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2022 Chairman's Report - Resilient membership, normality returns (hurrah !), cottage improved, etc

Marking another full year in the club's history, our Chairman delivered his report at the well attended AGM, held at Wolf Mountain on the 13th December 2022: "Membership - This year stands at 101, a good post-covid recovery, and our thanks to Lee, the new members’ secretary. This compares with 95 last year, 98 in 2020, 103 in 2019, and 99 in 2018.These numbers show how robust our membership is over a very difficult few years.

Climbing and Walking - Now that the pandemic is more or less over (apart from seasonal

fluctuations), our outdoor activities are approaching normality (whatever that means)

Meets programme The presentation has been much improved recently on the club’s web site, with lists of meets plus summary of each location’s activities, and how to join in. In addition, the previous year’s meets are included in retrospect. Well worth a look!

Meets Programme - Highlights in 2022 included North Devon in early June, a visit to the German Alps in July, the usual August bank holiday barbecue meet at TyB, a week on the island of Lundy in September, Lee’s pub walk at Kinver in October, and the annual dinner meet in the Lake District in November.

Looking ahead to 2023, we have a Scottish meet in the Cairngorms in mid March (limited

numbers), another Scottish meet (Glencoe) in early May, a trip to Morocco (anti-atlas) in the

autumn, and a “hot rock” visit to Spain in early winter.

Tal-y-Braich - Before the pandemic, we negotiated a special arrangement with Solihull M.C. over preferential use of TyB. We now propose to implement the arrangement, which should be beneficial to both clubs: to the SMC for more flexible bookings for small groups, and for the WMC for extra income. This comes at a difficult time for us thanks to Mr P. and the cost if living rise, so any extra income is welcome.

We run TyB on the proverbial shoe-string, and to keep hut fees down we do not employ outsiders, which means doing most of the work ourselves. We hope that you will do your bit to help at our twice-a-year working meets. The last one took place in mid October, and many jobs were completed, including fitting an H-chimney above the lounge fireplace, hopefully to cut down on smoke ingress. Hope to see you at the next working meet in March.

Wolf Mountain - The climbing wall has been up and running again for over a year now. and gets a dozen or more members every Tuesday evening starting at about 7 or 7.30 pm. Experienced members have also run introductory sessions on lead climbing and abseiling. Mike at the Wolf intends to organise an annual competition with a trophy (sponsored by the WMC!).

Meetings - Committee meetings have been held for the last two and a half years as virtual events using the Zoom software. These have all been held on Thursday evenings, so as not to clash with evenings at the wall. Tom Hartland has been the instigator and host for all zoom meetings, and our huge thanks are due to him. However, for the first time since the pandemic, we are running this AGM in person to person mode – much more intimate!

I thank the 2022 committee for their continuing hard work, and give my best wishes to the 2023 committee. Finally I’d like to wish all members a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year."

Dave Wilkinson


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