The
Bristol
Exploration Club, The Belfry,

Wells
Road
, Priddy, Wells,

Somerset
.
Editor: Ted Humphreys


COVER PICTURE. Grotto In Balch Cave In the early 60’s.  Photo Mike Baker, BEC .

1990 – 1991 Committee

Hon. Sec.                Martin Grass
Treasurer                 Chris Smart
Caving Sec.             Jeff Price
Hut Warden             Chris Harvey
Tackle Master          Mike Wilson
B.B. Editor               Ted Humphreys
Hut Engineer            Nigel Taylor
Membership Sec.     John Watson
Floating Members     Richard Blake
                               Ian

Caldwell

                               Graham
Johnson
                               Vince
Simmonds

HAVE YOU PAID YOUR
SUBS?

 

Editorial

I must apologise for the late arrival of the Christmas BB to
those that receive It by post.  Perhaps I
should explain!  The BB was ‘on the
street’ the week before Christmas but to minimise postage costs (usually about
50) about half of them are handed out during the following two or three weeks
by J’Rat (thanks!!) saving the club another 50 or so.  Then he hands the remainder back to me for
postage (I have to stick on the 120 or so stamps!).  This Christmas however I was away from the
area for a few weeks which introduced additional delays.

This BB is also late (it should have been the February
edition) due to difficulties in getting all the ‘bits and bobs’ together.  I will try harder!  Details of the current subs etc. appear both
in the AGM minutes and at the start of the membership list.

This BB, you’ll notice, is mostly in a much more modem
format due to the efforts of Phil Romford. He has a desk-top publisher and a superior printer and kindly offered to
re-format and print all my initial computer files to create the master copy
sent to St. Andrews Press for duplicating and collating.

Please keep the articles coming.  At the moment I’ve only got two for the next
BB (due out in June).  One on Dachstein
and one on
Central Kentucky.

Bulletin Exchange / Complimentary List

As of 07/02/92.

Axbridge Caving Group, Axbridge,

Somerset

BCRA.

BEC Library – 2 Copies

Bradford Pothole Club,

Cerberus SS


Chelsea

SS

Croydon Caving Club

Descent

Devon SS

Dr. H. Trimmel, Obere Donaustrasse, Austrta

Grampian SS

Grosvenor Caving Club

Hades Caving Club


Mendip
Cave
Registry


Bristol

Exploration Club

Mendip Caving Group

MNRC

Northern Pennine Club


Plymouth

Caving Group

Red Rose CPC

SMCC

South African Spel. Assn.,

S.W.C.C.

The

Florida

Speleological Soc.,

Tony Oldham.

UBSS,


Wells
Museum
,


Wessex
Cave
Club.


West Virginia

Caver.


Westminster

SO

 

Sima G.E.S.M.

By Rob Harper,

Scene: summer 1988, the last television camera wheels out of
Cheddar, the free booze is nearly finished and the far reaches of Goughs are
set to remain undisturbed for the winter. On reflection, it seemed at that time that I had done nothing
speleological apart from diving and related activities in Cheddar for the preceding
two years.  It had been a wonderful
period but the time had come for a change. Preferably back to real caving.

An old ambition was taken out of the mental cupboard, dusted
over and inspected, The SIMA G.E.S.M. in the mountains just outside

Malaga
.  At 1098m depth, it is only the 26th deepest
in the world but its length at just over 2kms, means that it is one of the more
vertical.  With memories of freezing
conditions in
Austria, the
fact that it was in southern

Spain

with guaranteed hot sunny weather was a considerable argument In Its favour,
but more of this anon.

I broached the idea on Mendip and no-one seemed very keen
but on a trip to the Dales I discovered that it was also an old ambition of
Keith Sanderson.  He had even got a
survey!

One glance at the survey showed that it was totally out of
the question for us without the use of some low devious tactics.  Accordingly we just let the whisper of a
rumour of a possible trip at Whitsun 1989 slide into the corner of the
conversation in the bar at the New Inn at Clapham.  I’d like to report that we were mobbed by
hard men pledging years of free drinking just for the chance to be
considered.  However, honesty compels me
to admit that interest was just a smidge slow at first although it gathered
momentum and by April we had a small team comprised mainly of NCC members, (Tim
Allen, Steve Thomas, Mick Nunwick, Simon Brown, JJ Bevan and Mark ?) plus Mark
Madden, Kev Clark and Sean somebody (WCC), Keith Sanderson (WCC and BICC) with
myself as the sole BEC representative.

Keith took upon himself the bulk of the organisation and
began showering us with paperwork.  Soon
we were knee-deep in surveys, rigging guides, maps of the area, impressions of
first explorers, local knitting patterns etc. But most important he press­ganged the Spanish teacher at

Kirkby
Lonsdale
School
into helping to
organise all the necessary permissions.

I took upon myself the learning of modern SRT (in a cave
with 37 rope pitches it seemed like a good Idea).  The last time that I done any serious SRT we
just threw a rope over the edge and whopped on a couple of bits of split garden
hose at any really bad rub points.  Three
afternoons at

Split

Rock and I was ready for my first 1000m+ pot.

Helen and I in company with most of the rope caught the

Santander
ferry a week
before Whitsun and took two days driving down to Ronda (the nearest town to
Sima GESM) in beautiful weather.  Finding
the cave was interesting.  I made the
classic beginner’s navigational error of taking the wrong track and then
manipulating all the local features into confirming that we were somewhere that
we weren’t (if you see what I mean). Eventually common sense prevailed. Even dago mapmakers couldn’t be 90 degrees out on a 4km long
valley!  Back to the start.  Turn left at the gates that look as though
they are going to lead to a stately home but eventually, after 8km of rough
track, you arrive at a campsite and refuge.

There were signs that the NCC had passed through.  Stunned local campers rushed to tell us that
they had gone off up on to the mountain. They had certainly left an impression. Everyone kept saying how tough they were, they had drunk two litres of
wine and two litres each of brandy and anise (this didn’t impress the dagoes at
all) but then they had slept out in the open our THEIR SLEEPING BAGS!!!  We pitched the tent, brewed up and watched
the last of the good weather push off to
North Africa
for ten days.

Next morning dawned overcast and chilly.  Quick brew-up and off up to the end of the
track.  Up there the weather had
changed.  There was driving rain and
hail, five metres visibility and it was unbelievably cold.  Being a true gentleman, at least the sort of
gentleman who has failed to bring any clothing suitable for temperatures of
less than 80 degrees in the shade, I nicked Helen’s thermal top, unloaded the
rope and set off into the mist whilst she went back to Malaga to pick up the
rest of the party.

Some months later I learnt that this type of terrain is
known as ‘cockpit’ karst.  Some days
later I saw that it consisted of spectacular mountains which are almost
treeless.  Enclosed rocky depressions up
to 30m deep (presumably the ‘cockpits’) and varying from five to about eight
metres in diameter were clustered together often only separated by a thin ridge
and would look more akin to a vast honeycomb from the air.  The larger depressions were floored with flat
grassy meadows which had grown on the fine silt and gravel brought in by the
numerous small streams which sank into the ground around the edges.

