Next Years Committee

To some folk – no doubt – the club committee may look like a
collection of people who spend their time nattering away and getting
nowhere.  Nevertheless, they represent
each year the nine people who YOU elect as being the best for running the
club.  Once a year, you get a chance to
do something about it – and the start of this process is about to happen once
more, with the annual request for nominations for the 1974/5 committee.

You have until Saturday 7th September to nominate new people
for the committee.  Present committee
members are automatically nominated unless they wish to retire  – and we shall not know who might wish to
retire until the next meeting of the committee on September 6th.  In everybody’s interest, it is important to
have an election – and to make sure that this happens, we need plenty of
candidates.  This is where you come
in.  If you feel that somebody you know
would make a good committee member – or that you yourself would fill the bill –
then make sure that a suitable nomination gets in to Alan Thomas in time.  These are difficult times for a club like
ours, and it is in times like these that we want the best people.  There is nothing worse than having to carry
on without an election just because no new candidates have come forward.

The procedure is simple enough.  All you have to do is to make sure that the
person or people you nominate will agree to stand if elected, then write to
Alan saying that you wish to nominate whoever it is and that he or she is
willing to stand if elected. SIGN the piece of paper and put your membership
number in if you can remember it.  You
don ‘t need a seconder and you can nominate as many people as you can persuade
to stand!

It is a trifle early to say, but it looks as if the total
club membership this year may have DROPPED from last years’ level.  If this is so, then it will be the first time
this has happened to the club.  However,
we must keep a sense of’ proportion about this and there is no need to
panic.  After all, membership cannot KEEP
on rising for ever, and it would not necessarily be a good thing if it
did.  On the other hand we might start
asking ourselves whether we do enough to keep our older members still
interested in the club.  Perhaps some of
the older B. B. readers might care to comment on this?

You will find full details of the dinner arrangements in
this B.B.  Bearing in mind the complaints
over the years of poor food and lack of value for money, a real attempt is
being made this year to provide a better meal. Those who went to the successful Grampian Dinner last year will be
pleased to hear that we are having the same catering.  Drinks are being supplied by Roger Dors who
is, or should be, well known to all. Roger, of course, understands cavers so we
can rest assured that the drinks will be in capable and experienced hands.  In addition, there will be an entertainment
in the club tradition – by the same team that produced ‘Oliver’ a few years
ago.  Only two things about the dinner
deserve further comment.  Firstly, the
time.  The Hon. Sec. has picked 6.30 for
7 p.m. so that there will be plenty of time for a full evening’s worth.  With the A.G.M. starting at 10.30, there
should be plenty of time for collecting wives etc.  Secondly, the price.  At £2, this is higher than we have been used
to, but inflation and V.A.T. make up most of the increase, and in any case, we
feel that members would sooner have an eatable meal and reasonable drink prices
than save a few pence on a poorer meal. Lastly, we have been asked by the Hon. Sec. to remind members that they
are responsible for the behaviour of their guests.  The throwing dinner occurs a little later in
the year than the B.E.C. dinner, and members are asked not to practice for it
at ours!



Club Officer’s Reports 1974 – Hon. Librarian’s Report

The past year has seen another sizeable expansion to the
club library which includes the addition of several important books.  Club exchanges have been increased and
publications of the Grampian (

are amongst the more important of these. Gifts of publications and books are always gratefully received and those
from Phil Kingston; Martin Mills; Chris Howell and Nigel Taylor among others
have swelled the number of book, surveys and other publications.

The club has purchased several items, including Current
Titles in Spelaeology 1973, British Caver Numbers 61 and 62.  Caves of the Avon Gorge No 2 and Limestone
and Caves of
North West

.  The purchase of Limestone and Caves of Mendip
has been agreed by the committee when it is published. 

Volume 5 has also
been added to the collection.

Usage of the library has continued, and nearly 100
borrowings during the year have proved the worth of the collection.

Attempts to fill gaps in runs of various publications is
proceeding slowly and these items are being bound into volumes by Kay
Mansfield.  I would like to record our
thanks to her for this generous help.

Space is now an acute problem, and timber is being
accumulated to increase shelving and build the frame to house the various loose
surveys.  It is to be hoped that club
members remember that when they borrow items they do so for a period of ONE
MONTH only.  Several overdue borrowings
have been excessive, to say the least.

