Hon. Sec: A.R. Thomas. Allens House, Townsend, Priddy, Wells, Somerset.
Hon. Editor: - S.J. Collins, Lavender Cottage, Bishop Sutton, Bristol

Editorial

Masters Of Membership

From time to time, matters affecting the qualifications required for membership of the club get discussed at meetings of the committee.  A point which recently arose on this subject was that a few small groups of individuals fail to make effective contact with the remaining membership of the club.  The B.E.C. has, for most of its life, been happily free from any forms of clique or faction and this is a characteristic which has been, and should be, carefully preserved by committee action if need be.  Applicants for membership are traditionally expected to make themselves known to a reasonable cross section of the club before applying, and this is a point which may well be regarded more carefully by the committee in future. Existing members who make little or no attempt to integrate could, in theory at any rate, fail to get their membership ratified on the grounds that they are insufficiently known – a matter which new members may well like to consider.

Addresses

November is the month when traditionally the B.B. prints a list of member’s names and addresses.  If yours is incorrect in any way, please get in touch with Alan and let us know where you really lived!

Christmas B.B.

The usual attempt will be made to have a bigger that usual B.B. for Christmas.  How big it is depends on what gets sent in for publication. In addition to the more normal articles etc., humorous article are welcomed at Christmas.  Any Offers?

“Alfie”

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Some people don’t know the Hon. Secs. new address yet.  The full address plus postcode and telephone number is: -

Alan Thomas,
Allen’s House,
Ninebarrows Lane,
Priddy,
Wells,
Somerset.
BA5 3BH

And the telephone number is PRIDDY 269


 

Tinkering Around in Perthshire

by Steve Grimes

Editor’s Note:

When he sent this in, Steve wrote ‘I know this is not the usual sort of thing for the B.B. to print, but it does show how you can get away to the hills with a young family and no car.  We wonder just how many formerly keen cavers of climbers have quietly faded away after marriage and the arrival of a family because of the handicaps of a baby and the resulting tight financial situation.  This article shows what can be done, and we look forward to hearing from anyone else who can give similar encouragement to those who are feeling that their active outdoor lives must stop when they became parents.         The summer holiday period was looming large on the horizon.  The baby was flat on its back showing no inclination to move, or even attempt to move under its own steam and the car was secreted away on a patch of waste ground sans road tax.  What to do and where to go under these circumstances had become an evening talking point for weeks.  We didn’t want to spend the time with parents and we couldn’t even afford a special discount Billy Butlin’s holiday sickness session.

The germ of going camping gradually buzzed its way round my head.  No car would mean travelling light.  That would be a joke in itself, considering the mountain of gear needed to keep a seven month old squalling brat on the hill.  It had filled the car on our Whit. weekend in Glen Coe!

Then there was the fact that we didn’t want to have the bother of changing trains, so that point should be limited us to the east side of Scotland.  Out came the maps, and we at last decided to use Pitlochry as the jumping off point, and then walk around lochs Tummelo and Rannoch.  We eventually sorted out the logistics by various subtle mods to the high pram.  I built a small rack to fit on the chassis ands on this rack to fit the crockery, tea towels etc.  This was all covered by a polythene sheet.  Aft of this was strapped a gallon petrol container and the petrol stove, the whole lot being lashed down with big bungies.  On the port side, lashings were attached to take the tent (Blacks, mountain) and the starboard side was similarly equipped to take the sleeping bags and the dog’s blanket.  Over this last were strapped the cooking gear.  More, however, is to come!  In these large prams, there is a very cunningly concealed double bottom.  I have the impression that before the advent of plastic pants, this was designed as a soak away for babies’ effluent.  On this occasion, we used it to stow away the tins of Heinz baby foods required to keep the thing stoked up to ten days. Our particular pram had a sort of folding mattress which could be locked in position to keep the occupant in a sitting posture.  This we locked in place and used the cavity thus exposed to stow the other tinned food required, dog meat, beans, fruit and the rest.

