Exploration Club, The Belfry,

, Priddy, Wells,

Editor: Dave Turner

My apologises for the lateness of this B.B. – I’ll try not to
let it happen again!  Dave

1986/1987 Committee

Hon. Sec.                      Bob Cork
Treasurer                       Mike
Caving Sec.                   Mark Lumley
Hut Warden                   Tony Jarratt
Tackle Master                Steve Milner
B.B. Editor                    Dave Turner
Hut Engineer                 Dany Bradshaw
Membership Sec.           Brian Workman

Cuthbert’s Leaders meeting – Sat Jan 17th – 7pm The Hunters


REMEMBER 1986-87




Mendip News

Caves reopened

At a meeting of the Council of Southern caving Clubs held on
29th November, Tim Large made the statement that, as of that afternoon,
Swildons, Eastwater and Hunter’s Hole would be reopened to cavers.  The usual courtesy visit to the Landowner is
still required. This does not apply to either Nine Barrows or Sludge Pit, these
caves are still closed – please respect this as negotiations are still in hand.

Shepton Buffet

As in time gone past, the Shepton provided us with the usual
evening’s entertainment.  After each
mortal had had their fill of the excellent fare they endeavoured to pass on
their leftovers to the adjacent tables before the ‘holier than thou’ “I
don’t throw food about” Alan Butcher could collect them in black dustbin liners
to be distributed amongst the third world people of Upper Pitts.

Bob Cork

St. Cuthbert’s

Following the hive of activity down Cuthbert’s over a year
ago to pump out Sump 2, little has been done to clear up the mess.  I have therefore started a number of cleaning
up trips to tidy up the cave from Stal pitch to Sump 2 in particular.  Assorted rubbish is in abundance, ranging
from plastic bags to asbestos pipes to traffic cones.  The plug to the big dam by Sump 2 is also
blocked and further efforts will be made to un-jam it, necessitating
ram-rodding under five feet of water. The entrance pipe has also been blocked recently but Pat Cronin and I
rodded that through not too long ago. If anyone has a mind to, on a trip to the
sump 1 or 2 region could they bring out an article of rubbish.  Even a carry half way out would be a help.


Note: Cuthberts Leaders meeting on 17th January in the back
room of The Hunter’s at 7pm. (Ed)

Twin Titties

NHASA in their usual thorough way have at last re-entered
the chamber discovered and then abandoned 2 years ago.  Working on the principle that it took
hundreds of thousands of years for the cave to form, a few years spent in
digging and shoring a new shaft is of minor consequence – anyway, if it goes we
may have to move our attention to some less desirable site, i.e. further from
the Hunter’s.  The next task is to remove
all the poly bags of spoil carefully stacked out of the way two years ago.

Dave Turner


Provisional Meets List – 1987

Please contact the person mentioned for further details etc.

New Year W/E               Dan-yr-ogof (Mac)
Jan-24                           Agen Allwedd * (Mark)
Feb                               Lakes Week (Tim L)
Mar 14/15                      Wigmore Dig  (Mark)

Easter W/E                   Agen Allwedd * Daren Cilau  (Mark)
May-02                         Penyghent
Pot *  (Mark)
May 16/17                     Craig an Ffynnon; OFD 1  (Mark)
May 30/31                     Bowery Corner Swallet; Wigmore W/E  (Mark)
Jun 13/14                      Pippikin Pot * ; Top Sink *  (Mark)
Jun27/28                       Daren Cilau W/E  (Mark)

Jul 4/5                           Lost
Johns * ; Birks Fell Cave *  (Mark)
Jul-18                            Bristol
Meet (Steve)
August                          Austria
Aug 29/30                     Gower W/E  (Mark)
Sep 12/13                     Members W/E and Brewery Corner or Wigmore  (whichever’s gone!)  (Mark)

* Permits applied for though not yet confirmed.

Mark 26/11/86


17/18    Jan Members weekend at the Belfry – Barrel(s)
and auction/raffle of Lead Acid Cell and other attractions

17 Jan   Cuthbert’s
leaders meeting, back room of The Hunters at 7pm.


Daren Cilau.


There have been two pushing trips down Daren, since the last
B.B.  The first on October 4th-5th,
resulted in a 70 metre extension off Terrapin North which was tight for most of
its length.  We had to dig past about six
squeezes.  The routine was generally that
Andy Cave and Barbara would dig the passage just big enough to get through then
one of them would concentrate on the next obstacle while the other would turn
around and help me dig the previous constriction large enough to get myself
through; how embarrassing.  This passage
terminated in a small chamber with a tight rift taking a strong draught.

On the 8th-9th November, a twelve strong team concentrated
in shifts on trying to force a way up through the terminal boulder choke at 12
O’clock High.  This was made a little
safer by the use of a 20ft chimney sweeping pole brought in by Tim Allen one of
the Naree River Crew.  After a night and
day of boulder prodding and ducking (a great 1axative!) we were in 5 metres and
up 6m above the constriction into a small boulder chamber draughting strongly
upwards.  This will have to be banged.

On the same trip, Andy Cave and I pushed the Terminal Choke
in Acupuncture Passage for about 2 metres. This is in an area of shatter with no airspace but a strong draught
passing through.  To date we have dug
about 15 metres through this, the floor is rising and we hope to be through on
our next trip.

The weekend was polished off nicely with a piss-up and
firework display at the Hard Rock Cafe.

The personnel of the digging team has changed
dramatically.  There were about seven or
eight people from Cardiff University, three from the Northern Caving Club. Andy
Cave and I were the only representatives of the B.E.C.  A bit of help from club members would be much
appreciated before we lose any 1egitmate claim to a Daren-Aggy connection.  Camping trips next year will be on the second
weekend of every month.

