As agreed at the last MCR meeting, the next MCR meeting will be held on Tuesday the 19th March at the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy at 20:00. This meeting will also include a short General Meeting to review activities of the past year and confirm officers for the coming year. All are welcome to attend these open meetings.

As agreed at the last MCR meeting, the next MCR meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of December, the 11th at the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy at 20:00. All are welcome to attend these open meetings.

As agreed at the last MCR meeting, the next MCR meeting will be held on the third Tuesday of September, the 18th at the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy at 20:00. All are welcome to attend these open meetings.

The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was formed in 1967 as the representative body for bona fide volunteer underground rescue organisations in the British Isles. Its functions include representing and supporting its members at National and International level, promoting the exchange of information between member rescue organisations and providing a common voice for them. ResCon is the bi-annual BCRC Cave Rescue Conference, a gathering of cave rescue volunteers and others to discuss (and practice) cave rescue techniques and meet other cave rescue team members. The next ResCon is to be held on Mendip in September 2019, to be organised by Mendip Cave Rescue, over the weekend of 6th to the 8th September 2019 on the outskirts of Priddy in the Mendips. A ResCon 19 website is being created which will have full details, including how to buy tickets.

After 43 years of dedicated service to Mendip Cave Rescue, Nigel Taylor retired earlier this year. A farewell was held as part of a presentation evening at the Hunters Lodge Inn on the 9th June 2018. Nigel was made a warden in 1975 and has attended many call-outs over the years. In those days equipment was much more basic. Communication underground was made by reeling out hundreds of feet of wire to attach a telephone. Also, the first strike bag had a packet of 10 cigarettes in it, which were to calm the nerves of the casualty (known as a victim in those days) and the rescuer! The presentation evening also showed how cave rescue equipment and techniques have evolved over the years.

Nigel Taylor certificate

Nigel Taylor being presented with a certificate from the MCR secretary Martin Grass