Archived News 2011

Clydach Section of A465 dualling - October 2011

We have been in contact with the principal contractor on this section of the dualling project for some time and are naturally concerned at the potential effect on the caves in the Clydach Gorge. 
If your club has members who live in the area it would be appreciated if you could draw their attention to the series of local meetings which are to be held between 25th October and 1st November. For details go to and follow the Exhibition link. 
We would very much like cavers to become informed and for those who are able to attend one of the exhibitions to then share their thoughts with Elsie Little, our Conservation & Access Officer, who is will be compiling our formal response.
Elsie can be e-mailed at


Access Route to Ogof Draenen - October 2011

We would like to remind all cavers that they must use the agreed access route to Ogof Draenen as a condition of our access to that cave. Recently some cavers have been spotted exiting the cave and heading around the hillside to cars parked at the area of the old forge at Garndyrrus (off the B4246). The landowner has asked me to remind everyone that they must access the cave only via the specially constructed and marked stile just off the access road to the Pwll Ddu Adventure Centre. Many thanks for your cooperation, this helps to ensure future access for all.

Fleur Loveridge, Secretary, PDCMG.


Antler Passage, Daren Cilau - July 2011

The project to provide 4 chain ladders to facilitate the through trip from Ogof Cnwc has been completed and the ladders are now in place.


Sports Wales Focus 2014 Independent Board Member - March 2011

This is an unremunerated role but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed
Location –Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff

Sport Wales is the national agency for the development of sport at all levels in Wales.  It has recently launched an Elite Sport Strategy which sets out an ambitious approach to be the number one nation per capita at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning in the region of 30 medals.  To achieve this target we have established Focus 2014 an initiative which aims to establish a no compromise approach to the delivery of medal success at the Commonwealth Games.  This will be done by providing a limited number of identified sports and athletes with increased expert support, and investment in the key areas of high performance.

Sport Wales is seeking to appoint two high calibre individuals with in-depth knowledge of high performance sport and medal success.  As an independent voluntary board member you will be expected to scrutinise the Focus 2014 initiative, and the sports and athletes it comprises. This scrutiny will provide objective and expert input into specific development plans, systems and delivery mechanisms.  The group will provide the Sport Wales Board with regular updates on progress against KPIs and recommendations on resource allocation. 

The two members will be able to demonstrate expertise and experience in a number of areas such as:

  • Significant operational experience of working in and delivering  a step change in results within a high performing environment be that sport or business
  • Significant experience of competing or working at an international level within sport
  • Being part of the delivery team or performer in achieving international success
  • Experience of high level scrutiny within the sport or business environments
  • Knowledge and experience of the services and support mechanisms required to deliver medal winning results at international level.

The Focus 2014 board will meet quarterly.  However members may be called upon outside of these meetings to tackle issues which may arise in the interim.  

If you feel you have the required experience in and would like to play a role in supporting Wales to achieve their Focus 2014 ambitions in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games please forward a letter describing why you should be a member of the Focus 2014 board to Diane Morris marked ‘Private and Confidential’.  To discuss the role in more detail please contact Sarah Powell, Head of Performance and Excellence on 029 2033 8283.

Closing date for applications– Friday 8th April


Agen Allwedd - February 2011

There has been a collapse from the roof at the upstream end of Turkey Chamber in Agen Allwedd. There is more up there that could come down but unlikely of its own accord. Only really noticeable because of a few odd bits on the floor that have splintered off the main block


Ogof Nant Rhin - January 2011

A party which visited the cave last Thursday reported it to be blocked by a collapse at the sharp corner just beyond the entrance crawl. PLEASE bear this in mind if you’re considering a pull through trip. Thursday’s group had planned to pull through but, fortunately, changed their minds at the last minute.


Access beyond Trefil - January 2011

The road beyond Trefil has been gated and padlocked just beyond the pub and the bus turning circle. The barrier has been observed to be open or locked on occasion – so take care not to be trapped.