QUODCUMQUE  FACIENDUM : NIMIS  FACIEMUS

Editorial

Membership

November is, of course, the time when the annual
list of paid-up members is issued.  In
spite of fears to the contrary, the current list in this B.B. shows a total of
206 members – a gain of 2 on last year. While this is nothing to get wildly excited about, it is at least not
the loss in membership that was predicted earlier on this year.

There is a danger when looking at membership
figures of trying to read too much into them. However, on the principle that fools rush in where angels fear to tread,
your editor will – perhaps foolishly – draw a few conclusions which may give
the new membership secretary (when he or she has been appointed!) some food for
thought.

There is no point, in my opinion, in having a vast
drive for new members for its own sake. All this is most likely to do is to produce an unwieldy club full of the
wrong sort of people.  On the other hand,
the legacy we have with us as part of the price of getting the Belfry built is
a large number of life members (27% of our total membership) who pay no further
subscriptions – and a way to improve this ratio might not come amiss.

Incidentally, judging by the voting figures, the
life members do not show up very well since only 34% of them voted – against
56% of the ordinary members.  This may,
in some cases, be due to the fact that some life members, although still
interested in the club, feel too out of touch to be able to vote.  On the other hand, it may be that some life
members are no longer particularly interested.

If you look at the way in which club membership
has grown over the years, you will find that the intake of new members has
remained almost constant every year, at average of 27 per year since the end of
the last war.  This year, with 24 new
members, is quite typical – and there have been very few years which have not
been.

The variation lies in the pattern of those who
leave.  About half of these in a normal
year are made up of people who have recently joined and – presumably – have not
found caving, or climbing, or the B.E.C., to their liking.  Again this year is no exception – and there
is little we can do about it.  The other
half is made up of members of some years standing who, again presumably, find
that they are losing interest or contact with the present club.  This is where I believe we could – and should
– make some effort.

Many people have said to me that we should try to
provide more for our older members. Perhaps gentler caving trips followed by social evenings from time to
time.  It has even been suggested that we
hold an older members dinner.  Other
suggestions I have heard are that we should try to get older members up in the
Belfry so that they could again get to know the present members of the club.

Looking at the present membership list, it is
pleasant to see once more names like Arthur Ball, Stan Gee, Norman Petty, Phil
Townsend and Mike Wheadon who, amongst others, have all re-joined this
year.  With a bit of imagination and a
little work, we could turn this trickle into a flood.

I must repeat that the above represents my
personal view.  Perhaps you do not
agree?  Perhaps you do?  In either case, why not write in with
suggestions; offers, condemnations etc – so that we can all give the new
membership secretary something to think about!

“Alfie”

 

Access to St. Cuthbert’s Swallet

Access to St. Cuthbert’s Swallet is controlled by
the B. E. C. and all parties visiting the cave MUST have a B.E.C. leader or a
guest leader from another club.  A party
wanting a trip in the cave should write to the Caving Secretary c/o The Belfry,

Wells Rd
,
Priddy, Wells,

Somerset
.  The Caving Sec. will then find them a leader,
but MUST be given:-

1.                    The name of the visiting
Club.

2.                    The date and time of the
proposed trip.

3.                    The number in the party.

4.                    A stamped addressed envelope.

5.                    ONE MONTH’S NOTICE.

It is always possible, of course, for parties to
arrange trips independently with leaders they know, or to take a chance on a
leader being available when they visit the Belfry.  The system of guest leaders allows clubs who
regularly visit the area to get their own leaders for St. Cuthbert’s.  To become a guest leader, you need to have a
thorough knowledge of the cave (there are five specified routes which must be
known) and “a responsible attitude to caving and cave preservation.”

All parties visiting the cave with B.E.C. leaders
are automatically covered by the B.E.C.’s insurance up to £100,000 – so all
guest leaders are required to have insurance up to the same amount which will
cover their party and indemnify the B.E.C. Potential guest leaders can get application forms from the Caving
Secretary, who will arrange trips to cover the specified routes.  On all trips, the leader or guest leader has
the ultimate say, and will refuse to begin or continue a trip if he thinks the
party is inadequately equipped or incompetent.

These access conditions for St. Cuthbert’s have
been published at the request of the Caving Secretary, Andy Nichols – who would
like them made as widely known as possible, to avoid any misunderstanding from
visiting clubs.

 

Maypole Dance

Another account of the
Club’s doings in the
Pyrenees this year.  This time by Malcolm Jarrett

As may be imagined, mush of our time was spent
while in the
Pyrenees – in cases with French
speleologists.  Notable amongst those was
the infamous Ruben Gomez, expedition’s controller of ARSIP, and founder member
of Karst.  ARSIP (Association des

Rescherches Spelaeologiques Internationale de
la Pierre St.
Martin) is responsible for all
aspects of caving within the area. KARST. (Kommittee d’Action Revolutionaire de Spelaeogogie et Terrorisme) is the
nearest thing to the Elsan Club in

France
.  Amongst their aims are the destruction of the
thirteen stations of the Cross at

Lourdes

and the complete removal of stal from show caves.  They produce a clandestine news sheet which
we hope to obtain soon.

