July 1st:

Villagers kept awake by screaming woman…

From our special correspondent on the scene:

An end of an era took place at the headquarters of the Derbyshire Pennine Club in Stoney Middleton on Tuesday evening, on 1 July. The annual Boule evening and get together took place, and it was afterwards that the organisers, Mr and Mrs Benton from Taddington, announced that after circa 20 years they were standing down, citing old age as the reason. Mrs Catherine Peppit, a full time cake maker and wife of a prominent and younger member, offered to take over the future role, which was accepted with alacrity by the group. Her husband, who was present at the proceedings, was unavailable for comment.

July 18th - 20th:

The weather in the preceding weeks was glorious and all promised to be a wonderful day out with 9 taking to the bikes for an historic inspired loop of the Peaks. As the day approached the weather turned and a less than glorious day looked likely. Accidents happened and excuses were made leading to 5 setting out on the day. The 55 mile L’Eroica Britannia route was followed as planned but with slightly altered ins and outs the days mileage was closer to 60.

We met at the hut for 9am and a quick decision was made to have another coffee to try and let the heaviest of the rain pass by.  With a break in the weather appearing the group set out in the direction of Hassop. The break in the weather did not last long and we only made Calver crossroads before the rain started again and set in for much of the morning.

17th August:

The ever dependable team of Chatburn, Crowther, Eastwood, Goodier, our VP Rod Brown and the Meet Leaders swung into their well oiled routine, the wood cutters drawing admiring comment from one of our neighbours that they would have put to shame men half their age.  An excellent job was done by them in reducing a mountain of ill-assorted wood into a neat pile of essential fuel for the stove.

The hut was given its thorough clean, the VP spending most of the day on his backside in the showers removing ingrained scale from the tiles.  The bathroom and dormitory windows were redecorated and the nett result of the day’s activities was to leave the hut in a clean and gleaming state of repair.

The Chantry Bequest was similarly cleaned and the hose is now in full working order for the cavers use.

An excellent meal rounded off a very satisfactory meet.

14th - 16th November:

Glaramara, Borrowdale

We were looked after well again at this friendly hotel. Excellent food and accommodation and the weather was good as well, although greasy underfoot, with the recent heavy rain.

The AGM, saw a change to the Committee and Officers. Rod became new President and Lionel Vice President. Geoff resigned from the Committee and Rob replaced him with different responsibilities. Mike P was thanked for his creation of the Club website, and now serves an off the Committee role.

Speeches were by Griff, Rod, Mike P, and an unfortunate Mike J who replaced Richard at the last minute. Rod entertained, but the best fun was had in the early hours when Sainsbury was strung up and found hanging from a noose from the banisters in the morning.