QUODCUMQUE  FACIENDUM : NIMIS  FACIEMUS

Editorial

False Arithmetic

The annual publication of the list of club members is usually taken by your editor as an occasion for some form of comment, and this year is no exception.

A few years back, we had occasion to double the sub.  We needed to increase it to catch up with rising costs, and the argument which prevailed at the time was that it was better to get the increase over with for some time to come all at once, rather than do it in dribs and drabs.

This dramatic increase had the effect of causing a number of older members to leave the club.  I heard it  said quite recently that in the long term this turned out to have done no harm, since the total membership was now back to what it had been.

What the man who said this had forgotten was that each semi-permanent older member is worth about two and a half new members in terms of guaranteed future subs.  The reason is that 10 older members will still most likely all be there in, say, five year’s time - whereas 10 new members will have reduced to 3 or so in the same period.  It thus needs about 25 new members to yield the same total sub over about ten years that you would expect to get from 10 older and more permanent members.

Even this is not the whole story.  If 10 older members leave suddenly, the total goes down by 10 but within about three years it will have climbed back to where it had been without any increase in new members.  This is, in fact, exactly what has occurred.  An estimate of the losses in subs due to older members leaving when the sub was doubled gives a total to date of about 50 annual subs - and shows clearly that dramatic increases are not the right; way to cope with rising costs. The present committee realises this, and the increase in the annual sub announced for next year is only that which is strictly necessary to cope with genuine increases - like insurance.

Progress

People who prophesied that we would never get a team to run the B.B. are - so far - being proved wrong. Six pages of this B.B. have been produced by hands other than my own (our Hon. Sec., doubling as Deputy Editor) while already the essential supplies of stationery are beginning to flow, thanks to our Hon. Treasurer doubling as B.B. Stationery Supplies.  In addition, rumour has it that Andy Sparrow is collecting a vast pile of manuscript while our new printer:- Alan Kennett, shortly to be known as Caxton - is well on the way to printing future B.B.’s.  Even more encouraging is the fact that all this activity has spurred on a number of club members to start making contributions to the B.B.  Some of the results will be found in this edition.  If all continues to go well, we will climb rapidly out of the nasty mess we have lately been in up to our necks.

Decision

One of the first things which the new team (with the help of the audience at the last committee meeting) have decided is to change the format of the B.B. from its present A5 size to A4 starting in January.  I am pleased to be able to announce this, as I have a very slight preference for the present size.  In case you think I have got something wrong, I must explain that what pleases me is not so much the actual change as the fact that it emphasises that the B.B. is being run by a team not by me plus a lot of assistants.  Barrie is going to produce the new cover.  One way and another, it looks as if we might be off to a good start in 1977.

“Alfie”


 

Pippikin Pot

Yet another episode in the career of Graham Wilton-Jones (who sent in this account) and Bucket Tilbury.

I must start this account with many thanks, once again to Fred, who booked this trip; lent us equipment so that we didn't have to leave our own in the Northern wastes, and fed us in true hospitable Lancashire fashion.  All this - and yet he could not join us on the trip himself.

The evening before, which also happened to be Halloween.  Bucket and I warmed up with a stroll over the infamous, witch-ridden Pendle Hill.  It was intended to be a daytime walk but we didn't start until 4 p.m.  The moon was up, but the hags were obviously saving their evil energies for the morrow.  Not having been smitten down with curses, we had no excuse not to descend Pippikin, so we got to bed relatively early that night.

At five o'clock on the Sunday morning we were astir.  We reached Leck Fell in an unbelievable, also unmentionable record time, just as dawn was approaching.  We changed to the sound of grouse wakening all round us, and the lights of Lancaster and Blackpool twinkling far away.  We crept through the yard of Leck Fell House, unfortunately waking the dog, and off the slopes of Bragareth towards Easegill.  By now it was full daylight and the Lake District was clearly visible.  Rabbits scuttled off through the heather undoubtedly surprised by our presence on their fell during their breakfast.

Instead of clipping his figure-of-eight to a krab, Bucket had tied it on with perlon’s so that it wouldn’t clank and wake the farmer.  It fell off.  This time he tied it ‘securely.’  It fell off again, and we spent a futile hour searching for it, disturbing all the grouse, rabbits and sheep of Westmorland.  Eventually we descended without the figure-of-eight and, needless to say, I didn't trust any of Bucket's knots.