Dave Irwin,
Hon. Librarian.
1st August, 1974.


Club Officer’s Reports 1974 – 2. B.B. Editor’s Report

On the costing side, the year has been one in which
inflation has really started to bite. However, thanks to the enterprise of a few club members (and one in
particular who wishes to remain anonymous) adequate stocks of paper have been
built up, which are sufficient to see us well into next year.  By this means, a substantial amount will be
saved on purchase of paper for future issues

Not content with this, we have gone over to a much cheaper
paper master and again, have stockpiled over two year’s supply which represents
a further large saving.  Covers have also
come under review.  Here, we have placed
an order for only enough to see us through this volume, and meanwhile we are
experimenting with printing our own.  If
we can do this, we shall save another very large chunk of money.  In all, the 1974 B.B. has cost less than the
1973 B.B.  The only aspect of costs that
remains to be investigated is the postal side. Perhaps an extension of the hand delivery system might help here.

With the position of stocks so healthy, and with the B.B.
actually costing less to produce, while raw materials, printing etc. are rising
rapidly, it seems a pity that the only black spot is the shortage of
contributions.  So bad was this earlier
in the year, that only by reprinting from old B.B. ‘s and republishing from
other sources could the size of the B.B. be maintained.  Even so, publication dates slipped very

An attempt was made to stimulate ideas by running an appeal,
complete with cash prize.  This met with
no real response from the club.  There
are, of course, ways of filling up the B.B., but it should not be necessary to
use them in a healthy club.  After all,
our members cave; climb; dig; explore; take part in rescues; hold social
functions; read books; attend lectures and meetings; have interesting holidays;
do other outdoor pursuits and even pull each others’ leg on occasion.  How much of this finds its way into the B.B.?

The work of editing; typing and printing takes an average of
20 hours per month – or six full working weeks per year.

The stalwarts who collate, fold, staple, address and post
the B.B. put in another large slice of voluntary time.  Against all this, the average member, by
doing perhaps an hour or two’s writing per year, could fill the B.B. to
overflowing.  It doesn’t really seem too
much to ask!

Looking at the B.B. over the last two complete years shows
that the number of contributors is going down while the amount they write is
going up.  At this rate, we shall finish
up with fewer and fewer people writing until the B.B. is written by two or
three people.  1975 marks the 40th
birthday of the B.E.C. and it would be appropriate to mark this by each member
trying to produce something, however small, for next year’s B.B.

Meanwhile, our thanks should go to those authors who have
kept the B.B. going this year, and also to the postal department, who work so
hard in the background to make sure that you get your B.B.

S.J. Collins.
Editor, B.B.


We have just received this letter
from JOHN KNOPS, which shows that a sense of humour still lurks here and there
in the club!

Dear Alfie,

The lack of response to your appeal for articles for the
B.B. was only to be expected.  Everybody
knows that the B.E.C. is, with few exceptions, composed of quiet, unassuming
types who are convinced that nobody is interested in reading about their
unremarkable exploits.  At the same time
however, they are extremely interested in the doings of others.

I suggest therefore that what is required is some form by
which we can boost each others I ego and self confidence.  Then, when others say “B.E.C.: – that
egotistical, self-centred lot!” I’m sure the B.B. will be brimful every
month – but I wonder if I I’d enjoy it half as much!

John Knops.


Minutes of the 1973 Annual General Meeting of the BEC

The meeting opened at 10.35 a.m. with 32 members
present.  The Secretary opened the
proceedings by calling for nominations for a chairman.  R.A. Setterington (‘Sett’) was proposed by
Roy Bennett and seconded by Alfie.  There
were no other nominations and ‘Sett’ was therefore elected Chairman.

Apologies for absence were received from D. Hasell; B.
Prewer and R.S. King.

The Chairman then called for the collection of ballot papers
and members resolutions.  He then asked
for volunteers to act as tellers for the ballot.  Geoff Standing, Frank Jones and Keith Glossop

Alfie asked, on a point of order, whether we should keep a
list of those who voted, so that members could check that their votes had been
recorded.  He pointed out that the new
ballot system would allow this to happen without infringing the secrecy of the
ballot, provided that the name slips were retained after the voting papers were
destroyed.  The Chairman put this at once
to the vote, and the meeting adopted this procedure without dissent.

