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Dickie Bayfield has been representing the BEC at the Pwll Du Cave Management Group who look after the interests of Ogof Draenen.

He survived the 7 hour PDCMG EGM and can confirm not much was agreed apart from another meeting due for the 12th December, hmm.

The single entrance policy remains largely unchanged but with a clarification as follows:

Due to a system security upgrade the login function is currently borked.

We will return normal service as soon as we've worked out what normal is.

Have a better day, SysAdmin

 This is now fixed. What a difference a day makes

On Sunday 10th May six BEC took part in a sponsored walk from Priddy Green to the Glastonbury Festival site in Pilton for the charity WaterAid.  We were originally informed that the walk would be 10.75 miles but when we registered at 10am on Sunday morning it turned out the walk had grown to 12 miles.  Thankfully the weather was wonderful and the company just as perfect.  Walking went well and we stopped for a brief lunch bite in Wells before marching on to the finish.  Even with getting lost between North Wootton and Pilton we managed the walk in 5 hours. 
 
As it currently stands the BEC team have raised £215 plus £60.64 of gift aid for the charity WaterAid.  For a gift of just £15 WaterAid can provide one person in Africa or Asia with a lasting supply of safe, clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.  That means that we have helped a lot of people who are are not as fortunate as we are.  Many thanks to everyone who sponsored us!  Your donations kept us going!
 
The team photo was taken on the Monarch Way looking towards Wells.  We had press pictures taken of us at the beginning and end so fingers crossed you might see us in the paper! We were the only people carrying a large flag!
 
Once again many thanks to everyone who supported us,

http://www.justgiving.com/bristolexplorationclub
 
Hannah Bell

 

Committee Minutes Friday 9th January 2008

Present:       Henry Bennett, Hannah Bell, Mike Wilson, Faye Litherland, Stu Gardiner, Henry Dawson, Toby Maddocks

Apologies:   Phil Rowsell, Ian Gregory

The meeting started at 8:15

1812            Cuthberts Leaders Meeting
Some discussion over visitor rules when visiting pristine areas. Decided to distribute to leaders and let them resolve.

Actions:
Toby to provide Henry email details of leaders to set up mailing list.
Toby to distribute rules via list

1857            Club Sales (hoodies etc).
T-shirts work has stalled due to lack of interest in designs. Need to revert to a classic design to progress.

1858            Keys for Committee Members
4 keyed alike locks purchased and keys distributed.

1937            Hut Keys – Electronic Access
5 door controllers and 50 keys purchased for £428 which represents a 70% discount from list price.

Still need door fixtures and readers. Will continue current procurement route.

1924            Heating
The heating controls have been set to run background heating and hot water from 0900-1000 and 1700-2200. Padlock fitted to boiler controls and keys distributed. Recommend that the wiring be checked and we investigate getting a better timing control.

Actions
Ask Chris Batstone to look at boiler wiring and controls

1938            Main Consumer Unit
Henry B knows two caving electricians and will approach them about replacing the main consumer unit. Stu to assist. In progress

1928            Home Close Dig
RatFest organisers will pay the Home Close dig costs.

1930            Extension Sign-off
Final remaining task is to fit smoke seals which requires a router.

1941            Missing Money from Bang Fund box
Has been returned.

1942            Rope washing Gear in Belson Shower
Rope washer is being mended and we discussed initially placing it in its old location. Ultimately the Belson shower will be retro fitted to take the washer so kit can be cleaned inside. The drainage from this needs to be incorporated into new drainage and soak away for the car park. Soak away on grass to left of Stone Belfry. Summer job.

Action:
Ian Gregory and Faye to progress

1943            Appointment of Trustees
At the AGM it was pointed out that Trustees are appointed by the committee not the AGM. Also it transpires that the new Trustees have not signed any legal documents.
(a) The Committee have sanction the appointment.
(b) The legal documents need to be actioned. Nigel Taylor has undertaken to action this. Need to establish what costs if any we might incur.

No progress has been made on this. The committee instructed that this be progressed by the Secretary rather than by a trustee.

Action
Henry B to progress

1944            St Cuthberts Land
At the AGM it was announced that negotiations were underway by Nigel Taylor concerning the St Cuthberts land. The existing lease is believed to run out in January 2009 although the legal documents are not in the Clubs legal pack.

