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"From the Belfry Table"

This is just a brief note from Herr "Hon Sec," which hopefully Jingles 'The Ed' will see fit to publish.  The committee will try to keep a regular 'First Friday of the month' plan for meetings, so here is your official notification for all of you ardent waffle followers of the set dates ....   Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2 Jul 7, Aug 4, Sep 1.

My apologies in advance for missing the December meeting, the 2nd is my wedding anniversary and as it was good enough for the last sec, I will be on holiday in one of his hotels in Jamaica until Dec 14th, only trouble is he has threatened to turn up as well and take me caving!




COME IN NO 4 YOUR TIME IS UP .... Dan Hasell (Member No 4) was honoured at the AGM when the meeting supported the outgoing committee's proposal to give honorary life membership to 'No 4' for his long standing support of the BEC and Caving and Cave Diving over many years, indeed many of us were touched and humbled by Dan's acceptance speech.

Martin Grass was also honoured by the AGM and awarded one year’s honorary membership in gratitude for the sterling work over 14 years on the committee.  He has thankfully also offered to make a donation, not, I think, a bad idea ... do you?


The AGM further advised me to contact all life members and determine their current interest, if any, in the BEC, as rising costs and insurance premiums levied on each member, now lay heavily upon the paying membership of the club. This in no way detracts from the fact that these people made the club and the Belfry what it is today. We must never lose sight of that, however when they were called upon, they stood to be counted.  I also personally believe that they would not now want to be a drain upon the club. Unfortunately, this is the current position due to circumstances beyond our control. There is no intention for them to renounce their category of membership, but rather now we hope that they might consider making a contribution towards their BB, insurance etc., no one can deny that for the most part they have had an average minimum twenty five years membership for their respective contributions.  The club does not forget its debt, but must have due regard to the membership as a whole.

Anyway, hope to keep you all briefed, as long as there is food on the table.

Regards to all.    'Mr ‘N’ Hon. Sec.