13th-14th March 2011 - Nigel Dibben - SJ 8604 7747
This weekend was a busy one for Alderley with a visit by NAMHO representatives on the Saturday and visits by two other clubs on the Sunday.On Saturday morning, the NAMHO AGM and council meetings were held in the village at the Festival Hall, and club members provided the refreshments and lunch to the reps. These were highly appreciated by all present. That afternoon, most of the attendees had a quick trip down Engine Vein with some doing an in and out trip and others going through to the Hough Level. On the Sunday, we hosted members of the Westminster Speleological Group and Goodluck Mine group for a mammoth trip down West Mine. Again, both clubs were very grateful and the Goodluck group has invited the DCC to make a reciprocal visit.Also on Sunday, Pete J, Pete C, Nigel, James and Tom went into Engine Vein and Pete J recorded the (lack of) movement in all the areas where cracks had previously been developing. In response to our request, the National Trust have prevented the water pooling over the mine and this seems to have had the desired effect of drying up the area where the rock was losing strength.
Below 1: NAMHO members including the chairman and treasurer about to go down Engine Vein Below 2: Members from the Goodluck group at the Pin Below 3: WSG members at the Cottage Floor Ceiling Below 4: Pete in the levels near Plank Shaft