Dorothy had my Whillans Alpinistic sac packed with disposable nappies and hers and the baby’s spare clothes and I had a Yukon pack stuffed with my gear and the rest of the food.  Our evening meals were invariable Vesta food packs preceded by packet soup and followed by tinned fruit.  The luxuries consisted of a transistor radio strapped to the pram handle and three books packed around the baby.

Come the Saturday morning and we caught the first train to Pitlochry.  We arrived there about noon and, after two attempts, finally found the correct way to cross the railway line.  We then had our lunch down by the river just below the hydro dam.  Lunch over; we set off down the road in the direction of Tummel Bridge.  We used the road on the south side of the loch, as the motorised tourist tend to use the double track road on the north side and they can then stop and visit Queen’s View, which looks straight down both lochs.

On that first day, we walked about seven miles, passing a very fine monument erected to the memory of the men who died while digging the Tummel hydro tunnel.  We found a very pleasant little place just off the road and went into what was soon to become a familiar routine.  I erected the tent, while Dorothy had the sleeping bags out and sorted the evening’s nosh; I leapt into the countryside and collected wood. One cupful of petrol on the woodpile, followed swiftly by a match and bang!  Instant fire or deluge of wood depending on the amount of petrol used. The baby was fed first and then bedded down, after which I cooked the evening meal and then we had time for a wee read before retiring.

The next day, we strolled down the loch side to Trummel Bridge where there is a caravan site.  It had rained during the walk and our spirits were rather low as we went into the campsite. Humour soon brightened things up, though.  I went to the reception desk to book in and pay our dues and the wee manny behind the desk got his ledger out and took my name, rank and number and then got around to transport.

“Car?” he said. 

“Alwin, Mark I!”, I said. 

“Registration letters and numbers?” 

“P.R.A.M.” 

Quizzical look, followed by the dawning of comprehension as he saw the travelling circus, as by this time we had begun to call it, parked outside.

The night was ruddy awful to say the least.  The petrol stove refused to run on stale petrol, and the filling station down the road was closed.  The bairn refused to take cold food and eventually grizzled herself to sleep. The ground was rock hard, as this was essentially as caravan site, so that sleep did not come easily.

As we were leaving next morning en route for Kinloch Rannoch, my dog savaged and put to flight a big, soft and poncy Alsatian.  The petrol pump attendant thought this was fantastic and asked what breed my beast was and quite gullibly took down ‘Hebridean Fighting Dog’ while we went on our way chuckling to ourselves.

That evening, we found a really idyllic camp site on the shores of Loch Rannoch.  There was plenty of dead timber around for a campfire and a luxuriant covering of grass on the ground.  The stayed there for two days lounging in the sun, drinking tea and beer and swimming in the loch.

After a rather nerve-racking walk along the main road from Trummel Bridge to Kinlock Rannoch (there was no footpath beside the road) we decided to take the road which goes up the initial slopes of Schiehallion (3,547’) as it would be quieter.  We didn’t walk very far, as the sun was really scorching down and the road was very steep.  At about 2 pm, we found a beautiful little place about two hundred yards from the road by the side of a wee burn.  It was a fine turfy patch which nestled inside a meander with a few trees sheltering it from the worst of the wind.  We took the opportunity to do our washing here and soon the place looked like a real tinker’s hideout with washing swinging from lines stretched between the trees and naked baby gurgling around.

That evening, while we were sitting out looking up at the hills, we decided to climb them on the following day.  I had made a wee seat for my pack frame on which to sit the bairn, so all we had to hope for was good weather.  The day dawned clear and at about eleven am, we shambled off to climb Schiehallion and headed for the east ridge. This ridge was a lot further away than it looked.  During our ascent, the clag built up and dropped down over the hilltop. Eventually we reached the summit – a huge boulder field which the dog did not like very much.  After the usual orgy of photography, we departed and landed back at the tent at about half past five in the afternoon.  While we were at the summit, we were surrounded by a horde of boy scouts who thought that they had done very well until they saw Julia.

The next day saw our longest march – seventeen miles back to the camp site of the first day.  We didn’t really notice the distance until we stopped – then it hurt.  We made our way back to Pitlichry and waited for the train by the riverside again – in glorious sunshine, getting home to Inverkeithing at about nine in the evening. It was a fantastic holiday which cost us £5 each for the rail fare and 13/6 for a lovely coffee jug which Dorothy just couldn’t resist.


