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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #50 on: March 11, 2018, 10:14:41 am »
So today we meet the members of the Cambrian caving council. Our aim is to gain their support for South Wales Cavefest this coming August.
CavefestUK will update later today with any news we have.
In the meantime........
Don't forget to sign up and enter your submissions if you are looking to attend the Mendip cave festival this May. Some trips are already filled and others are filling fast.
We look forward to seeing you all at one of these festivals.
And remember. Cave safe and stay safe.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #51 on: March 11, 2018, 03:56:49 pm »
I've been having a bit of a think about events such as this and I'm not sure I see the point. What is the Mendip Cavefest? Something that just arranges trips for people and just means that they won't have to get off of their arses to sort out getting a few friends together and organising a key or a permit?
I think it does put added strain on our fragile caves, that are already in danger from overuse in some cases, to have an event that has the stated aim of putting hundreds of caver hours worth of wellies in them.
I'm all for promoting caving as a sport, but is this the right way to be doing it? Is it promoting caving?

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #52 on: March 11, 2018, 04:49:37 pm »
Best people stop promoting caving full stop then if overuse of fragile caves is a problem.

Best not to promote CRoW as well.
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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #53 on: March 11, 2018, 05:14:07 pm »
Best people stop promoting caving full stop then if overuse of fragile caves is a problem.

Best not to promote CRoW as well.

That's all right as it isn't promoting caving. It's just organising trips for people that can't be arsed to sort out their own.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #54 on: March 11, 2018, 06:38:29 pm »
 
getting a few friends together and organising a key or a permit?

Usual case of thinking everyone is the same as you. A common starting point for some on this forum.

What makes you think I have friends? let alone caving ones.
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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #55 on: March 11, 2018, 07:33:11 pm »
We were told today that this event/function/get together will happen in other areas as well - I think South Wales was mentioned for later in the year?

I don't see an issue with it, and I think it's a fair achievement to get mere mortals access to many mendip caves without knowing the funny handshakes or who to do them with.  :tease: ;)
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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #56 on: March 11, 2018, 08:22:46 pm »
 
getting a few friends together and organising a key or a permit?

Usual case of thinking everyone is the same as you. A common starting point for some on this forum.

What makes you think I have friends? let alone caving ones.

So should it be called BillyNoMatesFest then?  :spank: ;D

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #57 on: March 11, 2018, 08:24:24 pm »
We were told today that this event/function/get together will happen in other areas as well - I think South Wales was mentioned for later in the year?

I don't see an issue with it, and I think it's a fair achievement to get mere mortals access to many mendip caves without knowing the funny handshakes or who to do them with.  :tease: ;)

I don't have an issue with it. It just seems to be some sort of permit arrangement service.   :shrug:

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2018, 08:25:48 pm »
If you don't have an issue, why the moan?
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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #59 on: March 12, 2018, 01:36:06 pm »
So today we meet the members of the Cambrian caving council. Our aim is to gain their support for South Wales Cavefest this coming August.
CavefestUK will update later today with any news we have.
In the meantime........
Don't forget to sign up and enter your submissions if you are looking to attend the Mendip cave festival this May. Some trips are already filled and others are filling fast.
We look forward to seeing you all at one of these festivals.
And remember. Cave safe and stay safe.

Great to see people putting in such an effort to organise these events.  Perhaps the main thing is bringing people together.  However Cavefest starts out who can say where it will lead to.  There is every chance that in years to come this will be the premier caving event of the year.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #60 on: March 14, 2018, 06:53:51 am »
Interesting reading.
It's great that different opinions are aired like this as it gives us here at CavefestUK everything we need.  Information.
 Our basic aim has always been bringing new and old together in the community. Cavers who simply don't know how or where can enjoy an experience geared specifically towards showing them, and providing for them, everything they need to further their curiosity.
Thanks everyone.


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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #61 on: March 28, 2018, 07:24:50 pm »
We here at CavefestUK would like to thank the Mendip AONB. They have kindly agreed to run a guided walk from Priddy village hall at 10am on Saturday 5th May.
The full details are on the CavefestUK website on the timetable page
Please show your support.
Thanks you.
Neil

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #62 on: April 13, 2018, 09:23:25 am »
We were told today that this event/function/get together will happen in other areas as well - I think South Wales was mentioned for later in the year?

I don't see an issue with it, and I think it's a fair achievement to get mere mortals access to many mendip caves without knowing the funny handshakes or who to do them with.  :tease: ;)

There is indeed a South Wales event later this year. August bank holiday. Details are on the website.
It must also be said that the ease of access is not often as simple as it is suggested. Leaders availability is often an issue. This event, and others to follow, are aimed towards bringing the community together and giving new experiences to people old and new.
Coming into the caving community can be daunting for some, (we are a secretive and protective bunch at times) and CavefestUK gives opportunity to all to discover new connections, and caves.

We hope to see you all in May.
Thanks again.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #63 on: April 15, 2018, 08:58:24 pm »
Trips/leaders and spaces availble or not so far!

