.... and I heard from the campsite owner that they may re-open if Covid rules are removed.
BCA should put its hand in its pocket and buy the place. It would make an excellent National Caving Centre.Mark
Quote from: Mark Wright on June 07, 2021, 09:34:10 amBCA should put its hand in its pocket and buy the place. It would make an excellent National Caving Centre.MarkWe could put down a decent deposit but would need a fairly hefty mortgage for the other £400k ish Which I guess is part of the pubs around abouts closing - with housing prices exploding I'm guessing lots of landlords are eyeing up a sale?
If all the UK's caving organisations, e.g., BCA, BCRA, GPF, pooled their collective resources they could probably afford to pay for it with no borrowing at all and, if managed properly, could probably turn a profit better than the sub 1% they currently make?Mark
would you believe that an increasing number of student cavers don't/barely drink!.
I'm not sure pooling all the wealth of the UK's national caving bodies into a single pub in a single region (that could potentially run at a loss given it has just shut down anyway) is the best policy :PEspecially given that cavers probably wouldn't even bother going to that often anyway (given social changes etc. - would you believe that an increasing number of student cavers don't/barely drink!), and *definitely* if expecting to be priced at anything like what cavers expect for accommodation, or relying on famously tight-fisted cavers to spend money...
It wasn't that long ago that the BCRA came cap in hand to the BCA wanting money because they didn't want to dip into their equally significant reserves.
1. The perfect location for our annual Hidden Earth Conference and other such potentially profit making caving related events, thus saving the significant costs and headache of having to find and rent a school or other such venue, with no neighbours to annoy.
2. An equally ideal location for the British Caving Library, thus saving the current rental costs of Glutton Bridge (though I'm sure Jenny and Mary might have something to say about it).
3. Secure, regulated accommodation in the heart of the UK's biggest caving region for youngsters who don't have the benefit of having family members who are cavers. This could reduce the significant burdens placed on clubs and their members to accommodate youngsters and take them caving.
4. A central location for outdoor pursuits instructors from all around the country to utilise for the very important activities that encourage youngsters into the sport, which I'm sure the BCA Y&D group could support. This could also include a central equipment store for such activities.
5. Provide employment and accommodation for someone to run the place.
6. Provide valuable income for the local community.
7. Provide a central location for the Northern Section of the CDG to have a compressor and charge for refills?
8. Provide an excellent location for those that do like a pint and an affordable pie and pea supper after a caving trip.
It's a pub
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