Newsletter 139

 

AOAC Newsletter
 

Message from the Chair – November 2021
I hope you have all been enjoying the many activities on offer during autumn.  Great to see such a variety of events on offer even as days are getting shorter – it feels very different to the restrictions of last year. Let’s hope we can continue to have freedom to enjoy the outdoors through the winter months as well.

Good to see social events starting again too – pub crawl soon – first in what feels like a very long time. We’re not having a Christmas party this year but more socials are being planned. It would be great if someone could organise a Burns' Night celebration in early 2022....if you fancy doing this and would like help, or you'd be prepared to help if someone else did the organising, get in touch with Pete at [email protected] and he'll put all interested parties in touch with each other.

Please continue to follow the COVID-19 SOPs, including taking daily lateral flow tests when on AOAC residential trips so we can run events as safely as possible. On the subject of safety, organisers/leaders please remember to complete an incident form (found on the website) if there has been an incident or near miss on your event/activity as they are an important tool for learning and reflection. Many thanks to those who have taken the time to do this when things have not gone according to plan.

Thanks as always to everyone who has been involved both directly and indirectly in organising/leading/coaching activities. Also to the committee and their largely unseen work behind the scenes. Particular thanks to Kath  for her work as membership secretary who has recently stepped down. Also to Cathy and Pete who have kindly taken on the membership role in addition to their existing committee roles until the AGM in March 2022. 

Hope to meet lots of you on an event soon.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or any of the committee if you have any ideas/comments/suggestions about Club-related matters.

Have fun out there.      
                                       
Katie 
AOAC Chair 

Membership Officer

Sadly Kath has stood down from the position of Membership Officer; we appreciate her reasons for doing so and thank her for all her hard work over the years. This role will be up for grabs at the AGM, but until then Pete and I have offered to cover the role and get some New Members' Weekends on the calendar for next year. If anyone wants to help please let us know at [email protected] 

If you have any favourite bunkhouses within 2 hours of Bristol that cater for 20-25 exclusively, please let us know. Also, did you know that there is a forum category of 'Accommodation' where you can add details of bunkhouses and comments re desirability (or non desirability, as the case may be); it would be very useful to build a register of suitable accommodation. You can find the forum here.

Pub Crawl - Friday 3 December 2021
Join Guy and Andy on the first proper social for ages. Starting at the Port of Call, York Street (off the top of Whiteladies Road) at 7pm....if everyone's moved on by the time you get there, just give Guy a call and he'll let you know where we are. Come on out.....you know you want to :)

Cycling News
The nights draw in and the weather changes for the worse, but that's not going to stop us!!

There has been a MTB night ride around Ashton Court  and a more hard core MTB trip around the Mendips! 

We also had a  well attended Cycling Club Night at Frame and Form bike workshop and fitness training. So much was learnt, myths busted and goodies bought. 

We have both a road ride and MTB ride on the calendar for the 27th November sitting there just waiting to be booked onto.

Keep a watch on the calendar for the next event so you don't miss out. 

Guy
Cycling Coordinator

Walking News
There was plenty of enthusiasm at the recent walk planning meeting and it’s great to see some of the walks on the calendar already. The minutes of the meeting are here along with the ideas from the recent ‘walking ideas’ survey. Thanks to everyone who took part.

As we move through autumn the Cotswolds, the Ridgeway, the Chew Valley and Longleat have weekend walks lined up. For anyone thinking of putting a walk on, the last weekend in Nov is currently free otherwise there’s a walk on offer every weekend till Christmas.

It’s also the season for preparing a walking development plan. If you’re interested in leading or coaching, and would like to apply for an AOAC subsidy, please get in touch to ensure we have this in the plan and can support you in working towards this. Club members have a variety of qualifications and can help you understand what’s involved.

Andy 
Walking Coordinator

Welfare and Safeguarding 
Like most good things, being a member of AOAC comes with some terms and conditions attached – including a code of conduct that allows the Club to operate safely and just generally be a nice place to hang out and be social.  In line with similar organisations, the safeguarding and welfare aspects are being pulled together to form an explicit policy.  Safeguarding is as much about not getting yourself into awkward situations as it is looking out for other people.  There will be more about this in the next Newsletter – in the meantime, the Code of Conduct can be viewed on the Website in the Policies section. 

New Member Experience

I joined the AOAC about a year ago mainly for cycling and climbing but I had the chance to join some other events like SUP and walking and, as I am curious to try many things, I even tried kayaking! I passed my Discover and Explore grades when the season for beginners started in Spring/Summer. I was very impressed by the passion and dedication of the leaders and helpers who spent several days a week with the newbie kayakers to teach them quite a good range of skills in terms of paddling technique and paddling environment and equipment, and safety and rescue.

I was so enthused by this all new experience that I wanted to join more paddling events and contribute, at my level, to this community of paddlers. During a club meeting I discovered that everyone was welcome to organise club activities with the support of leaders and helpers. The only thing you need is to find which activity/activities you enjoy the most, and talk to the leaders who will help you define the details to set it up.

