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Peter Burgess

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted: 08/06/2017 15:37:39
7th June 2017

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! Shocked

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Posted: 11/06/2017 12:44:18
10th June 2017 - Second Cave Day in Reigate.

Timelapse video of the action in Reigate Tunnel :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRj1NTQ5hpk

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Posted: 01/07/2017 20:52:18
23rd-26th June 2017

NAMHO Conference, Godstone, Surrey

23rd - a really enjoyable time spent leading the early bird conference delegates around Godstone Quarry, then over to Reigate to help at the caves there, including a visit to a rarely-visited little sand mine under a former pub. Finally, over to Godstone to meet the caretaker of the village hall where I would spend the next two days.

24th - A day of excellent lectures, followed by the WCMS 50th anniversary do in a field near Blindley Heath. Only slight stain on the proceedings of the day was an early concern over parking limits near the conference venue in the village. Fortunately, I don't think anyone got a ticket!



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25th - Second day of great lectures - a summary of the lectures presented over the weekend is in preparation.



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26th - Monday field trip to Bedlams Bank, Merstham. Three delegates enjoyed a trip to see two relatively recently discovered sections of the workings, and a good look around other parts as well.

What a lovely friendly lot of people we met!


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Posted: 12/09/2017 20:29:56
Things have quietened down since NAMHO weekend. But Surrey underground events and activities continue. We have now completed another season of Reigate Caves Open Days and had a fantastic last day on September 9th. It was a very popular event, with almost all trips running near capacity into the Tunnel Road Caves. Barons' Cave was also extremely busy with guides getting no rest all day. I met a chap doing a university study in Reigate stone and made his day by showing him our Roman kiln, complete with the oldest known bits of locally used stone. IP: 209.93.26.134
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