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Lent Newsletter 3

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With a successful trip to the North York Moors just back, it's a pleasure to announce our second trip of term, to Penwyllt in South Wales' Brecon Beacons. Plus, a navigation course to be held on our final trip of term, and a reminder about our Annual General Meeting.

  1. Penwyllt Trip, Brecon Beacons, 9th to 11th February
  2. Navigation Course, Keswick, 9th to 11th March
  3. AGM, 8th February, 7p.m. 8th February (deadline for motions!)
  4. Other items

SWCC Cottages, Penwyllt, Brecon Beacons, 9th to 11th February

For our second trip of term, we're headed to the open expanses and dramatic edges of the Brecon Beacons, in South Wales, in a combined trip with the Cambridge University Caving Club. The bunkhouse lies at the foot of the Black Mountain and a short distance from Pen y Fan, while underneath it lies over 30 miles of cave system: Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. The hills are great, the national park's a Dark Sky reserve, there's the possibility of trying caving, and if that's not enough for you there's over 220 life-size dinosaur models on the other side of the valley. What more could you want?

We’ll leave Cambridge around 17:30 on Friday the 9th February and will be back well before midnight on Sunday the 11th. 20 places in the bunkhouse will be available, and the trip costs £42, including transport, accommodation and communal club supplies (milk, biscuits, cooking oil etc.).

To sign up, fill in this webform stating your name, e-mail and (if you'd like) the names and e-mail addresses of up to 2 people with whom you'd like to go. Places will be assigned by random ballot, with either all or none of the people you name getting a place (with the same likelihood as if you applied alone). Sign up closes at 18:00 on Sunday 4th February and we'll email you shortly afterwards to let you know whether you have a place or if you're on the waiting list. If you get a place and drop out, you'll be less likely to get a place on future trips, and if we're unable to find a replacement (more likely the later you drop out) you'll have to pay for your place.

If you've any questions about kit, check the website for our kit list and list of what you can borrow. If that doesn't help then e-mail our Safety Officer, Callum at

If you've any general questions, there's basic trip information on our website. If that doesn't help, feel free to drop me an email at

Navigation Course, Keswick, 9th to 11th March

Want to be able to lead walks or head off on your own, but worried you'll get lost or misjudge routes or timings? We'll be running a navigation course over the course of our final trip of term, to Keswick in the Lake District. The two day course will require no prior experience navigating, and will cover what you need to lead walks successfully, even in difficult conditions. The cost of the course is £10, to cover the attendance expenses of the course leader, and although a place on the course will guarantee you a place on the trip, the course cost does not include the trip fee. To join, sign up here before 6p.m. on Sunday the 4th February. Places will be assigned at random, and we'll confirm whether you have a place soon after sign-up closes.

Annual General Meeting, St. Catharine's' Rushmore Room, 7.30p.m., 8th February

Another reminder that our Annual General Meeting is approaching, on Thursday the 8th February. Motions to be discussed at the AGM must be e-mailed to the President at cuhwcpresident[at], before the end of today (Monday), proposed by one member of the club and seconded by another. Nominations for committee positions must be submitted before Monday the 5th February, again with 2 members of the club as proposer and seconder respectively (though this can be arranged at the pub on Thursday or by e-mailing cuhwcpresident[at] New members are very welcome to stand for election, and committee members will be more than happy to answer any questions about what their role entails or how they've found it (emails here).

Other items

• Come to the pub! It was great to see so many at the Castle Inn last week, so I hope more will join, Thursday from 9.30p.m. • Keep signing up for our Easter vacation trips! • Sunday 25th February is the likely date of our Lent term day trip, with details to be decided by the new committee • The details of our Rec 2 emergency first aid course are still being worked out, and will follow once confirmed.

Best wishes,