The Chairman turned next to the minutes of the 1972 A.G.M.
and asked if the meeting wished them to be taken as read.  It was proposed by Roy Bennett that they
should be read in full.  This was
seconded by Mike Palmer.  The Chairman
called for a vote, and the motion was defeated by a large majority – no actual
count being made.

The Chairman then asked Alfie, as Chairman of the retiring
committee, to read out all the actions placed on that committee by the last
A.G. M.  This was done, and it was agreed
that, except for the question of access to the Belfry site, all the actions had
been properly discharged.  On the latter
subject, Dave Irwin spoke.  He said that
Alan had, in fact, seen an independent solicitor in accordance with the action
placed on the committee by the last A.G.M. This solicitor had referred him back to the club’s normal solicitors
Dave said that he had then contacted ‘Digger’s’ partner, Martin Cavander.  Owing to illness, Dave explained, Digger was
now entirely ecclesiastical.  On the
subject of payment Dave said that he had been assured that the existing
arrangements whereby we obtained free legal service were still satisfactory to
our solicitors, but if we insisted on payment, they would be prepared to quote
us favourable terms.

On the subject of rights of way, it appears that the Dors
family have the right to erect a gate at the entrance to the track, but must
supply keys to the owners of the Belfry (i.e, the trustees.)  We have a right of way written into our
deeds.  On the subject of the Foxwell
track, it appeared to depend on the exact wording of the agreement.  If we gave an alternative right of way to the
we might well be on uncertain ground. If we only gave it over our land the situation became clear.

Alan Thomas said that the change was stated on the agreement
as being ‘as per attached plan’ which, in fact, shows a join to the track.  Dave Irwin replied that, even so, it was not
expressly stated that we were giving the alternative right up to the track, but
only implied on the plan.  In any case,
our ignorance of the exact ownership of the wall which separated our land from
the track at the point of entry did not invalidate the agreement as far as we
were concerned.  It was up to Mr.
Foxwell’s solicitor to have checked this point. It appeared that Mr. Foxwell could request us to change the terms of the
agreement, but could not demand that we did so. In any case, Ben had shifted the track some two feet and the argument is
to a large extent academic.

The Chairman asked whether the entire subject was not now
academic, since there seemed now to be no action threatened.  Alan agreed that this appeared to be the
case.  The Chairman advised that, in the
circumstances, the subject was best left alone. Alan replied that the committee had come to the same conclusion and
were, in fact, doing just that.  He said
that it appeared that Ben and Walt had now settled their differences.  The Chairman said that the subject was now
closed and that any further developments should be dealt with by the incoming

The Hon. Secretary’s Report came next, and the Chairman
asked Alan if he had anything to add to his report.  Alan said that he had nothing, but would, of
course, answer any questions which might arise.

Dave Irwin said that there was no mention of the political
implications of C.S.C.C. and N.C.A. etc. The Chairman said that, since there was a member’s resolution involving
this question, it should be brought up at that stage of the meeting.  Bob Bagshaw then proposed that the report be
adopted.  This was seconded by Dave Irwin
and carried unanimously.

The Hon. Treasurer’s report then followed.  There was a correction to the financial
statement.  The item under ‘telephone’
should read £44.84.  The Chairman then
asked for any comments.  Alfie proposed
that the report be adopted and this was seconded by Chris Harvey and carried

The Hon. Auditor’s Report followed.  Again, there were no comments, and its
adoption was proposed by Doug Stuckey and seconded by Nigel.  It was carried nem. con.

The Caving Secretary’s Report followed.  Alan Thomas proposed a vote of thanks to the
Caving Secretary.  This was seconded by
Chris Harvey and carried unanimously. Nigel Taylor then proposed that the report be adopted.  This was seconded by Colin Sage and carried without

In the absence of the Climbing Secretary, his report was
read by the Chairman.  There was no
discussion.  Its adoption was proposed by
Barry Wilton and seconded by Martin Bishop. It was carried without dissent.

