January Committee meeting minutes

Hi to all members. The minutes for the January committee meeting have been posted on the Members page of the website, under Committee meetings. Pick this from the tab and find it listed under the 2018  section if you wish to see what has been discussed and decided.

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Changes to Data Protection rules. PLEASE READ THIS.

There are new data protection rules which are coming into force in May 2018.  They are called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and will replace the existing Data Protection Act. This is a new European ruling and will still apply if Brexit occurs and we leave the EU. Due to these new stricter rules we as a climbing club will no longer retain any personal details and contact information submitted by members other than the paper forms submitted by members. We will only pass this information onto the BMC for our club and BMC registration purposes. This information will be held by the BMC who will be complying with the GDPR policy and rules.

We will be issuing new documents to all members explaining the details soon. We will no longer be issuing contact details of members to any other club members as we have done in the past. If a club member wishes to pass on their contact details or address to another member, that will now be their sole responsibility to do this, not the club. We remind all members that they must not pass on any information or contact details of another club member to anyone without the specific permission of that member. If you are in possession of any of these details from previous contact lists issued by the club, please delete or destroy them unless you have permission from a club member to keep them. This is for all of us to comply with the new GDPR policy and rules as from May 2018.

As part of these changes, you will note that if you wish to post anything on the website, (after logging in with your password) you will need to tick the small box under the comments box to agree to your comment being posted, before you are able to submit your comment. This applies to all the comment boxes on the indoor and outdoor climbing pages and all the meets pages. If you forget, a message pops up to remind you to do this.

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RoCs Annual Dinner & Social evening.

This is to announce that the Romsey Climbers Annual dinner and social evening will be held at the Luzborough Pub, near to Romsey, on February 23th starting at 8.000 pm. We do not have to book any food in advance but we will need to know numbers attending. You are invited to bring along your husband, wife, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, or any other suitable person you wish to bring. To find more information and post your response, go to the calendar to find the event page.

Helen is organising this social venue and will need to know how many people are planning to eat. Please contact Helen to let her know if you are coming and how many there will be in your group.

If you can attend this grand event it will give you the chance to socialise with the club and get to know some more members and their partners. It is always a great evening out.

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2018 meets list is now published

The new 2018 meets list has now been published. To see where we plan to go this year pick the “Meets list” tab and select “All Meets” to get to the list.

If you wish to attend these meets you need to be a member of RoCs for 2018, so if you have not yet renewed (there are still 10 of you!!) please do so before the end of January to get your membership for £20. After this it will be £22-50 to rejoin RoCs.

To add your name to a meet, you need to be logged in. Just select a meet and open the page, select “Read more” at the right hand bottom corner of the page and then you can add your desire to go in the comments box at the bottom. By doing this, the meets organiser can see who wishes to attend. This will allow him to be able to book camping or bunk house places, and begin to get an idea of the skill levels of the climbers interested in attending. It will also let other members know who is going so lift sharing can be thought about. Put your days of attendance  and your rough idea of when you plan to travel to aid all the arrangements. Some meets need to be booked up early to make sure we have spaces at the camp site or bunk room, so book early to avoid disappointment. If you have to pull out later that is not usually a problem, but posting later can be a problem if sites or bunk houses are fully booked in popular areas or busy weekends.

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2017 AGM minutes

The minutes of the AGM have been posted on the members page. To read these minutes just login and pick “committee meetings” under the “members” tab, then select the AGM from 2017.

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RoCs RENEWAL for 2018 – Final Reminder

For any RoCs members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2018, you only have 2 more days before your membership EXPIRES. After the end of December you will no longer have membership for RoCs or for the BMC Club membership. If you wish to continue climbing with RoCs, please RENEW your membership NOW. It is only £20. Please fill in a renewal form and post or give it to me, along with £20 cash or a Cheque (made payable to Romsey Climbers). If you are not renewing, please E-mail me now to tell me this. Thanks Pete (Club Secretary)

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RoCs renewal for 2018

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the AGM on Friday 24th at Calshot, it was really good to see so many people climbing and attending the meeting. We now have 22 members who have renewed plus a new climber friend of Ian who joined as well. If you were unable to attend, please feel free to send me your renewal form along with your £20 before the end of December, or hand it to me or Helen at the wall on a Friday night. It does make it very much easier for Helen and myself if we get the renewals in before the end of the year so we can send the money and listings to the BMC all in one go. Thanks. Pete

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RoCs memebrship renewal and AGM/climbing session at Calshot

Hi to all RoCs members. Your membership for 2017 will expire at the end of December 2017. To renew for 2018 season please send your membership fee (£20) plus a completed renewal form (available by picking Members tab and downloading from that link) to me before the end of the year, or if you plan to attend the AGM at Calshot on Friday 24th November, then you can renew then. We will be climbing from 6-00 to 8-00 then the AGM will be held in the Boothman room from 8-00 to about 9-30. We will be discussing the events for 2018, voting in the committee to run RoCs for 2018 and chatting about all things climbing. Afterwards we will retire to the café/bar for food and drinks. This is your chance to meet other members and get to know RoCs a bit more, and possibly suggest new events and locations for climbing outside. 

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Gear for new climbers outside on Rock

Hi if you are new to RoCs and have never climbed outside on rock before. This is just to advise you what you should take with you as well as your normal indoor gear. Obviously you need your Rock boots, Harness and Chalk bag as usual. You will also have to have a Climbing Helmet to be allowed to climb with us outside.

As well as these items it is very useful to have the following:-

  • Two slings 120 cm long (preferably of two different colours)
  • Two Screwgate Karibinners (HMS style are the most useful – see image below)
  • A Nut Key to remove jammed gear (as you will be seconding the routes it will be you removing gear from the rock face!) The best one is one with a flat hook on one end and double hooks at the other, so that you can get jammed Cams (known as Friends) free.

Nut Key

HMS Karabiner





If you have all of these items you will be able to make yourself safe on a multi pitch climb without having to borrow gear from your leader. Any questions there are may climbers in the club to offer advice on what to get. Don’t forget to use your RoCs card to get 15%  discount in Cotswolds, or use your BMC card in many outdoor shops to get 15% discount.


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Xmas Social meet-Curry and Drinks evening.

Hi to all RoCs members. We are planning to have a Xmas Social evening in Romsey on Friday December 15th. This will be for all members and their partners to attend. We will be using a Curry house in Romsey, and prior to that, for the keen climbers, meeting at Golden Gecko for a climbing session. Please come along and join in the fun. Details about times and place of eating to be decided later.

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