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Hon. Sec: A.R. Thomas, Westhaven School, Uphill, Weston s Mare, Somerset.
Temporary Hon. Editor: - S. Collins, Lavender Cottage, Bishop Sutton, Bristol

During the Temporary Editorship.

Articles may be submitted to the temporary Hon. Ed., or, as previously to D. Irwin, 23 Camden Road, Bristol 3 or give to any committee member for onward delivery


Mike Luckwill

Readers will find in this B.B., a tribute to Mike Luckwill, whose tragic accident in North Wales has robbed us of our new editor for the B.B. Mike had great plans for our club magazine, and the fact that he will never now carry them out is our loss.

Situations Vacant!

As you have probably guessed, I have agreed to go back to my old job of B.B. editor for a short period, while we find a new permanent Editor.  Dave Irwin, after two years of showing us just how good a magazine the club can produce, now finds that the volume of work on our other series of publications – the Caving Reports is taking up all of his time.  You don’t want me for another spell of eleven years, and so I am appealing to members to think seriously about becoming new permanent editor of the B.B.

You don’t have to be able to type, although learning is not as bad as you might think.  What you DO have to do is to produce a regular monthly B.B. by getting the material in from club members and others.  You have a reasonably free hand with layout, contents, etc., but you must be prepared to do the job for a few years.  How about it blokes?  Somewhere in the club, a budding editor lurks – come out into the open – fame awaits you!

Caving Ethics

After the letter from John Riley, and the Editorial in the Christmas B.B. on this subject, the Committee have decided to express their official views on the allied subject of access to caves. The Committee feel that a policy of gating, provided that this is coupled with a system of providing ready access to all accredited cavers, is the only policy which makes sense these days of mass caving.  The need to reduce accidents due to sheer inexperience; to preserve underground scenery and, in some cases, to allow scientific work to be carried out, all require some form of controlled access.  This is the policy which the BEC have adopted in Cuthbert’s attempting to throw the cave wide open to all interested cavers is consistent with the above aims.  We seem, whether we like it or not, to be entering a decade in which ‘cave politics’ will play an increasing role in the affairs of cavers.  We hope that men of common sense will draw a reasonable dividing line between complete anarchy and over rigid control.