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April 2019 news and update

1. Bredon Hill Voyage Released!

Bredon Hill Voyage (walk) is now available for download into the Voyager in deeptime app. If you have not already done so you will need to install the Voyager in deeptime app on your smartphone or tablet.

When you select ‘load a Voyage’ you will see Bredon Hill listed in the growing scrollable list of Voyages.

The Bredon Hill Voyage explores Jurassic rocks and associated landforms; it is a landscape on the move. The route gradually ascends to the northern escarpment, dominated by Parson’s Folly, and an Iron Age hillfort.

There are extensive views. From east to west: the Vale of Evesham; the Lickey Hills, and Birmingham; the Clee Hills; and the north-south aligned chain of the Malvern Hills. The rocks that form Bredon Hill were laid down in alternating deep and shallow tropical seas that teemed with life, similar to those in the Caribbean today.

Erosion, during and after the Ice Age, separated the hill from the main Jurassic escarpment of the Cotswolds, and contributed to the many landforms we will see on the Voyage.The Voyage contains photorealistic palaeo-reconstructions based on scenes from the Lower and Mid-Jurassic kindly produced by Nick Chidlaw.

The Voyage is richly illustrated with annotated photographs and custom graphics covering both the archaeology, human history and geology of Bredon Hill. As with other Voyages there are a set of ‘tasks’ you can engage with, offering feedback on your answers and a final score.

The next Voyage to be released will cover the Wren’s Nest Dudley.

 

2. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds – Volunteer Training Days

We have now held our first 2 volunteer training days.  In wonderful sunshine our new volunteers were given an introduction to geology and ecology of kettle hole ponds before visiting a pond to try out the various techniques needed to complete our survey forms.

There are still spaces left on our next 2 training days:

Sunday 14th April – Credenhill Village Hall

Saturday 11th May – Pembridge Village Hall

Morning – Indoor Session:

• Introduction to the Ice Age in Herefordshire and the landforms it left behind

• Introduction to Pond Ecology

• Introduction to field survey techniques for Ecology and for Geology

Afternoon Session:

• Practical demonstration and chance to have a go at doing Geological recording, substrate core samples using augers, GPS recording of water levels and water quality testing.

• Practical demonstration of Ecological recording techniques, habitat mapping, dipping for invertebrates.

No previous experience of ecology or geology is necessary, full training in the use of GPS, water quality meters and pond survey techniques will be given. The aim of the training is to provide volunteers with the skills necessary to complete pond surveys to collect data for the Ice Age Ponds project and help focus our more detailed investigations.

Training lasts from 10.00am – 4.00pm and all equipment, plus hot drinks and biscuits will be provided. You will just need to bring suitable outdoor clothing and lunch. These training sessions are all free but places are limited and booking is essential. To book your place please email Project Officer Beth Andrews on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk.

 

3. Call for Volunteer with Knowledge of Website Design

At its March meeting the EHT Board resolved to renew our website to make it fit for our purposes in the future.  We envisage that the technical work will be sent out to tender as a project, but it is important for the EHT to guide this process by being clear about what it wants as well as providing content in appropriate formats.

We are setting up a small group chaired by Mike Brooks to guide this process and are seeking a volunteer with experience in website design to help us define the parameters for the tender and select the successful applicant.  If you are interested please contact the EHT office by email to eht@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 855184. Thank you.

 

4. Support EHT through the **NEW** Worcester Lottery

The Worcester Community Lottery has just been launched by Worcester City Council and the EHT is one of its good causes. Half of the value of tickets sold through our page comes directly to us, with another 10% distributed to other local causes. One in 50 tickets wins a prize, with a prize maximum of £25,000.

So if you feel like a flutter on the lottery, please support the EHT by visiting our web page on the Worcester Lottery site:

https://www.worcesterlottery.org/support/herefordshire-worcestershire-earth-heritage-trust

You are invited to buy tickets on a weekly basis at one pound each, with a minimum commitment of one month (five tickets) and can cancel at any time after that.

GOOD LUCK!!

 

5. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Earth Heritage Trust is to be held at the Talbot at Knightwick, Worcestershire, on Saturday 8th June, 10.30 for 11.00 am start. The report of the year will be followed by a buffet lunch and a local field excursion.  All are welcome (however only members can vote).

All Friends of EHT will be invited at the end of April with details of the AGM including a booking from and proxy vote from. Please remember if you are unable to attend the meeting in person, to return your signed proxy vote form to Allison in the office as your vote really does count.

Only Friends of EHT can vote for the election of new directors and re-election of existing directors, but all are welcome to attend and enjoy the lunch and guided walk after the meeting.

For further information please contact Allison on eht@worc.ac.uk or call the office on 01905 855184.

 

6. Countrytastic 2019 – Hope to see you there!

Thank you to those who have already signed up to help out on the day at the 2019 Countrytastic show at the Three Counties Showground on Thursday 18th April 2019. Hope to see you many more of you there! Many thanks.

 

7. Tiddesley Wood Open Day 2019 – Call for volunteers

The 2019 Tiddesley Wood Open Day will take place on Sunday 5th May 2019. The EHT have a stand at this annual event with children’s activities, rock specimens, selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day for an hour or two please let Allison know in the office. It would be great to see you there. Many thanks.

 

8. Digital Festival 2019 – Call for Volunteers

The EHT will have a Deep Time stand at the Digital Festival on Thursday 27th June 2019 at the Hive, displaying the Deep Time apps. If you would like to volunteer please let us know, you don’t need experience of using apps on iPads or smart phones, just a friendly and approachable manner. Thank you.

 

9. Science in the Park 2019 – Call for Volunteers

On Saturday 29th June 2019, EHT will have a stand at Science in the Park, located in Priory Park, Malvern. We will have rock specimens, children’s activities and selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to volunteer please let Allison know in the office. Many thanks.

 

10. Temporary Exhibition on Ocean Deep-Sea Drilling.

Until the end of June there is a fine exhibition within the Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham which showcases 50 years of highlights of drilling geological materials in the oceans.  Many of our insights into plate tectonics and climate evolution have stemmed from this work.

