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“For me, La Sportiva are the only climbing shoe brand that matter. The designs are funky and wacky, the shoe comfortable and the rubber is precise and ideal for all kinds of wall; slab or overhanging. I made my first Youth Climbing Series (YCS) finals in a pair of Katana’s and climbed my first 8a in Futuras. I have tried many other shoes: Five Ten, Scarpa, Evolv but none of them have performed as well for me as La Sportiva.”

This year’s Events Series started with a free Easter garden day;

You may have seen our new iPads around Reception.  What's that about? Well, we're upgrading our entry system. If you have a payment plan (quarterly, six monthly, annual or Direct Debit) that expires after the 1st of July 2014 you will be able to pre-register and pick up your new membership card which will allow you to check yourself in from the 16th of June. Yes, that's right... no more waiting in queues while someone is completing their forms. You'll be able to go straight to self-check in.

The final round of Blokfest - the UK's biggest and best bouldering series- was held at The Castle on Saturday, the 15th of February. We've uploaded the highlights video onto our website. Thanks as ever to Ben Grubb for a superb job and the whole Blokfest team!

 

Sustainable Hackney has developed a Greenprint for Hackney setting out a vision of a sustainable future for Hackney.  Launched on 26 March 2014,the Greenprint provides strategic direction and a detailed workplan covering:

In 2009, the Castle pledged £6000 to Community Action Nepal (CAN) towards the development of a health outpost in Ghap, Nepal as part of our 2009 Environmental Awards.  But, we were never able to send this money as the project, following a trial, was never realised because there were too few patients to make it viable.  However, we've been keeping up with the good work that CAN are doing and we are very pleased to send them the pledged funds for the management and upkeep of the other health outposts that they are

The Castle is supporting Real Nappy Week 2014 with a display and information on our main staircase provided by the Hackney Real Nappy Network.

You may notice our new card payment terminals in Reception and in the Cafe.  Yes, you can now pay with cards in the Cafe too!

A big thanks to Aimee Feenan for giving us permission to link to her article "A Short View from the Ground" about the BMC YCS Series, recently held here at the Castle.

The British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series at The Castle

A Short View from the Ground
By Aimee Feenan - 5th April 2014

The Castle Cafe, for the second year running, has won the Sustainable Food Award at the 2013-2014 Sustainable City Awards, announced on the 27th of March.  This is a great achievement, considering that we've come out above dedicated restaurants and cafes!  Our congratulations go to the Cafe, Kitchen and Garden teams for making this happen.

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