We also propose to dig the end of Midnight Passage in Agen
Allwedd, just off the second boulder choke as this looks like a probable point
for a connection from Hard Rock-more details in the next B.B.

Mark Lumley.


(Show) Caving In The Ardeche

This summer the Glanville family decided to take a holiday
in France again but without going in the company of others or as part of an
expedition.  Initially we had planned to
spend a few days near the Ardeche gorge and then move on to the Verdon Gorge
which we had visited with Ken Gregory last year.  Rick Stanton had visited the Ardeche area in
the past and recommended it.  After a two
day drive from Cherbourg we arrived at Vallon Pont d’Arc which lies at the head
of the gorge.  We then set about finding
a camp site which didn’t take very long in fact.

The Ardeche river which has formed the gorge runs west to
East debouching into the Rhone near Bourg St. Andeol.   It lies not far to the north of
Avignon.  The gorge is around 150 metres
deep and has many deep meanders with a gigantic natural arch, the Pont d’Arc,
forming a natural gateway to the gorge. The arch was formed when the river cut through the narrow spur on a
particular sharp meander.  The river has
many rapid sections which makes it an attraction for canoeists of all ages as
none of the rough sections are too difficult or dangerous to pass.  In summer the place is literally swarming
with canoeists and places to hire them.

The Ardeche has a reputation of being one of the most
dramatically flood-responsive rivers in France and tide marks in the gorge
testify to this.  At certain times of the
year the region is prey to particularly violent thunderstorms which can, make
the gorge extremely dangerous.  Apart
from the usual above ground feeders the gorge is well provided by resurgence
caves which drain the extensive plateaux on each side of the gorge.  Some of the longest cave systems in France
lie in the immediate vicinity of the gorge and all the water drains there.  To give you an idea of how many caves there
are in the area, it supports a flourishing “have a go at speleology”
industry for the tourists.

Apart from the sporting caves there are probably more show
caves in this area than in the whole of England.  For most of the rest of this article I will
be describing the show caves we visited. As the holiday progressed Sally, my eldest daughter, was heard to moan
“not another cave” whilst Philippa, my youngest, seemed to liven up
underground and become embarrassingly noisy. The first cave we looked at was right on the road side between Vallon
Pont d’Arc and the Pont d’Arc itself. The entrance was in a cafe and looked like the way into the cellar!  Price to get in was 10 francs – about a pound
sterling.  The entrance passage generated
a strong cold draught but when we descended this proved to be coming from a
large electric fan in the centre of the passage!  The descent of an excavated tunnel (the cave
was entered originally from above) led under an arch into a chamber with
anastomotic channels in the roof.  The
cave seemed to consist of several high pheratic rifts, the route ascending one
and descending another.  The first grotto
we came to was most unimpressive but climbing higher led us to the Niche
d’eccentriques where there were some nice helectites and white stal.  A further ascent led to another small chamber
containing a big white stal pillar.  The
descent carrying a small child in a back pack was a bit hairy.  The steps were constructed in a deep rift
being steep and muddy with poor guard rails. Safely at the bottom we noticed that water flow occurs in this area and
in fact we were led off down a slope into a final passage with a door in the
end where flood debris could be seen all over the roof.  The cave obviously lies close to the gorge
here and floods in the winter.  That was
the end of the trip – about thirty minutes in length.

On the same side of the gorge as the Grotte des Tunnels is
the Grotte des Huguenots which has been taken over by an organisation called
CESAME.  They run an educational
exhibition on all aspects of cave exploration and I bought the French booklet
on cave conservation here.  The price was
again 10 francs and, as mentioned, caving books, posters, and leaflets were
available.  Amongst exhibits was some of
Martel’s old caving kit.  Every caving
museum in France claims to have some of his gear – it seems a bit like keeping
relics of saints.  Can you imagine Britain
doing the same to any of our explorers? Other exhibits included a staled over skull, a cave bear skeleton, and a
considerable amount of pottery.  The cave
itself seemed to draught but how much associated passage there is I do not

The cave in the region which nearly everyone has heard of is
the Aven d’Orgnac.  It was first entered
by Robert de Joly back in the late 1930’s and was rapidly turned into a show
cave.  The surface buildings are all
quite low key and the ticket office looks exactly like a railway station
booking hall cum waiting room.  One
descends to the cave in a lift which opens into a blasted tunnel.  The first impressions of the Aven d’Orgnac is
of immense size.  One first encounters a
huge talus cone lying under the 50 metre natural entrance shaft – thankfully
well grilled to prevent idiots lobbing rocks in.  All around the chamber are immense
stalagmites looking like palm trees or gigantic stacks of plates – many are
still active.  The cave gives the feeling
of great age and it is in fact thought to be very old indeed.  The stalagmites are standing on a gigantic
boulder pile and nowhere can the true floor be seen.  A path meanders around the side of the
chamber.  At one point the whole party is
photographed for souvenir pictures if required. On a stal bank in the distance is an urn which contains another holy
speleological relic, namely the heart of Robert de Joly who died about fifteen
years ago.  A steep flight of steps goes
down about 60 metres or so to a balcony view into the theatrically lit Salle
Rouge – the end of the cave.  Much
amusement can then be had watching fat French tourists struggling back
out.  The guide did not mind us taking
the odd photograph although they had to be small scale of necessity. About
twenty years ago a big extension to the system was made comprising several more
bigger and better decorated chambers. According to Pierre Minvielle’s book (100 Grotte et canyons) it is
possible to negotiate trips into this extension although reading between the
lines I feel this might be quite difficult. It certainly would be a mind blowing kind of caving trip.

