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CSS Newsletters 2020 - Volume 62

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Nos. 4-6, April-June 2020

SMWCRT Update - Fundraising and changes to rescue team operations. Ogof Ffynnon Ddu II - CSS caving trip to OFD. Caving Hot Pants - A humorous tale of Charles' first camping experience in Daren Cilau. Caving Replacement Therapy - A tale of replacing caving with exploits in the woods and wetlands during the Covid 19 pandemic. The Secret Extension to Ogof Dan y Lleuad Wen - Reminiscences of the early days of exploration and digging in an extension that remained unpublicised for many years. My Visit to Wawulpane Cave in 2010 - A recollection of an interesting trip to this "tourist" Cave in Sri Lanka. Isolation Cocktail Recipes - A collection of cocktail recipes to help the booze loving caver survive the Covid 19 pandemic. Cave Air Replacement Equipment - How to use an air bed inflator to solve the problem of a stuffy airless dig. A Speleo Quiz to Alleviate Corona boredom - 20 caving based questions to test your speleo knowledge. Flooding in Crickhowell - Historical reminiscences and photos of the flooding of Crickhowell in 1979. Tale for the Bog Wall - Caving poem from the past with blanks to insert your own words. Quarter Way Up Hole Update - An update of digging new extensions in Fairy Cave Quarry, Mendip. Blast from the Past - A tale of a breakthrough that didn’t quite go to plan… Fred Davies - Obituary to renowned caver and digger Fred Davies who had notable achievements in both South Wales and Mendip and died June 2020. Quantification of Separation - A scientific/humorous take on social distancing and CSS cavers during the Covid 19 pandemic. Daren Cilau, HRC Update - A report from the clean up trip to HRC after the Feb 2020 flooding at the camp. Caving with Trevor - Reminiscences of Nick's time caving in Llangattock with fellow CSS member Trevor Knief in the 1980s and 90s.

Nos. 1-3, January-March 2020

CSS Annual Dinner 2020 - An brief write up of the CSS Annual Dinner held at The Manor Hotel in Jan 2020. Storm Dennis Destroys HRC - A report of the flooding that occurred at the Hard Rock Café, Daren Cilau in Feb 2020 while a team of 14 were using the camp. Storm Dennis vs Draenen - An account of how the cave reacted to the heavy rains from Storm Dennis with observations of how this differed from other known times of flooding in the system. Swan Mine - Write up from a trip to Swan Mine, Mendip. An interesting stone mine with a number of artefacts still in situ. Brief Encounter - An amusing peek into the world of caving underwear and wardrobe malfunctions. Reminiscences of Trevor Leslie Frederick Morris (Tich) - A tribute to Tich Morris who died Nov 2019, with tales of his various caving adventures in the early days of CSS. More Tich Tales - More tales from the life of Tich Morris, who died Nov 2019. Bos Swallet 'The Jewel in Burrington's Crown' - Write up from a trip to this interesting and under-visited cave in Burrington Combe, Mendip. St Dunstan's Well - I didn’t know he was ill - Trip report from this short but sporty collectors piece on Mendip, including details of a major rescue that took place there Nov 1983. Old Daren Sunday School Elecrickery - Our handy CSS electrician tells of his weekend of heavy drinking and installing electrics at the ODSS. My Path to Speleology - Geo Fletcher recounts his introduction to caving and his first caving trip to Speedwell Mine in 1961. Why I am a Caver - Joe Duxbury tells of what inspired him to take up caving. Digging Beyond the Crystals - Write up of a digging trip at the Crystal Gallery, Agen Allwedd. Castlemartin Range West - Summary of a weekend of exploration in the military firing range and information about the access there. Upper Southern Stream - Dig report from the passage marked 'BNS 1964' in Upper Southern Stream, Agen Allwedd. Sandstone Passage Dig - Update from the dig site at the end of Sandstone Passage, Agen Allwedd. Paul Hartwright's Digging Update - A round up of the various digs that Paul has partaken in over the last number of years, with details of each site and lots of info of interest to Llangattock diggers. Daren Cilau, Digging from the Comforts of Hark Rock Café - A short round up digging projects currently being pursued by the HRC digging team. Carrion Update - An update of Andy's digging exploits in Carrion Slocker, Mendip. Three Mendip Digs - Dig reports from Geoff's current Mendip digging projects at Viaduct Sink, Rock Farm Cave, and Snake Pit Hole. Digging Update - Reports from Dave Mitchell's Dig and Spider Hole in Mendip. Digging at Quarter Way Up Hole - Digging in a recently discovered extension in Fairy Cave Quarry, Mendip. Dog Hole - A brief introduction to a new dig site in Dog Hole, Devon.