 

Just a Sec

Tim Large, of 16 Meade House, Wedgwood Road, Twerton, Bath has taken over as caving Sec., and in future he will be the man responsible for the issue of Charterhouse permits.  Fairy Cave Quarry permits and the G.B. and August/Longwood keys.

The Annual Dinner again was a great success and, as usual, there was the same battery of minor complaints. It just seems that you can’t please everybody on that scale.  The proprietors of the restaurant endeavoured to remedy for this year, the complaints that we received last year.  Now is the time to hear of any shortcomings which can be remedied while they are still in our minds.

Bob tells me that there are one or two people who still have not paid for the dinner.  If we are compelled to issue tickets next year, it may mean some extra delay in getting your ticket sent to you on time and will almost certainly add to the cost of the dinner.  Perhaps those who have not paid will get in touch with Bob as soon as possible.


 

Members Addresses

728

Miss J.A. Abell

Cleveland Hotel, Pultney Street, Bath

306

T. Andrews

186 Courtland Avenue, Lodon SE12

666

P. Allen

7 Westbourne Place, Clifton, Bristol 8

742

J. Bacon

School Farm House, Chew Stoke, Nr. Bristol

20

Bob Bagshaw

699 Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol, Avon

392

Mike Baker

22 Riverside Gardens, Midsomer Norton, Bath, Avon

730

Miss J. Barke

10 Queens Parade, Bristol

619

Kevin Barnes

Officer’s mess, 17 T.R.C. Regt. R.A. Woolwich. London

617

R. Bater

4 Butterfield Close, westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

618

Mrs Bater

4 Butterfield Close, westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

390

Joan Bennett

8 Radnor Road, Wesbury-on-Trym, Bristol

214

Roy Bennett

8 Radnor Road, Wesbury-on-Trym, Bristol

417

P. Bird

City Museum, Queen Road, Bristol

720

Martin Bishop

17 Russell Road, Bath, Somerset

145

Sybil Bowden-Lyle

PO Box 15, Iganga, Busoga, Uganda

364

P. Blogg

Hunters Field, Chaldon Common, Chaldon, Surrey

336

Alan Bonner

14 Monkseaton drive, Whitley Bay, Northumberland

663

B. Britton

180 Cheltenham Road, Bristol 6

707

R. Brown

24 Cranleigh Gardens, Luton, Bedfordshire

687

Viv Brown

3 Cross Street, Kingswood, Bristol

715

D.M. Bryant

The Shakespeare, Lower Redland Road, Bristol 8

689

J. Bugler

Dudley College of Education, Castle View, Dudley, Worcs.

551

Geoff Bull

2 Maple Close, EastcotePinner, Middlesex

607

G. Butler

37 Tweedy Road, Bromley, Kent

731

R. Bidmead

4 Dine Grove, Bristol

713

D.A. Byers

301 Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks

716

J.L. Carter

149 Finch Road, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol

679

R. Chandler

83 Spring Plate, Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex

705

Chappel

The College of education, Bognor Regis, Sussex

526

J. Churchward

15 Jamaica street, Bristol 1

655

Colin Clark

18 Church Lane, Bedminster, Bristol

398

Alan Coase

4 Sutton Close, Oadby, Leicester

211

Clare Coase

5 Mandalay Flats, 10 Elsiemer Street, Long Jetty, N.S.W. 2262, Australia

 

 

2 Westbourne Villas, Westbourne Place, Clifton, Bristol 8

620

Phil Coles

Lavendar Cottage, Bishop Sutton, Nr Bristol, Somerset

89

Alfie Collins

Lot 11 McKay Crescent, Orange, New South Wales, Australia

377

D. Cooke-Yarborough

36 Russell Road, Bristol 5

494

John Cornwall

259 Wick Road, Bristol

727

W. Cooper

Ordnance Survey Office, Elmgrove, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract,

680

Bob Cross

Handsworth, Pilgrims Way, Chilham, Canterbury, Kent

609

I.M. Daniels

2106 14th Street, PO Box 325, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

