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-<panel type="danger" title="CSCC and MCR: Joint Statement on Coronavirus Lockdown Mk 2 and Caving in the South">+<panel type="primary" title="Message from Chairman re Coronavirus">
 Dear Southern Cavers, Dear Southern Cavers,
  
-As most all of you will be aware, the government announced on Saturday that new lockdown measures will be introduced from Thursday 5th November in an attempt to control the ongoing COVID 19 pandemicThe details of these measures can be found at [[https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#travel]].+Well it looks like there may be light at the end of the lockdown tunnel as the vaccination programme proceeds at pace and warmer weather is on the wayI know we have all been frustrated with most of us stranded above ground for the best part of a year, but I am sure we can look forward to greater flexibility to get underground in the not too far distant future.
  
-One of the issues as regards caving is that you can only leave home for specific purposes, one of which being;+24 Feb 2021
  
-**"to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another"**+<btn>[[:news:2021_02_24_message_from_chairman_re_coronavirus|Read more ...]]</btn> 
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-If caving is considered to provide a form of "outdoor exerciseit will be up to individual cavers to decide whether or not they can or should go caving whilst meeting both the letter and spirit of the new national restrictions. Cavers should think carefully whether a caving trip meets the latest travel restrictions, noting in particular that as of 2nd November;+<col xs="12sm="6" md="4" lg="4"> 
 +<panel type="danger" title="CCC Ltd: WARNING - Rockfall in G.B. Cave - Update">
  
-  * **“You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.”** +From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd
-  * **“you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including … exercise, if you need to make a short journey to do so.”**+
  
-Further points to consider are that some landowners may not feel comfortable in allowing cavers onto their land during lockdownIn these cases please be understanding and respect their wishes. The Council of Southern Caving Clubs (CSCCwill try to maintain a list of lockdown access arrangementsbut given the fast-moving nature of the situation it is possible that cavers will come across restrictions not previously reported. In these cases please respect the landowners wishes and inform CSCC so that we can advise others. It is quite possible that local residents will be wary of visitorsand as such cavers should be discreet and avoid caves close to private residencies. If cavers are seen, or suspected, of breaking the national restrictions this could have serious long-term impacts upon our relationships with the communities we rely on for amongst other things access to our caves.+"The site of the reported rockfall in GB near the waterfall climb in Main Chamber has been checkedThere has been a recent fall of mud, gravel and smallish boulders on the left (when viewed facing downstream) of the waterfall climbnear the bottom. The wall above the last part of the climb (the big steps) appears as it did beforebut should be considered loose due to the recent fall
  
-A rescue during the lockdown would be a major issue for Mendip Cave Rescue (MCR). Whilst they will remain ready to come to the aid of anyone in need underground, the process will be complicated by lockdown restrictions which may slow response and wearing of PPE to minimise infection risk will hamper underground operations. As such please chose your trip carefully to ensure that it lies well within the abilities of all members of the party.+8 Feb 2021 
  
-We cannot advise you whether your trip, if you intend to cave, falls within government guidelines or not, but if you do decide to cave please think carefully about the potential consequences of your trip and ensure that you are complying with the latest government advice. The situation is evolving quickly and CSCC will continue to do our best to keep you informed of how the situation is affecting caving in the south via the [[https://cscc.org.uk|CSCC website]]+<btn>[[:news:2021_02_08_rockfall_in_g.b._cave|Read more ...]]</btn> 
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-Ed Waters (CSCC Chairman) & Martin Grass (Hon Secretary MCR)\\ +
-2nd November 2020 +
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-<panel type="primary" title="Annual J’Rat Digging Awards – 21st Nov 2020"> +<panel type="danger" title="Coronavirus Lockdown Mark 3"> 
-{{ :jrat_awards_poster_2020.jpg?direct |}} +Dear Southern Cavers,
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-Owing to COVID19, there will not be an event held in the Hunters for 2020 for the presentation of the Silver Shovel for Mendip and Scotland findsbut we don’t want the finds since 1st November 2019 to 31st October 2020 to go unrewarded and unnoticed!+
  
-Our plan is to create a short video for release on the 21st November announcing the winner and celebrating this year’s digging efforts in what can only be described as unusual times.+As all of you are now no doubt aware the UK is now in the throws of the third national lockdown and this places severe restrictions on our hobby. I would draw your attention to the statement made by the CNCC a few days ago (reproduced below), which provides some excellent advice and is applicable down south as it is up northThe CNCC advice reads;
  
-We would like to include some footage or photos/text or short powerpoint presentation including a survey of the larger finds, but also to invite any digging teams who wish to send over a short update of theirs too as a bit of a general digging update/Mendip and Scottish roundup. Please contact Estelle Sandford – [[estellesandford@gmail.com]] – with information on anything you would like us to include.+9 Jan 2021
  
-As per usual, the deadline is 31st October to send details of your 50 metres or more of cave passage found and surveyed in either Mendip or Scotland to Martin Grass – [[m.grass@btinternet.com]]+<btn>[[:news:2021_01_09_coronavirus._lockdown_mark_3|Read more ...]]</btn> 
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 +<panel type="danger" title="CSCC and MCR: Joint Statement on Coronavirus Lockdown Mark 2"> 
 +Dear Southern Cavers,
  
-Estelle Sandford\\ +As most all of you will be aware, the government announced on Saturday that new lockdown measures will be introduced from Thursday 5th November in an attempt to control the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. The details of these measures can be found at [[https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#travel]]. 
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-<panel type="primary" title="CSCC: Latest Access News"> 
  
-As far as CSCC is aware, all caves closed as a result of the coronavirus lockdown are now open. 
  
-Restrictions may apply to some caves whilst the virus is still prevalent in the community and it is important to respect the wishes of landowners in this regard. 
  
-Access requirements for specific sites can be found in the [[https://access-guide.cscc.org.uk|Access Guide]]. 
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-If anyone is aware of any updates, please notify me. 
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-[[access.guide@cscc.org.uk|Graham Price]]\\ 
-Conservation & Access Officer\\ 
-25th Oct 2020 
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