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A.G.M. of the C.S.C.C.

This account was written and supplied for the B. B. by Dave Irwin.  A full copy of the minutes will be in the club library when available.

The A.G.M. of the C. S. C. C. was held in the Hunters with Allan Thomas as Chairman.  Several interesting points were discussed apart from the normal routine election of subcommittees and officers.

Tim Reynolds was re-elected as Hon. Secretary/Treasurer and informed the meeting that the Council had finished the year with a surplus of £23.  He also informed the meeting that the National Caving Association (N.C.A.) had discussions in hand relating to a national insurance cover to protect landowners against claims from cavers.  If this happened, the need for indemnity chits ('blood chits') would probably disappear.

Tim was given permission to go ahead with the formation of the Southern Council Company Limited - a scheme to enable the council to purchase caves should the need arise. This would, the meeting was informed, take from three to six months to set up.  The cost of setting up the Southern Council Company Limited is, it is hoped, to be financed by funds from the N. C.A.

The N.C.A. minutes were also read out to the meeting and an interesting point came out regarding interim payments to member organisations of the N.C.A.  About £950 is to be distributed this year from Sports Council funds to members of N.C.A.  Of the interim payment authorised by N.C.A. of £450, payments ranged from £10 to the Southern Council to £200 for the British Association of Caving Instructors (Editor's Note: There you are, I said that my crystal ball really worked! - See last Christmas B.B.)

During discussion on matters arising, Box Stone Mines was the principal subject.  Closure of some entrances by a farmer has been causing problems.  However, this has been, left in the hands of the C.C.G. and further moves are to be carefully watched.  Mike Collins, M.N.R.C., proposed setting up a conservation Corps to form a central body to organise the routine clearing up of caves.  This was voted out on the basis that conservation should be the responsibility of all cavers and not of some national body.

The Conservation Sub-Committee (Rich. Witcombe, Chairman) is to look into the problems of caves requiring special protection and access.

The most controversial proposal came from S.M.C.C. (Bob Mayhew.)  Bob proposed, in a very tightly constructed formula, the centralisation arrangements for access to all Mendip caves.  As this proposal had a large number of clauses, it was withdrawn and a simpler one submitted.  This basically gave the Hon. Secretary of the C.S.C.C. the right to renegotiate existing access arrangements with the landowners.  He, at the next A.G.M. in May, 1974, is to produce a report for submission to the Council for the necessary ratification.  Tony Knibbs, Hon. Secretary of the C.C.C. gave his support to this system.

One weakness of the C.S.C.C. was highlighted by Bob Mayhew in his proposal and that was that clubs wishing to join the C.S.C.C. should be proposed and seconded.  This is worthy of thought, but as the whole proposal was withdrawn it did not arise.  The current method of getting on to the council is by merely sending 25p and stating the name of the club! - Perhaps a useful weapon to partisan cavers!