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Subs due January 1st 2022


As the Membership Secretary I’d like to remind all members that subs are due at the usual time. The renewal date for membership is 1st January 2022 (but feel free to pay before that date if you wish!)

The easiest way is by Bank Transfer:

Membership fees for 2022 are:

£28 for all members + insurance of £6 non-caving (total £34) or £20 caving (total £48)

Setting up a regular standing order for a fixed amount means you don’t have to remember every year and makes admin easier (Red Rose bank details are given on the application form). Otherwise, I will happily take cash from you or you can send your cheques to arrive by 1st of January.

Membership Secretary: Emma Key, Springfield House, The Croft, Audley Stoke on Trent ST7 8JW Tel: 07801552061 membership <at>

Keeping people safe at Bullpot Farm from Monday 19th July 2021

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Keeping people safe at Bullpot Farm from Monday 19th July 2021


To keep members and guests COVID safe at the Farm please follow these simple rules:
  • If you have symptoms or a member of your household is isolating, then you shouldn’t be using the facilities. Please stay at home.
  • Sanitising stations will still be kept in place. Please use these.
  • Please keep kitchens, food preparation areas, showers and bathrooms clean.
  • If you want to wear a mask, that’s fine, we will respect it and will ask all members and guests to respect that. 
  • If you are a visiting group you will be allocated a dormitory with a set number of beds. Please stick to your dormitory.
  • The Members’ dormitory is for members and their personal guests.
  • Please remember the Members’ Kitchen and Lounge are for members use.
  • We recognise that this is a difficult and confusing time for everyone. Please respect others and be tolerant of their view points.
Any problems please contact a committee member.

Hut Warden Rota

We have organised a Duty Rota for the Hut Warden job. This is an important job to keep the farm and all its utilities running smoothly. The job takes a couple of hours and includes checking rodent traps, toilets, checking the water supply and other services etc. It needs to be done during the week (Mon-Fri) while people are hopefully not staying at the Farm. I will send out a reminder to the person involved on Sunday or Monday of each week with more detailed instructions. See list below:

If you would like to help please get in touch with me.

Andy Hall (andy<at>



22nd-26th Nov Phil Withnall
29th-3rd Dec Hugh St Lawrence
6th-10th Dec Phil Withnall
13th-17th Dec Mel Wilkinson
20th-24th Dec Fran Frankland
27th-31st Dec Andy Hall
3rd-7th Jan Steve Round
10th-14th Jan Mike Appleton
17th-21st Jan Bill Osborne
24th-29th Jan Bill Sherrington
31st Jan- 3rd Feb Hugh St Lawrence
7th-11th Feb Matt Jenkinson
14th-18th Feb Mel Wilkinson
21st-25th Feb Fran Frankland
1st-4th March Andy Hall
7th-11th March Steve Round
14th-18th March Mike Appleton
21th-25th March Bill Osborne
28th-31st March Bill Sherrington
4th-8th April Phil Withnall


2021 Photo competition Results

The results of the 2021 competition are shown below. Trophies hopefully were awarded at a summer dinner.  If you have a trophy from last year will you please make arrangements to return it to the Farm as soon as you can.

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UK Above Ground:

3rd Prize

Frost flowers on moss

Sam Leiberman

1st Prize

The road to glory – Toby at Loch an Lòin, Glasnock, Strathcarron

Sam Leiberman

2nd Prize

Wishing on a star

Alex Anderson

UK Underground:

3rd Prize

Coniston Copper Mine

 Alex Anderson

1st Prize & Best Overall Photo

Greensett Cave


2nd Prize

New discovery in Ashery Pot, Applecross


Abroad Above Ground

2nd Prize

Airbrakes deployed

Alex Anderson

1st Prize

Cladera Blanca Lanzarote


3rd Prize

Seascape Lanzarote

Abroad Underground

2nd Prize

Cueva del Covón, Lanzarote


1st Prize

Pete in Som Hein, Myanmar

Fleur Loveridge

3rd Prize

Jameo de la Gente Lanzarote



Humorous Print:

2nd Prize

Silly hat

Toby Speight

1st Prize

Did Someone Say Fish!

Alex Anderson

3rd Prize

Im sure I felt a draft as I was reaching for the Branston Pickle

Jim Newton


Pocket Camera Underground Print:

3rd Prize

Crisp Delph Mine

Colin Jones

1st Prize

Aileen in Gave Pot

Fleur Loveridge

2nd Prize

Breakthrough at Dam Waterfall, Strathcarron

Sam Leiberman


Public Vote for the Giles Barker Trophy:

Thanks to everyone that voted. Result with 52% of the votes cast is the photo of Greensett Cave by Beardy

Ballot Result

Photo Competition 2020 Results

The club’s photo competition was held on 1st February 2020, and the placed photos are displayed below. The overall winner (Giles Barker Trophy) last year was Alex Anderson and as is the rule he came along to judge this year’s competition this year and presented a portfolio of his recent photos. Thanks Alex.

Alex did the judging

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Andy Pringle has had issues uploading his photos

UK Underground

Scanty Lardos Pot Ann Summers Passage

1st. Bill Nix
Crack Pot 2nd. Andy Pringle

Sam in Big Rift, Wretched Rabbit

3rd. Ray Duffy

UK above ground

Crag Hill & Casterton Fell

1st. Andy Hall
Red Deer Stag 2nd. Andy Pringle

Cwm Idwal Slabs

3rd. Chris Hunter

Abroad underground

Deep pool traversing.. Ret Dung Khur, Meghalaya.