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/events/exhibitions/2019/11March-MysteriesoftheDeep.aspx

 

11. WCA First Aid Training

Hi Everyone,

Following on from the last First Aid course, where I had more people trying to book a place than the maximum allowed, I have arranged another First Aid course (and possibly the last one for the time being!), for Thursday 9th May 2019.

It will, again, be held at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive from 9.30am – 4.30pm. As before, bookings are taken on a ‘First Come – First Served’ basis and notice of non-attendance within less than 48 hours notice will incur a charge of £20.

I hope this is OK and look forward to hearing from you, please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

Sally Ellison, Worcester Community Action

 

12. WGCG Lecture Programme: 2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

  • 17th April 2019: ‘The Geology of Norway’ -Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’). Please note change of venue available on website.

 

GEOWEEK 2019 is coming to Warwickshire! 5-12 May 2019

Here is the WGCG GeoWeek in summary, please see www.wgcg.co.uk/geoweek for further details:

  • ‘Walk 600 million years in 20-minutes at the Brandon Marsh GeoWall’. A geological timeline wall walk.
    Sunday 5th May 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Meet at Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre.
    Standard entry charges to Brandon Marsh, WWT members free entry. See: Event and location details
  • ‘Upton House Reveals its Secret Hidden in the Stones’, A geological tour of Upton House and gardens, a National Trust property. NT members free entry.
    Tuesday 7th May 11.30 – 16:00 – at various times during the day. See Event info and details
  • ‘Rock solid evidence that Jurassic Park came to Banbury’, A guided geological tour of Banbury town centre.
    Tuesday 7th May Meet at Town Hall for 7 pm – No need to book ahead. (approx 1 hour) See: Event and location details
  • ‘Kenilworth Rocks! Meet ‘The Stones’’ – A guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”  Thursday 9th May, Kenilworth, Meet 2 pm – Abbey Fields Car Park – 2 hours parking free with ticket  (approx 1½ hours) Event and location details
  • ‘Gold in them thar hills? Yes! Fool’s Gold!’ Why are the Burton Dassett Hills there? What’s in them? Who dug? When? Why? Are they magnetic? What’s that tower for?
    Sunday 12th May, Burton Dassett Hills – Meet 10.30 at Car Park near the Tower (approx 1-2 hours) All-day parking £2. Event location and details

 

13. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

  • Monday 29th April 2019 Dr Lucy Campbell, Uni of PlymouthHunting for Traces of Ancient Earthquakes

  • Monday 13th May 2019 Dr Will Tattersdill ‘Geology of the Imagination’.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

14. Malvern U3A Geology Group

The Malvern U3A Geology Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cube, Malvern, from 10.00 – 12.00 am. The entrance price is: £2.00

  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 – Geology, Origin and Celebrity of Shap Granite - Dr Nigel Woodcock (Cambridge University).

 

15. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section meetings to be held in the “Woolhope Room” of the Library in Broad Street Hereford at 6.00pm for 6.30pm until 8.00pm. For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

  • Friday 27th September 2019 – Paul Gannon on Snowdonia.
  • Friday 25th October 2019- To be arranged.
  • Saturday 2nd November 2019- Geologists Association (GA) Festival at University College London (UCL). Woolhope Club Members are most welcome. Note Saturday meeting.
  • Friday 22nd November 2019 – Paul Olver: A Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism.
  • Friday 13th December 2019 – Members’ Rock/Fossil Festival plus drinks in a nearby pub.

 

16. Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) Programme

BCGS indoor meetings are held at the Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ with a 7.30 for 8.00 pm start unless stated otherwise. Visitors welcome, but there will be a charge of £1.00. For further details please see the website: http://bcgs.info

  • Monday 15th April 2019: (Indoor Meeting):  ‘Europe’s Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland’. Speaker: Professor Vince Gaffney MBE FSA, Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology, University of Bradford.
  • Saturday 11th May 2019: (Field meeting) Martley Geo-Village, led by John Nicklin (Teme Valley Geological Society). Meet at 10.30 am at Martley Memorial Hall for light refreshments and a pop-up display. Recognised as a Geo-Village, Martley has distinctive geology within its bounds spanning the Palaeozoic and lower Mesozoic. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • Saturday 15th June 2019: (Field Meeting): Lydney Cliffs, Gloucestershire: Led by John Moseley (Gloucestershire Geoconservation Trust). Meet 10.30 at Lydney Docks. Good parking at east end of Harbour Road, GR647013.

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 3rd May 2019.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

March 2019 news and update

1. New Geopark Way Guide Book – on sale now!

After 10 successful years of The Geopark Way and its recognition by Ordnance Survey in 2018 as a permanent long distance walking route, we can now offer an attractive, new, updated and revised edition of the Geopark Way Guidebook, available directly from H&W EHT from the online shop at www.EarthHeritageTrust.org or by emailing eht@worc.ac.uk.

With all sections of the Geopark Way checked thoroughly for changes by vigilant walkers and the Geopark Way Wardens, the new guidebook is as accurate as it possibly can be. It describes the rocks, landscape and heritage along the route and addresses recent changes to geological naming, revised knowledge and alterations to the 109 mile route, divided into 17 sections, allowing walks of between 4.3 and 8.2 miles along roads, bridleways and public or permissive footpaths between Bridgnorth and Gloucester and taking in Worcestershire and Herefordshire and the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark. Each section has a sketch map, detailed directions and pictures of the exciting landmarks along the way.

Following the amazingly varied landscape, the guidebook encourages an understanding of the heritage and views through geology, using a colour key along the edge of each page and allowing all walkers to enjoy everything that The Geopark Way has to offer.

We are offering a reduced introductory price on all orders received before the end of April 2019 of £12 (plus p&p) for the new Geopark Way Guide Book which also includes a map of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark. After April 2019, the Guide Book will be available at its full price of £15 (plus p&p). We will also sell the new Guide for £10 if you trade in your old version at a Trust event.

To get your copy, please contact eht@worc.ac.uk or visit www.EarthHeritageTrust.org.

