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Alderley Edge Mines by Chris J. Carlon.  Paperback book on these interesting mines 144pp, photographs, surveys and diagrams. Useful bibliography included. Published by John Sherratt and Son Ltd., Altringham.  Price £2.85.

It has been fairly well documented that Jerry Murland has dived to a depth of 160ft in the Magpie Mine Shaft, Derbyshire thus beating the 150ft depth record in the U. K. by Martyn Farr in Wookey 25.  With only 10ft in it one wonders how accurate the depth gauges are.

Cerberus break through in Maesbury Swallet.  First dug by BEG about 1969.  The CSS have re-opened the site and have discovered about 150m of passage.  This club is also at work attempting to connect Fairy Cave with the now blocked Fernhill Cave. Though they have not found Fernhill itself they appear to have found new cave over the position of Fernhill.

More new books of interest to members: Bath Stone - A Quarry History by J. Perkins, A. Brooks and A.McR Pearce.  Kingsmead Press 1979.  Price £1.25. The Situation Level and Future of caving in Wales – A Strategy for caving by Frank Baguley, 28pp.  Price 25p + 13½p postage, available form the author.

From the latest British Caver -

'Any caver who wants a rope for a climb I do without it is chicken.
Any caver who climbs a pitch that turns me back is reckless'

New Members

967 Mike Breakspeare, 7 Red Pit, Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Wilts.
968 James Tasker, 281 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.
965 Gary Chubb, Wheels, Southwater St., Southwater, Nr. Horsham, Surrey.
691 Dudley Herbert, 20 Rundwick Rd., Brislington, Bristol.
964 Lawrie O’Neil (nee Hiscocks), joint with Kevin O’Neil, 99 Forest Rd., Melksham, Wilts.
969 Duncan Innes, 18 Davids Close, Alveston, Bristol.
966 Pete Johnson, R & IT Section, HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent, Hants.

Address changes:

Martin Grass and Glyn, 13 Granville Rd., Luton, Beds. (Tel. Luton 35145)
Jim Smart, 73 Queen's Rd., Clifton, Bristol.

FRIDAY NIGHT TRIPS might fill the bill….

For those that want to get in that extra trip over the weekend then the

The programme for 1980 is given below…..only make a mental note where to find this programme as space in the B.B. may not be there to reproduce all tips in detail.

Jan 4th - Manor                          Jan 18th Cuckoo Cleeves

Feb 1st - Lamb Leer                               Feb 15th Tyning's                                   29th - Swildon's (Black H)

Mar 14th - Fairy Cave Quarry                  Mar 28th S. Wales

Apr 11th – Reservoir                               April 25th St. Cuthbert's

May 9th – Stone Mines              May 23rd GB (Great Chamber)

June 6th - Longwood                              June 20th Barbeque - Candles in Burrington

July 4th Singing River                             July 18th Cow Hole

Aug 1st - Tyning's                                  Aug 15th Swildon’s Round. Trip   29th Pinetree

Sept 12th - S. Wales                              Sept 26th Thrupe Lane

Oct. 10th - Eastwater                             Oct 24th St. Cuthbert's

Nov 7th - Rods and Read's                      Nov 21st GB                                          and finally

Dec 5th - Longwood.

Meet at the cave at 7.30 p.m. or contact Brian Prewer, tel. Wells 73757