After the Aven d’Orgnac and a picnic lunch we drove off to
the Grotte de la Forestiere.  This was
not far away at the end of a track seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  The manager has been caving in England but
unfortunately was not there the day we visited. His wife spoke poor English so our conversation in a sort of Franglais
was somewhat halting.  However we did get
a price reduction for being cavers.  A
natural entrance leads into a roomy pheratic tunnel which widens into chambers
in places.  The whole cave lies close to
surface as can be evidenced by the number of large tree roots which pierce the
roof, cross the chamber and burrow into the floor.  The management actively encouraged the taking
of photographs which was nice because the scale permitted photography.  Just inside the entrance was a feature common
to many French caves – a pile of assorted bones.  The terminal grotto was well decorated with
many cauliflower concretions and crystal pools. There was also a speleological zoo in the form of several tanks
containing cave dwelling creatures such as Niphargus and blind fish.  The cave looked as if it was a dead end but
our guide said it was thought possible it might link with the Aven d’Orgnac.  This seemed unlikely to me.

One of the most impressive caves we visited, and an
inspiration to any caver who has ever wanted to open his own show cave, was La
Cocaliere.  It lies about half an hour’s
drive from the Ardeche Gorge but is well worth a visit.  The cave has only been open as a show cave
for about fifteen years and is still being extended both for the public and in
the exploratory sense.  The route through
the show cave section was constructed by the original explorer and his team.  He purchased the land over the caves in order
to develop it.  Initially, equipment,
cement etc. all had to be carried in on back packs and the work was done in the
light of caving lamps.  This might
explain why the floor detail in most of the cave has been so well preserved –
in places it looks as if the concrete floor has been rolled down the centre of
a pristine passage.  A flight of steps
leads into an abandoned stream passage about the size of the extension passage
in Otter Hole. There follows a walk of about a kilometre in some marvellously
decorated cave featuring amongst other things, cave pearls and the disc
formations for which the system is well known. The lighting is unobtrusive and, as this is a feature of virtually all
the caves we visited, there was no fern or moss growth to disfigure the
cave.  The walk ends in an ascent to a
higher level pheratic passage near the surface where the guide spent ages
babbling away in incomprehensible French next to some skulls and broken
pottery.  I am told that the first man up
into this section had a bit of trouble on the climb.  His light went out at the critical moment and
after making it over the lip of the pitch he shakily relit his lamp only to see
dozens of grinning skulls surrounding him! After emerging to daylight we had a short train ride back to the main
complex.  There is a cafe at the cave –
it is a bit of a rip-off.  Price was 25
francs, i.e. average for the trip into the cave.

Lying on the plateau above the gorge is the entrance to
Grotte de Marzal.  This is named after a
shepherd who was unfortunate enough to be murdered and thrown into the
hole.  This was one of the busiest caves
we visited and was substantially commercially developed.  Nearby was a prehistoric zoo containing some
life size dinosaur models – rather good fun. Aven Marzal was relocated by – yes, you’ve guessed it – Martel.  There is more of his gear in the caving
museum plus some of Robert de Joly’s. Underground the cave begins with a steep staircase down the 50 metre
entrance pitch which enters a high chamber containing a few nice stal flows and
some more bones.  A further descent leads
past the (reorganised) bones of Marzel’s dog which are lit by UV light for some
reason.  Although there are potentially
massive fines for damaging stal in French caves the management were taking no
chances here and the final section through some grottos was most
un-aesthetically caged in.  The climb out
proved energetic and we left the cave by a second entrance.  Not a very exciting system really.

About two hours drive from Vallon Pont d’Arc will get you to
the Fontaine de Vaucluse.  There is no
real cave here but it is well worth a visit – you can always visit the Norbert
Casteret caving museum if you are desperate. Vaucluse is another tourist trap and reminded me of a cross between
Castleton, Cheddar and Wookey Hole.  A
big stream flows down a pretty wooded valley (if you keep eyes right) from the
base of a 300 metre high cliff.  At the
start of the walk up to the rising is a paper mill and the path is lined with
shops and stalls selling all sorts of souvenirs.  However nothing can really detract from the
drame of the Fontaine de Vaucluse itself. The summer stream rises amongst boulders in the stream bed 20 metres below
the main cave.  At the end of the path is
a steep slope down to a massive arched entrance about 20 metres across and 9
metres high.  On either side are
graduated iron plates – the sorgometre. This gives a measure of the water level at anyone time.  The cave floor is occupied by a pool of the
clearest crystal blue.  Stones thrown in
seem to go on down for ever.  This is the
deepest known sump in the world, subject of the world cave (and sport) diving
record currently held by Jochen Hasenmeyer. It is possible to traverse round one wall of the pool and get a nice
view out.  It is staggering to consider
the volume of water that must flow out in spring to overflow the top of the
entrance slope.  The Fontaine de Vaucluse
is certainly very impressive.