 

2. New Information Boards at Deep Time Voyager Sites

Two lovely new information boards were installed in February at the starting point of two of the guided walking routes, or ‘voyages’ in our Deep Time apps.

Both boards are in Herefordshire. The first is at the woodland car park near Little Doward campsite and is part of the Wye Valley voyage.  The second is at Black Hill car park at the start of the Cat’s Back voyage.

At least a dozen people including several dog walkers and three family groups passed by with interest while the boards were being installed.  As well as telling the reader a little about the local rocks and landscape, the boards say that the reader can learn more by using the app, and gives the link to download the app on site.  This new publicity should raise awareness and use of the apps.

 

3. EHT Resources’ Training Days.

Two training days were held on 9th and 14th February at the EHT offices for a total of 16 members of the Teme Valley Geological Society and the Malvern U3A.   The topics covered included how to use the map and literature resources at our offices, how to access public available map resources and how to use targeted on-line map and air photo resources via the Earth Heritage Trust.  Participants finished the day by showing some PowerPoint slides illustrating some of the things that they had found out about an area of local geological interest and are now eligible to return to develop their research further via an EHT staff member.  There was plenty of enthusiastic feedback.

Some folk were unable to attend on the day and others of you (EHT members or members of EHT-affiliated groups) might also be interested in attending a future course.  Please express your interest in doing so to eht@worc.ac.uk

 

4. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Earth Heritage Trust is going to be held at the Talbot at Knightwick, Worcestershire, on Saturday 8th June, 10.30 for 11.00 am start. The report of the year will be followed by a buffet lunch and a local field excursion.  All are welcome (however only members can vote).

 

5. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds – volunteer group visit Moccas Park National Nature Reserve

Ian, Beth and Leominster U3A Geology Group braved torrential rain to visit the wonderful kettle hole ponds at Moccas Park National Nature Reserve.  We were rewarded for our perseverance with some wonderful rainbows and once the rain stopped members of the group had the chance to try augering.  We were also able to take some measurements and water samples to add to our Kettle Hole Pond database.”

 

6. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds – Volunteer Training Days

Would you like to come along and learn about the fascinating world of Ice Age Ponds, their wildlife and geological origins and how we can help to keep them for future generations?

The new project “Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds”, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is running a 1 day training course for volunteers wishing to expand their knowledge about Ice Age Ponds. Working with geologists and ecologists from the project you will learn about how Ice Age Ponds were formed, why they are unique and how to record the geology and find and identify wildlife that can be found.

The training days will be run on:

  • Thursday 28th March – Credenhill Community Centre
  • Friday 29th March – Pembridge Village Hall
  • Sunday 14th April – Credenhill Community Centre
  • Saturday 11th May – Pembridge Village Hall

Morning – Indoor Session:

  • Introduction to the Ice Age in Herefordshire and the landforms it left behind
  • Introduction to Pond Ecology
  • Introduction to field survey techniques for Ecology and for Geology

Afternoon Session:

  • Practical demonstration and chance to have a go at doing Geological recording, substrate core samples using augers, GPS recording of water levels and water quality testing.
  • Practical demonstration of Ecological recording techniques, habitat mapping, dipping for invertebrates.

No previous experience of ecology or geology is necessary, full training in the use of GPS, water quality meters and pond survey techniques will be given.  The aim of the training is to provide volunteers with the skills necessary to complete pond surveys to collect data for the Ice Age Ponds project and help focus our more detailed investigations.

Training lasts from 10.00am – 4.00pm and all equipment, plus hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.  You will just need to bring suitable outdoor clothing and lunch.

These training sessions are all free but places are limited and booking is essential.  To book your place please email Project Manager David Hutton on d.hutton@herefordshirewt.co.uk


7. Articles for the EHT Annual Newsletter

I am looking for articles to represent EHT’s activity over the last year to put into our Annual Newsletter/Review for 2019.

If you can provide an article on any projects you have been a part of, to fill an A4 page or a double page spread, including a few illustrative photos/diagrams, please let me know as soon as possible; or if you feel you can offer a shorter article to go alongside another smaller one, please forward those too.

Please let me know if you are planning to submit an article so I can plan the pages, on email s.knox@worc.ac.uk

The deadline for receipt of articles is Monday 1st April 2019. Many thanks.

Sue Knox


8. Lickey Geo-Champions Clearance Session in the Rose Hill Quarries

Conservation work by the Lickey Geo-Champions continues to unearth evidence for the structural evolution of the Lickey Quartzite.  However, one particular pair of structures has proven to be highly elusive.  In The Geology of the Lickey Hills, Prof. W.S. Boulton made the following observation, “Other evidence of over thrusts in the Quartzite can be seen near the base of the large quarry on the north side of Rednal Gorge and about 900 yards south of Eachway Lane.  Two adjacent thrusts converging eastwards are here exposed, the upper inclined to the west at 18o and the lower at 25o.  Eastward they end rather abruptly against a vertical shatter belt in the quartzite.”

Previous clearance sessions have concentrated on the main Rose Hill quarry, but a LIDAR image of the area revealed two subsidiary excavations.  A preliminary reconnaissance in February identified a movement plane, with what appeared to be drag folding, consistent with the upper of Boulton’s two thrusts.

A clearance session was set up at short notice, and on the first Saturday in March, Ken Lewis, Dave Green and Alan Richardson met up with Lickey Hills Ranger Holly to remove vegetation, soil and rock from the site.

The group moved a considerable volume of rock and soil, as well clearing surface vegetation and tree roots.  The rock surfaces were brushed clean of algae and moss, and a conveniently located timber pole and a number of tree branches were employed in constructing a viewing platform.

The results were somewhat mixed in terms of providing the anticipated structural evidence.  With the vegetation and debris removed, the movement plane turned out to be significantly steeper than the 18o recorded by Boulton.  With respect to the drag folding, it had been hoped that more definitive evidence would be found in the form of a deformed clay layer – however, the new excavations did not unearth any such structure.

