Brief Trip & News items extracted from recent editions of 'Below' the Club's quarterly newsletter.
Dates for the Diary - 2016
28th-31st October: 32nd SUICRO Symposium, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.
18th-20th November: Explore 2016, Expedition Planning Seminar, Royal Geographical Society, London.
19th November: MCR 80th anniversary celebrations and JRat’s Digging Award evening, 7:30pm, Priddy Village Hall.
3rd December: Cave Cine Archive film show. 7:30pm at Wells and Mendip Museum.
11th-13th May, 2017: International Early Engines Conference. At the Ironworks Centre, Elsecar, South Yorkshire.
9th-11th June: BCA Party Weekend, Rotary Centre, Castleton.
24th-25th June: NAMHO Conference, Godstone, Surrey. More details will be available (soon) on:
23rd-30th July: 17th International Congress of Speleology, Penrith, Western Sydney, Australia.
September: Hidden Earth, National Caving Conference, details yet to be announced.
50 Years Ago
It has been 50 years since the closure of Madeley Wood Colliery. This event is being marked by the Friends of the IGMT, but a date has not yet been fixed.
The actual closure took place on Thursday 27th July 1967, ventilation and pumping finally ceased on 22nd December 1967.
Recent notices in Shropshire advertise the appearance of Ifton Colliery Band - some 50 years after the closure of the pit. It is surprising how long these bands survive.In Yorkshire there are still a number of “colliery bands” doing very well, Grimethorpe & Frickley for example and some are surviving, but not in the top league - for example Newmarket Colliery Band.
Closer to home Highley Colliery Band is also still very active.