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-===== New Padlocks for CSCC Caves =====+=====Star Mine Shaft===== 
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 +It has been reported that the P-hangers in the concrete capping have been vandalised. They should be considered unsafe and must not be used. The shaft should be rigged using natural belays such as nearby trees (approx 10m away). If anyone has any information about who caused the damage please let us know. In view of the vandalism there are no immediate plans to replace the hangers.\\
 +It is possible that there has also been some movement at the bottom of the shaft along with some areas are of suspect stability so appropriate care should be taken. If anyone is familiar with the shaft and can confirm if there has been any movement please let us know.\\
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 +Thanks to Jim Maillardet for informing us of the above.
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 +Jim also reported that two of the wooden ladders at the bottom have now totally disintegrated.\\
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 +Graham Price\\
 +17/9/2018
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 +=====Hunters Lodge Inn Sink Open=====
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 +Following the fitting of the new gate and the removal of the entrance ladder, I can report that the Land Owner (Roger Dors) has reopened the cave.
 +For access contact Roger at the Hunters.\\
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 +Please note: Now the entrance ladder has been removed you will need to bring your own ladder and lifeline (or SRT rope) for the entrance pitch. There are integrated rigging points fitted to the underside of the gate for this purpose.\\
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 +As is standard with all new CSCC gates, it is openable from the inside without a key, so make sure you lock it behind you when you visit, to keep the cave secure and to ensure there is no risk to members of the public.\\
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 +Les Williams\\
 +CSCC C&A Officer\\
 +24/05/2018
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 +===== New Padlocks for CSCC Caves =====
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The Council of Southern Caving Clubs are changing the locks on all of the caves for which they administer access. The previously used locks are now no longer available and there have been a number of issues with copied and poorly fitting keys in circulation, causing damage to the locks and not operating the locks easily, if at all.  The Council of Southern Caving Clubs are changing the locks on all of the caves for which they administer access. The previously used locks are now no longer available and there have been a number of issues with copied and poorly fitting keys in circulation, causing damage to the locks and not operating the locks easily, if at all. 
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The list of caves fitted with a CSCC standard lock is being updated but currently includes:  Attborough Swallet, Axbridge Hill Cavern, Balch Cave, Blackmoor Swallet (Stainsby's Shaft), Chardswell Cave, Compton Martin Ochre Mine, Conning Tower Cave, Coral Cave, Cuckoo Cleeves, Eighteen Acre Swallet, Fairy Cave Quarry car park, Five Buddles Sink, Hillier's Cave, Hobnail Hole, Loxton Cave, Loxton Quarry Cave, Maesbury Swallet, Priddy Green Sink, Singing River Mine, Sludge Pit Hole, Snake Pit Hole, Spider Hole, Star Shaft Mine, Stock Hill Mine Cave, Stocks House Shaft, Ubley Warren Pot (both entrances, but currently closed) Viaduct Sink (currently closed), Waterwheel Swallet, West Twin Brook Adit, Windsor Hill Flood Sink 1, and Windsor Hill Flood Sink 2. The list of caves fitted with a CSCC standard lock is being updated but currently includes:  Attborough Swallet, Axbridge Hill Cavern, Balch Cave, Blackmoor Swallet (Stainsby's Shaft), Chardswell Cave, Compton Martin Ochre Mine, Conning Tower Cave, Coral Cave, Cuckoo Cleeves, Eighteen Acre Swallet, Fairy Cave Quarry car park, Five Buddles Sink, Hillier's Cave, Hobnail Hole, Loxton Cave, Loxton Quarry Cave, Maesbury Swallet, Priddy Green Sink, Singing River Mine, Sludge Pit Hole, Snake Pit Hole, Spider Hole, Star Shaft Mine, Stock Hill Mine Cave, Stocks House Shaft, Ubley Warren Pot (both entrances, but currently closed) Viaduct Sink (currently closed), Waterwheel Swallet, West Twin Brook Adit, Windsor Hill Flood Sink 1, and Windsor Hill Flood Sink 2.
-Some caves have particular access requirements which it is important to comply with to maintain free access, and the Access Guide on the CSCC web site should be checked before making a visit.  The Guide is in the process of being updated.+Some caves have particular access requirements which it is important to comply with to maintain free access, and the [[access:start|Access Guide]] on the CSCC web site should be checked before making a visit.  The Guide is in the process of being updated.
