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Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Posted: 28/03/2017 17:32:02
First, let's list my current and recent mine and cave-related priorities in decreasing order of importance:

Improving Surrey mine entrance security and thereby meet my society's obligations to landowners, working with a superb team of colleagues.

Help with preparations for NAMHO conference 2017.

Prepare Reigate Caves for the 2017 season.

Encourage our society members to improve their skills by arranging training.

Complete and publish our society's activity and research journal "Cave and Quarry 7"

Do some very occasional editing and composition for the DarknessBelow website - check what I managed to write in the last few months - hardly anything.

Anything else? The occasional trip away to get underground Smile

More to follow........



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Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Posted: 28/03/2017 23:14:30
Second, I have asked for my UKCaving account to be deleted - I have no wish to continue any association with them.

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Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Posted: 29/03/2017 08:22:42
Out of respect for Simon, who runs this haven of respect, I am waiting for his thoughts before I proceed. Meanwhile, here is a proper journal entry!

Sunday 26th March 2017

A long day spent making much needed improvements to a mine entrance in Surrey. Many many thanks to Paul Thorne for a wonderful bit of work in connection with this. Those coming to NAMHO 2017 may well see this superb bit of engineering. Hats off to Paul!

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Posted: 29/03/2017 10:43:58
I have had a nice message from Simon and I respect his wishes for this website. As a result I have agreed to take this no further here. Anyone curious about what I was going to say will no doubt be disappointed but serious untrue allegations have been made against me, and others. What a sad world we live in.



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Posted: 31/03/2017 12:35:09
30th March 2017

An evening walk on the Downs, and I located two Surrey deneholes, one I knew about and one that is new to me.



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IP: 31.185.214.159 Edited: 31/03/2017 12:41:00 by Peter Burgess
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Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Posted: 13/04/2017 14:00:11
Personal NAMHO 2017 update:

I will be leading the visit on Friday 23rd June into Godstone Main Series, and the visit on Monday 26th June to the eastern sections of Bedlams Bank. I am really looking forward to showing off these two little gems.

Saturday and Sunday, hosting the conference lectures Thumbs Up



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Posted: 23/04/2017 11:14:57
22nd April 2017 Reigate Caves
With only a few weeks left to the first 2017 open day, the rush is on to get the caves ready and tidied up. Today the tilework around the base of the newly-erected tile arch was tidied and completed. The overall appearance of the display is getting better each year. But there is still a great deal more to do in the coming years.



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Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Posted: 08/05/2017 13:17:09
7th May 2017

SECRO exercise, Godstone.

I was in a small team sent off into one of the mines to test one of the rescue Nicola radios. First issue was finding, once we got right in and at the end of the earth return phone, that it wasn't working, despite testing it at the entrance. It later turned out that the base station handset at the entrance had a dodgy battery connection.

The Nicola radio tests all failed, as we never managed to get a good earth connection, despite clipping into the end of a water pipe, and to various metal items fixed to the mine walls such as gate hinges and old metal cable clips.

The odd thing was that the other teams, in the mine next door, managed to get excellent results with their Nicolas. The two factors left to eliminate are the devices themselves, in case ours was faulty, and the nature of the floor, which in the other system is wet compressed mud (formerly mushroom compost) and which in our mine is much drier and with little material to bury the earthing point.

After a late lunch break, we then carried out a short stretcher carry exercise, which was mildly entertaining and useful. The casualty had, apparently, been run over by an idiot on a child's tricycle.

After the event we met the family of the late Paul Dold, former SECRO member, who tragically died in the sea in Cornwall last summer. The collection in memory of Paul made £8000, and a third of this was presented to SECRO for equipment funding. A lovely end to the day despite the tragic background to the donation.



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Members' Journal - Peter Burgess
Posted: 19/05/2017 21:49:54
13th May 2017

WCMS filled the Reigate car parks due to huge numbers wanting to visit the caves! Serious crowd management issues resulted. Plans in place to do it better next time.



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