You're invited: BMC annual gathering in the Peak District

Posted by Kate Anwyl on 06/04/2016
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Join us in the heart of the Peak District over the weekend of 15-17 April for the BMC’s AGM and annual gathering. It’s a friendly, social event for walkers and climbers who are members of the BMC.

The weekend provides a chance to talk with staff and volunteers about current work and share ideas for the future; and of course make the most of the wonderful outdoor opportunities the national park has to offer.

For accommodation, buffet and activities, complete the booking form

Programme of events

Friday 15 April

8.30 pm onwards: Grab yourself a drink and join us to watch In Extreme Danger, a BBC documentary about Frank Cannings’ epic 1971 Lundy rescue, introduced by the man himself.

9.30 pm: Rob Greenwood, Chair of the Peak Area, will be hosting one of his infamous quizzes, testing your knowledge on all things outdoors.

Saturday 16 April

We are offering crèche facilities for children aged 5 years to 16 years.  Spaces are limited.  Please contact Kate@thebmc.co.uk for further details.

9.00 am onwards: Please register for the AGM between 9.00 and 10.45 am, to ensure you can vote.

9.30 am: BMC Directors, staff and volunteers will be available for an open question and answer session with a focus on women in the outdoors.

11.00 am: AGM begins.  You must have registered on the day to be able to vote, or have submitted your proxy voting card a minimum of 48 hours before the AGM starts.

AGM agenda
Agenda Item 2 - previous minutes from 2015
Agenda Item 3 - annual report
Agenda Item 4 - annual accounts
Agenda Item 6 - re-elections
Agenda Item 7 - elections
Agenda Item 8 - subscriptions

12.30 pm: Clubs & Huts Seminar

1.30 pm: Join Peter Judd (Peak Area Hill Walking Representative) for a walk which will leave Losehill Hall to take a journey from Limestone to Gritstone: visiting Cave Dale, Mam Tor and continuing along Great Ridge to Lose Hill; returning to the Losehill Hall in time for the evening buffet.  This walk is 8 miles in length with 500 metres of ascent.

7.30 pm:  Free buffet (please book in advance), announcement of the George Band Award recipient and a BMC auction with all proceeds being split between Climbers Against Cancer and the BMC’s Mend our Mountains campaign.

Sunday 17 April

9.30 am:  Join us for a 10-mile walk with 650m of ascent; leaving Losehill Hall to go around the Edale Valley and up to Hope Cross; then onto and along the southern edge of Kinder Scout, overlooking the Edale Valley, to Ringing Roger, before descending to cross the valley, going over Hollins Cross and back to Losehill Hall.

12.00 pm: In a special ceremony in honour of the Peak District National Park’s 65th anniversary, a new Stanage Pole will be erected by BMC volunteers.

A wooden pole has stood on the moors close to Stanage Edge for several hundred years, marking the border of Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Some believe it could even mark the ancient frontier between Mercia and Northumbria.

The previous pole had to be removed for safety reasons last year after some of the wood rotted. Now a replacement larch tree trunk sourced from Stanage-North Lees will be hoisted into place, 65 years to the day after the Peak District became Britain's first National Park.

Over the weekend

BMC TV will be in action during the weekend with a fine selection of films to watch.

The BMC has recently instigated an exciting and important area of development to consider how to promote and develop the involvement of women in climbing, hill walking and the work of the BMC.  Please contact Lynn, BMC Guidebook Committee member and volunteer (lynn.robinson@bmcvolunteeers.org.uk) for more information, or to arrange to meet up for a chat over the AGM weekend.

Accommodation at YHA Castleton

Bunk room accommodation is available on Friday and Saturday night as follows:

Single sex shared bunk room

£25 per person for bed and breakfast with shared bathroom facilities.

£32 per person for bed and breakfast with ensuite bathroom facilitiies.

Book now

To book accommodation, buffet and activities, complete the AGM booking form


As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t have made it without you.

If you liked what we did, then tell your friends about us: www.thebmc.co.uk/join


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