Not far away but badly signposted were the Grottes de
Thouzon.  These caves are developed in
quite a low key fashion.  They were
discovered by quarrying and consist of a single passage, reminiscent of a large
Devon cave.  The guide spoke very clear
French and only after talking to her in French for most of the trip did I
discover she was American!  Tree roots
were again much in evidence showing how close the cave ran to the surface.  The final chamber contains quite an
impressive array of straws.  The caves
are worth a visit if you go to the Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Finally I should mention the caves we did not visit and
those I examined with simple caving gear (mostly bare feet, bathing trunks and
a Petzl lamp) around the sides of the gorge. Near the bottom of the gorge is the famous Grotte St Marcel which is
featured twice in Pierre Minvielle’s book. To reach it you will need to use the map of the area but it is worth
visiting the entrance if only on the way to the nearby beach!  A rough track, passable by vehicles with good
suspension, leads steeply down to a parking area.  The path to the Cafe des Grottes leads past
Grotte St. Marcel.  There is an
archaeological dig in the entrance and the cave has been gated.  This is a shame because it provided an
opportunity for some wild caving.  The
gorge entrance leads into a huge ancient main drain boring back under the
plateau.  A relatively recently
discovered upper series drops from the plateau into the main tunnel.  The system can now only be entered from the
plateau.  The draught coming out of the
holes in the gate can be heard several feet away!  The nearby sandy beach is quiet and secluded
and marvellous if you like nudist swimming and sunbathing.  Walks along the gorge just above river level
will reveal ancient oxbow caves of varying length and interest.  I had a look at two resurgence caves. One was
the Source de Gournier reached by a long walk down a path from the road.  The river at this point enters a narrow canal
for 75 metres after some rapids.  On the
far bank at the start of the canal was a classic resurgence entrance with a
dried moss covered stream bed leading from it. Off I went with my trusty Petzl zoom and bathing trunks.  An icy draught billowed from the cave and
after groping my way over razor sharp sculptured limestone I came to an arete
above a short pitch.  I packed up and left
at this point.  The other entrance was
the Event de Fossoubie at the start of the gorge.  This cave has been linked with the Goule de
Fossoubie some kilometres away by Belgium cave divers.  The system is notoriously flood prone and
contains 55 sumps!  My foray ended in a
sump in one direction and, after a wade through glutinous mud, in a pitch in
the other.  The system looks rather Otter
Holish and uninspiring.

The other cave we looked at was the Goule de Sauvas near and
part of La Cocaliere.  This huge rift
entrance by the road led into a big semi-active river passage.  Progress was halted by the deep water filled
potholes in the floor.  It is in Pierre
Minvielle’s book.

The Ardeche resion certainly merits a visit.  Some day perhaps I could do some real caving

Peter Glanville –
October 1986


Risca Lead Mine

Risca lead mine has been worked for many years, documentation
goes back to the 18th century.  The
ancient entrances have been lost and have grassed over.

A few years ago the mine was bisected by quarrying
activities.  Some quarrymen entered the
mine and reported roaring streamways, vast lakes and caverns, but their find
was quickly lost owing to continued quarrying activities.

This year the new mine entrance was rediscovered, the quarry
is now a landfill project and the entrance could soon be lost again.  However, the council hopes to secure access
to the mine, either by building a conduit to the present entrance under a
growing pile of rubble or to access one of the ancient entrances.

To this end the BEC were invited by Colin Brown of the
Engineering Dept. to explore and survey the mine.  The majority of the survey was carried out on
the 21st and 29th of June 1986 by a team of enthusiastic explorers, all having
heard of vast streamways etc. etc.

On the 29th June, Bob and Dany dived the flooded shafts,
negotiating rotting climbing stemples and structural timbers; one shaft was
dived to -27m and the second to -14m. The later having a submerged level heading off in the same direction as
the main adit.  They also reported that
much of the passage between the lake and flooded shafts has a thin floor
supported by ancient submerged timbers.

Of interest to industrial archaeologists there is a couple
of hundred feet of modern tramway (4×4″ timbers, 14″ apart).  Of interest to cavers the main adit bisects
small pheratic tubes in limestone and that there is a fair flow of water
through the system.

It is a pleasure to learn that the local county council is
positive in preserving access to the mine in view of the closures we see today
albeit for different reasons.

Steve Milner.


Surveyed: AM, SJM, MMcD, AJ, BC, DB, TG, AL.  29/6/86

Drawn:  SJM

GRADE 5C.  10cm =
20m.  Sheet 2


NOTE.               At Entrance      10000E, 10000N, 100 AH

9937.2N, 98.41 AH

                                                9965.56E, 9933.0N,
107.43 AH


AGM Minutes

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Bristol
Exploration Club held at the Belfry on Saturday, 4th October 1986

The meeting was convened by the Hon. Sec. Bob Cork, there
being sufficient quorum present at 10.35 hours.


Bob Cork, Dave Turner, Alan Downton, Pat Cronin, Paul
Hodgson, Chris Smart, Jeremy Henley, Tim Gould, Tony Jarratt, Mark Lumley,
Henry Bennett, Andy Cave, Steve Milner, Tom Chapman, Dany Bradshaw, John
Turner, Gill Turner, Brian Prewer, Andy Sparrow, Graham Wilton-Jones, Dave
Pike, Mike Jeanmaire, Chris Batstone, Bob Hill, Axel Knutson, Steve Tuck, John
Bennett, Nigel Taylor, Alan Thomas,Nick Holstead, John Chew, Lawrence Smith,
Alan Turner, Andrew Middleton, Richard Paine, Lisa Taylor, Ian Caldwell, Stuart
McManus and John Dukes.

Apologies: Jerry Crick, Richard Clarke, Alan Butcher,
Brian Workman, Pete Franklin, John and Lavinia Watson, Rob Harper, Phil Romford,
Fiona Lewis, Mike McDonald, Roy Bennett, Bob Bibmead and Georgina Ainsley.

Apologies:- Pete Franklin, Richard Clarke, Edric
Hobbs, Mike Wigglesworth, Dave Irwin, Rob Harper, Lavinia Watson, Fiona Lewis
and Phil Romford.

