RoCs Annual Dinner February 8th

Romsey Climbers Annual Dinner this year will be held at the The wheatsheaf braishfield Braishfield Road, Braishfield, SO51 0QE Romsey, from 7-00 pm onwards. There is an event page on the RoCs Facebook page so if you wish to attend (with or without your partner!) then please post on the event page that you wish to attend, and how many of you are going. Sarah is organising this event, so please let her know soon as she will need to book numbers with the pub. If you do not use Facebook, you can contact Sarah direct by e-mail (do not e mail me about this event please). I have sent out an e mail to all members with this information included. This event is great fun and should not be missed. A chance to chat about all the meets coming up, meet the new members (or for the new members to meet us established members) and talk about all your aspirations for climbing this year!

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Final reminder to renew your RoCs Membership

Now we are in 2020, if you have not renewed your RoCs club membership, this must be done BEFORE the 31st January, to enable you to be registered with RoCs and with the BMC as a Club member. Failure to do this by this date will mean you will no longer be considered as a RoCs or BMC Club member, and your access to the Website and Facebook page will be withdrawn. Your BMC club membership will also lapse so you will no longer have BMC Club membership Insurance or access to discounts etc. There are only 5 members who have not yet renewed, so please do so now, or let me know you no longer wish to be part of Romsey Climbers and the BMC club membership. If at a later date you wish to re-join RoCs, there will be a £5 Administration charge to do so. Please renew now to save paying the extra £5 !! Thanks, Pete.

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Happy 2020 – meets calendar online

Happy New Year! If you’re feeling a bit flat after the festivities, relief is at hand with the 2020 meets now published on the website! Get the dates in your calendar and look forward to balmy (barmy?) days on the crags. There are several foreign trips and opportunities to visit less-visited areas as well as the novice days and old favourites, so something for everyone. Speaking of which, our next meet is the winter trip to North Wales; Pete and Patrick will be camping but it’s not obligatory!

Some meets have little detail and I’d be grateful if the organisers can let me have a few words to add to them. It would be nice to have a family-friendly meet on one of the spare weekends in the summer holidays if some one would like to organise it..? And there are plenty of spare weekends throughout the year for ad hoc trips – look on Facebook for these.

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RoCs Christmas greetings

Hi to all RoCs members. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope Santa brings you all you need to enjoy climbing in 2020. Thank you all for much fun and some rather scary moments on the Rock and in the Pub on the meets I was able to attend. I hope to enjoy climbing with you in 2020, before old age and stupidity really sets in for good.

A special thanks goes to all the Committee Members in 2019 who have helped me keep RoCs going so well, and I am sure next year will be just as successful. Thanks especially to Stu and Jon, as they are stepping down from the committee after many years helping to run the club. Also more thanks to Hannah and Matt for stepping in to take over these roles, and Sarah for starting as our new Social Officer, a much needed role. Please note that the gear officer role run by James has now been taken on by Mark, our Website & IT Officer, so any club gear or club guide books you require for a meet, please contact Mark.

Finally, for all those hardy climbers who wish to start the year early, Patrick and I will be going North as usual to Snowdonia on the weekend of the 1st & 2nd February, camping at Capel Curig (if it is open) next to the Bryn Tyrch Pub. There are options to use the adjoining warm dry hostel if you book a space with them, or in the Pub, or for the really hardy, one of the bunk rooms on the campsite (no heating or water). There should be a Meets page appearing soon on the website. We will probably go up Thursday morning and return Sunday pm. We hope to have cold dry weather with some snow! If not, expect dry or wet weather for damp climbing or wet mountaineering. If the weather looks to be really foul at the last minute we will not go. Watch the meets page.

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Climb & Curry event

On Sunday 15th December we will be climbing at Gecko in the afternoon, then going onto the Curry house in Romsey for the meal. If you wish to renew your membership for 2020 and are attending this event, you can do so by handing me a renewal form and the £25 in cash, a cheque or by making a BACS payment to the RoCs bank account. I will be at Gecko form about 3 pm onwards.

