The 2019 Schedule of Branch Events is now virtually completed and members will be receiving their usual

printed copy very soon. We hope that everyone will find they will be able to support at least one meeting, course

or demonstration throughout the year.

The annual dinner will be held again at The Queen’s Head, Troutbeck, (19 January) as last year proved a

convivial evening enjoyed by all who attended – at least that’s what they said! Anne-Marie will be in touch soon

no doubt for your menu choices. We hope to have a full house! And it has been agree to hold a summer lunch

party again at Maggs Howe, Kentmere again this year: reserve Sunday, 28 July.

The Annual General Meeting was attended by 22 members and you will be pleased (relieved?) to know that all

the committee posts were filled, although the post of Beginners’ Course administrator may need to be filled if Sid

Brighton moves south during the year. Please consider taking this up – it is a VITAL post of the branch, in that our

income is largely based on filling places on the courses. An interesting and informative lecture on the UK’s canal system followed the formal meeting.

Michael Benge, our Health and Safety guru, is leaving the area and we all wish him well in his new life in or near

Chepstow; he says he will likely join a branch down there, but wants to keep up with our news as well. We will

miss his grunting as he picked up stone and who can forget his re-enaction of the escape of Van Werra at the

walls in Grisedale Forest? We will miss his contribution to Beginners’ Courses, demonstrations and Practice

meets. Thanks for all your support over the years, Michael.

Stuart Saunders volunteered at the AGM to take over Michael’s role as Health and Safety officer: thanks!

Kieran Dex has now found permanent employment at Holgates Caravan Sites as a groundsman (and general

maintenance). He had been working on a wall at Windermere which will now need finishing and will be a good

site for a feature course on uphill walling. Kieran hopes to take his level 1 test next year and has thanked the

branch for all its support and encouragement over the past few years.

The first opportunity to take LANTRA certification will be at the Examiners’ Standardisation Course on 13 April.

Please let Alison at the office know if you are interested in joining the course. It is free!

And while on LANTRA, congratulations to Michael Jones who gained his level 1 in October.


Since the last notification of new members, we have welcomed Suzanne Stolberg (Penrith), Charles Eggleston

(Ambleside) and Stewart Marshal (Grange-over-Sands). We look forward to seeing them on walls in 2019 along

with the 6 other members who joined in 2018.

As I intend not to disturb your hibernations in December, it only remains to wish all our members a Merry

Christmas and happy 2019 Walling! Alison still has calendars if any one needs one! See you at the post-

Christmas Dinner!

Should anyone need/want decent limestone, there is a quantity available in Cockermouth at very reasonable

rates: let me know if you are interested.

Chris Bratt Secretary 01524 762 183 07715 210027

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