Fri 4th Oct - Sun 6th Oct, 2019

Working meet - KMC movie night

Jared Kitchen

Emily Thompson

Attendees – Emily Thompson, Jared Kitchen, John Castick, Midge Castick, Dave Whylie, Dave Rainsbury, Jo Stratford, Andy Stratford, Ian McCullum.


The annual KMC movie night, billed as a night of climbing and mountaineering movies and cake, not to be missed. Half way down the A55 Emily and Jared realised they’d packed all the kit for projecting the movie, but not a laptop to play the DVD’s on. They’d also not had time to make cake! (That take the biscuit!) It wasn’t going well. Thankfully on arriving at Ty Powdr the movie was saved by Dave Whylie who had brought his laptop along, though he wasn’t sure it had the right software update to play the discs. Dave Rainsbury had brought along a box of amazing (and definitely not healthy) brownies and a bag of scones. The meet was saved!


Saturday’s work day set about well, with Midge and Andy S heading up the track to throw several tonnes of gravel about, and to get some fresh air of course. Jared and Dave Rainsbury planned to take the shelving off the wall in the kitchen to treat the wood for woodworm, but on doing so discovered it was completely knackered. A trip out for wood and other supplies (including lots more cake), and they spent the day creating a lovely new shelving unit for the wall. Make sure you admire it next time you’re at the hut.


Emily and Jo tackled the ladies toilets, sanding down the woodwork, priming and then glossing the door frames, and window frame and sill. Meanwhile, John and Dave spent the day in the lounge wiring up a new set of super energy efficient up-lights. Lovely for setting ‘the mood.’


Ian prepared lunch while everyone was working and soon the team ate a lovely soup with plenty of tea and biscuits. Some of Dave’s Brownies and scones followed. Mmmm. 


After lunch Jo spent the afternoon tackling the cleaning in the kitchen while Emily, possibly a little high on the paint fumes, continued in the ladies painting the doors. She doesn’t like leaving a task unfinished.


Before the shelves were hung, Emily balanced precariously on a ladder and painted the Kitchen alcove white. Mostly to hide the remains of the old shelves, but also so the next working meet really does have to tackle painting the kitchen!


After dinner, Jared and Dave Whylie set up the KMC cinema – The feature presentations were: Dave McLeod’s The Long Hope, and the mountaineering adventure, The Citadel. The attendees thoroughly enjoyed the movies but preferred the The Long Hope. It was a really nice evening.


The next day everyone packed up and set out on their adventures. It was a productive and enjoyable weekend. Thanks everyone!

Jared Kitchen

Meet Promo:


Ty Powdr Needs YOU!


Our beautiful club hut is in need of some TLC! Without the love and attention of our loyal members the club hut would be, well, like ‘a hut’ in the ‘traditional sense’. The implication being that the members who volunteer on working meets make our club hut better. We love those guys! 


There are many tasks to complete and we need a full and diverse skill set in our workers. That means that everybody needs to come and help out during the day. In return we will feed you up, and entertain you in the evening. The weekend itinerary is as follows:




Rock up. Have some dinner (tea?) and a beer. Talk to your friends about how great your life is. 



Work a bit. Have a tea break. Work a bit. Have lunch. Work a bit. Have dinner. Rest a bit. THEN: Watch amazing climbing movies on a big screen while the meet leaders feed you popcorn, cake and nice beverages!



Have breakfast. Go climbing. FIN.


In honesty, the hut relies on good samaritans in the membership to be looked after. If you decide to come it will be very much appreciated, and we will do our best to make sure you know that. Thanks everyone.


PS: Two new movies this year!! Better bring an extra cake…

Emily Thompson

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