Spike, the dog, is looking for a loving home because he
doesn't want to go back to the RSPCA kennels. The funeral is on
Monday 7th February at Lancaster Crem., on Powderhouse Lane. Put
LA2 6AD in your Sat Nav. Reception after at the Rugby Club.
Update ... Tina has taken in Spike .... he now has a new
he's been great, taking a little bit of getting used to, and
the hair balls, and mucky feet, but he is quite happy i think.
He does NOT like being brushed, i even gave him me £35 quid horse hair
brush lol, but he growls at that, and yesterday when i went to
pick Logan up from school he was in back of car and i said give
us a kiss spike n he dead eyed me n growled, it panicked me a
bit, but i just said stop that boyo, but in general i fink he's
just getting used to us as we are him.
He loves football I'm going to try video it as i was really
impressed, he gets the ball and proper growls at it (busting em)
then lets go and stands to side looks at you to let you take the
ball to kick it...
he has not had one wee or poo accident and not chewed anything,
only tried once with Logan's bob the builder man, but we said no
spike n he let go.
He lets Logan walk with the lead, and waits to cross road brill,
but with me he gets a bit excited and tries to pull me so the
old heel spike has worked.
He did like to wee on my new garden, but we have ad words about
He sleeps under stair case on a blanket till i get him a basket,
he goes in fine, when i go up to bed he gets out n lays behind
door for a bit then goes gets in his bed after 10 or 20 mins.
I took him to vets Monday and he weighed 30.7 kilos, they said
he's a fatty, he will soon loose some of that with exercise, and
i want to get him groomed when i can afford it, as he's a hell
of a lot of hair i bet that doesn't help the scales and i
daren't do it with growls lol.
but all is well, here's some pics for you to send to the Lads
Next Dinner on
5th February 2011
7pm'ish at the Marton Arms as tribute to Frank Squirrel
Dunno if you remember me but i came with frank squirrel with my
mum to one of the meetings a couple of years back . Thought i
let yoi know frank passed away on Tuesday 24th January he was
found dead in bed . His son Andrew told me and my mum to let
everyone we could think of know . I am sorry to be one to break
the news and if you want il let you know when the funeral is ..
Spike is currently stopping at frank son's house at moment .
Haere Mai, Ged,
I was in a state of disbelief yesterday on the news of Frank's death. I
was only talking on the phone to him on Monday night ( your time ).
Today I am overcome with grief. It's taken 36 hours to sink in. I've
known Frank all my life and, despite now living on the other side of the
world, we never lost touch with each other. When I came over in 03, I
stayed with him for a week before the 03 dinner. We did many of the
things we used to do as kids. We climbed Wharton Crag and ( drove ) up
Arnside Knott. We went on the Windermere cruise and for a walk down the
lane by the canal in Lancaster. I'm glad I came whilst we were both in
reasonable health. Much better to remember him that way.
I'll miss him,
Haere Mai, Ged, Thanks, mate. I had seen the tribute. It seems
everyone wants to make sure I didn't miss out ! Hope there'll be a good
turnout to see him off. Would have liked to have been there but am
probably better off with my memories of our time together in 03.I'll be
there in spirit. Bob
27-10-10, Hi Fans,
Glad yer might get yer boots going Ged. Cumpsty
is getting some wet-suits for my next trip up ha ha. I cannot make the next
'meet' on Nov 20th as I am doing a 'Gig' in Stratford-on-Avon,
which is a shame, 'cos I like meeting everyone.
I should be able to make the Christmas 'do' at Marton in
Dec...hopefully, Cheers from Johnnie Seaton.
I have a new guest at my farmhouse. A 1.5 metre
long snake has taken up residence in my
wood shed living in the log pile. On a hot day it basks on top
of the pile under the hot concrete roof. We respect one another's space,
and although I have strolled through the courtyard in the dark in bare
feet for the last three years I have now installed a spot light to
ensure I don't go treading on my new friends in the dark. Oh, the good
old days when ignorance was bliss. A bucket full of discarded
skins, getting ever larger, shows that it is actively eating its way
through any unwanted rodents.
