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Bonfire Night 2013 at The Castle

Hi there!  It's coming to that time of year again...

Our Castle Garden bonfire this year is on Sunday, November 3rd.  Join us in the garden from 2pm to help tidy the garden and build the bonfire and wickerman.  We will light up the bonfire around 4pm.  There will be cob fired pizzas on sale in the roundhouse.

Hope to see you there!

The Castle Garden Team

P.S. This event is weather dependant.  If it's looking really bad, we may need to postpone the event. Please check the website the day before just to be sure.

GOLD for GB Junior Bouldering Team

The GB junior bouldering team has ended the season on an all-time high, with team captain Nathan Phillips winning gold at the European Youth Cup (EYC) in Laval, France on Saturday 12 October.

In July, the 19-year-old from Holmfirth, now ranked second in the world, became the first-ever junior Brit to get a podium place in a European youth bouldering event, coming third place in L’Argentiere.

New video of Leah Crane

Castle setter and British Team member, Leah Crane, has a new video about one of her favourite bouldering areas in the UK: St Bees Head in West Cumbria. This is the first of a a new video series featuring Marmot sponsored athletes.  The series, "Hand Picked" features the climbers' favourite places to climb and is part of the publicity leading up to the Kendal Mountain Festival held in November.  Leah was at The Castle in October for the Loft Launch event.

 

Castle Comp Squad success at British Lead Climbing Championships

The Castle sent 9 members of the Comp Squad to the national lead climbing championships, this year held in Sheffield on Saturday the 5th of October. Although this was the first national final for many of the 9 climbers, we still qualified 4 for the final with Yasmin Roberts missing out on her final by the narrowest of margins. Of special note, in the highly competitive Youth B male category, Castle Squad members (Jim Pope, Cameron McLoughlin and Stan Harris) made up half the final.

Climbing Wall Safety Seminar

The student climbing wall safety seminar which the Castle ran at the end of September was a good success, attracting student leaders from University College London and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, giving us a chance to pass on effective teaching techniques to those who will be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre. It also provided the students with a perfect opportunity to speak to the Castle Management and raise any issues they have regarding the centre.

The start of a new season

If you want to know about the best young climbers in London then keep an eye out this year as the Castle Comp Squad sets out to take youth climbing to new heights.

Our climbers are passionate about climbing and dedicated to becoming the best. We want to send a message to others so that when they see our t-shirts in competitions, they know we mean business.

Castle sends team to Germany

 

The Castle has always been committed to development and research especially when it comes to climbing and facilities. In the name of research in the past years we have travelled to France to participate and network in  international events, toured all over the UK visiting the latest walls, and climbed around the country to get a feel for grading and styles. These trips have always been productive: we learnt a lot from others and took steps to implement changes as a result.

Association of British Climbing Walls is recruiting a Development Officer

The Association of British Climbing Walls is recruiting for a part-time Development Officer. If you have experience with climbing wall management and are interested in being part of this exciting project download the job description and send your CV and cover letter to andrew.reid@mileendwall.org.uk by the 18th of October.
 

Castle Grown salads win Soil Association's Organic Food Awards

Growing Communities, a Hackney-based social enterprise has won the Veg and Fruit Category at the Soil Association Organic Food awards. Food is grown in a 'patchwork farm' - a series of microsites around London, of which The Castle is one of the first.

Climbing Wall Safety Seminar

The Castle are hosting a climbing wall safety seminar aimed at student climbing club leaders who are going to be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre, once the new academic year begins. Although the seminar is aimed at students, anyone with an interest in supervising novice climbers is welcome to attend. The first session will be run by The Castle's Managing Director, Audrey Seguy.

What is it? A two hour workshop for student club leaders who are going to be teaching/supervising new climbers.

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