Nominations were requested for chairman – Tim Large,
proposed by Alan Thomas and seconded by Brian Brewer, was the only nomination
and was duly elected as chairman.

The chairman asked for members’ resolutions.

Minutes of 1985 A.G.M.  These had previously been published in the
B.B.  They were taken as read and
accepted by the meeting, proposed John Turner, seconded Andy Sparrow and
accepted – unanimously,

Matters Arising. There were no matters arising.

Hon. Sec’s. Report. This had been previously published in the BB and was taken as read.  Joan Bennett asked for the present position
regarding the Cuthbert’s lease, the secretary informed the meeting that we were
still awaiting a reply from Inveresk. Joan asked if they could be hurried along, the secretary agreed to
pursue this matter.  The acceptance of
the report was, proposed by Tony Jarratt and seconded Nigel Taylor and was
carried unanimously.

Hon. Treasurer’s Report.  This was previously published in the BB and
was taken as read.  Jeremy Henley
produced the financial accounts which were distributed at the meeting.  Proposed Dany Bradshaw, seconded Paul Hodgson
that the report be accepted – carried.  A
vote of thanks for Jeremy’s efforts on behalf of the club during his stint as
treasurer was proposed by Dave Turner and seconded by Chris Smart and was
carried unanimously.

Hon. Auditor’s Report.  Joan Bennett read her report to the meeting
stating that she was impressed by the state of the accounts.  She said that they represented a fair and
reasonable record of the club’s financial position.  The report was accepted by the meeting,
proposed Dany Bradshaw, seconded Mark Lumley, and a vote of thanks given.

Caving Secretary’s Report.   This was previously published in the BB and
was taken as read.  Proposed Andy
Sparrow, seconded Ian Caldwell that the report be accepted.  Carried and a vote of thanks given.

Hut Warden’s Report. Tony Jarratt read his report. Proposed – Stuart McManus, seconded Chris
Batstone that the report be accepted, and was carried unanimously.

Tackle Master’s Report.  Steve Milner read his report to the
meeting.  It was proposed by Pat Cronin
and seconded by Tim Gould that the report be accepted and it was carried

B.B. Editor’s Report. Dave Turner had previously published his report in the BB and it was
proposed by Greg Villis and seconded by John Chew that the report be accepted
and this was carried unanimously.  A vote
of thanks was given.

Hut Engineer’s Report.  Dany Bradshaw gave an oral report to the
meeting.  He informed the meeting that
the hut improvements were now finished. Working weekends that he had arranged had been poorly attended and
nobody had fallen through the ceiling this year.  Since last year’s meeting certain
deficiencies had been found in the Belfry regarding fire regulations and he was
endeavouring to correct this matter.  The
exterior paintwork needs doing again; he also read a further list of
outstanding jobs.  Chris Smart complained
about the showers.  Dany replied that
this was a known problem and he had it in hand. It was proposed by Andy Sparrow and seconded by Pat Cronin that the
report be accepted and was carried unanimously.

Librarian’s Report. Tony Jarratt read his report to the meeting.  Alan Thomas raised the matter of the mining
log, the secretary answered that Harris and Harris were still looking for
it.  Andy Sparrow said that the first
caving log was missing and he believed it to be in the possession of Mark
Brown.  Next years committee were asked
to investigate the matter.  It was
proposed by Nigel Taylor and seconded by Brian Prewer that the committee look
into, and possibly acquire a secure cabinet or safe, preferably fireproof, for
the security of club documents.  This was
carried.  The acceptance of the report
was proposed by Paul Hodgson and seconded by Chris Smart that the report be
accepted, this was carried unanimously.

Ian Dear Memorial Fund.  Mark Lumley read his report to the meeting
giving the names of this year’s beneficiaries. He also recommended acceptance of the proposal relating to the IDMF to
be tabled later in the meeting.  The new
treasurer was asked to decide on the most beneficial placement of the
monies.  It was proposed by Paul Hodgson
and seconded by Stuart McManus that the report be accepted and this was carried

Members Resolutions. It was proposed by Jeremy Henley and seconded by Dave Turner that £100
per year is transferred from the General Fund to the IDMF to ensure that the
club continues to help deserving younger members to join overseas
expeditions.  An amendment to this
proposal was proposed by John Turner and seconded by Paul Hodgson that the
words “on the 1st November providing that it does not embarrass the
General Fund” be inserted after “IDMF”.  Voting was as follows: for the amendment 26,
against 7, no abstentions – carried; for the amended proposal, for 32, against
1, abstentions 1 – carried.

Result of ballet for Committee.  The chairman announced that the following
members had been elected in order of votes cast:

Mark Lumley
Tony Jarratt
Bob Cork
Dave Turner
Brian Workman
Dany Bradshaw
Steve Milner
Mike McDonald
Phil Romford
Andy Sparrow

The last two had equal votes – both accepted for committee
AGM decision

Election of Officers

Hon. Sec.          Bob Cork
Treasurer           Mike McDonald
Caving Sec.       Mark Lumley
B.B. Editor        Dave Turner
Hut Warden       Tony Jarratt
Hut Engineer     Dany Bradshaw
Tacklemaster     Steve Milner

Ordinary committee members: Brian Workman, Phil Romford and
Andy Sparrow.

Non committee post: Hon. Auditor Joan Bennett

Constitutional amendments

Committee Proposals. The proposals as published in the B.B. in accordance with section 7a of
the constitution were discussed at length. Some discontent was expressed with the proposals concerning changing the
numbers of persons serving on the committee.

