November is, of course, the time when the annual list of paid-up members is issued.  In spite of fears to the contrary, the current list in this B.B. shows a total of 206 members - a gain of 2 on last year. While this is nothing to get wildly excited about, it is at least not the loss in membership that was predicted earlier on this year.

There is a danger when looking at membership figures of trying to read too much into them. However, on the principle that fools rush in where angels fear to tread, your editor will - perhaps foolishly - draw a few conclusions which may give the new membership secretary (when he or she has been appointed!) some food for thought.

There is no point, in my opinion, in having a vast drive for new members for its own sake. All this is most likely to do is to produce an unwieldy club full of the wrong sort of people.  On the other hand, the legacy we have with us as part of the price of getting the Belfry built is a large number of life members (27% of our total membership) who pay no further subscriptions - and a way to improve this ratio might not come amiss.

Incidentally, judging by the voting figures, the life members do not show up very well since only 34% of them voted - against 56% of the ordinary members.  This may, in some cases, be due to the fact that some life members, although still interested in the club, feel too out of touch to be able to vote.  On the other hand, it may be that some life members are no longer particularly interested.

If you look at the way in which club membership has grown over the years, you will find that the intake of new members has remained almost constant every year, at average of 27 per year since the end of the last war.  This year, with 24 new members, is quite typical - and there have been very few years which have not been.

The variation lies in the pattern of those who leave.  About half of these in a normal year are made up of people who have recently joined and - presumably - have not found caving, or climbing, or the B.E.C., to their liking.  Again this year is no exception - and there is little we can do about it.  The other half is made up of members of some years standing who, again presumably, find that they are losing interest or contact with the present club.  This is where I believe we could - and should - make some effort.

Many people have said to me that we should try to provide more for our older members. Perhaps gentler caving trips followed by social evenings from time to time.  It has even been suggested that we hold an older members dinner.  Other suggestions I have heard are that we should try to get older members up in the Belfry so that they could again get to know the present members of the club.

Looking at the present membership list, it is pleasant to see once more names like Arthur Ball, Stan Gee, Norman Petty, Phil Townsend and Mike Wheadon who, amongst others, have all re-joined this year.  With a bit of imagination and a little work, we could turn this trickle into a flood.

I must repeat that the above represents my personal view.  Perhaps you do not agree?  Perhaps you do?  In either case, why not write in with suggestions; offers, condemnations etc - so that we can all give the new membership secretary something to think about!



Access to St. Cuthbert’s Swallet

Access to St. Cuthbert’s Swallet is controlled by the B. E. C. and all parties visiting the cave MUST have a B.E.C. leader or a guest leader from another club.  A party wanting a trip in the cave should write to the Caving Secretary c/o The Belfry, Wells Rd, Priddy, Wells, Somerset.  The Caving Sec. will then find them a leader, but MUST be given:-

1.                    The name of the visiting Club.

2.                    The date and time of the proposed trip.

3.                    The number in the party.

4.                    A stamped addressed envelope.

5.                    ONE MONTH'S NOTICE.

It is always possible, of course, for parties to arrange trips independently with leaders they know, or to take a chance on a leader being available when they visit the Belfry.  The system of guest leaders allows clubs who regularly visit the area to get their own leaders for St. Cuthbert’s.  To become a guest leader, you need to have a thorough knowledge of the cave (there are five specified routes which must be known) and "a responsible attitude to caving and cave preservation."

All parties visiting the cave with B.E.C. leaders are automatically covered by the B.E.C.'s insurance up to £100,000 - so all guest leaders are required to have insurance up to the same amount which will cover their party and indemnify the B.E.C. Potential guest leaders can get application forms from the Caving Secretary, who will arrange trips to cover the specified routes.  On all trips, the leader or guest leader has the ultimate say, and will refuse to begin or continue a trip if he thinks the party is inadequately equipped or incompetent.

These access conditions for St. Cuthbert’s have been published at the request of the Caving Secretary, Andy Nichols - who would like them made as widely known as possible, to avoid any misunderstanding from visiting clubs.


Maypole Dance

Another account of the Club's doings in the Pyrenees this year.  This time by Malcolm Jarrett

As may be imagined, mush of our time was spent while in the Pyrenees - in cases with French speleologists.  Notable amongst those was the infamous Ruben Gomez, expedition’s controller of ARSIP, and founder member of Karst.  ARSIP (Association des Rescherches Spelaeologiques Internationale de la Pierre St. Martin) is responsible for all aspects of caving within the area. KARST. (Kommittee d'Action Revolutionaire de Spelaeogogie et Terrorisme) is the nearest thing to the Elsan Club in France.  Amongst their aims are the destruction of the thirteen stations of the Cross at Lourdes and the complete removal of stal from show caves.  They produce a clandestine news sheet which we hope to obtain soon.

