The Committee

Lauren Parkinson

Lauren Parkinson

Club President

Favourite Meet: I like the diversity of the meets we have both in terms of where we go and the age ranges that get together – all with the common interest of outdoor pursuits and a sense of fun. In some ways it is just a great big extended family!

Edgar Harwood

Edgar Harwood

Secretary

Favourite Meet: It used to be caving in Greece and all over the UK 50 years ago! Now I like walking with an element of challenge such as the Snowdonia Three Peaks.

Stuart Wright

Stuart Wright

Hut Warden

Favourite Meet: annual Easter climbing meet in Cornwall – the climbing is great and the Cornish pasties and scotch eggs even better – but always happy to nip off somewhere hot, like Spain, for a bit of bolt clipping.

Claire Dignon

Claire Dignon

Club Development

Favourite Meet: Sport climbing, via ferrata and scrambling in Ailefroide, France. Sunshine, camping, good food and lots for the relative novice. But also any club meets at Pant Ifan where you can climb one day, mountain bike the next and pop down a mine on the way home.

Steve Foley

Steve Foley

Caving Meet Secretary

Favourite meet: Anywhere underground or that involves a mountain bike! 

Chris Haines

Chris Haines

Social Secretary

Favourite Meet: Caving in Doolin, County Clare. Great caves, walking and pubs with live music.

Bob Jayes

Bob Jayes

Treasurer

Favourite Meet: The annual Alstonefield Walk – it allows me to enjoy a challenge in the outdoors as my flexibility to climb or cave has become restricted.

Penny Hemsted

Penny Hemsted

Chair and Membership Secretary

Favourite Meet: A difficult question! Sicily was good and varied – with crags so close to the camp site AND lit up for extra sessions after 9 p.m. The Chartreuse (France) was superb too – (and select) with 6 attendees from different disciplines but all climbing and an average age of 74!     Favourite Place? No contest! Kalymnos for me!

Andy Hemsted

Andy Hemsted

Climbing Meet Secretary/ Newsletter Editor

Favourite Meet: The Gritstone Challenge; a long long midsummer day, with climbing on nine crags, and walking in-between. We hope for good weather, and no midges!

Jane Varley

Jane Varley

Walking Meets Secretary

Favourite Meet:  The Alstonefield Walk has my vote.  True to say I may be showing favouritism as this event has been organised by my Dad for well over 40 years.  From the camaraderie on the early morning coach trip, the anticipation of a challenging day ahead against winter elements, rounded off by the welcome warmth of an evening at the Bluebell Inn for socialising, sustenance and tall tales of derring-do!

Paul O'Shea

Paul O'Shea

Committee member

Favourite Meet: To be honest any of the club meets are great; they have their own character and there is something special about each one. Then there’s always the December meet for the Alstonefield walk to look forwards to, a great way to finish the year outdoors (above ground).

Dave Haines

Dave Haines

Committee member

As a member for 59 years, I’ve had many wonderful meets with the Club, my favourites being the Club trips to Crete and County Clare, the Alstonefield walks and South Wales Caving Trips.