endeavours from everyone else on a range of walks and climbs including Curved Ridge on the Buchaille and ascents around Stob Coire Nan Lochan.

There was also a mountain biking contingent who made full use of the many cycling options in the area, including the Nevis Range mountain biking tracks and Sustrans routes out along Loch Linnhe to Stalker Castle. The weather was kind, although surprisingly warm, the pubs and craic were, as always, good and there are already plans for next winters' trip - hope to see you there!

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Dare we say but it looks like 2022 is going to be the year we can properly get together again. With that in mind we have a great series of club meets to inspire you to come out for adventures with us. Club meets are a core part of what the Bowline is all about so get these in your diary. Watch out for the invitations to signup to these meets which we'll send out via email in due course.

We will of course have plenty of additional day trips to the Peak District for climbing or walking which we'll run as and when the weather suits. Plus, there is plenty of scope for adding more meets so if you have an idea (particularly one you are prepared to organise) let us know.

  • 26th/27th March - Love the hut (maintenance weekend).

  • 9th-16th April - Fontainebleau bouldering (family friendly, gite places available).

  • 30th April - 2nd May (bank holiday) - Dartmoor climbing/walking (family friendly, camping).

  • 21st/22nd May - Climbing/walking weekend at our club hut.

  • 2nd-5th June (jubilee weekend) - Cornwall climbing (family friendly, camping).

  • 18th/19th June - Summer picnic/BBQ weekend in Peak district.

  • 2nd/3rd July - Saunders Mountain Marathon (Lake District).

  • 23rd/24th July - Meet at our club hut.

  • 13th/14th August - Mountain biking weekend trip.

  • 27th-29th August (bank holiday) - Pembrokeshire climbing.

  • 10th/11th September - Club hut weekend.

  • Early October - Corsica hot rock trip (exact date TBC).

  • 15th/16th October - Walking/scrambling weekend at the club hut.

  • 19th November - Club annual dinner.

  • 4th December - Chairman's walk.

  • 6th December - Bouldering competition

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  • Tuesday Bouldering at The Climbing Station
    Tue 23 Aug
    Multiple Dates
    23 Aug, 18:00 – 21:00
    The Climbing Station, Off Moor Ln, Empress Rd, Loughborough LE11 1RH, UK
  • Pembroke
    Fri 26 Aug
    26 Aug, 19:00 – 29 Aug, 17:00
    Saint Petrox Camping, St Petrox, Pembroke SA71 5EQ, UK
  • Club hut weekend
    Fri 09 Sept
    09 Sept, 19:00 – 11 Sept, 17:00
    The Club Hut, Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 3NR, Wales
  • Scrambling & Walking weekend
    Fri 14 Oct
    14 Oct, 19:00 – 16 Oct, 17:00
    The Club Hut, Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 3NR, Wales