Ruben did much to help us, and we felt that we ought to repay the debt.  He seemed quite pleased to have half a dozen tame English cavers available.  The first idea to come to his mischievous mind was the de-rigging of the Annialarra. Before we said anything, we asked Dicky from Eldon what he thought of Annialarra.  "Well, it's like a 1,400 foot pitch with a few sparse ledges. Oh, yes!  It's damp and about 5OC."  Tactfully, we forgot about Annialarra and asked Ruben what else we could do.  He mused for a while and then said we could go and see his employer, Max Cosyns, who had a few jobs to do.

Max Cosyns has a vast range of interests, from nuclear physics to latex making.  He had been maypoling in the Grotte des Statactites Deviees some years ago, and wanted his pole back.

The G. des S.D. is situated in the Kakouetta Gorge.  Kakouetta is excellent with 600 foot cliffs on either side of a fair sized river and some fine speleological features.  The first mile or so of the gorge has been equipped with - bridges and hand wires to improve access.  The remainder of the gorge becomes wider, but very heavy going and there is no safe exit at the top end - as four of us found out when our pioneering spirits overwhelmed us. Another aspect which delighted us was the lack of commercialisation.  The gorge is owned by the local people who levy a very reasonable 30p charge for the use of their bridges.

One mile up the gorge is the Kakouetta cascade, emerging from about 40 feet up on the left hand side, looking upstream.  Little is known about the cave beyond this resurgence, except that in the fifth sump the cave plunges downhill, and that somewhere beyond here is a reservoir of huge proportions.  A few feet further up the gorge is the G. des S.D.  There are two ways into the cave. The first involves a 120 metre abseil (393 feet 6 inches as it used to be) passing an entrance 60 metres (197') up the cliff.  The second involves a short climb into a large but fairly well hidden entrance. The first method would have been preferable, as it avoids the 30p charge, and makes all the caving downhill. Unfortunately, we had only a 90 metre (295’) rope and the prospect of six or seven of us swinging on the end of it to stretch a further 30 metres out of it did not appeal.  Furthermore, we did not trust Max’s ten year old memories of where in the cliff top jungle the correct abseil point was.  A third problem was the possibility of playing Aunt Sally with ten ton boulders falling in tourists mouths as they gaped in awe (this is really an excuse for chickening out, but I've just thought it up). This left the alternative lower entrance.  Max said that it should be fairly easy, as there were some old wooden ladders in place.

And so Sue Holmes; Graham Wilton-Jones; Mike Palmer; John Dukes and I scrambled up the 3 metre (10') climb into the entrance.  Despite the grandiose proportions of the entrance, the only way into the rest of the cave is through a letter box ten feet off the ground. Fortunately there was a nearby sapling and we used this to stuff the ladder through the entrance.  Mike climbed the ladder and made it safe for the rest of us.  Inside the windy entrance, the cave opens out into a frost-shattered zone, which gently rises into a 12' ‘D’ section stal-lined tunnel.  This rises steadily via a short climb to a windy constriction, after which the cave resumes its old proportions.  Here we met the first of the fixed ladders.  They must have been frail when built in 1955, but with an eighth of an inch of stal cement all over them, they were just comical.  Kicking them aside, we rigged electron ladders in their place.  After another joke ladder, we climbed a few more feet into the final chamber, where a 12 metre (39’) climb awaited us.  This was the main obstacle between us and Max's maypole.  A 12 metre nylon bootlace hung tantalising from the void, but was not available for tackle hauling.  The remains of a tree lay rotting on the floor, after a previous party's climbing attempts.  This improvised maypole later broke under its own weight.

Unfortunately, we had no bolts or nuts for artificial climbing.  We had left this gear behind; thinking that we would do only sporting trips.  Ruben helped us borrow a few Simond pegs and we had to make do with these.  Mike and I ferreted around for a safe belay point to drive a peg in.  This proved fairly difficult, as most of the cave was stal'd over, and smooth. Eventually we managed to find a safe anchor and set about the climb.  An interesting experiment was the use of a well-known clog figure of eight the belay the ladder.  John and I had practised the idea up trees and found it successful.  Underground it was reasonable, but we were using 12mm 3-strand rope, and this tends to drag excessively.

After belaying the second, Mike set out up the climb, making reasonable progress as far as a ledge, and getting several runners in.  By this time, Sue had produced cups of piping hot tea, and this enticed Mike back down.  Next, John took over, and managed to get a few metres above the point that Mike had reached, over a slight overhang.  Progress was necessarily slow, so we had to leave at this point in order to get out of the Gorge in daylight.

