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Forfar & District
Hill Walking Club

Forfar & District Hill Walking Club

Forfar & District Hill Walking Club


2021 News



Note that the journal is stored in reverse chronological order. Some items may be missing but can probably be found in the Newsletters
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2002-2012

Sunday 18th April 2021 - Day Meet - Glen Lethnot and Glen Clova

The was the first meet since the pandemic started. 15 members attended in 2 groups. After presentation of the Mather Neep to Clare by Mr W. Mather himself, a group of 8 left from the top of Glen Lethnot at 09:15, contouring round the side of Hill of Mondurran and climbing on easy slopes to the bealach below Mount Sned (621m) on then west to Hill of Glansie (726m). They stopped for lunch at Dog Hillock, then cut north to Ruragh (735m) on a landrover track before turning east to Hill of Berran then dropped steeply back to the cars. 13.4km, 610m ascent.
The other group 7 members attended. The group left from the big car park just north of Rottal at 09:05. They climbed steeply up to Manywee (685m), then dropped and climbed over Finbracks (756m), stopping for a snack on the eastern side. Then it was then a traverse over rough ground to Ruragh (735m), reached at 12:00, hoping to meet up with the Lethnot group. Here, they turned north towards White Hill. A stop was made for lunch was down at the bealach then a long climb up to White Hill (778m). From there, they picked up a track and descended on it almost back to the cars before making the mistake of heading to the cars directly over boggy difficult ground and a shoogly fence! Weather was dry most of the way with a cool wind. Good views to the east and south, but he higher hills to the north were capped in cloud, and the group experienced some rain and sleet blowing through on White Hill. Everyone enjoyed being out again, though the walking was quite rough in places. Several golden plover were spotted and also many mountain hares, still changing from their winter coats. 15.6km 845m ascent. Back at the cars at 15:00.

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Monday 5th April 2021 - Members Night - The Willie Mather Neep

Online By Zoom, 19:30. 22 members attended, including a new member, Colin Scott, who was welcomed by Linda.
This was a modified version of our usual Members Night. Each member was restricted to 3 photos instead of the usual 10, because of being online. Willie Mather had proposed that members should choose photos that best portray the club to that person and which show something memorable to them. Each person will then explain why they have chosen each of their photos. Willie was to be the judge.
The event was very successful with 13 groups of 3 photos, plus a few extras at the end. It took three 40 minute Zoom sessions to complete.
Willie chose Clare as the winner because of her narrative, but thought that everyone was really a winner. It showed the great camaraderie of the club and lots of great memories of days together. Clare is to be presented with a turnip mug and a neep!


Tuesday 23rd March 2021 - Committee Meeting

11:00. The full committee meets to discuss resumption of walks following proposed relaxion of the Covid-19 rules and guidelines, by the Scottish Government and by Mountaineering Scotland. Colin and Ray volunteer to become Covid Officers. An attendance register and a risk assessment will be prepared by Colin. Mel to work on an information sheet summarising our guidelines.


Monday 1st March 2021 - EGM

By Zoom, 19:30. 24 members attended.
All 6 proposals were approved. So in summary:-

  • The EGM replaced the AGM.
  • The last 12 months was to be counted as a "non-year" and the present committee will stay on for the coming 12 months.
  • The last calendar year does not count for duration of committee roles (i.e. towards the 4 year rule).
  • Accounts are not audited and will presented at AGM 2022.
  • Fees for the next 12 months will remain the same and are now due.
  • The committee will work on changes to the constitution that were deferred from the 2020 AGM.


Monday 1st February 2021 - Annual Photographic Competition

By Zoom, 19:30. Judged by Graham Chalmers. A fair number of members attended.
20 members had submitted 96 photos in total, which were sent to the judge with alphabetic codes to identify them. The meeting covered three 40 minute Zoom sessions. Graham discussed each of the 96 photos, and then presented the results.

Photograph of the Year - The Brian Coull Memorial Trophy
1st: Colin (G2)
2nd: Nicola H (M4)
3rd: Fleur (S4)

Best Collection of Photographs of the Year : The Norrie Trophy
1st Fleur (S1, S2, S4)
2nd: Jackie (T1, T2, T3)
3rd: Roy (Q2, Q3, Q4)

The winning individual photos can be viewed here
The winning best collection photos can be viewed here
All 96 entries can be viewed here

Use the "i" button to see information about the photo, incuding who took it.


Sunday 17th January 2021 - "Not-Quite-High-Tea" Social Gathering

17:30 by Zoom for 40 minutes. 15 members attended for a chat.
One year on from the walk at Bennachie and high tea at Edzell.
Our president, Linda, narrated a poem.

The President’s Pandemic Lament
The High Tea meet is here again
And here we are at hame
Socialising on a screen.
It’s really not the same.

Thinking about the club’s last year,
Trying hard to find the good bits.
I feel I really must conclude – and I’m sorry if you think it’s rude -
That last year was ….. the pits!

No meets since March, outdoors or in,
Fun weekends but a dream.
Instead it’s e-mail, website, Zoom.
T’would dump you in the deepest gloom
And make you want to scream.

Well now it’s 2021.
Things aren’t better yet,
But the vaccine’s here and now there’s hope
That things will better get.

Our club will meet again this year.
Quite when we don’t yet know,
But when that time comes one thing’s sure,
We’ll all be set to go!!

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Monday 11th January 2021 - at 19:30 : Open Meeting - online via Zoom

26 members attended at various stages during the meeting. Sam Riddell gave a presentation which gave an interesting insight into the very important role and work of the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). It currently runs 2 helicopters. Sam explained how it was organised and how it runs alongside the government system. He also took us through a simulated call-out in a short video. More details can be found on their web site.
After the presentation there was time for a general chat among members.



Note that the journal is stored in reverse chronological order. Some items may be missing but can probably be found in the Newsletters
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2002-2012