(Note:- I think this is an Aesculapian Snake (Elaphe longissima or
Zamenis longissimus). See notes on the video page. It is said that the staff of
Aesculapius, the God of Medicine and Healing, had the snake Elaphe
longissima coiled around it, and my farm is surrounded by the ancient
sites of mythological Thracian Greek Gods and Goddesses.)
A visit to the archaeological ruins of Pliska,
some 2 miles from my farm revealed that recent digging activity had
unearthed a skeleton and when wandering around the spoil heaps I found
an ancient canine tooth, the fang of a wolf, or a wolf hound, circa
7th/8th cent AD. The pagan inhabitants of Pliska were into
hunting. Click on Pliska Ruins
Archaeologist Nikolay Overcharov
discovered an ancient cooking stove carved into the solid rock of the
old Thracian city of Perperikon. I wonder if anything similar is waiting
to be found in the UK?
There is a beautiful cave, Zandana, quite large, some
10 miles from my farm. I have updated the site with photos ..
Retrieve a Young Man from Pepelyankata Cave
October 3, 2010, Sunday
Image from Pepelyankata Cave nearby Pernik. Photo by
Svetlin Marionv at caves.4at.info
A 23-year own man was rescued by the Mountain Rescue
Service in a very difficult operation after falling badly in
Pepelyankata cave near the Bulgarian city of Pernik. The operation
continued for five hours over Saturday late afternoon and night and was
extremely complicated by the terrain of the cave. Speleologists and a
doctor joined the mountain rescuers to help them in the unfamiliar
environment. The young man had apparently suffered back injuries and
taking him out had to be organized extremely carefully. He had been
exploring the cave with a couple of friends. They all had experience and
adequate equipment, so his fall is more probably accidental. After being
removed from the cave, the young man was swiftly transported to Pernik
The Reunion Dinner on Tuesday the 24th August 2010
at the Mason's Arms in Ingleton was a squeaking success
thanks to the showmanship of Johnnie Seaton with
Later on - several of the oldies went down Gaping Gill
photos Mary Myers
A Circumzenithal Arc (An
upside down rainbow)
My exited granddaughter came
hurtling through the door, yelling, "Mommy,
mommy, there's an upside down
rainbow." ... and lo and behold, much to
everyone's surprise, there it
was. A very rare phenomena which most people,
including me, have never seen,
but it just shows what a magical world it is
for the very young, where
anything is possible. (Keighley 31st August 2010)
Ged took a stroll on Storrs Common - Saturday 4th September 2010 -
and found the entrance to the Upper Dig Cave above Beazley Quarry Caves had collapsed with a
huge slab completely sealing up the entrance hole. Yet another cave on Storrs lost without trace.
The old entrance ... the roof slab beginning to move and oops ... yet
another cave vanishes without trace.
No reunions in July - August because of Holidays
so here are some photos from my July trip to Bulgaria.
(It would be nice to have photos of other people's
After several days of work, work, work and more work,
the team decided to take the boss on a holiday in the Balkan Mountains for a few days. It was brilliant. Cool fresh
air and an off-track trek in an All-terrain Soviet Army truck to
the top of the local mountains in the Balkans National Park. At
5,000 feet this place has a mountain lodge-cum-pub for walkers
and climbers, just like Big Jack wanted on the top of
Ingleborough. I am black and blue after the roughest ride of my
Later we were honoured to get a visit to the
President's Hunting Lodge, a guided tour and lunch in his secure
fenced off area surrounded by magnificent views of the national
park, arranged for us by local friends.
The trek to Hut Mazalat - elevation 4,997 feet - Balkan
Mountains National Park
The President's Hunting Lodge in the Balkans National Park -
hunting for wild boar and deer.
With thanks to Angel, Desi, Giorgio, Jivko, Maya,
Mimi, Plamen, Safi and Vladimir.
The is the Balkan Guest House where we
in July in Valevtsi Village at the foot
impressive Balkan Mountains.
very impressed with it.
who is now a partner in a new project for
a hotel near to this one but on the river?
