Following the great success of the previous two dinners held at the Shap Wells Hotel there appears to be nowhere better to go (at such a competitive price) so I’m pleased to confirm that this year’s Annual Dinner will again be held at the Shap Wells.
I’m delighted that Charlie Ramsay originator and instigator of the Scottish Ramsay Round (equivalent of the Lakeland Bob Graham) has agreed to be our principle guest. In addition to his mountaineering and fell running background I’m reliably informed that he is an excellent raconteur and has a personal interest in youth development and training in the outdoors, so it will be interesting to hear what he has to say to a Club with an average age over 50!
There will be the usual choice of activities on offer over the weekend some, but not all, of which are as follows:
Charlie Ramsey will do a short show on the Ramsey Round. Then 2 or 3 of our members who have recently been to very exciting places will tell all. Dave Woolley has just return from the first ascent of Chok Ri a 6,200m peak in the Karakorum and I’m tracking down a couple of others who are currently abroad. I will confirm details shortly. If there is time I will conclude with a light hearted review of the Club year. The ‘show’ will start around 8 and last for no more than an hour or so which will leave plenty of time to prop up the bar and catch up with one and all.
A two course carvery (main course with sweet plus tea & coffee) will be available from 6.30-8.30 @ £13.95p.p. There is no need to book in advance for this.
Walking: I will lead a walk of 10 or so miles round Great Dodd & Stybarrow Dodd staring from High Row car park (GR 380 219) which is above Dockray and marked on some maps as a sheepfold …. but honestly there is a car park there. Setting off at 10.30 (it is about a 45 minute drive from the hotel).
Climbing: Dominic will be the central coordinator for the weekends ‘cragging’ with the weather being key to activities. Dom will let us know his plans on Friday or Saturday morning.
Cycling: on, or off, road. There are usually various parties heading in differing directions so if you want to join in give me a shout and I’ll point you in the directions a likely ‘coordinator’ on the day.
Saturday Evening – Dinner & dance:
6.30 pm meeting for drinks in the Riverside Lounge for dinner at 7 pm.
Three amusing (hopefully) and relatively short speeches will wind up the dinner and formal part of the evening. In addition to a few words from me, Charlie Ramsey will propose the health of the Club and then Dave Woolley has jumped at the chance to ‘get his own back’ and propose the health of the President.
The rest of the evening (and no doubt well into the morning in some cases) lies ahead to catch up with old mates, dance and laugh the night away.
After the success of member David Nightingales Rainbow Sky band which we have enjoyed for the past couple of years David is this year bringing along his other band ‘Handle with Care’ … who are apparently even better than Rainbow Sky.
More of the same ….. climb, walk, cycle, recover …. or just do what you like. I will lead a walk round Harter Fell & High Street starting from the Mardale Head car park (GR 469 107) at the head of Haweswater. Gathering there for a brisk get away at 11.
The hotel rooms have been block booked on a first come first served basis. The room rates have been held for the third year running:
2 nights or more: Single room £42.00 per person, per night / double room £35.00 p.p.p.n.
1 night only: Single room £57.00 per person, per night / double room £44.00 p.p.p.n.
Please get in touch direct with the Shap Wells on 01931 716 628 to book a room (website www.shapwells.com) and mention it’s for the Rucksack Club dinner.
The booking form for the dinner is attached:
pdf version – print and complete in ink
or WORD version – can be completed on your computer then printed
please return (along with payment) to
Andy Llewellyn, 9 Beechfield Road, Davenport, Stockport, Cheshire, SK3 8SF.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Shap Wells in November.