Ruben did much to help us, and we felt that we
ought to repay the debt.  He seemed quite
pleased to have half a dozen tame English cavers available.  The first idea to come to his mischievous
mind was the de-rigging of the Annialarra. Before we said anything, we asked Dicky from Eldon what he thought of
Annialarra.  “Well, it’s like a
1,400 foot pitch with a few sparse ledges. Oh, yes!  It’s damp and about 5OC.”  Tactfully, we forgot about Annialarra and
asked Ruben what else we could do.  He
mused for a while and then said we could go and see his employer, Max Cosyns,
who had a few jobs to do.

Max Cosyns has a vast range of interests, from
nuclear physics to latex making.  He had
been maypoling in the Grotte des Statactites Deviees some years ago, and wanted
his pole back.

The G. des S.D. is situated in the Kakouetta
Gorge.  Kakouetta is excellent with 600
foot cliffs on either side of a fair sized river and some fine speleological
features.  The first mile or so of the
gorge has been equipped with – bridges and hand wires to improve access.  The remainder of the gorge becomes wider, but
very heavy going and there is no safe exit at the top end – as four of us found
out when our pioneering spirits overwhelmed us. Another aspect which delighted us was the lack of
commercialisation.  The gorge is owned by
the local people who levy a very reasonable 30p charge for the use of their
bridges.

One mile up the gorge is the Kakouetta cascade,
emerging from about 40 feet up on the left hand side, looking upstream.  Little is known about the cave beyond this
resurgence, except that in the fifth sump the cave plunges downhill, and that
somewhere beyond here is a reservoir of huge proportions.  A few feet further up the gorge is the G. des
S.D.  There are two ways into the cave.
The first involves a 120 metre abseil (393 feet 6 inches as it used to be)
passing an entrance 60 metres (197′) up the cliff.  The second involves a short climb into a
large but fairly well hidden entrance. The first method would have been preferable, as it avoids the 30p
charge, and makes all the caving downhill. Unfortunately, we had only a 90 metre (295’) rope and the prospect of
six or seven of us swinging on the end of it to stretch a further 30 metres out
of it did not appeal.  Furthermore, we
did not trust Max’s ten year old memories of where in the cliff top jungle the
correct abseil point was.  A third
problem was the possibility of playing Aunt Sally with ten ton boulders falling
in tourists mouths as they gaped in awe (this is really an excuse for
chickening out, but I’ve just thought it up). This left the alternative lower entrance.  Max said that it should be fairly easy, as
there were some old wooden ladders in place.

And so Sue Holmes; Graham Wilton-Jones; Mike
Palmer; John Dukes and I scrambled up the 3 metre (10′) climb into the
entrance.  Despite the grandiose
proportions of the entrance, the only way into the rest of the cave is through
a letter box ten feet off the ground. Fortunately there was a nearby sapling and we used this to stuff the
ladder through the entrance.  Mike
climbed the ladder and made it safe for the rest of us.  Inside the windy entrance, the cave opens out
into a frost-shattered zone, which gently rises into a 12′ ‘D’ section
stal-lined tunnel.  This rises steadily
via a short climb to a windy constriction, after which the cave resumes its old
proportions.  Here we met the first of
the fixed ladders.  They must have been
frail when built in 1955, but with an eighth of an inch of stal cement all over
them, they were just comical.  Kicking
them aside, we rigged electron ladders in their place.  After another joke ladder, we climbed a few
more feet into the final chamber, where a 12 metre (39’) climb awaited us.  This was the main obstacle between us and
Max’s maypole.  A 12 metre nylon bootlace
hung tantalising from the void, but was not available for tackle hauling.  The remains of a tree lay rotting on the
floor, after a previous party’s climbing attempts.  This improvised maypole later broke under its
own weight.

Unfortunately, we had no bolts or nuts for
artificial climbing.  We had left this
gear behind; thinking that we would do only sporting trips.  Ruben helped us borrow a few Simond pegs and
we had to make do with these.  Mike and I
ferreted around for a safe belay point to drive a peg in.  This proved fairly difficult, as most of the
cave was stal’d over, and smooth. Eventually we managed to find a safe anchor and set about the
climb.  An interesting experiment was the
use of a well-known clog figure of eight the belay the ladder.  John and I had practised the idea up trees
and found it successful.  Underground it
was reasonable, but we were using 12mm 3-strand rope, and this tends to drag
excessively.

After belaying the second, Mike set out up the
climb, making reasonable progress as far as a ledge, and getting several
runners in.  By this time, Sue had
produced cups of piping hot tea, and this enticed Mike back down.  Next, John took over, and managed to get a
few metres above the point that Mike had reached, over a slight overhang.  Progress was necessarily slow, so we had to
leave at this point in order to get out of the Gorge in daylight.

Next day, bright and early, John, Graham and I
returned to the cafe at the head of the gorge. The weather was steaming hot, so we lingered in the cafe as long as we
dared.  After we had exhausted all the
excuses for staying there, we staggered off up the gorge at mid day.  This time, we were much better equipped –
sandwiches; soup; chocolate and sweets augmented our diet of tea.

