GSS on front cover of a magazine

Some GSS members (Jon Maisey in particular has been a member of the group since the 1980s) have a long association with a group called ‘Subterranea Britannica’. Sub Brit (as they’re known) are interested in any underground spaces that are either man-made (tunnels, mines, bunkers etc) or have been used by man (ie caves turned into dwellings or hiding places etc).

In September 2015, Jon Maisey, with help from Trev Perkins, Phil Howells and Maurice Febry, organised a Sub Brit weekend (based in Cirencester) which took them around a number of Cotswold sites (Whittington, Windrush, Lower Balls Green and QuarryHill). the w/e was judged to be a great success and earned the GSS a donation of £200.

Anyway, some while ago, Jon set up a newsletter exchange between Sub Brit and GSS. They get our newsletters/journals and we get their ‘Bulletins’. The Sub Brit bulletins are really very professionally put together and well worth a read …. speak to the librarian, John Cliffe for the library copies.

As part of the exchange, Sub Brit sometimes refers to articles in the GSS newsletters and one of these was an article I wrote in regard to GSS exploration of Sapperton Canal tunnel. I was then asked if I could write an article for the Sub Brit magazine. This I then did but only after many hours spent at the pc researching facts, typing and sorting out photos etc. The end result for this was that ‘Bulletin 41’ published the Sapperton article (and an account of the Sub Brit Cotswold w/e in 2015) and had as its front cover photograph a picture of the tunnel with Rob Tyrrell as the model! (see the attached scan)

Bulletin 41 (Sapperton Tunnel)

The article published in the Bulletin has now been given to Malc and will be published also in a forthcoming GSS newsletter.


GCRG Exercise – Miss Grace’s Lane (5 June 2016)

On a hot summer day in the Forest of Dean, the GloucesterShire Cave Rescue Group (GCRG) held one of its 3-monthly training sessions and today it was to be held at ‘Miss Grace’s Lane’ cave, down towards Lydney.

Briefly, the idea was to attend to a casualty (with broken bones etc) at the bottom of the final pitch and to take them out of the cave quickly and safely.

The first team (first aiders) went in to attend to the casualty and establish the situation before then further teams went it to do the following:

1 – establish the Cave Link comms to the surface

2 – get the casualty into the stretcher, ready for moving

3 – move the casualty to the start of the pitches and prepare for hauling out.

3 – while all this is happening, the surface team was setting up the surface hauling kit, including a new piece of kit, the Larkin Frame. This is specifically designed to help haul up casualties from shafts/over cliff edges etc.

Overall, the practice went quite smoothly and the casualty was out after a number of hours (out by about 15:00’ish I think) but there were (as ever) things that GCRG could learn from the experience (this is the point of a practice), minor niggles etc.

Although GSS attendance was pretty good (15 or 16 club members), it was less so from the RFDCC & there were times we could have done with more people underground.

A few photos from the day

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

GCRG Ex (MGL) [5 June 2016]

Cleaning & sorting the kit after the exercise, at the GCRG depot

Cleaning & sorting the kit after the exercise, at the GCRG depot

GCRG is the only organisation in the county that is able to come to the aid of cavers underground & is made up 100% of volunteers who do this on top of their normal caving activities. GCRG always needs more volunteers to help out and so if you’re not a member but would like to learn a lot of caving-related skills & help put something back into the local caving scene, then please contact Paul Taylor or Pete Turier (or me, Jon Maisey).

The next GCRG training event is on the 4th of September.


AGM 2015

A really good AGM, business part over quite quickly, good speaker (Chris Binding spoke about Lava tubes in Lanzarote) ,good food, good company. Thanks to all who attended.

The following Trophies/Awards were presented

Photographic Trophy – Mark Tringham

Founder’s Cup – Mike Green

Diggers Trophy – Mike Green/Anthony Copeland

Best Endeavours Trophy – Jann Padley

Steve Tomalin Memorial Trophy 2014 – Paul Taylor

Best Contribution to the Newsletter – Paul Taylor/Joe Duxbury