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Lifeline

by Tim Large

The lifeline can finally be belayed this month.  I hope it has been able to keep members, particularly those absent from Mendip, in touch with the clubs activities.

The Club has had the offer of some very cheap foam mattresses end has decided to purchase 100 of these to keep the bunkroom well provided for.  Also Tom Temple has donated a small number waterproof mattresses which will come in useful for the more incontinent amongst us.

At last we have the details for the purchase of Club sweatshirts.  The price will be about £5 being in one colour - NAVY with a white design incorporating Bertie.  A limited quantity will be purchased to begin with so if you are interested contact John Dukes - cash with order - sizes are small, medium and large.

I understand that the Cambrian Caving Council intend to vote against any NCA Constitutional changes proposed by the CSCC at the forthcoming NCA AGM in January 1979.  It appears that again they are not taking any notice of the views of the grass roots cavers.  If this is the case the Club will support any action intended stop this unacceptable attitude.  This could involve a boycott of the NCA AGM by CSCC which would mean that the meeting would be inquorate and no decisions could be made.

Ben Lyon of Whernside Manor has sent out a questionnaire on cave usage in the Dales.  Apparently the Yorkshire Dales National Park intends to judge the value on any cave site and the frequency of visitors.

If any cave is only visited once per year, does it make it less important than one that has weekly visits by the hordes?  We would oppose closing of any cave regardless of its popularity.  What may be a lesser known cave today could be the King Pot of tomorrow.

The Committee have decided to publish the attendance record of this years Committee meetings they are as follows: -

Committee member

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Dave Irwin

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

A

+

Tim Large

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

Martin Bishop

+

+

+

+

+

+

A

A

A

+

A

+

Graham Wilton-Jones

+

+

+

+

+

+

A

+

A

+

A

+

Russ Jenkins

+

A

+

A

+

Resigned from attending meetings in February with committee’s approval.

Barrie Wilton

+

+

+

+

+

A

+

A

+

+

+

+

Nigel Taylor

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

Alfie Collins

A

+

resigned

Chris Batstone

A

+

+

+

+

+

A

+

A

+

+

+

John Dukes

(co-opted in February)

+

+

+

+

+

A

+

+

Martin Grass

(co-opted in February)

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

A

Bob Cross

(co-opted in June)

+

+

+

+

Sue Tucker

(co-opted in July)

+

+

+

+ present, A Absent

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If elected to the Committee next year I would be prepared to undertake the secretarial task again, having thoroughly enjoyed nyself despite the various problems.  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM and Dinner.

Safe caving,
            Cheers,
                        Tim Large.