Newsletter 88

 
AOAC Newsletter
 

Happy New Year!
Well, I hope you've all had a fabulously festive Christmas with lashings of food, drink and great company, and a suitably joyous start to the New Year. Welcome 2019....you're going to be a good one :)

It looks like all those on the club New Year trip to Blencathra had an amazing time and big thanks are due to Phil for organising yet another great success, and to Bridge for once again producing a fabulous NYE celebration feast. Well done guys and thanks to all who helped them.

Now let's see what's on the calendar in the next few weeks:

Wednesday 9 January 2019  -  upstairs at The Boardroom, St Nicholas Street.

Open Social & New Members Night (7.30pm)
Come along if you are a new or potential member who wants to find out what the club is all about. Kath will be there to welcome you and give you all the gen on AOAC activities, the calendar and how to get the best out of the club. Current members are welcome for a post-Christmas catch-up.

Ski Trip 2020 Planing Meeting (8.00pm)
We have organised a snowsports trip for many years. Are we choosing the right resorts? The best week of the season? The right sort of accommodation? Would you prefer a cheaper trip or do you prefer a bit more comfort? If you would like there to be a ski trip in 2020 please come along and have your say; it's important that we get this right.

Tuesday 15 January 2019 - Sea kayak Summer 2019 Planning Meeting
This is a "pre-meeting" to discuss only sea kayaking in advance of the main AOAC paddlesports planning meeting later in January. Come along and discuss the trips you'd like to see on the calendar, the ones you'd be happy to organise, and what coaching or courses you'd be interested in, and just generally talk sea kayaking with like-minded people.

The aim is to have a list of dates and type of trip/activity by the end of the meeting, plus volunteers to organise these! 
https://aoac.co.uk/content/sea-kayak-summer-2019-planning-meeting

Thursday 17 January 2019 - Committee Meeting
All welcome to join us at The Ram, Park Street at 7.30pm to see what's happening within the club or to have your say.

Sunday 20 January 2019 - Offa's Dyke 1st Section
This is the first leg of the Offa's Dyke national trail from Sedbury Cliffs to Bigsweir Bridge.

This section is 12 miles, mostly flat but with a couple of steep hills – a moderate walk. See calendar or forum for more details.
https://aoac.co.uk/content/offas-dyke-1st-section-moderate-12-mile-walk

Tuesday 22 January 2019 - Summer Paddlesport Planning Meeting
Planning meeting for all types of paddlesports over the summer. We will be putting together a program for coaching, sea kayaking, white water, touring, canoeing, freestyle and all things paddle-related.  We will be looking for leaders, coaches, assistants and organisers to help the program run.

All welcome whatever your interest/level. Come along and be the first to know about watery summer plans, and get involved in whatever way you are able.

We will be meeting in the upstairs function room at Inn on the Green Horfield. There will be some of us eating downstairs beforehand; all welcome to join.

If you can't make it but want to help out, please email Katie at [email protected] or [email protected] with your ideas, suggestions, offers etc.
https://aoac.co.uk/content/summer-paddlesport-planning-meeting
 

Saturday 26 January 2019 - Club Social
After the fabulous success of the Christmas Party, Kev and Carol will help you wipe away those January blues with a cheeky little social on the Grain Barge from 7.00pm. They're booking a table for food - if you'd like to join them text Kev.

IMPORTANT
Outdoor First Aid Course - 23-24 February 2019

If you need to refresh your First Aid qualification (check the expiry date of yours...this needs to be kept up-to-date) or you would like to learn how to perform First Aid in the Great Outdoors, then this is the course for you. The provider has discounted the price of this 2-day course generously for club members so we could do with 10 participants. You will receive a nationally recognised certification at the end of the course.

This course is delivered using a range of techniques including, instructor led presentation, group practice, group discussion, PowerPoint, video presentation, and casualty simulation exercises. It's a fabulous course and you will enjoy it as well as enhance your skills. Check out the full details below:

https://aoac.co.uk/content/outdoor-first-aid-course-0

http://m-tc.co.uk/outdoor-first-aid-2-days

Activity leaders can claim a 100% subsidy after attending an AOAC arranged course and non-leaders can claim a 50% subsidy after being the designated First Aider on 5 Club events. In both cases, please ensure you complete the club's Training Subsidy application form as soon as you book to go on the training.

