All Club meetings, meets and activities are now cancelled until further notice.
As some of you will already know, Steve, our treasurer, went through a serious heart operation on April 21st
and is slowly recuperating. Read his story in "Lockdown stories and photos", below.
We wish him a speedy recovery.
Honorary Member, Rita Norrie celebrated her 90th birthday on Friday 15th May. Despite lockdown, she had a very enjoyable socially distanced family
celebration. Both Rita and John are in good health. Rita is missing her choir, and both are missing the
Scottish Country Dancing. Both of them have been loyal and enthusiastic club members since 1966, and both have served as president, as well as in many
other roles on the committee. In their younger days, the 3 Norrie children were loyal and active club members, too.
Some photos of Rita can be found here.
PRESIDENT’S LOCKDOWN CATCH-UP. Monday 4th May, Lockdown.
Hope you are all keeping well and are coping with Lockdown.
What brilliant weather we have been having more or less since Lockdown started!
What a fantastic start to the FDHWC busy season in the hills we would have had! (Sigh!)
Not to mention our own personal outings, both local and further afield.
As I type this, some of us might have been heading home, or indeed staying longer, after a fantastic weekend meet on Skye! I seem to remember deep, soft snow and freezing driving sleet finally defeating us on our last May weekend meet there in 2016, as, on the Monday before heading home, we retreated to the comforting shelter of the Talisker Distillery for a guided visit and whisky tasting, naturally (!),apart from the unfortunate drivers.
“However long the night, the dawn will break.” (African Proverb.)
And indeed, it is proving to be a “long night”, with all our Club meetings, meets and activities scheduled for this busy time remaining cancelled until further notice.
Freed up from the countless hours he usually spends at this time of the year playing ties in the new golf season’s many competitions, Colin has done a sterling job in replacing and revamping the FDHWC website. A big thank you to him! He has asked for feedback on any problems encountered when on the website. Several members have already replied, and this has been very helpful. Please keep the feedback coming. Once a problem has been identified, he can try to remedy it.
Before Lockdown, the Committee was making good progress with drawing up the new season’s meet calendar. The weekends were more or less fixed, but progress then stalled as the implementation of the government’s Covid policy meant that the upcoming weekend meets to Kinlochleven, Skye and Mull had to be cancelled/re-arranged. This proved difficult and time-consuming, but Steve’s hard work and patient diplomacy finally resulted in the cancellation of the Kinlochleven weekend in March with a refund of the payment to the Club. He deserves a medal for this! As you can see from the website, our Skye weekend booking has been transferred to this September, and the Mull weekend which should have been in June has now been transferred to September 2021.
Will we be back staying in hostels by this September? Optimism is positive and good, but the reality of the Covid19 pandemic is very evident, too, so as the situation stands at the moment, I do wonder. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Still on the new meet calendar, the Committee hasn’t yet programmed any of the day meets and no ideas have yet been sought for the talks for the winter programme. We’ll discuss this soon, and possibly make provisional plans, but it seems to me that we can’t really plan until we know more about our release from Lockdown.
I remember naively commenting to you that, even if Club meets were cancelled, we would very probably be heading for the hills alone or with a few friends. So I asked you to keep in touch by sending photos and reports to Colin to put up on the website. Did any of us imagine then just how soon we would be restricted to walking and cycling distance of home?
Needless to say, no photos appeared – until recently when Colin has received a wee flurry of photos and reports of forays into the wild hinterland around Forfar, and the beach at Westhaven, Carnoustie – and it was really nice to get them! Some members – the social media dinosaurs – are not on Facebook where I believe there are some photos and reports, which is good. Our world has truly shrunk, but the intrepid members of the FDHWC can still keep in touch as we go “oot ‘n aboot” on our socially distanced daily exercise!
Best wishes to you all.
At the recent AGM the following fees for the new year were agreed:
|Already an individual member of Mountaineering Scotland||£12.00|
|Already affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland through another club||£12.00|
Details to follow.
Details to follow.
Meet Cancelled. The booking has been transferred to a 3 night weekend of Friday 3rd - Sunday 6th September 2021.
Steve will be touch with those already booked to see if you want a refund or transferred to the new date.
Contact Debbie & Brian for latest availability and prices at firstname.lastname@example.org.