9US


The 9 Usual Suspects have been around since 2014, we are a group of Geocaching friends based in North West Wales of diverse ages and abilities. Our primary purpose is to get together, place caches, hold events, leave our environment in a better state than we found it and most importantly have fun. On average we hold about 20 events a year from monthly Nosh ‘n’ Natters, several Cache in Trash Outs (CITOs) and hosting the Geocaching Souvenir moments.

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Another very quiet week for geocaching, just one new event and a couple of reminders:

GCARXD8 SideTracked – Abegale and Pensarn by Bradshaw65 Event
When: 28.6.2024
Where: Abergele & Pensarn Station
Time: 12.15-12.45pm

A quick event at this popular railway station. Note plenty of free parking.

Event Reminders

This is TONIGHT!

GCAN2QB Meet and Greet, Mine’s A Pint. by Bess’s Friends
When: 14.6.2024
Where: Bragdy Cybi, Unit 4a, Penrhos Business Park, Holyhead. LL65 2FD
Time: 6.30-9pm
Join Bess’s Friends to celebrate Ray’s big birthday at the highly acclaimed Bragdy Cybi. We can recommend the beer and let’s see if they can organise a piss up in a brewery!

GCCAN2QT Meet and Greet, Tanygrisiau. by Bess’s Friends
When: 18.6.2024
Where: lakeside Cafe, Tanygrisiau
Time: 12-12.30pm

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Since our last post a new Earthcache, Event and 3 Traditionals have been published:

Earthcache
GCARH7C Church Micro 15169…Llanfairpwllgwyngyll by ECOBAKE Earthcache D2/T2

Traditional Caches
GCARHF1 Y Foryd: Hide the Bird by Clueless_Goose Traditional D1.5/T1.5

Premium Member Only
GCAR9TA Pack your trunks by Skylark65 Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GCARJBP Nant y Pandy by CheesyPasta Traditional D1.5/T1.5

Event
GCARMJM 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh & Natter 68 by 9 Usual Suspects
When: Thursday 27th June 2024
Where: Parc Snowdonia, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4AQ
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

For this months Nosh & Natter we are back at the Snowdonia Parc, Waunfawr.

Moe’s Tavern Event Update

photo courtesy of RichieBlod

We had proposed Sunday 14th July for this event but after checking the tide timetable we find high tide is in the middle of the afternoon, so we are postponing this event until Sunday 15th September.

Event Review

GCAQVE7 9 Usual Suspects Celebrate Their Virtual Award by 9 Usual Suspects Event D1/T1.5

It was so nice to sit outside in the warm sunshine on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon to catch up with our regular attendees and to meet cachers holidaying locally. The brave and energetic climbed the 115 steps to the top of the tower to enjoy the spectacular far reaching views. We would like to thank Delyth and her team for the delicious refreshments and making us all so welcome. I’m sure we will be back here…

A few pictures of our day:

Asian Hornets in Europe

Are you aware of Asian Hornets?

The following is taken from the RSPB website:

The Asian Hornet poses a significant threat to the UK’s wildlife and the RSPB urges the public to report any sightings to the relevant authorities.

Asian Hornets in Europe

Asian Hornets were inadvertently brought to France in 2004, most likely in a shipment of goods imported from east Asia. Since arriving in France, the species has spread rapidly. It is now present across France and is moving into adjoining countries.

The threat from Asian Hornets

The Asian Hornet is a non-native species in the UK, as it hails from east Asia and could not arrive in the UK naturally.

The concern around the Asian Hornet is that it is a significant predator of bees. In France, it has consumed large numbers of bees, including the well-known European honey bee and many lesser-known solitary and colonial bee species. Nature conservation organisations, including the RSPB, are concerned about the impacts of Asian Hornets on bees, as these pollinating species are an essential component of well-functioning ecosystems.

How you can help

The Governments of the UK have robust strategies in place to respond to any reports of Asian Hornets in the UK. However, the Governments can only enact these strategies once Asian Hornets have been reported to them.

Consequently, the RSPB urges everyone to be vigilant for Asian Hornets and to report any suspected sightings to the relevant authorities.

Full details of how to ID Asian Hornets and who to report them to can be found here.

Have you seen an Asian Hornet?