Next day, bright and early, John, Graham and I returned to the cafe at the head of the gorge. The weather was steaming hot, so we lingered in the cafe as long as we dared.  After we had exhausted all the excuses for staying there, we staggered off up the gorge at mid day.  This time, we were much better equipped - sandwiches; soup; chocolate and sweets augmented our diet of tea.

I climbed into the letter box and wandered off into the cave.  Whilst I was playing with my stinky, Graham and John had decided that the sapling which we had used to stuff the ladder into the letter box might be a healthy addition to our collection of gear, so I lurched off into the cave covered in food parcels and primuses, while the others dragged their trophy into the cave.  Back at the scene of the crime, we decided that the previous line of approach led to a nasty blank section of wall, and that it would be better to alter the line of attack.  John removed all the runners from the previous climb, and we turned our attention to a greasy stal slope instead.  John made good progress to a point halfway up the climb, protecting himself well with pegs.  From this point, the climb became steeper and the holds fewer.  John returned to ground level and we passed a good time chatting. I then re-climbed and started to place a peg at a point where we could use caving ladders as etriers.  I started tapping the peg into its hole.  The peg did not produce the correct noises, but none of them had so far.  I put this down to the rock being different from normal outdoor specimens.  The peg went in a good way, and I was just giving it the finishing taps when it broke in two.  This was not too funny at the time, because we had been hanging on these pegs - and hanging on to them for some considerable time.  Obviously, we had to review the situation, and after looking at the way ahead, and the lack of protection, we decided to abandon the attempt.

In order to clear up quickly, John lowered me down the climb and I knocked out the runners as I passed them.  We had to leave a runner at the top of the climb, but this was preferable to climbing down.  The peg on which I had rested while placing the ill-fated one had split and came out looking like Britannia’s trident!

So we had to give up, purely for lack of safety equipment.  This was a shame, after Mike and John had tried so hard.  Next time, we’ll take an armoury of gear.  One small compensation was being allowed into the gorge free of charge.  The local community regards its limestone and caves as an asset.  Perhaps a few people over here should take note!

Editor's Note: The above article came complete with a message from the typist - Graham Wilton-Jones.

Just in case it sounds as though I went along simply to make up the numbers; carry tackle; drink beer at the cafe and cast aspersions at the climbing abilities of my fellows, that's right!  Yes, to all four reasons!  I also have a complete photographic record of the climb which will go with photographs to be taken next year during the successful completion of the climb.  And, while on the subject of next year.

John and I are already making plans for a return visit to the Pyrenees.  We will be away from Saturday, 19th July until Sunday the 31st August.  Some of the agenda is already planned, and there will be opportunity for sporting caving; scientific work of a limited nature original exploration and surveying, walking, sightseeing, imbibing and socialising. We shall be staying behind the Hotel des Touristes at Licq (some 60km out of Pau, not far from the Franco-Spanish border and equally close to the P.S.M.)  For about three weeks this will be our base.  John and I will also spend a week or more camped on the lapiaz - the vast, bare, limestone plateau between France and Spain.  Several members of club have shown an interest in this visit, and a number of these are definitely coming for periods of two to three weeks.  THIS TRIP IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE CLUB, AND ANYONE INTERESTED IS CORDIALLY INVITED ALONG.  Please get in touch with us as soon as you can, even if you cannot be certain of your arrangements so far in advance.

And don't anybody DARE say they didn't know early enough!

Anyone else who might be planning a trip - either in this country or abroad and who would be prepared for others to join in, should send in details to the B.B., so that the trip can be publicised and members given plenty of notice to join in.