We used S.R.T. for the whole trip, although it would be usual to ladder such short pitches.  The value of S.R.T. in such a system is debateable. We took 180ft of rope instead of seven ladders, which is a great saving in space and weight, but we also had harness and abseil/prussick gear, which often had to be taken off in confined spaces and put back under similar conditions between the pitches.  The first pitch from the surface is an easy 20' belayed to an obvious flake.  The traverse over Cellar Pot has been made safe with a wooden beam and a fence post and then comes the first awkward bit.  Awkward, because you emerge feet first over a drop and spend ages groping for footholds.  The window into the next drop is easy, until you have to return - when it's six feet above the floor with practically nothing to push against.  The constrictions before the next pitch are also interesting.  Like the window, there is nothing to push against the return - reminiscent of Primrose Squeeze.  Furthermore, the widest part of these rift squeezes is part way up, and the tendency is to drop down into the narrow section.  With legs beating the air six feet up in space, these squeezes could be said to be technically difficult. The belay for the next pitch is a beautiful mini-acrow, but the third pitch hangers are both lethally loose on the bolts.  We could have done with a spanner.  The wriggle forward at the base of the third pitch must have been quite something once upon a time, but it has been blasted now and is non-existent.  In the rope climb, there is a superbly placed stemple, making this considerably easier also. I wrapped a wire tether round the obvious place for the fourth pitch, and backed this up to the rope from the climb above.  At last we were down to the stream.

Had we known it, we could have left our S.R.T. gear, at this point, since the 5th and 6th pitches are free climbable, especially with the aid of ropes.  The awkward climb into a pool has been made easy with a few permanent nylon slings.

None of the entrance series is particularly tight, but several sections, particularly on the return journey, are awkward and time-consuming.  We were glad to reach the end of the pitches and move more freely down the widening though tightly twisting streamway.  At the streamway choke we climbed into the Hall of Ten. This is not the massive passage the book suggests, but does seem large after the entrance series.  It is part of a long, ancient phreatic section that has been largely in-filled with deposits of sand, mud or pebbles.  At this point, the infill is sand and the much more recent streamway has cut underneath the old phreatic passage, causing it to collapse and washing away the infill.  We followed the old passage northwards, through wide, low places where the deposits of sand nearly reach the roof, to Dusty Junction.  In some parts, where damage from passing cavers was less, the layering was quite clear in the deposits and white powdery crystals had appeared between each layer.

We moved on from Dusty Junction to Red Well Chamber.  At first, the infill is large rounded pebbles covered in the same white deposit, but this soon changes to a hard compacted sandstone.  The passages here are higher but narrower, with much collapse. Lacking time, we decided to look only at the larger passages, so we returned to the Hall of Ten and headed southwards.  Turning left into a very old ox-bow, we reached the Hall of the Mountain King. One slope down this is similar to, but not as bad as, the mud flow in G.B.  Once, it must have looked quite impressive but cavers have walked, squelched and slid all over it, ruining it.  Far too few cavers seem to appreciate floor formations, and the scientific value of undisturbed floor deposits.

Having covered ourselves in mud, we realized the significance of the name 'Wellington Boot Traverse'.  Had we used this route, we would not have been coated in the revolting ooze.  We quickly visited the remarkable Hall of the Damned where massive avens soar above, and then went back to the main route, not wishing to take the grovel that continues from there.  The route to Gour Hall is wide and low, often a stoop and occasionally a crawl.  The formations are good, especially the stalagmites, although many of these, and the final gours have suffered unnecessarily from careless cavers.  We were surprised by the amount of crawling involved, having originally been under the false impression that lower Pippikin was huge.

The journey out was fairly easy, since we were only the rigging party.  We met the de-rigging party of four at the fifthy pitch.  One of them had found bucket’s descendeur in the middle of a field.  Bucket was pleased, but finder was not, because he'd just sold it for a couple of pints of beer!  By mid afternoon, we had reached the surface and the sunshine.  Unusual for us as we’re normally out way after dark from these northern trips.

If we go to Pippikin again, we'll try the lower entrance - the Mistral.  If you fancy a good, hard, interesting trip, then you're invited. Perhaps I ought to mention that the Mistral is only 60 feet long and 35 feet deep - but it's Grade IV (Severe)

Any Takers?