I climbed into the letter box and wandered off
into the cave.  Whilst I was playing with
my stinky, Graham and John had decided that the sapling which we had used to
stuff the ladder into the letter box might be a healthy addition to our
collection of gear, so I lurched off into the cave covered in food parcels and
primuses, while the others dragged their trophy into the cave.  Back at the scene of the crime, we decided
that the previous line of approach led to a nasty blank section of wall, and
that it would be better to alter the line of attack.  John removed all the runners from the
previous climb, and we turned our attention to a greasy stal slope
instead.  John made good progress to a
point halfway up the climb, protecting himself well with pegs.  From this point, the climb became steeper and
the holds fewer.  John returned to ground
level and we passed a good time chatting. I then re-climbed and started to place a peg at a point where we could
use caving ladders as etriers.  I started
tapping the peg into its hole.  The peg
did not produce the correct noises, but none of them had so far.  I put this down to the rock being different
from normal outdoor specimens.  The peg
went in a good way, and I was just giving it the finishing taps when it broke
in two.  This was not too funny at the
time, because we had been hanging on these pegs – and hanging on to them for
some considerable time.  Obviously, we
had to review the situation, and after looking at the way ahead, and the lack
of protection, we decided to abandon the attempt.

In order to clear up quickly, John lowered me down
the climb and I knocked out the runners as I passed them.  We had to leave a runner at the top of the
climb, but this was preferable to climbing down.  The peg on which I had rested while placing
the ill-fated one had split and came out looking like Britannia’s trident!

So we had to give up, purely for lack of safety
equipment.  This was a shame, after Mike
and John had tried so hard.  Next time,
we’ll take an armoury of gear.  One small
compensation was being allowed into the gorge free of charge.  The local community regards its limestone and
caves as an asset.  Perhaps a few people
over here should take note!

Editor’s Note: The above article came complete
with a message from the typist – Graham Wilton-Jones.

Just in case it sounds as though I went along
simply to make up the numbers; carry tackle; drink beer at the cafe and cast
aspersions at the climbing abilities of my fellows, that’s right!  Yes, to all four reasons!  I also have a complete photographic record of
the climb which will go with photographs to be taken next year during the
successful completion of the climb.  And,
while on the subject of next year.

John and I are already making plans for a return
visit to the
Pyrenees.  We will be away from Saturday, 19th July
until Sunday the 31st August.  Some of
the agenda is already planned, and there will be opportunity for sporting
caving; scientific work of a limited nature original exploration and surveying,
walking, sightseeing, imbibing and socialising. We shall be staying behind the Hotel des Touristes at Licq (some 60km
out of

Pau
, not
far from the Franco-Spanish border and equally close to the P.S.M.)  For about three weeks this will be our
base.  John and I will also spend a week
or more camped on the lapiaz – the vast, bare, limestone plateau between
France and

Spain
.  Several members of club have shown an
interest in this visit, and a number of these are definitely coming for periods
of two to three weeks.  THIS TRIP IS OPEN
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE CLUB, AND ANYONE INTERESTED IS CORDIALLY INVITED ALONG.  Please get in touch with us as soon as you
can, even if you cannot be certain of your arrangements so far in advance.

And don’t anybody DARE say they didn’t know early
enough!

Anyone else who might be planning a trip – either
in this country or abroad and who would be prepared for others to join in,
should send in details to the B.B., so that the trip can be publicised and
members given plenty of notice to join in.


 


