I am pleased to start my editorship of Pelobates with this noteworthy issue - number 50.

It is over a decade and a half since this magazine last had a change of editor. My immediate predecessor, Paul Selby, first took up the post in February 1971, starting with number 12. During his period of tenure Paul successfully sought to record in Pelobates the manifold activities of Croydon Caving Club. Doubtless this was no easy task; in general there seems to be an inverse correlation between members' willingness to write articles and their activity level in either sporting or exploration caving. Despite this fundamental difficulty, the literary standard and presentational quality of the last 38 issues of Pelobates have brought credit to both the Club and, particularly, Paul himself. I recognise that his is going to be a hard act to follow. Indeed, I think it would be presumptious of me to try, and so (as I said when I allowed my nomination for editor to go forward at the AGM) all I will promise is the frequency of publication; the amount and quality of the content is in YOUR (writing) hands.

With regard to frequency I can do no better than repeat the last sentence of Paul's first editorial paragraph in issue 12:

"Pelobates will in future appear on specified dates . . . . . . April, July, October, December"

Martin Hatton