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The Recent Past:
Another nine year lease with the landlord was signed in 2008. This included a number of stringent conditions that were adhered to during the period of the lease. Phase 1 of this work, was completed in 2009,. Phase 2 was completed in 2015 and includes work on the catering facilities. More information and photos on the Farm page
2017 and the Future
On 16th December 2016 we were formally notified from the Yorkshire Dales National Park that we have been given £8,000 SDF grant for Environmental Improvements to Bullpot Farm. This money will be available for a year from the start of the project on 1st February 2017 and relies on us getting planning permission from the National Park and the club also obtaining a new lease from the Whelprigg estate, when it runs out in January.
The three parts of the project are to provide assistance for improvements to our grey water system, a new tackle store and new library facilities upstairs. The planning application for the external work has gone in and approved in the middle of January 2017.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund is open to individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector bodies. It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park’s environment, economy and communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape.
The club has already allocated a amount of its reserves to the project but to carry out our plans, we need to raise more funds. To ensure the project is completed we are appealing for donations from cavers and others.
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How you can help?
We have various schemes in the pipeline; Raffles, Sponsorship events, 2018 calendar, Auctions etc.
The Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club was formed in 1946 and is based around the town of Lancaster in the North of England. Since then it has become one of the country’s leading caving clubs with a growing membership of over 200 living all over Britain, as well as a number of overseas members. Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest in caving.
The RRCPC holds regular caving meets at weekends and organises expeditions to other caving regions in Britain and abroad. For example since 2000 members of the Club have been active in expeditions to Sardinia, Spain, France, Borneo, China, India and Crete. As well as the normal club caving, we have a wide cross section of members interested in all other aspects of caving.
Most of the Red Rose’s activities are based around Bullpot Farm situated near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. This remote farmhouse has been the headquarters of the club since 1966 when it first took up a lease on the premises. And its members are present most weekends. The farm is also available for use by visiting groups or clubs. It is located above Ease Gill Caverns, part of the Three Counties System, Britain’s longest cave system which boasts over 90 Km of passages. The Red Rose have always been actively involved with the continued exploration and scientific study of this cave system. At present the whole system is being resurveyed and the data put on to computer. This data has recently been published in the form of four A1 size surveys with companion guides. Sheet 5 will follow as surveying is completed.
Members of the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club may use the building at any time as part of their annual membership. Other groups and individuals may request to visit by arrangement. See link on how to book Bullpot Farm
The main purpose and use of the building is as a centre for members of the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club to stay overnight, and make use of the building on a day basis whilst carrying out sporting activities in the area.
The club has an active programme of educational activities related to caving and potholing. The science of speleology includes all aspects of cave study from Surveying to Hydrology, Geomorphology, biology to Underground Radio Communications.
The club has a vast collection of scientific books, magazines and periodicals dating back over 100 years for the use of members and other interested parties. We hope to make this available to the wider community in the near future as part of a National Park SDF grant.
The Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club have a Conservation Officer and regularly we have major clean ups of the local cave system and surface features. The club actively encourages all cavers to remove used carbide from the cave and take it home with them. Cleanups will continue to be held in the future and we continue to tape off formations and clean stalagmites and stalactites. Surface conservation work is also carried out including the replacing of stiles and footpath erosion repairs and protection or rare floral habitats.
The club also holds regular social events at its Headquarters, both as fund raising events to help in the running costs of the farm but as an benefit to members and other like minded people to socialise, discuss their sport and initiate or debate current scientific work.