Replacement gate at Compton Martin Ochre Mine

The gate at Compton martin Ochre Mine has needed replacement for some time, after the old gate rusted away.

This has now been completed, so please remember to bring a CSCC key if you are visiting.

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1st June 2022

Notification of CSCC AGM

The AGM will be a Zoom meeting on the Friday 13th May 2022.

Nominations for officer posts must be received by the Secretary no later than 15th March.

Motions for amendment to the Constitution must be sent to the secretary by the 18th March.

1st February 2022

Rockfall In Rhino Rift - Update

Fallen Rock And Through Bolt by Andrew Atkinson Following the email yesterday regarding reports of loose rock in Rhino Rift, Andrew Atkinson, CSCC’s Equipment & Techniques Officer, supported by Sioned Haughton, visited the cave at the request of CCC Ltd on the evening of Monday 17th January.

Following the remedial work undertaken, the cave is open for trips.

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18th January 2022

Waterwheel Swallet Closed Following Break-in

Waterwheel has recently been broken into and the gate vandalised.

Repairs to the gate will be carried out as soon as possible. Until the gate is replaced the cave is not available for trips.

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2nd January 2022

BCA AGM 2021 Ballot Results

The results of the ballots following the recent AGM have now been announced.

Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the losers.

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1st November 2021

J'Rat Digging Award 2021

An evening of talks and presentations including the giving of the annual J'Rat Digging Award.

Saturday 20th November from 19:30hrs in the Long Room, Hunters Lodge Inn.

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31st October 2021

Singing River Mine Access

Singing River Mine by Paul Stillman Following a change in ownership and landscaping work, the entrance to Singing River Mine is now located in a private garden.

Arrangements for future access are under discussion and will be available as soon as possible.

In the meantime all visits should be avoided.

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8th July 2021

CCC Ltd: Rhino Right Hand Route Rebolted

From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd

After a long day’s work last weekend, the Right-Hand Route in Rhino Rift has been rebolted using BCA approved IC resin anchors.

The resin holding the new bolts has now had time to cure and so the route is usable again from this weekend (26th June) …

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25th June 2021

Thrupe Lane Swallet to receive CSCC Padlock

Thrupe Lane Swallet poss. by Dave King

Following requests from concerned locals, a CSCC padlock will be fitted to the entrance gate of Thrupe Lane Swallet.

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9th June 2021

MCR: Invitation to Join Mendip Cave Rescue

From Mendip Cave Rescue

MCR has had to restructure itself and has reconstituted itself as a registered charity. With the new structure cavers who wish to continue supporting the MCR by being on the cavers call out list are invited to apply for associate membership …

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26th May 2021

CCC Ltd: WARNING - Rockfall in G.B. Cave - Update

From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd


Following the rockfall notified and publicised in early February, a further inspection trip was scheduled for 6 April, following the relaxation of covid restrictions. On 5th April, a report was received of a further fall. The inspection trip comprised Linda Wilson (Conservation Officer), Dave King and Graham Price (CCC Directors). A large area of the side of the passage above the big steps on the left hand side (when travelling into the cave, heading downstream) has come away, resulting in a massive, unstable talus cone of boulders, large rocks, smaller shattered rocks and mud that now completely covers the steps almost to the base of the ledge in the middle of the climb. Boulders and large rocks are spread over a wide area in the passage below the climb …

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7th Apr 2021

Coronavirus Recovery Roadmap: Stage 1

Dear Southern Cavers,

It is with some relief that as from Monday 29th March that the national “stay at home” rule will end, and the long path to a return to something like normality can begin. This means that it is no longer illegal to leave home without a valid excuse, though the government asks that we all minimise the number of journeys we make. From Monday 29th it is also permitted for up to 6 people, or two households, to meet outdoors and for people to take part formally organised outdoor sports …

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28th Mar 2021

BCA: Covid Roadmap Update

Following the Government announcement for England in its Covid-19 Response Spring 2021 – the Roadmap out of Lockdown, BCA offers the following synopsis about how this may affect caving …

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29th March 2021

BCRC: Guidance Should a Return to Underground Activity Become Available

BCRC have issued a press release on the coronavirus giving guidance should a return to underground activity become available …

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27th June 2020

Access to caves in Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Caves Logo Further to the decision by Longleat to close the show caves and suspend their operations in Cheddar, they have notified CSCC that with immediate effect caver access to all caves on Longleat property which includes the whole south side of the Gorge, is no longer available. This includes all caves and digs, and affects sites such as Reservoir Hole, Spider Hole, Goughs Cave, Long Hole, Great Oones etc …

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11th Oct 2020

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Met Office Weather Warnings

Met Office Logo Any weather warnings for southern England in the next seven days are listed here:

  • Amber warning of extreme heat affecting South West England
    Amber warning of extreme heat affecting South West England: Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire valid from 2300 Wed 10 Aug to 2259 Sun 14 Aug
  • Amber warning of extreme heat affecting London & South East England
    Amber warning of extreme heat affecting London & South East England: Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham valid from 2300 Wed 10 Aug to 2259 Sun 14 Aug
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