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Present:   Chris Bell, Clive Bell ,  Martin Dale, Darren Hartley, Dave Hicks, Andy Hird,  Mike Howe, Tony Hulme, Rob Lewis, Steve Longworth, John Wiseman,  Dave Wood


 Andy Dunhill, Pete Stridgeon, Caroline Webb







Main points of discussion

Chairman’s Remarks:


Darren thanked Dave Hicks for organising the self-rescue courses.

Darren also thanked those who have supported meets this Summer and he thought that the introductory meet at Stair had been particularly successful.

Best wishes go to Pete Stridgeon together with the wish that he makes a speedy recovery from his accident.




Minutes of the last meeting held on 14.7.2014 &matters arising


Minutes were agreed.



FMC Calendar Review

Membership cards are now being distributed and members are being notified that subscriptions are due.

The compilation of the new syllabus will begin in October.


Outstanding Actions

Referred to in Action Report

Andy H is to review outside booking fees (014/2/1) to be moved in line with inflation.



Secretary’s Report



Details of an increase in fees had come come from the BMC and been passed on to Mike.


Rob has e-mailed the secretary of the Lancashire M.C. to suggest the possibility of a hut swap with Cae Ysgubor but has received no response.




Social Secretary’s Report


Steve reported that a good mix of climbers and mountaineers were in place for the Winter social programme and that need one more celebrity for January or February. Martin asked what sort of specialism the guest should have –do we need another climber or someone with different interests?

The club website is being updated with social events with early events being on already.

A discussion about whether there should be a guest speaker at the annual dinner resulted in the idea not being supported. It was felt that there was a traditional format which should be adhered to.



Booking Secretary’s Report


The FMC booking e-mail address had been re-set as it had become corrupted. Currently, the only booking space left is next July /August. Some cheques are still to be paid into the bank. Andy announced that he and Liz are to stand down from 2015. Andy felt that the demands of the job every week made it difficult to keep on top of. Action for the committee is to seek a new booking secretary. (014/4/1).


Treasurer’s Report


Mike stated that the bank balance is £12661. 23. There is £2277 still to pay in. The letter from the BMC regarding increases in fees raises the question of a subs increase at the next AGM.

Mike has sent a note round about the projector.


Membership Secretary’s Report


Dave stated that a number of people had expressed an interest in joining the club. He felt that those who are coming by recommendation are more likely to stay the course. Many enquire but don’t follow up their initial enquiries. He thought that there was a ratio of about 3:1 climbers to walkers. Andy Ingle had made enquiries but has not paid as yet. Steve Clarke is coming to the next intro meet. Mark Hickman might have a university commitment. Martin Imms was working away. Dave thought that work was needed to maintain contact with prospective members. His key message to people in the club is to get people involved. At present, climbers are more active than walkers. Dave is not unhappy with current progress.



Langdale Hut Custodian’s Report


There was a hive of activity on the working weekend.


Mould has been cleared. Some discussion about ventilation has taken place.

Stair Hut Custodian’s Report


Andy is to get a plumber to fix the stop-tap.


The microwave and the gate are to be replaced.






What’s OnEditor’s Report


What’s Onis out.


Newsletter Editor’s Report


Action to look for new newsletter editor (14/4/2)







There was discussion about a communication received from Diane Westby stating that Dave’s membership would not be renewed as he was not kept in touch with by the club. The committee decided that Rob would write to Diane and Dave expressing how Dave was appreciated as a longstanding member, and that he would continue to receive club communications. He would also be welcome at club events. (14/4/3)


Rob was asked to write to Ultimate Outdoors, Deepdale, to confirm that they will offer us a 15% discount. (14/4/4)


Dave stated that under the tenure rule changes the V.C. needed to step down at the next AGM.


Date of Next Meeting:  3 November, 2014



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