Bristol Exploration Club - Membership List 1974


Nicolette Abell

Ardtraskart, Greenway Lane, Bath


J.M. Bacon

12 Marine Road, Pensarn, Abergele, Wales

20 L

Bob Bagshaw

699 Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol, Avon

392 L

Mike Baker

22 Riverside Walk, Midsomer Norton, Bath, Avon


Arthur Ball

4 Charlotte Street, Cheadle, Cheshire


R. Bater

4 Butterfield Close, westbury-on-Trym, Bristol


Mrs Bater

4 Butterfield Close, westbury-on-Trym, Bristol


Chris Batstone

8 Prospect Place, Bathford, Bath, Avon

390 L

Joan Bennett

8 Radnor Road, Wesbury-on-Trym, Bristol

214 L

Roy Bennett

8 Radnor Road, Wesbury-on-Trym, Bristol


Bob Bidmead

63 Cassell Road, Fishponds, Bristol


Martin Bishop

Bishops Cottage, Priddy


E. Bishop

Bishops Cottage, Priddy


Sybil Bowden-Lyle

PO Box 15, Iganga, Busoga, Uganda

364 L

P. Blogg

5 Tyrolean Court, Cheviot Close, Avenue Road, Banstead, Surrey

336 L

Alan Bonner

Crags Farm Close, Little Broughton, Cokermouth, Cumberland

751 L

T.A. Brookes

87 Wyatt Road, London, SW2


R. Brown

26 Cranleigh Gardens, Luton, Beds.


Mrs Brown

26 Cranleigh Gardens, Luton, Beds.


Viv Brown

3 Cross Street, Kingswood, Bristol


G. Buckham

13 Grosvenor Place, London Road, Bath


Tessa Burt

66 Roundwood Lane, Harpendon, Herts.


Ian Calder

Plas Pencelli, Pencelli, Brecon


Penelope Calder

Plas Pencelli, Pencelli, Brecon


R. Chandler

6 Blackcap close, Southgate, Crawley, West Sussex


Colin Clark

186 Cranbrook Road, Redland, Bristol

211 L

Clare Coase

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


J. Coleman

Little Green, Bunwell, Norfolk

89 L

Alfie Collins

Lavendar Cottage, Bishop Sutton, Nr Bristol, Somerset


J. Cooke

Lancaster house, Tondu, Nr. Bridgend, S. Wales

377 L

D. Cooke-Yarborough

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


Tony Corrigan

48a Talbot Road, Knowle, Bristol 4


Mike Cowlishaw

Hilston, Cleveland Walk, Bath


Bob Cross

122 Pearson Lane, Bradford 9


I.M. Daniels

Handsworth, Pilgrims way, Chilham, Canterbury, Kent

405 L

Frank Darbon

PO Box 325, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

423 L

Len Dawes

The Lodge, Main Street, Winster, Matlock, Derbyshire


Garth Dell

8 Portway, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire


J. Dibben

17 Nevill Road, Bramshall, Stockport, Cheshire


Colin Dooley

497A City Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham 17


Angela Dooley

497A City Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham 17

164 L

Ken Dobbs

85 Fox Rd., Beacon Heath, Exeter, Devon


John Dukes

4 Springford Crescent, Lordswood, Southampton


S. Durston

7 Estuary Park, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset


Jim Durston

7 Estuary Park, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset


P. Eckford

80 Wilton Gardens, Shirley, Southampton

322 L

Bryan Ellis

7 School Lane, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset


C. Falshaw

23 Hallam Grange Crescent, Sheffield


R.J. Fisher

19 Alma Road, Portswood, Southampton

269 L

Tom Fletcher

11 Cow Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham.


D. Foxwell

870 Kebourne Road, Brentry, Bristol

404 L

Albert Francis

22 Hervey Road, Wells, Somerset


Joyce Franklin

12 Avon Way, Portishead, Bristol


Pete Franklin

12 Avon Way, Portishead, Bristol


Keith Franklin

3 Kinsley Road, Easton, Bristol


R.T. Gage

36 Woodland Road, Nailsea, Bristol


C. Gage

36 Woodland Road, Nailsea, Bristol


Leonard Gee

15 Warren Close, Denton, Manchester


Stan Gee

26 Parsonage Street, Heaton Norris, Stockport.


Bob Givens

Newstead Lodge, 1 Fields Green, Crawley, Sussex


Keith Gladman

29 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex


E.M. Glanville

Jocelyn House Mews, Chard, Somerset


Martin Grass

14 Westlea Road, Wormley, Broxbourne, Herts


Chris Hall

65 Valley View Road, Paulton, Bristol

432 L

Nigel Hallet

144 Stockwood Road, Bristol 4


P. Hamm

Address unknown

104 L

Mervyn Hannam

14 Inskip Place, St Annes, Lancashire

304 L

C.W. Harris

The Diocesan Registry, Wells, Somerset


Chris Harvey

Byways, Hanham Lane, Paulton, Nr. Bristol

4 L

Dan Hassell

Hill House, Moorlynch, Bridgwater, Somerset


Rodney Hobbs

Rose Cottage, West End, Nailsea, Bristol


Sid Hobbs

Hokerstone Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Wells, Somerset


Sylvia Hobbs

Hokerstone Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Wells, Somerset


J.G. Hodgson

72 Chesterfield Road, Bristol 6


Mrs Hodgson

72 Chesterfield Road, Bristol 6


Mike Hogg

32 Birchley Heath, Nuneaton, Warks


Miss S. Holmes

32 Birchley Heath, Nuneaton, Warwickshire


J.H. Hookings

32 Churchill Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcs.

387 L

George Honey

Droppsta, 19044, Odensala, Sweden


C. Howell

131 Sandond Road, Edgebaston, Birmingham


P. Hudson

22 Glantawe Park Estate, Wind Road, Ystradgynlais, Wales


J.A. Hunt

35 Conygre Road, Filton, Bristol


J. Ifold

5 Rushgrove Gardens, Bishop Sutton, Nr. Bristol


P. Ifold

The Cedars, Blackford, Nr. Wedmore, Cheddar


Maurise Iles

Waterworks Cottage, Gurmney Slade, Bath

540 L

Dave Irwin

Townsend Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Somerset


N. Jago

27 Quantock Road, Windmill Hill, Bristol 3


Ken James

5 Bay Tree Road, Weston-super-Mare


M. Jarrett

12 Edgecombe Hill, Hall Green, Birmingham

51 L

A Johnson

Warren Cottage, Station Rd., Flax Bourton, Bristol

560 L

Frank Jones

8 York Gardens, Clifton, Bristol 8


Mrs. P. Jones

50 Louisville Avenue, Aberdeen


U. Jones

Marsh Farm, Askem in Furness, Lancs.