Proposals 1 and 4 were voted on
respectively and both carried unanimously.

Proposal 3 was taken next; for
the proposal 8, against 16, abstentions 8 – defeated.

Proposal 2. An amendment was
proposed by Stuart McManus and seconded by Nigel Taylor that the words ‘but
with the word “nine” replaced by “twelve”‘ be deleted from
the second paragraph of the proposal. This was carried unanimously.  The
amended proposal was then carried unanimously.

Additional Amendment

The amendments as proposed by Chris Smart and seconded by
Tony Jarratt and published in the B.B. were discussed thoroughly.  Stuart McManus expressed his concern
regarding the wording of the accompanying notes.  An amendment was proposed by Stuart McManus
and seconded by John Turner that the words “Married Couples” in
sections 3a and 3c of the constitution be replaced by “Joint

Voting: amendment for 32, against 0, abstentions 2 carried

for 32, against 0, abstentions 2 – carried

Any Other Business

1.                  The secretary asked the meeting to ratify the
co-options of committee members as directed by last year’s AGM in accordance
with section 5a of the constitution. Carried

2.                  Tim Large read a statement on the current
situation regarding SSSI’s.  He also informed
the meeting of the access problems concerning Lamb Leer.  A short discussion followed.

3.                  Dave Turner inquired the present position
regarding the Cuthbert’s survey.  Bob
Cork answered him.

There being no other business the chairman closed the meeting
at 14.10 hours.


Hut Wardens Report 1986

Officers Reports

Bed nights, hut fees and relevant figures are obtainable from
the treasurer.  The Belfry has had yet
another good year and seems to have suffered little from the closure of the
Priddy caves due to continued support from a nucleus of members and a series of
members weekends and social events which have brought the club together and
helped with the spirit of the BEC. Several members and guests owe hut fees which I hope to collect at this

During the year we lost the Navy and gained the Army.  A great benefit as our more needy and hungry
residents will affirm.  In conclusion I
should like to thank all those who have done their bit to keep the Belfry
(relatively) tidy over the year.

Tony Jarratt.

Librarians Report

Little to report as usual. All exchange publications have been regularly received and several new
books purchased at the request of members. This coming year, finances willing, I hope to purchase more relevant
material and with the assistance of the club equip the library to enable it to
function more efficiently.  The issue of
library keys to several more members would help in this.

Tony Jarratt.


Eastwater Cavern

Open again after some 6 months of closure pending
negotiations with N.C.C.  A BEC team were
given permission to check out the Boulder Ruckle on 30th November and found it
to be as stable as usual – no obvious movement on the standard “trade
route” but the boulder which had dropped from the roof between the guide
line and the short cut to Boulder Chamber appears to have slipped a further
couple of inches – take care here.

The only major movement has occurred at the far side of the
Boulder Chamber short cut (now widely known as the “Woggle
Press”).  Two very large boulders
have slipped here and some digging was necessary to enable us to return via
this route.  More work needs to be done here
to stabilise this area.  Take great care
here or use the normal route via the Upper Traverse until stabilisation has
been completed.

DO NOT use the route over the fields from the Belfry
– please walk around via the road!

All smiles at the Belfry

Many thanks to Bob Bagshaw for the donation of a 5 gallon
barrel of Smile’s Ale to the Belfry regulars on the occasion of his retirement,
and best wishes from all the Club.

Thanks also to the Shepton for providing ale and a
spontaneously combusting sofa following their annual buffet.  We promise we’ll give all the trophies back!



