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CLUB EVENTS AND MEET REPORTS FOR JANUARY TO MAY 2017

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 AGM Some 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 Cornwall An 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. View photos
March 17-19th Whitewalls Holiday Booze Weekend We had an excellent trip to OFD Northern Lights Series on Saturday, with a bumper turn out 16 cavers attending. Most of us hadn't ever ventured into this section of the cave before, and we were all very impressed by the diversity of the cave passages and formations. This was followed by an evening of holiday-themed fun, with a good variety of beverages brought for all to enjoy or endure (not many dead). Sunday's caving trips were to Craig a Ffynnon and Moults Hole.
CHELSEA SPELÆOLOGICAL SOCIETY Caving in Wales, the South of England, and beyond
April 12-19th Easter in Northern Scotland A week of splendid scenery in the Far North of Scotland staying at the Grampian hut. We did a good mix of activities while we were there including caving, mountain hiking, coast walking, assisting mountain rescue with a casualty carry, and enjoying the local beers. High water levels meant that some of the caves were more "lively" than usual, and while above ground we were basking in a mix of glorious sunshine and snow. View photos .
May 5-7th Whitewalls Cottage Maintenance A weekend of hut maintenance activities, see photos, with a bit of botany thrown in. Early May is the best time to see the bluebell woods above Crickhowell or wonder at carpets of primroses, orchids, saxifrage, and rare trees coming into leaf and flower on the Craig y Cilau national nature reserve near Whitewalls.
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May 20-21st Whitewalls Meet Cancelled The intended club meet at Whitewalls has been cancelled, and the cottage has been booked instead by BEC (10 places).
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