Nos. 7-9, July-September 2020

Farewell Billy Watkins - Obituary to Billy Watkins, the local shepherd who owned most of the sheep roaming free on the Llangattock escarpment. Shattered Passage - Write up of a trip to Shattered Passage in Agen Allwedd, an interesting and under-visited part of the system. Single Way Mine - Trip to Single Way Mine, an old stone mine situated under a golf course in Bathampton. Nearly Stung Twice - An exploratory visit to 6X Cave and two swallets in Tisbury with details of how to find the caves. Kirkdale Cave - Family caving trip to Kirkdale Cave in the North York Moors. Richard Travers Laurence - A collection of stories and reminiscences of 'Dick' Laurence who died in June 2020. Old Daren Sunday School - Progress Report - Update on work completed so far on the ODSS. Sea Cave Adventures - Part 1 - Tales from seaside adventures in Piper's Hole (Scilly Isles), Holywell Cave (Cornwall) and Ariel Cave/Sandy Hole (Dorset). Pwll Estrys - The ODSS working team relocate to Pwll Estrys and take their tools with them. Wookey Hole: Land of Hope and Glory - Digging in Wookey Hole and the breakthrough into the impressive 'Land of Hope and Glory' discovered in September 2020. Survey included. Online Newsletter Archive - News of recent updates to the CSS website making the CSS Newsletter more easily searchable. Lockdown Boredom Busting Bat Detecting - Lots of useful info about bats, their habits and how to detect them using spectrograms. Trapped in a Showcave - A caving trip in Dan yr Ogof that lasted somewhat longer than expected… Edward Foley's Hole - An update on the new Devon 'cave' reported by Andy last issue.

Nos. 10-12, October-December 2020

Chilmark Stone Mines - Description of the Chilmark Stone Mines in Wiltshire, their history and how to find them, plus digging digging reports of reopening some of the entrances. Ogof Ffynnon Wyntog - A history of the discovery and digging of this fascinating cave in the Gower and a partularly notable trip that Paul had there in 2001. Old Daren Sunday School Update - An update of the work done on the ODSS during 2020. Bob Fish - A short announcement of the death of Bob Fish, longstanding honorary member of the club. Surveying in Ogof Ffynnon Wyntog - A description of Ogof Ffynnon Wyntog and two surveying trips. Includes full survey. Caving on Portland Island - A roundup of opportunities for caving on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. Sea Cave Adventures - Part 2 - Continuing the coastal caving adventure theme, part 2 includes visits to Blue Pool West in the Gower, Ogof Gofan in Pembrokeshire and Balnakeil Gloup in the Scottish Highlands. Top Hut! - A diagrammatic summary of the relative altitudes of the highest caving club huts in the UK, in which it is proved that CSS Whitewalls is officially the "top" hut. Wookey Hole - Dry to 24 - A detailed account of the recent breakthrough in Wookey Hole providing a dry route from Chamber 20 to 24, complete with the history of digging and diving there. Surveys included. Index to Vol.62 - Index of contents of Vol. 62 (2020) of the CSS Newletter. Ogof Clogwyn - A photographic appreciation of Ogof Clogwyn, a fine cave with great shelving.