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RoCs renewal for 2020

Now we are in December, you will need to pay your renewal membership fee for 2020 before the end of the year. Due to a £6 increase from the BMC, we have had to increase our membership fee by £5, so the new fee for 2020 is now £25. You can pay by cash, cheque or BACS transfer. I will be at Gecko on most Friday evenings so you can renew then, or collect your 2020 membership card if you have already renewed.

Please let me know if you do not wish to renew for 2020 so I can remove you from our data base and e mail list. Pete

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Committee members positions

At the AGM on Friday 22nd November at Calshot, we will be voting the committee members in for 2020. As well as the opportunity for any member to stand for any of the committee roles, there are some vacancies available.

We will be needing a new Membership Officer, Gear Officer and a Committee Member. We also wish to create a new role as Social Officer (to arrange any social events for the club). If you wish to stand for any of the roles, please let me know before the 15th November, in time for the voting at the AGM on Friday 22nd November at Calshot wall. All members are invited to attend the AGM at 8-00pm in the Boothman Room. We will be climbing from 6-00 to 8-00 before the meeting, and gathering in the cafe after the meeting (about 9-30 for a drink and chat. Pete

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Membership Renewal for 2020

Hi to all existing RoCs members.

Now is the time to start thinking about climbing in 2020. Your current membership will expire on 31st December. I have sent you a renewal form for you to complete and return to me, regardless of how you pay your membership fee for 2020, which has had to be increased to £25 (due to an increase of £6 per member by the BMC). When you pay your renewal by cash, cheque or bank transfer, please send or give to me your completed form for 2020, as I cannot register you with RoCs or the BMC without it. Please renew before the end of December.

Thanks, Pete

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Meets news

There are still four opportunities to join us on a club meet in 2019: three weekends in September and October and the Spanish trip in November.

The next is this weekend to Gower, a beautiful holiday area on the South Wales coast. The climbs are mainly single pitch and many start from the beach so it’s very atmospheric! It’s only a couple of days away so you’d better get your skates on and sign up on the webpage if you want to go…

The following meet is at the end of the month to the mountains of North Wales for some easy climbing and scrambling. We’re staying in a climbing hut near Llanberis; we’ve stayed there several times and it’s very comfortable.

The 11-13 October meet was due to be an ‘experienced climber’ trip to Baggy Point in North Devon. No one had signed up for this and organiser Jon Gibbons can’t now make that weekend so we have a gap in the calendar.  Due to the lack of interest in the venue I propose we move to a more popular location: maybe Wye Valley/Symonds Yat, Peak District, Portland…anywhere you’d like to go for a weekend. It just needs someone to volunteer to organise it, which only involves suggesting where to go and finding somewhere to stay. That could be a campsite, climbing hut, bunkhouse, AirBnB – depending on preference (and cash!). If you’re interested, get in touch with John H to talk about it. Without an organiser there’ll be no meet…

In November we’re off on the annual shorts and T shirt sport climbing week in Spain. At the moment there are eight of us signed up. We’re flying from Bournemouth and staying in a villa with a pool that sleeps twelve (the villa, not the pool!) so there’s still room for any latecomers – see the webpage for more details.

Enjoy your climbing and don’t forget to look (or post) on the RoCs Facebook page for last-minute and impromptu trips!

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RoCs Annual General Meeting 2019

Hi to all RoCs members. Just for you to put this in your diary for November. The AGM will be held at Calshot wall on Friday November 22nd in the usual Boothman room starting at 8-00pm. After the meeting has ended (usually about 9-30) we will retire to the cafe/bar for drinks, food and a chat about our plans for 2020! (and stories from 2019?) If you wish to climb before the meeting we shall be there about 6-00pm. All members are welcome to attend this friendly (not too official) meeting of Romsey Climbers.

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