Saturday-

Saint Cuthberts 1st trip: Leader Martin Grass. 1 place availble.

Saint Cuthberts 2nd trip: Leader Stuart Mcmanus. 1 place available.

Swildons Round Trip: Leader Oliver Newton. 1 place available.

Swildons Sump 1: Leader TBA. 4 places available.

GB Round Trip: Leader Jamie Larke. 1 place available.

GB Great Chamber: Leader Darren Postains. 1 place available.

Reservoir Hole: Leader Mike Kushy. Fully booked.

Upper Flood: Leader Bill Chadwick. Fully booked.

Burrington day (novices and kids with guardians): Leaders Paul Wilman & Glen Hunt with assistance from others. 12 places booked so far.

Longwood Swallet: Leader Dave Ball. Fully booked.

Thrupe Lane SRT: Leader Vaisey Bramley. 1 place available.

Eastwater Cavern: Leader Neil Jackson. 4 places available.

Charterhouse 1st Trip: Leader Emma Gisborne. Fully booked.

Charterhouse 2nd Trip: Leader TBA. 3 places available.

Fester Hole: Leader Jon Williams. 1 place available.

Rods to Bath: Leader TBA. 3 places available.

Sunday-

Swildons Round Trip: Leader Dave Ball. 4 places available.

Swildons Sump 1: Leader TBA. 2 places available.

Upper Flood: Leader TBA. 1 place available.

GB (MCRA demo): 11 booked so far, potentially 9 places left.

Reservoir Hole: Leader Vern Freeman. Fully booked.

Thrupe Lane: Leader Vaisey Bramley. 2 places left.

Rhino Rift: Leader Henry Davis Ball. Fully booked.

Saint Cuthberts: Leader Peter Glanville. Fully booked.

Eastwater: Leader Neil Jackson. 1 place available.

Lionels Hole: Leader Paul Wilman. Fully booked.

Stoke Lane Slocker: Leader Paul Fairman. 3 places available.

Shute Shelve: Leader Alan Gray. 7 places available.

Hilliers to Fairy Cave: Leader TBA. 3 places available.


We hope this helps you to deciding on what trip to do if you haven't registered yet.

We will be in the Hunters Lodge backroom, from lunchtime on the Friday of the event and early Saturday/Sunday at the village hall. With the aim to register late applicants or ammend booked trips/gather leaders. We understand not everyone is computer literate.

In the mean time if you have questions or queries, would like to book a place...please send us a PM or email us [email protected]

Many thanks from all the team and we look forward to seeing you there!




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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #64 on: April 15, 2018, 09:04:38 pm »
We are really seeking a leader for Rhino Rift and Rods to Bath for the Saturday.

Upper Flood for the Sunday.

We also have the hall booked all day and so far only one speaker...if you would like to showcase a video or make a talk there will be a projector and screen made available and plenty of tea and cake :)

Get in touch if you can fancy leading these trips.

Thanks again!

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #65 on: April 15, 2018, 10:00:21 pm »
You won't manage the Swildon's Round trip unless there are a few preparatory trips over the next 3 weeks!

See https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=22819.0

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #66 on: April 15, 2018, 10:29:48 pm »
It has been discussed...we may change these to other parts of the cave.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #67 on: April 15, 2018, 11:05:21 pm »
It is doable with, only 2 inches of airspace. Ah , the good old days.
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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #68 on: April 16, 2018, 06:47:24 am »
Hopefully it is dry weather up until the event now...and we can get a team in before to bail it, but we will keep in mind that the trip may have to be altered on the day.
Thanks all.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #69 on: April 16, 2018, 10:42:15 pm »
Trips/leaders and spaces available or not so far!

Saturday-

Saint Cuthberts 1st trip: Leader Martin Grass. Fully booked.

Saint Cuthberts 2nd trip: Leader Stuart Mcmanus. 1 place available.

Swildons Round Trip: Leader Oliver Newton. 1 place available.

Swildons Sump 1: Leader TBA. 4 places available.

GB Round Trip: Leader Jamie Larke. Fully booked.

GB Great Chamber: Leader Darren Postains. 1 place available.

Reservoir Hole: Leader Mike Kushy. Fully booked.

Upper Flood: Leader Bill Chadwick. Fully booked.

Burrington day (novices and kids with guardians): Leaders Paul Wilman & Glen Hunt with assistance from others. 13 places booked so far.

Longwood Swallet: Leader Dave Ball. Fully booked.

Thrupe Lane SRT: Leader Vaisey Bramley. Fully booked.

Eastwater Cavern: Leader Neil Jackson. 4 places available.

Charterhouse 1st Trip: Leader Emma Gisborne. Fully booked.

Charterhouse 2nd Trip: Andrew Atkinson. 2 places available...will involve a kit carry!

Fester Hole: Leader Jon Williams. 1 place available.

Rods to Bath: Leader TBA. 3 places available.

Sunday-

Swildons Round Trip: Leader Dave Ball. 4 places available.

Swildons Sump 1: Leader TBA. 2 places available.

