Date Modified By James Begley

Welcome to Priddy, in the centre of the Mendip Hills.

Cavers, and cave divers, have been coming to Priddy for many years, with Mendip Cave Rescue (MCR) proud to be the second oldest cave rescue organisation (formed just a year after the Cave Rescue Organisation) and the Cave Diving Group (CDG) also undertaking a lot of early dives in nearby Wookey Hole.

ResCon Information

ResCon is based at Ebborways Farm, a basic campsite on the edge of Priddy. ResCon has a separate field, set back from the road. The campsite is equipped with water taps and we have arranged for some toilet facilities to be installed on site for the weekend. There are no showers or electric hookups on site, although is you want a shower then there are a number of caving huts a short distance away where a hot shower can be found.

ResCon will be centred around a marquee, to be found on your left as you enter the field, and most activities on site will be based in the marquee. Beyond the marquee there will be a smaller, but just as important, tent that contains the bar for the weekend. On the right as you enter the field will be a reception and registration tent.

ResCon will be an event with wristbands, and all delegates will be given a wristband when they arrive and check in. The wristband will be used to demonstrate to the catering and bar staff that you have bought a ticket. The wristbands should survive a couple of short caving trips, but if you have problem then please return to the registration tent and you will be issued with a replacement.

Practical sessions will be located in a number of local caves, with a number of sessions based at Wookey Hole, a showcave based just down the hill from the campsite. Wookey Hole have kindly allowed us to make use a number of areas within the showcave. Please note that to give us an indication of numbers, there will be sign-up sheets for all the practical sessions in the registration tent.

Information about the ResCon weekend can be downloaded as a conference booklet.

ResCon Schedule

Friday 6th September

The ResCon site will be open for conference attendees to arrive and pitch tents from 16:00, and the on-site bar will open at 18:00 for the sale of refreshment.

The opening session will start at 19:30, with a welcome from the local Wells MP James Heappey, the BCRC Chairman Peter Dennis and the MCR Secretary Martin Grass. This will be followed by a showing of a number of archive films featuring Mendip Cave Rescue, along with a Ploughman's buffet.

The bar will close at midnight.

Saturday 7th September

Breakfast will be available from 08:00, along with tea and coffee (which will be available through the day).

The presentations will start at 10:00, followed by a number of practical sessions. There will also be a series of sessions held in Wookey Hole, aimed at cave diving rescues, which "dry" cavers will be welcome to attend. Lyon equipment will be holding a number of demonstrations, allowing people to discuss the use of various items of equipment.

The on-site bar will be open from 12:00 noon for the sale of refreshment.

At 17:00, the Wessex Challenge will be held. This is a team obstacle course race that is held every couple of years, as a social occasion between Mendip Caving Clubs. This year the challenge will have a rescue theme, and visiting rescue teams are encouraged to take part.

During the evening there will be a hog roast (and vegetarian alternative), followed by music from a local band "Seatrees".

The bar will close at midnight.

Sunday 8th September

Breakfast will be available from 08:00, along with tea and coffee (which will be available through the day).

The presentations will start at 10:00, followed by a number of practical sessions. There will also be rescue practice, with the rescue of an injured diver from beyond sumps in Wookey Hole, to be run with both diving and non-diving rescuers. Lyon equipment will be holding a number of demonstrations, allowing people to discuss the use of various items of equipment.

The on-site bar will be open from 12:00 noon for the sale of refreshment, and will close at 17:00.