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Caving during the crisis
In view of the Government guidance about non-essential travel, the Club cannot support any caving or mining activity for the time being. There are no planned trips and members should not organise their own trips. This includes the Alderley Mines. The ONLY exception is checking the condition of the Alderely mines, mainly the entrances, to guarantee public safety and security. Before taking part in these checks, you must contact the Secretary or Safety Officer so as to co-ordinate visits and maintain social-distancing.
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 3rd and 4th 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!
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 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.
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 April. The next Open Weekend should be in September 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.
West Mine is the largest mine under Alderley Edge, and the main chamber, not far in from the entrance, is the largest single open space underground at Alderley. Nevertheless, it is small by comparison with mine chambers elsewhere in the UK. The chamber was excavated by using hand drills and gunpowder and probably took a couple of years to get as large as it is now.
This was taken in a chert mine in Derbyshire. After the chert (a form of silica) had been extracted, the waste was left in the mine retained by walls such as the one on the right.
Two flashes have been used so as to gain perspective. The nearby flash was not on the camera so as to avoid spots on the picture and to provide a bit of shadow behind the nearby objects.
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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