The Hut Warden’s Report also provided no discussion.  Its adoption was proposed by Fete Franklin
and seconded by Bob Bagshaw.  It was
again carried without dissent,

The Hut Engineer’s Report was read by the Chairman, in the
absence of that officer.  Once again,
there was no discussion.  Adoption was
proposed by Nigel Taylor and seconded by John Bacon and carried without

The Tacklemaster then read his report to the meeting.  The Chairman asked if the club was
desperately in need of assistance in making tackle.  Mike Palmer replied that there was a need to
make tackle, but that volunteers had come forward and it was now a question of
organisation.  Mike said that the club
had all the necessary raw materials and said that Derek Targett and Chris
Harvey had volunteered to hold some sessions on tackle making.  A vote of thanks to Mike Palmer and to Dave
Turner was proposed for the efforts they had both made in getting the club
tackle situation sorted out.  This was
carried unanimously by the meeting.  Mike
replied to this, and said that the biggest problem had been sorting it
out.  He said that many people had
helped.  The Chairman asked if digging
ropes were, in fact, old caving ropes. Mike said that they were.  The
adoption of the report was then proposed by Alan Thomas and seconded by Pete
Franklin.  It was carried without

The B.B. Editor’s Report came next.  There was no discussion.  Its adoption was proposed by Martin Bishop
seconded by Joan Bennett and carried without dissent.

The meeting then moved on to the Librarian’s Report.  Dave Irwin said that some books have been out
for over a year and appealed once again for members to return books and
publications.  It was agreed to put an appeal
in the B.B.  He said that, apart from
this aspect, we have not actually lost anything this year.  The adoption of the report was then proposed
by Tony Meaden and seconded by Nigel Taylor. It was again, carried without dissent.

The publications Report then followed.  Dave Irwin asked whether the meeting felt
that the report on shoring of swallet cave entrances should be
re-published.  It would, he said, need
bringing up to date before this could be done. The meeting appeared to have no strong feelings on the matter and the
chairman suggested that Dave take this into account.  Alfie said that he would be prepared if
required to revise the manuscript.  Alan
Thomas then proposed the adoption of the report.  This was seconded by Dave Turner and carried
nem. con.  A vote of thanks to Dave,
Irwin was then proposed by Alan Thomas and seconded by Dave Turner and again
carried without dissent.

The chairman then announced the result of the ballot.

The votes of 82 members had been recorded.  The nine candidates who would for, the 1973/4
committee were, in order of votes cast, Alfie; Dave Irwin; Nigel Taylor; Nigel
Jago; Barry Wilton; Alan Thomas; Martin Bishop; Doug Stuckey and Graham
Wilton-Jones.  The chairman then asked
for permission to destroy the ballot papers. Mike Palmer put this in the form of a proposal, which was seconded by
Dave Turner and carried unanimously.  The
papers were immediately consigned to the Belfry stove.  The chairman then handed the name slips to
Alfie with the advice that voters could appear in the annual list of members
with some distinguishing mark against their names.

The chairman then counted those present.  There were 45 members present at 11.50 a.m.

The chairman then took the report of the Ian Dear Memorial
Committee.  Mike Palmer read this to the
meeting.  There had been one applicant
during the year, and this had caused some surprise, as more had been
expected.  In the ensuing short
discussion, it was agreed that publicity had been adequate.  The adoption of the report was proposed by
Roger Stenner and seconded by Dave Irwin. It was carried without dissent.

The chairman then turned to committee resolutions.  The first of these was “that the word
‘ratified’ be inserted in Article 5 of the club constitution so that it will
then read, “both of whom shall be ratified members of the club.”  Alfie reminded the meeting that Alan Thomas
had proposed at the 1972 A.G.M. “That nobody shall be able to propose or
second a membership application until his own membership has been
ratified.”  This had been ruled, by the
chairman of the 1972 A.G.M., to be a constitutional change, since it added a
condition to Article 5.  The chairman
then proposed from the chair that the subject be referred to the 1972/3
committee in accordance with Article 53. This was agreed by the 1972 A.G.M. with 3 votes against.  Since then, the committee have put forward
the resolution now in front of the meeting, and also published it in the B.B.
in accordance with Article 53.  If the
meeting now adopts the resolution now before it, it will become an amendment to
the constitution.  The chairman thanked
Alfie for this reminder and put the resolution up for discussion.  Roger Stenner declared himself against the
proposed change.  He pointed out that
applicants for membership were not normally admitted unless sufficiently known
in the club, and that the proposer and seconder were not consulted as a rule
unless they happened to be at a committee meeting, in which case it was
unlikely that they were probationary members. Nigel Taylor also expressed himself against the idea and said that it
would place an unnecessary brake on new membership.  Dave Irwin said that it would provide a
safeguard against the formation of cliques. Under the present arrangements, two freshly elected members who also
belonged to a small club could propose and second other members of that club
who might otherwise be unknown and thus build up a clique which might never
integrate with the general membership. Nigel Taylor said that the club committee should act as a watchdog to
prevent this or any other bad situation from developing and should not have to
depend on detailed legislation to make it occur.  He wished it to be placed on record that he
was very strongly again this resolution. Dave Turner then proposed the adoption of the resolution.  This was seconded by Chris Rowell and carried
by 25 votes in favour to 12 against.  The
chairman then announced that the constitution had been amended for the first
time, and that Article 5 should be officially amended in accordance with the

