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The club publishes a regular professionally printed newsletter containing a round up of members’ caving trip reports, news, reviews, photos and more. This is currently being produced quarterly and is sent to club members as well as UK and international caving clubs in a publication exchange scheme. All newsletter issues from year 2000 onwards are available on this website as PDF files, and can be downloaded by volume and issue number using the Newsletter Archive page, or simply by clicking the cover page picture on these newsletter archive pages. Download of recent issues (published within the last two years) is restricted to club members only and requires a login.
CHELSEA SPELÆOLOGICAL SOCIETY Caving in Wales, the South of England, and beyond

Latest CSS Newsletters (2021 - Volume 63)

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Nos. 1-3, January-March 2021

Welsh Cave Name Anagrams - A fiendish collection of 15 Welsh cave anagrams for you to pit your wits against. Caption Competition - An Italian bat cartoon in need of a more amusing caption. Cave Hunting in Western Mendip - A journey around the lesser-visited cave sites around Crook Peak and Cross in West Mendip. Chilmark Stone Mines Update - An updated survey and brief history of the Chilmark Stone Mines in Wiltshire. The Toilet Habits of Bats - Descriptive account of how several species of bat perform their toilet duties and other interesting guano based facts. Cave Wildlife - Amblyjoppa fuscipennis - The habitats and life-cycle of a type of wasp found over-wintering in a Berkshire chalk pit. Caving Quiz - 20 questions about a wide selection of spelaeological sites and subjects to test your caving knowledge. Extreme Social Distancing - Maintaining social distance by trekking and wild camping in the Cumbrian mountains. Mid-Wales Mines Spectacular - Part 1 - Visits to the interesting Mid-Wales Mines of Ystrad Einion, Allt y Crib, Aberllefenni and Cwmystwyth, complete with location and rigging information and trip highlights of each mine. That Was The Year That Was - A round-up of Nick Chipchase’s caving activities during 2020. Including caving and digging around Fairy Cave Quarry and pressure-washing formations in Swildon's Hole and Pridhamsleigh Cavern. The Sidmouth Tunnel - An amusing tale of the history of the Sidmouth Tunnel and a visit to the site. The Caves and Mine of Beer Head - Seafaring exploration by kayak of some of the small sea caves of Beer Head and the Hooken Adit stone mine. Bob Fish: An Appreciation of “A Lovely Man”  - A tribute to the life of Bob Fish, a long-standing CSS member who sadly passed away in December. Our Good Friend Bob - Reminisces of Bob Fish told by Gill and other friends that knew him well. Joe’s Corner - Another collection of caving based snippets and insights from Joe Duxbury. Article Review - Review of an article about cave exploration in Sistema Cheve, Mexico, featured in “The New Yorker” magazine.