Nigel Taylor has already instructed Harris & Harris to progress this. Current status is they are awaiting response from Chubb Bulleid. Apparently the process last time took 11 months.

It is important that no other conversations take place during this time.

Mike Wilson to pay the lease fee this year as a matter of course.

1945            Next Belfry Slide Show
Committee to discuss dates via email for early next year.

Action
Faye to sort out dates. Proposed subject Caving in Hawaii and Brazil.

1946            Subscriptions
38 people didn’t pay before the New Year. This is about normal.

Henry to send out list to committee.

1948            Cuthberts Leader Accreditation
What are the rules to becoming a Cuthberts Leader. This needs clarification. Toby to discuss on leaders mailing list when it is up and running.

1949            Cutherts Fixed Aids
These need attention. Advised to just do it. Still awaiting action.

1952            Tackle Management System
Faye has implemented a new Tackle Management System.

AOB

1956            New Members
Adam Horobin, Ben O’Leary, Gary Kiely and Tom Frost were voted into the club.

1957            Tackle Managment System - Access
A letter from Tony Audsley expressing concern over the process and forms filling required to gain access was discussed. The consensus was that the Club has made a major investment in the Club’s tackle and this needs to be protected. It was unanimously agreed that we will continue to trial the current process for the remainder of the club year.

1958            Tackle Requirements
A discussion over the what tackle the club needs took place. Generally it is ladder and lifeline.

Plan to construct our own ladders during the year. Concern was raised over making our own equipment and it was clearly stated that election ladders are access equipment which should always be used with a lifeline (safety equipment).

1959            AONB Wardens
Nigel Taylor has asked if the club will support the campaign to protect the jobs of the AONB wardens by writing to Somerset County council and Natural England.

Action
Henry Bennett to write letters

1960            The Hobbs and long standing members
Jane Clark arrived towards the end of the meeting and asked if it was in the Committees remit to discuss the membership fees for Sid and Sylvia Hobbs. Sid has been a member since 1957 and Jane asked if it was possible to waive his subs since he is a long standing member.

There was some discussion as to if this was in the power of the committee (yes, it is) and if this would affect large numbers of other long standing members. At the time of the meeting it was understood that there would not be a many members who have over 50 years continuous membership.

Discussion also ensued as to the method that this gift would be administered. We already have Life Membership and Honorary Life Membership and adding new membership levels would add complexity to the administration for the membership secretary. It was decided by the committee that we would grant the Hobbs free membership ongoing.

Addendum – Following the meeting it was discovered that there are three other non life members who would also qualify for this gift. Plus we have eight additional members who have been in the club for 40 years.

This has been discussed with Jane Clark and we need to iron this out at the next meeting.

Proposal – Grant Sid (and Sylvia) a 50th year special and propose a 50 year rule at the AGM.

1961            Inveresk Land
Jane Clark produced a newspaper article that indicated that Inveresk are looking to pull out of the paper mill site and are in financial difficulties. There share price has fallen from over 15p to 1.75p in a year.

Jane’s sister Rachel is well known to many BEC members and was closely involved in recent discussions with Inveresk over a WP2 plan for a neighby pyrolysis incinerator in Highbridge. Jane stated that her sister has inside knowledge on the way that Inveresk negotiate which would be beneficial to any communications.

The current state of play is that Nigel Taylor has allegedly been in communication with the Inveresk Management and that discussions are now taking place between solicitors. Concern was raised using solicitors for club matters since they have previously informed us that future work will be chargeable.

It was agreed that this was a matter for the committee rather than the trustees and that given the lack of movement it should come under committee control.

Phil Rowsell proposed that Rachael Clark initiate discussions with Inveresk on behalf of the BEC.

Henry Bennett proposed that the committee leverage the knowledge and experience of Rachael but lead the discussions themselves. This was carried.

1962            Upstairs bunkroom radiator
An oil filled electric radiator has been purchased for the upper bunk room.

1963            MCG Cuthberts Leader application request
The MCG have requested that they are allowed to have a Cuthberts Leader.  There were no objections to this on the proviso that the MCG grant the BEC a guest leader to Upper Flood. Stu Gardiner expressed interest in this role!

1964            Belfry Drains
Over the last couple of months the Belfry drains have “backed up”.  Since the manholes had indicated that the is a pipe blockage and repeated flushing has cleared the issue we need to investigate if we have a collapsed pipe.

Action – Henry B & D to rod drains to check.