Any suspected sightings should ideally be reported with a photograph via the Asian Hornet watch app or the online reporting form. For more details on identification and reporting please visit the Asian Hornet alert page.

Identify Asian Hornet 

The following is from the Bee Keepers Association website:

  1. Does it look very black?
  2. Has it got a wide orange stripe on 4th segment of abdomen?
  3. Do its legs look as if they have been dipped in yellow paint?


                                                                                          Image by David Walker and used courtesy of NBU

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Just a couple of event reminders:

Event Reminders

GCAPJD7 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh & Natter 67 by 9 Usual Suspects Event D1/T1
When: Thursday 30th May 2024
Where: Anglesey Arms, Harbour Front, Caernarfon LL55 1SG
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

GCAQVE7 9 Usual Suspects Celebrate Their Virtual Award by 9 Usual Suspects Event D1/T1.5
When: Sunday 2rd June
Where: Anglesey Column
Time: 3-4pm
We are returning to the Anglesey Column to celebrate the publication of our virtual cache. Why place our virtual cache here? Because from the viewing platform at the top of the column you look out over our ‘patch’. Refreshments will be available from the cafe, but no purchases have to be made to attend this event. We can highly recommend the cakes……

June Solstice 2024 Souvenir

The solstice on June 21st marks the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere. To celebrate the solstice HQ are issuing a souvenir, to qualify simply find a cache of any type of geocache including events and Adventure Lab stages between 19th – 21st June.

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We have a new traditional, a virtual and event to report since our last post:

GCAQY0Z YOSM #1086 Moel-Y-Tryfan by meltdiceberg Traditional D2/T3.5
YOSM is a new numbered series. Ye Ole Survey Monument (YOSM) is a captivating series of caches that pays homage to the remarkable legacy of OutForTheHunt’s YSM series (GC45CC). YOSM caches are strategically positioned at or near Trig Points. These triangulation stations have played a pivotal role as surveying landmarks, contributing to the mapping of expansive territories.

GCAJJEB Anglesey Column by 9 Usual Suspects Virtual D1/T2

GCAQVE7 9 Usual Suspects Celebrate Their Virtual Award by 9 Usual Suspects Event D1/T1.5
When: Sunday 2rd June
Where: Anglesey Column
Time: 3-4pm
We are returning to the Anglesey Column to celebrate the publication of our virtual cache. Why place our virtual cache here? Because from the viewing platform at the top of the column you look out over our ‘patch’. Refreshments will be available from the cafe, but no purchases have to be made to attend this event.

Event Review

GCAPJB8 9 Usual Suspects Visit Llanfaglan Church by 9 Usual Suspects

On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon we visited the beautiful redundant St Baglan’s Church, Llanfaglan, a Grade 1 listed building now cared for by the charity Friends of Friendless Churches. To walk through the door is like taking a step back into history. Our guide, Ifor Williams, shared with us some of the secrets of this site which has been sacred for more than fifteen hundred years.

After our tour we headed down the road to the ‘pirate ship’ for a picnic accompanied with all the usual geochat and banter.

For more information and history of this lovely little church click here

Here are a few photos of the day:

News & New Caches 136

Apologies for our lack of recent post but we should now be back to normal. Two new caches have been published since our last post, both on Anglesey:

GCAQEZF The Wonderful Walk by hryaaw Traditional D2/T2
GCAQPMF Stream Dream by Whovian2829 Traditional D1.5/T2.5

Event Reminders

GCAPJB8 9 Usual Suspects Visit Llanfaglan Church by 9 Usual Suspects
When: Sunday 19th May 2024
Where: Llanfaglan Church
Time: 2.45-3.15pm

Yes, this is tomorrow!

We will be meeting our guide Ifor Williams at 2.30pm by the kissing gate at the beginning of the footpath that leads to the church. From here there is a short walk across the field to St Baglan’s. The tour will last between 30-45 minutes. After the tour we will be heading down the road to the ‘pirate ship’ for a picnic. Please bring your own food we will be supplying hot and cold soft drinks.

Please be aware that parking at our meeting point is limited, there is parking further down the road close to our picnic spot.

For anyone who has not found the multi cache there will be an opportunity to gather the information.

