Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Annual Dinner Weekend - Part 2.... 2011

Trevor, our current chairman, and Arthur, our first chairman from 1957.

This year's Annual Dinner was held at the Middle Ruddings Inn, Braithwaite, near Keswick on Saturday 26th March 2011. The dinner was well attended and attracted quite a wide range of the membership with many members attending the Saturday Walk and doing a little bouldering.

After a slightly chaotic but enjoyable meal, members were treated to an interesting and amusing presentation by Pete Chadwick. This was of particular interest because of Pete's extensive knowledge of the Merseyside and North West climbing scene which grew up around Pex Hill in the later years of the last century.

Jeff, Steve, Mark and Graham waiting for seconds.

Next came the presentation of the Club's Annual Awards. The Chairman's Award was made to Stephen Fletcher for organising the Annual Dinner(again). Club Member of the Year was awarded to your trusty news editor for his on-going efforts with the club website.

Mark Dempsey was awarded Mountaineer of the Year for all round climbing achievement. Mark has been a contender for this award for some time and last year Mark visited the Alps; did a great deal of winter climbing especially in Scotland; and he also climbed and bouldered to a high standard in the Peak, the Lakes and Wales.

The Peeler of the Year was Ste Millington for an unfortunate occurrence whilst "just warming-up on something easy" at Pex Hill.

Mark, our Mountaineer of the Year, holding the Peeler of the Year Award
which he collected on behalf of Ste Millington.

Has-Been of the Year was Malcolm Brentford. Last year Malcolm received the Mountaineer of the Year Award for his continued activity with the club and, in particular, a trip to the Himalayas in 2009. Unfortunately, it would appear that he has been resting on his laurels and didn't do much worthy of note in 2010.

Kate congratulating Malcolm on his award.

And finally, Gareth Rowlands was forced to accept the Piss Pot of the Year Award for quite prodigious consumption. We hope that he will take good care of the trophy.

After that members retired to the bar and a few keen souls even arranged a taxi to go clubbing in Keswick.

The three Kens(and Dave, and John).

Thanks to Steve for the photos.