1965            John Irwin – Honorary Membership
Last year the committee undertook to grant John Irwin honorary life membership for his support of the BEC. This has not been auctioned.

Action – Henry Bennett to progress

1966            Meeting Chair and minute taker should be separate roles
Phil asked that the Chair and minuet taker be separate roles. This was agreed.

1967            Toby to step down from Caving Secretary next year
Toby is looking for a replacement Caving Secretary to take over from his role.

The meeting closed 10.20pm

 

altMendip County Council are getting rid of the AONB wardens. Help us re-educate them in the error of their plans.

Please forward this onto anyone who has ever been to or cares about the mendip hills!!!

There's not much time left!!

http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/cheddarvalley/news/Join-fight-save-wardens/article-576998-detail/article.html

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sows-on-Mendip/

http://www.sows-on-mendip.com/

A trip down one of Tony's favourite digs. A pint of some of Mendip's finest ales. A chat with all you mates. Click on read more to find out what's going on...UPDATED (Sunday 9th)

Please support the declaration for cave protection in the European Parliament. 

Until 4th of December 2008 deputies of the European Parliament can sign a declaration for cave protection. Every speleological federation in Europe supports the declaration.

From November 11th to 12th 2008 an information stand will be in front of the plenary hall in Brussels. And a media conference will be held on the 11th. Only if the majority of deputies signs, we can establish cave protection all over Europe. 

Therefore we need your help: 

3pm, Friday 12th. September 2008, Haycombe Crematorium ,Bath

Please note that the Haycombe Crematorium Chapel can only accommodate 170 persons, and it is envisaged that the numbers seeking to attend may not only be in excess of that figure, but will actually mean many persons will have to remain outside.

After the main ceremony a 'private' Cremation will be held in the Lower Chapel for close family and friends.

It was Tony's wish that all would later return to the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy for the Second Wake!
He so enjoyed his first wake so much and really regretted that he would probably miss the second one.

 

Memorial Service - Saturday 15th November.

Since there maybe many people who are unable to attend this sendoff a Memorial Service will be held on Priddy Village Hall.

 

Work has started on the new entrance to Wigmore in an attempt to get down to the Young Bloods extension.

 

Note that access is still being negotatiated and the concrete tubing will require some preperation work before gaining serious depth. Please refain from visting the site until this has been resolved.

Many of you will now be aware the after a brief struggle with Cancer, our "Jrat" has sadly died.
 
It matters not whether you knew Tony for 20 minutes twenty days or twenty years or more, all of us will miss him each in no small way.
 
Many of you may have joined the B.E.C having been proposed by him, or having dug in one or more of his numerous excavations.
What is clear is that we all benefited in one way or another from his humour, his tenacity, his very spirit.
 
When in 2000 I had the honour to present him with Honorary Life Membership of the BEC, I said that one day I felt he would be regarded almost as a second H.E.Balch. His tireless labours underground, his meticulous writing-up of his finds and his publications all bare evidence of this. I believe this is truer this sad day than it was those eight years ago.
 
I have seldom known a man who had no malice in his soul. Rarely if ever did he indulge in any caving politics or utter anything that was not in his own particular way- reasoned and of pertinent value.
 
It is not only the BEC who have lost a good friend this day, but the whole of the British Caving world have lost a dear and valued friend, a human dynamo of Cave Exploration, Mine Exploration and Speleological knowledge rolled into one small and kind man.
 
Another star has died but Tonys' twinkle and humour will remain with us long after our own time has come.
 
With great sorrow at the passing of a dear and loyal friend,
 
Nigel Taylor,
Hon.Secretary, Bristol Exploration Club,
Sunday 31st.August 2008.

Ever wondered which not to use when? Maybe your not sure which end of the rope to pick up?

Now all is revealed.

It may be of help to club members. Click on this link --> Animated Knot Tying. 

7pm Saturday 16th August 2007

Once again the BEC brings you an event not to be missed. 

Plans are now well advanced for the Belfry BBQ. A team a crack charcoal enthusiasts have hatched a plan to ensure maximum pleasure during the evening.

The meat grinder has been working overtime producing wares for the coals and several barrels of beer and cider have been arranged. 

Additional power has been laid on, a high octane sound system borrowed and the tunes are lining up for a good rinsin.

We don’t need to stake our claim to being The Hut on Mendip. More fun than all those other club socials and better than a poke in the eye. Get yourself down there to party to excess!