Editor's Note:     Graham says in the above that 'Far too few cavers seem to appreciate floor formations.'  On my first trip into Hilliers, the weekend after its initial introduction to cavers, I found a really amazing floor formation.  Stal had flowed down a wall, reached the mud floor, and spread over it like huge fingers - each one over afoot in length and only a quarter of an inch or so thick.  The underlying mud had subsequently been washed away, leaving these huge fingers sticking out completely unsupported from the wall.  Luckily, I thought, this formation is likely to survive because it is not on the caver’s route along the passage, it can be seen in plenty of time to avoid accidental damage, and the wall behind it is solid and does not lead anywhere.

Two weeks later, when the cave was now three weeks old as far as cavers were concerned, I visited the place again with a camera and a party from the B.E.C, who were looking forward - apart from seeing the rest of the cave ¬to this unusual formation.  We reached the spot and gazed upon the smashed fragments.  The boot marks of the vandal who had indulged his perversion for a few seconds of presumed pleasure could be clearly seen in the floor.

It could not have been carelessness.  It was sheer, wanton destruction for its own sake.  No wonder that cave photography has near enough disappeared as a branch of general caving.

Secretarial Note - Membership

As an addendum to this year's membership list I think that I should point out that NO reminders were sent out to members in 1976 and as a consequence there are probably a few would be members whose names do not appear despite their desire to continue as club members.  We will be circulating these members individually and will waiver the need for them to re-apply for membership if they wish to continue.  Additionally there are: -

Peter Lord- Same address as Sue - who has applied for joint membership following their marriage.

JohnTurner - 92 Church Lane, Backwell - who left on an expedition to the Himalayas before he had time to pay a subscription.


 

