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 +metatag-og:title=(Council of Southern Caving Clubs) 
 +metatag-og:description=(The Council of Southern Caving Clubs is an association of Caving Clubs whose main interests lie in the Mendip Hills of Somerset.) 
 +====== Welcome ======
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-<panel type="danger" title="CSCCCoronavirus Lockdown Mark 3"> +<panel type="warning" title="CCC LtdRhino Rift Closed Sat/Sun 19/20th June">
-Dear Southern Cavers,+
-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 have received word from the Secretary of CCC Ltd that following the unauthorised bolting of the Right Hand Route, Rhino Rift will be closed for the weekend of the 19/20th June for remedial bolt removal and rebolting of the Right Hand Route
-//"The third national lockdown is upon and this sees a return of the Government message to 'Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives' as the country tries to stop the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed. As with the March 2020 lockdown, leaving home is now only permitted for a limited number of reasons.//+17th June 2021 
-//Some of you will be wondering about provisions for exercise, potentially including caving, during lockdown. +<col xs="12" sm="6" md="4" lg="4"> 
-The restrictions include provisions for exercise during lockdown to help people maintain fitness and to support wellbeing. However, this exercise must only be taken alone, with your household/ bubble, or with one other person, and it must be in your immediate local area (defined as your village, town or part of the city in which you live).//+<panel type="primary" title="Thrupe Lane Swallet to receive CSCC Padlock"> 
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-//For the vast majority of uswho either prefer to cave with group of friends, or would need to travel away from our immediate local area to go caving, this means venturing underground is sadly off the cards for the duration of this lockdown. Instead, we advise that the next several weeks provide a much better opportunity to repair oversuits, clean equipment and plan your summer adventures instead.//+Following requests from concerned locals, a CSCC padlock will be fitted to the entrance gate of Thrupe Lane Swallet.
-//For the small number of people who live on the doorstep of our caves and are intent on visiting them as part of your exercise, we urge you to respect the restrictions on who you can exercise with, and to ensure your exercise regime is low risk and well within your capabilities.//+<btn>[[news:2021_06_09_thrup_lane_cscc_lock|Read more ...]]</btn>
-//We can't wait to bring you better news over the coming months and to see a return to caving in our region very soon."//+9th June 2021 
-As before it is up to the individual to decide whether or not it is possible for them to cave, but in addition to the following CNCC advice please be aware of the potential impression you may be making on landowners and local residents. We rely upon their goodwill for continued access and it would be terrible if the actions of a few result in reduced access once national restrictions start to be lifted.+<col xs="12" sm="6" md="4" lg="4"> 
 +<panel type="primary" title="MCR: Invitation to Join Mendip Cave Rescue"> 
 +{{ :news:mcr_logo.png?nolink&100|}} 
 +From Mendip Cave Rescue
-Ed Waters (CSCC Chairman)\\ +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 ... 
-9th Jan 2021+ 
 +<btn>[[news:2021_05_26_invitation_to_join_mcr|Read more ...]]</btn> 
 +26th May 2021
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-<panel type="danger" title="CSCC and MCRJoint Statement on Coronavirus Lockdown Mk 2 and Caving in the South"> +<panel type="warning" title="CCC LtdUnauthorised Bolting of Rhino Right Hand Route">
-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 pandemic. The details of these measures can be found at [[https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#travel]].+From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd
-One of the issues as regards caving is that you can only leave home for specific purposesone of which being;+At some point during the past six monthspersons unknown have made an unauthorised attempt to rebolt the Rhino Rift Right-Hand Route. 
-**"to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place with the people you live withwith your support bubble orwhen on your own, with 1 person from another"**+This became known at the recent CSCC AGM and the route was inspected on Tuesday 18th May. Unfortunately, the work has been poorly executed using various types of expansion bolts. Some of these have not set properly and rotate within their holes. Some have been placed too close to the pre-existing spits, compromising the strength and safety of both the new and the original anchors. Where possibleall the nuts and hangers have been removedalthough some could not be removed from some very poorly set bolts. Nothing could be done immediately about the dangerously placed ones and so this route should not be used until it can be fully rebolted by an approved installer using resin anchors ...