Bristol Exploration Club – Membership List 3/12/86

828 Nicolette Abell                         Faulkland, Bath
1059 Georgina Ainsley                   Redland,
987 Dave Aubrey                            Park
St, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
20 (L) Bobby Bagshaw                   Knowle,
Bristol, Avon
392 (L) Mike Baker                         Midsomer
Norton, Bath, Avon
818 Chris Batsone                         Tynings,
Radstock, Avon
1079 Henry Bennett                       Pilmico,
390 (L) Joan Bennett                      Wesbury-on-Trym,
214 (L) Roy Bennett                       Wesbury-on-Trym,
998 Crissie Bissett                         Exeter,
731 Bob Bidmead                          East
Harpytree,  Bristol
364 (L) Pete Blogg                         Chaldon,
Caterham, Surrey
145 (L) Sybil Bowden-Lyle              Calne,
959 Chris Bradshaw                       Cheddar,
868 Dany Bradshaw                       Haybridge,
Wells, Somerset
1005 Jane Brew                             Sutton-in-Craven,
Keithley, West Yorkshire
751 (L) T.A. Bookes                       London,
924 Aileen Butcher                         Holt,
Trowbridge, Wiltshire
849 Alan Butcher                           Holt,
Trowbridge, Wiltshire
956 Ian Caldwell                             13
Buckingham Place, Clifton, Bristol
1014 Chris Castle                          Westlynne,
Cheddar, Somerset
1062 Andy Cave                             Splott,
Cardiff, Wales
902 (L) Martin Cavender                  Westbury-sub-Mendip,
Wells, Somerset.
1048 Tom Chapman                       Barrows
Road, Cheddar, Somerset.
1040 John Chew                            Rodney
Stoke, Wells, Somerset
1080 Tony Church                          Shepton
Mallet, Bath
1030 Richard Clarke                       Normans
Green, Plymtree, East Devon
211 (L) Clare Coase                       Berkeley-Vale,
New South Wales, 2259, Australia
89 (L) Alfie Collins                          Litton,
862 Bob Cork                                Stoke
St. Michael, Somerset
1042 Mick Corser                           Woodbury,
Exeter, Devon
827 Mike Cowlishaw                       Micheldever
Station, Winchester, Hants.
1060 Peter Crawley                        West
Wickham. Kent
890 Jerry Crick                              Reaseheath,
Nantwich, Cheshire
896 Pat Cronin                               Knowle,
680 Bob Cross                               Knowle,
405 (L) Frank Darbon                      Vernon,
British Columbia, Canada. VIT 6M3
423 (L) Len Dawes                         Main
Street, Minster Matlock, Derbyshire
815 Nigel Dibden                            Holmes
Chapel, Cheshire
164 (L) Ken Dobbs                         Beacon
Heath, Exeter, Devon
829 Angie Dooley                           Harborne,
710 Colin Dooley                            Harborne,
1000 (L) Roger Dors                       Priddy,
1038 Alan Downton                        Sundon
Park, Luton, Beds
830 John Dukes                             Wells,
996 Terry Earley                            Wyle,
Warmister, Wiltshire
771 Pete Eckford                           Pelting
Drove, Priddy, Somerset
322 (L) Bryan Ellis                         Westonzoyland,
Bridgwater, Somerset
1064 David Evans                           Didcot,
1063 Peter Evans                           Abingdon,
232 Chris Falshaw                         Fulwood,
269 (L) Tom Fletcher                      Bramcote,
894 Phil Ford                                 Greenfield,
Clwyd, North Wales
949 Geoff Ford                               Broadfield,
Crawley, West Sussex
404 (L) Albert Francis                     Wells,
569 Joyce Franklin                         Stone,
469 Pete Franklin                           Stone,
769 Sue Gazzard                           Tynings,
Radstock, Nr Bath, Avon
835 Len Gee                                  St.
Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire
1069 Angie Glanville                       Chard,
1017 Peter Glanville                       Chard,
648 Dave Glover                             Pamber
Green, Basingstoke, Hampshire
1006 Edward Gosden                     Brighton
Hill, Basingstoke, Hants
1054 Tim Gould                             Redland,
860 Glenys Grass                          Sawbridgeworth,
790 Martin Grass                           Sawbridgeworth,
1009 Robin Gray                            East
Horrington, Wells, Somerset
1089 Kevin Gurner                          Theydon
Bois, Epping, Essex
1088 Nick Gymer                           Theydon
Bois, Epping, Essex
432 (L) Nigel Hallet                         Address
not known
104 (L) Mervyn Hannam                  St
Annes, Lancashire
999 Rob Harper                              Hanham,
Bristol, Avon
4 (L) Dan Hassell                           Moorlynch,
Bridgwater, Somerset
893 Dave Hatherley                        Cannington,
Bridgwater, Somerset
1078 Mike Hearn                            Bagworth,
Axbridge, Somerset
974 Jeremy Henley                        Leg
Square, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
917 Robin Hervin                            Trowbridge,
952 Bob Hill                                   2441
B6 Wassennaar, The Netherlands
373 Sid Hobbs                               Priddy,
Wells Somerset
736 Sylvia Hobbs                           Priddy,
Wells Somerset
905 Paul Hodgson                          Pennybatch
Lane, Burcott, Wells, Somerset
898 Liz Hollis                                 Batcombe,
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
899 Tony Hollis                              Batcombe,
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
920 Nick Holstead                          Trowbridge,
387 (L) George Honey                    Address
not known
971 Colin Houlden                          Bristol,
London, SW2
923 Trevor Hughes                         Bleadney,
Wells, Somerset
855 Ted Humphreys                       Moorsite,
Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
73 Angus Innes                              Alveston,
Bristol, Aven
540 (L) Dave Irwin                           Townsend,
Priddy, Somerset
922 Tony Jarratt                             Pelting
Drove, Priddy, Somerset
668 Mike Jeanmaire                       Peak
Forest, Buxton, Derbyshire
1026 Ian Jepson                             Beechen
Cliff, Bath
51 (L) A Johnson                            Station
Rd., Flax Bourton, Bristol
995 Brian Johnson                         Ottery
St. Mary, Devon
1001 Graeme Johnson                    East
Park Road, Leicester
560 (L) Frank Jones                       Pelting
Drove, Priddy, Somerset
1074 Jerry Jones                            Portishead,
567 (L) Alan Kennett                      Henleaze,
316 (L) Kangy King                        Pucklechurch,