567 L

Alan Kennett

92 West Broadway, Henleaze, Bristol

316 L

Kangy King

22 Parkfield Rank, Pucklechurch, Bristol, Avon

542 L

Phil Kingston

Address unknown

413 L

R. Kitchen

Overcombe, Horrabridge, Yelverton, Devon


J.M. Knops

5 Kingsfield, Kingsway, Bath


D. Knowles

35 North Road, Watleys End, Winterbourne, Bristol

667 L

Tim Large

4 Albion Terrace, Upper Bristol Road, Bath


Peter Leigh

17 Northampton Road, Ecton, Northampton


P. Littlewood

22 Brockhurst Avenue, Burbage, Hankley, Leics.


Mrs Littlewood

22 Brockhurst Avenue, Burbage, Hankley, Leics


I. Livermore

9 Leystone, Close, Frome, Somerset

574 L

Oliver Lloyd

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


George Lucy

Pike Croft, Long Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, Berks

495 L

Val Luckwill

8 Greenslade Road, Sedgeley hill, Dudley, Worcs.


D. McFarlane

24 Greenbank Gardens, Wallington, Fareham, Hants.

550 L

R A MacGregor

12 Douro Close, Baughurst, Basingstoke, Hants


J. Manchip

c/o/ Eticon Ltd., Bankhead Avenue, Sighthill, Edinburgh


A. Marchant

Manor Farm Cottage, Chilcote, Wells


I.K. Marshall

4 Kings Drive, Bishopston, Bristol


I. Marshall

7 Fairacre Close, Lockleaze, Bristol

106 L

E.J. Mason

33 Broadleys Avenue, Henleaze, Bristol

558 L

Tony Meaden

Highcroft, Westbury, Bradford Abbas, Sherborne, Dorset


D. Metcalf

52 Northfield Road, Peterborough. Northants.


K. Murray

17 Harrington Gardens, London SW7


A. Nichols

121 Wyndhams Court, Commercial Road, Southampton


M. O’Niell

21 Wickford, Drive, Harrow Hill, Romford, Essex


J. Orr

Flat 2, Dorset House, Basingstoke District Hospital, Basingstoke, Hants


P.A. Palfree

10 Maynard, Clutton, Nr. Bristol


D. Palmer

29 John Wesley Road, St. George, Bristol 3

396 L

Mike Palmer

27 Roman Way, Paulton, Nr. Bristol


J. Pearce

22 Tiverton Drive, New Eltham London, SE9


A. Pearce

5 Colmer Road, Yeovil, Somerset

22 L

Les Peters

21 Melbury Rd., Knowle Park, Bristol Avon


Norman Petty

Bankside Road, Brislington, Bristol

499 L

Tony Philpott

3 Kings Drive, Bishopston, Bristol, Avon


Graham Phippen

Rock Cottage, Rock Road, Wick, Bristol


P. Preece

c/o Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds


Brian Prewer

East View, West Horrington, Wells, Somerset


Colin Priddle

10 Franklyn Flats, Kopje Road, Gwelo, Rhodesia

481 L

John Ransom

21 Bradley Rd., Patchway, Bristol, Avon

452 L

Pam Rees

c/o The Belfry

343 L

A Rich

Box 126, Basham, Alberta Canada

672 L

R Richards

PO Box 141, Jacobs, Natal, South Africa


J. Rigler

239 Highlands Road, Catisfield, Fareham, Hants.


J. Riley

67 Alfred Hill Drive, Melba, Canberra, Australia


Mrs Riley

67 Alfred Hill Drive, Melba, Canberra, Australia


I.P. Rogers

56 Charlton lane, Brentry, Bristol


P.G. Rodgers

56 Charlton lane, Brentry, Bristol


Roger Sabido

1 Yeaomans Close, Stoke Bishop, Bristol


C. Sage

17 Westbourne Road, Downend, Bristol

240 L

Alan Sandall

43 Meadway Ave., Nailsea, Avon

359 L

Carol Sandall

43 Meadway Ave., Nailsea, Avon


D.R. Sanderson

23 Penzance Gardens, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex

237 L

B. Scott

Merrymead, Havestock Road, Winchester Hants


Dave Searle

Dolphin Cottage, The Beeches, Priddy, Wells, Somerset