The excavation revealed a second fault plane at a lower level.  It is characterised by a fault breccia, consisting of fragments of Lickey Quartzite in a matrix of soft clay.  It proved impossible to expose more of this structure, owing to the proximity of a substantial root, the removal of which would have destabilised the Scots Pine to which it belonged. Boulton refers to observing two “at base of quarry”: it is possible that this excavation is above the section observed by him.  If so, there is no reasonable prospect of removing enough debris to expose the rocks recorded in his sketch.  Further expansion of the new excavation is prevented by the presence of substantial tree roots, however, an easily accessed exposure above and to the right provides scope for a further clearance session to expose the lower fault, and the rocks below it.

Alan Richardson 07.03.19

 

9. Countrytastic 2019 – Call for volunteers

The 2019 Countrytastic show at the Three Counties Showground will take place this year on Thursday 18th April 2019. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day for an hour or two please let Allison know in the office. All help will be much appreciated. Many thanks.

 

10. Tiddesley Wood Open Day 2019 – Call for volunteers

The 2019 Tiddesley Wood Open Day will take place on Sunday 5th May 2019. The EHT have a stand at this annual event with children’s activities, rock specimens, selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day for an hour or two please let Allison know in the office. It would be great to see you there. Many thanks.

 

11. Digital Festival 2019 – Call for Volunteers

The EHT will have a Deep Time stand at the Digital Festival on Thursday 27th June 2019 at the Hive, displaying the Deep Time apps. If you would like to volunteer please let us know, you don’t need experience of using apps on iPads or smart phones, just a friendly and approachable manner. Thank you.

 

12. Science in the Park 2019 – Call for Volunteers

On Saturday 29th June 2019, EHT will have a stand at Science in the Park, located in Priory Park, Malvern. We will have rock specimens, children’s activities and selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to volunteer please let Allison know in the office. Many thanks.

 

13. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

  • 20th March 2019: “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April 2019: ‘The Geology of Norway’ -Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

14. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Field trip to glacial erratics of North Worcestershire and South Birmingham, and building stones in Birmingham City Centre.   Led by Ian Fairchild and Julie Schroder. Contact John Nicklin on 01886 888318 or visit: http://www.geo-village.eu/
  • Monday 18th March 2019 Roy Starkey ‘Minerals of the English Midlands’.
  • Monday 29th April 2019 TBC.
  • Monday 13th May 2019 Dr Will Tattersdill ‘Geology of the Imagination’.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

15. Malvern U3A Geology Group

The Malvern U3A Geology Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cube, Malvern, from 10.00 – 12.00 am. The entrance price is: £2.00

  • Wednesday 13th March 2019 – What’s Underneath a Volcano? - Prof Kathy Cashman (Bristol University).
  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 – Geology, Origin and Celebrity of Shap Granite - Dr Nigel Woodcock (Cambridge University).

 

16. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section meetings to be held in the “Woolhope Room” of the Library in Broad Street Hereford at 6.00pm for 6.30pm until 8.00pm. For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

  • Friday 22nd March 2019 – Oil and energy resources in the UK (title of talk to be arranged) with Dr. Tony Loy of Merlin Energy Co.
  • Friday 27th September 2019 – Paul Gannon on Snowdonia.
  • Friday 25th October 2019- To be arranged.
  • Saturday 2nd November 2019- Geologists Association (GA) Festival at University College London (UCL). Woolhope Club Members are most welcome. Note Saturday meeting.
  • Friday 22nd November 2019 – Paul Olver: A Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism.
  • Friday 13th December 2019 – Members’ Rock/Fossil Festival plus drinks in a nearby pub.

 

17. Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) Programme

BCGS indoor meetings are held at the Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ with a 7.30 for 8.00 pm start unless stated otherwise. Visitors welcome, but there will be a charge of £1.00. For further details please see the website: http://bcgs.info

  • Monday 18th March 2019: (Indoor Meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 pm start): AGM followed by ‘Rock along the Cut’. Speaker: Andrew Jenkinson.
  • Saturday 6th April 2019: (Field Meeting): ‘Quaternary of the Severn Valley in Shropshire’, led by David Pannett (Shropshire Geological Society). Meet at 10.30 am at Lyth Hill car park, GR: SJ476072.
  • Monday 15th April 2019: (Indoor Meeting):  ‘Europe’s Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland’. Speaker: Professor Vince Gaffney MBE FSA, Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology, University of Bradford.
  • Saturday 11th May 2019: (Field meeting) Martley Geo-Village, led by John Nicklin (Teme Valley Geological Society). Meet at 10.30 am at Martley Memorial Hall for light refreshments and a pop-up display. Recognised as a Geo-Village, Martley has distinctive geology within its bounds spanning the Palaeozoic and lower Mesozoic. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • Saturday 15th June 2019: (Field Meeting): Lydney Cliffs, Gloucestershire: Led by John Moseley (Gloucestershire Geoconservation Trust). Meet 10.30 at Lydney Docks. Good parking at east end of Harbour Road, GR647013.

 

18. Rock ‘n’ Gem Shows

These shows will be held at Cheltenham race course on 23rd and 24th March 2019.

For further details of these shows please visit the website: http://www.rockngem.co.uk/

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 5th April 2019.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2019 news and update

1. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds – Volunteer Training Days

Would you like to come along and learn about the fascinating world of Ice Age Ponds, their wildlife and geological origins and how we can help to keep them for future generations?

The new project “Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds”, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is running a 1 day training course for volunteers wishing to expand their knowledge about Ice Age Ponds. Working with geologists and ecologists from the project you will learn about how Ice Age Ponds were formed, why they are unique and how to record the geology and find and identify wildlife that can be found.

The training days will be run on:

  • Thursday 28th March – Credenhill Community Centre
  • Friday 29th March – Pembridge Village Hall
  • Sunday 14th April – Credenhill Community Centre
  • Saturday 11th May – Pembridge Village Hall

Morning – Indoor Session:

  • Introduction to the Ice Age in Herefordshire and the landforms it left behind
  • Introduction to Pond Ecology
  • Introduction to field survey techniques for Ecology and for Geology

Afternoon Session:

  • Practical demonstration and chance to have a go at doing Geological recording, substrate core samples using augers, GPS recording of water levels and water quality testing.
  • Practical demonstration of Ecological recording techniques, habitat mapping, dipping for invertebrates.

