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Bog Ropeway Trestle Topped Out

On the 27th October Andy Harris (watched by several Club members!) added the triangular top to the ropeway trestle at the Bog visitor centre, using a 'cherry picker' from Freeman Hire.

It only took a couple of hours to complete the job, including balancing up the pulley wheels on the side of the trestle without the bucket by adding a length of rebar to indicate the line of the ropeway. Luckily it was a nice calm day, although a little cold so everyone present was forced to retire to the Bog centre for tea and cakes once the job was completed.

Andy starting to add the top of the trestle.

Andy starting to add the top of the trestle.

Andy bolting the top of the trestle on.

Views of Andy bolting the top of the trestle on.

Balancing the pulleys with a length of rebar.

Balancing the pulleys with a length of rebar.

2019 Club Annual Dinner

The 2019 Annual dinner was held at the Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury on 5th October. Following the meal a painting of the Pontesford 1784 engine house, which was kindly donated to the Club by Iris Brown raised a respectable £100 when auctioned. The painting, by Malcolm Newton, was commissioned by Ivor Brown in 1993 when he couldn’t get a decent picture of the engine house. Ivor asked Malcolm if he could produce this picture, but move the tree slightly to one side to improve the view of the engine house.

The after dinner talk was given by the BCA Equipment Officer Nigel Atkins, covering some of the activities that he has been involved in.

The sealed envelope raffle at the dinner raised £90 for MCRO. To foil those who checked their envelopes for tickets in advance of the draw using a torch or mobile phone, blank tickets had cunningly been put in all the envelopes that didn’t have winning tickets in.

Nigel Atkins - the Electric Ferret

BCA Equipment Officer Nigel Atkins (aka the Electric Ferret), giving the after dinner talk at the Club dinner in Shrewsbury.

Club Chair Neal Rushton auctioning the Pontesford 1784 engine house painting

Club Chair Neal Rushton with the Pontesford 1784 engine house painting.

Hidden Earth 2019 27th to 29th September, Glyndwr University in Wrexham

Hidden Earth 2019

The British Cave Research Association’s (BCRA’s) National Caving Conference - Hidden Earth 2019 was held over the 27th to 29th September at Glyndwr University in Wrexham. A lot of Club members attended, some helping out with the event, and enjoyed an interesting range of lectures, demos, and workshops. Not to mention the social side of the event and the bar!

A successful NAMHO 2019 Conference

NAMHO 2019 - Success

Congratulations to Roy Fellows and everyone involved in the successful and enjoyable 2019 NAMHO Conference. Over 100 delegates descended on the village of Llanfan in mid-Wales for a long weekend (4th-8th July) of underground trips, lectures, good food, drink and socialising with friends old and new.

Miners hat with candle and lens

Diary Dates 2020


Unfortunately all meetings and events have been cancelled or postponed until the end of the Coronavirus lockdown.

April 3rd-6th: NAMHO 2020 Conference "Copper, Tin, Gold", Cornwall. Venue - CANCELLED 

15th-18th May: 2nd International Early Engines Conference, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. More details on: - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 

18th-22nd June: 12th International Mining History Conference, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 


Old Items of interest

crossed picks Ivor Brown Memorial Day, 2018

crossed picks Bog Ropeway Trestle, 2018

crossed picks Snailbeach Disaster Memorial plaque, 2018

crossed picks Talybont (Alltycrib) Trip Report, 2018

crossed picks 40 Yard Truck, 2015

crossed picks Black Tom Jigs, 2013

crossed picks Safety Platform Work - Snailbeach, 2013

crossed picks Hughs Bridge Canal Tunnel, 2012

crossed picks Snailbeach 112 yard trip, 2011

crossed picks SCMC 50th Anniversary Dinner, 2011

crossed picks Miners Reunion, - 2009 events

crossed picks NAMHO 2009 - a brief report

crossed picks Crushing Blow!, Criggion Quarry

crossed picks Collapse in Level Fawr, Cwmystwyth

crossed picks Nine Madeley Men - re-dedication

crossed picks Old relics from a Broseley Mine

MCRO & British Cave Rescue Council

We support the Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation (MCRO)


mine tub


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