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    The publication date for issue 289 is the 10th of December, meaning subscribers should receive their copies during the week leading up to that date. It is also available from caving suppliers such as Inglesport and Starless River, or from our new website

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    Is the Hunters opening on July 4th? I suppose it is, just checking, got some friends visiting. Thanks
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    Litter in Fairy Cave Quarry

    Someone's had a party in the quarry, there's a heap of bottles on the right hand section as  you go in towards Quarter Way Up Hole. On the right  against the face near the start. I didn't have a bag or anything, I'll take one next time.  Maybe someone will see this and clear the mess up.
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    Belt and krab outside the Tradesman's Entrance to Goatchurch on 9/6/19.
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    Goatchurch Cavern

    A colleague and I were discussing the date that Goatchurch became a short-lived showcave. He thought it was 1901, I thought I'd read an article saying it was later, 1913. However, I can't find the article, it's not in the UBSS Proceedings but the article giving 1901 is. Did I dream it or make it...
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    Elm Cave

    Could someone familiar with Eastern Mendip tell me  if there is access to this cave and how to find it? I know you can't get to it from Fordbury Bottom and I wandered around below Tedbury Quarry without luck. Thanks Chris
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    Rusland or Rusling Farm Pot

    Just out of interest but does anyone know what became of this cave?
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    Cheddar CC On-line log book

    I wrote a brief report which has not appeared on the recent topics page, because, I think,we haven't used it for a long time. However, it is here on the Mendip section.
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    I was down there today with the Cheddar CC and there is a strong and very unpleasant smell of diesel, so bad it made one of our number feel rough and we cut our trip short. I tried to inform the Cambrian CC but the Contact Us button did not work. Chris
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    DIY Express in Shepton Mallet have Dunlop boots at ?4.99, sizes 7 to 12. Going fast!
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    Trainers' advice

    I have heard, secondhand, that some CICs who are LCLMA assessors are saying that devices such as Tiblocks, Stops and jammers should not be used by Level 1 qualified leaders for hauling or protection as they are only for Level 2. This seems to be so ridiculous that it is hard to credit, and most...
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    Heale Farm Cave

    Has anyone obtained access to this cave recently? I've just tried to organise a club trip but they wanted copies of our insurance (which we don't have) and a risk assessment to include our impact on bats. I couldn't get this done in time, and I don't know if it's worth the trouble. Chris
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    Found Watch

    Found, a watch outside Swildon's Hole 19th June. Chris Castle
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    Tom Chapman

    Would someone send me Tom's mobile number please - I've lost it and have no other contact. I need him in a very squalid part of Gough's. Chris
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    Wigmore Swallet

    I'm going to Wigmore this week for the first time in years. Would someone please tell me what bolting is available for the ladders, and is it feasible to use SRT? Is the access unchanged? Thanks Chris
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    Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    I don't know if anyone apart from Graham and myself have any interest in Palaeolithic art but this film about Chauvet Cave in the Ardeche is well worth seeing. The background music is a bit intrusive and the film works best, I think, when the camera just shows the remarkable art without...
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    Why does a Pantin cost so much more than a standard jammer or Croll?
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    Compton Martin Ochre Mine

    Can anyone tell me if the mine is still accessible? Last time I was there the lock was seized. Thanks Chris
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    Light to use with digital camera

    On a recent trip to the Bath Stone Mines with some friends from Sub. Brit. I observed them using a powerful bicycle lamp to light paint. My club have expressed a wish to purchase a light for this purpose and I ask for advice as to whether this sort is the best option and if not, what do you...
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    Does anyone know what caused the big collapse in the A39 at Green Ore?
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    SRT thing found in Hunters Hole

    Found this morning in Hunters Hole - an item of SRT equipment.