Bristol, Avon
1007 Jonathan King                        Pucklechurch,
Bristol, Avon
542 (L) Phil Kingston                      Brisbane,
Queensland, 4122, Australia
413 (L) R. Kitchen                          Horrabridge,
Yelverton, Devon
946 Alex Ragnar Knutson               Bedminster,
874 Dave Lampard                         Horsham,
West Sussex
667 (L) Tim Large                           Wells,
958 Fi Lewis                                 
Wells, Somerset
1015 Andrew Lolley                        Kingsdowm,
1043 Andy Lovell                            Rowan
Walk, Keynsham, Bristol
1072 Clive Lovell                            Keynsham,
1065 Mark Lovell                            Keynsham,
1057 Mark Lumley                         Clifton,
Bristol 8
1022 Kevin Mackin                         Yeovil,
1071 Michael McDonald                 Knolw,
1067 Fiona McFall                         Knowle,
651 Pete MacNab (Sr)                    Cheddar,
1052 Pete MacNab (Jr)                   Cheddar,
1090 Robert McNair                       Otley,
550 (L) R A MacGregor                   Baughurst,
Basingstoke, Hants
725 Stuart McManus                      Wells
Road, Priddy, Somerset
106 (L) E.J. Mason                         Henleaze,
558 (L) Tony Meaden                      Westbury,
Bradford Abbas, Sherborne, Dorset
704 Dave Metcalf                           Long
Eaton, Nittingham
1044 Andrew Middleton                  Earlsfield,
1053 Steve Milner                          Clifton,
1073 Tracey Newstead                   Wells,
936 Dave Nichols                           Kalgoorlie,
Western Australia
852 John Noble                              Tennis
Courts Rod, Paulton, Bath
624 Jock Orr                                  Sturton-by-Stow,
396 (L) Mike Palmer                       Yarley,
Wells, Somerset
1045 Richard Payne                       Sidcup
, Kent
22 (L) Les Peters                           Knowle
Park, Bristol Avon
499 (L) A. Philpott                          Bishopston,
Bristol, Avon
1037 Dave Pike                              Yarley,
Wells, Somerset
337 Brian Prewer                           West
Horrington, Wells, Somerset
481 (L) John Ransom                     Patchway,
Bristol, Avon
682 John Riley                               Waramanga,
ACT 2611, Australia
1033 Sue Riley                              Waramanga,
ACT 2611, Australia
1070 Mary Robertson                     Stonebridge
Park, London, NW10
986 Lil Romford                              Coxley,
Wells, Somerset
985 Phil Romford                           Coxley,
Wells, Somerset
921 Pete Rose                               Crediton,
832 Roger Sabido                          Lawrence
Weston, Bristol
240 (L) Alan Sandall                       Nailsea,
359 (L) Carol Sandall                      Nailsea,
760 Jenny Sandercroft                    Victoria
Park, Bristol
237 (L) Bryan Scott                        Havestock
Road, Winchester Hnts
78 (L) R Setterington                      Taunton,
213 (L) Rod Setterington                 Milton
Rd., Harpendon, Herts
1046 Dave Shand                           Easton,
1036 Nicola Slann                          Clifton,
915J Chris Smart                           Nr.
Bradford on Avon, Wilts
911 James Smart                           Clifton,
1041 Laurence Smith                     West
Horrington, Wells, Somerset
823 Andrew Sparrow                      Wells
Road, Priddy, Somerset
1 (L) Harry Stanbury                       Bude,
38(L) Mrs I Stanbury                       Knowle,
575 (L) Dermot Statham                 Westcombe,
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
365 (L) Roger Stenner                    Weston
super Mare, Avon
867 Rich Stevenson                       Wookey,
Wells, Somerset, Somerset
583 Derek Targett                          East
Horrington, Wells Somerset
1039 Lisa Taylor                            Weston
Road, Bath
772 Nigel Taylor                             Langford
Lane, Langford, Avon
1035 John Theed                            The
Street, Farmborough, Bath
284 (L) Alan Thomas                      Nine
Barrows Lane, Priddy, Somerset
348 (L) D Thomas                          Little
Birch, Bartlestree, Hereford
571 (L) N Thomas                          Norwich
Rd., Salhouse, Norwich, Norfolk.
699 Buckett Tilbury                        High
Wycombe, Bucks
700 Anne Tilbury                            High
Wycombe, Bucks
74 (L) Dizzie Thompsett-Clark         Great
Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex
381 (L) Daphne Towler                    Nyetimber,
Bognor Regis, Sussex
157 (L) Jill Tuck                             Llanfrechfa,
Cwmbran, Gwent, Wales
382 Steve Tuck                              Coxley,
Wells, Somerset
1023 Matt Tuck                              Coxley,
Wells, Somerset
1066 Alan Turner                            Leigh
on Mendip, Bath, Avon
678 Dave Turner                             Leigh
on Mendip, Bath, Avon
912 John Turner                             Launceston
Rd., Tavistock, Devon.
925 Gill Turner                               Launceston
Rd., Tavistock, Devon.
635 (L) Stuart Tuttlebury                 Boundstone,
Farnham, Surrey
887 Greg Villis                               Banwell,
Weston-super-Mare, Avon
175 (L) Mrs. D. Whaddon                Taunton,
1077 Brian Wafer                           St.
Pauls Cray, Orpington, Kent
949 John Watson                           West
Horrington, Wells, Somerset
1019 Lavinia Watson                      West
Horrington, Wells, Somerset
973 James Wells                           Yorktown
Heights, New York, USA
1055 Oliver Wells                           Yorktown
Heights, New York, USA
1032 Barry Wharton                       Yatton,
553 Bob White                               Wells,
878 Mne White                              Royal
marines Police, Hamworthy, Dorset
1068 John Whiteley                        Holnepark,
Ashburton, Devon
1061 Kerry Wiggins                        Brighton
Hill, Basingstoke, Hants
1031 Mike Wigglesworth                 St.
Cuthbert’s Lodge, Chamberlain Street, Wells, Somerset.
1075 Tony Williams                        Leigh
on Mendip, Bath
1076 Roz Williams                         Leigh
on Mendip, Bath
559 Barrie Wilton                           Haydon,
Nr. Wells, Somerset
568 Brenda Wilton                         Haydon,
Nr. Wells, Somerset
850 Annie Wilton-Jones                  Llanlley
Hill, Abergavenny, Gwent
813 Ian Wilton-Jones                      Llanlley
Hill, Abergavenny, Gwent
721 G Wilton-Jones                        Draycott,
Cheddar, Somerset
914 Brian Workman                       Little
London, Oakhill,  Bath
477 Ronald Wyncoll                       Holycroft,
Hinkley, Leics.

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