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Cave rescue in Thailand

On behalf of the whole British caving community, the BCA would like to congratulate the British Cave Rescue Council, members of the Cave Diving Group, their international friends and their Thai colleagues for the outstanding achievement in rescuing the 12 boys and their coach from the Tham Luang Nang Non Cave system in Northern Thailand. 

As cavers and cave divers, BCA and CDG members will have had a good insight into the complexity of this rescue and an understanding of the risks and technicalities involved. The rescue was daring but executed with skill, bravery and determination.

We also must not forget the contribution of many others towards the successful outcome. In particular we salute Saman Kunan, the Thai Navy diver who lost his life while helping to prepare for the rescue. 

In a world which seems to be becoming ever more divided, we are proud to be part of an international caving and diving community which can come together and achieve the almost impossible.

10 July 2018, updated 28 July 2018

CRoW Policy Statement endorsed by 2018 AGM

At the 2018 AGM the official BCA policy on the Countryside and Rights of Way Act was formally ratified. This position was arrived at following due process which has included a poll of the membership and a ballot to remove impediments from the constitution. BCA Council then asked the Conservation and Access Committee to draw up a policy which was accepted by the AGM in June.

You can download a copy of the policy statement here.

15 June 2018

BCA Newsletter 33 (May 2018) Published

BCA Newsletter 33 (May 2018) was emailed out last week. It is now available to read on the website or as a download.

Highlights include:

  • Editorial
  • BCA AGM
  • Attracting Young Cavers and Age Limits
  • Chairman's Piece
  • General Don't Panic Recommendation
  • BCA Privacy Notice
  • BCA Supports Mend Our Mountains
  • New BCA Policy Statement on CRoW
  • BCA Safeguarding Officer

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30 May 2018

BCA 2018 AGM

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the British Caving Association was held on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

The Agenda, including motions for discussion can be found here.

Draft minutes will be published as soon as possible.

23 April 2018

GDPR for Caving clubs

GDPR Keep calm The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR came into force on the 25th May 2018. Its aim is to give us control over our personal data, which is a good thing. The bad news is that it applies to caving clubs so there’ll be a bit of work to implement it.

The Information Commissioners isn’t going to sue your club on day one if not fully compliant. There are many, many organisation out there that aren’t ready for this. However it is better to crack on with it rather than ignore it. To help, I have written an article that concentrates on the practical steps a typical caving club needs to take to implement GDPR. You can read by following the link to GDPR for Caving Clubs.

New Caving Guidelines

Take a look at the new Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines leaflet

Why Does British Caving Need a National_body?

Read the Chairman's thoughts on Why Does British Caving Need a National_body?

Closure of Twll Du Entrance to Ogof Draenen

Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC)

There is a new entrance to Ogof Draenen, excavated within a Scheduled Monument.

Following recent publicity, it has come to our attention that some cavers are contacting Cadw to question the closure of Twll Du. Cadw’s position in law is very clear in that Twll Du is within the boundary of a Scheduled Monument. Strong support was given at the community resolution meeting on the 10th January 2018 for Cadw's position that continued entry into Twll Du risks further damage to the Scheduled Monument which would be against the law.

Going forward we ask that anyone who wishes to have further clarification on any aspects of Twll Du that they contact PDCMG (Sue Mabbett) or CCC (Allan Richardson) in the first instance, if we are unable to answer your query we will contact Cadw on your behalf.

Since the last postings by PDCMG and CCC, Cadw have, in response to queries, provided the following statement as part of their reply which clearly shows their legal position. “The aim of scheduling is to ensure the long-term preservation of a site. Any proposal to carry out works at a scheduled monument which would have the effect of demolishing, destroying, damaging, removing, repairing, altering, adding to, flooding, or covering up a monument must be the subject of an application for scheduled monument consent. It is an offence to carry out such works at the site of a scheduled monument without first obtaining scheduled monument consent. Cadw were not consulted about the excavation of the new hole, nor was scheduled monument consent sought or granted, and therefore the excavation constitutes unauthorised work carried out in breach of the 1979 and 2016 legislation.

Continued use of the illegally excavated hole and damage caused by that use are also in breach of the legislation and could result in prosecution. There is an on-going Police investigation into the excavation and use of the illegal hole, and increased monitoring by Cadw, BBNPA and Gwent Police is being carried out.”

We ask the caving community to support us by respecting the wishes of Cadw.

- 22nd January 2018 -

Sue Mabbett, Secretary PDCMG, suemabbett[at]hotmail.com

Allan Richardson, Secretary CCC, secretary[at]cambriancavingcouncil.org.uk

Results of the BCA AGM 2017 Ballot

The recent ballot on changes to the constitution closed last Saturday 23rd September and the votes were counted this Tuesday 26th September.

I am delighted to say that the ballot was a resounding success, nearly 50% of groups voted, and also a reasonable proportion of individual members, by far the majority of both houses voted by email.

Results

For Proposal 1 – removing the first line of 4.6 from the constitution: Individual members voted 88% in favour, and group members voted 85% in favour.

For Proposal 2 – adjusting the 2 house voting system: 94% of individual members voted in favour, and 95% of group members.

For Proposal 3 – reducing the emphasis on postal balloting: Individual members voted 96% in favour and group members 93%.

For Proposal 4 – again, changing the emphasis to internet voting: Individual members voted 95% in favour and group members 93%.

The exact figures will form a report by Rick and Pat Halliwell the returning officers.

Andy Eavis
BCA Chairman
28th September 2017

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