GSG Newsletters

Back issues of recent GSG Newsletters which were distributed electronically are made available here. Newsletters are issued every couple of months but the main GSG organ, the Bulletin, is not available online, sorry. Newsletters 155-166 which are not currently available will be added as soon as the current and previous newsletter editors getup to speed on the workings of the website and can catch up on the back-log.

The 2007 AGM was held in Elizabeth and Derek's house in Winchburgh on Saturday 20 January with 16 members attending. A range of interesting discussions took place, and full minutes are available from the Secretary. Here is a brief summary of what took place:

It had been a few years since the last GSG Annual Dinner in S. Wales and, for several of the 39 members attending, this was their first visit ever to the area, and their first time underground in the principality. A special welcome was extended to non-members Robin Sheen and Henry Bennett - especially the latter since he brought the BEC's key to Agen Allwedd with him! Commiserations are due to Bob Batty whose plans to attend were thrown awry by a dose of flu.

The GSG has met for many years (since 1975 with only short breaks) in Young Street at what was the Zodiac which then became Peppers and lately the Cambridge Bar. For many years it was a quiet spot where we could gather and mull over the previous weekend's caves and plan the next in relative solitude. A steady succession of ownership changes failed to make it successful so we remained.

After intensive research Graham (Jake) Johnson has found what sounds to be an ideal venue for this year's GSG Annual Dinner in South Wales. This will be held on Saturday 4th November in the Rifleman's Arms, Blaenavon. They have a large function room where we eat and drink with a screen for showing videos and DVDs. There is a late licence till 2am with a good selection of beers.

All caving clubs have their adopted 'local' and for the GSG it used to entail a ten mile drive down to the Inchnadamph Hotel and Willie Morrison's laconic 'Is that so?' for scintillating conversation. Subsequently an attractive little bar rose, phoenix-like, from the ruins of the Altnacealgach Hotel a mere three miles or so from base - much more acceptable.

When the founder, Bruce Ward, sold up in March 1995, everyone wondered what the future would hold for the Alt. Happily a couple from Edinburgh, Eric Ferguson and Christine Robertson, set up house and home there, welcoming Grampian members like family (not surprising when one considers the annual Mendip invasions consumed legendary gallonages of beer!)

The 2005 GSG Annual Dinner was held in The Wheatsheaf Inn, Ingleton on Saturday 29th October attended by 49 members and guests. We filled the conservatory at the front of the building and overflowed into the main dining room. After a fine three course meal (3.5 for Paul whose unexpected movement led to some of Debbie's salmon sliding down his back) there were the usual speeches followed by presentation of the Golden Gnome.

One of the main objectives of the surface dig above High Pasture Cave has been to unearth the old Iron Age entrance into Bone Passage. By late August many items of archaeological interest had been found including quern stones, hearths, bone pins, pottery, and sets of hammer stones. Some steps had been found leading away from the excavation. Though a depth of about 3m was reached and the trench extended once, the pre-historic entrance didn't appear.

This year's Annual Dinner will be held in the Wheatsheaf Inn, Ingleton on Saturday 29th October. As usual this is as Summer Time ends giving all an extra hour of recovery time on the Sunday morning. We will have exclusive use of the conservatory for our meal (L15), but as it holds a maximum of 39 only the first 39 members who confirm their booking with a cheque will be guaranteed a seat there.

The AGM was held in Winchburgh on January 22nd and was attended by 14 members. Below are highlights of the morning's discussions. Any member wishing to see the full minutes, please contact the Secretary.

We heard in late December that the BCA annual subscriptions for CIMs (Club Individual Members) are unchanged from last year - see the email from Nick Williams reproduced below. There is also welcome news to members of multiple clubs. They need only pay the BCA subscription to one of them: for 2004 they had to pay the 6 non-caving subscription to all their extra clubs.