The club used to meet once a month for a caving weekend, either at Whitewalls or in some other caving region. The pattern of having these meets at the end of the month until the summer then at the beginning of the month afterwards is changing, partly because there are more meets, or to align meets with public holidays, or the availability of accommodation, or even with the tides! So pay attention 007 - things aren’t what they used to be. Contact Mandy Voysey for further details or to book your place - unless someone else is shown as the meet organiser in the sections below.
January 28-29th Annual Dinner and AGMSome 30+ members gathered for some slap up feasting at The Bear in Crickhowell, including Tony Moult over from Poland. Steve Sharp showed some video filmed with his GoPro that included a virtual tour of the pretty OCAF Lower Series. Sunday’s AGM provided a friendly forum to discuss the club’s governance and its activities. We welcome Helen Farr on to the committee and Matt Voysey as our newsletter editor.
February 24-26th Mines in CornwallAn excellent time was had in Cornwall, with eight members enjoying the delights of mine exploration, coast walking, pasty eating, beer drinking, sunshine and even ice cream. Saturday's venture was to Bellan Mine in the Cot Valley. On Sunday we went to Cligga Mine, very impressive and dramatically situated in the cliffs with multiple windows looking out to sea. Lots of big passages and interesting geology. Click for photos...
March 17-19th Whitewalls
Weekend (booze theme)
Local caving fun first of all at OFD Northern Lights followed by an evening of jollity with a holiday booze theme. A bit like our earlier whisky nights, but instead everyone should bring whatever weird bottles of booze they have that seemed like a good thing to buy while abroad. If you have no such thing, then bring anything reminiscent of holiday fun like Sangria, Margarita or Gluhwein.
CHELSEASPELÆOLOGICALSOCIETYCaving in Wales,the South of England,and beyond
April 12-19th Easter in
A week at the Grampian Speleo Group hut in Elphin, without doubt the UK’s caving hut with the best view, and the place to go for some very fine and interesting caves, multitudes of mountains to enjoy, coast walks, sea stacks, a good geology trail, and boat trips. The Great Northern Time Machine is Scotland’s largest cave passage. The Waterslide in Cnockers cave is another highlight, and Firehose is an experience like no other! .
April 14-17th Easter
Family Meet Whitewalls
Visit the family-friendly caves of the Brecon Beacons such as Porth-yr-Ogof above with opportunities for riverside picnics, swimming in river pools and waterfalls walks.Other caves suitable for beginners and kids are Eglwys Faen - a ten minute walk from the cottage - and Ogof Clogwyn in the Clydach Gorge - ten minutes drive away.
May 5-7th Whitewalls
A weekend of hut maintenance activities, with a bit of caving thrown in too. No, we are not going to take our new roof down. This photo shows the construction phase. More details of what work needs doing this year from John Stevens and Mike Read.