This is all brought to you with the benefit of
hindsight.  I cannot wholeheartedly
recommend this type of terrain for a navigational exercise in the prevailing
weather conditions.  Within an hour of
climbing into and out of these cockpits they all started to look the same.  This was hardly surprising as on at least
four occasions they were the same.  The
entire world seemed to consist of dripping limestone, I was very very cold and the
situation had all the makings of an epic. A slight clearing in the cloud enabled me to get a bearing on the
automatic weather station and work out where I wasn’t which was a marginal
improvement on being totally lost. Cutting across country on a compass bearing brought me onto a path where
the words “SIMA GESM” and a large arrow painted on a rock were a
great help.  More blundering in the murk
and there was the campsite below me. Later parties had similar epics; three days later the

Wessex
blundered around blowing
their whistles for several hours before colliding with a water gathering
Party.  For anyone else who wishes to go
there the large and obvious path from the end of the track is a very roundabout
but reliable way of getting to the cave.

Up tent.  Into the
only sensible attire, i.e. caving kit. Rest of day spent packing in supplies and rope whilst the hard men set
off to rig the first section.  Returning
late on with tales of epic pitches and flood-pulses.  Apparently grim enough to leave one member
vowing never to go back in again.

Next morning it was clear, bright, sunny and almost
warm.  We crawled out of our tents
mouthing phrases like, ‘This is more like it”, “I’ll bet they don’t
often get weather like that at this time of year”, “Pass the sun tan
lotion” etc.  Before long we threw
caution to the winds and were lounging around dressed only in furry suits,
Dachstein mitts and balaclavas.  Keith
Sanderson and J .J. Bevan (NCC) turned up, alfresco cups of tea were brewed and
then the murk sneaked in quietly over a ridge just like it does in the
Alps.

There was no real excuse left for not going
underground.  The others had proved that
despite the extremely fast run-off the upper pitches were grim but negotiable
even in really heavy rainfall.  Keith, JJ
and I set off down and they rigged whilst I helped carry to about -500m.

The cave started with a large depression and from the bottom
a small constricted and muddy crawl which became a duck in very wet weather led
to a chamber about three metres long and two metres wide with a calcited slot
at the end leading straight onto the first pitch of about seven or eight
metres.  From here the large rift passage
was a series of small pitches of between four and 20 metres separated by
sloping ramps ending at a 115m pitch rigged in several sections with numerous
deviations.  Then it was back to the
large rift and multiple small pitches (some wet) varying between five and 40m.

I found this first trip somewhat intimidating.  The dark black rock and worries about the
threatening weather conditions made me slightly nervous.  My limited experience of modem SRT had been
highlighted on the way in when I had taken significantly longer than the others
to get down some of the pitches.  What
was it going to be like further on when there was a 160m pitch to negotiate.  However things got better on the way up and
by the time I got to the last few pitches I felt that I was at last getting the
hang of the rope side of things.

Next day was a rest day. The rain had stopped but it was still icy cold and the visibility was
appalling.  To add insult to injury we
were running short of water.  Keith and I
set out to find the spring mentioned in the literature.  The compass bearing took no account of local
topography but after hectic scrambling up and down gullies and along the bottom
of some low cliffs we eventually found not only the water but also a bedraggled
group of whistle-blowing

Wessex
.  Shortly after this Keith became lost for
nearly an hour whilst popping out of the tent for a shit.  This Induced a very mild phobia and
thereafter he never went anywhere without a compass.  The full sordid details can be obtained for
the price of a pint.

A day’s rest.  We
forced ourselves to check the quality of Spanish beer (appalling) in numerous
bars.  God alone knows why; it is all
made in the same brewery and doesn’t even have the benefit of an Iberian Roger
Dors to add a paranormal quality depredation factor.  However we did have the chance to visit a
number of superbly scenic small villages in the area.

But back to the real business.   Stumbling up onto the mountain we found that
the

Wessex

contingent had been in to rig the next section of cave closely followed by Tim
Allen and Steve Thomas to rig to the bottom.

Next morning was just another day in sunny
Southern
Spain
.  That is to say that
we could hardly see from the tent inner to the flysheet for mist.  Polar bears would have headed for warmer
winter quarters and every ten to fifteen seconds somebody in one of the tents
could be heard to utter the battle cry for the trip, “Costa del FUCKING
Sol!!”  But a man’s gotta do etc. so
we brewed more tea.  Eleven o’clock came
(and went) people stumbled out of tents clutching rolls of pink paper (or in
the case of Keith clutching rolls of pink paper and a compass).  Then pandemonium (for the benefit of Snablet
and Richard Blake this is not a large lorry for moving people’s furniture) the
hard men returned bent on vengeance.  We
cowered in our sleeping bags pretending to be asleep.  Eventually Mark Madden was hauled out and
harangued.  It seemed that he had failed
the multiple choice practical on question 30 of the rigging examination.

Now was the time for Keith and I to spring into action with
the masterplan.  The cave was fully
rigged and we could be in and out on almost a tourist trip.  We were into caving kit like rats up a drain.  JJ was going to join us but he had fingers
that would have got him thrown out of a leper colony due to getting carbide
into his caving gloves.  Leaving him
brewing tea with his feet we headed on down,.

I would like to be able to give you a blow by pitch
description of the trip.  However only
certain high points stick in my memory. We slid on down without undue problems or even seeing much of each other
until -650m where we were confronted by a short crawl out to the head of the
160m, ‘EI Toro’ pitch.  Keith looked at
me and 1 looked at him and he spoke the time honoured words, “I suppose
this is it then”.  I could not help
but agree.  I also supposed that this was
it then.

He disappeared from view. A few minutes later he had passed the two deviations and reached the
rebelay at about 60m down and could tell me that the rope was ‘free’.  I followed, after all, the honour of the BEC
was at stake.  A short wriggle brought me
out into the head of a ginormous rift ten metres wide and no sign of the far
end in the gloom.  Only Keith’s light
jigging around in the gloom 100m or so below me gave any semblance of
perspective.  I don’t know if really hard
men talk to themselves on long pitches but I certainly do.  Muttering and clamping my buttocks hard
together I started away from the apparent security of the first bolt.  Approaching the first deviation I was just
starting the second SRT’ catechism, the one that goes “Clip in long cow’s
tall – undo Krab – abseil past – clip in krab – undo long cow’s tall – go no down
pitch “, when I brushed against a large ledge which promptly became a 10 cwt
falling object.  No dramatics at my end
just a slow sucking peeling off from the wall followed by a whirling fluttering
noise as it gathered speed into the gloom in accordance with Mr. Newton’s well
known laws.  From the moment I felt it go
I knew Keith was dead.  Because it was
such a big pitch nothing seemed to happen for a moment or two and then an
enormous crash drowned out the falling water for a fraction of a second.  Silence. Then a voice from beyond, words well spaced so that I missed nothing,
“WHAT …. THE …. FUCK …. DID …. YOU …. DO …. THAT ….
FOR?”

After that it was easy, just down to the rebelay and 100m
free hang to the bottom.  It was a bit
bouncy on 9mm Edelrid and there were rumours that one of the lighter members of
the party had to have four goes at landing but no such problems for me.

A tight rift (the ‘Meandro Morales’) led to more shortish
pitches up to about 20m.  Here we started
to run into problems with too much rope. Every pitch had at least two and sometimes up to four ropes besides ours
hanging down and involved at least one rope-cutting epic in mid-air to get out
of speleo-knitting.  I now know that this
is commonplace on deep trips In Europe and you can usually bank on the pitches
being rigged below l000m or sooner if there is a large pitch or similar
obstacle to de-tackling.

We were spurred on by the lure of the horizontal ahead.  Around the comer and there it was, the
‘Meandro Tolox’.  Not the easy
sandy-floored two-abreast walking passage we had been expecting but yet another
tight meandering rift.  Eventually we
were forced down into a small streamway at floor level very reminiscent of the
August streamway in Longwood-August including a foul duck which led to an
inclined rift with a rope hanging down.