1st. Bill Nix

Ailwee Cascade, Doolin Cave, Rep of Ireland

2nd. Bill Nix
Jiuero 2, Cantabria 3rd. Andy Pringle

Abroad Above ground

Lake Annecy, France

1st. Sam Leiberman
Mother & calf Sperm whale diving 2nd. Andy Pringle

Entrance to Little Tiger temple cave. Krabi, Thailand.

3rd. Bill Nix

Pocket camera prints

Traverse in Alum Pot

1st. Chris Hunter1

Self Portrait, County Pot

2nd. Andy Hall

Crystal Palace, BPOW

3rd.  Andy Hall

Best overall underground photo (Gile Barker Award) was decided by public vote on the night. The winner (Bill Nix) gets to judge next year’s competition. His photo is the one taken in Meghalaya.

The opportunity for members to show photos from the last year’s holidays or caving trips on the big screen after the end of the competition was not so successful as Ray’s digital projector developed a fault and the images were split into bits as can be seen from the screenshot below.

Andy Hall

RRCPC Honorary and Life Members

Congratulations to Andy Hall for recently becoming a Life Member of RRCPC. Below is a list of the club’s honorary and life members:

Honorary members:

Ray Duffy, Jim Newton, Bev Stevens, Sandra Wilkinson, Ron Bliss (deceased), Tom Sykes (deceased), Tony Tanner (deceased)

Life Members:

Robert Bialek (Darlek), Pete Llewelyn, Andy Hall (NEW)

Rollerball dig

 Ray, Sam and others have been digging here for a while on Thursday evenings
On Sat Oct 12th before the club auction party we arranged a club digging meet here. The situation is that the digging itself is easy in a stooping height passage with easily dug sand, cobbles and gravel and a good draft. However all the spoil has to be bagged up and hauled out through about 30ft of steep passage to the surface as there is no stacking space left in the cave. Some people worked on the surface and we were able to rotate diggers around so they were not stuck in one place for several hours with a morning and afternoon shift. Snacks and drinks were provided and some 20 people took part. A great day out. Thanks for your help. We might organise a repeat in the new year here or at Casserole Pot.

Photography Competition 2019

Photographic Competition 2019 Results:

An excellent turnout for the Photographic Competition on 12th January with some fantastic photographs on display. The judge this year was George (Boz) Bosnyak who in giving his verdict praised the vast improvement of entries. This year saw two changes to the format with the inclusion of Pocket Camera shots and voting for the premier award, the Giles Barker Award, being decided by public vote. Congratulations are due to all the winners and placed photos and a big vote of thanks to all who took part.

Thanks also to Boz for judging and Ray and Andy for making the arrangements. After the formal competition was over we were entertained to a viewing of members various trips both at home and abroad.

Trophies will be awarded at the Annual Dinner in March. If you have a trophy from last year will you please make arrangements to get it to Bullpot Farm or Andy Hall a.s.a.p, so that the engraving of winners names can be done before the presentation. Winners listed here

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UK Underground:

1st. Stream Passage Pot – Alex Anderson
2nd. Missile Silo – Alex Anderson
3rd. Boreham Cave – Paul Swire

UK Above Ground:

1st. Reach for the Stars – Alex Anderson
2nd. Handa Island, Sutherland – Sam Lieberman
3rd. Bullpot Bonfire Night – Bill Nix


Abroad Underground:

1st. Kendal Mint Cake Passage, Big Matt Calf Hole, Matienzo. Paul Swire
2nd. Aven de Malaval – Paul Swire
3rd. Stals in Lek Lek – Bill Nix

Abroad Above Ground:

1st. Scula Punta, Peru – Paul Swire
2nd. Antarctica – Hannah Walker

3rd. Heron and Catch – Andy Pringle

Humorous Print:

1st. Starkers Self Portrait – Alan Martin
2nd. Valley Entrance – Sue Osborne
3rd. Steve’s Twin – Alan Martin

Pocket Camera Print:

1st. Self Portrait Victoria CaveSam Lieberman
2nd. Eccentrics, Stream Passage Pot – Sam Lieberman

3rd. Mushroom Passage – Andy Hall

Public Vote for the Giles Barker Trophy:

Stream Passage Pot – Alex Anderson


FREE WiFi now available to all members and guests staying at Bullpot Farm. The password is displayed on the noticeboard in the Members room and Guests kitchen. Its use restricted to bedrooms and upper floors. It is not available downstairs or outside.

Lawn Mowers

Lawn Mowers

The club has been fortunate in acquiring two lawn mowers recently

which will greatly enhance our ability to keep the garden and the bonfire field in good shape Thanks to Bill Nix we now have a new and working petrol lawnmower. There are instructions on how to use it attached to it and it’s stored in the second outside wooden store. You’ve all got the code for that store so if you’ve nothing to do you could cut the grass out back or on the bonfire field. It’s really easy to use and there’s petrol and oil for it in the same store. It only took me one and half hours to mow both bits so a nice evening job before drinks.

Secondly we have also a sit on mower for the bonfire field. At present this is being serviced and for the time being not to be used other than by Steve Gray. Thanks to all to have helped in these acquisitions.