Bristol
Exploration Club – Membership List 1974

828

Nicolette Abell

Ardtraskart,

Greenway Lane,
Bath

741

J.M. Bacon


12 Marine Road
, Pensarn, Abergele,

Wales

20 L

Bob Bagshaw


699 Wells Road
, Knowle,
Bristol,
Avon

392 L

Mike Baker

22 Riverside Walk, Midsomer Norton,
Bath,
Avon

295

Arthur Ball


4 Charlotte Street
, Cheadle,

Cheshire

617

R. Bater

4 Butterfield Close, westbury-on-Trym,

Bristol

618

Mrs Bater

4 Butterfield Close, westbury-on-Trym,

Bristol

818

Chris Batstone


8 Prospect Place
, Bathford,
Bath,
Avon

390 L

Joan Bennett


8 Radnor Road
, Wesbury-on-Trym,

Bristol

214 L

Roy Bennett


8 Radnor Road
, Wesbury-on-Trym,

Bristol

731

Bob Bidmead


63 Cassell Road
, Fishponds,

Bristol

720

Martin Bishop

Bishops Cottage, Priddy

734

E. Bishop

Bishops Cottage, Priddy

145

Sybil Bowden-Lyle


PO Box 15
, Iganga,

Busoga,
Uganda

364 L

P. Blogg


5 Tyrolean Court
, Cheviot Close, Avenue Road, Banstead,
Surrey

336 L

Alan Bonner

Crags Farm Close, Little Broughton, Cokermouth,

Cumberland

751 L

T.A. Brookes


87 Wyatt Road,
London
, SW2

707

R. Brown

26
Cranleigh
Gardens,
Luton,
Beds.

732

Mrs Brown

26
Cranleigh
Gardens,
Luton,
Beds.

687

Viv Brown


3 Cross Street
, Kingswood,

Bristol

819

G. Buckham


13 Grosvenor Place,
London
Road,

Bath

756

Tessa Burt


66 Roundwood Lane
, Harpendon, Herts.

777

Ian Calder

Plas Pencelli, Pencelli, Brecon

778

Penelope Calder

Plas Pencelli, Pencelli, Brecon

679

R. Chandler

6 Blackcap close,
Southgate, Crawley,
West Sussex

655

Colin Clark


186 Cranbrook Road
, Redland,

Bristol

211 L

Clare Coase

5
Mandalay Flats,

10 Elsiemer Street
, Long Jetty, N.S.W.
2262,

Australia

780

J. Coleman

Little Green, Bunwell,

Norfolk

89 L

Alfie Collins

Lavendar Cottage, Bishop Sutton, Nr Bristol,

Somerset

821

J. Cooke

Lancaster house, Tondu, Nr.
Bridgend,
S. Wales

377 L

D. Cooke-Yarborough

Lot
11 McKay Crescent,
Orange,
New South Wales,
Australia

585

Tony Corrigan

48a

Talbot Road
,
Knowle,

Bristol
4

827

Mike Cowlishaw

Hilston,
Cleveland Walk,

Bath

680

Bob Cross


122 Pearson Lane
, Bradford 9

609

I.M. Daniels

Handsworth, Pilgrims way, Chilham,

Canterbury,
Kent

405 L

Frank Darbon


PO Box 325,
Vernon,
British
Columbia
,
Canada

423 L

Len Dawes

The Lodge,

Main Street
,
Winster, Matlock, Derbyshire

449

Garth Dell

8 Portway, Old Sarum,

Salisbury
,
Wiltshire

815

J. Dibben


17 Nevill Road
, Bramshall, Stockport,

Cheshire

710

Colin Dooley


497A City Road
, Edgbaston,

Birmingham
17

829

Angela Dooley


497A City Road
, Edgbaston,

Birmingham
17

164 L

Ken Dobbs


85 Fox Rd.
, Beacon Heath,
Exeter,
Devon

830

John Dukes


4 Springford Crescent
, Lordswood, Southampton

812

S. Durston

7 Estuary Park, Combwich, Bridgwater,

Somerset

779

Jim Durston

7 Estuary Park, Combwich, Bridgwater,

Somerset

771

P. Eckford

80
Wilton
Gardens, Shirley,
Southampton

322 L

Bryan Ellis


7 School Lane
, Combwich, Bridgwater,

Somerset

232

C. Falshaw


23 Hallam Grange Crescent
,
Sheffield

831

R.J. Fisher


19 Alma Road
, Portswood,
Southampton

269 L

Tom Fletcher


11 Cow Lane
, Bramcote,
Nottingham.

783

D. Foxwell


870 Kebourne Road
, Brentry,

Bristol

404 L

Albert Francis


22 Hervey Road
, Wells,

Somerset

569

Joyce Franklin


12 Avon Way
, Portishead,

Bristol

469

Pete Franklin


12 Avon Way
, Portishead,

Bristol

468

Keith Franklin


3 Kinsley Road,
Easton
,

Bristol

765

R.T. Gage


36 Woodland Road
, Nailsea,

Bristol

759

C. Gage