This rope led down the rift at an angle of about 70 deg. for
about five metres to debouch into the roof of a larger streamway.  The rope followed the line of least
resistance unhindered by any attempt at re-rigging and passing over the edge of
a flake with ‘Gillette’ written all the way through it and falling a further
five or six metres to the floor of a gob-smacking streamway.  Twenty metres high, ten metres wide, clear
green rushing river, real continental stuff. Pity about it only being fifty metres to the sump.  Keith not being one to waste a useful phrase
said, “I suppose this is it then” and once again I was forced to
agree.

Going out did not take forever – it just felt like it!  The apparently never-ending prussiking was
just one long blur punctuated by a brew-up at the head of the 160m pitch and a
fall onto my cow’s tall at the head of the 115m pitch where we met another
bottoming party on the way in.  Finally
out into the first good weather we had seen all holiday (!) after a 22- hour
epic.

As medico for the party I was able to give myself a
sick-note for the de-tackling although I had brought a letter from my mum
excusing me, just in case.  Both Keith
and I had badly infected cuts on our hands which took, in my case, nearly two
weeks before they were healed.

In conclusion.  A
great trip in a wonderful area if you like SRT. If you are looking for great horizontal big passage continental style
caving this is not one for you.  However
the eight kilometre Hunidero-Gato through trip is only a few miles away and it
is very easy and cheap to get there. Package flight to Malaga and then catch the bus.

I will be putting the details of this trip into the BEC
Library for anyone who wants further information.

 

Club News

My digging correspondent (J’Rat) being out of the country I
thought I’d try and inform everyone of what’s going on, Ed.

Expeditions. There are lots this year.

Philippines.

Four members of the BEC set out at the start of the
year.  The leader is Jim Smart
accompanied by Trebor, Jake and Snablet. They seem to be doing well! (see separate bits from Trebor) I hear that
Jake and Snablet are intending to proceed to Australia for a few months, if
they can find some work there, when they’ve finished in the Philippines.

Vietnam.

Three BEC members joined the British ’92 expedition about a
month ago.  They are Bob Cork, Dany and
J’Rat, Tony Jarrat was just recovering from Chicken Pox when he left!  I have heard nothing about their caving but
heard that they were held up in Hanoi for some time waiting for permission to
go to the caving areas, in spite of being the guests of Hanoi University.


Malta
.

Alan Thomas is there at the moment, mostly selling books but
hopefully will have time to visit some show caves.

New Mexico.

A large expedition is leaving on 30th April, for a month, to
explore Lechuguilla, the non-tourist bits of Carlsbad and they also have
permission to do some cave prospecting on the Capitan Reef (where both Carlsbad
and Lechuguilla are found).

The British personnel are :- Mark and Karen Lumley,
Pete Bolt, Henry Bennett, Sarah Macdonald, Andy
Cave, Stuart Lain, Vince Simmonds, Richard Blake, Phil (S. WaIes), Nick Wall
and possibly Steve Redwood.  As you can
see, they are mostly BEC members!

They will be joined by 8 to 12 American cavers for the
expedition. 
Pete
Bolt
also has permission to dive the sumps in Lechuguilla,
accompanied by an American cave diver.

Others in the pipeline

Later In the year parties will be departing for various
destinations in Europe including Austria, France and Spain.

Digging

Tim Large recently banged Zot and Dudley’s dig at the bottom
of the Maypole series.  It still seems to
be heading into unknown territory with two possible ways on.

Trevor Hughes tells me there’s a lot of water at the dig
site In Stock Hill Mine Cave and that they’ve mostly been landscaping round the
entrance.

Tim Large, Phil Romford & Andy Sparrow are working at
White Pit now.  A great deal of
concreting has been done to stabilize the loose rocks.  A very strong draught is being followed into
the ‘Master Cave’!

The Belfry

Recent visitors will have noticed that Central Heating is
being installed (thanks Stumpy).  Many
other improvements are in the pipeline. I also have the following note from Glenys Grass.

Belfry Refurbishment.

Plans are being put together for short and long term
refurbishments and improvements to the Belfry. As this will mean a large degree of expenditure a calendar of
fund-raising events will be put together to support the work.  If you have any IDEAS or are will1ng to HELP
please contact Glenys Grass or any committee member.

Membership Changes

We welcome the following new members:­Jane Baugh. Geoff
Crossley. Doug Cunningham, Arran Davis. Malcolm Davis. John Freeman, Nick
Hawkes, Joc Large, Hillary Wilson and Chris York.

We also welcome John Buxton (Mem. No. 201) who has rejoined
after a lapse of some years.

Addresses etc. are in the membership list.

Congratulations

To John and Lavinia Watson on the birth of their son,
Joseph, who arrived at 7.45 pm on Monday the 2nd of March and weighed in at 7lb
5oz.

Rumour has it that Joseph is the secret weapon designed to
extend the dig at the end of Manor Farm!

To Zot on his 50th. The party was held in St. Cuthbert’s Swallet with food drink AND
scantily clad ladies!!  Perhaps the
pictures could be sold, at an enormous mark-up, to boost club funds.

To Loopy who has become a brand new ‘Dad’ because of which
we are unlikely to see him until the summer sometime.

To Rob and Gen Taviner on the birth of their son, Michael
Sutherland, who arrived at 4:58pm on Thursday the 2nd of January and weighed in
at 4lb 15oz. (he was a bit early!)

To Mike Hearn and Beryl Brett who are engaged to be married
on the 1st of May.

To Snab on his 50th on the 24th of April.  Evil plans are a foot!

St. Cuthbert’s Report

The reports are all numbered.  If you would like to buy the copy with your
membership number on it please get in touch with Joan Bennett as soon as
possible.  That is, before it’s sold to
someone else.

Mendip Farmers ‘do’

Dave ‘Tusker’ Morrison organised an evening out for the
local farmers and their wives on March 7th funded by the caving clubs.  The purpose was for them to get to know the
cavers and vice versa and to give the farmers a better idea of what it’s
actually like beneath their farms.

The event was at Priddy Village Hall and was a great
success.

Working Days

There will be working days at the Belfry provisionally on
9th May and 11th July.  On at least one
of these days the Belfry will be closed to all cavers as the floor of the whole
building will be being steam-cleaned.

Committee Meeting

The next three committee meetings will held at the Belfry on
the following dates at 8 pm:­ 1st May, 5th June and the 3rd of July.

I’ve heard several moans recently, mostly at the Hunters,
talking about cliques, who’s club is it anyway and why doesn’t the committee
listen etc.

Committee meetings are not closed affairs.  Any member has the right to attend as an
observer and arrange to air any grievances they may have and to make
suggestions about what should be done. Few ever do so!  The committee
needs all the help it can get.

The above must not be taken to be either the view of the
club or of the committee.  Unless stated
otherwise, anything published in the BB is attributable only to either the
stated author or to the editor (and I could veto anything I disagree with – but
I don’t).

Cave Access Changes

Eastwater Cavern. Goodwill fee now 50p.  Manor Farm
Swallet.  The cave has been reopened.

Swlldon’s Hole. Goodwill fee now 50p, payable at the new house opposite Solomon Combe
called ‘Hornefield Cottage’.

