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BCA advice on Covid19 and caving
The BCA has issued an updated statement on caving and Covid. It is well worth reading and can be downloaded at this link. Active caving and mining members are strongly advised to read it.
We've heard from caving contacts that Andy Farrow has sadly died from a heart attack while being treated for Covid19. Please contact the Club for more details. This is a stark and sad reminder of how important it is not to become complacent about Covid19 at this time.
Annual Dinner 2020
All being well, the Dinner and Dance will be held on 28th November at Bramhall Golf Club as in previous years. This will be a bit of a special event as it celebrates 60 years of the DCC. This year, we may also be inviting representatives from various local clubs with which we have been associated over the years; if you know someone who you think should be invited, let the Committee know. The booking system will be opened in due course. Non-members and guests should ask a member to book on their behalf. The Dinner is always a great social event and a chance for partners to meet. Normally, at least 50 to 60 attend so make sure you get there. At the Dinner, we also give out awards for Caver of the Year, Mighty Miner and so on. Keep an eye on this item or Facebook for more details.
Caving during the crisis - update
The Committee feels that the time has come when we can relax our policy a little on caving during the crisis. Our advice is that small groups (3 or 4 members) could go caving under these conditions: (a) that you do not go if you have any suspicion of being infected, (b) that you maintain a safe distance so far as is possible (i.e. 2 metres), (c) that you avoid difficult or dangerous trips that make rescue more likely and (d) that you take more care than usual to maintain good hygiene. Face masks obviously make a difference but we appreicate that they are not always practicable. Allan is hoping to restart some SRT practice for small groups and there will undoubtedly be some jobs at Alderley where help is required.
DCC Diamond anniversary celebration postponed
For obvious reasons, the celebration due to take place near Buxton at the start of July has been postponed for a year. Although we may all hope to be clear of the crisis by then, the uncertainty means that the risk is too great. The event is being re-planned for 10th and 11th July 2021 - if things are back to normal by then. We can still hope that the Annual Dinner in November will go ahead and should be quite a special "do" as a result. Keep well and keep fit - there'll be a lot of caving to catch up in the future!
Coronavirus fatality among former DCC members
Sadly, we have heard that Geoff Blair, a member in the early 1980s, has died as a result of the virus. Geoff was on the SIMA GESM expedition in 1982 as can be read in the newsletter of that time. Our thoughts must go to all who knew Geoff - and all those others suffering from this disease.
Matienzo is cancelled!
Due to the virus and uncertainty about access in Spain as a result, this year's expeditions at Easter and in the Summer have been cancelled. This means that the 60th year celebrations for the expedition have also been cancelled and like the DCC 60th celebrations, will take place in 2021 - all being well.
Coronavirus and trips to the mines
In view of the outbreak of Coronavirus, we have now cancelled all future mine trips and the Open Weekend in September. The next Open Weekend should be in April 2021 when we can only hope that the crisis has past its peak.
DCC Shop now open
The pages on the website where T-shirts, hoodies, badges, etc can be bought have been revamped. The stock of each size is shown. Members can use this page and others (non-members) can use this page. When you buy an item, you will be taken to PayPal and will see your "cart" so that you can change the quantity or add more items. If you want the items posting to you, please add an appropriate amount for post and packing. If you try to order more than there is stock, you will be charged by PayPal but the Treasurer can refund you for the items unavailable.
Although the events on this website have details of trips during the year, members will find more details on the Club Facebook page. Use the link at the bottom of the home page and members' pages to go to the Club Facebook page.
More about the Alderley Mines
The new edition of Chris Carlon's Alderley Edge Mines book is for sale from the publisher and from Amazon. Copies are also available at the Club's Open Weekends and from the Club shop. The book has been heavily revised and describes all the main mines in detail. It remains a useful companion to the Alderley Edge Story published in 2016. Contact Nigel for further details. The cost is Ã‚Â£12 POST FREE from Nigel.
Caving and mining log
The most recent items on the caving and mining log can now be viewed in brief in this panel. Click on the section below that says: news | events | log. Remember to add a record of your own trips.
Members may be able to view more events on the DCC calendar that we do not make public.
Members may be able to view more log entries on the DCC log that we do not make public.
Molino is a large cave in the Matienzo valley which is particularly easy to visit and is often used as an introductory trip for new cavers in the area. The entrance is a massive river sink and the river can be followed to a sump which has been dived to a large resurgence, also in the valley. The picture shows some of the massive stalactites in the roof of the cave.
In the north west corner of Scotland is a small area of limestone of considerable geological interest. The Durness limestone lies below the Moine Thrust and has a number of sporting caves developed in the river valleys in the area. The picture shows the streamway in Cnoc nan Uamh in high water conditions. The cave can be explored to a muddy sump before it becomes a place for cave divers, only.
In case of emergency at Alderley Edge, call POLICE 999 and ask for DERBYSHIRE CAVE RESCUE. They will call out local team members. Do NOT call for the Fire Brigade.
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