36 Woodland Road
, Nailsea,

Bristol

835

Leonard Gee

15
Warren Close,
Denton,

Manchester

265

Stan Gee


26 Parsonage Street
, Heaton Norris,
Stockport.

836

Bob Givens

Newstead Lodge, 1 Fields Green,

Crawley,
Sussex

459

Keith Gladman


29 Shenfield Road
, Brentwood,
Essex

752

E.M. Glanville

Jocelyn House Mews, Chard, Somerset

790

Martin Grass


14 Westlea Road
, Wormley, Broxbourne, Herts

582

Chris Hall


65 Valley View Road
, Paulton,

Bristol

432 L

Nigel Hallet


144 Stockwood Road,
Bristol
4

735

P. Hamm

Address unknown

104 L

Mervyn Hannam


14 Inskip Place
, St Annes,
Lancashire

304 L

C.W. Harris

The Diocesan Registry, Wells,

Somerset

581

Chris Harvey

Byways,

Hanham Lane
,
Paulton, Nr. Bristol

4 L

Dan Hassell

Hill House, Moorlynch, Bridgwater,

Somerset

773

Rodney Hobbs

Rose Cottage, West End, Nailsea,

Bristol

373

Sid Hobbs

Hokerstone Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Wells,

Somerset

736

Sylvia Hobbs

Hokerstone Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Wells,

Somerset

743

J.G. Hodgson


72 Chesterfield Road,
Bristol
6

744

Mrs Hodgson


72 Chesterfield Road,
Bristol
6

793

Mike Hogg

32 Birchley Heath,
Nuneaton, Warks

834

Miss S. Holmes

32 Birchley Heath,
Nuneaton,
Warwickshire

833

J.H. Hookings


32 Churchill Road
, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcs.

387 L

George Honey

Droppsta, 19044,

Odensala,
Sweden

770

C. Howell


131 Sandond Road
, Edgebaston,

Birmingham

631

P. Hudson

22
Glantawe
Park Estate,

Wind Road
, Ystradgynlais,

Wales

808

J.A. Hunt


35 Conygre Road
, Filton,

Bristol

97

J. Ifold

5

Rushgrove
Gardens
, Bishop Sutton,
Nr. Bristol

150

P. Ifold

The Cedars, Blackford, Nr. Wedmore, Cheddar

363

Maurise Iles

Waterworks Cottage, Gurmney Slade,

Bath

540 L

Dave Irwin

Townsend Cottage, Townsend, Priddy,

Somerset

753

N. Jago


27 Quantock Road
, Windmill Hill,

Bristol
3

792

Ken James


5 Bay Tree Road
,
Weston-super-Mare

814

M. Jarrett

12 Edgecombe Hill, Hall Green,

Birmingham

51 L

A Johnson

Warren Cottage,

Station
Rd.
, Flax Bourton,

Bristol

560 L

Frank Jones

8
York
Gardens,
Clifton,

Bristol
8

438

Mrs. P. Jones


50 Louisville
Avenue
,
Aberdeen

285

U. Jones

Marsh Farm, Askem in Furness, Lancs.

567 L

Alan Kennett

92 West Broadway, Henleaze,

Bristol

316 L

Kangy King

22 Parkfield Rank, Pucklechurch,
Bristol,
Avon

542 L

Phil Kingston

Address unknown

413 L

R. Kitchen

Overcombe, Horrabridge, Yelverton,
Devon

762

J.M. Knops

5 Kingsfield, Kingsway,

Bath

811

D. Knowles


35 North Road
, Watleys End, Winterbourne,

Bristol

667 L

Tim Large

4
Albion Terrace,

Upper Bristol Road,
Bath

795

Peter Leigh


17 Northampton Road
, Ecton,

Northampton

656

P. Littlewood


22 Brockhurst Avenue
, Burbage, Hankley, Leics.

657

Mrs Littlewood


22 Brockhurst Avenue
, Burbage, Hankley, Leics

846

I.

Livermore

9 Leystone, Close, Frome,

Somerset

574 L

Oliver Lloyd

Withey House, Withey Close West, Westbury-on-Trym,

Bristol

58

George Lucy

Pike Croft, Long Lane, Tilehurst,

Reading
,
Berks

495 L

Val Luckwill


8 Greenslade Road
, Sedgeley hill, Dudley, Worcs.

838

D. McFarlane

24
Greenbank
Gardens, Wallington,
Fareham,
Hants.

550 L

R A MacGregor

12 Douro Close, Baughurst,
Basingstoke,
Hants

591

J. Manchip

c/o/ Eticon Ltd.,

Bankhead
Avenue
, Sighthill, Edinburgh

845

A. Marchant

Manor Farm Cottage, Chilcote, Wells

788

I.K. Marshall


4 Kings Drive
, Bishopston,

Bristol

662

I.