There are so many other events on the calendar already this year; take a look at the bottom of this newsletter. I will bring more to you each time. Please note that the New Members weekends are all now open for bookings.

 

Baskerville - 8-10 February 2019
Although modernised, warm and cosy, Baskerville Hall still presents that air of grandeur of times long past, and was the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. We are ourselves inspired to host a Murder Mystery of our own - Murder at the Hall! This will take place on Saturday evening but won't be obligatory, although we hope most of you will want to join in - it'll be a bit of fun and all the better if you come dressed in character :) I fancy being Sierra Tango, the local Police Officer, flouncing around with handcuffs and a truncheon! Haha, watch out boys!

There are many opportunities in the area for walking, kayaking, cycling and mountain biking. The hotel can organise other activities (at extra cost) - archery, caving, quad trekking, paintballing, pony trekking and more. It also boasts a swimming pool and sauna for the use of its guests. So, have a fab day outdoors, come back for a swim and a relax in the sauna, go back to your room to prepare, then join us to work out whodunnit! What a great weekend! 

The price of £78 includes full cooked English breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday and a fabulous 3-course meal on the Saturday night. Book your place now.

If you feel the need for a bit more space, there are plenty of rooms to upgrade to (at extra cost, obvs). Please contact Martin for further details.

North Wales Multi-Activity Trip - 22-24 March 2019
There is a place available on this weekend in Cefn Birth (near Bala), staying in a bunkhouse with a full English Breakfast on both days, eating in a pub on the Saturday night. Plenty of opportunities for of kayaking, walking and mountain biking. Should be a great weekend.

Mountain Biking:

Shaun will be leading a more advanced group one day with some distance, cross country. There's lots of very good trail options locally. Peter will also be leading. 

Walking:

There are some great locations nearby for walking. 

Kayaking:

There are many great rivers nearby. This trip is suitable for for all levels although the minimum is 2 star standard (you don't need the qualification) with some safety training (eg the clubs MWSS or WWSRT). 

 

Did You Know
The AOAC AGM is coming up near the end of March, so get your thinking caps on for any changes/developments/improvements you would like to see in the club, and look out for the date to put in your diary. Don't forget the club is run by its members for its members and we'd love you to come and have your say.

If you have an event you particularly want me to advertise or you have any interesting news you'd like to share, a story to tell about an event you've participated in, or any more tips that may help club members, please let me know at [email protected] . Thank you.

See you soon
Cathy x

 

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For activities that are weather dependent, there are often ad hoc events posted on the forum close to the day. It is worth subscribing to these as you will receive an email with the content of the message and a link to the page. Then you won't miss out on that last minute walk/climb/paddle/ride. Also, we have a Facebook page, a Twitter account (@aoacbristol) and an Instagram account (aoacbristol). If you haven't already, join the Facebook group where you will find postings of ad hoc events and photos of past events and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

If you want to know more about how the club works and how the committee makes decisions then please do look at the minutes

If you have any issues with the website or email please report these using the direct link in the members section or here: https://tinyurl.com/AOAC- web-issues 

Events

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Ski & Board Trip Planning 2020 Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 09/01/2019 Other

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 09/01/2019 Social

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Sea kayak summer 2019 planning meeting Kings Arms (upstairs) Blackboy Hill 19:30 Tue, 15/01/2019 Social

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Committee Meeting - start at 19:30 The Ram, Park Street, Bristol Thu, 17/01/2019 Social

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Committee Meeting - start at 19:30 The Ram, Park Street, Bristol Thu, 17/01/2019 Social

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North Wales Walking & Paddling Trip Capel Curig Thu, 17/01/2019to Sun, 20/01/2019 Multi-activity

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Offa's Dyke 1st section - moderate 12 mile walk Chepstow Sun, 20/01/2019 Walking

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Summer paddlesport planning meeting Inn on the Green Horfield Tue, 22/01/2019 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Club social Hotwells Sat, 26/01/2019 Social

