First 40 Years
The years rolled back like mist
from the hills as old friends met up and new friends
were made at a wonderful gathering at Lensbury on 21st
November 2015. Lensbury Mountaineering Club (known
Mountaineering Club these days) held its first meet in
October 1975 after Ricky Turpin placed a small ad in
London Shell to gauge interest in starting a
hill-walking and climbing club. Andy Johns, the current
chairman and incidentally first chairman of the newly
constituted Lensbury Club section back in 1976, welcomed
Ricky and over 60 past and present members from as far
afield as Singapore – and Elgin. Stephen Cogbill then
gave us a masterful audio-visual history of 40 years of
LMC in just seven minutes.
An excellent meal was provided by
Lensbury and a raffle raised
Porter’s Progress, a charity supporting
training and welfare of trekking porters in Nepal – a
more than ever worthy cause following the tragic
earthquake in April. After dinner came the serious
reminiscing, helped by a comprehensive display of
photographs and extracts from meet reports, AGM minutes
and other memorabilia.
All agreed it was a splendid
evening which reaffirmed our love of mountains and wild
places, and celebrated the lasting friendships made
through LMC – even those who hadn’t seen each other for
decades just picked up where they’d left off! The bar
closed at midnight but many discussions continued into
the small hours and over breakfast next morning.
The hill-walking bug is certainly
still alive and well and several ex-members expressed an
interest in joining LMC meets next year. You can
view our current programme of activities on our
Or you can
LMC@hillsandvalleys.co.uk. New members are
successful evening, then .....
Here are a few of the comments received about the Dinner:
fabulous evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by
everyone. Everything was perfect, and the archive
display and the brilliant picture show were the icing on
"It was lovely to meet-up again
with people who I never expected to see, and to have a
chance to reflect on what the club is/has been. It’s
always been fun and good company, and the walking
(albeit important) is just a vehicle for that."
"What a tonic it was to see old
faces and a blast from the past. The LMC is a truly
"Thanks to those who
over the years joined in or supported our various
adventures like the visit to Rhum, the Lykewake Walk,
Welsh 3000’s, the Lakes 3000’s, and the Cuillin Ridge.
Many great memories which are still vivid 40 years on."
"Thank you for organising such a
splendid event. It was really fantastic and a
masterpiece of organisation – so much work obviously
went into it, for which I thank you all."
40 years, in photos
To mark the occasion further,
we have created four Photo Albums on the photo viewing
Special guest access to these
Albums is available to
Dinner participants and Club Members. If you
wish to view them, you
can contact us by EMail