 

June 2006
It was decided at this months committee meeting to increase the hut fees to £2.50 per night for members and £4 per night for guests.  This is an increase of 50 pence per night.  This difficult decision was taken in the reflection of the current economic climate with increasing fuel and amenity costs.  The price of oil, gas, electricity and water have increased.  Also a lot of work has been done on the hut over previous months with a completed new members bunk room and new shower.

This increase in cost comes into immediate affect.  Speaking to members around the hut this last weekend many were pleased as it meant that when they paid for 2 nights it came to a nice round number without having to find change.

Notices on this increase will be placed in the hut this week.

 

Working Weekend and Lecture Night 4th - 6th April 2008

Work on our new tackle store and members bunkroom is progressing well and we expect to have these finished soon. To expediate this we will be holding a working weekend over 4th - 6th April and holding a slide show in the evening.

Full details will be published soon but please put this in your diaries.

 

It is with regret that we hear of the passing of another of our Club's alumni.

Keith Gardner's funeral is on Tuesday 5th. Feb. at the Masonic Hall in Yatton at 1300hrs. The actual funeral is in the morning and is family only but a memorial will be held at the Masonic Hall followed by a drink or two.

 

A short film of Wig Memorial Day is now available on Mendip TV.

Click on the logo to launch site in a new window. 

Mendip TV is a new concept in showing news, features, and events in high quality video from the Mendips. The latest local news concept, from the team behind The Mendip Times

Saturday 10th November 2007

Memorial Plaque 

We are all meeting at the Belfry at around 0930 next Saturday 10th November, where we shall meet Dave’s family Mike Irwin and family. The intention is to go down Cuthberts with Dave’s nephew John Irwin to unveil the plaque in Cerberus Hall. We are hoping to take a few pints of lager and some lime juice as Dave was known occasionally to drink a half. We are then going to pour the remains of Dave’s ashes into the streamway, either at the Dinning Room or even perhaps at Gour Hall. We then exit the cave circa 1300 for drinks and nibbles at the Belfry, until about 1630.  All of the BEC are welcome.

Caving Books and Art Auction 

At about 1630 we go to the Village Hall for the auction and pre-priced book sell. The auction is starting at 1700 prompt followed by an auction of prints that also belonged to Dave. After this, the book stalls will be opened for people to buy the remainder of Dave’s books ~ 300 , that are priced in £1, £3, £5 and £10, these are going to be sold at various tables around the hall. Read more for auction details.

An Evening of Celebration 

Once this has been completed, there is a bar starting at around 1730 with free food, - bangers and mash and peas. This is to be followed by live music from Cheddar Blues Band, bar closes at around 2330. 

Free entry!!

********  Another ~50m  was added last weekend!!! ********

On Sunday 7th October 2007 Chris Jewell pushed an airbell in one of the downstream sumps to find a significant inlet.

While being supported by Rich Smith and Barry Lawton, he pushed an estimated 150m!

For more details click the read more button (updated Friday 12 October)

Priddy, Near Wells, Somerset

A smallholding comprising two bedroom bungalow, buildings and pasture. In all about 17 acres.

 

For Sale By Auction – mid November

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Guide Price

£300,000 - £350,000

 Details from www.voycepullin.co.uk

 

Some good caving advice form the good ol US of A. Maybe the BEC should be re-equiped with the modern caver gear shown here.


Saturday 11th August 2007

Once again the BEC brings you an event not to be missed. 

Plans are now well advanced for the Belfry BBQ. A team a crack charcoal enthusiasts have hatched a plan to ensure maximum pleasure during the evening.

The meat grinder has been working overtime producing wares for the coals and several barrels of beer and cider have been arranged. 

Additional power has been laid on, a high octane sound system borrowed and the tunes are lining up for a good rinsin.

We don’t need to stake our claim to being The Hut on Mendip. More fun than all those other club socials and better than a poke in the eye. Get yourself down there to party to excess!

Mega 65th Birthday Party - 21st July

 

On the 21st July, Pete Franklin, Mike Wilson, Zot, Snab and Phil Romford are having a 65 year olds party at the Belfy. All members are welcome, plus anybody else that knows any of us.

 

The marquee will be erected for the barrels; there will be 4 or 5 put on. The barbecue will be fired up.

 

Kicking off at about 7 pm. Then it lasts as long as it lasts.

