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BCA Membership cards
I have heard that there is a problem with issuing the plastic BCA cards. Those members who have paid their subs are covered and I will have membership cards with me on the Working Weekend to hand out. I am reluctant to post them as this will double the postage costs. Nigel
NAMHO MINING HISTORY CONFERENCE
The Shropshire Caving and Mining Club is organising the Conference in South Shropshire (2nd to 5th July 2021) and planning is well advanced. The Conference website is now open and booking will be possible from Monday 12th April.
Presently, it is intended to carry out underground and surface field events, as well as a full talks programme, and they will obviously be conducted under whatever Covid-19 guidelines may be in place at the time. However the organisers are looking at a range of options for presenting the talks, catering and accommodation so are unable to provide clearer details at present. It seems likely that individual delegates will have to sort out their own accommodation and catering arrangements as these are most likely to be disrupted by Covid restrictions in terms of mass gatherings. Some provision for informal camping may be possible, but cannot be guaranteed at this stage.
The conference will be focused on the village hall in Norbury in South Shropshire. A map on the NAMHO website shows where this is and where there are nearby campsite.
ANNUAL SUBS DUE
Despite the general lack of activity during the year, some caving is still taking place and we still get a few visitors to the mines so we still have to cover these expenses. Therefore, this is a reminder that subs are now due again for the year 2021 (renewal date is 1 January). The normal subscription and BCA insurance remain the same so the amount due from full caving members is £30. Please pay on-line if possible (there are bank details on the members areas of the website) or send a cheque to the Treasurer.
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 £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.
The next public event at the Alderley Edge mines is an evening trip at Wood Mine on Tuesday 20/07/2021.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.