Ray Duffy and RRCPC were awarded the Bryan Ellis Award, at Hidden Earth 2004for which Ray received a cheque for £100 to be put towards the purchase of a Global Positioning System. This has now been purchased and is available to borrow from Ray
This award is given annually by Pauline Ellis in memory of her late husband, Bryan Ellis, a former BCRA chairman and Administrator. It is presented through the BCRA and is for innovation or enterprise in one of Bryan's many fields of interest, these included Caving Administration, Surveying, Publishing (writing and production), and Caving Gadgetry. As well as his interests in UK caving, especially the Mendips, he also had interests in caving in Ireland, North Wales, Iceland and Slovenia.
Reason for the Award
The Red Rose CPC are the resident guardians of the Lancaster Easegill cave system on the Cumbria,/Lancashire/Yorkshire border. Over an extended period now, the Red Rose has been undertaking an extensive project to re-survey the cave and update the survey as an aid to exploration and research. The work done to date has been published in a excellently presented monograph and survey, and further publications will follow.
One person in particular, Ray Duffy, has been instrumental in keeping the project going. Talking to him this weekend, it is obvious that the Award will allow him to purchase a GPS unit which will greatly simplify some aspects of the surveying. I therefore recommend that this is where the award should be made, and that you should make the cheque out to Ray himself rather than the RRCPC.
Nick Williams, Chairman