Many Club members, particularly those who regularly climb on Southern Sandstone, will be aware of the current situation, but for those who are unsure – those new to the sport – and those who usually climb indoors but want to try outdoors, climbing outdoors is now allowed by government guidelines but not all crags are open. The following is the situation for the major Southern Sandstone crags:

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A new book, recently published by the Oxford Alpine Club (OAC), may be of interest to club members.

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If you are new to rock climbing in the last year or two and have not yet ventured beyond climbing walls and, maybe, top rope protected climbing at Harrisons & Bowles Rocks, then our Club trip to the Peak District in the summer (see newsletter for dates) will be a perfect trip for you to come and learn about climbing with a lead climber and traditional protection techniques.

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Local news from the BMC: There is now an updated version on the London and South East mini guide. You may also wish to give the guide to new/beginner members to support their development in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering. Thanks go in particular to all those clubs that have supported the production of this publication. The BMC have also launched a new active outdoors campaign to get people outdoors and where possible undertaking training in hill walking, scrambling, winter skills and climbing. Please share this information with club members.

Here is dramatic footage of a major cliff collapse in Hastings:  

This year’s AGM has taken place, with the present committee being re-elected so the present committee for 2013-2014 is as below. Chairman Dick Gasson Vice Chairman Jean Reed Treasurer Mike Peak Secretary Jane Moseley Members Nick Warren, Kim Warren, Jill Leader, Simon Curd, Daryl Naylor The 21st January committee meeting will focus on planning events and trips for the coming year, we need your input! If you have any ideas of thoughts, please let a committee member know or even come and attend the committee meeting. Thanks to Daryl and Naomi for the talk they gave at the AGM about their adventures climbing Kilimanjaro. The photo competition held at the AGM, resulted in a good number of entries, this year the ‘Simon Wakefield Memorial Shield’ will be shared jointly by Ruth and Nick.

The club needs a new publicity poster, so we’ve decided to ask you talented members out there to have a go at designing one. We need to especially promote the use of the climbing wall on a Monday night to ensure that we can cover the costs, now that the charges have increased. Please get your entries to any committee member by the AGM in November—there will be a prize for the winning poster: a £20 gift voucher for Cotswold Outdoors.

For those who have yet to visit, for some pictures of the new climbing wall at the Edinburgh Road Campus of the St. Leonards Academy click here.

Club members Daryl and Naomi are in the process of climbing Kilimanjaro in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, if you would like to sponsor them visit their fundraising page at

The Grove is now closed. The good news is that the Club has applied to use the new wall in the Edinburgh Road Campus. This is in the new sports centre at what was known as Filsham Valley, and will be taller and wider than the old wall. It will have modern bolt on holds with overhung sections. We have applied for the same 7- 9 pm Monday time slot. The new facility is no more than 400m from the old school so there is no extra travelling involved. The not so good news is that the price will have to rise as we will not be able to share hire charges with the Badminton group, as we have for a number of years. In addition and like everything else inflation creeps up on us. However £4 per person is still not excessive and it is important to maintain good…

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