The second Committee resolution “that the existing
Belfry sub-committee continue in office until their findings are
completed” was spoken to by Alan Thomas, who said that owing to various
circumstances, the sub-committee had not been able to complete its work during
the club year just ended.  He felt that
continuity here was of importance, and the election of a new sub-committee
might well reduce this factor.  Dave
Irwin replied that, on reflection, it might be dangerous to perpetuate a
sub-committee in this way.  Roy Bennett
pointed out that we were allowed two types of committee in addition to the
general committee.  We had chosen a
sub-committee as from a special committee, and must therefore accept the fact
that such a committee becomes automatically disbanded at the end of the club
year.  The chairman pointed out that if
there was a continuing need for this sub-committee, there was no reason why the
new committee could not resurrect it en bloc. Dave Turner agreed that this was the sensible course for the committee
to adopt, since they already had the power to do so.  Thus, the resolution had no real meaning.
Dave Irwin disagreed with this, and pointed out that the resolution, if passed
would compel the committee to do what otherwise they would be free to
exercise choice over.  Chris Howell
suggested that this aspect could be got round if the word ‘existing’ were
removed from the resolution.  After some
further discussion along these lines, Dave Turner pointed out that the
resolution was out of order.  It was, in
fact, a change to the constitution and, as such, could not take effect
immediately.  In spite of this, the
resolution said that the sub-committee should continue in office.  Since a finite time must elapse before the
resolution could take effect by change of constitution, it was clearly
impossible for the sub-committee to continue in the meantime.  Hence the resolution was proposing an
impossibility and was thus out of order. The chairman asked if the meeting had under-stood this line of
reasoning, and if it agreed with it.  The
meeting unanimously agreed the point and the matter was accordingly dropped.

Turning now to members resolutions, a resolution, “that
the B.E.C. join the Council of Northern Caving Clubs and do more caving in the
North” was proposed by Andy Nicholls and seconded by Nigel Taylor.  Both Alfie and Dave Irwin said that the
Southern Council would be debating this point at their meeting in November and
it might be prudent to wait and see what happened there first.  At this point, the refreshments arrived, and
the chairman declared the meeting adjourned.

After the refreshments, the meeting was re-convened and the
discussion continued.  Mike Palmer asked
what the back-ground was behind this resolution.  Alan explained that the CNCC had placed an
embargo on members of clubs not belonging to CNCC visiting caves controlled by
CNCC.  This meant that BEC members could
not officially visit these caves unless BEC joined CNCC or its members were
prepared to go as guests of a member club of CNCC like the
Bradford.  Nigel Taylor said there was no point in
waiting for the Southern Council meeting, since he understood that the NCA had
said that it could not control decisions of CNCC.  Dave Irwin said that this was not completely
true.  CSCC were still trying to bring
pressure to bear, via NCA on CNCC.  Our
proper course of action was to help bring this pressure to bear, rather than to
give in automatically to the decision of CNCC. Roy Bennett said that, in that case, we should instruct our
representatives as to what the club expected them to do at the next meeting of
CSCC.  Dave Irwin said that, even if
things went temporarily against us, joining CNCC would be one more move in the
direction of centralised caving, which, in the long run, could mean the end of
clubs like B.E.C.  Roger Stenner agreed
that this was an important point which the club must consider most
carefully.  On the other hand, the
restriction of caving was an equally important subject to what is mainly a
caving club.  The chairman then called
for a vote on the proposal and declared the resolution lost with 2 votes in
favour and 30 against.

