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Breakthrough in Tween Twins Hole (Fester Hole) - Updated tags

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news access tween_twins_hole fester_hole Breakthrough in Tween Twins Hole (Fester Hole) After many years of work a team of Wessex Cave Club diggers have made an interesting discovery at Tween Twins Hole in Burrington Combe, Mendip. Tween Twins, known to members of the WCC as “Fester Hole”, has been worked sporadically since the early 1980’s, with interest in the site re-kindled in 2008 as part of the J-Rat DigFest celebrations.

Box Quarry Currently Closed - created

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

news access box_quarry Box Quarry Currently Closed Box Quarry has been closed by the landowner and CSCC are in communication with them and other interested parties, to see how this situation can be resolved. We know the landowner is not opposed to bona fide access for cavers and mine explorers, but they do have a legal duty to keep the quarries secure against casual entry, and a recent series of high profile incidents in the quarry have caused pressure on the landowner to secure the site.

Longwood Swallet Lock Vandalised - Linked follow up article

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

news access ccc_ltd longwood_swallet Longwood Swallet Lock Vandalised From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd 11th Apr 2021 We have received a report today that the lock on Longwood Swallet has been vandalised and will not open. Please do not issue keys or permits for this cave until we have been able to repair it. This may take some time, as we need to get appropriate equipment on site.

New Padlocks for CSCC Caves - created

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

news access New Padlocks for CSCC Caves The Council of Southern Caving Clubs are changing the locks on all of the caves for which they administer access. The previously used locks are now no longer available and there have been a number of issues with copied and poorly fitting keys in circulation, causing damage to the locks and not operating the locks easily, if at all.

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Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

Welcome We have received word from the Secretary of CCC Ltd that following the unauthorised bolting of the Right Hand Route, Rhino Rift will be closed for the weekend of the 19/20th June for remedial bolt removal and rebolting of the Right Hand Route.

WARNING - Rockfall in G.B. Cave - Update - Updated tags

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news access gb_cave ccc_ltd WARNING - Rockfall in G.B. Cave - Update From Charterhouse Caving Company Ltd - 7th Apr 2021 ROCKFALL IN THE AREA OF THE WATERFALL CLIMB, GB CAVERN Following the rockfall notified and publicised in early February, a further inspection trip was scheduled for 6 April, following the relaxation of covid restrictions. On 5th April, a report was received of a further fall. The inspection trip comprised Linda Wilson (Conservation Officer), Dave King and Graham Price (CCC…

Coronavirus Recovery Roadmap: Stage 1 - Updated tags

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

news covid Coronavirus Recovery Roadmap: Stage 1 Dear Southern Cavers, It is with some relief that as from Monday 29th March that the national “stay at home” rule will end, and the long path to a return to something like normality can begin. This means that it is no longer illegal to leave home without a valid excuse, though the government asks that we all minimise the number of journeys we make. From Monday 29th it is also permitted for up to 6 people, or two households, to meet outdoors and…

Star Mine Shaft - Entrance Vandalised - Updated tags

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

news access star_mine_shaft Star Mine Shaft - Entrance Vandalised It has been reported that the P-hangers in the concrete capping have been vandalised. They should be considered unsafe and must not be used. The shaft should be rigged using natural belays such as nearby trees (approx 10m away). If anyone has any information about who caused the damage please let us know. In view of the vandalism there are no immediate plans to replace the hangers.

Access to Caves in Cheddar Gorge - Updated tags

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

news access cheddar_gorge longleat Access to Caves in Cheddar Gorge Further to the decision by Longleat to close the show caves and suspend their operations in Cheddar, they have notified CSCC that with immediate effect caver access to all caves on Longleat property which includes the whole south side of the Gorge, is no longer available. This includes all caves and digs, and affects sites such as Reservoir Hole, Spider Hole, Goughs Cave, Long Hole, Great Oones etc.

CSCC and MCR: Joint Statement on Coronavirus Lockdown Mark 2 - Added tags and creation date meta

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news covid mcr CSCC and MCR: Joint Statement on Coronavirus Lockdown Mark 2 Dear Southern Cavers, As most all of you will be aware, the government announced on Saturday that new lockdown measures will be introduced from Thursday 5th November in an attempt to control the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. The details of these measures can be found at

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