 

Cheddar Caves Crag AttaK will take place at High Rock in the Gorge on Sunday 01 July, and climbers are invited to enrol for the following events:

  • The record-breaking largest-ever first ascent of a new climb
  • An open speed climb
  • An ‘unclimbable climb’ challenge
  • The weirdest and wackiest ascent ever (fancy dress and fancy behaviour!)
  • A fit volunteer is needed for a record-breaking continuous climb challenge (possibly 36 hours).
  • Dodgy Bolts on Mendip??

    Following the revelation that Rhino Rift has been closed due to duff P hangers we've now had another update:

    Given the problems being identified with some P-hanger bolts in Mendip caves, the advice from BCA & CSCC is currently to not use the bolts in:
    Rhino Rift (currently closed by CCC Ltd.) Hunter's Hole Priddy Green Sink to Swildons Cowsh Avens (I believe the lock on this has also been changed) G.B. Ladder Dig (the cave is still open up to this point) The bolts in Split Rock Quarry.

     Oh...and remember if it's dark down there, don't forget to take a light...

     

    Announcing the BEC Summer ot Excess

    As the Winter is quickly becoming a distant memory we turn our attention to the Summer ahead. The BEC is pleased to announce the Summer of Excess (courtesy of Chris Jewel).

    A whole stack of  'club' weekends through the summer (including the upcoming Forest of Dean trip, Cricket match and the BBQ).  The concept is that we take a sound system and BBQ with us where ever we go and have some proper 'club' weekends away mixed with good Mendip weekends at the Belfry.

    Support your Club and make a note of the dates below... 

    Rhino Rift Closed due to Unsafe Bolts

    We've recieved the following info from the CSCC:

    Having discussed the matter of the unsafe bolt in Rhino Rift with Nick Williams, in his role as BCA Insurance Officer, it is his recommendation that we should effectively shut the cave whilst the situation is evaluated. This will take a matter of a few weeks. Hopefully no longer. I have relayed this to Linda, our legal adviser, and she concurs with Nick's advice.

    I shall therefore arrange for a replacement padlock to go on the cave tomorrow morning. Anyone with a strong wish to go down the cave during this period would then need to come to me for a key and a detailed description of the problems inherent in undertaking a trip. Nick agreed that this was the best compromise that we could put in place immediately.

    Please ensure that anybody within your club who issues keys is aware of this, so that no-one has a wasted trip over to the cave.

    Graham Mullan

     

    Once again, it is with great remorse that we hear of another pillar of the BEC passing on before his time.

    This morning I have been informed of the death of Dave "Wig" Irwin who was known to a great many of us.

    Mack called around at Wig's house this morning and couldn’t get any answer from him. On gaining access to his house he was found passed away in his chair.

    Those of you who where up at Zot and Mike’s party, in the back room of the Hunters last weekend, will have seen Wig in fine form until late into the evening. Indeed I had a long conversation with him on Sunday morning where he was on fine form as usual.

    There’s no more information at the moment but in due course I expect the details to filter through.  

    Rest in Peace my friend.

    Dear Friends

     

    It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to tell you that my brother, John Williams (Jingles) died yesterday, 20 March, in Frenchay Hospital. As some of you will know he had been chronically ill for a number of years and his condition had worsened significantly after Christmas. Sadly he developed an ulcer in a tooth which after being surgically extracted yesterday developed into septacaemia and his body simply could not cope. He died peacefully, under much sedation, in the company of my parents, Jeff and myself.

     

    John's funeral will be on Thursday 29th March at 2.30pm at:

     

    Westerleigh Crematorium
    Westerleigh Road
    Westerleigh
    Bristol
    BS37 8QP

    All comers will be welcome.

    Film Crews @ The Belfry

    We had a film crew visit the Belfry last Wednesday for filming down Rose Cottage. We're also being visited by some students from University College of Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey who plan to do a recreation of the story of Aron Ralston, who was a climber who got his right arm trapped under a boulder and on the fifth day of being trapped cut it off to survive.

    They are mainly taking the emotional elements of this and putting it into their own script – to which they have decided on caving rather than rock climbing. The Church of Goats will be the venue for this.