 

Underground In Guernsey

By John King & Jo
Hills

During a recent visit to Guernsey in the Channel Isles, Jo
and I were fortunate to meet an understanding chap who fully appreciated our
interest in things underground.  He not
only gave us some suggestions on where to look but took us on a guided tour of
the “Minus Battery” site.  Here the Nazis
installed a formidable battery of four guns, each 30.5cm monsters.  The self-sufficient emplacements are not
strictly underground but are covered with earth.  Gas-tight doors lead to many rooms and
corridors now stripped of any fittings that may have been there.  Only curious symbols and Nazi anti English
graffiti remain.  Apparently the small
red crosses indicate where slave labour employed for construction had died and
were interred in the concrete.  This
particular site is difficult to find. Some less interesting places are marked on the tourist map.

As access may be difficult, anyone wanting to visit the
sites would be advised to contact Leigh and Rosey Comper, Mapleton Hotel,
Jerbourg Road, Calais, Guernsey.  Mention
our names and the BEC as this helps to establish goodwill and preserve any access
arrangements (or gets you thrown out – Ed.)

Although we never got the chance to get into them, there are
apparently a couple of silver mines somewhere in the vicinity requiring
tackle.  Again contact Leigh and Rosey
and ask for Trevor.  Leigh runs a good
bar well into the evening so good luck with caving after that!

Letter to B.B. Editor

Dear Ted.

I think it is a mistake to go to the same place for the
dinner every year.  It has deteriorated
already and once they think they are the only place that can hold us, it will
get worse.  The dinner is what we make
it; I don’t lice being told with whom I must sit.  I find a series of small (or large) tables
most objectionable.  The BEC is one
family and should sit at long tables. Many young people find it is too “posh'” (the Webbington),
they have to wear suits ­even T-shirts are out.

The 50th Anniversary Dinner was excellent with an outside
caterer.  Mind you, if you are going to
book Showering’s Pavilion you had better be quick because we are fixed to a
particular date each year.

Cheers

Alan (Thomas)

 

Casteret’s Ice Cave

By Trebor

Le Casque, Spanish
Pyrenees

Following on from Phil Romford’s write-up of the PSM in the
last issue of the BB, herewith is the tale of Casteret’s Ice Cave, high up in
the Pyrenees just over the French border in Spain.  This write-up was deliberately delayed as I
didn’t want to show up Phil’s account of the PSM (believe that and you’ll
believe anything).

After the long drive back into France from the Badalona Cave
in Spain, we set up camp at Gavarni high above Lourdes in the western
Pyrenees.  Phil terrified the happy
campers by rampaging through the tents in yellow Yum Yum, the only vehicle
around capable of getting up the slope. A 45 degree lean to starboard still failed to up the thing over.

Phil’s knobbly, knackered but keen knees were unable to
transport the rest of him up hill so Bassett, the Antipodean and myself
commenced the long slog up the mountain with basic caving gear.  White Meg took the shorter, gentler route,
agreeing to meet us at the Breche de Roland refuge hut.  A few hours later we all met at the refuge
and, after a picnic, proceeded across the ice fields up to the spectacular
Breche de Roland, a vast gap in the ridge, this being the French – Spanish
border.  White Meg turned back at this
point as there were a few hairy traverses along the base of the cliff.  There followed an hour or so of yodelling and
yo-ing as we looked for the cave and tried to stay in touch across acres of ice
field, jumbled rock and general natural confusion.  Bassett eventually found the entrance,
lurking under a cliff face.  The map
didn’t show the entrance but the altitude must have been about 2600m.  The nearest peak is Le Casque at 3006m.  The Breche de Roland is at 2807 m. and the
refuge at 2587m.

The entrance is an impressive, wide arch over boulders
descending onto what can on\y be described as an ice sheet.  Walls, roof and floor are almost entirely
covered with ice and ice formations – an odd sensation, slithering across ice
in caving gear.  Now I know why Bambi had
such a problem.  Crampons are certainly
recommended.  Anyway, the cave goes in
for a while through various ice-filled chambers, stuffed full of ice stal, ice
flows and cascades.  There is a lower
series but we were unable to get into it without ice axes, a blow torch,
ladders etc.  Gingerly crawling to the
edge of the big ice slope, down into the lower series, is quite frightening –
one false move and whoosh.

At the exit, we met two dubious looking gringo’s with mexxy
moustachios, presumably also looking around. We were actually In Spain of course, so it was not surprising that they
looked in blank amazement when we said, “Bonjour, mes amis.’

A quick canter down the mountain completed a very pleasant
day out in the sunshine.  The walking and
scenery, however, were probably better than the caving but as it was there Ii
had to be done.  Well worth a visist.

 

St. Cuthbert’s leaders list

B.E.C. St Cuthbert’s Leaders

Chris Batstone
Ian Caldwell
Chris Castle
Andy Cave
John Dukes
Pete Glanville
Martin Grass
Chris Harvey
Pete Hellier
Jeremy Henley
Ted Humphreys
Dave Irwin
Kangy King
TIm Large
Mike McDonald
Stuart McManus
Mike Palmer
Brian Prewer
Chris Smart
Andy Sparrow
Nigel Taylor
Dave Turner
Greg Villls
Mike Wilson
Bassett
Brian Workman

If people want leaders for trips down St Cuthbert’s they can
either do It through me or contact one of the above leaders directly. Jeff
Price – Caving Sec.

St Cuthbert’s Guest Leaders

Ric Halliwell                CPC
Graham Price             CSS
John Beauchamp        MCG (from Oz?)
Malcolm Cotter           MCG
Tony Knibbs               MCG
Miles Barrington          MEG
Alan Butcher              SMCC
Mark Sims                 SMCC
Tony Boycott              UBSS
Ray Mansfield             UBSS
Alison Moody             WCC

 

News From The Philippines

SPELEO PHILIPPINES ‘92

(News from the front)

Ed’s note: The following is the text of two postcards that
Martin Grass received from Trebor.

20: 1:92.

Flight delayed 19 hours at Heathrow.  Missed connecting flight in Karachi.  1 day there. Made our way to Bangkok.  Caught
different airline to Manila!  1 day
late.  Missed reception committee.  No Jim anywhere!  Spent 2 godawful polluted days in Manila
trying to track him down.  Found him in a
hut village in pinnacle karst 30 miles east of Manila, place called Wawa.  Here training Filipino’s for 3 days before
moving up to the caving area in north Luzon. Lotsa beer.  BEC stickers
everywhere – even in PIA flight captains cap. Jake & Snablet always drunk. Foot & Crutch rot already.

29-1-92.

3km of cave found so far. In 4 days.  I’ve had to carry
Snablet out of one bar In Manila and rescue him and Jake caught paralytic with
the local police chief in the provincial town of Tugugorao where we now are, up
in the Sierra Madre mountains in north west Luzon.  A wondrous place.  We don’t miss the Butcombe at all.  Loads more cave to find.  Biggest shaft so far 165ft.  All going well.  Everything to excess stickers everywhere.

(This one was to Steve Redwood)

17-2-92

Hi compadre?  Ta for
all your help.  We eventually tracked our
leader down in the mountain

village of
Wawa
, east of
Manilla.  Two days of SRT training and
then 500km north to

Cagayan
Province
for phase
1.  A superb area, a bit like Co. Clare
really – but with bamboo thickets and the odd coconut tree.  Main find was “Odessa”, a fine
7.6km river cave I pushed downstream and James & team upstream.  Snablet pushed down into “Jackpot”
to make it the second deepest in the country. Odessa is the third longest but should make second (8 km).  Jake was either ill, drunken or high on
spliffs!!  Tell Roger beer is 8 pesos
(5p) a bottle, Taduay Rum is 30 pesos a bottle (75p).  Food is awful – Rice, fish, rice, fish.
monitor lizard, chicken ass. chicken gizzard, intestines, squid in ink, rice,
wild boar, chicken claw, rice ………. I stick to fruit, veg and San Miguel
ale.  Please send Hounds &: Beans,
milk, wholemeal bread, 100m tape and air freshener for Jake’s feet.