Kathy Searle

Dolphin Cottage, The Beeches, Priddy, Wells, Somerset


Gordon Selby

2 Dodd Avenue, Wells, Somerset

78 L

R.A. Setterington

4 Galmington Lane, Taunton, Somerset

213 L

R. Setterington

4 Cavendish Road, Chiswick, London W4


A.O. Sharp

102 Sydney Place, Bath


N.K. Shaw

Queens Head Walk, Wormley, Broxbourne, Herts


M.B. Slade

230 Southampton Road, Reading, Berks.


Dave Smith

14 Severn Way, Tilehurst, Reading, Berks.


Andy Sparrow

6 Downsway, Salisbury, Wilts


J.M. Stafford

Back Plaidy, King Edward, Nr Turriff, Aberdeen.

1 L

Harry Stanbury

31 Belvoir Road, St. Andrews, Bristol


Mrs I Stanbury

74 Redcatch, Knowle, Bristol


G. Standring

71 Vienna Road, Edgeley, Stockport, Chester

575 L

D. Statham

The Bungallow, North Barrow, Yeovil, Somerset

365 L

Roger Stenner

38 Paulton Road, Victoria Park, Bristol 3

381 L

Daphne Stenner

38 Paulton Road, Victoria Park, Bristol 3


Richard Stevenson

554 Bifield Road, Stockwood, Bristol


D. Stuckey

147 Blaisdon, Yate, Bristol


P. Sutton

75 Bredon, Yate, Bristol


J.G. Talbot

52 Galley Lane, Barnet, Herts.


Derek Targett

16 Phillis Hill, Midsomer Norton


M.D. Taylor

15 Kennington Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol


Nigel Taylor

Whiddon Farm, Chilcote, Nr. Wells, Somerset

284 L

Allan Thomas

Allens House, Nine Barrows Lane, Priddy, Somerset

348 L

D Thomas

Mantons, 2 St. Pauls Road, Tupsley, Hereford

571 L

N Thomas

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


M. Thomas

5 Woolcot St. Redland, Bristol 6


Buckett Tilbury

256 Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks


Anne Tilbury

256 Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks


Roger Toms

18 Hoton Road, Wysemold, Leicester


R.S. Toms

18 Hoton Road, Wysemold, Leicester


J.M. Postle Tompsett

11 Lodge Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex

74 L

M.J. Dizzie Tompsett

11 Lodge Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex


Phil Townsend

20 Lime Close, Prestbury. Cheltenham, Glos.

157 L

Jill Tuck

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


Steve Tuck

3 Colles Close, Wells, Somerset


Tony Tucker

36 Norton Road, Knowle, Bristol


Sue Tucker

36 Norton Road, Knowle, Bristol


Dave Turner

Moonrakers, Brewery Lane, Holcombe, Bath


John Turner

Orchard Cottage, 92 Church lane, Backwell, Avon


P. Turner

11 Harper Court, Honnington, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire


M.F. Turley

13 Cresham Walk, Tilgate, Crawley, Sussex

635 L

S. Tuttlebury

28 Butts Road, Alton, Hants.


J. Upsall

82 Eastland Road, Yeovil, Somerset


Mrs Upsall

82 Eastland Road, Yeovil, Somerset

175 L

Mrs D. Waddon

32 Laxton Close, Taunton, Somerset


Eddie Welch

18 Station Road, Filton, Bristol


Mike Wheadon

91 The Oval, Bath


C.D. Wheeler

13 Greywell Avenue, Aldermoor, Southampton


Bob White

Mineries Cottage, Priddy, Wells, Somerset


Barry Wilton

27 Venus Lane, Clutton, Bristol


Brenda Wilton

27 Venus Lane, Clutton, Bristol


Graham Wilton-Jones

17 Monkham’s Drive, Watton, Thetford


Ian Wilton-Jones

17 Monkham’s Drive, Watton, Thetford


P. Wilkins

55 Eighth Avenue, Northville, Bristol


Alan Williams

Hendrew Farm, Llanderaied, Newport, Mon.