 

No previous experience of ecology or geology is necessary, full training in the use of GPS, water quality meters and pond survey techniques will be given.  The aim of the training is to provide volunteers with the skills necessary to complete pond surveys to collect data for the Ice Age Ponds project and help focus our more detailed investigations.

Training lasts from 10.00am – 4.00pm and all equipment, plus hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.  You will just need to bring suitable outdoor clothing and lunch.

These training sessions are all free but places are limited and booking is essential.  To book your place please email Project Manager David Hutton on d.hutton@herefordshirewt.co.uk

 

2. Articles for the EHT Annual Newsletter

Once again, I am looking for articles to represent EHT’s activity over the last year to put into our Annual Newsletter/Review for 2019.

If you can provide an article on any projects you have been a part of, to fill an A4 page or a double page spread, including a few illustrative photos/diagrams, please let me know as soon as possible; or if you feel you can offer a shorter article to go alongside another smaller one, please forward those too.

Please let me know if you are planning to submit an article so I can plan the pages, on email s.knox@worc.ac.uk

The deadline for articles is 1st April 2019. Many thanks. Sue Knox


3. EHT Resources’ Training Days.

Two such days have now been arranged at our offices at the University of Worcester on 9th February for members of the Teme Valley Geological Society and 14th February for the Malvern Hills sub-group of the Malvern U3A geology group.  Other requests to hold such a training day are welcome.  We plan to include using the collections of maps and geological literature held in the EHT offices and the use of Edina Digimap resources for air photos, geological and OS maps, historical OS maps and other data.  Participants can if they wish bring along ideas for places that they would like to research.

 

4. GeoExplore Deep Time App now available

GeoExplore now joins Voyager as the second app produced by the DeepTime Project.

GeoExplore is available for free for your Android or Apple phones and tablets, from Google Play* or the App Store.
GeoExplore is a fieldwork data recording app aimed primarily at geology students, but useful to anyone wishing to record location based data. The app toolset includes a clinometer, graphic logger, audio recorder, camera, grain size chart and various reference sources. All data is logged by location in the apps database. GeoExplore will automatically compose an email of your logged data and send it to recipients of your choice.

 

Within the app you may setup a field trip of your design, defining sites to investigate either before going into the field or whilst in the field. The app can also download ‘guided’ field trips which contain a map of suggested sites and tasks to carry out at those sites. Currently five guided field trips are available: Black Mountains (Sedimentary & Geomorphology), Lickey Hills (Structural), Martley (Palaeoenvironment & Structural), Wye Valley 1 (Lithology & Palaeoenvironment) and Wye Valley 2 (Mapping). Although these are ‘local’ the app can support field work and data recording at any location in the world.

The DeepTime website (www.deeptime.voyage) will shortly contain support materials for GeoExplore and associated field trips – along with details of how you can author your field trip to feature in the app. Details in the next newsletter.

*To ensure you find the correct GeoExplore on Google Play search for GeoExplore education. On the App Store (for Apple devices) GeoExplore is a unique app name.

 

5. Deep time Mailshot – Call for volunteers

Are you free for 2 hours on Friday 15th February 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon filling envelopes for a mailshot? If you can spare the time please let Allison know in the office on eht@worc.ac.uk. All other contact details at the end of the newsletter. Many thanks for your help.

6. Countrytastic 2019 – Call for volunteers

The 2019 Countrytastic show at the Three Counties Showground will take place this year on Thursday 18th April 2019. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day for an hour or two please let Allison know in the office. All help will be much appreciated. Many thanks.

7. Tiddesley Wood Open Day 2019 – Call for volunteers

The 2019 Tiddesley Wood Open Day will take place on Sunday 5th May 2019. The EHT have a stand at this annual event with children’s activities, rock specimens, selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to come and visit us and / or volunteer to help out on the day for an hour or two please let Allison know in the office. It would be great to see you there. Many thanks.

8. Could you be a Geopark Way Warden?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is responsible for the Geopark Way; a geology and heritage trail now in its 10th year which starts in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and ends 109 miles away in Gloucester, travelling through Worcestershire and Herefordshire and skirting the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark.

There are 17 easy to walk sections of the Geopark Way which each need a warden to look after them. We are currently in need of people to look after the 4 Sections at the Gloucestershire end of the trail. Could this be you?

In a nutshell, what we need is people to walk each of the sections twice a year, to keep an eye on the state of the pathway, replace any missing signage, maybe snip a bit of overhanging foliage and to report back to the Geopark Way Project Officer.

The sections vary in length, landscape and geology so there’s a wide choice and anything you feel you could to do to help would be very much appreciated.

You will be supplied with the Geopark Way Guide pages for the section/s you are interested in walking along with A4 maps with more detail than those in the guide. You also get some Geopark Way pointers, description tags and nails, to replace any missing or old ones you may come across.

So, if you feel you could monitor a section or two of the Geopark Way for us on a fairly regular basis; at least twice a year, maybe with a friend if you prefer or if you know someone who might like to help us, please get in touch with Sue Knox, Geopark Way Project Officer at: s.knox@worc.ac.uk or through the H&W EHT office on 01905 855184

9. Emergency First Aid Training available

I’ve arranged another Emergency First Aid course on Tuesday 5th March at Warndon Community Centre Youth Hall from 9.30am – 4.30pm. This is open to volunteers and staff, but no more than 3 participants from any one organisation.

If anyone would like to attend please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

There is no cost although we do reserve the right to charge an organisation £20 for non-attendance without informing us.

Whilst light refreshments (tea / coffee / squash & biscuits) are provided, participants will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Sally Ellison, WCA.


10. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

 

  • 20th February 2019:  “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”-Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March 2019: “Analysing the Skeleton of a King” – Prof. Jane Evans (BGS) (isotope studies on the remains of Richard III, and the light this throws on the diet and lifestyle of a medieval monarch).
  • 17th April 2019: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ -Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).

