News December 2011 #2

THE BIG DAY WILL SOON BE HERE!!

ONLY ELEVEN MORE UNPROTECTED DAYS TO GO!!

On Sunday 1st January 2012 we can go out and be insured for Public Liability to the tune of £5 million each.

That’s what it says on the shiny orange membership cards just arrived, just right for flashing at landowners and members of the public without getting arrested. This is for surface use only – if you want to be able to flash it underground then you have to pay even more so I think we need to think about the implications of that over the coming 2012.

Welcome to latest member, No. 12, Roy Widdowson, not yet able to show a shiny card but will be added to the privileged few when I am able to stop spluttering, coughing and then able to hear again.

If anyone wants their membership card I will send by post – otherwise they will get delivered as we meet up during 2012 on Sunday 7th January, if not before.

Depending on circumstances (mainly weather) we must use the visit to move some of the fencing to handier places for the other project. First job is to make both shafts safe, then remove some of the junk inside – possibly using SRT? For opening the drifts the use of Brett’s Big Boring Machine is another possibility to determine the distance needed to dig.

IN OTHER NEWS TODAY …

Reading C.I.A.S. Bulletin No. 22 of 1994 there is a potted history of Chaloner Mines with the interesting information that in 1884 the hauling engine from there was moved to Old Bank, Eston.

Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

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