GC8DH3W Church Micro 12800…Llanfaglan by 9 Usual Suspects Multi D2/T1.5

May N&N

GCAPJD7 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh & Natter 67 by 9 Usual Suspects Event D1/T1
When: Thursday 30th May 2024
Where: Anglesey Arms, Harbour Front, Caernarfon LL55 1SG
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

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We have no new caches or events to report since our last post.

Blue Switch Day

On May 2nd, 2000 the U.S. government opened up accurate GPS technology for public use, prior to this day the technology had only been available to the US military. The very next day the first geocache was hidden and the beginning of the game we all love. Known as Blue Switch Day geocachers like to commemorate this day by finding a cache and earning a souvenir.

To earn this years Blue Switch Day souvenir simply find one geocache, attend an event, or Adventure Lab® Location between 2nd to 5th May, 2024.

Llanfaglan Church Event Update

GCAPJB8 9 Usual Suspects Visit Llanfaglan Church by 9 Usual Suspects
When: Sunday 19th May 2024
Where: Llanfaglan Church
Time: 2.45-3.15pm

We will be meeting our guide Ifor Williams at 2.30pm by the kissing gate at the beginning of the footpath that leads to the church. From here there is a short walk across the field to St Baglans. The tour will last between 30-45 minutes. For anyone who has not found the multi cache there will be an opportunity to gather the information.

GC8DH3W Church Micro 12800…Llanfaglan by 9 Usual Suspects Multi D2/T1.5

After the tour we will be heading down the road to the ‘pirate ship’ for a picnic. Please bring your own food we will be supplying hot and cold soft drinks.

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We have 3 new events and one awaiting publication to report since our last post:

GCAPJD7 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh & Natter 67 by 9 Usual Suspects Event D1/T1
When: Thursday 30th May 2024
Where: Anglesey Arms, Harbour Front, Caernarfon LL55 1SG
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

GCAPKWR SideTracked – Abergele & Pensarn by goldpot Event D1/T1
When: Wednesday 22nd May 2024
Where: Abergele & Pensarn railway station
Time: 11.15-11.45am

GCAPAXD SideTracked – Llanberis by stuarthowe11 Event D1/T1
When: Tuesday 2nd July 2024
Where: Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis
Time: 11.45-12.15pm

The following event is awaiting publication:

GCAPJB8 9 Usual Suspects Visit Llanfaglan Church by 9 Usual Suspects
When: Sunday 19th May 2024
Where: Llanfaglan Church
Time: 2.45-3.15pm

Please note there will be NO Nosh & Natter this month, but they will resume in May.

We are off to sunnier (hopefully) climes for a few weeks, we will keep site updated but may be slower than usual.

Llanfaglan Church Event Update

Thank you everyone who responded to our last post. We have agreed with Ifor Williams for our tour of the church to be either Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th May, to start around 2.30-3pm. Do you have a preference of which day? Please let us know through the comments or email us at talktous@9usualsuspects.uk

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Just 2 new traditional caches have been published since our last post:

GCAP46W Can you see the monument by Coxystar79 Traditional D1/T1.5
GCANYPN Porth Swtan byTheAngleseyClarkes Traditional D1/T1.5

Please note there will be NO Nosh & Natter this month, but they will resume in May.

Llanfaglan Church

GC8DH3W Church Micro 12800…Llanfaglan by 9 Usual Suspects Multi D2/T1.5

While enjoying a guided history tour of Caernarfon we met Ifor Williams who takes care of this lovely old church on behalf of the charity Friends of Friendless Churches. He has kindly offered to give us geocachers a guided tour of this fascinating church. The tour would last between 30-45 minutes. Our plan is to hold an event here, either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, to include the tour and a BBQ or picnic just down the road by the ‘pirate ship’. Are you interested? Please let us know as we need to have a rough idea of numbers before making any further plans.

Blue Switch Day

On May 2nd, 2000 the U.S. government opened up accurate GPS technology for public use, prior to this day the technology had only been available to the US military. The very next day the first geocache was hidden and the beginning of the game we all love. Known as Blue Switch Day geocachers like to commemorate this day by finding a cache and earning a souvenir.

To earn this years Blue Switch Day souvenir simply find one geocache, attend an event, or Adventure Lab® Location between 2nd to 5th May, 2024.