C.K. Williams

Whitestown Farm, Cheddar Cross Roads, Compton Martin, Bristol


R.F. Wing

Penzance Gardens, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex


The above addresses are those on the card index from which the B.B. is sent out.  If any member notices any discrepancy in the address shown with his real address, he is advised to get in touch with the Hon. Sec. (later, the Membership Sec. when appointed) so that there is no chance of his B.B. or other club papers, going astray.

Committee Notice

The Committee are looking for a member to act as a Membership Secretary.  This has previously been mentioned in the B.B. and the committee are anxious to fill this post before the 31st January, when subs for 1975 are due.  Anybody interested should write to the Hon. Sec. or get in touch with any committee member.

Situations vacant:

Bob Cross is looking for business partner (female and single) to help him run a campsite and shop in Wasdale in the lakes during the spring and summer of 1975. Accommodation will be in a caravan, and profits will be split 50/50.  Bob says there will be ample time for walking, climbing and boozing.  Any girl interested in this opportunity should contact Bob for further details.  His address is: Bob Cross, 120 Pearson Lane, Bradford, BD4 6BF.


Members are reminded to fill in the caving log after each trip, and to sign tackle in an out properly AND to put tackle away in a clean and tidy condition after use.


Round and About

A Monthly Miscellany

Compiled by 'Wig'

133.  THRUPE LANE.  A permanent entrance is being dug, and to cover the cost of bang and materials, a charge of 10p a head is being made.  Please pay this - Tim Large will have details.  Nearby the main entrance, another site is being dug, and at the moment the diggers are a little puzzled as to which point of the Thrupe system they may be about to enter.

134.  WESLEY RIFT.  At the rear of Wesley Cottage, a J.C.B. opened up the top of a narrow, though caveable, rift.  On Sunday, 10th November 1974 Martin Bishop and Dave Irwin dug away the boulders blocking the entrance.  Though unable to enter due to a large boulder still blocking access, they were able to view down a ten foot deep rift with a way on to the West.  The next day, Martin Bishop and Ray Mansfield continued to dig with Ian Cavender (Martin Cavender's brother.)  The cave (rift?) is situated in dolomitic conglomerate overlying the coal measures and according to Willie Stanton the shales are causing the conglomerate to fracture - a similar situation to Sally's Rift near Bathhampton.

135.  NEWS  FROM AFRICA.  Since my query about Sybil (see 130) a letter has been received from 'Pope' (Colin Priddle) who made a detour from Nairobi with his wife to call in and see Sybil. He writes, 'We were the first visitors for five years and she was thrilled.  She is surviving there amidst the malaria, leprosy and food shortages, but I hope for sanity's sake she comes back to the U.K. soon.  It really is a struggle to get European food at a reasonable price - if it can be bought at all.  She is living on matoki (cooked green bananas) and there is only one other white person near'. We must hope that she manages to get back to Mendip soon.

136.  AND NEWS FROM SWEDEN.  As many of you know, George Honey lives permanently in Sweden, and has been ill for some years now. However, this does not seem to have stopped this enterprising member of the B.E.C., as he writes, 'I have now almost completed a replica of the old Belfry, which stands in the forest behind our house.  This is open to any club member and/or family who wishes to visit the area.  We live about 30 miles north of Stockholm (10 miles from the airport of Arlanda).  Unfortunately the nearest cave is nearly a thousand miles away but other activities (swimming, sailing, getting lost in the forest etc.) are available.  Anybody who feels like a holiday in Sweden please write to George Honey, Droppsta, 195 00 Marsta, Sweden.'  What about that for an offer? (and staying in a genuine replica Belfry as well! Incidentally, his wife, Britta, endorses this offer of George's and says that it makes no difference whether the members are known to the Honey's or not.  She has also kindly sent the club a donation of £10 for which we record our grateful thanks and hope that George keeps as well as possible.

137.  SUB-COMMMITTEE FORMED.  At the request of the A.G.M., a sub-committee comprising Martin Cavender, Bob White, Andy Nichols, Alfie and the Wig will look into the problems of insurance with particular reference to the caving and climbing trips which are not advertised within the club.  This committee will report its finding about mid 1975.

138.  ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY.  There has been little space lately for this feature, but the following will give some idea of what has been recently received by the club:-

Various O.S. maps.

Rock Face by Ron James (BBC publication) Bristol Regional Geology (H.M.S.O.)