 

AGM Minutes

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of The

Bristol
Exploration Club

Held at the Belfry October 5th 1991.

The meeting was convened by the Secretary. Martin Grass,
there being a quorum at 1045.

Present:

Martin Grass, Chris Batstone, Nigel Taylor, Kangy King, Dave
Turner, Dany Bradshaw, Bob Cork, Nick Gymer, Mr Wilson (Senior), Mr Wilson
(Junior), Kev Gurner, Karen Ashman, Chris Smart, Richard Payne, Babs Williams,
Jeff Price, Richard Blake, Trevor Hughes, Axel Knutson, Dave Aubrey, Tony
Earley, Ted Humphreys, John Watson, Lavina Watson, Steve Redwood, S J McManus,
Andy Middleton, Tim Large, Ian Caldwell, Rob Harper, Chris Harvey, Colin
Dooley, Barrie Wilton, Vince Simmonds, Dave Yeandle, Paul Hodgson, Joan
Bennett, Phil Romford, Dudley Herbert, Mike Jeanmaire, Ron Wyncoll and Les
Williams.

Apologies:

Steve Tuck, Steve Milner, Jeremy Henley, A J Butcher, Bob
Hill, Glenys Grass, Andy Cave, Graham Wilton-Jones, Robin Brown, Alan Kennett,
J’-Rat, Colin the Screw and Dave Pike.

Chairman:

Nominations were requested for Chairman of the meeting.  Bob Cork and Dany Bradshaw were proposed. Bob
Cork was elected, on a vote of 19 to 6.

Minutes of the 1990 AGM:

Previously published In the BB soon after the AGM.

For acceptance of the 1990 AGM minutes by the meeting.

Proposed: Mr Nigel
Seconded: Rob Harper
Carried with one abstention.

Matters arising from the minutes:

  1. The
    idea of publishing minutes early was accepted but it was felt that copies
    of the minutes should be available at the AGM.
  2. The
    Roy Bennett Memorial plaque had not been installed.  Tim Large said it was ongoing.

Secretary’s Report:

Previously published in the BB.  No appeal had been received from Mongo. 

For acceptance of the report by the meeting. 

Proposed: Tim Large
Seconded: Chris Batstone
Carried unam.

Caving Secretary’s Report:

Previously published in the BB

For acceptance of the report by the meeting.

Proposed: Nigel Taylor
Seconded: Phil Romford
Carried unam.

Hon Treasurer’s Report:

Handed out at the meeting.

Dave Turner proposed, Blitz
seconded, that the club look into the BCRA insurance cover.
Votes for the proposal – For 20, Against 1. Abstentions 5.

Discussions followed regarding payment for the publication
of St. Cuthbert’s Report.  Kangy asked
how payments back to members would be arranged. Kangy was referred to last year’s minutes.

For acceptance of the report by the meeting.

Proposed: Dave Turner
Seconded: Ron Wyncoll
Carried with one abstention. Nil against.

Auditors Report:

The Auditor stated that the Treasurers accounts were a true
representation of the finances of the club.

For acceptance of the report by
the meeting. Proposed: Rob Harper
Seconded: Kevin Gurner,  Carried with one
abstention. Nil against.

Ian Dear Memorial Fund Report:

A verbal report was given by Blitz in his Treasurers
Report.  He reminded the meeting that
£100 had been given to Jake for the BEC 1992 Phil1ppines expedition. 

A proposal was then made by Mac that the BEC do not transfer
any money to the IDMF this year.

Seconded: Chris Batstone
Votes for the proposal – For 24, Against 1, Abstentions 6.

Hut Warden’s Report:

Given verbally to the meeting.  Zot suggested that there was mid-week use of
the Belfry for which fees were not being paid. It was suggested that the hut warden uses a formal Belfry Hut Book for
bed nights.  Next year’s committee to
look into a rota system for checking m1d week use.

For acceptance of the report by the meeting.

Proposed: Paul Hodgson
Seconded: Tim Large
Carried unam.

Editors Report:

Previously published in the BB.  Some concern was expressed that the editor
had written that he may not publish all caving politics articles.  It was felt that it was important to publish
such articles.

For acceptance of the report by the meeting.

Proposed: Jeff Price
Seconded: Rob Harper
Carried unam.

Librarian’s Report:

No report was available. The lack of a report and the lack of the Librarian were considered a
poor show.  However a vote of thanks was
proposed by Blitz for the hard work that Mike had done over the past year.  A report should be published in the next BB.

Membership Secretary’s Report:

This was verbally given at the meeting.  We have only had three new members join in
1990.  It was agreed to continue the
discount for early payment of subscriptions.

For acceptance of the report by the meeting.

Proposed: Vince Simmonds
Seconded: Ian Caldwell
Carried unam.

Hut Engineer’s Report:

Previously published in the BB.  After discussion it was agreed that new
window frames should be low maintenance.

For acceptance of the report by the meeting.

Proposed: Les Williams
Seconded: Chris Batstone
Carried unam.

Tackle Master’s Report:

Read out at the meeting. The next tackle master to be asked to publish a list of available
tackle.

For acceptance of the report by the meeting.

Proposed: Dave Yeandle
Seconded: Richard Blake
Carried unam.

A vote of thanks was given to Mac.

The meeting adjourned for lunch at 1230 and resumed again at
1315 hours.

1991-92 Committee:

Only eight nominations for Committee posts had been received
so no ballot was required.

Possible commercial interests/conflicts of interest were
then asked to be revealed.  Chris Smart
declared that he was the Treasurer of the Council of Southern Caving Clubs.

The outgoing secretary then suggested that we therefore
nominate people directly into committee positions.

Secretary                        Martin Grass       Pro Phil Romford.        Sec Mr Nigel.
Hon Treasurer                  Chris Smart
        Pro Phil Romford,        Sec Dave Turner.
Caving Secretary             Jeff Price             Pro Tim Large,            Sec Trev Hughes.
Hut Warden                     Chris
Harvey        Pro Mr Nigel,              Sec Mac.
Tackle Master                 Mr Wilson           Pro Mr Nigel,              Sec Zot.
Hut Engineer                   Nigel
Taylor         Pro Dany Bradshaw,   Sec Trev Hughes.
BB Editor                        Ted
Humphreys   Pro Phil Romford.        Sec Les Williams.
Membership Secretary     John Watson       Pro Rob Harper,          Sec Chris Batstone
Floating member              Ian Caldwell

The chairman then opened the floor to discussion and asked
if there were any members willing to stand as additional floating members on
the committee.

The following were nominated from the floor: ­

Vince Simmonds             Pro Dave Yeandle,         Sec Dany Bradshaw.
Richard Blake                  Pro Dave
Yeandle.         Sec Dany Bradshaw.
GrahamJohnson              Pro Mac,                      Sec Rob Harper.

The meeting then voted as follows for co­option: –

Vince Simmonds             For 31.            Against 0.         Abstentions
5
Graham Johnson             For 27             Against 3.         Abstentions 6
Richard Blake                  For 20             Against 8,         Abstentions 9

It was agreed to ask the committee to co-opt these three
members onto the 1991-92 committee.  Much
discussion followed regarding positions on the committee and the purpose of
co-opted members.  Eventually Mike
Jeanmalre proposed, Andy Middleton seconded that “the committee review the
constitution where it relates to the election of committee members”.

Votes for the proposal 8 For, 20 Against. 9 abstentions..

