a date for all your diaries: the Autumn Working Meet is being held on the 7th - 8th October at the Cottage and Barn…only a month away!
The Working Meets are a great place to meet and catch up with both new and older members, swap beta, get ideas and plan trips, do a bit of work, and put something back into the club. IF we get a decent attendance, AND we get all our jobs ticked off quickly, there is the possibility of some climbing on the Sunday, this usually happens these days (but don’t assume that you can climb on Sunday while you leave others to mop the toilets…and if you aren’t intending to help at the Working Meet we would ‘rather you didn’t’ stay at the Cottage that weekend -as in don’t!).
All members are welcome at Working Meets for either one or both days, it is usually a very productive weekend with a great atmosphere, good food and plenty of climbing plans made. Whisky and bench traverses optional.
The club will provide a hearty communal meal on the Saturday night, milk, and bacon/veggie rolls for Saturday and Sunday breakfast. You will need to bring your own food for Friday night and Saturday and Sunday lunches, any snacks, and any booze. If anyone would like to volunteer to cook breakfast and/or evening meal that would be great. Custard is mandatory.
We usually get in late on Friday night and start work for 9am on Saturday, and work through to about 5pm with a couple of breaks; Sundays are a bit more relaxed start, and are generally a lighter day of finishing up and cleaning our way out the building.
There are plenty of jobs on the list for the weekend that will suit all skills, abilities and aptitudes! -we’ll be clearing the gutters, checking roofs and generally getting the place ready for winter, tidying up round the Cottage, finishing the new path, splitting and stacking timber for the winter, doing the laundry, changing codes on the locks, emptying the safe, strimming the grass, rebuilding the wall that got toppled, carting gas up the hill, doing safety checks and updating signs, deep-cleaning and painting, electrical and woodworking jobs (assuming insurance), and a host of little snags to keep the Barn and Cottage in top condition…
If anyone can offer lifts that is always needed. I will be driving up from Stroud, Gloucestershire with the Assistant Hut Warden (Leithan the lurcher), hopefully on the friday afternoon to set up and get stuff laid out.
If you are planning on attending please reply on this thread with your names, whether you can offer/need transport, where you are coming from and any time you can leave, if you are vegetarian/have special dietary/allergy/whatever requirements, or if you have any specific trades or skills. Anyone attending with medical issues that may affect their work should let me know by private mail.
Any questions, just ask!
look forward to seeing you all there,