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Offline The Old Ruminator

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Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« on: December 31, 2016, 03:52:58 pm »
A screen grab from Brian Prewer. Eric Catherine in his usual seat at Fairy Cave Quarry.


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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2017, 09:58:03 am »
Another later view. Amazing how open it all looks. Now the cottage is a ruin shaded by trees. I still take a little care of it removing a microwave that was dumped there recently. The abandoned three piece suite I dragged to a corner. Its mouldering away quietly. A bit like me I suppose. After the windows collapsed I brought home a couple of the ancient ham stone lintels to set in the garden.


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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 10:01:54 am »
BCG kept their side neat and tidy as there were originally two cottages there. We amalgamated the assets and knocked through the thick wall to join the cottages together. I suppose poor old Eric is long gone but a few of us left from the mid 60's still visit the caves.


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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017, 02:57:56 pm »
Stopped off there recently and had a pss against the back wall for old times sake :)

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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2019, 05:41:53 pm »
I used to go caving with the Border Caving group back in the 70's and remember doing Shatter with Eric Catherine. I tried to find the old cottage when I went climbing in Fairy Cave Quarry recently, but just couldn't remember where it was? Can anyone help?

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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2019, 09:10:11 am »
It was by the small parking area that is locked, just down from the quarry gate. Nothing to see now.

Another image on MCRA: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mendipcaveregistryarchive/6730100509

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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2019, 09:35:09 am »
It was by the small parking area that is locked, just down from the quarry gate. Nothing to see now.

Another image on MCRA: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mendipcaveregistryarchive/6730100509

Aaaah, those were the days.


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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2019, 09:36:52 pm »
Thanks for the info, and for posting the photos; great memories!

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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2019, 09:19:05 am »
It was by the small parking area that is locked, just down from the quarry gate. Nothing to see now.

Another image on MCRA: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mendipcaveregistryarchive/6730100509

I wonder whose car that is in this image. A frog eye Sprite ? There are CSS logos on both doors now so it looks to be after the two clubs amalgamated. I had to laugh at the Freem's Fairy Cave Quarry film as it shows me larking about in the road by the cottage and scampering around the quarry in the 1970,s. A cine film taken by Pete Rose.

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Re: Border Caving Group at CSS Cottage
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2019, 10:16:51 am »