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BCA Newsletter 35 (Jan 2019) Published

BCA Newsletter 35

BCA Newsletter 35 has been emailed out. It is now available to read on the website or as a download.

Highlights include:

  • Editorial
  • Chairman's Piece by Les Williams
  • Annual General Meeting 2019
  • Vision and Reform (1) – by Hellie Adams
    • he Questionnaire
  • Vision and Reform (2) – by Tim Allen
  • More on the Merdeka Award – by Andy Eavis
  • Our Friends in the North - CNCC News by Matt Ewles
  • Cave Fiction Roundup – by Linda Wilson
  • BCA Caving Insurance – by Howard Jones, treasurer
  • Cave Expedition Insurance – by Andy Eavis
  • CRoW and the BMC – by David Rose
  • Vision and Reform (3) – Some Useful Pointers?
    • Session 1 – by David Rose
    • Session 2 – by Linda Wilson

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30 Jan 2019

AGM Weekend

Activities on the Saturday of the AGM weekend will be based at the YSS. Local caves will be pre-rigged by YSS members who will be available to guide trips if necessary. The SRT facility will be available all day and QMC members will be on hand to assist with SRT training. BCRA members will be running a water tracing workshop - places are limited so e-mail Secretary to reserve yours.

The YSS guest accommodation for the weekend has all been pre booked by BCA. If you wish to reserve a bed for either the Friday or Saturday night please e-mail Secretary

Annual General Meeting 2019 - Notification

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the British Caving Association will again take place as part of a weekend of activities. The weekend will be based at the headquarters of the Yorkshire Subterranean Society, Helwith Bridge and further details of the weekend will be published in due course.

The AGM itself will be held at the Horton in Ribblesdale Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Horton in Ribblesdale and will begin at 10:30am on Sunday 9 June.

In line with the BCA Constitution, each year one third of the posts are up for election. For 2019 these will be:

  • Secretary (to serve for 3 years)
  • Conservation & Access (to serve for 3 years)
  • Treasurer (to serve the remaining 2 years of a 3 year term)
  • Publications & Information (to serve the remaining 2 years of a 3 year term)

In addition the following Representatives' posts will be up for election:

  • 2 Club Representatives (to serve for 2 years)
  • 2 Individual Member Representatives (to serve for 2 years)

Nominations for posts should include:

  • the post the candidate wishes to stand for.
  • the candidate’s name, address, phone number, signature and membership number.
  • the proposer and seconder’s names, membership numbers and signatures.
  • a brief election statement of a maximum of 300 words in length (to be used in the event of multiple nominations).

Candidates are welcome to submit their nomination in any format, but this form contains all the required information. Nomination Form

Nominations, plus Items for the Agenda, must reach the Acting BCA Secretary no later than midnight on Saturday, 13 April 2019. The Agenda and Election Statements will then be published here by 28 April 2019.

BCA Group Members should note that for the purposes of voting at the AGM each Group may send one voting delegate who must bring with them a letter signed by an officer giving them the authority to represent that group.

Individual Members should bring their membership card.

Robin Weare

Acting BCA Secretary

19th January 2019

Watch The Golden Age of Cave Exploration Talks

To celebrate 50 years of pioneering British cave exploration and scientific research, renowned explorers of the subterranean world gathered together in December 2017 to share their discoveries and experiences during 4 days of lectures at the Royal Geographical Society, London.

On behalf of the British Caving Association and the British Cave Research Association, all 44 of these fascinating talks from around the world are now freely available to view online.


2019 Subscription Rates

At the Council meeting on 6th October it was decided that membership for those aged under 18 on 1st January will be free of charge.

All other subscription rates for 2019 will be unchanged.

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

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 Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines leaflet


Most of the background photos on this website are by Jerry Wooldridge. We would like to thank him for his generosity.