Bristol Exploration Club - Membership List October 1976

828

Nicolette Abell

Michaelmas Cottage, Faulkland, Bath

879

T. Andrews

43 Portway, Wells, Somerset

20 L

Bob Bagshaw

699 Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol, Avon

392 L

Mike Baker

22 Riverside Walk, Midsomer Norton, Bath, Avon

856

M.D. Barker

44 Cedar Drive, Kingsclere, Nr. Newbury, Berks

857

M. Barker

44 Cedar Drive, Kingsclere, Nr. Newbury, Berks

901

Richard Barker

44 Croxteth Road, Liverpool

295

Arthur Ball

4 Charlotte Street, Cheadle, Cheshire

892

Marlon Barlow

93 Norton Drove, Norton Tower, Halifax, West Yorkshire

818

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

860

Glenys Beszant

190 Hinkler Road, Thornhill, Southampton.

731

Bob Bidmead

63 Cassell Road, Fishponds, Bristol

720

Martin Bishop

Bishops Cottage, Priddy

734

E. Bishop

Bishops Cottage, Priddy

336 L

Alan Bonner

Crags Farm Close, Little Broughton, Cokermouth, Cumberland

145 L

Sybil Bowden-Lyle

9 Beverley Close, Crithill Park, Frome, Somerset

883

Brian Bowers

44 Manor Way, Bagshot, Surrey

868

D. Bradshaw

37 Creswicke Road, Knowle, Bristol 4

751 L

T.A. Brookes

87 Wyatt Road, London, SW2

891

Neil Raynor Brown

25 Lingfield Park, Evesham, Worcs.

687

Viv Brown

3 Cross Street, Kingswood, Bristol

756

Tessa Burt

66 Roundwood Lane, Harpendon, Herts

849

Alan Butcher

17 Cedar Grove, Pennfields, Wolverhampton

777

Ian Calder

Plas Pencelli, Pencelli, Brecon

778

Penelope Calder

Plas Pencelli, Pencelli, Brecon

885

C. Chambers

35 Newbridge Road, Bath

785

Paul Christie

7 The Glen, London Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, Berks

782

Patricia Christie

7 The Glen, London Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, Berks

655

Colin Clark

186 Cranbrook Road, Redland, Bristol

748

M. Clarke

62 Calabria Road, Highbury, London, N5

211 L

Clare Coase

The Belfry, 10 Shannon Parade, Berkeley-Vale, New South Wales, 2259, Australia

89 L

Alfie Collins

Lavendar Cottage, Bishop Sutton, Nr Bristol, Somerset

377 L

D. Cooke-Yarborough

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

862

Bob Cork

22 Dennor Road, Hengrove, Bristol 4

585

Tony Corrigan

48 Talbot Road, Knowle, Bristol 4

827

Mike Cowlishaw

14 Plovers Down, Olivers Battery, Winchester

890

Jerry Crick

2 Coneacre, Chersey Road, Windlesham, Surrey

896

P. Cronin

38 Jubilee Road, Knowle, Bristol 4

680

Bob Cross

42 Bayham Road, Knowle, Bristol

870

Gary Cullen

47 Eversfield Road, Horsham, Sussex

405 L

Frank Darbon

PO Box 325, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

423 L

Len Dawes

The Lodge, Main Street, Minster Matlock, Derbyshire

449

Garth Dell

5 Hillground Road, Withywood, Bristol

815

J. Dibben

17 Neville Road, Bramshall, Stockport, Cheshire

710

Colin Dooley

51 Osmaston Road, Harbourne, Birmingham 7

829

Angela Dooley

51 Osmaston Road, Harbourne, Birmingham 7

164 L

Ken Dobbs

85 Fox Rd., Beacon Heath, Exeter, Devon

830

John Dukes

4 Springford Crescent, Lordswood, Southampton

847

Michael Durham

11 Catherine Place, Bath

812

S. Durston

7 Estuary Park, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset

779

Jim Durston

7 Estuary Park, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset

771

P. Eckford

80 Wilton Gardens, Shirley, Southampton

322 L

Bryan Ellis

7 School Lane, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset

269 L

Tom Fletcher

11 Cow Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham.

894

Phil Ford

45 Gentwood Road, Huyton, Lancs.

404 L

Albert Francis

22 Hervey Road, Wells, Somerset

569

Joyce Franklin

16 Glen Drive, Stoke Bishop, Bristol

469

Pete Franklin

16 Glen Drive, Stoke Bishop, Bristol

468

Keith Franklin

42 Anne street, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

897

A. Garrod

2 Spring Rise, Wells, Somerset

835

Leonard Gee

15 Warren Close, Denton, Manchester

265

Stan Gee

26 Parsonage Street, Heaton Norris, Stockport.

869

N. George

Homestead Gardens Cottage, Wookey Hole, Somerset

836

Bob Givens

Newstead Lodge, 1 Fields Green, Crawley, Sussex

752

E.M. Glanville

Jocelyn House Mews, Chard, Somerset

894

Bruce Glocking

213 St. Leonards, Horsham, Sussex

790

Martin Grass

14 Westlea Road, Wormley, Broxbourne, Herts

900

Christine Greenhall

Collingwood Road, Redland, Bristol 6

582

Chris Hall

2 Upper Radford, Paulton, Bristol

432 L

Nigel Hallet

62 Cranbrook Road, Bristol

104 L

Mervyn Hannam

14 Inskip Place, St Annes, Lancashire

304 L

C.W. Harris

The Diocesan Registry, Wells, Somerset

4 L

Dan Hassell

Hill House, Moorlynch, Bridgwater, Somerset

893

Dave Hatherley

4 Spring Rise, Wells

866

A.P. Hicks

3 Regency Drive, Brislington, Bristol

873

A. Higginbottom

Warana, Hill Lea Gardens, Cheddar, Somerset

863

John Hildrick

Tarngulla, Old Bristol Road, Priddy

773

Rodney Hobbs

Rose Cottage, Nailsea

373

Sid Hobbs

Hokestone Cottage, Townsend, Priddy

736

Sylvia Hobbs

Hokestone Cottage, Townsend, Priddy

793

Mike Hogg

32 Birchley Heath, Nuneaton, Warks

898

Liz Hollis

1 Bugle Cottage, Milborne Wick, Nr Sherborne, Dorset

899

Tony Hollis

1 Bugle Cottage, Milborne Wick, Nr Sherborne, Dorset

387 L

George Honey

Droppsta, 19044, Odensala, Sweden

833

J.H. Hookings

32 Churchill Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcs.

855

Ted Humphreys

9 Mounters Close, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

808

J.A. Hunt

35 Conygre Road, Filton, Bristol

888

B. Husband

244 Oak Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands

150

P. Ifold

The Cedars, Blackford, Nr. Wedmore, Cheddar

363

Maurise Iles

Waterworks Cottage, Gurmney Slade, Bath

73

Angus Innes

18 David’s Close, Alveston, Bristol, Aven

168

Margaret Innes

18 David’s Close, Alveston, Bristol, Aven

540 L

Dave Irwin

Townsend Cottage, Townsend, Priddy, Somerset

753

N. Jago

27 Quantock Road, Windmill Hill, Bristol 3

792

Ken James

 

340

Russ Jenkins

10, Amberley Close, Downend, Bristol

51 L

A Johnson

Warren Cottage, Station Rd., Flax Bourton, Bristol

560 L

Frank Jones

103 Wookey Hole Road, Wells, Somerset

285

U. Jones

Marsh Farm, Askem in Furness, Lancs.