Marshall

7 Fairacre Close, Lockleaze,

Bristol

106 L

E.J. Mason


33 Broadleys Avenue
, Henleaze,

Bristol

558 L

Tony Meaden

Highcroft, Westbury, Bradford Abbas, Sherborne, Dorset

704

D. Metcalf


52 Northfield Road,
Peterborough
. Northants.

308

K. Murray

17
Harrington
Gardens,

London
SW7

794

A. Nichols


121 Wyndhams Court
,

Commercial Road
,
Southampton

842

M. O’Niell

21 Wickford, Drive, Harrow Hill, Romford,
Essex

624

J. Orr

Flat 2, Dorset House,
Basingstoke
District
Hospital,
Basingstoke, Hants

798

P.A. Palfree

10 Maynard, Clutton, Nr. Bristol

557

D. Palmer


29 John Wesley Road
, St. George,

Bristol
3

396 L

Mike Palmer


27 Roman Way
, Paulton, Nr. Bristol

722

J. Pearce


22 Tiverton Drive
, New Eltham London, SE9

637

A. Pearce


5 Colmer Road
, Yeovil,

Somerset

22 L

Les Peters


21 Melbury Rd.
,
Knowle
Park,
Bristol
Avon

160

Norman Petty


Bankside Road
, Brislington,

Bristol

499 L

Tony Philpott


3 Kings Drive
, Bishopston,
Bristol,
Avon

724

Graham Phippen

Rock Cottage,

Rock Road
,
Wick,

Bristol

820

P. Preece

c/o Dept. of Chemical Engineering,
University of
Leeds,
Leeds

337

Brian Prewer

East View, West Horrington, Wells,

Somerset

622

Colin Priddle

10 Franklyn Flats,

Kopje
Road
,
Gwelo,
Rhodesia

481 L

John Ransom


21 Bradley Rd.
, Patchway,
Bristol,
Avon

452 L

Pam Rees

c/o The Belfry

343 L

A Rich


Box 126,
Basham,
Alberta
Canada

672 L

R Richards


PO Box 141
, Jacobs,

Natal,
South Africa

844

J. Rigler


239 Highlands Road
, Catisfield,
Fareham, Hants.

682

J. Riley


67 Alfred Hill Drive
, Melba,

Canberra,
Australia

712

Mrs Riley


67 Alfred Hill Drive
, Melba,

Canberra,
Australia

787

I.P. Rogers

56 Charlton lane, Brentry,

Bristol

816

P.G. Rodgers

56 Charlton lane, Brentry,

Bristol

832

Roger Sabido

1 Yeaomans Close, Stoke Bishop,

Bristol

784

C. Sage


17 Westbourne Road
, Downend,

Bristol

240 L

Alan Sandall


43 Meadway Ave.
, Nailsea,
Avon

359 L

Carol Sandall


43 Meadway Ave.
, Nailsea,
Avon

747

D.R. Sanderson

23
Penzance
Gardens, Harold Hill, Romford,
Essex

237 L

B. Scott

Merrymead,

Havestock Road,
Winchester
Hants

577

Dave Searle

Dolphin Cottage, The Beeches, Priddy, Wells,

Somerset

578

Kathy Searle

Dolphin Cottage, The Beeches, Priddy, Wells,

Somerset

482

Gordon Selby


2 Dodd Avenue
, Wells,

Somerset

78 L

R.A. Setterington


4 Galmington Lane,
Taunton
, Somerset

213 L

R. Setterington


4 Cavendish Road
, Chiswick,

London
W4

839

A.O. Sharp


102 Sydney Place,
Bath

789

N.K. Shaw

Queens Head Walk, Wormley,
Broxbourne, Herts

764

M.B. Slade


230 Southampton Road,
Reading
, Berks.

473

Dave Smith


14 Severn Way
, Tilehurst,

Reading
,
Berks.

823

Andy Sparrow

6 Downsway,

Salisbury
,
Wilts

276

J.M. Stafford

Back Plaidy, King Edward, Nr Turriff,

Aberdeen
.

1 L

Harry Stanbury


31 Belvoir Road
, St. Andrews,

Bristol

38L

Mrs I Stanbury

74 Redcatch, Knowle,

Bristol

840

G. Standring


71 Vienna Road
, Edgeley, Stockport,

Chester

575 L

D. Statham

The Bungallow, North Barrow, Yeovil,

Somerset

365 L

Roger Stenner


38 Paulton Road,
Victoria
Park,

Bristol
3

381 L

Daphne Stenner


38 Paulton Road,
Victoria
Park,

Bristol
3

837

Richard Stevenson


554 Bifield Road
, Stockwood,

Bristol

650

D. Stuckey

147 Blaisdon, Yate,

Bristol

572

P. Sutton

75 Bredon, Yate,

Bristol

826

J.G. Talbot


52 Galley Lane
, Barnet, Herts.

583

Derek Targett

16 Phillis Hill, Midsomer Norton

800

M.D. Taylor


15 Kennington Avenue
, Bishopston,

Bristol

772

Nigel Taylor

Whiddon Farm, Chilcote, Nr. Wells,

Somerset

284 L

Allan Thomas

Allens House,

Nine Barrows
Lane
, Priddy,

Somerset

348 L

D Thomas

Mantons,

2 St. Pauls Road
,
Tupsley,

Hereford

571 L

N Thomas

Holly Lodge,

Norwich Rd.
,
Salhouse,
Norwich,

Norfolk
.

711

M. Thomas


5 Woolcot St.
Redland,

Bristol
6

699

Buckett Tilbury


256 Cressex Road
,
High Wycombe, Bucks

700

Anne Tilbury


256 Cressex Road
,
High Wycombe, Bucks

692

Roger Toms


18 Hoton Road
, Wysemold, Leicester

803

R.S. Toms


18 Hoton Road
, Wysemold, Leicester

80

J.M. Postle Tompsett


11 Lodge Avenue
, Great Baddow,
Chelmsford,
Essex

74 L

M.J. Dizzie Tompsett


11 Lodge Avenue
, Great Baddow,
Chelmsford,
Essex

544

Phil Townsend

20 Lime Close, Prestbury.
Cheltenham,
Glos.

157 L

Jill Tuck

48 Wiston Path,

Fairwater
Way
, Cwmbran, Gwent,

Wales

328

Steve Tuck

3 Colles Close, Wells, Somerset

768

Tony Tucker


36 Norton Road
, Knowle,

Bristol

769

Sue Tucker


36 Norton Road
, Knowle,

Bristol

678

Dave Turner

Moonrakers,

Brewery Lane
,
Holcombe,

Bath

912

John Turner

Orchard Cottage, 92 Church lane, Backwell,
Avon

646

P. Turner


11 Harper Court
, Honnington, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

843

M.F. Turley

13 Cresham Walk, Tilgate,

Crawley,
Sussex

635 L

S. Tuttlebury


28 Butts Road,
Alton
, Hants.

775

J. Upsall


82 Eastland Road
, Yeovil,

Somerset

776

Mrs Upsall


82 Eastland Road
, Yeovil,

Somerset

175 L

Mrs D. Waddon

32 Laxton Close,
Taunton,

Somerset

592

Eddie Welch


18 Station Road
, Filton,

Bristol

397

Mike Wheadon

91 The Oval,

Bath

817

C.D. Wheeler


13 Greywell Avenue
, Aldermoor, Southampton

553

Bob White

Mineries Cottage, Priddy, Wells,

Somerset

559

Barry Wilton


27 Venus Lane
, Clutton,

Bristol

568

Brenda Wilton


27 Venus Lane
, Clutton,

Bristol

721

Graham Wilton-Jones

17 Monkham’s Drive, Watton, Thetford

813

Ian Wilton-Jones

17 Monkham’s Drive, Watton, Thetford

594

P. Wilkins

55

Eighth Avenue
,
Northville,

Bristol

549

Alan Williams

Hendrew Farm, Llanderaied,

Newport
,
Mon.