 

11. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

  • Monday 11th February 2019 Nick Daffern ‘Palaeolithic Worcester’.
  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Field trip to glacial erratics of North Worcestershire and South Birmingham, and building stones in Birmingham City Centre.   Led by Ian Fairchild and Julie Schroder. Contact John Nicklin on 01886 888318 or visit: http://www.geo-village.eu/
  • Monday 18th March 2019 Roy Starkey ‘Minerals of the English Midlands’.
  • Monday 29th April 2019 TBC.
  • Monday 13th May 2019 Dr Will Tattersdill ‘Geology of the Imagination’.

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

12. Malvern U3A Geology Group

The Malvern U3A Geology Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cube, Malvern, from 10.00 – 12.00 am. The entrance price is: £2.00

  • Wednesday 13th February 2019 – Rocks from Space – Dr Paul Olver.
  • Wednesday 13th March 2019 – What’s Underneath a Volcano? - Prof Kathy Cashman (Bristol University).
  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 – Geology, Origin and Celebrity of Shap Granite - Dr Nigel Woodcock (Cambridge University).

 

13. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section meetings to be held in the “Woolhope Room” of the Library in Broad Street Hereford at 6.00pm for 6.30pm until 8.00pm. For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

  • Friday 22nd Feb 2019 – AGM at 6.30 pm followed by Dinner at 7.30 pm at The Bunch of Carrots Inn, Hampton Bishop, Hereford. Details of costs to be advised soon.
  • Friday 22nd Mar 2019 – Oil and energy resources in the UK (title of talk to be arranged) with Dr. Tony Loy of Merlin Energy Co.

 

14. Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) Programme

BCGS indoor meetings are held at the Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ with a 7.30 for 8.00 pm start unless stated otherwise. Visitors welcome, but there will be a charge of £1.00. For further details please see the website: http://bcgs.info

  • Saturday 16th February 2019: (Geoconservation Day): Wren’s Nest. Directed by the reserve wardens. Meet at the Wardens’ office on the Mons Hill College ground at 10.30 am.
  • Monday 18th February 2019: (Indoor Meeting): ‘Turning Soil into Stone’. Speaker: Dr Steve Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology, University of Wolverhampton.
  • Saturday 2nd March 2019: (Geoconservation Day): Barrow Hill. Directed by Mark Williams. Meet at 10.30 am on Vicarage Lane off High Street, Pensnett (A4101).
  • Monday 18th March 2019: (Indoor Meeting, 7.00 for 7.30 pm start): AGM followed by ‘Rock along the Cut’. Speaker: Andrew Jenkinson.
  • Saturday 6th April 2019: (Field Meeting): ‘Quaternary of the Severn Valley in Shropshire’, led by David Pannett (Shropshire Geological Society). Meet at 10.30 am at Lyth Hill car park, GR: SJ476072.
  • Monday 15th April 2019: (Indoor Meeting):  ‘Europe’s Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland’. Speaker: Professor Vince Gaffney MBE FSA, Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology, University of Bradford.


15. Rock ‘n’ Gem Shows

These shows will be held at Cheltenham race course on 23rd and 24th March 2019.

For further details of these shows please visit the website: http://www.rockngem.co.uk/

 

16. Two Indoor Courses from Nick Chidlaw

I am currently offering two 1-day courses for next March; these are indoor-based, and describe field areas where I have run courses and trips in the past. These courses may be attractive to people who are not in a position to visit these areas e.g. insufficient time available because of family / work commitments, or health problems.

Details of each course is provided below.

Each course would comprise power point-based lectures, together with examination of hand specimens of relevant mineral and rock types, and published geological maps of the field areas. The hand specimens have been collected by the tutor in the field areas described.

A handout outlining the day’s programme containing sketch maps and other relevant drawings, stratigraphic tables and a list of optional reading, would be provided on each course. No prior knowledge of geology or the study areas would be assumed.

Please note that these courses are run on the same weekend and in the same venue, but are independent of one another – you can enrol on both if you wish to, or one of them, according to your interests / availability.

Venue for both courses: The Buckingham Room (single storey building by the car park) at The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. BS35 1HB. See website for further details please visit: www.thechantry.org.uk

Nick Chidlaw will provide information on accommodation options to those who live beyond reasonable commuting distance. On each course, attendees would bring their own packed lunch and other refreshments, or go into the town for lunch.

Tuition Fee: £27.00 per person for each course.

Payment of Tuition Fee: Cheque payable to Nick Chidlaw, should be sent to 8 Silver Street, Dursley, Glos. GL11 4ND. Bank Trans can be arranged if required. (Please let Nick know).

Deadline date for viability of both courses: Saturday 16th February (4 weeks before the courses are due to run).

Both courses to have a minimum of 10 attendees / fee equivalent. Maximum of 30 attendees on each course. If viability for either or both courses is reached, those enrolled will be informed on the deadline date and arrangements will be able to continue. Further enrolments can be made up to 1 week before the courses are due to run. If the minimum number of attendees / fee equivalent is not reached for either course by the deadline, that course will be cancelled and fees received will be returned to those who have sent them in.

Any queries, do get in touch with the tutor nickchidlaw@gmail.com

Course details:

EVIDENCE FOR A TERRANE BOUNDARY: THE HIGHLAND BORDER, SCOTLAND

Saturday 16th March 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Many tectonic plate collision zones around the world contain ‘terranes’: regions of crust with well-defined boundaries, that differ significantly in their geological development from neighbouring regions. Ancient long-since stabilised collision zones globally are often composed of a set of interlocking (often fault-bounded) terranes, each of which originated in different places and had different tectonic histories, but which were progressively amalgamated into the  arrangement seen today. The crust of the British Isles is composed of a number of such terranes, brought together by plate collisions that culminated in the ‘Caledonian Orogeny’ (mountain-building episode, Early Silurian – Mid Devonian times). On this course, we trace one of these terrane boundaries along the Highland Border of Scotland between the Isle of Bute (near Glasgow) in the west, to Stonehaven (near Aberdeen) on the east coast. We will look at the character of the two terranes involved, the nature of the boundary between them, evidence for when the terranes were separated, and for when they finally became joined.