567 L

Alan Kennett

92 West Broadway, Henleaze, Bristol

884

John King

4 Nightingale Road, Langley Green, Crawley, Sussex

316 L

Kangy King

22 Parkfield Rank, Pucklechurch, Bristol, Avon

542 L

Phil Kingston

257 Pemona Street, Invercargill, New Zealand

413 L

R. Kitchen

Overcombe, Horrabridge, Yelverton, Devon

762

J.M. Knopps

5 Kingsfield, Kingsway, Bath

874

Dave Lampard

Woodpeckers, 11 Springfield Park Road, Horsham, Sussex

667 L

Tim Large

72 Lower Whitesands, Radstock

795

Peter Leigh

17 Northampton Road, Ecton, Northants.

574 L

Oliver Lloyd

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

871

S. Lord

Greengates School, Apparto Postal 41-659, Mexico 10, DF

58

George Lucy

Pike Croft, Long Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, Berks

495 L

Val Luckwill

8 Greenslade Road, Sedgeley hill, Dudley, Worcs.

867

M.J. McCarthy

26 Elgin Park (Flat 5) Redland, Bristol

848

T.A. McDonagh

Poole Meadow, West End, Gloucester

838

D. McFarlane

24 Greenbank Gardens, Wallington, Fareham, Hants.

550 L

R A MacGregor

12 Douro Close, Baughurst, Basingstoke, Hants

722

A. McRory-Peace

5 Colmer Road, Yeovil Somerset

788

I.K. Marshall

4 Kings Drive, Bishopston, Bristol

662

I. Marshall

7 Fairacre Close, Lockleaze, Bristol

106 L

E.J. Mason

33 Bradleys Avenue, Henleaze, Bristol

558 L

Tony Meaden

Highcroft, Westbury, Bradford Abbas, Sherborne, Dorset

852

John Noble

15 Nash Close, Keynsham, Bristol

880

Graham Nye

7 Ramsey Road, Horsham, Surrey

624

J. Orr

8 Wellington Terrace, Winklebury, Basingstoke, Hants

798

P.A. Palfree

10 Maynard, Clutton, Nr. Bristol

396 L

Mike Palmer

27 Roman Way, Paulton, Nr. Bristol

637

J. Pearce

23 Tiverton Drive, New Eltham, London, SE9

22 L

Les Peters

21 Melbury Rd., Knowle Park, Bristol Avon

499 L

Tony Philpott

3 Kings Drive, Bishopston, Bristol, Avon

724

Graham Phippen

Rock Cottage, Rock Road, Wick, Bristol

337

Brian Prewer

East View, West Horrington, Wells, Somerset

886

Jeff Price

18 Hurston Road, Inns Court, Bristol

622

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

844

J. Rigler

Beck Hall, 16/26 Sketty Road, Uplands, Swansea

875

K.E. Roebuck

P.O.’s Mess, HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent, Hants.

832

Roger Sabido

163 Cold Harbour Road, Bristol 6

240 L

Alan Sandall

43 Meadway Ave., Nailsea, Avon

359 L

Carol Sandall

43 Meadway Ave., Nailsea, Avon

237 L

B. Scott

Merrymead, Havestock Road, Winchester Hants

482

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

838

A.O. Sharp

33 Hamilton Road, Motherwell, Strathclyde.

872

Mark Sherman

Wood View, Grey Field, High Litton

889

N. Shott

Westwood College of Education, Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham

881

A. Simpson

30 Channel heights, Bleadon Hill, Weston-super-Mare

764

M.B. Slade

230 Southampton Road, Reading, Berks.

473

Dave Smith

14 Severn Way, Tilehurst, Reading, Berks.

823

Andy Sparrow

30 Green Park, Bath

851

Maurice Stafford

28 Rowan Close, Sonning Common, Reading, Berks.

1 L

Harry Stanbury

31 Belvoir Road, St. Andrews, Bristol

38L

Mrs I Stanbury

74 Redcatch, Knowle, Bristol

840

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

837

Richard Stevenson

Greystones, Priddy

865

Paul Stokes

32 Manor Way, Bagshot, Surrey

583

Derek Targett

16 Phyllis Hill, Midsomer Norton

772

Nigel Taylor

Whidden Farm, Chilcote, Nr. Wells, Somerset

284 L

Allan Thomas

Allens House, Nine Barrows Lane, Priddy, Somerset

348 L

D Thomas

Lower Lodge, Bartlestree, Hereford

571 L

N Thomas

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

699

Buckett Tilbury

256 Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks

700

Anne Tilbury

256 Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks

692

Roger Toms

18 Hoton Road, Wysemold, Leicester

803

R.S. Toms

18 Hoton Road, Wysemold, Leicester

80

J.M. Postle Tompsett

11 Lodge Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex

74 L

M.J. Dizzie Tompsett

11 Lodge Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex

381 L

Daphne Towler

7 Ross Close, Nyetimber, Bognor Regis, Sussex

157 L

Jill Tuck

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

328

Steve Tuck

3 Colles Close, Wells, Somerset

768

Tony Tucker

75 Lower Whitelands, Tynings, Radstock, Avon

769

Sue Tucker

75 Lower Whitelands, Tynings, Radstock, Avon

678

Dave Turner

Moonrakers, Brewery Lane, Holcombe, Bath

646

P. Turner

11 Harper Court, Honnington, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

843

M.F. Turley

13 Gresham Walk, Tilgate, Crawley, Sussex

635 L

S. Tuttlebury

28 Butts Road, Alton, Hants.

887

Greg Villis

The Oaks, Round Oak Road, Cheddar, Somerset

175 L

D. Waddon

32 Laxton Close, Taunton, Somerset

397

Mike Wheadon

91 The Oval, Bath

861

Maureen Wheadon

91 The Oval, Bath

553

Bob White

Weavers Farm, Binegar

878

Ross White

30 Curley Hill Road, Lightwater, Surrey.

859

J. Widley

15 Minster Way, Bath

559

Barry Wilton

Valley View, 27 Venus Lane, Clutton, Bristol

568

Brenda Wilton

Valley View, 27 Venus Lane, Clutton, Bristol

721

Graham Wilton-Jones

Ileana, Stenfield Road, Nap Hill, High Wycombe, Bucks

850

Annie Wilton-Jones

6 Meadow Road, Withyall, Birmingham

813

Ian Wilton-Jones

6 Meadow Road, Withyall, Birmingham

877

Steve Woolven

21 Three Acres, Horsham, Sussex


 

An Unusual Ascent of the Scafell Pikes

Continued from last month's B.B.

Readers of last month's B.B. will recall that we left BOB CROSS on the top of Scafell Pike, England's loftiest spot.  We hope he has not got too cold by now, and you will be able to read how he gets down again.

One look at the mighty cairn, and you would swear MacAlpine's boys had built it.  Standing at this point, our eyes were drawn down the entire length of Borrowdale over Derwentwater and beyond to the majestic peaks of Skiddaw (3,054') and Blencathra (2,847').  Eastwards, we could see Bowfell, the Langdales and way beyond Windermere the broad mass of the Pennines with Great Coum, LeckFell and Ingleborough. In my opinion, however, the Pike does not give exceptional views.  Its neighbours, Great Gable and Bowfell both give better ones.

A mile and a half of rough going in a North-easterly direction brought us to Great End (2,9B4'). From here it was easy downhill going all the way via Esk Hause (it is pronounced 'house') to Angle Tarn.

Esk Hause is the name given to the col between Great End and Esk Pike and it carries the paths between Borrowdale and Eskdale.  Between Esk Hause and Allen Crags and about a hundred and fifty feet lower, runs the N.W./S.E. path between Langdale and Wastdale.  The crossroads are an old route centre for pack mules and are well marked on the ground.   Close by there are iron rings set into flat boulders that were once used for tethering mules.

At Angle Tarn, we noted a couple of tents pitched at the popular spot by the outfall.  A short ascent brought us to the head of Rossitt Gill, a feature of Lakeland I particularly dislike.  Up until now, I had been ignorant of the existence of an alternative, but Mike showed me an old mule track that branches Southwards under Bowfell, eventually reaching head of Mickleden on the south side of Rossitt Gill. I was glad of this bit of information and soon discovered a more gentle and comfortable descent.

