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Hi and welcome to my first Belfry Bulletin as editor.

For those of you who are not aware, the Belfry Bulletin is now a team effort with Tony Jarratt, Alex Gee, Mike Willett, Andy Sparrow, Dave Irwin and myself all giving assistance in the production of the BB's for the next year.  Hopefully with six of us to nag you all on a regular basis we might get a few more articles!!!  Seriously, we need articles, any length, any format (band-written, typed. fax, e-mail, disk), any subject vaguely related to exploration, caving, climbing, etc., so come on guys (and girls) get writing.  Any news and views are also welcome.

We can take just about any format of file, either on disk or to my e-mail address as above.  I have a program for my scanner, which can read. Typed or faxed documents onto file and also a program that I can talk to my computer and it will convert into words. Technology ebb!!!

Any real editing beyond spelling and basic grammar (and changing swear words for ••••'s) will be returned to the contributor for checking before publishing.

Please feel free to send or ring me with comments on the BB; any ideas and suggestions for layout, general pages, etc. would be more than welcome - I'm no expert, I've never edited a journal before???!!!

Cut off date for submission of articles for the next BB is 6th Dec.

A suggestion: As a way of trying to cut costs in postage of the BB, I would like to be able to e-mail to as many people as possible, their Belfry Bulletins.  It would be in HTML format, which means that you would be able to read it from any Internet browser (Internet Explorer/Netscape Navigator). It would be set up so that you can print it out in the same page format as the posted copies.  Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are prepared to give this a try.  (The best thing about doing this is, you can have your BB the same day I send it to the printers!!!)  Why not try it, if you don't like it, let me know and I will get a copy posted to you.


Note for speleobibliophiles: BB 483 should also be numbered as Vol 49 no2, BB 484 was misnumbered as 483, BB 487 is also Vol 49 no 6, and this sequence should be followed through up to BB 492 which is also Vol 49 no 11, making this one Vol 49 no 12. Apologies for the cock up!!!

Also note: At the time of printing most of the BB, there were no minutes for the AGM.  There mayor may not be minutes with this BB. Nigel has apologised if there isn't, as he is very busy at work at the moment.  Many thanks to Nigel if there is.