Britain’s No 1 Sport-Climbing Champion

Shauna Coxsey Drops In To Inspire Team Craggy

With the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) lobbying to include sport-climbing in the 2020 Olympics, the youngsters that make up The Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team are being encouraged by the UK’s top sport-climbing champion; Shauna Coxsey.  With their eyes on the possibility of being Olympians of the future the six-strong team, which was selected by the centre’s instructors from over 500 Kids Club members, has been given an inspirational boost by Shauna during a dedicated day’s training.

Shauna Coxsey, 20 from The Wirrell, is the World No.3 despite breaking her leg during 2012 rounds which meant she missed two events.  As the leading competitor in UK sports-climbing Shauna is dedicated to promoting the sport and in particular, encouraging women of all ages and shapes to have a go.

Caption: Some of The Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team and aspiring members all from the Guildford area.

Shauna Coxsey – World No 3 and the UK’s No 1 Sport-Climbing Champion

Andy Gee

Joe Collins

Izzy Adams

Matilda Collins

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iPhone Controls the Shower What Next?

iPhone Controlled Taps and Showers  – What Next?

Controlling water delivery in the bath and shower has reached new technological heights with the launch of Crosswater Digital. Engineered and manufactured in Switzerland, this innovative range of water-control solutions is easy to install and use.   Safely controlling bathroom taps and showers via an iPhone or any Apple device is now a reality.

The Crosswater Digital range provides the ultimate bathing or showering experience thanks to a range of features and benefits:Digital_wakeup_iPhone man in bed using Crosswater Digital

• A free Crosswater Digital App (currently for Apple devices, but with an Android App due to follow in early Summer) is available offering the facility to turn the shower on or fill the bath before getting out of bed in the morning – it can be used from anywhere else in the house. The Crosswater Digital App is configured for home WIFI use only.

• A clear, straightforward, flashing visual indicator on the controller shows when the water has reached the desired temperature. Up to 3 personal choices for temperature and water flow can be stored.

• With Crosswater Digital it is possible to completely do away with bath taps for a minimalist look that iPhone_App lroffers easy cleaning too.

• Precise thermostatic control ensures water temperature remains constant at all times regardless of fluctuations in demand caused by home appliances being used at the same time.

• Virtual plug-and-play means there is no complicated set up with Crosswater Digital and it can be used immediately. In edition Duo and Elite, has a battery back-up which ensures pre-set choices are saved in the event of a power cut and this also means the shower is operable for up to 20 minutes in the event of a power cut. The processor may be sited up to six metres away, ideally in the loft or airing cupboard. In the unlikely event of a fault, it can be attended to without disruption.

• Crosswater Digital is suitable for specification with all types of boilers, including combi-boilers and is supplied with a comprehensive five-year parts and labour guarantee. The range comprises three models; Solo, Duo and Elite – each one provides a differing array of technical possibilities and price points.

Pete Mersh (pictured below) is the new Digital Commercial manager for Crosswater. He has been heading the project for six months. Pete re-joined Crosswater after an absence of three years during which he was Aqualisa’s northern regional sales manager.
Pete explains, “Crosswater Digital is the result of long-term and significant investment. This is the next-generation of digital showering product to enter the UK market. It is also the simplest, easiest and the most robust with flexible options. We did not set out to improve on existing technology, we wanted a completely fresh product that would take things up a level. Crosswater Digital works well in all settings, uses the best of proven technology and has set the bar very high indeed.”
When David Hance (Crosswater Group Chairman and Founder) invited me to spearhead digital water delivery for the Group, I jumped at the chance. I knew the products would be outstanding, but I also knew that the support Crosswater would give to its Digital Retailers and Contract customers would match it. I’m delighted to be charged with developing this exciting part of the business.”
Retailers, specifiers and installers of the new Crosswater Digital range have an array of support materials and technical guides. The project has a substantial consumer promotional budget as well as in-store and online sales aides via A Crosswater Digital Technical team has also been deployed to support retailers who need clarification on the technical capabilities.
Tel. 0845 873 8840

RRP for Duo Digital £1195 inc VAT (excludes brassware).


First 9kg washing machine from Amica is also available in black.

One of Europe’s fastest growing appliance brands, Amica, which produces freestanding and built-in domestic appliances in Poland, has announced the addition of 9kg washing machines to its existing 5, 6, 7 and 8kg ranges.
Rated A+++ for energy efficiency, the 9kg Amica (AWN912DJ) also features a large 33 cm porthole which opens a full 150 degrees for easy manoeuvring of large 9kg family loads.
Features and benefits include:
• Blue LCD easy-read display shows wash progress and cycle selection.
• Available in a choice of white or Amica’s new black finish (model AWN912DJB).
• 15 straight-forward programmes include, anti-allergic, quick-wash, duvet, sport, hand-wash, intensive and every-day 60oc
• A super-fast 12 minute quick wash for a smaller load.
• Spin speeds are variable to a maximum 1200rpm.
• An interruption feature is possible thanks to the inclusion of new door technology that allows the machine to be, paused for the door to be opened at any point in the programme safely and quickly.
• No-spin, pre-wash, easy-iron and start-delay options are pre-programmed.
• 2 years parts and labour guarantee.

Amica’s country manager, Simon Freear says, “This 9kg range completes a comprehensive laundry offer from Amica. We know consumers want the reassurance of a big machine capacity for duvets, blankets etc. we also recognise that super-quick washes for freshening up clothing that’s only been worn very lightly and the ability to wash small amounts is important too.”
The new product will be available from mid-April via Amica’s distributor partners. For full details visit

Young Climbers Encouraged to Aim for Olympics 2020

Guildford Youth Climbing Team Setting Their Sights on 2020  Olympics

Competition climbing is gearing up in anticipation for the sport being included in the 2020 Olympics and none more so than the youth series of competitions organised by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). It will be the young champions of these competitions that will be in line for inclusion in the British climbing team that will go on to compete in the 2020 Olympics, should sport-climbing make it through the selection process.

Craggy Island climbing centre, Slyfield, Guildford has some of the most promising young talent in British climbing training for the next stage of the British Regional Youth Climbing Series (BRYCS), a major climbing competition to be held at Reading climbing centre in London on 16th Mar

Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team

ch 2013. The competition is a league of three competitions with the best three climbers in each age category going on to the national finals to be held at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena on the 15th June 2013.

The Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team has been selected by the centre’s instructors from over 500 young climbers who regularly attend their Kids Clubs to form the team of six. The team, formed in Jan 2013,  has already secured two first place and three fourth-place  finishes in the first round of this year’s BRYCS held in South West London.

Craggy Islands reputation has long attracted the country’s best climbers, and the team benefits from first class coaching from Mark Croxall (World Bouldering Champion in 2005), Danie Rushmer a former BRYCS winner and team coach Graeme Harwood himself an experienced competition climber. Shortly the young climbers will be boosted by some specialist training from international climbing champion Shauna Coxsey, who is the British No One female climber and who was also ranked third in the World last year despite missing several major international events after breaking her leg.

Danie Rushmer Craggy Island’s general manager who was instrumental in creating the team says, “The excitement generated by the Olympics has spurred us on to create a framework for these talented young climbing stars. It’s early days, but you can see a big improvement in just a few weeks of specialist training, and I can see no reason why they can’t go on to achieve at the highest levels in national competitions.”

The Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, all from the Guildford area, are pictured at the top from left to right:

Jack Popplewell – 17

Andy Gee – 15

Lucy Bradbury – 15

Miles Graham – 11

Issy Adams – 12

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