405

Frank Darbon

Camp V, Neighbourne, Oakhill, Bath, Somerset

350

Mrs Davies

 

423

Len Dawes

223 Southwark Park, Bermondsey, London SE10

449

Garth Dell

5 Millground Road, Witheywood, Bristol 3

710

Colin Dooley

497A City Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham 17

164

Ken Dobbs

85 Fox Rd., Beacon Heath, Exeter, Devon

601

N. Downes

18 Combe Street Lane, Yeovil, Somerset

331

John Eatough

116 Nwbridge Road, Brislington, Bristol 4

322

Bryan Ellis

7 School Lane, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset

232

C. Falshaw

23 Hallen Grange Crescent, Sheffield

496

P.G. Faulkner

65 Broomfield Crescent, Middleton, Manchester

269

Tom Fletcher

The Old Mill House, Barnack, Nr. Stamford, Lincs.

404

Albert Francis

22 Hervey Road, Wells, Somerset

569

Joyce Franklin

16 Kings Street, Avonmouth, Bristol

469

Pete Franklin

16 Kings Street, Avonmouth, Bristol

468

Keith Franklin

c/o Mount Boller, P.O. Victoria, 3723, Australia

676

M. Fricker

26 Summerhill, St. George, Bristol 5

709

R.C. Gander

2 Rock Street, Croscombe, Wells, Somerset

470

P. Giles

1 Springfield Way, Hythe. Kent

459

Keith Gladman

29 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex

647

Dave Glover

Longwood, Forest Lane, Tadley, Nr. Basingstoke, Hants.

648

Jane Glover

Longwood, Forest Lane, Tadley, Nr. Basingstoke, Hants

660

P. Godley

AbTS, R.A.F. Church Fenton, Nr. Tadcaster, Yorkshire

434

D.A. Greenwood

42 St. David’s drive, South Anston, Sheffield

478

Steve Grime

West highland School of Adventure, Applecross, Nr, Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire, Scotland

 

 

12 Chertsey road, Redland, Bristol

582

Chris Hall

 

432

Nigel Hallet

11 Queens Road, Keynsham, Nr. Bristol

735

P. Hamm

11 Queens Road, Keynsham, Nr. Bristol

739

Mrs Hamm

Lowlands, Orchard Close, East Hendred, Berks.

104

Mervyn Hannam

The Diocesan Registry, Wells, Somerset

304

C.W. Harris

Byways, Hanham Lane, Paulton, Nr. Bristol

581

Chris Harvey

Hill House, Moorlynch, Bridgwater, Somerset

4

Dan Hassell

24 Elberton Road, Westbuty-on-Trym, Bristol

719

M. Hauan

23 Maynard Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol 6

638

Anne Henley

33 triangle East, Oldfield Park, Bath, somerset

691

D. Herbert

14c The orchard, High Street, Lower Cam, Nr. Dursley, Glos.

436

J. Hill

Hokerstone Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Wells, Somerset

373

Sid Hobbs

26 Dorset Road, Henleaze, Bristol

671

T. Hodgson

 

387

George Honey

Droppsta, 19044, Odensala, Sweden

588

B. Howe

48 Martins Road, Hanham, Bristol

631

P. Hudson

15 Glentawe Park Estate, Wind Road, Ystradgynlais, Wales

97

J. Ifold

5 Rushgrove Gardens, Bishop Sutton, Nr. Bristol

150

P. Ifold

The Cedars, Blackford, Nr. Wedmore, Cheddar

363

Maurise Iles

Waterworks Cottage, Gurmney Slade, Bath

540

Dave Irwin

 

340

D.R. Jenkins

26 Whitcombe Close, Kingswood, Bristol

740

G. Jewell

140 Beaufort Road, St. George, Bristol 5

51

A Johnson

Warren Cottage, Station Rd., Flax Bourton, Bristol

694

D. Jones

Shortwood View, Kingswood, Bristol

560

Frank Jones

8 York Gardens, Clifton, Bristol 8

438

Mrs. P. Jones

50 Louisville Avenue, Aberdeen

285

U. Jones

Marsh Farm, Askem in Furness, Lancs.

