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What’s happening?
In June 2014 the Castle switched over to a new customer database known as Rock Gym Pro (RGP). At this time most of our customers will have completed a new registration form. 

We've got a great schedule planned for May Day... a celebration of hedgerows! From a look at traditional hedgelaying techniques, the diversity of plant species hedgerows include, and their importance for wildlife; to the experience of enjoying each change in season through walks alongside them, and wild food foraging.

E9

Few new climbing grades create myths or monsters, rarely are they game changers, not so with the grade of E9. The first E9 was the legendary Indian Face which made a new leap in boldness. It took the madcap genius of Johnny Dawes to create its fatal mystery. It is a perfect line up one the UK’s most imposing mountain crags and heart stoppingly bold. It’s a crag steeped in history. As the route gets steeper the gear gets worse, the line inescapable and the crux comes need the top. It remained unrepeated for 8 years.

An opportunity to be part of our lively reception team at The Castle has arisen! 

We are looking for a receptionist to work on our busy front desk between 10-24 hours a week. Flexibility is essential as the shifts are varied and cover weekdays, evenings and some weekends. 

The Big Dig is a community garden open day, organised by Capital Growth. 
Join us in the garden for a Celebration of Soil!

Here's what's in store:

11am - 4pm - in the garden
There'll be garden tasks to help out with, led by Rosie, one of our garden team - she'll be on hand to give information about growing and anything you'd like to know about the garden.
Activities for children, led by Lauren. Include seed planting, food growing games, meet the worms, nature games and crafts.

Rites of Passage. Despite memory being a fickle thing, some climbs live long in our memories.  They are moments so powerful that they remain recognisable in our minds forever. They are the rites of passage that make us into the climbers that we are, and into the climbers that we’ll become. It may be our first climb, disorienting and fumbling or breaking into a new grade; it may be pushing our limit or taking that first big leader fall; or it may be ticking all the classics at our favourite crag or aspiring to the next challenge.

An energetic wind was present on Saturday 18th March. Children, grabbing pencils and paper set off with parents in tow, eager to explore and search for signs that the garden is gearing up to spring; birds building nests, buds, blossoms, and bees. Of course for some it was necessity to see how many worms, woodlice and other creatures under logs they could find as well! As is tradition, they all discovered a well-earned treat at the end of the trail.

Spring has arrived and the amount of new salad leaves now being harvested is testament to that!

 

Great follow up from the Castellers about their recent event held in our Garden... Here's what they had to say:


'Can you think of a better place to perform a human towers workshop and having a calcotada than in the garden at The Castle Climbing Centre? Neither could we!

Last weekend the Castellers of London had a great opportunity not only to show off our towers, but to invite new people to take part with us. Besides, the Castle had kindly allowed us to have a very special barbecue, a calçotada, afterwards!

The Castle is proud to be hosting the third round of the London & South East North Youth Climbing Series (YCS) on 25th March. The routes will be harder than before and competitors will be putting in their best efforts to see if they can gain a top three placing overall which will have them heading to the Grand Finals in April up at Ratho Edinburgh. Here's the low-down on how it works and what happened in the past two rounds.

Castle Wild after-school sessions are starting again this week. 
They are fun and informal forest-school type sessions, for 7 to 13 year olds.
Each session is structured to include games, activities such as arts & crafts, bushcraft skills, free play / self-directed time, and time at the end to reflect and share around the fire.

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