Roger Stenner then proposed a resolution, “that the
defeat of the proposal does not bind the committee NOT to join CNCC should
further developments make it desirable to do so”.  This was seconded by Roy Bennett.  The Chairman said that the previous proposal,
if carried by the meeting, would have compelled to committee to join
CNCC.  The fact that it had been defeated
meant that the committee were not now so compelled and were now at liberty to
do so if they wished.  Thus, there was no
need for the new proposal.  The only new
proposal which would alter the status quo would be one which forbade the
committee to join CNCC.  As no such
proposal was forthcoming, the chairman moved on to the next business.  This was a resolution by Roy Bennett and Dave
Turner “that the 1973/4 committee should take note of the remarks and
suggestions concerning payment etc. for access to Northern caves and incorporate
these views into its policy as put forward to the Council of southern Caving
Clubs.”  There was no discussion,
and the resolution was carried 24 – 0.

Under ‘Any Other Business’, Dave Turner raised the question
of payment for legal advice, which had been mentioned earlier.  He asked if we would get better conditions if
we paid.  Dave Irwin said that it would
make no difference.  Chris Howell
wondered whether payment would get us priority, but Dave said that we had not suffered
to date.  Alan Thomas said that the
independent solicitor had cost a guinea. Nigel Taylor said that he was in favour of leaving things as they
were.  Joan Bennett suggested that we
should be prepared to pay, but that the bills, in the event, might never be
sent to us.  Bob Bagshaw was in favour of
the present state of affairs and the discussion ended without any resolution
being put to the meeting.

A special speech of thanks was then delivered to mark the
occasion of Bob Bagshaw’s retirement from office.  Barry Wilton, as the Treasurer-presumptive,
reminded the meeting of Bob’s long service to the club.

The chairman then asked if there was any other
business.  Mike Palmer raised the
question of fire risk to the Belfry.  He
asked, for example, whether the gas cylinders should be sited outside.  After a short discussion, it was proposed by
Frank Jones and seconded by Mike Palmer that the committee take advice from the
Fire Service and act at their discretion. This was carried by the meeting without dissent.

There being no other business, the chairman declared the
meeting closed at 2.45.p.m.


Round and About

A Monthly Miscellany,
by Wig

91.           Hollowfield. The missing sketch plan is shown below: –


106.      Social Chit-Chat:  Garth Dell, Keith Gladman and
Keith Murray have been seen around the Belfry
recently.  So too, was Jock on a quick
visit from

.  The one memory of Jock’s visit was that the
Belfry was considerably cleaner when he left than when he arrived.  Getting quite excited about it, he nearly
managed to wash all the Belfryites as well!

Sons are the addition to the Franklin Brothers Families, and Phil and Yo
Kingston are on their way to

during the autumn.  Phil tells me apart from the volcanoes, there
are plenty of caving to be had, and only a few miles from their home.  Pete and Mary Ham have made the break and are
now in


107.      Library: The additions to the library have included P.C.G. an A.C.G. Newsletters
and a collection of books, C.D.G. miscellaneous papers, maps etc. in a donation
from Phil Kingston.  Included in this
gift is a timetable for the largest caving event ever organised by the club on
Mendip – the Cuthbert’s Sump Digging Weekend in February 1967, when over 30
cavers and divers worked around the clock digging at the sides of the sump to
clear a way in for the divers to dig in the sump itself.  The project was called off late on the
Saturday night due to flooding.  Other
items include surveys of Lamb Leer, stoke Lane, O.S. Maps and a second edition
of the ‘Caves of Mendip’.

108.      Golden Oldies: Well down in Swildons!  On Tuesday
23rd July, an historic gathering descended Swildons under the leadership –
though this is doubtful – of Roy Bennett. Doubtful, because it is thought that all the tackle was carried down by
John Stafford’s son who, it appears, was always in the lead.  Neither did he worry about the pools –
including the Double Pots – he jumped straight in without – one might add to

‘s amazement – a wet
suit.  Anyway, John Stafford, John
Attwood and daughters ended up at Sump I. The sump being beautifully clear, it was dived by RB in an attempt to
show off the desirability of the wet suit. Back at the Hunters, the Oldies Clan gathered strength by the addition
of Alan Bonner, Keith Gladman and Pat Ifold.

