CLUB EVENTS AND MEET REPORTS 2018

Jan 26-28: Whitewalls with Annual Dinner and AGM A number of trips took place on Saturday, including Draenen Streamway to Rifleman’s, Aggy Outer Circle, and the Annual Aggy Bat Count. This was followed by an excellent Annual Dinner at The Bear, Crickhowell, and the club AGM on Sunday.
Feb 23-25: Whitewalls Meet and Gin Night We had a couple of different trips in OFD on Saturday. One team experienced the very “interesting” traverses found in the Prokofiev Series and Nyth Bran, while the other explored the highlights to be found in a general wander around OFD 2. This was followed by an evening of Gin tasting and Trevor’s fantastic tapas feast.
March 16-18: Whitewalls We had another unusual trip on a home club weekend, this time visiting The Realm of Baron Von Carno in Draenen.
April 20-22: Whitewalls This weekend included a foray into The Forest of Dean for a trip to Slaughter Stream Cave.
May 4-7: Mendip Cave Fest
May 18-21: ODSS Working Weekend A productive weekend including huge amounts of digging and cementing, as well as drinking beer in the sunshine. Fitting of a new septic tank, pumping station and rising main pipe, as well as some demolition of internal parts of the Old Daren Sunday School.
June 1-4: NAMHO,  Forest of Dean There were many interesting trip into the mines of the area, and a number of members attended the event. Helen was inspired and intends to arrange some CSS trips to some of the highlights sometime in the future…
June 29-July 1: CSS Summer BBQ A fantastic weekend of top-notch caving, radiant sunshine, and barbequed food was had. There were caving trips to Aggy and OFD on Saturday, with 3 teams heading into OFD 1. Two of which did the through trip, while the other exited through Cwm Dwr.
July 27-29: North Wales Staying at the Cave & Crag hut in Tremadog. Heavy rain and gusty wind failed to dampen our spirits and we had a brilliant excursion to Parys Mountain for the Parys/Mona through trip, followed by a BBQ feast and a roaring fire in the ruined barn at the hut. This was followed by an excellent trip into Cwmorthin courtesy of Matt and the Go Below team.  
May 25-28: Yorkshire Staying at CPC’s Ivy Cottage. For once the weather was far nicer up North than it was down in the South, so a hardy bunch of cavers got to walk in blistering heat to do a Gaping Gill through-trip from Marilyn to Flood Entrance Saturday, Little Hull Pot and Hunt Pot on Sunday and a gentle scenic trip to Illusion Pot on the B/H Monday.
August 10-12: Helen’s Hen Party in Daren Cilau  A weekend staying at the HRC camp in Daren Cilau. We entered the cave Friday, exited Sunday, and had a jolly day of varied activities Saturday. One team progressing the dig at Beyond Time, and another visiting the Blue-Greenies. Followed by a feast of Curry and a Hen Party on the Shores of St David's Sump.  
August 24-27: Whitewalls Weekend and South Wales Cave Fest  This was a part caving, part working weekend. Various members led trips for the CaveFest South Wales event based in Crickhowell and generally messed about underground, while a hardy bunch of workers did some sterling rebuilding work on the Sunday School porch roof.  
© Chelsea Spelaeological Society - Updated August 2018

CLUB EVENTS 2018

Trips, meets and events for 2018. At time of writing some venues and dates are provisional. Other items and additional detail will be added as it becomes available. Contact the Meets Organiser - Helen Pemberton for more information.
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UPCOMING MEETS September 8 - SMWCRT Rescue Practice Based at Whitewalls and taking place in Agen Allwedd between 9:30 and 17:00. This will be followed by an auction of old rescue kit to raise money for the team. Please come along to support the event if you can. September 21-23 - Hidden Earth, Churchill, Mendip See the Hidden Earth website https://hidden.earth/ for further information about the event. October 14-21 - CSS Trip to Mallorca This will be a week-long caving holiday, to explore some of the many excellent and well decorated caves on the island. There will be a mix of trips available, both SRT and non SRT, plus canyoning, walking, running and snorkelling. We’ll be staying in a villa with mountain views, swimming pool, BBQ area, and jacuzzi, situated within easy reach of caves, beaches, mountains and a brewery. November 2-4 - Whitewalls Bonfire Weekend Saturday’s trip will be to “Spectacles or Bra” in the Inner Circle area of Aggy, followed by an evening of bonfire and fireworks at Whitewalls. Hot food, puddings and barrels of beer will be provided for a small fee. Please bring a firework to contribute to the display, and aim for one large one rather than multiple little ones. Nov 30-Dec 2 - Curry Weekend Saturday night is Curry Night, so bring along a homemade curry to share. Caving to include a cave rescue practice in OFD on Saturday, plus other trips TBA. Sunday's caving will be fart powered and suitable for fat bellies, Ogof Rhyd Sych perhaps ;) January 25-27 2019 - Whitewalls Annual Dinner and AGM Weekend Short caving trips on Saturday, to give plenty of time to get dressed up for dinner at The Bear in Crickhowell. So dust off those DJs. A set menu for the dinner will be made available nearer the time. The AGM will be on the Sunday.