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Kayaking Trip Talybont to Crickhowell Sun, 27/01/2019 Kayaking & Canoeing

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White Water Safety and Rescue Day (AOAC Internal) Dartmoor - River Dart Country Park Sat, 02/02/2019 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 06/02/2019 Social

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Baskerville Multi-activity Weekend Hay on Wye Fri, 08/02/2019to Sun, 10/02/2019 Multi-activity

New

Yorkshire Dales - A Wilde Winter Wander Hawes Thu, 14/02/2019to Sun, 17/02/2019 Walking

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2nd Leg Offa's Dyke Bigswier Bridge to Monmouth 8 miles Sun, 17/02/2019 Walking

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Committee Meeting - start at 19:30 The Ram, Park Street, Bristol Thu, 21/02/2019 Social

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Outdoor First Aid Course Charterhouse Sat, 23/02/2019to Sun, 24/02/2019 First Aid

New

Paddlesport Presentation Evening The Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UB Wed, 27/02/2019 Kayaking & Canoeing

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New Members Weekend Shropshire Fri, 01/03/2019to Sun, 03/03/2019 Walking

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Ski and Board Trip 2019 St Anton, Austria Sat, 02/03/2019to Sat, 09/03/2019 Skiing/Boarding

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 06/03/2019 Social

New

Scottish Winter Walking The Trossachs Thu, 14/03/2019to Sun, 17/03/2019 Walking

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Advanced sea kayaking trip - NOW FULL! Pembrokeshire Fri, 15/03/2019to Mon, 18/03/2019 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Committee Meeting - start at 19:30 The Ram, Park Street, Bristol Thu, 21/03/2019 Social

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North Wales Multi-Activity trip North Wales - Cefn Birth (near Bala) Fri, 22/03/2019to Sun, 24/03/2019 Multi-activity

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Sea kayaking South Pembrokeshire - intermed and advanced - FULL! South Pembrokeshire Fri, 29/03/2019to Sun, 31/03/2019 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Brexit Party Central Bristol Fri, 29/03/2019 Social

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 03/04/2019 Social

New

New Members Weekend Exmoor Fri, 05/04/2019to Sun, 07/04/2019 Walking

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Scotland Easter 2019 - multi-activity FULL reserve list Glen Coe / Fort William region Sun, 14/04/2019to Sun, 21/04/2019 Walking

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Easter 2019 Scotland multi-activity trip (additional lodge from 15 April) Glen Coe / Fort William region Mon, 15/04/2019to Mon, 22/04/2019 Multi-activity

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Committee Meeting - start at 19:30 The Ram, Park Street, Bristol Thu, 18/04/2019 Social

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Coaching CPD Saltford The Shallows Sat, 27/04/2019to Sun, 28/04/2019 Kayaking & Canoeing

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 01/05/2019 Social

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May Day Getaway 2019 Camelford Fri, 03/05/2019to Mon, 06/05/2019 Multi-activity

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 05/06/2019 Social

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Multi-Activity Julian Alps trip (Slovenia) Bovec in Slovenia Sat, 15/06/2019to Sun, 30/06/2019 Multi-activity

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Killarney National Park, Ireland - multi activity week Killarney, Republic of Ireland Sat, 22/06/2019to Sat, 29/06/2019 Multi-activity

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 03/07/2019 Social

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Cyclades Yacht Sailing Mykonos/Kos Greece Sat, 06/07/2019to Sat, 13/07/2019 Sailing

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French Alps Amazing Adventure August 19 Haute Alpes, France Fri, 02/08/2019to Sun, 18/08/2019 Multi-activity

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 07/08/2019 Social

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 04/09/2019 Social

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Dodecanese Yacht Sailing 2 weeks Rhodes, Greece Sat, 07/09/2019to Sat, 21/09/2019 Sailing

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 02/10/2019 Social

New

New Members Weekend Swanage Fri, 11/10/2019to Sun, 13/10/2019 Walking

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 06/11/2019 Social

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Open social for potential, new and existing members Boardroom, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB Wed, 04/12/2019 Social

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Malham Tarn New Year Trip 2019-2020 Yorkshire Dales Sat, 28/12/2019to Thu, 02/01/2020 Multi-activity