109.      G.B.  This
cave is again locked, as is Longwood and Rhino Rift.  Keys for all three caves are kept in the
library at the Belfry.  Members wishing
to visit these caves arriving mid-week should make arrangements with Dave Irwin
or Nigel Taylor well in advance.

110.      At the Belfry: The committee have taken several momentous decisions.  The fire is to be re-sited in the main room
and when the damper has been manufactured. Bucket Tilbury will come down to install the fireplace and chimney.  The long-discussed lockers have been costed
and Barry Wilton has the job of arranging the construction.  The library is due for a face-lift and extra
shelving is to be installed.


Club Officer’s Reports 1974 – Publications Report

By the A.G.M., at least 3 reports will have been published
for the current year. Numbers 14, 17 & 18

No 14. Pyrenean Report – has had an endless series of
troubles since its MS came into the hands of the editor and though it has been
published in the recent past, I would like to record our apologies to Roy
Bennett for the late publication.   The
trouble lay

with the commercial printers, who dragged their heels, and
with a member of the club, who failed to deliver the necessary plates and
printed surveys.  100 copies are

No 17. Burrington Atlas. This booklet has been the most
successful publications produced by the club. Approximately 400 copies have been sold, and a second printing is being

Number 18.  Caving
Reports:  The first of a number of
multi-subject reports.  Contains surveys
and papers on various subjects written by members of the club.

No new parts of the Cuthbert’s Survey have appeared during
the year, but the survey is now at a very advanced stage and the publication of
the remaining sheets should trickle through during the next club year.

The post is now one of the most important in the club,
though not a committee post as such.  Its
expenditure is almost if not equal to the Belfry accounts.  As such, it has shown that sales have reached
very high levels and the demand does not seem to be abating.  The outlet of papers written by members, of
the various discoveries and technical notes, to a wide audience can only
improve the image of the club.  To this
end, Alfie Collins and myself have devised a system where papers of an original
nature will be diverted to the caving reports and thus help to remove the
stigma whereby others have referred to the journals of other clubs as being the
original source, when the B.B. has carried the information first.  In the same way, material not really suited
to the caving reports will be diverted to the B.B.  Papers published in the Caving Reports will
be accompanied by a précis especially prepared for the B.B.

D. Irwin.
Editor, Publications.
July, 1974.


Monthly Crossword – Number 49.



















































































4. Stoke has a muddy one of
these. (2-3)
5. Swildons has several of these at first. (3)
7. Stal may have done this to a passage and diggers may be this by it! (7)
9. In the first case of 7, the stal does this. (7)
11. And the rest. (3)
12. A boring device for surface exploration. (5)



2. Lure bod to this cave feature. (7)
3. A hundred affirm for this bloke. (5)
6. A hundred are visiting many places (including this Mendip cave?) (7)
8. Caving get-together? (5)
10. One of the 5 across’s. (3)

Solution to Last Month’s Crossword



















































































Club Committee

The Belfry,

, Priddy, Wells,

. Telephone WELLS 72126

Chairman          S.J.

Minutes Sec      G.


Members           M. Bishop, D.J. Irwin, B. Wilton, G.
N. Taylor, A.R. Thomas, A. Nicholls.

Officers of the Club

Honorary Secretary        A.R
THOMAS, Allen’s House,

Barrows Lane
, Priddy, Wells Somerset. Tel: PRIDDY

Honorary Treasurer         B.


27 Venus Lane
Clutton, Nr. Bristol.

Caving Secretary            A.
NICHOLLS, Address to follow.

Climbing Secretary         G. OATEN,
Address to follow.

Hut Warden                   N.
TAYLOR, Whiddons, Chilcote,

.  Tele : WELLS 72338

Belfry Engineer              M.
BISHOP, Bishop’s Cottage, The Batch, Priddy, Wells, Som.  Tele : PRIDDY 370

Tacklemaster                 G.
WILTON-JONES, 17 Monkham’s Drive, Watton, Thetford,


B.B. Editor                    S.J.
COLLINS, Lavender Cottage, Bishops Sutton, Nr. Bristol. Tel : CHEW MAGNA 2915

Honorary Librarian          D.J
IRWIN, Townsend Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Wells Som.  Tel : PRIDDY 369

Publications Editor         D.J
IRWIN  As above

B.B. Postal                   Brenda.

  Address as above

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