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The DCC was formed at the very end of 1960 out of part of the Orpheus Caving Club.  The OCC had been divided into a northern and a southern group about two years previously and both parts called themselves the Orpheus during that period.  This caused some confusion and it was decided to formally refer to the Northern section as the Derbyshire Caving Club at a meeting between the two groups in December 1960. 

The first formal meeting of the DCC was probably the AGM on 6th May 1961 but the Club had already published a newsletter (No 1) so it is probably reasonable to say that the Club was formed in 1960.  So we celebrated the 50th year of the Club in 2010 and now will celebrate the 60th year in 2020.

Big Summer BlowoutCongratulations on our 50th anniversaryA number of plans were being made led by Yvonne and Gina on behalf of the Club.  These were to include:

With the outbreak of Coronavirus, some of these plans will change.  In particular, the 60th Party has been POSTPONED until the same time in 2021 due to uncertainty about the meeting together of a large number of people.  Other plans should not need to be changed although the Annual Dinner will of course depend on the outbreak being over by then.

The picture on the left is the poster for the summer party at Buxton.  On the right is the congratulatory letter from the Queen on our 50th Anniversary.  Beat that!  Below is the photo of the Club at the 21st Dinner - see who you can spot who is still in the Club.

DCC 21st Dinner

The Club was formed around 1960 following a split from the Orpheus Caving Club.  In 2020, the DCC celebrates 60 years of existence and this page will reflect that event.  While it is being developed, it will provisionally contain the history of the Club and the record of expeditions extracted from the old Club handbook.

If you want to look back over the history of the Club, members can read the minutes of meetings and journals/newsletters going back to the dawn of time, i.e. 1958.  There are even some newsletters from the Stockport Potholing and Caving Club, a forerunner of the DCC in the 1950s.The first newsletter


to 1959   Stockport Potholers and Climbers Club and Orpheus Caving Club (Northern Section)

1959-60   Split from Orpheus. OCC retained the name. DCC formed.

1960   January - first meeting of DCC

1968   First Club Expedition (Italy)

1969   Negotiations for and reopening of Wood Mine

1972   Spluga Expedition

1975   Reopening of West Mine

1980   21st Annual Dinner at Stockport Cricket Club

1981   Capping of Engine Vein; addition to lease

1982   Inauguration of the Fluffies

1985   25th Annual Dinner and exhibition at Haddon Hall Hotel, Buxton

1985   Closure of Royal Oak

1988   Move to Pack Horse, Market Place

1991   Berger Expedition

1993   The year of the Rocket

1997-98   Alderley Edge Landscape Project

2000   Millennium and 40th year of the DCCMessage from HRH

2002   New way into West Mine opened in 18-acre field

2010   GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY of the Club

2011   Founder members Arthur Ball and Todge Burgess died: new award for Novice of the Year

2012   DCC hosts the NAMHO Conference at Quarrybank Mill, Styal; Len Gee died; Lenny's Cave found in Matienzo; Ed, Tony, John and Heather married (and celebrated in style in West Mine as "4 Weddings and a Funeral")

2014   Scout access to the Alderley Mines sorted out; Paul Deakin died

2015   Pete Borthwick and Phill Taylor died; the Surgery had a major clean-up

2016   New policy on climbing vertical ladders at Alderley Edge following a visit by the Mine Inspector

2017   New newsletter editor!  Reeking Mine opened up

2018  Reeking Mine revealed its history

2019  Three members and ex-members died during the year; plans started for 60th anniversary



1962   Gouffre Berger

1967   Antro del Corchia Gouffre Berger

1968   Antro del Corchia  Club Expedition

1969   Antro del Corchia

1970   Gouffre BergerGouffre Berger 1991

1971   Pierre St Martin

1972   Spluga della Preta Club Expedition

1973   Pierre St Martin Antro del Corchia Club Expedition

1974   Poland Italy Matienzo

1975   Gouffre Berger Club Expedition Antro del Corchia Matienzo

1976   Abisso Michele Gortani Club Expedition Italy Matienzo

1977   Italy Matienzo

1978   Ireland Club Expedition Italy Matienzo

1979   Spluga della Preta Club Expedition Matienzo

1980   Gouffre Fromagere Club Expedition and Gouffre Berger Matienzo

1981   Sima G.E.S. Malaga  Club Expedition Matienzo

1982   Mexico  Matienzo

1983   Gouffre Berger  Matienzo

1984   Nare River Cave  Matienzo 10 Club Expedition

1985   Matienzo (Easter)  Matienzo (Summer)

1985/6   Mexico

1986   Matienzo  Ireland  Gouffre Berger/Fromagere  Dachstein, Austria

1987   Matienzo

1987/8   Mexico

1988   Matienzo Bill in Coreano, Matienzo

1991   Gouffre Berger  Club Expedition Ireland

1992   Mallorca  Including families and friends Albania Joint Club Expedition

1993   Matienzo

1994   Gouffre Berger  Joint Club Expedition Matienzo

1995   Mallorca  Including families and friends Alaska

1996   Ireland  Spain/Pyrenees  Alaska

1997   Alaska  Matienzo

1998   Alaska  Matienzo

1999   Canada  Matienzo

2000   Alaska  Matienzo

2001   Alaska/Canada

2003   Matienzo

2004   Matienzo

2005   Skye

2006   Mallorca  Matienzo

2007   Matienzo

2008   Matienzo

2009   Matienzo

2010   Matienzo (40th/50th anniversary)

2011   Matienzo

2012   Matienzo

2013   Matienzo (Easter); Matienzo (Summer)

2014   Matienzo

2015   Matienzo (Easter); Matienzo (Summer)

2016   Gouffre Berger 2; Matienzo

2017   Matienzo

2018   Matienzo

2019   Matienzo


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