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