Camping Underground

By Dave Hunt

‘Night on a Bare Mountain’ is nothing compare with ‘Night in an Enclosed Cave’.

Camping (even if it was only Goatchurch) is real fun, and I hope if time and money permits, to repeat the ‘experiment’ in Swildons some time.

‘Operation Goatchurch’ was carried out on Sat. Oct 31st. by Viv Brown, Dave Fowler and myself.  As Viv was already caving in Burrington on that day, he met Dave and I there.  He left Bristol at 3.00pm in pouring rain and after calling at Wrington for some meths, arrived at the Combe at 4.10pm, also in the pouring rain.

Reaching the entrance, we were already covered in mud, due to slipping on the ascent.  On entering the cave we were greeted by a horde of happy cavers under the protective wings of Messrs. Sandall and Scott.  (N.B.  They were happy because they were about to go home).

After eating and watching, with much amusement, the dispersal of the afore-mentioned party, we proceeded to select a suitable place of kip.  After a decision hade been reached, Viv shocked us all by announcing that ‘they’ had been open for at least 20 minutes.  Hastily donning coats and bonnets, we proceeded up the Combe with much fervour, arriving at Ben’s in time to witness an excellent display of slides.  Returning to the Belfry for supper we were ridiculed unmercifully, but the spirit of adventure won through and we plodded back down the Combe in a much less joyful moody than we had climbed it.

We got to bed at 1.45am and I was soon very much asleep.  I was awakened later by Dave poking me in the back and roundly acclaiming that it was 4.30 and he would like to go caving.  Ken Dobbs informs me that my reply is, unfortunately not publishable. -- (You should have written it in, Dave, anyway.  We always are pleased to improve our knowledge of the English language.  Ed.).

I was next awakened to be informed that it was 10.40, and about time that I got up.  I am pleased to say that I enjoyed a better nights sleep than I could have expected at another certain establishment on Mendip, and to prove that my hours underground had done me no harm, I went caving all day Sunday, feeling very little effect of it.

One point which has been stressed to us before our departure was not to light a meths stove underground.  I am now completely in agreement with this statement.

If anyone is interested in Camping in Swildons will they please contact me by letter to : -

                        16, Britannia Road, Easton, Bristol. 5.,

as soon as possible.

Dave Hunt

Annual General Meeting And Dinner

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT REDCLIFFE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON SATURDAY JUANUARY 30th. AT 2.30pm.  MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS CAN BE HANDED IN AT THE START OF THE MEETING, BUT IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED IF THEY COULD BE SENT TO THE ASSISTANT HON. SEC. AT 55 BROADFIELD ROAD, KNOWLE, BRISTOL. 4., BEFORE THIS DATE.

THE ANNUAL DINNER WILL BE HELD AFTER THE A.G.M. AT THE BRITISH RESTAURANT, COLLEGE GREEN, BRISTOL AT 7.15pm., AT 8/- PER HEAD.  A FORM IS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE.  PLEASE FILL IT IN AND RETURN TO HON. SEC., 56 PONSFORD ROAD, KNOWLE, BRISTOL. 4. BEFORE THE DATE IF YOU WANT TICKETS.  THE LATEST DATE FOR OBTAINING YOUR TICKET IS JANUARY 20th. 1954.

Photographic Competition.

The Photographic Competition has had few entries, so you still stand a chance of wining a good prize.  The closing date is now January 20th. 1954.  Send your entries to Ken Dobbs, 55 Broadfield Road, Knowle, Bristol. 4, and enclose 6d. with each.  Minimum size of entry is 3”x3”.  Please state type and value of camera, etc.

A letter from Ken

On behalf of my wife and myself, I should like to offer our belated thanks to Club members for the gift of money presented to us on the occasion of our marriage.

Ken Dobbs.

Xmas Crossword Solution.

Before the solution itself, I should like to apologise for the great inconvenience caused to puzzlers by having the puzzle itself and the Clues on opposite sides of the same sheet (corrected in the reprinted edition).  I had intended to have them facing each other, but somehow I seem to have miscounted the pages with the unfortunate result seen.  May I plead a too early dose of Christmas Spirit?.              T.H.S.

 

Across.

1.

Old Red Sandstone.

Down.

1.

Open Cast Working

 

7.

Exits Then Enters.

 

2.

Eastwater Cavern.

 

10.

Di.

 

3.

Abed.

 

11.

Caraway.

 

4.

Sent To Broadmoor.

 

14.

Fattest.

 

5.

Obese.

 

15.

Ape.

 

6.

Easy To Ride Horse.

 

16.

Atarts.

 

8.

In Roads.

 

17.

Briar.

 

9.

Nife.

 

19.

Eel.

 

12.

Apse.

 

20.

Tor.

 

13.

Ye.

