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January 14, 2008 -

First of all, the Committee would like to wish all the club's members and friends a very happy new year, and hope that they enjoy some great days and nights in the outdoors during 2008.

Glencoe Meet - Some stunning weather on the Saturday made for a memorable weekend. The main group of Rod, Mel, Chris, Angie, and Hugh, ticked off the Munroes of Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh. Alan made an early start to photograph the sunrise on Buachaille Etive Mor, and ended up standing next to Colin Prior. He then increased his Corbett count by adding Beinn Maol Chaluim in Glen Etive. The third group of Graham and Frank attempted the the Glencoe ski runs but were put off by the number of people, and ended up on Stob Coire nan Lochan. Paul, Neil, and Josh in the fourth group played around in the snow in the Lost Valley. A wonderful winter's day. Sunday was raining so a steady drive home completed the weekend.







The forthcoming AGM - There will be some changes to the Constitution proposed at the next AGM, along with a discussion and vote on serious issues relating to Insurance of members, with implications for club finances and membership fees. It is vital that there is a good turnout to ensure an adequate reflection of members opinions.

The Social Calendar - The spring season of slide shows continues this year with two evenings of Fellfarer activities during the past year. The first is of Fellfarers in New Zealand, a country that continues to be a magnet for our members. The second is of a trip to Mexico by Mike Goff, Mick Fox, Bill Hogarth, and Alan Wilson to trek and climb a peak. Both shows will be at a new venue for us, the Strickland Arms near Sizergh, just south of Kendal. Both events will include sandwiches so please let the contact know asap.

2009 will be the 75th anniversary of the opening of High House. It is not too early to begin thinking about ways to mark the occasion (Kendal Caving Club found that it took 18 months to bring their 50th Anniversary ideas to fruition). Ideas please to any Committee member.

At High House - One of the proposals for the Hut Development Plan 2008 is an improvement to the Ladies Washroom and fire escape. The proposed layout is shown in the current Fellfarer so please study this and pass any comments to Mick Fox.

The committee is about to conduct a Fire Safety Survey at High House, looking at structural matters rather than as a Risk Assessment. Results will appear in the Hut Development Plan 2008.

The National Trust are quietly fencing off areas of riverside in Borrowdale. The reason? Otters are returning to the upper reaches of the River Derwent. They have already taken up residence in holts near to Grange and there are signs they are exploring as far afield as the drainage ditches around Seathwaite. The herons at the fish farm will soon have some competition! There are also a number of mink abroad in the Keswick/Watendlath area, but the good news is that mink and otters will not peacefully together, and its always the otter that wins. As one local said - Now that's one fight I'd really like to see.... especially now that they won't let us do that badger baiting.

It appears that all those members who scoffed at the idea of planting apple trees in the grounds of High House in the harsh Borrowdale climate have been proved wrong. The Worcester Permain tree bore fruit this year, and the Fellfarer editor scoffed the whole lot in one go. In case that seems rather greedy, it must be added that the total picking was only two small apples!

Stob Coire Sgreamhach
On Stob Dubh

February 6, 2008 -

The AGM was held January 25 at the Kendal Arms, and a full copy of the minutes is available from the Secretary. The main points were -
Officials: Gordon Pitt was elected Vice President in readiness for taking over as President when John Peat retires next year, and the committee were re-elected with no change. The High House Lease Trustees were confirmed as Gordon Pitt, Alec Reynolds, Mick Fox, and Peter Ford. Peter wishes to stand down and a replacement is being sought (volunteers to the Secretary please).
Club membership: Currently stands at 90 memberships made up of 50 family members, 32 single members, and 10 life members, making 142 members in total..
Life Membership: In recognition of his service and commitment to the club, Myers Ferguson was elected a life member.
Public Liability Insurance and BMC membership: The committee has been concerned about the level of insurance cover for the club and its members for some time, and has spent some time investigating the current position and how to improve it. Currently, the Lease Trustees are only liable ‘to the extent of the club’s assets ‘ and so there is no personal liability on the part of the Lease Trustees as far as the lease itself is concerned. The Committee and all club members are liable in the event of a claim for personal injury by someone staying at High House or taking part in a club event.  Our insurance does not adequately cover us for this. After much research the Committee came to the conclusion that only insurance available through Club Membership of the BMC would meet the club’s needs, and this decision was duly agreed by the AGM. Acquiring Charity Status would also give the Club a more defined legal status, but movement towards this is on hold pending the new Government Charity Acts due soon.
As a result of the move to BMC Club membership, we will move to a position where there is no Family or Unwaged membership for 2009, and the Constitution and High House Policy were amended accordingly.

March 11, 2008 -

The recent superb spell of weather generated some great views from the fells and good oportunities for photographs. The two below are from Helvellyn and Dollywagon.


From Dollywagon

May 16, 2008 -

Members news.
Welcome to new members Steve Crame, Steve and Penny Lee and family, and Steve and Julie Mason and family.
David Birkett has some footwear for sale, both unused. One pair of Regatta boots size 10 (Euro 45), and one pair of Clarks lace-up shoes size 9 (euro 44). Please ring David on 01539 738280 if interested.
Mike Walford would like members to know that his cottage in the Pyrenees is available for holiday stays by members, rent free, just pay for gas and electricity. The cottage has two double bedrooms and is in the village of Olette between the Med and Font Romeu on the RN116. Contact Mike on 015395 52102.
Congratulations to Clare Fox who has recently completed the Wainwrights.

Club news:
Climbing out has started again on Thursday nights, with a regular turnout of 12 - 13 members.



First meet of the season at Hutton Roof
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