It was another excellent year for SWCC at Hidden Earth. It began very well for us with Andy and Antonia Freem providing the opening AV entitled The Recipe for Good Caving. This went down very well with all the conference delegates and created a good atmosphere for the rest of the weekend. Andy and Antonia also showed two more videos at the conference - The Geology of OFD and The Journey to Circus Maximus (Ogof Draenen). Both were well received.
|Andy and Antonia's AV presentation about to play to a full house.|
|Chloe, Claire, Pete, Andy and Antonia on the stand|
Club merchandise for the stand was arranged by Jo and Chloe. There was considerable disappointment when the BRAND NEW OFD 'Huffs' were not delivered on time and were stuck at the UPS depot in Avonmouth around 45 minutes drive away. Undeterred by this, Chloe saved the day by deciding to drive there and collect them in person.
|The Huffs arrive thanks to Chloe!|
The huffs - the original wearable cave survey - are available in either Top Entrance or Cwm Dwr design.
Two of our youngest members were also present at the weekend, Harri Brown and Sebastian Wire. Both are a little over one year old and, believe it or not, have not actually met yet, as they managed to miss each other by moments on the weekend.
Lizzy and Sebastian and Adrian and Harri looking happy and contented at Hidden Earth.
|SWCC meal at the Hunter's|
Brendan's cover photo of the Missile Silo in Illusion Pot and Keith at the SWCC stand modelling the winning Dudley t-shirt design.
Even more photographic success followed for them. Keith won the video salon competition with this entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxu780mKtkw Mark Burkey won the Premier Trophy for the best panel of 5 photos. Mark also won the Best Photo in Show and the Fun Shot. Brendan also won the best Colour Print.
|Chloe admiring entries in the photographic competition|
Mark's winning shot of Garland's Pot and his winning fun shot (captioned 'If you push hard enough, I'm sure you'll get through!)
To top it all off, Claire's conference badge was plucked out in the lucky dip and she won free entry to Hidden Earth 2017.
So, although the following sign could be spotted in the exhibition hall on the Sunday (it may have had something to do with a certain rugby match result...) SWCC certainly proved that Welsh caves, and those who enjoy visiting them, are a central part of the modern British caving scene.
|Sign spotted after the Welsh rugby victory!|
SWCC attendees: Nicky Bailey, Adrian Brown, Kate Brown, Mark Burkey, Jess Burkey, Bill Buxton, John Cliffe, Gareth Davies, Steff Davies, Keith Edwards, Chloe Francis, Andy Freem, Antonia Freem, Andy Harp, Jennie Hill, Pete Hobson, Martin Hoff, Duncan Hornby, Harvey Lomas, Brendan Marris, Miri Pihlaja, Allan Richardson, Margaret Richardson, John Roe, Claire Vivian, Lizzy Wire.