Peace Haven for walkers and trekkers.
and so back to my farm at Varbyane and the miles of sunflower fields
Here's an interesting little known creature at large in
Walkers on the Waterfalls Walk have
encountered a strange creature in Swilla Glen which persuades them to
part with their money until it now looks like a scaly dragon with a
myriad of shiny metal scales.
Thousands upon thousands of copper coins
have been hammered into a dead tree by tourists, until now, there is
little room for any more.
I don't remember this tree being there in
the "olden days" and inspection of the coins reveals the oldest found is
1970, which in itself does not mean this practice was started in 1970,
after all you may have a 1970's penny in your pocket that hasn't been
there since 1970.
click on a thumbnail
What other dragons are lurking in the undergrowth, I wonder?
Hi Ged. Hope this mail finds you well. Was
up in Ingleton the other Saturday trying to locate a cave
called Ď Dead Rabbit Cave Ď my memory of the Cave that it was
up the old quarry road and path to the waterfalls We had the
guy from the quarry setting the explosives to enlarge the
Passage . cant remember what or how far we pushed the cave
forward Any way if you know of the cave please let me know
Regards Colin Enright 07-10-08
Hi Colin the history of Dead Rabbit can
be found in an extract from my book "Fifty Years on Storrs
Common" ... LOL ... (click
20th October 2009
The Black Rose "young'uns" are back digging
in Lower Arch Cave on Storrs Common.
this is Alex from the current Black Rose
Caving Club. I just thought I would let you know, as I know this was
your old dig before we took it over. After a six-year pause we have
started digging it again! Well I have and am trying to get the others
to join me. Removed about 5ft of sand so itís 5 ft longer then the
last log entry in 2003.
Dunc should be updating the website as we progress (hopefully we will)
so you can find out from him.
I just thought I would drop you a line and let you know, as you
may be interested in the news. P.S. The club is doing well now we have
over 20 members, wow, he he.
http://www.brcc.org.uk Kind regards,
Next digging date is Sunday 8th of November 2009 -
(It would be nice to have a
Master Cave "break-thru" after 50 years digging.)
The Funeral of Isabel Lewis
was held on Monday
27th July 2009 at Saint Mary's Church, Ingleton.
The church was full to
overflowing in fond memory of this
charming lady. The wake
at Juno was standing room only.
When we close
our eyes, we can see her clearly,
The memory of
her smile, the twinkle in her eye.
Makes us want
to say, how very much we miss her,
So let her
stay a while, these memories can not die.
by Ged Dodd from his ICU 2
Album 2007, Class Music Studios.
Memorial Concert for Connie Creighton
Saturday, 28th March '09
2.30 pm at Southport Arts Centre
Artists there included Bobby Kaye (Comedian),
Charles Mitchell (Organist) who worked with Connie for 25 years,
Spencer K Gibbons (Country and Western/Rock) who was Connie and
Johnnie's Cruise Ship Director for 5 years, Beryl Chapman
(Singer) who is Duggie Chapman's wife (The Producer), a film of Connie presenting the best of
Southport for the Tourism Board, Teddy Alexander who worked with
Connie in the old days and came out of retirement for her, Peter
Lindup a musical speciality act, Mathew Corbett remembers with
pleasure his years of working with Connie on the Sooty Show and
Asa Murphy, a new swinging singing star from Liverpool. A good
Jonnie Seaton was
indisposed and couldn't attend so a video was taken of the
entire show, which over ran by half an hour, just for him.
The proceeds for the attendance/ raffle raised £2,500
and this went to the Queenscourt Hospice where Tommy Bowers spent
his final days.
Photos were forbidden in the theatre but
here's a few I took earlier.
Attending were Big Jack, Brian & Isabel, Ged & Sandra, Jim
Boursey, Mike & Mary, Pete & Barbara, Scorcher & Dianne, Skipsey & Val, Tiger & Liz.
Well, after 5
months of glorious sunshine, I arrived in Bulgaria to a downpour of
Biblical proportions. Thunder and lightning rule OK?
