Some venues and dates are provisional. Other items and additional detail will be added as it becomes available.
CHELSEASPELÆOLOGICALSOCIETYCaving in Wales,the South of England,and beyond
28th-30th January – Annual Dinner and AGMThis year we return to The Old Rectory Hotel in Llangattock for the CSS Annual Dinner, with Martyn Farr as our guest speaker. Saturday’s caving trips include Craig a Ffynnon and also Agen Allwedd for the Annual Bat Count. The AGM will be held on Sunday at 11am in Crickhowell Village Hall.25th-27th February – Mendip MeetThree days of caving with accommodation at the Shepton Mallet Caving Club hut in Priddy. Leaders are booked for a selection of trips including Wookey Hole, St Cuthbert’s Swallet, Upper Flood Swallet and Charterhouse Cave. 25th-27th March – Whitewalls MeetThe plan for Saturday is a journey around some of the interesting caves in the environs of Trefil Quarry, including Ogof Ap Robert, Garn y Bica and Ogof Tarddiad Rhymney (subject to the weather being clement enough for the surface walk). Lots of other caving options available.22nd-24th April – West Wales WeekendStaying at the South Wales Caving Club hut in Penwyllt and including trips that are a little too far afield to be comfortably done from Whitewalls. Saturday’s caving will include a trip to Llygad Llwchwr 1 and 2, and Sunday’s trip suggestion is Tunnel Cave. 29th April-2nd May – Bank Holiday Whitewalls MeetTrips to be decided, but with plenty of caving options and other activities available there should be something for everyone.23rd-29th May – Yorkshire WeekA full week of activities in the Yorkshire Dales staying at the YSS caving cottage in Helwith Bridge from Monday to Sunday. The general plan is to have a range of trips for all abilities and there’s also scope to include some non-caving pursuits too. Attendees are welcome to come along for either the full week or any days they have available. Permits have been organised for the following caves: Lancaster Hole, It’s a Cracker/Notts2, Death’s Head/Big Meanie, Car Pot, Pillar Holes, Notts Pot and Juniper Gulf. Contact Adrian for more information.2nd-5th June – Bank Holiday Weekend at WhitewallsFour days at Whitewalls and a mix of caving and work on the Old Daren Sunday school and Whitewalls. OFD permits have been arranged for all 4 days, so there’s scope for a selection of different trips on whichever day people want. Other caves are also available so bring along your ideas and enthusiasm. The Whitewalls and ODSS working task list will be put together beforehand, so contact Mike Read for further information or to volunteer your services.17th-19th June – Mendip Meet and BBQStaying at the Shepton Mallet Caving Club hut in Priddy, with a BBQ planned for Saturday evening, so don’t forget to bring some food to incinerate and whatever drink you want. Caving trips for the weekend are yet to be decided, so contact Joe Duxbury if you have any trip suggestions. 24th-26th June – CSS Summer BBQ Weekend at WhitewallsCaving trips TBD, followed by flames and food in the Whitewalls garden. As usual there’ll be a barrel of beer (or two), and BBQ accompaniments including buns, salad, spuds and sauces provided (for a small fee). Just bring your own meat/veggie lumps to cook on the BBQ. 15th-17th July – North WalesA weekend of mine exploration staying at the Lancashire Caving and Climbing Club hut in Tanygrisiau, which is conveniently close to the big mines of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Trips are yet to be to be decided, but will almost certainly include a visit to one of the large slate mines of the area. Contact Matt Chinner for any trip requests or further information. 26th-29th August – Bank Holiday at Whitewalls including CaveFestCaving trips to be decided but will include a Dan Yr Ogof Great North Road trip on the Sunday. Cavefest should also be happening this weekend and will be based in Crickhowell. CSS members may want to help out by leading trips, see Cavefest website for more information.September – Hidden Earth Caving ConferenceDate and venue yet to be announced30th September-2nd October – Derbyshire (Provisional date to be confirmed)Caves and accommodation to be confirmed. For more information contact Andy Heath, the organiser of this event.4th-6th November – Bonfire Weekend at WhitewallsFire, frolics and caving fun. Caving trips to be decided, but it will include a range of options for all abilities. As usual there’ll be a communal feast for after the fireworks, barrels of beer and a huge bonfire to enjoy.2nd-4th December – Whitewalls Curry NightThe annual evening of home-made culinary curry delights with a selection of caving trips on offer to work up an appetite. Bring along a curried concoction to share, be it a vat of curry, a spicy side-dish or some tasty sundries.Please confirm your attendance of events on the club members’ Facebook group.Additional trips may be added during the year, so check out the CSS website and members’ ProBoards and Facebook page for updates.