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With Alan Thomas.

At last we have the news we have been waiting for.  The erection of the new Belfry has begun.  The builder was given the go ahead on Tuesday 11th November and work begun on the 12th.  The reason for the delay was because we could not go ahead until we had a definite answer from the Pearl Insurance regarding the claim on the old Belfry.

The fact that work has begun does not mean that we have raised all the money needed but the difference has been guaranteed in the form of loans from certain members.  If we need to take up these loans they will have to be repaid and this could keep the Club short of money for a few years.  I expect most of the promises made at the dinner have now been paid but if there are any outstanding Bob will be pleased to receive them.

Pete Franklin is in charge of fund raising.  One of his schemes is a ‘Stop the clock’ competition which will require all of us to sell tickets to our friends.  We must all have a go ourselves – we might win a wrist watch – if we don’t we’ll get a new Belfry.  Anyone else with money making schemes should contact Pete.

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Despite one or two shortcomings this year it has been decided to book next year’s Dinner at the Wookey Hole Caves Restaurant and try to iron out problems with the management. If you have any complaints about this year’s Dinner let’s hear them.

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We now have copies in the Library of the Cambrian Caving Council Handbook.  Members who may wish to purchase their own copy may do so from N.S.J. Christopher, Crial Lodge, Gentle Street, Frome, Somerset at 2/6.

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Similarly the Southern Council’s Handbook is available from Dr. O.C. Lloyd, Withey House, Withy Close West, Wetbury-on-Trym, Bristol at 2/6.

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The B.E.C. has recently been elected as a Club representative on the Committee of the Cave Research Group.

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When the erection of the New Belfry commences there will be weekly committee meetings at 8.00pm on Thursday evenings at Wig’s flat.

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Bob Bagshaw has a number of Club ties for sale at 17/6 ea.  And at £1 if you wish to donate a further 2/6 to the Hut Fund.  Unlike the other Club’s ties that lose their emblems after washing the B.E.C. ‘Bertie’ is guaranteed to stick like other good commodities.

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The next part of the report on St. Cuthbert’s Swallet – the complex Rabbit Warren will be published during December 1969.