Motion defeated.

Non Committee Posts:

Auditor – Barrie Wilton Carried unam

Archivist – Alan Thomas

Librarian – Trebor () not at meeting but should have been –
Ed.)

These were not discussed at the meeting.

Members Resolutions:


  1. County
    Membership
    .  Nigel Taylor proposed, seconded by the
    BEC Committee, that this AGM consider the creation of a membership
    category of retired or County membership and that this be on a cost only
    basis.

For 7, Against 15, Abstentions
11.

  1. State
    of the Belfry.  Tim Large proposed,
    seconded Glenys Grass ”that this meeting consider the state of the Belfry
    particularly in respect of:-

i) the kitchen and cooking
facilities,

ii) the showers and changing
room.

and direct the Committee to carry
out necessary repairs and improvements without delay” .

For 18, AgaInst 25, Abstentions
13

The meeting was happy to consider
this proposal but felt that is should have been discussed at the time of the
Hut Engineer’s report.

  1. Long
    Term Plan.  Tim Large proposed,
    seconded by Blitz –that that this meeting considers it necessary for the
    club to have a future plan in respect of:-

i)          future direction of the club.

ii)          the use of the Belfry.

iii)         finances and budgeting.

This must be drawn up in the next
six months taking into consideration the views expressed by the membership, not
only now but as an ongoing consultation.

For 15. Against 10. Abstentions
10

  1. NCA.  Tim Large proposed, seconded by Phil
    Romford “that this meeting totally rejects the BCRA attempts to organize
    the national caving body on an individual membership basis.  This club supports the club based
    structure.  The club shall make
    every effort to oppose such action”.

For All. Against 1. Abstentions 0

Martin Grass stated that the BEC
currently follow this approach at CSCC meetings and that it was in line with
CSCC thinking.

Two members, Richard Blake and Vince were chastised by the
Chairman for leaving the meeting, to go to the pub, without asking.

Any Other Business:

St. Cuthbert’s Report:

The Chairman noted that this was now on sale and urged
everyone to sell as many copies as possible.

Carbide Store:

There was some discussion on whether or not we should go to
the expense of renewing the carbide license and what the carbide store could be
used for.  It was left in the hands of
the Committee.

Subs:

The meeting agreed that the annual subscription should be 20
for single membership (with a £4 discount for early payment) and 30 for Joint
membership (with a £6 discount for early payment).

There being no other business the Chairman closed the
meeting at 1426.

 

Librarians Report

It was mentioned at the AGM (1990 Ed.) that not enough books
were being purchased for the Library – the reason for this was that I did not
have any money to purchase them with. The money has only recently been forthcoming and so several books on my
list have now been purchased; namely the new “Darkness Beckons”, the
book on Lechuguilla and the remainder of the set of the French “Speleo
Sportif” guide books – we now have an almost complete set of these.

A new cabinet is also being ordered as we have no more room
left for the Club journals obtained on a redproca1 basis.

Sooner or later any available money will be required to bind
up or otherwise contain the numerous Club journals; these in their own way
being our most valuable asset.

A reminder that those books contained in the locked
glass-fronted case just inside the door are not to be removed from the library
under any circumstances. These are our most valuable books and must not be lost
or stolen.  We already have quite a high
loss/theft/mislaid/oh dear, what a pity/destroyed rate.

The following list indicates those people who still have
books out, or rather are still in the book as not being booked back in.  Could they be returned asap please.  I am particularly concerned about the old
“Darkness Beckons”, as this went walkies for some months not too long
ago.  This copy will go straight into the
verboten locked case if it ever returns.

Cataloguing is still progressing, obviously slowly as there
is a vast amount of material, especially all the Club journals.

Someone tried to force the door the other week and the lock
is all bent and twisted, like some members. Please ensure it locks behind you. Mr. Nigel, can you mend it please (Done – Ed.).

Booked out

Dudley Herbert

Darkness Beckons 09.10.91

Zot

SRT 09.10.91

Martin Grass

Various CPC Vols & Trans.
21.08.91

Descent 32,

BEC
Cave

Report 9. 31.05.91

Tim Large

Proceedings UBSS Vol 16:2
04.08.91

OFD Survey & Description
17.03.91

Brian the Hippy

Exploration 06.09.90

Journey out of
Asia
13.12.90

Bassett

RRCPCJourna1  5. 14.04.91

S. Beattte

South-West climbs 25.05.91

Blitz

MCG newsletter 208. 07.07.91

Bill Cooper

History of Mendip Caving 07.12.91

Caving Practice & Equipment

Cave Science 18″

 

Meets List – 1992

The following is a list of trips already arranged by
Jeff.  If you want to go please get in
touch with Jeff Price as soon as possible


Bristol
Storm Tunnel.                 Thursday 4th June. 1pm


Birksfell
Cave
.
Yorkshire.
          Saturday 6th June

Link –
Pippikin.
Yorkshire.          Saturday 18th July

Penyghent Pot.
Yorkshire.         Saturday
1st August

Otter Hole.
Chepstow.               Saturday. 22nd
August (overtide trip)

Other outings in the pipeline are :-

Peak Cavern,
Devon weekend,
Gower weekend, Washfold Pot, OFD, Rock & Fountain, Lancs – County and
Hammer Pot.

If you want to go to these or to any other cave not
mentioned, get in touch with Jeff and he will try to arrange access.

PSM 92

Pierre St. Martin in the Pyrenees Atlantique is now
booked.  The dates are 5th August to rig
SC3, 9th August to de-rig.  This will
allow plenty of time for through trips to the Verna/EDF Tunnel.

If you are interested contact Phil Romford.  Phone: 0749-344281.  Address below .

It is essential that you book early so as to allow time for
BCRA Insurance to be arranged.  £50.00
deposits to Phil please to cover Insurance and equipment.

 

Membership List  06/04/92

Members with an asterisk (*) before their entry are those
that the membership secretary tells me had not paid their subs by the above
date!

For those who do not yet know. Annual subs. are £20 for
single and £30 for joint membership. These are due in October!  If paid
before the end of the year they are reduced to £16 and £24 respectively.  This is to encourage the members to pay
promptly as the club always has a cash-flow problem!

If there are any errors please contact John or myself
A.S.A.P.

828 Nicolette Abell                    Faukland,

Bath

1157 Karen Ashman                  Depden,
Bury St. Edmonds

987
Dave
Aubrey                       Park St
,
Salisbury
, Wiltshire.
20 (L) Bobby Bagshaw               Knowle,
Bristol, Avon
392 (L) Mike Baker                    Wells,

Somerset

1150 David Ball                         Billingshurst.
West Sussex
* 1024 Miles
Barrington              Clutton, Avon
1145 Roz Bateman                    East
Harptree,
Bristol
Avon.
818 Chris Batsone                     radstock,
Avon
1161 Jane Baugh                      Huntley,
Aberdeen
1151 Diane Baxter                     Horsham,
West Sussex.
* 1079 Henry Bennett               

London
.
390 (L) Joan Bennett                 Draycott,

Somerset

1122 Clive Betts                        Clapham,
Bedfordshire.
1125 Rich Blake                        Priddy,
Somerset
731 Bob Bidmead                      Leigh
Woods, Bristol
364 (L) Pete Blogg                    Caterham,
Surrey
* 1114
Pete Bolt                       

Cardiff
, S. Gamorgan
145 (L) Sybil Bowden-Lyle          Calne,
Wiltshire
1104 Tony Boycott                    Westbury
on Trim,
Bristol, Avon
868 Dany Bradshaw                  Wells,
Somerset
1137 Robert Bragg                    Odd
Down,
Bath, Avon
751 (L) T.A. Bookes                 

