50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend 20-22 October 2017


50th Anniversary celebration weekend: 20 – 22th October 2017

Linda’s report of the weekend

List of the 115 who attended the dinner



Friday 20 October

From 8.00pm: an informal get together for a drink at the Castle Inn, Bradway where it all started 50 years ago.

Saturday 21 October

11.00am to 1.30pm drop-in at the Clubroom behind the Rising Sun Abbey Lane, Sheffield. Bread and cheese lunch.

4.00pm Sickleholme Golf Club. Tea, exhibition, slideshow, merchandise

6.30pm Group photographs

7.30pm Welcome by the President


  • Starter: Salmon mousse or leek and potato soup
  • Main course (buffet): Roast sirloin of beef; Glazed roast ham, Hot spicy chicken; Poached salmon; Red onion and goat’s cheese tart; Nut and mushroom roast; Spinach and watercress roulade. All with a selection of salad and roast and boiled potatoes.
  • Desserts: Sticky toffee pudding; Lemon tart; Bakewell tart (all with ice cream); Cheese; Fruit salad.
  • White and red wine.

Cutting the cake. Ashley Turner (Founder member), Linda (McLeish (President), Ian Smith (Guest speaker).

Raffle (raised over £500 towards the refurbishment of the Clubroom electrics)

Coffee and Celebration cake

Guest speaker Ian Smith (well-known climber, outdoor journalist and photographer). Toast: “The Castle Mountaineering Club

Response Mike Jackson (early member of the Club and Secretary after founder Alec Barclay). Toast “The next Fifty Years

Sunday 22 October

Activities from 10.30am

Climbing (coordinator Andrew Milne) Too wet and windy

Cycling (coordinator Dick Murton) Mountain bike ride in windy conditions, done by four

Walking (coordinator Sean Jennings) 25 walkers from Curbar Gap

The Pub The Grouse Inn. Walkers, mountain bike riders and others (about 45) met here

Organising committee:

Vanda Boyd, Sean Jennings, Andy Smith


Thanks also to the many others who contributed to the success of the weekend

  • Linda McLeish (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Ian Smith (entertaining and thoughtful speech). Ian started climbing just one year after the Club was founded
  • Ian Smith (Photographs)
  • Mike Jackson (Speech)
  • David Pendlebury (Slide show)
  • Rosy Smith (Celebration cake)
  • Ashley Turner (Cutting the cake)
  • Ali Milne (Photograph organiser)
  • Marianne Lawson (Welcome desk)
  • Mary Reape Marian Birkett & Hugh Dowling (T-shirt, book and calendar sales)
  • Frank Mellor (Photographs)
  • Dick Murton (Cycle ride leader)
  • Sickleholme Golf Club staff and Tracey Woodhead (Attentive service and delicious food)
  • Raffle prize providers: Awesome Walls (Sheffield), Outside (Hathersage), Ashford-in-the Water tea rooms, BMC, Ian Smith, and anyone else who donated a raffle prize)
  • Mike Doyle (Keeping the accounts)
  • Bradwell Historical Society (Loan of display board)