Zandana Cave floods from the bottom up, I gave it miss.
On to plan B, which was a
photo-shoot with TV Star
Pepi Borisova, promoting Mall Varna, Bulgaria's
biggest Super Store, shopping for shoes, (steady on Ged), and working on
video projects in Varna City.
Photos by Ged - Courtesy of Peace Havens Limited - Bulgaria
Later on, to promotion shoots at Pliska, the first capital of
Bulgaria, and Madara with its gigantic vertical cliffs and "dry"
I actually climbed the
1000 foot to the hill top fortress of Madara.
There is a little wayside cafe
at Madara that reminded me of Bernie's Cafe, and we got the best cup of
old-fashioned milk coffee in a long time, in a huge mug. Meanwhile,
enjoy, I did ...
Photos by Ged - Courtesy of Peace Havens Limited - Bulgaria
It is with sincere
regret that I have to inform you that Big Jack's wife, Mary
Procter, has died suddenly from a heart attack, on Wednesday. The funeral will be
at Charnock Richards Crematorium at 11.15am on Friday 5th
September. All welcome.
Flowers from family and friends, and collected donations will be
used to buy dog and cat food which will be handed directly to
the RSPCA. Our
sincere condolences to Big Jack and family and if you can't make
will be all pleased to know, since the demise of Cains Brewery;
The Wheatsheaf has now changed hands and is once again a
Free House boasting a superb range of Real Ales from our
signature beer "Black Sheep" with regular appearances of
superbly kept guests. The staff are more astute and attentive to
customer needs just how it should be. Good home cooked food
sourced from local suppliers. So let us take this opportunity to
welcome back customers both old and new to the reputation this
fine establishment in Ingleton once had. Look forward to seeing
Hi there, My name is Cathy Tazzyman and I
live in Ingleton, I am one of the many nieces of William "Eddie Hunt"
who was a member of the old Black Rose team. I never ever saw any
pictures of my Uncle Eddie when he used to cave and I wondered if anyone
had any old photographs for me to look at. My uncle Eddie was a good man
and he had a big heart, and it seems only yesterday that we used to
chat, even though its now been nearly 5 yrs since he passed away. Kind
regards Cathy Tazzyman
Message from Richie in Canada ....
Hi Ged 02-03-08
My new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you have an enjoyable evening at the reunion, sorry can't be there
again this year
Still biking, picture taken in Virginia on the way to the Blue Ridge
Parkway in 2007 September
Richie -- Wisdom: We are all born naked, wet, and hungry....Then things get worse.
And Sletcher cant be reached at the address you have on your website !!!
Ged -- Saw on the web-site that you're always on
the look out for more photos. I took Dennis up to Ingleton for a day
out last week, and a trip down memory lane, as he puts it. I know he
gets up to the re-union every year, but that's in the evening, and
he's off the following morning back home, so he really doesn't have
chance to see too much of the place, or spend time browsing. He says
the happiest days of his life were spent there. We bumped into "Tiger"
in the Craven Heifer when we went in for some chow. He and his wife
now run the Ingleton Tourist Information Office. Just for your
records, he says that Mick Eland and Jane (not Joan -as I always
thought), divorced, he went to Cumbria, she re-married but her husband
died, and she now lives back in the Village. On the subject of Mick --
the photo you have posted on the site, of the group in the wash shed
behind the Heifer, if that was really 1962 -- then the guy on the far
right would be Mick Eland. Regards Phil K.
If your computer will
you can see the pictures by clicking on the number links.
I recognise David Heap from your photo. He was head of history at
William Hulme's Grammar School,
Manchester from approx 1968 - 1973 and introduced me to caving
which I carried on through my university days. I was sorry to
learn that he had died in 1995. Are you in contact with anyone
who knew what happened to him after leaving WHGS? Regards,
Mark Clegg email
To the best of my
knowledge we have never met but round about 1959 onwardsI
was caving regularly in the Dales. I do remember sneaking on
Leck fell one night and going down Easegill (County?) with a
couple of lads one of whom was called Dave who only had 1 arm. I
think the other one was called Pete, who told me about pushing
Spectacle pot. I think we met in the Marton. Could this Dave be
the one in some of your photos? I was also in a Rose pothole
club but mine was WHITE. Another coincidence is that I first
went caving in a small way, Dow, Sleets etc with a few mates when
I was in the ROC. Living near Leeds though I was in the HQ at
Headingley pushing markers round on the big map. I remember
enjoying the exercises tracking the Canberras etc flying in
from Germany. That didn't last long though when the caving bug
took over. I started caving again in 1985 with my teenage sons.
