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Caving Logs 

The current Caving Logs were destroyed in the Belfry fire.  Members are requested to help reconstruct the logs.  If they keep personal diaries (giving caving details of course!) or any information in any other form would they send it to Dave Irwin who is arranging a typescript to be prepared from this information.  The log commenced during March 1967.  As you will see we have lost a great deal of valuable information here.

Personal Gear At The Belfry

Would members remove ALL their personal gear from the Belfry site as soon as possible to enable modifications to take place in the stone Belfry and on the site in general.  There is so little room around the site that we cannot hope to store members gear as well as the club tackle.

‘GET YOU HOME SERVICE’ from the Dinner

A coach has been booked by Bob Bagshaw .  Picking up at the ‘Old Duke’ at 6.30pm (October 4th) and at the ‘Hunters’ at approximately 7.15pm.  Coach fare 6/- each.  The coach will tour Bristol only and not to outlying places such as Yate etc.  The coach is expected to leave the restaurant at about midnight.

B.B. Collection Given To Club

A complete collection of B.B.’s has been given to the Club by John Ifold.  This collection includes several duplicates of the rarer earlier issues. The Committee, on behalf of the Club, would like to express its sincere thanks to John for this magnificent gift. Before the B.B.’s are placed in the Club Library they are first being bound in volumes.  This set will be used as a reference set only and will not be taken from the Library.


The Club Library is kept at Dave Searle’s cottage (Dolphin Cottage, 4 The Beeches, Wells Road, Priddy, Nr. Wells, Somerset) – two minutes walk from the Belfry (site). Members wishing to borrow books from this collection can have them out on loan for ONE MONTH only.  If longer periods are required then prior arrangements must be made with Dave first.

A.G.M. and  Dinner

AGM at the ‘Old Duke’ King’s Street, Bristol 10.30am

Agenda below….

Dinner is being held at the Wookey Hole Cave Restaurant 7.30 for 8.00pm

Book now with Bob Bagshaw, 699 Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol 4

1969 Annual General Meeting

of the Bristol Exploration Club…..Agenda

1.                  Election of Chairman.

2.                  Collection of Ballot Papers and Members Resolutions.

3.                  Election of Tellers.

4.                  Adoption of Officers Reports: Sec., Treas., Caving Sec., Climbing Sec., Tackle Master, Hut Warden, Hut Engineer, B.B. Editor, Publications Editor, Librarian.

5.                  Committee Resolutions: - including new Constitution.

6.                  Long Term Planning Report.

7.                  Members Resolutions.

8.                  Result of Ballot.

9.                  Any other business


November B.B.

Due to changes to the October B.B. the material available to the Editor will be spread over the next two issues.  November B.B. will include: - A.G.M. report; recent trip to Black Shiver Pothole ( Yorkshire): and I hope the first of an important series of articles.  December will include ‘Ahnenschacht 1969’; Ireland 1969; cave photography and many others.  The December B.B. PROMISES TO BE THE LARGEST EVER – some 40 – 50 pages.