Weekly Roundup

Normanton Girls´ Club will be after your vote on Monday 13 November when they compete on ITV Central News for £50,000 of Big Lottery Fund cash. The Girls´ Club intend to use the money to pay for the construction and installation of a Climbing Boulder in their local park, Derby Arboretum. The aim is to provide a climbing facility for the local community, with particular emphasis on providing a sporting facility for women and girls, as well as existing park users and climbers from the City.At the beginning of this month the Girls´ Club, with money from the Small Change Fund took a minibus of club members to have a play on similar climbing boulders that have been built in Sheffield parks. The girls also went climbing on the Gritstone outcrops of the Burbage Valley. ITV came to film the Girls´ Club at 2pm on Friday 27 October in Derby Arboretum, and despite the weather the Girls all wore the T-shirts they´d made the day before and put on an enthusiastic show to help win votes. The film ITV made will be on Central News East at 6pm, next Monday. They will go head to head with Uppingham Town Council´s Green burial Site – Natural Burials project. Telephone numbers for voting will be announced in The Daily Mirror on the day, The Big Lottery´s website, and we´ll be posting it on our website as well. Voting lines will be opened from 9am until midnight for the public to express their preference by phone on where the money should go. The winners will be announced on ITV the day after. More info Black Diamond have launched a new website dedicated to their range of ski equipment: www.skiBD.com A new series of inspirational talks for hill walkers, run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), will be navigating its way around venues in England and Wales in the new year.  The BMC Hill Walking Essentials Series 2007 sponsored by Blacks will be visiting Liverpool, Bangor, Hereford, London, Leeds and Penrith during January and February. Covering the essential skills and knowledge you need to operate safely and enjoy walking in the British hills, mountains and beyond, the talks are aimed at anyone who enjoys getting out and about in the outdoors.  Relevant to both new and experienced hill walkers, topics will include: navigation, weather, route finding, scrambling, use of GPS and an overview of different walking areas. Plus a host of tales to inspire you on your walking adventures!  Health and altitude related issues are also considered for those trekkers who aspire to explore abroad. The speakers – Helen Barnard from the Mountain Training Trust and Ian Brodie from Friends of the Lake District – have vast experience of walking in hill and mountain environments, making them well equipped to lead the way.Ian has been an active campaigner for landscape protection and enhancement along with appropriate quiet enjoyment, and recently retired as Director of Policy for Friends of the Lake District. He is a keen walker and has an interest in natural history.  Helen is a full time instructor and the Duke of Edinburgh´s Award coordinator for Plas Y Brenin.  Helen has vast experience in hill walking and mountaineering in the UK and over recent years has developed a passion for high altitude trekking in Europe, Africa and South America. BMC Chief Executive Dave Turnbull said: ?We have an excellent track record in delivering high quality good practice lectures, which continue to prove popular. Over 1300 people attended our annual Winter and Alpine talks last year, and we believe that the hill walking series will prove just as popular.? ListingEvent: The Hill Walking Essentials Series 2007 sponsored by BlacksDates & venues: See www.thebmc.co.uk for venue detailsMonday 29 January – Liverpool – University of Liverpool;Tuesday 30 January – Bangor – University of Wales BangorWednesday 31 January – Hereford – Aylestone SchoolMonday 5 February – London – University College LondonTuesday 6 February – Leeds – University of LeedsWednesday 7 February – Penrith – University of Central LancashireTime: All lectures start at 18:45 and finish at approx 21:00. Please check Events section of the BMC website for full details. Tickets: £7.00 per ticket. Discounted price of £5.00 for BMC members. 1£3.50 per ticket for advanced group bookings of 10 or more. Contact the BMC on tel 0161 445 6111 / 0870 010 4878 or email office@thebmc.co.uk. Tickets are also available on the door.  ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–