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Posted: 30/05/2017 21:56:46
27/5/17 Hell Fire Caves

After my stroll around the countryside on Saturday I made it back to the Hell Fire caves for a look around, they were larger than I imagined and were quite well presented I thought, the more titillating element of their history not overplayed too much and quite a bit about mining and local history too. The artificial cave section was rather realistic I thought.



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Out in time for a cream tea in the attached café before heading back to collect Mrs T Smile

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Posted: 08/06/2017 13:02:35
7/6/17 Marden Mine

A WCMS evening trip into Marden mine. Primarily for me to re-familiarise myself with the place since its several years since I last visited and I am helping with the trips there at this years NAMHO conference.

Peter Burgess Marden Mine - an evening trip, part of which was to show Ttxela which bits of the mine to keep NAMHO delegates away from, so they get out alive!

I might even remember......
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Posted: 10/06/2017 21:27:22
10/6/17 Barons Cave

Another lovely day showing people around, perfect weather too!



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Posted: 30/06/2017 12:46:57
22-26/6/17 NAMHO 2017

I had intended to travel down on Wednesday but I snapped a wheel stud and had to replace it - finally got the car packed up though!



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Made it to the site Thursday morning, most setting up was already done so wandered about sticking signs on things, helping with the delegate packs, putting my tent up etc. Nice meal in the pub in the evening.

Friday I registered and managed to obtain a key to Marden mine so had an amble round to familiarise myself a bit more with the place in preparation for showing people around. Then went into Reigate for a look around the sites there which I don't usually get to see on Cave Days. Then a welcome speech from Matt and a short talk by Richard Shaw before fish and chips for everyone.

Saturday Morning I was the back marker for a trip around Godstone Main Series and was impressed by the long crawly dig that had been done since last time I was there!

In the afternoon I led a trip around Marden, one chap crawled into the bottom of the airshaft and emerged rather smelly, it had been fine on Friday so something must have fallen down overnight - couldn't see what it was though.

Saturday evening was the hog roast and beer, some tried the squeeze machine whilst others enjoyed the band. I mainly chatted to people.



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Sunday morning I managed to catch some lectures, then it was off to Marden once more to show people around, the smell in the air shaft was still noticeable but had eased off quite a bit. Then back for another pub meal.

Monday I helped a bit with the taking down of marquees, by lunchtime most was done and so I took down my own tent and headed home.

Many thanks to all who organised, it was a splendid weekend that I enjoyed very much!

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Posted: 11/07/2017 12:56:05
5/7/17 Babraham Bioscience Trust

We have an R&D unit on the BBT campus and whist visiting there I had lunch in their new canteen building. To my delight the building work had uncovered the old halls well and they had made a bit of a feature of it.

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Looking down, the old pipework still in place


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Posted: 11/07/2017 12:59:14
8/7/17 Reigate Cave Day
Only the morning for me due to an engagement in Peterborough in the early evening. A change of scene too as I spent the morning at Tunnel Road. A spot of back marking on tours and a short stint as 'Helmet Inspector' Confused
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Posted: 19/07/2017 22:34:02
14-16/7/17 Peak Weekend

My former assistant and her family joined me for weekend in the Peak District. We stayed at Magpie Mine.



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Saturday we had a trip into Wapping Mine/Cumberland Cavern and Lynne provided an excellent lunch.



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In the evening we had an excellent meal at the Bulls Head in Monyash. Then on Sunday a walk up onto Kinder before heading home.



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