Upper Flood: Leader Dan Matthews. Fully booked.

GB (MCRA demo): 11 booked so far, potentially 9 places left.

Reservoir Hole: Leader Vern Freeman. Fully booked.

Thrupe Lane: Leader Vaisey Bramley. 1 place left.

Rhino Rift: Leader Henry Davis Ball. 1 place available.

Saint Cuthberts: Leader Peter Hellier. Fully booked.

Eastwater: Leader Neil Jackson. 1 place available.

Lionels Hole or swildons upper series trip: Leader Paul Wilman. Fully booked.

Stoke Lane Slocker: Leader Paul Fairman. 3 places available.

Shute Shelve: Leader Alan Gray. 5 places available.

Hilliers to Fairy Cave: Leader Wayne Starsmore. Fully booked.

We hope this helps you to deciding on what trip to do if you haven't registered yet.

We will be in the Hunters Lodge backroom, from lunchtime on the Friday of the event and early Saturday/Sunday at the village hall. With the aim to register late applicants or ammend booked trips/gather leaders. We understand not everyone is computer literate.

We are really seeking a leader for Rhino Rift,Swildons sump 1 and Rods to Bath for the Saturday.

Or if you're interested in putting yourself forward as a leader for any tripbget in touch.

We also have the hall booked all day and so far only one speaker...if you would like to showcase a video or make a talk there will be a projector and screen made available and plenty of tea and cake 😀

In the mean time if you have questions or queries, would like to book a place...please send us a PM or email us [email protected]

Many thanks from all the team and we look forward to seeing you there!✌

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #70 on: April 20, 2018, 05:06:32 pm »
*For anyone planning on attending the MCR demo, please make sure you read this...if you know anyone interested please share this info with them*

"At present we are planning on having four underground work stations,1, Communications,(at the entrance to Mud Passage route from the Gorge) 2, Stretcher packaging,( The Gorge above the Bridge) 3, Pitch Hauling,(At the fixed ladder Devil’s Elbow route) 4, Casualty assessment, and “Before the rescue turns up” (The 1st climb, Mud passage route). We are planning to man each work station with two Wardens plus relevant equipment.
 
Because of the rules regarding the cave that we have to abide to, my plan is:
People can park at the Farm as per usual, but please share cars. The £1 per car will still apply, and please respect any directions from the farmer or his wife
Also please remember that valid permits will be required and the minimum age is now 18.
Checking in will be done at the Entrance (or very close)
Cave teams will need to go in at 5 minute intervals.
There will be two time slots for cavers wishing to attend, 20 cavers at 10:30 am (4 teams of 5) and 20 cavers at 1:00 pm (4 teams of 5). Hopefully every one out of the cave by 16:20"

Many thanks!

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #71 on: April 22, 2018, 12:39:32 pm »
LIVE BAND/SINGER WANTED! We need a replacement act for an Elvis Tribute slot for the evening- Saturday the 6th of May @ Priddy. The slot is for an hour.

Unfortunately the act has had a family issue and can no longer make it, ideally we would like another Elvis impersonator but we are open to suggestions.

We are a free event fundraising for MCR so we can't offer much,but we can offer free beer and food and can promise a crowd of 100 or so people to show off to!

Please do your best to help us out and many thanks in advance!

CaveFestUK team.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #72 on: April 22, 2018, 08:04:22 pm »
Brace yourselves. I am the leader for the Saturday Reservoir trip.

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #73 on: April 26, 2018, 05:14:59 pm »
MCR fundraiser! Saturday the 5th of May.

70`s themed fancy dress, prizes for two best dressed!

Food and bar supplied by the MCR.

Dj Basher providing the stomp and The Lodgers as a guest appearance!

Starts around 7pm at Priddy Village Hall.

Hope to see you there  :beer2:

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Re: Mendip Cave Festival 2018
« Reply #74 on: April 30, 2018, 06:13:33 pm »
Updates of trips for Mendip CaveFest (Full trips not included, just spaces available).

Don't forget to come to The Hunter's Lodge Friday day/evening to check any last minute changes and register.
Also late registrations and changes at Priddy village Hall 8.30am-10am Saturday and Sunday:


Friday-
3pm: Hunter's Lodge Inn Sink (Full BCA members and experienced cavers only, conservation strictly applies here!): 3 spaces

Saturday-
Swildons Round Trip: 4 spaces
Swildons Sump 1:4 spaces
GB Great Chamber:1 space
Rod's to Bath: 2 spaces
Charterhouse: 1 space
Burrington: spaces!

Sunday-
Swildons Round Trip: 2 spaces
MCR demo: 6 spaces
Rhino Rift: 2 spaces
St Cuthberts: 2 spaces
Eastwater Cavern: 1 space
Stoke Lane Slocker: 1 space
Shute Shelve: 2 spaces

Monday-
Upper Flood: 1 space

(We also need a leaders for Sump 1 Saturday and Sunday! Don't forget if you would like to lead a trip to let us know, get involved! :) )