567

Alan Kennett

92 West Broadway, Henleaze, Bristol

316

Kangy King

21 Rue Lionel Terray, 31 Blangnas, France

542

Phil Kingston

 

413

R. Kitchen

Flat 1B, Mill close, Trimley, St. Martin, Felixstowe, Suffolk

260

J. Lamb

Broadmeadows, Padstow Road, Wadebridge, Cornwall

667

Tim Large

16 Mendip House, Wedgewood Road, Twerton, Bath, Somerset

659

J. Laycock

41 Woodlands Park, Quedgeley, Glos.

712

Miss M. Linnell

47 Berkeley Road, Westbury Park, Bristol

656

P. Littlewood

257 Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, Sussex.

657

Mrs Littlewood

257 Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, Sussex.

574

Oliver Lloyd

Withey House, Withey Close West, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

58

George Lucy

Pike Croft, Long Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, Berks

495

Val Luckwill

8 Greenslade Road, Sedgeley hill, Dudley, Worcs.

550

R A MacGregor

12 Meadow Way, Theale, Reading, Berks

561

John Major

10 Blenheim Road, Redland, Bristol 6

573

Mrs Major

16 Kings Street, Avonmouth, Bristol

591

J. Manchip

90 Grove Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

275

C.A. Marriott

Bruhlbergstrasse 15. apt 21. 8400 Winterhur, Switzerland

662

R. Marshall

23 Highbury Villas, Bristol 2

415

T. Marston

50 The Deans, Downlands, Portishead, Bristol

106

E.J. Mason

11 Kendon Drive, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

558

Tony Meaden

127 Mulford Road, Yeovil Somerset

704

D. Metcalf

R.A.F. Wittering, Hants.

706

S. Miller

27 Walnut Way, South Ruislip, Middlesex

640

N. Monk

7 Little Stoke Road, Bristol 9

308

K. Murray

17 Harrington Gardens, London SW7

725

S. McManus

10 Embleton Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

386

A. Nash

22 Stuart Street, Bristol

610

Henry Oakley

45 Greenway, Stockwell, London SW9

624

J. Orr

c/o The Belfry

557

D. Palmer

29 John Wesley Road, St. George, Bristol 3

396

Mike Palmer

27 Roman Way, Paulton, Nr. Bristol

342

R. Price

Heath End Road, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent

492

Sheila Paul

6 Cricketer’s close, Chessington, surrey

637

J. Pearce

22 Tiverton Drive, New Eltham London, SE9

702

R. Perrin

30 Cotham Grove, Cotham, Bristol 6

22

Les Peters

21 Melbury Rd., Knowle Park, Bristol Avon

160

Norman Petty

Bankside Road, Brislington, Bristol

499

Tony Philpott

3 Kings Drive, Bishopston, Bristol, Avon

568

Brenda Plummer

2 Hogarth Walk, Lockleaze, Bristol

729

T.S. Pardoe

36 Alexandra Park, Redland, Bristol 6

722

A.E. Pearce

5 Clomer Road, Yeovil, Somerset

337

Brian Prewer

East View, West Horrington, Wells, Somerset

622

Colin Priddle

19 Stottbury, Horfield, Bristol 7

724

G.V. Phippen

Rock Cottage, Rock Road, Wick, Bristol

708

Miss D. Ranford

40 Oldfield Circus, Northall, Misddlesex

481

John Ransom

21 Bradley Rd., Patchway, Bristol, Avon

452

Pam Rees

7 Coberley, Footshill, Hanham, Bristol

668

I. Rees

30 Ramsey Road, Horfield, Bristol 7

343

A Rich

Box 126, Basham, Alberta Canada

701

N. Rich

19 Bishops Manor Road, Manor Farm, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

672

R. Richards

704 Heldeberg, Goel road, Berea, Johannesburg, South Africa

682

J. Riley

 

