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Annual Dinner 2019
The Dinner and Dance to be held on 9th November at Bramhall Golf Club is now fixed and we will later have menus for us to choose from. Please don't try booking yet, the booking will probably be available in late summer. 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 details of when you can start to book.
Those of you who know Bill and Ollie from Wales, past members of the Club, will be sad to hear that Bill died on 29th January. He has been undergoing treatment for cancer for some time and the treatment appeared to be quite successful but sadly he suffered from another problem in his last few days and he died quite suddenly. If anyone wants to know more about Bill and Ollie or wants to send their respects to Ollie, just let me (Nigel) know. A commemomoration of Bill's life was held on 16th February near his home and was attended by his family and friends from the locality and also from his past in Stockport. Another piece of DCC history passes.
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.
New arrangements for Alderley Mine trips
Following the retirement of the trip organiser who has managed public trips on behalf of the Club for many years, we have adopted an on-line booking system for future trips. In addition to the trips run through the Cheshire East Ranger Service, we have allocated ten Tuesdays in the year (there is one Tuesday each month) for a public trip which is bookable in advance. Whether you are an individual or represent a family or group, you can book up to 28 places on each trip (subject to availability). To book a trip, please go to the 'bookable trips' page on this website and complete the details. The first such trip is in November 2018 and trips have been arranged up to December 2019.
Rob has been busy and set up dates for a load of meets, at least one a month. Have a look at the list here or on Facebook (click the link below the news).
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. 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 £12 plus postage.
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.
Slate mines in North Wales are found all around the perimeter of the Snowdonia mountain block. The slate was formed by pressure and heat due to volcanic activity. Slate mines are often massive and inclined as they follow the rock beds. They can also be dangerous with a risk of falling rock and bad air in places. Exploration requires a lot of care.
Only cavers rescue cavers from caves. It may sound obvious but the other public rescue services are not equipped or trained whereas cave rescue organisations throughout Britain are always prepared. They are staffed totally by volunteers and receive virtually no state funding, relying instead on donations and sponsorship. At this practice, a casualty with a heart complaint was evacuated from Engine Vein.
The next public event at the Alderley Edge mines is the Open Weekend from Saturday 06/04/2019 to Sunday 07/04/2019. To find out if there is still space available, go to the booking page.
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.