Gloucester S.S. newsletters, Mar ,Apr, May, Sept 1974.

W.S.G. Bulletin Vol 8 No 2.

R.R.C.P.C. Newsletter Volume 11 number 3

Speleologica Emiliana - Notiziario Series 2,No 3

Die Hohle Vol 25 nos 1 and 2.

Cotham S.S, Memoirs Vol 4 1968/9

M.C.G. Journal No 5 1974

M.C.G. Newsletter number 108

Caving Supplies - latest price list. History of G.G. and Ingleborough Cave.

University of Oviedo - Speleon - Vol 2/4, Vo13/3 and Vol 4/2

Cerberus Spelaeo. Soc. Newsletter No 37

C.R.G. transactions Vol 15 No 4 and index 1972-73.

B.R.C.A. Bulletin No 5 and Trans. Vol 1 No 3.

Daily Telegraph Magazine - Changabang.


Current Titles in Spelaeology 1973.International Pt 2

St. Cuthbert’s Lead Works-Bought Out Ledger 1907/8.

Various U.I.S. Bulletins.

Dorset C.C. Journal Vol 3 No 1.

W.C.C. Journal No 154.

Our thanks to Phil Kingston, Chris Howell and Pete Palfrey for donations of maps, publications etc.

Caving and Climbing Programme.

DECEMBER 14th            Dan-yr-Ogof.

DECEMBER 15th            Pant Mawr.

JANUARY 17/19              Climbing in North Wales.

JANUARY 18th               Juniper.

JANUARY 19th               Heron and Yordas.

JANUARY 24/26              Joint meet at Derbyshire. (Climbing)

FEBRUARY 22/23           Climbing in North Wales.

FEBRUARY 22nd            Grants-Oxlow.

FEBRUARY 23rd             P8 and Show Caves.

MARCH 28th                   Sleets Gill.

MARCH 29th                   Pippikin.

MARCH 30th                   Lancaster-Easegill.

Additional Notes - Climbing.

There will also be a climbing trip arranged for the Christmas Weekend.  Throughout the winter months, trips will be arranged at short notice in addition to those above - depending on the availability of snow. Notice of these will be given at the 'Seven Stars' and the Hunters by word of mouth.  Notices will also be displayed at the Belfry.

Additional Notes - Caving.

On trips, particularly to Yorkshire, where much tackle is taken, the tackle counts as one person when working out the cost of transport.  The Caving Secretary would like to inform members that response to ‘away’ trips so far has been very poor and unless members are prepared to support such trips, it may prove necessary to cancel some of them in the future.


Monthly Crossword – Number 52.


1. Consumed in oblate spheroid. (3)
3. Slide another way to slip in a cave. (5)
7. This lime used once in cave diving. (4)
8. Suffering from exposure? (4)
10. Found at the Belfry or at the barbecue or in tables. (3)
11. Form of soft stal. (4)
12. Healthy resurgence? (4)
13. Local form of assistance found in farm roads. (1,1,1)
14. Half found in loose mineshaft. (4)
16. Mineral sort of rose. (4)
18. Cavers kept this in goon suits. (5)
19. Cave feature useful for overnight trip? (3)


2. Am appropriate part of a cave for this clue. (3)
4. This cave will glow on. (8)
5. Insane arrangement of water contrail. (3)
6. I manacle for one of 16 across on Mendip. (8)
7. Places, perhaps. (3).
9. An appropriate number of these are found in this part of Swildons. (5)
15. Aural receiver use in cave communication? (3)
17. Another receiver the caver finds useful. (3)

Solution to Last Month’s Crossword



Club Committee

The Belfry, Wells Rd, Priddy, Wells, Somerset. Telephone WELLS 72126

Chairman          S.J. Collins

Minutes Sec      G. Wilton-Jones

Members           Colin Dooley, John Dukes, Chris Howell, Dave Irwin, Tim Large, Andy Nicholls, Gerry Oaten, Barry Wilton

Officers of the Club

Honorary Secretary                  D.J IRWIN

Honorary Treasurer                  B. WILTON

Caving Secretary                     A. NICHOLLS

Assistant Caving Secretary       T. LARGE

Climbing Secretary                  G. OATEN

Tacklemaster                          G. WILTON-JONES.

Hut Warden                             C. DOOLEY

Belfry Engineer                        J. DUKES

B.B. Editor                              S.J. COLLINS

Publications Editor                   C. HOWELL

B.B. Postal                             BRENDA WILTON

Honorary Librarian                    D. IRWIN

Spares                                    T. LARGE

(Address are omitted in this issue, as all members addresses are shown on pages 113 to 116)