714

G. Rowles

27 Wedmore Vale, Bristol

489

G.G. Robinson

49 Elton Road, Bishopston, Bristol 6

616

Rushton

Rectification Flight, R.A.F. Conningby. Lincoln

240

Alan Sandall

43 Meadway Ave., Nailsea, Avon

359

Carol Sandall

43 Meadway Ave., Nailsea, Avon

747

D.R. Sanderson

23 Penzance Gardens, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex

237

B. Scott

Fairthorne Rise, Basingstoke, Hants

577

Dave Searle

Dolphin Cottage, The Beeches, Priddy, Wells, Somerset

578

Kathy Searle

Dolphin Cottage, The Beeches, Priddy, Wells, Somerset

482

Gordon Selby

2 Dodd Avenue, Wells, Somerset

597

R. Sell

51 Swiss Road, Ashton Vale, Bristol 3

78

R.A. Setterington

4 Galmington Lane, Taunton, Somerset

213

R. Setterington

4 Cavendish Road, Chiswick, London W4

565

William Smart

P.O. Box 121, Muscat, Muscat and Oman, Arabia

473

Dave Smith

Flat 15, 193 Wensley Road, Coley Park, Reading, Berks.

276

J.M. Stafford

Bryher, Bagworth, Somerset.

1

Harry Stanbury

31 Belvoir Road, St. Andrews, Bristol

38

Mrs I Stanbury

74 Redcatch, Knowle, Bristol

575

D. Statham

Dunsmuir, Wimborne Road, Lytchett Maltravers, Poole, Dorset

365

Roger Stenner

38 Paulton Road, Victoria Park, Bristol 3

381

Daphne Stenner

38 Paulton Road, Victoria Park, Bristol 3

60

P.A.E. Stewart

11 Fairhaven Road ,Redland, Bristol 6

650

D. Stuckey

34 Allington Road, Southville, Bristol 3

572

P. Sutton

56 Arley Hill, Redland, Bristol 6

583

Derek Targett

16 Phillis Hill, Midsomer Norton

681

A.R. Thomas

83 coronation Road, Southville, Bristol 3

284

Allan Thomas

Allens House, Nine Barrows Lane, Priddy, Somerset

348

D Thomas

Mantons, 2 St. Pauls Road, Tupsley, Hereford

571

N Thomas

Holly Lodge, Norwich Rd., Salhouse, Norwich, Norfolk.

