How to stay in touch with your local BMC area

Posted by Tony Ryan on 01/07/2015
Local area meetings: beer, bolts and banter guaranteed.

Bolts; wind farms; crag clean-ups; access issues; dry tooling. If you want to make your voice heard about local climbing and walking issues, then come along to your next BMC area meeting. Here's how you can keep up to date with area meeting information.

The BMC is divided into nine local areas, and each area has a meeting four or five times a year. Attending area meetings is one of the main ways to get involved in our work and they're often good fun too – taking place in pubs or climbing walls, usually with free food and sometimes a guest speaker. More about what happens at a BMC area meeting

The BMC Local Areas website
The BMC Local Areas site (aka the Community site) holds all the latest dates and documents for the meetings. Just select your area from the drop-down menu for meeting information, as well as local news and events, or select your area from the list below:

Cymru Wales
Lakes
London & South East
Midlands
North East
North West
Peak
South West
Yorkshire

You can also create a user profile for yourself on the site and be added to your local area group. Whenever a listing for an area meeting in your area is created, you’ll get an automatic email notification.

The BMC website
A page on the BMC website lists the next meeting in each BMC area.
Upcoming BMC area meeting dates

The BMC email newsletter
We publicise area meetings in the BMC monthly email newsletter via the 'BMC Local Area Meetings' banner.

BMC area mailings
About a week before each area meeting, we email all members (for whom we have an email address) within that BMC area with an invitation to attend the meeting.

If we don’t have an email address for you, or your email address has changed, and you’d like to receive BMC email newsletters (mainly the monthly email newsletter and the area meeting invitation), please email office@thebmc.co.uk with a request to receive BMC newsletters and include your name and BMC membership number.

Facebook
Like our page at www.facebook.com/BritishMountaineeringCouncil. We'll post details of local meetings on there but to guarantee you see the local news, follow your local area too:

Cymru Wales
Lakes
London & South East
Midlands
North East
North West
Peak
South West
Yorkshire

Twitter
Follow us @team_BMC to get all the latest BMC information, including area meetings. Areas which also have their own Twitter page are:

Cymru Wales
Midlands

Local Areas forums on UKClimbing and UKHillwalking
Join the discussion threads on the Local Areas forums of UKClimbing.com and UKHillwalking.com. Meetings are also listed  in the Event Diary section on both websites.

Summit magazine
Meeting information is published in Summit, our quarterly magazine.
How to get Summit magazine

 

See you at the next meeting

So now you know how to find out about area meetings, if you’ve never attended a meeting, and wondered what you might be missing, come along to the next one in your area. The chips are on us!


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Someone has put a great deal of work in making this presentation of information on how to stay in touch with your local BMC. A well spent youth on the mountains, fells and ski-slopes means my mobility is impaired to an extent and I appreciate the emailed newsletters, ability to read minutes of meetings etc. Specially interested in the input of BMC in regards to our views on challenges for charity that involve such heavy use of the access to Scafell and Wasdale. Will these events encourage young mountaineers I wonder? Hard to say. Margie Arts

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