What is it, and why Polldubh?


It's a mountaineering/outdoor club for the Fort William and Lochaber area, founded in 2009 initially as a climbing club, becoming an Mountaineering Scotland (formerly MCofS) Member Club in 2013, and subsequently officially broadening its scope to mountaineering and the great outdoors in general.

While our members climb, scramble, walk, run, ski and cycle in many different locations and we expect to do the same as a Club, we've taken our name from our much-loved local crags of Glen Nevis, which have proved to be amongst Scotland's finest and most popular cragging venues over many years since their first known exploration in the 1940s.

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The Polldubh Club Constitution (last revised 26 January 2017)

1. Name

The Club shall be called The Polldubh Club (hereinafter referred to as the Club).

2. Objects

The Objects of the Club shall be to promote all mountain activities in the Lochaber area and beyond, including (but not limited to) hill walking and running — summer and winter; rambling; scrambling; climbing — trad, sport, bouldering, winter and indoor; skiing — downhill, touring and ski mountaineering; snowboarding; mountain biking; conservation work in Glen Nevis.

To meet these Objects, the Club will organise meets in various venues throughout the year which are detailed on the Club website.

The Club endorses the Participation Statement agreed by the Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA):

'The Polldubh Club recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.'

The Club shall affiliate annually to Mountaineering Scotland.

3. Membership

  1. The membership shall consist of the following categories:
    1. Full Membership
    2. Concessionary Membership (available to students, the unwaged and OAPs, but otherwise equivalent to Full Membership)
    3. Honorary Membership (to be awarded for life at the discretion of the Committee, and bestowing all the rights of the Club except voting)
  2. Membership fees shall be agreed by each Annual General Meeting.
  3. All members joining the Club shall be deemed to accept the terms of this Constitution and any Bylaws published from time to time by the Club.

4. Management

  1. The affairs of the Club shall be conducted by a Committee which shall consist of the Officers of the Club plus two to four other members.
  2. The Officers of the Club shall consist of the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Meets Secretary who shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. If the post of any Officer or other Committee member should fall vacant after such an election, the Committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy.
  3. All Committee members shall be members of the Club.
  4. The Committee shall meet at least four times a year.

5. General Meetings

  1. Annual General Meeting

    The Club shall hold an Annual General Meeting in November or December to:

    1. Approve the minutes of the previous year's AGM.
    2. Receive reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Meets Secretary.
    3. Receive a report from the Treasurer and approve the Annual Accounts.
    4. Receive a report from the Auditors.
    5. Set Membership Fees for the following year.
    6. Elect the Committee.
    7. Consider changes to the Constitution.
    8. Appoint Auditors for the Club's Accounts.
    9. Deal with other relevant business.
  2. Extraordinary General meeting

    An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by an application in writing to the Secretary supported by at least 25% of the membership. The Committee shall also have the power to call an Extraordinary General Meeting by decision of a simple majority of its members.

  3. Notices

    At least 21 days notice shall be given to all voting members of any General Meeting.

  4. Voting

    1. With the exception of changes to the Constitution decisions put to a vote shall be resolved by simple majority at General Meetings.
    2. The Chairman of the Club shall hold a deliberative as well as a casting vote.
  5. Quora

    The quorum at General Meetings shall be 25% of the membership and the quorum for Committee Meetings shall be more than half of the Committee members.

  6. Changes to the Constitution

    1. Any change to the Constitution shall require a two-thirds majority of those present and eligible to vote at a General Meeting.
    2. Notice shall be given to all voting members of any General Meeting as specified in 5.3 and then any proposal to change the Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary at least 7 days prior to the meeting.
    3. All proposals for changes to the Constitution shall be signed by two members eligible to vote at a General Meeting.

6. Finance and Accounts

  1. The financial year shall run from 1 April to 31 March each year.
  2. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the preparation of Annual Accounts of the Club.
  3. The Accounts shall be audited by an independent person elected by the Annual General meeting.
  4. All cheques drawn against the Club's funds shall be signed by the Treasurer and one other Officer.
  5. All members of the Club shall be considered to be jointly responsible for the financial liabilities of the Club.

7. Bylaws

The Committee shall have the power to publish and enforce such Bylaws as the membership feels necessary to govern the activities of the Club.

8. Expulsion of Members

The Committee shall operate a fair system for deciding upon the expulsion of a Member as laid down by the 'Law of Natural Justice'.

9. Dissolution

In the event of the dissolution of the Club, any assets thereof shall not be distributed amongst the members of the Club in any way whatsoever.

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Photo: Tony at Kirrie Hill (?), June 2014

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Tony at Kirrie Hill (?), June 2014

How to join

To join or request further information, please see the Contact page.

Club Logo

Club logo based on drawing by Klaus Schwartz (as featured on cover of original 1970 guide to the Polldubh Crags) of Moira Horsburgh on Pinnacle Ridge and used by permission.

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Sorry it’s a bit late, but memberships are now due!  Please see forum page for info & contact page for this years forms. 

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Subs for 2018 - 19

Posted 28 May 2018 by geoff h
Subscriptions for 2018 / 19 are now due.

The 2018/19 Membership Form is available online via the club homepage.

Members are reminded that forms and subs to cover the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 are due on 1st April and due to lateness in notifying past members, our one month 'grace' period for receipt of forms/subs before loss of 'Club Member' forum status, will end on 25th June.

Membership forms can be downloaded from our 'contact' page at http://www.polldubhclub.org/contact/ and you can pay your subs by bank transfer (as well as cash or cheque) if you wish. But please note that both subs and completed forms (including signed acceptance of the Participation Statement etc.) are *required* before we can accept your membership application.  If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact the Treasurer or secretary.
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Club AGM 16th November

Posted 7 November 2017 by geoff h
The 2017 AGM will be held at 7.00pm on Thursday 16th November at the Underwater Centre.
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Site modifications

Posted 21 May 2016 by Peter Duggan
The Club website's just had a quick overhaul to make it more mobile-friendly. The Home, Archive, Links and Contact pages should now be fully responsive (note how the Home page layout reduces to a single column), with the Forum (including Logbook) and Gallery sections also significantly improved for narrow screens (sorry, no 'quick' way to eliminate horizontal Gallery scrolling there!).
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