I found the SRT absolutely brilliant and the fact that the three
of us could bottom some deep pots really quickly. Happy days. Regards Dave Newsholme
I've been off-line for a long time ( months) and am just catching up,
Connie is fairy godmother in Cinderella, yet
again!. Hope you are all well and hope to see you at the Wheatsheaf 25th March? Cheers Johnnie
So, Pete Cumpsty collars Ged at the Dinner and tells him about this rock
shelter he had stumbled on whilst out walking, near the Roman Road, and
plans were made to have another look, complete with Ged's metal detector,
on the first available sunny day, it being out in the wilds.
It had rained the previous day, leaving an inch of water over much of
the floor inside the shelter, about 10 feet square and 3 feet high, so
we had a dabble outside and found a horseshoe, well, more a small pony
shoe, and an Olde tent peg, and a ring pull off a sardine can. Wow.
Pete had brought a powerful lamp which revealed an inner dry cavern, at
least as large as the outer, which we didn't enter, because it meant
getting muddy, and we weren't kitted up for caving. We will return.
Click on photos to enlarge.
outside, holding pony shoe and enjoying the view.
(Photos by Ged)
5th May 2005
Pete Cumpsty and Adam
Cooper had a good day at the shelter. No obvious finds apart from a old
fence post left inside the cave at the back, but they did find 3 or 4 round
house remains, about 1/2 a mile away.
Anyone remember this oldie?
email 28-03-05 from TEnright3@aol.com
just been looking at a web site of the Black Rose Caving Club Oldies !
My name is Colin Enright originally from Liverpool. I seem to
remember your name from the past. Do you remember me ? Other names of Scousers
in Ingleton in the early 60s were Johnny Martin. Ken Bradley. Also we
were good friends with Meesh who I think came from Barrow. Also I
remember Mike Myers and Alan Edmundson and Kim Alderton.
If you are the one I remember, did you have an ear ring ? Also your
friend had one. Very unusual for that time. You worked in the Barrow Ship
Yard. And I remember seeing your photo in an advertisement for Vickers in
a barrow handbook ? There was also a guy who knew you ,forget his name, he
said he was from the Kendal Mint Cake Family, did not believe him ! He
never did any caving.
We first met you when you had the coal or wash shed behind the Craven Heifer
Pub ! We stayed there many times. Most memories have faded ! I have a photo of
Meesh when he stayed at my house in Liverpool,.
It would be nice to hear from you if you remember me.
Regards Colin Enright
Hi Colin, please send photo of Meesh by snail mail
or email, and get yourself to the reunion at the Wheatsheaf. Always room for
another oldie. Regards Ged.
William E.G. (Eddie) Hunt of
passed away suddenly at the
Royal Lancaster Infirmary on
Tuesday 12th August 03
aged 69 years.
Eddie Hunt - Profile
from the Black Rose Story by Ged Dodd
Eddie Hunt - 01/12/02 - photo Ged
When I finally tracked Eddie down
after 40 years he maintained that he never was in the Black Rose as such,
but he had always knocked around with Jed, Jim, John and Just, or the Four
Jays as he used to call them. That was Ged (Jed) Dodd, Jim Varey, John
Kirbitcon and Frank (Just Courting) Squirrel.