Our last two miles lay along the wide strath of Mickleden to the Dungeon Gill Hotel and over Great Langdal Beck to the campsite.  Our walk had taken us up 5,500 ft of ascent and 12 miles in seven hours.


 

AGM ‘76

A different (and, in the editor's humble opinion, much more readable) account of that annual ritual - the A.G.M. - than is to be found in the official minutes!

by Maureen Wheadon

For many years now, M.F.W. has disappeared over the horizon each first Saturday in October, claiming that he was going to the B.E.C. A.G.M., and not returning until darkness had fallen.

I had naturally thought this a very unlikely and suspicious ritual.  After all, what A.G.M. could possibly take that much time?  I have attended some extremely turgid A.G.M.'s and, at the most, they only took about an hour and a half.  After all, they only elect officers and receive reports - and our election is carried out before the A.G.M!  Anyway, this year I decided to go and see for myself if the B.E.C. really did indulge in such lengthy meetings.

We (my joint member and I) set out at an ungodly hour - or so it seemed to me, who never sees the dawn before 9.30 a.m. - and, as I was driven through the fog, I found it hard to recall whether I was going to a cat show, a conference, or why I was even awake. At intervals through the A.G.M., this feeling was to recur as the debate waxed and waned.  To my amazement (even yet!) we were not the first to arrive at the Belfry and the number of B.E.C. bods, some not seen for several years, who were rattling round the shed was equally amazing.  Preparation of bread and cheese for lunch were well under way, and Roger soon appeared with the brunch barrel which was left to settle (which is more that can be said for the members!)

Amazingly, the meeting opened at 10.30. - on time - and in the absence of any other nomination, Sett was once again (I’m told) elected as Chairman for the day.  This absence of nominations likewise applied to the committee for, although there were two resignations last year, only Paul Christie was nominated for this year and was elected unopposed.  Without maligning Paul, who is very brave to apply for the committee, I think that this is a sad state of affairs which has, now, existed for the last two years so pull your fingers out, fellas and be sure to send in your nominations next year - for if you don't know someone worth nominating we’ll try a dose of petticoat government!

The first Officer's Report was the Hon. Sec's and M.F.W. gave a credible impersonation of a political leader by declaring a year of doom and gloom if we don't pull together and miss our chance of greatness etc., but if we believe in our club, we can make it if we try.

The Hon. Treasurer then shattered this portent by revealing that, unlike the country, the club is in the embarrassing position of having quite a lot of available cash.  However, the A.G.M. were able to meet this event head-on and instantly directed that we should install central heating not, it should be noted, to keep us warm and snug but to 'preserve our assets'.  Orang then gave a brilliant though baffling "display of heating and ventilating engineering knowledge (and jargon) by minutely discussing with the chairman such magic items as dew point and the like all of which I found quite forgettable.

Next to report was the Hut Warden, who gave by far the funniest report of the day but which revealed to us that all was not well in 'Belfryland'.  The report of the Tacklemaster was baffling to the uninitiated, and there was a bit of a fracas to do with 'C' links and Englefield Clips. Voices were raised and 'order' occasionally lost.  All was made right in the end when the chairman pointed out that the 'chain should be pulled to a hundredweight.'

The Hut Engineer gave his report, in a a rather cavalier and unwritten form, rather in the fashion of TW Benn fairyland. The report was received with what I gather to be the usual complaints (because we have heard them year after year after year) and, as a non Belfry resident, it certainly does seem that there are an awful lot of small jobs needing to be done at the Belfry.  Bob Cross's fear of sleeping in the Men’s Dorm because of his suspicion of the mattresses emphasised some of the difficulties (is there a Latin name for this fear?)

After quite an efficient lunch, we were treated to a very full account of the insurance offered to us, with visual aids from the Bennetts, Wig giving the treatise, and Bob White filling in any gaps.  This was probably the most important feature of the A.G.M. and had been much discussed by the committee beforehand.  Unfortunately, during the presentation of this item there was much to-ing and fro-ing in the Belfry and the added distraction of a rogue barrel of beer didn't help.  This did not affect my understanding of the situation because I had already heard most of the reasons during many hours on the side lines of the committee's debates on the matter.  However, I have since been made aware that many members were left in the 'not fully understanding' position that we had no real options open to us unless the club was prepared to pay a 'fantastic' membership fee.  Perhaps at a more formal meeting, some of the red herrings would have been out of order, but it is to be hoped that we known we now have to pay a sum based on our membership, at a rate fixed by the insurance companies.