841

C.K. Williams

Whitestown Farm, Cheddar Cross Roads,
Compton Martin,

Bristol

738

R.F. Wing

Penzance
Gardens, Harold Hill,
Romford,
Essex

 

The above addresses are those on the card index
from which the B.B. is sent out.  If any
member notices any discrepancy in the address shown with his real address, he
is advised to get in touch with the Hon. Sec. (later, the Membership Sec. when
appointed) so that there is no chance of his B.B. or other club papers, going
astray.

Committee Notice

The Committee are looking for a member to act as a
Membership Secretary.  This has
previously been mentioned in the B.B. and the committee are anxious to fill
this post before the 31st January, when subs for 1975 are due.  Anybody interested should write to the Hon.
Sec. or get in touch with any committee member.

Situations vacant:

Bob Cross is looking for business partner (female
and single) to help him run a campsite and shop in Wasdale in the lakes during
the spring and summer of 1975. Accommodation will be in a caravan, and profits will be split
50/50.  Bob says there will be ample time
for walking, climbing and boozing.  Any
girl interested in this opportunity should contact Bob for further
details.  His address is: Bob Cross,

120 Pearson Lane,
Bradford,
BD4 6BF
.

Reminder

Members are reminded to fill in the caving log
after each trip, and to sign tackle in an out properly AND to put tackle away
in a clean and tidy condition after use.

 

Round and About

A Monthly Miscellany

Compiled by ‘Wig’

133. 

THRUPE LANE
.  A permanent entrance is being
dug, and to cover the cost of bang and materials, a charge of 10p a head is
being made.  Please pay this – Tim Large
will have details.  Nearby the main
entrance, another site is being dug, and at the moment the diggers are a little
puzzled as to which point of the Thrupe system they may be about to enter.

134.  WESLEY RIFT.  At the rear of Wesley Cottage, a
J.C.B. opened up the top of a narrow, though caveable, rift.  On Sunday, 10th November 1974 Martin Bishop
and Dave Irwin dug away the boulders blocking the entrance.  Though unable to enter due to a large boulder
still blocking access, they were able to view down a ten foot deep rift with a
way on to the West.  The next day, Martin
Bishop and Ray Mansfield continued to dig with Ian Cavender (Martin Cavender’s
brother.)  The cave (rift?) is situated
in dolomitic conglomerate overlying the coal measures and according to Willie
Stanton the shales are causing the conglomerate to fracture – a similar
situation to Sally’s Rift near Bathhampton.

135.  NEWS  FROM
AFRICA
.  Since my query about Sybil (see
130) a letter has been received from ‘Pope’ (Colin Priddle) who made a detour
from

Nairobi

with his wife to call in and see Sybil. He writes, ‘We were the first visitors for five years and she was
thrilled.  She is surviving there amidst
the malaria, leprosy and food shortages, but I hope for sanity’s sake she comes
back to the

U.K.

soon.  It really is a struggle to get
European food at a reasonable price – if it can be bought at all.  She is living on matoki (cooked green
bananas) and there is only one other white person near’. We must hope that she
manages to get back to Mendip soon.

136.  AND NEWS FROM

SWEDEN
.  As many of you know, George
Honey lives permanently in

Sweden
,
and has been ill for some years now. However, this does not seem to have stopped this enterprising member of
the B.E.C., as he writes, ‘I have now almost completed a replica of the old
Belfry, which stands in the forest behind our house.  This is open to any club member and/or family
who wishes to visit the area.  We live
about 30 miles north of
Stockholm (10 miles from
the

airport of
Arlanda
).  Unfortunately the nearest cave is nearly a
thousand miles away but other activities (swimming, sailing, getting lost in
the forest etc.) are available.  Anybody
who feels like a holiday in
Sweden
please write to George Honey, Droppsta, 195 00 Marsta,

Sweden
.’  What about that for an offer? (and staying in
a genuine replica Belfry as well! Incidentally, his wife, Britta, endorses this offer of George’s and says
that it makes no difference whether the members are known to the Honey’s or
not.  She has also kindly sent the club a
donation of £10 for which we record our grateful thanks and hope that George
keeps as well as possible.

137.  SUB-COMMMITTEE FORMED.  At the request of the A.G.M., a
sub-committee comprising Martin Cavender, Bob White, Andy Nichols, Alfie and
the Wig will look into the problems of insurance with particular reference to
the caving and climbing trips which are not advertised within the club.  This committee will report its finding about
mid 1975.