London
, SW2
1140 D Bromhead                     Worlse,
Avon
1082 Robin Brown                     Woolavington,
Bridgwater, Somerset
1108 Denis Bumford                  Westcombe,
Shepton Mallet
* 1131 Steve Bury                     Worcester
924 (J) Aileen Butcher               Priddy,
Wells, Somerset
849 (J) Alan Butcher                  Priddy,
Wells, Somerset
201 John Buxton                       Flitwick,
Beds.
956 (J) Ian Caldwell                   Redland,
Bristol, Avon
1036 (J) Nicola Caldwell             Redland,
Bristol, Avon
1091 William Curruthers             Holcombe
Bath
1014 Chris Castle                      Axbridge,
Somerset
1062

Andy
Cave
                        Paulton
902 (L) Martin Cavender             Westbury-sub-Mendip,
Wells,

Somerset
.
* 1135 Richard Chaddock           Butliegh,
Wooton,
Glastonbury
* 1048 Tom Chapman                Cheddar,

Somerset
.
* 1003 Rachel CLarke                Draycott,
Nr. Cheddar, Somerset
211 (L) Clare Coase                  
Berkeley-Vale,
New South Wales,
2259, Australia
620 Phil Coles                          Totterdown,
Bristol
89 (L) Alfie Collins                     Litton,
Somerset
727 Bill Cooper                         Totterdown,
Bristol
* 862 Bob
Cork                         Stoke
St. Michael, Somerset
1121 Nicholas Cornwell-Smith    Oldham Common,
Bristol
1042 Mick Corser                      Cringleford,
Norwich, Norfolk
827 Mike Cowlishaw                  Micheldever
Station,

Winchester
,
Hants.
890 Jerry Crick                          Wing,
Leighton Buzzard, Bucks
896 Pat Cronin                          Knowle,
Bristol
1144 Sophie Crook                    Batheaston,
Bath, Avon
680 Bob Cross                          Knowle,
Bristol
1158 Geoff Crossley                  Horsforth,
Leeds
* 1132 Robert Crowe                  Townsville,
Queensland 4810, Australia
870 Gary Cullen                        Southwater,
Nr Horsham,
West Sussex.
1165 D Cunningham                 
Old
Town,
Eastbourne,
East Sussex.
405 (L) Frank Darbon                
British Columbia,

Canada
.
1166 Arron Davies                    
North Poulner, Ringwood, Hants.
1167 Malcolm Davies                 North
Poulner, Ringwood, Hants.
423 (L) Len Dawes                    Minster
Matlock, Derbyshire
815 Nigel Dibden                       Holmes
Chapel, Cheshire
164 (L) Ken Dobbs                    Beacon
Heath,
Exeter, Devon
* 829 (J) Angie Dooley               Harborne,
Birmingham
* 710 (J) Colin Dooley                Harborne,
Birmingham
1000 (L) Roger Dors                  Priddy,
Somerset
* 1038 Alan Downton                 Headingley,
Leeds
*
830 John Dukes                      Street,
Somerset
996 Terry Earley                        Wyle,
Warmister, Wiltshire
322 (L) Bryan Ellis                     Westonzoyland,
Bridgwater, Somerset
1133 Stephen Ettienne              Hayes,
Middlesex
* 1143 Jane L. Evans                
Cork, Eire
232 Chris Falshaw                     Crosspool,
Sheffield
* 1148 Roy Farmer                    Shepton
Mallet, Somerset
269 (L) Tom Fletcher                 Bramcote,
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
404 (L) Albert Francis                Wells,
Somerset
569 (J) Joyce Franklin                Stone,
Staffs
469 (J) Pete Franklin                 Stone,
Staffs
1159 John Freeman                   Paulton,
Bristol, Avon
1142 Angela Garwood                Roath,
Cardiff
835 Len Gee                             St.
Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire
1098 Brian Gilbert                     Chingford,
London
1069 (J) Angie Glanvill               Chard,
Somerset
1017 (J) Peter Glanvill                Chard,
Somerset
647 Dave Glover                       
Basingstoke, Hampshire
* 1054 Tim Gould                      Syderstone,
Kings Lynn, Norfolk
860 (J) Glenys Grass                 Wookey,
Somerset
790 (J) Martin Grass                  Wookey,
Somerset
* 1009 Robin Gray                     Meare,
Somerset
1123 Ian Gregory                       Clapham.,
Bedford
* 1124 Martin Gregory                Clapham,
Bedfordshire
1155 Rachel Gregory                 Wells,
Somerset
*1113 Arthur Griffin                    Llanrhaeadr
ym Mochant, Oswestry, Shropshire
1089 Kevin Gurner                     Theydon
Bois, Epping, Essex
1088 Nick Gymer                      Theydon
Bois, Epping, Essex
*582 Chris Hall                          Redhill,
Bristol
104 (L)

Mervyn Hannam             St

Annes, Lancashire
1156 Brian Hansford                  Weeke,

Winchester
,
Hants
* 999 Rob Harper                       Wells,
Somerset
* 581 Chris Harvey                     Paulton,
Somerset
4 (L) Dan Hassell                      Moorlynch,
Bridgwater, Somerset
1160 Nick Hawkes                    Westbury-sub-Mendip,
Wells, Bristol
1078 Mike Hearn                       Draycott,
Cheddar, Somerset
1117 Pete Hellier                       Nempnet
thrubwell, Chew Stoke, Bristol
974 Jeremy Henley                    Shepton
Mallet, Somerset
952 Bob Hill                             
Oman LLC,

PO Box 82
, Sultanate of Oman
691 Dudley Herbert                    Paulton,
Bristol
1105
Joanna
Hills                      Wisborough Green,
Billinshurst, W. Sussex
* 373 (J) Sid Hobbs                   Priddy,
Wells Somerset
* 736 (J) Sylvia Hobbs                Priddy,
Wells Somerset
905 Paul Hodgson                     Burcott,
Wells, Somerset
898 (J) Liz Hollis                       Batcombe,
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
899 (J) Tony Hollis                     Batcombe,
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
1094 Peter Hopkins                   Keynsham,

Bristol
.
* 971 Colin Houlden                   Briston,

London
, SW2
923 Trevor Hughes                     Bleadney,
Wells, Somerset
855 Ted Humphreys                  Wells,
Somerset
73 Angus Innes                         Alveston,

Bristol
, Aven
540 (L) Dave Irwin                      Priddy,
Somerset
* 1141 Gary Jago                      Farrington
Guerney, Avon
922 Tony Jarratt                        Priddy,
Somerset
668 Mike Jeanmaire                  Peak
Forest, Buxton, Derbyshire
* 1026 Ian Jepson                      Beechen
Cliff, Bath
51 (L) A Johnson                       Flax
Bourton, Bristol
995 Brian Johnson                     Ottery
St. Mary, Devon
* 1111 Graham Johnson             Wells,
Somerset
560 (L) Frank Jones                   Priddy,
Somerset
567 (L) Alan Kennett                  Charlton
Musgrove, Wincanton, Somerset
884 John King                           Wisborough
Green, West Sussex
316 (L) Kangy King                    Pucklechurch,