 

22.

Wiser.

 

18.

Imprint.

 

23.

Torpid.

 

21.

Otto.

 

25.

WTA.

 

24.

Isis.

 

26.

Reheats.

 

25.

W.C.

 

28.

Codfish.

 

27.

Easte.

 

29.

It.

 

30.

Tufa.

 

31.

Instep Supporter.

 

 

 

 

32.

Green Chartreuse.

 

 

 

 

Letter from Pongo

Briarcroft,
   Warrington.

Dear Harry,

---------I hope that the lack of letters (re. register of caving slides and pictures - see page 5 BB72 Aug, 53.) means that material for the BB is pouring in and crowding them out.  Since I wrote the letter my selection of slides has increased considerably ------ and I hope to be taking some more in South Wales soon.  The supply will then be stabilised for a while at least and I will send you a list of what I have.  Even if no one else contributes I am quite pleased to lend mine to anybody who needs them.  They number about 100, which makes quite a reasonable supply for a lecture.   ---------

Yours
            Pongo.

Ed’s Note.

Alas, Pongo, no replies have been received.  Your generous offer has been received with the usual club silence.  The only reason that I can see is that – You didn’t explain what a slide WAS.

T.H.S.

Copy of Newspaper cutting

submitted by Jack Waddon, and reprinted in the BB because of the numbers of older club members who know the cave concerned.

Cahors SW France.

Andre Breton, an author, was today fined £5 and ordered to pay £20 damages for rubbing out a Mammoth’s trunk drawn in prehistoric times on the wall of a grotto at Cabrerets near Cahors. ---------

M. Abel Bessac who shows parties round the grotto, said in court, “Our chapel of the Mammoths is one of the greatest assemblages of Neolithic and Palaeolithic art”.  On Breton’s visit to the grotto last July he noticed him touch the mammoth drawing with a finger.  “I said, ‘Don’t touch please’, and pointed to the luminous ‘Don’t touch’ signs.  Then he did it again and I saw the Mammoth’s trunk vanish.  I rapped his finger with my pointer”.

Breton’s counsel described the grotto as follows.  “In the first cave M. Bessac shows visitors a footprint in clay”.

“He explains it was the foot of a one-legged woman weighing about 110lbs. and 5ft. 10ins. Tall, carrying a child on her left shoulder, who was attacked at this precise spot by a bear”.

“Then you pass successively before some mammoths and bison.  After that comes a sort of alms box on which you can read ‘Don’t forget the guide’.

“When you come out there is a boar on the left and public conveniences – for which a charge is made – on the right”.

“You can also purchase picture postcards – in fact, you are invited to.  All this goes on to the sound of light music from an amplifier”.

S.O.S.

With my usual optimism I am again appealing for articles for our future issues.  There is very little in reserve at the present time.  We have given a fine Xmas issue; now we ask you to give US material for the future.  No material, no BB; you pays yer money and you takes yer choice.

T.H.S.

Another Song for the Collection: -

A Carbide Lamp Totally Failed

Submitted by Alma.

A young caving maid was extremely afraid
When her first trip she boldly abseiled,
When she found herself left
In a deep muddy cleft
With her carbide lamp totally failed.

Now, just as it happened, a male caving type
The maid to this pothole had tailed;
And with anticipation he leapt to her aid
When her carbide light totally failed.

Now strange to relate, his lamp suffered this fate,
As he loudly the poor maiden hailed;
“I just can’t think why”,
Was his wondering cry
With his carbide lamp totally failed.

Now close to the maiden he sat himself down,
And laughed as the poor damsel quailed;
“You’ll be safer” said he, “If you sit on my knee
With your carbide lamp totally failed.

Hours later it seemed they emerged form the cave,
Her face all in blushes was veiled;
No long afraid (but no longer a maid)
For her carbide lamp totally failed.

Years passed and he cursed his impatience with rage,
And his fate he has often bewailed,
For I haste to explain
The girl married her swain
When her carbide lamp totally failed.

Now cavers be wary, in bachelor ease,
Or your single joys will be curtailed,
Most maidens are sly
But men never think why
A carbide lamp’s totally failed.

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DON’T FORGET THE DATE OF THE A.G.M. & DON’T FORGET TO GO TO IT WHEN THAT DATE ARRIVES.

THE ABOVE ALSO APPLIES TO THE DINNER.  YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY.  SO LET KEN KNOW IN GOOD TIME.

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R.J. Bagshaw,                 Hon. Sec.  56, Ponsford Road, Knowle, Bristol.4.
K.C. Dobbs,                    Hon. Assist. Sec.  55, Broadfield Road, Knowle, Bristol. 4.
T.H. Stanbury,                 Hon. Editor.  48, Novers Park Road, Knowle, Bristol. 4.