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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #75 on: July 11, 2020, 08:15:49 pm »
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CHARTERHOUSE CAVING COMPANY LTD

RE-OPENING THE CAVES 13th JULY 2020

 

Following the updated advice from government, the BCA and the BCRC, the company is able to recommence visits to the caves under its management from Monday 13th July 2020. Visits are, of course, subject to the normal requirements of the access agreements and also to the additional recommendations listed below.

Until further notice each club is asked not to issue more than one key for each cave on any one day.Social distancing and hygiene protocols must be followed when issuing and returning both keys and permits. It is recommended that visitors use hand sanitiser before and after unlocking and locking cave gates.No cars are to be parked at Charterhouse Farm by request of the owners and no changing is to take place there. Parking for G.B. and Charterhouse must therefore be in the layby by the field entrance on the road.It is recommended that you have a plan "B" if you are likely to meet other cavers underground.Ash dieback is affecting trees throughout the Mendip area. Take care when using the permissive path through Longwood Valley especially in high winds.

We also recommend that the following additional advice from the Secretary of the BCA is adhered to.

Plan for an alternative location if the location is already occupied, so as to minimise the risk of transmission of the coronavirus between groups;Noting that whilst some rural communities are content to see cavers, others may still be reluctant to have visitors, so check local information before visiting and take care when approaching any location;The ‘service’ provided by cave rescue organisations may be reduced and could take longer to arrive at the scene of an incident, so cavers and mine explorers should special care to reduce the risk of a call out;Follow government guidance on contact with shared tackle, hand washing / use of hand sanitizer and maintain an appropriate social distance where reasonably possible both above and underground, so as to minimise the risk of transmission of the coronavirus; andKeep a record for 21 days of whom you have associated with in case they subsequently realise that they are infected, so as to facilitate the government’s test and trace program.

 Pete Hann

Chairman, on behalf of the Directors, CCC Ltd, July 11th 2020

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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #76 on: July 12, 2020, 09:10:22 am »
Caving kit packed for Tuesday. :beer2:

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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #77 on: July 12, 2020, 11:12:27 am »
Light charged for tomorrow  :)
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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #78 on: July 12, 2020, 02:10:24 pm »
It's fairly safe to say that most of Mendip is open to caving following whatever guidelines are in place nationally and locally. Possibly Eastwater remains closed at the landowner's request but the key collection notice was in the lane on Thursday. For the moment it is best to remain unobtrusive. A rush of applications for leader caves would not be appreciated as a gentle phase into caving is best. In any case, a willing cave leader ( warden ) will still have to volunteer to take a trip and that might be an issue for further delay.

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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #79 on: July 12, 2020, 04:05:13 pm »
Don't know how other leaders and wardens are doing, but I've already got two Charterhouse trips booked in for August, which is as much as I'll have time for, for a while unfortunately.
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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #80 on: July 13, 2020, 11:03:44 am »
“In light of the latest easing of lockdown restrictions & announcements Fairy Cave Quarry Management Committee are re-opening access to the caves in the quarry from Monday 13th July 2020.

It is advised that any recommendation and advice from the Government, BCRC & BCA are followed along with the following:-

It is recommended that you use a hand sanitiser before and after handling padlocks and gates.

It is important to minimise risks as much as possible, therefore cave within your capability. Although MCR are operational it may take longer for a callout response from MCR and other emergency services.

To reduce the risk of meeting other cavers underground, bearing in mind the restricted nature of the caves in FCQ, it is suggested that a discrete note be put on the dashboard of parked vehicles with just the name of cave (or cave initials) and possibly the intended route (do not put times etc). It is recommended that you have a plan "B" if you are likely to meet other cavers underground.

Ash dieback is affecting trees throughout the Mendip area including in and around the quarry and car park. This can seriously impact on the strength and reliability of even large trees. An inspection of the ash trees will be carried out in the near future.

Wardens for the guided trips within the quarry may be limited due to wardens self isolating etc. Any requests for trips will be sent to the the wardens list as usual and it is up to the wardens whether or not they feel safe to guide a trip.

Fairy Cave Quarry Management Committee.

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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #81 on: July 14, 2020, 11:40:01 pm »
I've heard nothing to say it isn't open and there is no sign or note or anything there to say that you shouldn't use it. There is no sign or note on the box where you put your money either, so I would assume that it is ok.

When I spoke to the farmer a month ago,  he is happy for cavers to still use the changing barn as they don't go up there at all. Obviously at your own risk.

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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #82 on: July 15, 2020, 12:35:12 pm »
That still means walking across the road. If you want to be tactful change at the Wessex.

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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #83 on: July 15, 2020, 01:11:09 pm »
That still means walking across the road. If you want to be tactful change at the Wessex.
Just wondering what’s wrong with crossing the road?

I thought the Wessex was just for members and their guests as set out by the information sent out to members recently

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Re: Mendip Caves closed due to Coronavirus
« Reply #84 on: July 15, 2020, 02:46:42 pm »
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I thought the Wessex was just for members and their guests

I can confirm that at present only Members and their personal guests should use the car park at Upper Pitts.

 

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