138.  ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY.  There has been little space
lately for this feature, but the following will give some idea of what has been
recently received by the club:-

Various O.S. maps.

Rock Face by Ron James
(BBC publication) Bristol Regional Geology (H.M.S.O.)

Gloucester S.S.
newsletters, Mar ,Apr, May, Sept 1974.

W.S.G. Bulletin Vol 8
No 2.

R.R.C.P.C. Newsletter
Volume 11 number 3

Speleologica Emiliana –
Notiziario Series 2,No 3

Die Hohle Vol 25 nos 1
and 2.

Cotham S.S, Memoirs Vol
4 1968/9

M.C.G. Journal No 5
1974

M.C.G. Newsletter
number 108

Caving Supplies –
latest price list. History of G.G. and

Ingleborough
Cave
.


University of
Oviedo
– Speleon – Vol 2/4, Vo13/3 and Vol 4/2

Cerberus Spelaeo. Soc.
Newsletter No 37

C.R.G. transactions Vol
15 No 4 and index 1972-73.

B.R.C.A. Bulletin No 5
and Trans. Vol 1 No 3.

Daily Telegraph
Magazine – Changabang.

Various CLIMBERS and
RAMBLERS.

Current Titles in
Spelaeology 1973.International Pt 2

St. Cuthbert’s Lead
Works-Bought Out Ledger 1907/8.

Various U.I.S.
Bulletins.

Dorset C.C. Journal Vol 3 No 1.

W.C.C. Journal No 154.

Our thanks to Phil
Kingston, Chris Howell and Pete Palfrey for donations of maps, publications
etc.

Caving and Climbing Programme.

DECEMBER 14th            Dan-yr-Ogof.

DECEMBER 15th            Pant Mawr.

JANUARY 17/19              Climbing
in
North Wales.

JANUARY 18th               Juniper.

JANUARY 19th               Heron
and Yordas.

JANUARY 24/26              Joint
meet at Derbyshire. (Climbing)

FEBRUARY 22/23           Climbing in
North
Wales
.

FEBRUARY 22nd            Grants-Oxlow.

FEBRUARY 23rd             P8 and

Show
Caves
.

MARCH 28th                   Sleets
Gill.

MARCH 29th                   Pippikin.

MARCH 30th                   Lancaster-Easegill.

Additional Notes – Climbing.

There will also be a climbing trip arranged for
the Christmas Weekend.  Throughout the
winter months, trips will be arranged at short notice in addition to those above
– depending on the availability of snow. Notice of these will be given at the ‘Seven Stars’ and the Hunters by
word of mouth.  Notices will also be
displayed at the Belfry.

Additional Notes – Caving.

On trips, particularly to
Yorkshire,
where much tackle is taken, the tackle counts as one person when working out
the cost of transport.  The Caving
Secretary would like to inform members that response to ‘away’ trips so far has
been very poor and unless members are prepared to support such trips, it may
prove necessary to cancel some of them in the future.

 

Monthly Crossword – Number 52.


Across:

1. Consumed in oblate
spheroid. (3)
3. Slide another way to slip in a cave. (5)
7. This lime used once in cave diving. (4)
8. Suffering from exposure? (4)
10. Found at the Belfry or at the barbecue or in tables. (3)
11. Form of soft stal. (4)
12. Healthy resurgence? (4)
13. Local form of assistance found in farm roads. (1,1,1)
14. Half found in loose mineshaft. (4)
16. Mineral sort of rose. (4)
18. Cavers kept this in goon suits. (5)

19.
Cave
feature useful for overnight trip?
(3)

Down

2. Am appropriate part
of a cave for this clue. (3)
4. This cave will glow on. (8)
5. Insane arrangement of water contrail. (3)
6. I manacle for one of 16 across on Mendip. (8)
7. Places, perhaps. (3).
9. An appropriate number of these are found in this part of Swildons. (5)
15. Aural receiver use in cave communication? (3)
17. Another receiver the caver finds useful. (3)

Solution to Last Month’s Crossword

 

 

Club Committee

The Belfry,

Wells
Rd
, Priddy, Wells,

Somerset
. Telephone WELLS 72126

Chairman          S.J.
Collins

Minutes Sec      G.

Wilton
-Jones

Members           Colin Dooley, John Dukes, Chris
Howell, Dave Irwin, Tim Large, Andy Nicholls, Gerry Oaten, Barry Wilton

Officers of the Club

Honorary Secretary                  D.J
IRWIN

Honorary Treasurer                  B.
WILTON

Caving Secretary                     A.
NICHOLLS

Assistant Caving Secretary       T.
LARGE

Climbing Secretary                  G.
OATEN

Tacklemaster                          G.
WILTON-JONES.

Hut Warden                             C.
DOOLEY

Belfry Engineer                        J.
DUKES

B.B. Editor                              S.J.
COLLINS

Publications Editor                   C.
HOWELL

B.B. Postal                             BRENDA

WILTON

Honorary Librarian                    D.
IRWIN

Spares                                    T.
LARGE

(Address are omitted in this issue, as all members addresses
are shown on pages 113 to 116)

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