SLUGS Newsletter October 2002


Sue's After-SLUGS Dinner Speech 2002

Here's my acceptance speech for receiving the award of best gin drinker (a highly contested prize) that I was too overcome to make on the night.

I would just like to thank a few people without whom this would not have been possible

First of all I would like to thank Phil, who distributed the information and encouraged me when so few people had bothered to reply only a week before the deadline (please take note for the next dinner).

Then, of course, there was the star of the campsite, Chris, who provided a luxury, heated tea tent (with the assistance of John bringing the sofa), making n flasks of tea of m cups (see below) and a good place for the gossip to start ... who can remember any good bits?

Then Dave, Tony and Ken for their excellent contributions to entertainment. Was that really only 30 minutes Ken?

I would also like to thank Ian for taking lots of photos of everybody (even getting in one himself) and then t'other Ian who put them on the slugs website <>.

Of course most importantly I must thank all of you who turned up and enjoyed yourselves. As far as I can remember (which isn't that far) everybody had a good time and it was great to see some of the more remote and long-lost slugs reappear. And thanks for all your thanks afterwards.

Also I would like to thank my director, my parents ... [sobs of happiness]

Lost and Found

I've got a brown, Peter Storm, pull-on fleece, size XS ... if it's yours let me know. Also one blue child's sock.

Ok, so we've got that one out of the way. If anybody has any comments or suggestions for what they'd like next time, which Chris Baxter is thinking of organising in 2 years' time, then let either Chris, Phil or myself know. Areas of interest are: Time of year; Time of day; Location; Facilities; Price; Type of entertainment.

Sue I'Anson

[Phil] Ideally we're looking for a hotel in a pleasant, reasonably central part of the country with 1020 bedrooms, facilities for up to 100 diners, and camping very close by. Keep your eyes open as you travel around; ask tourist boards, other clubs etc. Please send your pics of the dinner to Ian Edmondson <> or me (we can scan prints if you haven't got digital copies).


Baxter's Tea-Tent Report

I like tea. Possibly the best invention known to man is the flask. If I didn't have a flask my life would be a misery. My favourite flask was one that I bought at (That's enough about flasks Ed.)

I like tea. I also like chairs. I would really have liked to go on DC's 18-mile hike. So my plan was to sit in a chair drinking tea. It works fine at home but I knew it would look silly in a field in Derbyshire unless unless I could get some other people to do the same. But my plan worked too well. They didn't go on DC's ramble either. They just drank my tea.

So here's what you need for a quiet cup of tea in Derbyshire:

Dave Mullin introduced a new procedure (that's university types for you) by topping up the brew with hot water thus providing 7 or even 8 mugs per brew so it could be closer to 120 mugs. Brewing was done in 4 sessions 3.00pm on the Saturday afternoon until 7.30pm in the evening and 3 others. What do you call a man with a seagull on his head? Cliff.

I vote we should do this every two years not five. Thank you and well done Sue. The musical slide show was superb. Great to see everyone.





2527 October Camping barn, Farndale, North York Moors. Still a couple of places left at 4 per night. Contact Jeanne Holman, 01535 635952.

1 November (Friday) Firework party at Dave and Nikki Rolph's. Bring a firework (or two) and eat some food. RSVP: 10 Aireside, Cononley, Keighley, N. Yorks, BD20 8LT. 01535 633883.

16 November Mountain or road biking. John Boardman is arranging another trip suitable for young and old. Contact 01535 681863 (mobile 0777 5796270).

30 November Saturday in Yarm, with Jes and Kenny Peterson. Riverboat ride from Yarm to Stockton and back: leave 12.00 midday thefore meet at my house by 11.30 am. Meal/drinks at my house later; any one staying over for cycle ride on Sunday morning. Contact me <>, 8 Fauconberg Way, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, TS15 9QN. 01642 655574.

68 December Rawhead Cottage, Langdale. Walking and climbing from the luxurious FRCC hut in the heart of the Lakes. Contact Ken and Anne Daykin, 01254 883934.

25 January 1 February 2003. Ski trip - venue to be arranged. Contact Seamus Collum 01254 761071 or Kevin Ellis 01756 770367.

16 February (Sun) 20 February (Thurs) 2003 Nordic Skiing at Newtonmore. Note: This is a mid-week event (Sunday night to Thursday 4 nights). Newtonmore is great base for nordic skiing on the Monadhliath, and also for ice-climbing on Craigh Meagaidh and Cairngorm. Staying at Strathspey Mountain Hostel, Main Street, Newtonmore <>. Cost 10 per person per night for first 2 nights, 8 thereafter. Nordic Ski hire is available (10 per day) if the snow is good. Mountain bike hire (5) if no snow. Winter ice gear also available. Please book your accomodation directly with the hostel: 01540 673694. Let them know if you will be arriving after 11pm. Contact Pete & Meg Owens for more details: 01925 263507.

1 March 2003 Caving (yes, caving). Meet in Bernie's, Ingleton, 10.30 a.m. for a greasy breakfast and a caving trip suitable for not-so-fit Slugs. I haven't decided where yet it depends on the weather and how much tackle I can scrounge. Contact Phil 01524 37688.

2123 March 2003 Crianlarich. The ever-popular Ochils Hut, a little later in the year than usual. Walking, ice climbing, skiing, drinking tea. Contact Ken and Anne Daykin, 01254 883934.

2527 April 2003. Another camping barn. Jeanne would like to book another venue, probably NY Moors or Northumberland. Contact her (01535 635952) if you're interested.

Summer 2003 PSM. Roo Walters is hoping to organise a trip to the Pyrenees to tackle some, all or more of the Gouffre Pierre Saint Martin, with opportunities to do other sluggy things like sitting in bars and eating chorizo. He's planning to book the cave for a week in the summer, possibly book a mountain hut for that time, or rent a campsite in the valley, the idea being that it is a communal gathering place for about two weeks and folks can do what they like. If you're interested contact Roo on 01768 898364 or <> and encourage him.


Message from Henry Beakbane:

SLUGS Skiers, and their friends, who want to learn Telemark seriously: I can really recommend the Eagle Ski Club week. We had the best snow, the best trainers and the best resort last year. And the Bear in Tignes was a pretty good pub, as SLUGS can testify. Contact Henry, 01384 440630, <> or Owen Merrick <> if interested.

Lancaster and district Slugs meet in the Gregsons Bar, Moor Lane, Lancaster, on the last Friday in the month, 9-ish onwards. Drop in if you're free and/or in the area.

Webstuff: Tresviso nostalgia website: <>. The newsletter can also be accessed via the SLUGS website at < Slugs/Newsletters/index.html>. There's also a collection of pics from old expeditions if you have more that are suitable, send them to Ian Edmondson.

Notify address changes etc. to Phil Johnstone, 48 Rydal Road, Lancaster, LA1 3HA. 01524 37688. E-mail: <>. Let me know if you want or don't want the newsletter and other information to be sent by e-mail.