-If caving is considered to provide a form of "outdoor exercise" it 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 restrictionsCavers should think carefully whether a caving trip meets the latest travel restrictions, noting in particular that as of 2nd November;+<btn>[[news:2021_05_19_rhino_unauthorised_bolting|Read more ...]]</btn>
-  * **“You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.”** +19th May 2021 
-  * **“you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including … exercise, if you need to make a short journey to do so.”**+</panel> 
-Further points to consider are that some landowners may not feel comfortable in allowing cavers onto their land during lockdown. In these cases please be understanding and respect their wishes. The Council of Southern Caving Clubs (CSCC) will try to maintain a list of lockdown access arrangements, but 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 visitors, and 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.+<col xs="12" sm="6" md="4" lg="4"> 
 +<panel type="warning" title="CCC Ltd: Longwood Swallet Lock">
-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.+From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd
-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]].+The vandalised lock on Longwood Swallet has now been replaced and access to the cave has been restored.
-Ed Waters (CSCC Chairman) & Martin Grass (Hon Secretary MCR)\\ +Graham Mullan\\ 
-2nd November 2020 +Secretary\\ 
-</panel> +Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd\\ 
 +27th Apr 2021 
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-<panel type="primary" title="Annual J’Rat Digging Awards – 21st Nov 2020"> +<panel type="danger" title="CCC LtdWARNING - Rockfall in G.B. Cave - Update">
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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 finds, but 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.+From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd
-We would like to include some footage or photos/text or short powerpoint presentation including a survey of the larger findsbut 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.+ROCKFALL IN THE AREA OF THE WATERFALL CLIMBGB CAVERN
-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]]+Following the rockfall notified and publicised in early February, a further inspection trip was scheduled for 6 Aprilfollowing 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 ...
-More details of the release will follow nearer the main event... +<btn>[[:news:2021_04_07_rockfall_in_g.b._cave|Read more ...]]</btn>
-Estelle Sandford\\ +7th Apr 2021  
-30 Oct 2020 +</panel>
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-<panel type="danger" title="BCA: Information on Coronavirus and Caving">+<panel type="primary" title="Coronavirus Recovery Roadmap: Stage 1"> 
 +{{ :logo-2021.png?nolink&100|}} 
 +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 ...
-BCA have issued a series of useful updates on the coronavirus and how it related to caving. See the [[https://british-caving.org.uk/coronavirus-and-caving/|BCA Website]].+<btn>[[:news:2021_03_28_coronavirus_recovery_roadmap_stage_1|Read more ...]]</btn>
 +28th Mar 2021
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-<panel type="danger" title="BCRCGuidance Should a Return to Underground Activity Become Available">+<panel type="primary" title="BCACovid Roadmap Update"> 
 +{{ :bca-logo-mini-white.png?nolink&100|}} 
 +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 ...
-BCRC have issued a press release on the coronavirus giving guidance should a return to underground activity become available. See the [[https://www.caverescue.org.uk/cave-rescue-coronavirus-update/|BCRC Website]].+See the [[https://british-caving.org.uk/covid-roadmap-update/|BCA Website ...]]
 +29th March 2021
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-<panel type="primary" title="Access to caves in Cheddar Gorge"> +<panel type="primary" title="BCRC: Guidance Should a Return to Underground Activity Become Available">
-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.+
-Longleat are not adverse to reinstating caver access subject to an access agreement with CSCC. Negotiations to formalise an access procedure were started at the request of Longleat few years ago but were never concluded.+BCRC have issued a press release on the coronavirus giving guidance should return to underground activity become available ...
-Discussions have recommenced and both parties are hopeful of a favourable and positive outcome, however in the meantime all the caves are closed.+See the [[https://www.caverescue.org.uk/cave-rescue-coronavirus-update/|BCRC Website ...]]
-Longleat will be keeping a presence in the Gorge for maintenance purposes, but this is all. Approaches should not be made to Longleat or any of their representatives as permission to visit any of the caves will be denied. +27th June 2020
- +
-[[canda@cscc.org.uk|Graham Price]]\\ +
-Conservation & Access Officer\\ +
-11th Oct 2020+
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-<panel type="primary" title="CSCC: Latest Access News">+<panel type="primary" title="Access to caves in Cheddar Gorge"> 
 +{{ :news:cheddar_caves_logo.jpg?nolink&150|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 ...
-As far as CSCC is aware, all caves closed as a result of the coronavirus lockdown are now open.+<btn>[[news:2020_10_11_access_to_caves_in_cheddar_gorge|Read more ...]]</btn>
-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. +11th Oct 2020 
- +</panel> 
-Access requirements for specific sites can be found in the [[https://access-guide.cscc.org.uk|Access Guide]]. +</col>
- +
-If anyone is aware of any updates, please notify me. +
- +
-[[access.guide@cscc.org.uk|Graham Price]]\\ +
-Conservation & Access Officer\\ +
-25th Oct 2020+
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