    Forest of Dean Meet - Friday 4 May – Monday 7 May 2007

    Two years ago, I organised a multi-club meet in the Forest with 41 cavers, 4 kids and 1 dog from Craven Pothole Club, Dudley Caving Club, Shepton Mallet Caving Club and the BEC. We had a great time caving, exploring mines, hiking, climbing, cycling together and of course, drinking the pub almost dry and so we’re heading back there again for this May Bank Holiday. 

    For those of you that have not been to the Forest before, it is a wonderful area with a longer cave than Mendip and plenty of other outdoor activities.  It is also a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other cavers from different clubs.

    It is in a state of profound shock and deep regret, that I sadly write to inform you of the untimely death of Barrie WILTON, Membership number 559, during the afternoon of Saturday 3rd. March whilst at his home.

     
    Barrie had been suffering from a serious illness over the last few months, which he had been struggling to overcome.
     
    His cheerful 'terrier like' attitude to BEC matters and his total and utter dedication to the BEC will be greatly missed. He was a man with always a twinkle and mischievious gleam in his eye. A kind man, who bore no malice towards anyone, and always faced life with a shrug and a grin.
     
    He had many a friend outside of and also within the BEC, and whenever you were in his company, you knew you were with a great friend.
     
    That friend will be sorely missed by many of us, but not so much as by his devoted and bereaved wife Brenda, to whom the   B.E.C extends its heartfelt sympathy at her distress.
     
    I will circulate any further details regarding arrangements when I am aware of Brenda's wishes.
     
    Nigel Taylor,
    Hon.Secretary B.E.C
    10.00 hrs GMT, Sunday 4th. March 2007

     

    We are saddened to hear that Stanley "Alfie" Collins has passed away.  Alfie joined the BEC in 1947 as member number 89 and has remained a life member ever since.

    His funeral will take place 12 noon at Litton Church on Wednesday 31st October 2007 with a wake at the Hunters thereafter.

    Fermanagh 2006

    Rich Bayfield, Andy Kuzyk, Charlotte Harris, Rich Beer and Chris Jewell (some of the BEC youth) went to Fermangh in Northern Ireland for a long weekend of caving.

    A couple of years earlier I’d been to Mallorca on a caving and canyoning trip with a large contingent of Irish cavers and when I met one of them in the Hunters in September I thought it was about time I went and did some caving over there.

     

    CHECC 2006 - The aftermath

     We said it would be a large one. We weren't wrong. Check out the photo gallery for the evidence. Not quite a regular night at the Belfry.

    CHECC Party 2006!!! November 25th

    After having staked our case as the Party Club on Mendip at our memorable* summer BBQ we once again proudly offer you the chance to get mashed up at the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs annual stomp.

    The Belfry, Wessex and Shepton have all been booked for student accommodation.


    All BEC members and friends are welcome to rock up and sample the delights of the BBQ and sample from the huge selection of barrels.

    The BEC do it to Excess! Don't miss this one!

    *if you can remember you clearly weren't there.
    (Photo courtesy of RUCC)

    You can now book the Belfry online!

    To make it easier for your group to find somewhere to stay on Mendip, the BEC now offers you the opportunity to arrange booking the Belfry online.

    What could be simpler?  None of that mucking about with trying to catch the right person at the right time. Just fill out our online form and sit back and relax. Heck, go for a beer! We'll get right back to you confirming the details. Sorted!

    The form can be found by navigating to The Belfry > Hut Bookings from the main menu.

    AGM and Dinner

    The Annual AGM and Dinner are coming up fast.

    The AGM is at 10.30 hrs Saturday 7th. October 2006 at the BELFRY.

    BEC DINNER at the BATH ARMS HOTEL, Cheddar. Please complete your booking form and send it to Nigel Taylor asap. Space are very liimited this year so it will be on a first come first served (not literaly) basis. As usual there will be a bus from the Hunters and back for those who want it.

    Support the club by being there!

    Bertie is Back !!!

    The Belfry was rebranded over the weekend with our very own mascot. A huge Bertie Bat now lurches over the porch looking menacing at all who enter.

    Whilst out on one of it's nightly feeding sessions it managed to snare the Wessex dragon (or Griffin or whatever the feck it is). Since it clearly is pretty unpalatable he hasn't yet had a chance to digest it.

    Click on read more for pictures

     

     

     

    It was a blinder of a night. Not knowing the numbers we laid on 4 barrels for the night, food for 100 people, plus a complete outdoor dj rig. The weather was appalling but that didn’t seem to make any difference. By midnight the beer had gone and everyone switched to personal stashes. At 2:30am the sounds were still playing outside.

