The EGM on 5 October called by the Committee of The Climbers' Club sought approval for commencing negotiations to purchase the old Youth Hostel at Stannah Cross near Thirlmere. A majority of those present agreed in principle that negotiations should take place, but not until the whole membership had been consulted and given an opportunity to register their opinion through a postal referendum.
Following the Meeting, a special edition of the Club's newsletter was published, detailing the proposal and arguments both for and against the purchase. A number of postings on the subject were placed on the CC Forum receiving over 8,000 views and 160 replies, a Club record.
More than half of the 1400 members completed and returned the ballot papers, with 65% voting against the proposal and 31% for. Amongst other questions on the voting form, members were asked if they wanted the search for another hut to continue. An equally large majority voted in favour.
On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank all those members, (over 750) who returned their completed voting forms, and also those who contributed to the debate on the CC Forum or by e-mail, phone or letter. We'll keep looking!