Bristol
, Aven
542 (L) Phil
Kingston                
Brisbane,
Queensland, 4122, Australia
413 (L) R. Kitchen                     Horrabridge,
Yelverton, Devon
946 Alex Ragnar Knutson          Bedminster,
Bristol
1116 Stuart Lain                        Old
Mills, Paulton
667 (L) Tim Large                      Shepton
Mallet
1162 Joc Large                         Shepton
Mallet
1129 Dave Lennard                    Wells,
Somerset
* 1015 Andrew Lolly                   Kingsdowm,
Bristol
1065 Mark Lovell                       Brislington,
Bristol
1043 Andy Lovell                       Templecloud,
Bristol
1072 Clive Lovell                        Keynsham,
Bristol
* 1057 Mark Lumley                  Stoke
St. Michael, Somerset
* 1100 Sarah McDonald             London
1022 Kevin Macklin                   Clevedon,
Avon
* 1149 Ian Marchant                  Hove,
Sussex
106 (L) E.J. Mason                    Henleaze,
Bristol
651 Pete MacNab (Sr)               Cheddar,
Somerset
1052 (J) Pete MacNab (Jr)          Cheddar,
Somerset
1071 Mike McDonald                 Knowle,
Bristol, Avon
550 (L) R A MacGregor              Baughurst,
Basingstoke, Hants
725 Stuart McManus                 Priddy,
Somerset
558 (L) Tony Meaden                 Westbury,
Bradford Abbas, Sherborne, Dorset
* 704 Dave Metcalf                    Whitwick,
Leics.
1044 Any Middleton                   Yeovil,
Somerset
1053 Steve Milner                     
Eden Hills,
S.A.
5050, Australia
* 936 Dave Nichols                    Praze,
Camborne, Cornwall
396 (L) Mike Palmer                  Yarley,
Wells, Somerset
1045 Rich Payne                       Sidcup
, Kent
22 (L) Les Peters                      Knowle
Park,
Bristol Avon
1134 Martin Peters                    Chew
Stoke,
Avon.
1107 Terry Phillips                     Denmead,
Hants.
499 (L) A. Philpot                      Bishopston,
Bristol, Avon
* 1037 Dave Pike                       High
Littleton, Nr. Bristol, Avon
337 Brian Prewer                       Priddy,
Wells, Somerset
* 1085 Duncan Price                  Exhall,
Coventry
886 Jeff Price                            Knowle,
Bristol, Avon
1109 Jim Rands                        Stonebridge
Park,

London

NW10
481 (L) John Ransom                 Patchway,
Bristol, Avon
1126 Steve Redwood                 Banwell,
Nr. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
662 (J) John Riley                      Chapel
le Dale, Ingleton, Via Carnforth, Lancs.
1033 (J) Sue Riley                     Chapel
le Dale, Ingleton, Via Carnforth, Lancs
* 1070 Mairy Robertson            
Stonebridge
Park,

London
, NW10
985 (J) Phil Romford                  Shepton
Mallet, Somerset
986 (J) Lil Romford                    Shepton
Mallet, Somerset
921 Pete Rose                          Crediton,
Devon
* 832 Roger Sabido                  
Lawrence Weston, Bristol
240 (L) Alan Sandall                  Nailsea,
Avon
359 (L) Carol Sandall                 Nailsea,
Avon
* 760 Jenny Sandercroft             c/o
Barrie Wilton
237 (L) Bryan Scott                  

Winchester
Hnts
78 (L) R Setterington                
Taunton, Somerset
213 (L) Rod Setterington            Harpendon,
Herts
1046 Dave Shand                      Thornhill,
Cardiff
1128 Vince Simmonds               Wells,
Somerset
* 881 Alistair Simpson               Yarley,
Wells, Somerset
915 Chris Smart                        Nr.
Bradford on
Avon, Wilts
* 911 Jim Smart                        Westbury
Park, Bristol
1041 Laurence Smith                 Priddy
* 823 Andy Sparrow                   Priddy,
Somerset
* 1083 Nicholas Sprang             Whittington
Worcestershire
1 (L) Harry Stanbury                  Bude,
Cornwall
575 (L) Dermot Statham             Shepton
Mallet, Somerset
365 (L) Roger Stenner                Weston
super Mare, Avon
1084 Richard Stephens              Wells,
Somerset
1163 Robert Taff                        Erdington,
Birmingham
583 Derek Targett                      Wells
Somerset
* 1115 Rob Taviner                    East
Harptree
* 1039 Lisa Taylor                     Weston,
Bath
772 Nigel Taylor                        Langford,
Avon
284 (L) Alan Thomas                 Priddy,
Somerset
348 (L) D Thomas                      Bartlestree,
Hereford
571 (L) N Thomas                      Salhouse,
Norwich,

Norfolk
.
699 (J) Buckett Tilbury              
High Wycombe, Bucks
700 (J) Anne Tilbury                  
High Wycombe, Bucks
74 (L) Dizzie Thompsett-Clark   
Chelmsford, Essex
381 (L) Daphne Towler               Bognor
Regis, Sussex
382 Steve Tuck                         Dousland,
Yelverton, Devon
1023 Matt Tuck                         Dousland,
Yelverton, Devon
1136 Hugh Tucker                     Westham,
Wedmore, Somerset
* 1066 Alan Turner                     Leigh
on Mendip,
Bath, Avon
678 Dave Turner                        Leigh
on Mendip,
Bath, Avon
912 John Turner                        Tavistock,
Devon.
1154 Karen Turvey                    
Wellington,

Somerset
.
635 (L) Stuart Tuttlebury            Boundstone,
Farnham, Surrey
1096 Brian van Luipen                Wick,
Littlehampton, West Sussex
887 Greg Villis                          Banwell,
Weston-super-Mare, Avon
175 (L) Mrs. D. Whaddon          
Taunton, Somerset
* 1077 Brian Wafer                    Orpington,
Kent
949 (J) John Watson                  Wells,
Somerset
1019 (J) Lavinia Watson             Wells,
Somerset
973 James Wells                      Loisville,
Kentucky, USA
1055 Oliver Wells                     
Yorktown Heights,
New York,
USA
553 Bob White                          Bleadney,
Nr. Wells,

Somerset
.
1118 Carol White                      Pately
Bridge,
N. Yorks.
878 Ross White                        Cotham
1092 Babs Williams                  Knowle,
Bristol, Avon
1068 John Whiteley                   Heathfiled,
Newton Abbot, S. Devon.
* 1061 Kerry Wiggins                
Basingstoke, Hants.
1031 Mike Wigglesworth           
Greenfield, Oldham,
Lancashire.
* 1087 John Williams                 c/o
Babs
1146 Les Williams                     Yoxter,
Priddy,
1075 (J) Tony Williams              Radstock,
Bath
1076 (J) Roz Williams                Radstock,
Bath
1164 (J) Hilary Wilson                Keynsham,
Avon
1130 (J) Mike Wilson (snr)         Keynsham,
Avon
1153 Mike Wilson (jnr)               Whitchurch,
Bristol
* 559 (J)
Barrie
Wilton                Haydon, Nr. Wells, Somerset
* 568 (J) Brenda Wilton              Haydon,
Nr. Wells, Somerset
* 850 (J) Annie Wilton-Jones      Llanlley
Hill, Abergavenny, Gwent
 813 (J) Ian Wilton-Jones            Llanlley Hill, Abergavenny, Gwent
721 G Wilton-Jones                   Watton,
Thetford, Norfolk
877 Steven Woolven                  West
Chilington, West Sussex
914 Brian Workman                   Catcott,
Bridgwater, Somerset
477 Ronald Wyncoll                  Holycroft,
Hinkley, Leics.
683 Dave Yeandle                     Greenbank,
Eastville,

Bristol
.
1169 Chris York                        Thames
Ditton,
Surrey

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