And this is what I did, I talked to Sarah and a couple of weeks later the paddling day trip on the Sharpness canal (Gloucestershire) was on the calendar! I wasn't sure who would turn up, but actually the trip was fully booked and, by the look of the happy faces, I could say that the event was a success! At AOAC it is very likely that what you like doing, other people will probably like as well - so why not make yourself and others happy and submit your idea to organise your dream activity?!

Marianne
Happy new member!

North Cornwall Walking Weekend
It was great to go to Boscastle last weekend for the first mainstream bunkhouse trip for a while....it was like meeting extended family at a wedding! Keith, as usual, organised a fabulous trip; the YHA bunkhouse was warm, comfortable and spacious, the walks were interesting and of various lengths to suit all, the 4-course meal on Saturday night was amazing (thanks ladies) and the weather was very kind. Thank you Keith, you do us proud every time :)

If anyone would like to organise a trip like this (and receive lots of thanks and praise for doing so) there is a wealth of information within the club. Come up with an idea, ensure you have the appropriate leaders in place, go to 'Arrange Events' on the website, follow the guidelines, and submit your proposal. It's as easy as that!! If you do need help, the Activities Officer or the Activities Coordinators will be happy to do so. All contact details can be found on the website.

Also, if you enjoy an event or a trip so much that you'd like to share please send me your musings and pics to [email protected], like Murray did last month re his sea kayak trip to Sardinia. It's always lovely to hear about members' enjoyment of club activities and it may spur some on to join in more.

If you have any interesting news/funny stories/free videos/tales of your favourite trips/tips that may help club members, in fact, anything that might be of interest/entertaining, to brighten up the next newsletter, please let me know at [email protected] . Thank you.

See you sometime soon.

Cathy x

 

Events

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New

Indoor climbing - Redpoint BEGINNERS Redpoint climbing centre Tue, 16/11/2021 Climbing

New

Indoor climbing - Redpoint Redpoint climbing centre Tue, 16/11/2021 Climbing

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Committee Meeting Google meet Wed, 17/11/2021 Other

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Paddlesport development meeting Zoom Thu, 18/11/2021 Kayaking & Canoeing

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16 hour outdoor first aid training Charterhouse Outdoor Centre. Mendips Sat, 20/11/2021 to Sun, 21/11/2021 First Aid

New

Whitewater Day Trip TBC Sat, 20/11/2021 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Dursley, Uley and Owlpen 10 mile walk Dursley Sun, 21/11/2021 Walking

New

Indoor climbing - Redpoint Redpoint climbing centre Tue, 23/11/2021 Climbing

New

Indoor climbing followed by food and drinks Redpoint Bristol Fri, 26/11/2021 Climbing

New

Clevedon Mountain Bike Ride Clevedon Sat, 27/11/2021 Mountain Biking

New

Sea Kayaking Bristol Channel Clevedon Sat, 27/11/2021 Kayaking & Canoeing

New

Bike Ride - Beginners/Improvers Strawberry Line Sat, 27/11/2021 Road cycling

New

Whitewater Day Trip TBC Sat, 27/11/2021 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Indoor climbing - Redpoint Redpoint climbing centre Tue, 30/11/2021 Climbing

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AOAC New, Potential and Existing Members Social Google meet Wed, 01/12/2021 Social

New

Social Event Pub Visits around Blackboy Hill Start at Port Of Call Blackboy Hill Fri, 03/12/2021 Social

New

Sea Kayaking Torbay Torbay Fri, 03/12/2021 to Sun, 05/12/2021 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Introduction to Whitewater Symonds Yat (tbc) Sat, 04/12/2021 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Barbury Castle and Ogborne St George 8.5 mile walk Chisledon (near Swindon) Sun, 05/12/2021 Walking

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Multi-Activity Long Weekend in North Wales Betws-y-Coed Thu, 09/12/2021 to Sun, 12/12/2021 Multi-activity

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Timsbury 6.5 miles Circular Waterfall Walk Timsbury Sat, 11/12/2021 Walking

New

Longleat, Heavens Gate,Wiltshire Downs and Shearwater (15miles) Longleat Sun, 19/12/2021 Walking

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Christmas Whitewater Paddle TBC Sun, 19/12/2021 Kayaking & Canoeing

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New Year 5 Day Multi-activity Trip and Party 2021-2022 Slapton Ley, South Devon Tue, 28/12/2021 to Sun, 02/01/2022 Multi-activity

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AOAC New, Potential and Existing Members Social Google meet Wed, 05/01/2022 Social

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Paddlesports Summer Planning meeting Zoom Thu, 06/01/2022 Kayaking & Canoeing

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New Year Trip to CIWW CIWW Sun, 09/01/2022 Kayaking & Canoeing

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AOAC New, Potential and Existing Members Social Google meet Wed, 02/02/2022 Social

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February Sea Kayaking Monorbier- South Pembrokeshire Thu, 24/02/2022 to Sun, 27/02/2022 Kayaking & Canoeing

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AOAC New, Potential and Existing Members Social Google meet Wed, 02/03/2022 Social

New

Pembrokeshire sea kayaking weekend Pembrokeshire Thu, 24/03/2022 to Sun, 27/03/2022 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Kayaking/Canoe Day Trip - Sharpness Canal Sharpness Canal Sat, 26/03/2022 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Climbing weekend Swanage Fri, 08/04/2022 to Sun, 10/04/2022 Climbing
 

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