For further information, updates, and availability of keys, etc contact Graham Price via email at cscc [at] cave.org.uk. For further information, updates, and availability of keys, etc contact Graham Price via email at cscc [at] cave.org.uk.
Graham Price\\ Graham Price\\
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=====Box Quarry currently closed===== =====Box Quarry currently closed=====
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Les Williams\\ Les Williams\\
CSCC C&A Officer\\ CSCC C&A Officer\\
-14/07/2017\\+14/07/2017 
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===== Breakthrough in Tween Twins Hole (Fester Hole) ===== ===== Breakthrough in Tween Twins Hole (Fester Hole) =====
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Jonathan Williams \\ Jonathan Williams \\
Posted 21/3/2016 by Aubrey Newport\\ Posted 21/3/2016 by Aubrey Newport\\
-CSCC Webmaster\\+CSCC Webmaster
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Les Williams\\ Les Williams\\
-CSCC C&A Officer.\\+CSCC C&A Officer\\
30/9/2014 30/9/2014
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===== Box Back Door Locked ===== ===== Box Back Door Locked =====
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John the landlord of the Quarryman's Arms has just informed me that Hansons John the landlord of the Quarryman's Arms has just informed me that Hansons
has padlocked the Backdoor. No notices and in fact some people were inside has padlocked the Backdoor. No notices and in fact some people were inside
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Neil Reaich (via Chris Smart)\\ Neil Reaich (via Chris Smart)\\
posted 26/9/2014 posted 26/9/2014
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===== CSCC Access Policy ===== ===== CSCC Access Policy =====
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CSCC webmaster\\ CSCC webmaster\\
Posted 5/8/2014 Posted 5/8/2014
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Update to White Pit Access Guidelines (now gate has been repaired and it can be opened from the inside) Key to be issued by either a BEC or WCC committee member. Bookings taken via the caving secretary of either club. Contact either caving@bec-cave.org.uk or caving@wessex-cave-club.org. Take caution with the CO2 - in summer months it is particularly bad, but can be bad at other times too, so if your breathing becomes unusually hard, a quick exit is advised. White Pit is a 'leader led' system, in that once you have had a trip in there and been shown around, you are effectively a leader and can book the key yourself. When crossing the field, please walk along the footpath by the wall until you are level with the cave fence before you cross as there are often crops in the field. Please put the lock back on the mechanism before entering the cave, the lever to open from the inside is fully functional. If you are visiting Talus IV, please do so before the rest of the cave to avoid dirty oversuits bringing mud near the formations. Take good care around the formations in Talus IV, St Alactite’s Hall and the pearls at the bottom of Prophecy Pot as some of these are particularly vulnerable to passing cavers. The areas that are still obviously active digs, please take extra care in. These are also occasionally banged – a ‘date of last banged’ note will be displayed at the bottom of the entrance by the CO2 sign. Update to White Pit Access Guidelines (now gate has been repaired and it can be opened from the inside) Key to be issued by either a BEC or WCC committee member. Bookings taken via the caving secretary of either club. Contact either caving@bec-cave.org.uk or caving@wessex-cave-club.org. Take caution with the CO2 - in summer months it is particularly bad, but can be bad at other times too, so if your breathing becomes unusually hard, a quick exit is advised. White Pit is a 'leader led' system, in that once you have had a trip in there and been shown around, you are effectively a leader and can book the key yourself. When crossing the field, please walk along the footpath by the wall until you are level with the cave fence before you cross as there are often crops in the field. Please put the lock back on the mechanism before entering the cave, the lever to open from the inside is fully functional. If you are visiting Talus IV, please do so before the rest of the cave to avoid dirty oversuits bringing mud near the formations. Take good care around the formations in Talus IV, St Alactite’s Hall and the pearls at the bottom of Prophecy Pot as some of these are particularly vulnerable to passing cavers. The areas that are still obviously active digs, please take extra care in. These are also occasionally banged – a ‘date of last banged’ note will be displayed at the bottom of the entrance by the CO2 sign.
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Les Williams\\ Les Williams\\