After this debate, our revered editor outlined the terrible tales of ills that beset the B.B. last year, and suggested a team to produce a regular monthly B.B. in future, which was finally agreed to.  Some have since said that this will only mean there are more places things can go wrong, but I think we should give it a chance at least.

By now, you will know that the B.E.C. A.G.M. really DOES take hours and hours.  Eventually the meeting closed at ten to four (Just enough time to go home and change for the dinner).  Would you believe it?  If not, come along yourself next year and take part in this unique entertainment!


 

Notices

Members of the B.E.C. still meet in Bristol!  The meeting place has been recently changed BACK to the Seven Stars (behind the Robinson building by Bristol Bridge).  Although only about half a dozen 'regulars' are to be found there on a Thursday evening, they would like other club members to know that anyone who happens to be in Bristol on a Thursday is always very welcome to drop into the Seven Stars and buy them a pint!

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Members will find a questionnaire on the Club Dinner sent to them with this B.B.  It explains itself, but the committee would like as many people as possible to get their completed questionnaires back into the hands of any committee member BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  This will give the committee a chance to sift through them and pick out the points which members would like to see put into effect BEFORE the January meeting of the committee, at which the results will be discussed.

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Anyone who has any access to supplies of A4 size paper suitable for printing the B.B. on, and at less cost than standard prices would be doing the club a great service if he or she could let Barrie or Alfie know about how much they can produce and at what price.

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There will be a working weekend on December 18/19 (the weekend before Christmas) this year. Anyone who can lend a hand should turn up and preferably contact John can plan what can be done.


 

Monthly Crossword – Number 69

 

Across:

1. Appropriate word for Mendip swallet. (5)
6. Harder if tight includes this cave feature. (4)
7. And pushing our system will reveal another. (5)
8. Fell, up north. (4)
10. Cave surveyor can make this. (5)
11. If heavy, can be dangerous in some caves. (4)
13. Poles differently inclined in caves? (5)
14. Scheme to produce survey? (4)
15. Employing. (5)

Down

2. Upper part of cave. (4)
3. A lifeline may take this. (6)
4. 5 across cab be this. (5)
5. Floor deposit found in Goughs? (5)
8. Lashes rock found on Mendip. (6)
9. Found in Stoke Lane I. (5)
10. Rope material. (5)
12. No access problem with this type of cave. (4)

Solution to Last Month’s Crossword

 


 

Club Headquarters

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

Club Committee

Chairman          S.J. Collins

Minutes Sec      M. Wheadon

Members           C. Batstone, P. Christie, J. Dukes, R. Jenkins T. Large, Barry Wilton, G. Wilton-Jones.

Officers Of The Club

Honorary Secretary             M. WHEADON, 91 The Oval, Englishcoombe, Bath. Tel : BATH 713646

Honorary Treasurer             B. WILTON, ‘Valley View’, Venus Lane, Clutton, Nr. Bristol. Tele : TEMPLE CLOUD 52072

Caving Secretary                TIM LARGE, 15 Kippax Avenue, Wells, Somerset

Climbing Secretary             R. JENKINS, 10 Amberley Close, Downend, Bristol.

Hut Warden                        C. BATSTONE, 8 Prospect Place, Bathford, Bath..

Belfry Engineer                   J. DUKES, 4 Springfield Crescent, Southampton. SO1 6LE  Tele : (0703) 774649

Tacklemaster                     G. WILTON-JONES, ‘Ilenea’, Stonefield Road. Nap Hill, High Wycombe, Bucks. Tele : (024) 024 3534

B.B. Editor                         S.J. COLLINS, Lavender Cottage, Bishops Sutton, Nr. Bristol.  Tel : CHEW MAGNA 2915

Publications Editor              C. HOWELL, 131 Sandon Road, Edgebaston, Birmingham 17.  Tele : (021) 429 5549

B.B. Postal                        BRENDA WILTON  Address as for Barry

Spares                               T. LARGE,  Address already given

 

The post of Membership Secretary has now been discontinued and all correspondence previously dealt with by the membership secretary should now be sent to Mike Wheadon.

Contributions to the Belfry Bulletin, including those from officers of the club do not necessarily represent the views of the committee of the Bristol Exploration Club or the editor, unless specifically stated as being such