As it happened, when we left the Scar End
Hostel it was
Big Eddie Hunt, the blaster at the
local quarry who immediately got us the key to this dry ex-quarry building up on Storrs
Common which we could use as a hostel, and although we were no longer in the old club
we still regarded ourselves as the true Black Rose and carried on
When I say Big Eddie, I don't mean
tall, I mean wide. He was built like a Sumo Wrestler, the proverbial brick
Eddie was just larger
than life. A true Yorkshire man, blunt spoken, generous to a fault, plus a
built-in habit of giving his friends an affectionate bear-hug that could
break ribs, a painful fact, to which his girl-friend would testify. He
broke two of her ribs in an affectionate embrace, but by the same token I can
not recall him ever doing anything out of anger, although he did have this
wicked sense of humour.
As Eddie tells it,
"When I were at t'Quarry we had five pound sticks (dynamite) and you had to
drop them down the hole, you see, and if the hole were too tiny the middle
went and you were left with t'carton in your hand. So I thought, well,
I'll stuff that full of paper, I'll go up to t'hut, and I'll get that lot
up, somehow or other, so, put a dud fuse in and lit it, slung it in and
there were all sorts coming out of t'hut then ... ha ha ha."
Almost as funny as when he
would stand on top of the quarry throwing live sticks of dynamite at me
saying, "Catch 'em, you gret softy, they can't go off, there's no
detonator in 'em ... ha ha ha". Oh happy days, they don't make
fear like that anymore.
Eddie, being a local from
Ingleton, was the door-man who stamped your hand with an indelible blue
pass-out on the Saturday Night Dance at the Institute.
He remembers this was
done to stop the local girls from smuggling us potholers into the dance
via the lady's toilets round the back of the Institute. Money was in short
supply those days. A pint or the dance? No contest - make mine a pint. We
lads had this curious priority code of Caving > Drinking > Girls ... but
the girls had another code of Boys > Boys > Boys.
He says, "That
was a horrible job on t'door, 'cos they all come up
Kay-lied, Pee-eyed an' all sorts. (The
dance was on the first floor, up lots of steps.) I use
to stamp them anywhere they wanted stamping, an' I wasn't bothered,
lifting skirts up, stamp their boobs, one bloke took his willie out an' I
stamped that an' all.... ha ha ha."
Eddie was later featured in Sid Perou's film A Wet Sunday at
Sunset which promoted the Cave Rescue Organisation. He supported
the CRO whole-heartedly for many, many years with his ready jovial
attitude, and his ability to sober up rapidly on a Saturday night when
Dodger Brown came a' knocking on his door. Most rescuers were shouted out
on a Saturday night. One would think potholers could be more considerate
and wait until Sunday afternoon when the effects of Hartley's Ulverston
Best Bitter had worn off.
Eddie's strength was
legendary and if you got tired humping those heavy ladders then he would
more than likely take them off you, put them under his arm... and then
he'd grab you and put you under t'other one ... just because he could ....
ha ha ha.
Oh happy days, they
don't make them like him anymore.
Privileged to know you Eddie -
take care mate - Ged
The Meet at Bernie's -
Friday 27th Dec A
walk up the waterfalls to Scar End Farm
Dunc, Ged, Pete Cumpsty and new boy Clive
went walkies down memory lane and met the present owners of the Old Hostel.
Photo Duncan Jones. BRCC.
Alan Rucastle from No1, Ged Dodd of the old Black Rose, Wendy Algar and Feargus
Barton from No2, Pete Cumpsty of the old Black Rose.
We would like to thank them for their hospitality and the whiskey - Cheers.
From: "wend algar" : scar end :
Date: 28 December 2002 10:09
Thanks so much for the pictures, they're fascinating.... as were all your
stories! We really enjoyed meeting you all. Feel free to pop in anytime
you're passing and say hello. There'll always be a mug of tea (or a glass
of whiskey) and a welcome smile for you guys.
Wendy & Fearg (& Tai the collie)
The Meet at Bernie's -
Sunday 15th Dec A Walk up Easegill
Dunc and Ged and Pete Cumpsty went walkies
down memory lane and we had a great time. Suggestions for another ????
Photo Pete Cumpsty 1957
- Photo Duncan Jones 15/12/2002
Abandon hope all ye who enter here. 1958
Anyone who actually wants to
go caving should contact