New Member’s Weekend 2016

On the weekend of 5th/6th November 2016, we hosted an event for prospective new members, click here to see the 2016 flyer which was a most enjoyable event had by all who were there.

If you were not able to make weekend, then don’t worry meeting and caving with the Shepton can be done all year and is not restricted to a single weekend event, click here to contact our Membership Secretary, Andy.

The weekend was open to anyone who wanted to try caving and find out what makes the Shepton the best caving club on Mendip . It offered the opportunity for an experienced caver looking for a friendly local club, someone who’s coming back to the sport after a break, or just someone who’s up for an adventure to meet us.

FAQ information for the event can be found at FAQs page

If you think the Shepton Mallet Caving Club (SMCC) might be for you then click here to contact the membership secretary , arrange to come caving and get to know us. We have regular trips both on Mendip and away to the other caving regions of the UK. It is usually best to initially come on a home meet when usually there are more members around. See the events calendar for caving meets.
Joining the SMCC brings with it several member benefits.

  • A group of people to safely explore the underground
  • Receipt of permits and/or keys to locked caves as part of access conditions
  • Use of club equipment (e.g. ladders, ropes)
  • Staying at the club hut at membership rates
  • Club Newsletter, published 4-5 times per year
  • Use of the club library
  • Club Journal, published 2-3 times per year

For further information regarding membership or to apply please click here to contact the membership secretary who will send you an application form to complete.

An example of Mendip underground


  • Acceptance for probationary membership will be considered at a club committee meeting, see calendar for dates.
  • There is a six month minimum probationary period before full membership will be considered.
  • Prospective members are usually required to participate in club activities in order to get to know members.
  • Applications for full membership must be proposed and seconded by full members of the Committee.
  • Full membership is voted by the members at the May annual general meeting.
  • Membership is open to all people over fourteen (under eighteens must have parent or guardian consent) and you must adopt and adhere to Club's Rules and Constitution.

Annual Membership Rates, correct as of July 2016. 

  • Members that are active cavers including BCA insurance cover through SMCC- £50 (£45)
  • Members that are active cavers but have organised BCA insurance cover through another club or directly - £33 (£28)
  • Members that are non-active cavers - £39 (£34)
  • Members that are student/junior - £25 (£20)

(Note, there is an early bird discount of £5 for renewal by 31 July, discounted rates shown in brackets)