    More images are now available online.Just click on the fire and it'll take you to the album. If you have any you'd like to share then email me via the contact form..

    The latest Belfry Bulletin number 525 for Summer 2006 has now been  published. All club members will in time recieve a copy but if you are in a hurry you can downloaded or view it online.

    For the web version navigate to it via Publications in the menu and to download go to the Publications then Download menu option. Of course you've got to log in first, otherwise you won't see it.

    Only registered members can view the last 12 months issues.  

    Contents include:

    Belfry Bulletin 526 Published! 

    The latest Belfry Bulletin number 525 for Summer 2006 has now been  published. All club members will in time recieve a copy but if you are in a hurry you can downloaded or view it online.

    For the web version navigate to it via Publications in the menu and to download go to the Publications then Download menu option. Of course you've got to log in first, otherwise you won't see it.

    Only registered members can view the last 12 months issues.  

    Contents include:

    Belfry Bulletin 527 Published! 

    The latest Belfry Bulletin number 527 for Winter 2007 has now been  published. All club members will in time receive a copy but if you are in a hurry you can downloaded or view it online.

    For the web version navigate to it via Publications in the menu and to download go to the Publications then Download menu option. Of course you've got to log in first, otherwise you won't see it.

    Only registered members can view the last 12 months issues.  

    Contents include:

    Plans are now well advanced for the Belfry BBQ. A team a crack charcoal enthusiasts have hatched a plan to ensure maximum pleasure during the evening.

    Additional power has been laid on, a high octane sound system borrowed and the tunes are lining up for a good rinsin.

    We don’t need to stake our claim to being the party hut on Mendip. More fun than all those other club socials and better than a poke in the eye. Get yourself down there to party to excess!

    We lose the Ashes!

    but maintain the moral high ground. 

    It looked ominous from the start. The unbroken blue skies of the preceding days had gone and in it place a patter of rain was falling. Undeterred, a hard core team of Belfryites sautered onto the freshly prepared pitch. The Weegies fielded first and the BEC team (with a few co-opted bodies) managed to score something like 50 all out. That even included a few going in for a second innings given that it was a 20-20 over match.


    Search now works!

    OK. You would of thought that searching was a fairly fundamental part of a site. However up till now if you searched through the back issues of Belfry Bulletins a hit would always land you on the first page of that BB. Not exactly useful if what your looking for is buried in a deeper page. However now, thanks to the wonders of modern coding, you are presented with the relevant page for your search. FunDeMental!

    Website Hacked!!

    Over the weekend a group of Turkish hackers had the audacity to hack our website. After establishing how they got in the site has been restored with minimal impact from a backup. However as the calendar code proved to be insecure it has now been removed from the site. Clearly these spotty teenagers need to be locked up and get a life. Bastards!

    Annual Battle for the Ashes 

    The BEC vs Wessex Cricket match will take place after the lunchtime pub session on Saturday 22nd July.

    After the cows have been evicted, a pair specially prepared creases are planned to be crafted in Eastwater Field by kicking away the cow shit and giving it a mow (if we can be arsed).

    Why not come along and slog a few balls into the nettles or simply relax, soak up the sun (if the is any) and sample the delights of a barrel of Butcombe.

    A fun day out for all the family! Guaranteed! You knows it!

    Annual Battle for the Ashes 

    OK...rain stopped play for the match so it has been rescheduled to Saturday 21st July after lunch.

    The BEC vs Wessex Cricket match will take place after the lunchtime pub session on Saturday 30th June.

    After the cows have been evicted, a pair specially prepared creases are planned to be crafted in Eastwater Field by kicking away the cow shit and giving it a mow (if we can be arsed).

    Why not come along and slog a few balls into the nettles or simply relax, soak up the sun (if the is any) and sample the delights of a barrel of Butcombe.

    A fun day out for all the family! Guaranteed! You knows it!

    Battle for the Ashes 

    The Cavers vs Priddy Cricket match will take place after the lunchtime pub session on Sunday 26th July.

    In a break from tradition of playing against the Wessex, the challenge this year is from the Priddy's 1st Eleven and will be mellowed out on the village green.

    Why not come along and slog a few balls into the nettles or simply relax, soak up the sun (if the is any) and sample the delights of a barrel of Butcombe.

    A fun day out for all the family! Guaranteed!