711

M. Thomas

5 Woolcot St. Redland, Bristol 6

673

S. Thompson

51 Howard Road, Redfield, Bristol

737

M. Tilbury

9 Easton Terrace, High Wycombe, Bucks.

699

Buckett Tilbury

256 Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks

700

Anne Tilbury

256 Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks

737

M. Tilbury

9 Easton terrace, High Wycombe, Bucks.

502

Gordon Tilly

Jable, Digby Road, Sherborne, Dorset

80

J.M. Postle Tompsett

11 Lodge Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex

74

M.J. Dizzie Tompsett

11 Lodge Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex

326

E. Towler

5 Boxbrove Gardens, Alwick, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

544

Phil Townsend

154 Sylvia Avenue, Bedminster, Bristol 3.

718

A. Tringham

Longwood, Beggar Bush Lane, Redland, Bristol

157

Jill Tuck

48 Wiston Path, Fairwater Way, Cwmbran, Gwent, Wales

328

Steve Tuck

27 Woodbury Avenue, Wells, Somerset

678

Dave Turner

31 Nightingale Gardens, Nailsea, Bristol

646

P. Turner

1 Rolleston Road, Honnington, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

635

S. Tuttlebury

24 Victoria street, Fleet, Aldershot, Hants.

654

R. Voke

8 Pavey Road, Hartcliffe, Brsitol 3

175

Mrs D. Waddon

32 Laxton Close, Taunton, Somerset

652

R. Wallin

164 Bryant’s Hill, Bristol

761

M.R. Wardlow

31 Anchor road, Kingswood, Bristol

695

Miss C. Warren

2 The Dingle, Coombe Dingle, Bristol 9

703

P. Waterfall

7 Summer hill Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset

627

G. Watts

100 Chesterfield Road, St. Andrews, Bristol 6

645

M. Webster

43 Stroud Road, Patchway, Bristol

592

Eddie Welch

18 Station Road, Filton, Bristol

553

Bob White

St. Cuthbert’s Villas, Haybridge, Wells, Somerset

733

J. White

St. Mary’s Cottage, strawberry Hill, Tickenham, Middlesex

608

R. Wickens

12 Keble Court, Craig-y-Rhacca, Machen, Monmouthshire

594

P. Wilkins

51 Constable Road, Lockleaze, Bristol

559

Barry Wilton

22 Wedmore vale, Knowle, Bristol 4

721

Graham Wilton-Jones

17 Monkham’s Drive, Watton, Thetford

549

Alan Williams

Hendrew Farm, Llanderaied, Newport, Mon.

734

Miss E. Wilkinson

7 Bloomfield Avenue, Bath

738

R.F. Wing

15 Penzance Gardens, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex

683

Dave Yeandle

59 Egerton Road, Bristol 7

PLEASE NOTE:  If you know of any mistakes in any of the B.E.C. members addresses in this list, PLEASE get in touch with the correct address and let Alan Thomas, or John Ransom have it.


 

Book Review

The Great Storm and Floods of July 1968 on Mendip.  J.D. Hanwell & M.D. Newson.  Wessex Cave Club.

One cannot be failed to be impressed by the professionalism of the Wessex Series of Occasional Publications.  This one, number 2 in the series, has the same glossy cover – but this time with colour added, and the same high standard of litho text and illustrations.  It is, perhaps, a pity that in format and binding it differs so much from No.1, and one wonders whether some greater concession to uniformity of the series could not have been achieved.    This criticism apart, the subject matter has been treated with the high standard we are coming to expect from this series.  Although the authors have collected a truly impressive amount of relevant data they have been careful to point out those areas in which firm data is lacking and have refrained from conclusions or predictions based upon extrapolation of their data.  The result is a booklet which should prove a useful work or reference to specialists on the effects of heavy storms on a Karst area, and on the dangers of flooding in caves is of particular relevance.  At 12/-. a good buy – even if it is not read in its entirety.

The Complete Caves of Mendip.  Nicholas Barrington & W. Stanton.  Barton Productions.

It seems unlikely that any Mendip caver would quarrel with the inclusion of the word ‘complete’ in the title.  Within its 131 pages will be found useful references to ALL Mendip caves known to the authors at the time of printing ranging from well known caves and caves and which have since been abandoned.  Even lost caves of Cheddar and Burrington get a mention!  In spite of this great mass of cave information, reference is very rapid and simple and the authors have obviously taken much trouble over this aspect of the work.  With its greatly improved layout, important in heavy type, easily found references both to the O.S. maps and to its own sketch maps of the main cave bearing areas and a wealth of other information; it is surely a must for every caver.  It is strongly bound and fist the pocket easily and at 12/-; 75p or 6.5 pints of cooking bitter; it must be regarded as a part of any Mendip cavers equipment.  The authors are to be congratulated on a thoroughly useful book which treats Mendip caves in a more comprehensive fashion than the equivalent books do for other British caving areas.

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If YOU come across an interesting book on caving, climbing or other allied subject, the B.B. would appreciate a review.  In addition to the books in the club library, many cavers form libraries of their own, and might appreciate YOUR thoughts on any new book.


 

Monthly Crossword – Number 6.          

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Across:

1. Regularly mixed in G.B. (7)
5. 5 found in Sago’s Pot (3)
6. Found in many compasses (5)
8. Herbal mixing of  1 down (4)
11. Swallet in Horseshoes bat hanging (4)
12. Satanic joint (5)
14. This, though shortened will ignite with a bang (3)
15. Bass lie – (goes downstream at any rate) (7)

Down:

1. Underground route starts with mountain route (7)
2. Egg or feature of G.B. (5)
3. ‘A man may have lust for the….of the mine’ (4)
4. Initially chairman of our A.G.M. (1,1,1)
7. Dull ham in Cuthbert’s (3,4)
9. 14 across does (5)
10. A Banwell cave (4)
13. Scientific workplace in the Slabhouse Inn (3)

Solution To Last Month’s Crossword

Stencils completed 3.12.70