GEOLOGY OF THE HOLM ISLANDS, BRISTOL CHANNEL

Sunday 17th March 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

This indoor day focuses on the geology of the small relatively inaccessible islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm, located in the Bristol Channel between Weston super Mare and Cardiff. The islands, on which rock exposures are widespread, are composed of a variety of chiefly fossil-rich tropical marine shelf and lagoonal limestones of Carboniferous age, deformed by major earth movements during that geological period. Stratal dips of up to 70 degrees occur, and both large-scale and small-scale folds are present, together with thrust and reverse faults. Later, in Middle Jurassic times, crustal extension permitted hot saline mineralizing fluids to rise into fissures on what is now Steep Holm, forming veins of galena and baryte.  The bedrock geology underlying the Bristol Channel around the islands and between Weston and Cardiff will be described, providing a basis for establishing the geological history of the islands; this includes such contrasts as their presence as discrete limestone hills within desert lake flats during Late Triassic times, and their location either side of a deep ravine containing the River Severn 10,000 years ago.

 

17. Mineral Extraction in Worcestershire

Messing about with Worcestershire’s rocks, whether they be hard granites or soft quaternary deposits, is a strictly controlled process, as I discovered when I started to become involved in it. Worcestershire County Council is the Mineral Planning Authority, and is responsible for making decisions on all planning applications for mineral development in Worcestershire. They are currently conducting a fourth and final consultation on their “Minerals Local Plan” that sets out the long-term planning strategy for mineral development in Worcestershire to 2035 and beyond. Much of the content of this article is taken from the plan, which can be viewed in full at:

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20652/emerging_minerals_local_plan/726/emerging_minerals_local_plan_where_we_are_now

H&WEHT is appointed as consultee in this planning process to ensure that the interests of geoconservation are taken into account. As a member of the Minerals Green Infrastructure Steering Group, the HWEHT works with other interest groups such as the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, to ensure that the net consequences of mineral extraction are beneficial to our natural and cultural heritage at a landscape level.

The minerals sector contributes around £6m to Worcestershire’s economy, so what are the useful minerals to be found there and how important are they commercially? Worcestershire has no resources of exotic minerals, such as gold and silver or even iron ore, but it is a net exporter of sand and gravel and produces 3% of national supplies of brick clay. In this newsletter, I will focus on the mineral resources of the county. In a future newsletter, I will explain the multi-faceted planning process with a particular focus, of course on geo-conservation interests.

Solid sand comes from the “New Red Sandstones” deposited in the Triassic period by the ancient Buddliensis River that brought sediment from the mountains created by the Variscan orogeny to the south of Britain. The climate was arid and tropical, so the iron in the sand grains was oxidised, giving the rock its deep red colour. The Wildmoor Sandstone Formation in the north-east of the county, which is up to 284m thick, is currently being quarried (see photo above). It is used for building-sand and mortar as well as some specialist ‘silica sand’ for industrial use, which comes from a fine-grained horizon within the Wildmoor sandstone.

Brick clay from Worcestershire is valued for its rich red colour. It is obtained from the Triassic Mercia Mudstone Group, which is very widespread and abundant in Worcestershire. The two active sites near Hartlebury can currently produce more than 2 million bricks per week in addition to a range of clay pipes and tiles.

Crushed rock is another valuable resource that is used mainly for road stone, railway ballast and for concrete and construction aggregates. Worcestershire has plenty of hard rock suitable for crushing, but almost all of it occurs in the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). For this reason, Worcestershire has now arranged to obtain its supplies of crushed rock from nearby counties. Many of the rock faces we can examine today, however are only visible thanks to quarrying works of the past (see photo above).

Sand and gravel from the Quaternary river terraces of the Rivers Severn, Avon and Carrant Brook are used mainly for concrete. These deposits are not very deep, typically up to 6m, but may be up to 10m in Severn terraces and 20m in places where hollows have been infilled. Clearly the thinnest of these are not commercially exploitable. There is overwhelming demand from the building industry for sand and gravel, and national policy requires it to be sourced locally to minimise demand on transport infrastructure.  Many conflicting interests are taken into account when deciding which resources to exploit. Geo-conservation is a significant concern for the Severn and Avon river terraces, which are regarded as internationally important phenomena. The geodiversity issues will be discussed in a future newsletter.

Two other mineral resources deserve a brief mention. Salt and brine has historically been extracted from the Droitwich Halite member. This is part of the Mercia Mudstone Group and represents a period in the Triassic when the area was particularly arid. Salt-bearing fluids were brought to the surface from depth and evaporated, leaving beds of solid salt up to 11m thick. Extraction of rock salt ceased in the 1970’s and the extraction of edible salt from brine ceased when the old brine baths closed in 2008.

No viable sources of energy minerals have been identified in Worcestershire. Although the Wyre Forest and South Staffordshire coalfields extend into the north of the county, and could in theory yield carbonaceous fuels (see photo left), but none are now considered viable and all mining operations ceased in the 1970’s.

You may also be interested to know that “although coal-bearing and shale strata exist in the county, there is no evidence to suggest that these contain unconventional hydrocarbons such as shale gas.” It seems that there is no imminent threat of fracking in this area.

Green energy sources are however being encouraged:  as the Local Minerals Plan states: “there are numerous installations in Worcestershire generating energy from household, agricultural, and horticultural waste. These include landfill gas engines and anaerobic digestion plants which produce biogas from organic material.

The planning process takes diverse inter-related factors into account, including the views of interest groups such as ours. Next month I will focus on our role in the process and the ways in which the interests of geoconservation can be pursued through co-operation with the minerals industry.

All photos in this article are reproduced in the Worcestershire Local Minerals Plan, acknowledging the H&W EHT as their source.

Kay Hughes, EHT

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 1st March 2019.


Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2019 news and update

1. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds

We have identified the 30 ponds we are going to use for our initial surveys over the summer.  We are now liaising with volunteers and landowners to sort out the visits before using the information gathered to produce management plans for some of them.

As part of the project we are looking into the history of the ponds.  We have copies of the first ordnance survey maps produced in 1887 and can identify whether our ponds appear on them or not.  Many of the ponds were marked as marshland (many ponds don’t appear on modern maps either).  We now want to know a little bit more about these ponds.

For example; Pearl Lake near Shobdon.  On the 1887 map it is marked as a “New Decoy Pool”, suggesting that it had either been recently dug out or extended to help with capture of wildfowl or ducks.  Could you help us find out more? We would love to know if there is any more information or maps of the site, especially about what was there before, did they expand an older kettle hole pond?, when was it created or modified?  Anything that can help us expand our knowledge of these sites would be very useful.

If you are interested in helping with this research then please get in touch with Beth Andrews on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk to find out more about the sites we are interested in and what we need to know.

“New Decoy Pool” (now known as Pearl Lake) as shown on the 1887 Ordnance Survey Map.

 

2. Deep Time GeoExplore Training Session

Our new fieldtrip app “GeoExplore” is ready and available to download free from the iStore or Google Play.  You can use the app as a digital field notebook, taking dip and strike, recording notes, photos, grid references and sedimentary logs, as well as lots of other features.  We are going to run a short “Introduction to GeoExplore“ session for anyone who wants to try out the app on Thursday 30th May.  Come along to the Earth Heritage Trust offices and find out what the app can do and how to use it and (weather permitting) have a go in the University GeoGarden.

Each session will last about 1.5 hours and we will practice using the app in the comfort of the EHT Library before heading outside to try it out within the grounds of the university.  There will be a 2 sessions available 10.30 – 12noon or 1.00 – 2.30pm.

The session is free and we will provide everything you need but places must be booked in advance (to make sure we have enough tablets and biscuits).  To book your place email Beth Andrews on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk and let me know whether you would like the morning or afternoon session.

 

3. NEW Geopark Way Visitor Guide for 2019 – available now on EHT Website

An Updated visitor guide to accompany the newly released Geopark Way Guide is now available. The visitor guide is designed to help you plan your trip along the Geopark Way. You will find information on all places to stay and places to eat along the length of the trail and details of public transport and alternative ways to explore the Geopark Way.

You can download this from the following page on the H&W Earth Heritage Trust website: http://www.earthheritagetrust.org/pub/category/the-geopark-way/the-trail-guide/

 

4. Call for Volunteer with Knowledge of Website Design

At its March meeting the EHT Board resolved to renew our website to make it fit for our purposes in the future.  We envisage that the technical work will be sent out to tender as a project, but it is important for the EHT to guide this process by being clear about what it wants as well as providing content in appropriate formats.

We are setting up a small group chaired by Mike Brooks to guide this process and are seeking a volunteer with experience in website design to help us define the parameters for the tender and select the successful applicant.  If you are interested please contact the EHT office by email to eht@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 855184. Thank you.

 

5. Support EHT through the **NEW** Worcester Lottery

The Worcester Community Lottery has just been launched by Worcester City Council and the EHT is one of its good causes. Half of the value of tickets sold through our page comes directly to us, with another 10% distributed to other local causes. One in 50 tickets wins a prize, with a prize maximum of £25,000.

So if you feel like a flutter on the lottery, please support the EHT by visiting our web page on the Worcester Lottery site:

https://www.worcesterlottery.org/support/herefordshire-worcestershire-earth-heritage-trust

You are invited to buy tickets on a weekly basis at one pound each, with a minimum commitment of one month (five tickets) and can cancel at any time after that.

GOOD LUCK!!

 

6. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Earth Heritage Trust is to be held at the Talbot at Knightwick, Worcestershire, on Saturday 8th June, 10.30 for 11.00 am start. The report of the year will be followed by a buffet lunch and a local field excursion.  All are welcome (however only members can vote).

All Friends of EHT have been invited, please remember if you are unable to attend the meeting in person, to return your signed proxy vote form to Allison in the office as your vote really does count. Only Friends of EHT can vote for the election of new directors and re-election of existing directors, but all are welcome to attend and enjoy the lunch and guided walk after the meeting.

For further information please contact Allison on eht@worc.ac.uk or call the office on 01905 855184.

 

Recent Events

7. Countrytastic 2019  - Thank you to all our Volunteers

A BIG thank you to all those who helped with the planning and running of the stand on the day at the 2019 Countrytastic show at the Three Counties Showground on Thursday 18th April 2019. It was a great success and a very busy day with the sale of merchandise adding a considerable amount to the Trusts coffers. Ian and John were extremely busy on the badge making stall! Many thanks again, it is much appreciated.

8. Tiddesley Wood Open Day 2019

Unfortunately due to ill health, we had to cancel our stand at the 2019 Tiddesley Wood Open Day. Thank you to those who had volunteered to help on the day.

 

Upcoming Events

9. Digital Festival 2019 – Call for Volunteers

The EHT will have a Deep Time stand at the Digital Festival on Thursday 27th June 2019 at the Hive, displaying the Deep Time apps. If you would like to volunteer please let us know, you don’t need experience of using apps on iPads or smart phones, just a friendly and approachable manner. Thank you.

10. Science in the Park 2019 – Call for Volunteers

On Saturday 29th June 2019, EHT will have a stand at Science in the Park, located in Priory Park, Malvern. We will have rock specimens, children’s activities and selling merchandise and trail guides. If you would like to volunteer please let Allison know in the office. Many thanks.

11. Temporary Exhibition on Ocean Deep-Sea Drilling.

Until the end of June there is a fine exhibition within the Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham which showcases 50 years of highlights of drilling geological materials in the oceans.  Many of our insights into plate tectonics and climate evolution have stemmed from this work.

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/events/exhibitions/2019/11March-MysteriesoftheDeep.aspx

 

12. Grant Funding Workshops at the Guildhall

Please find below information about Grant Funding workshops which are being provided at the Guildhall on Friday 7th June 2019 (same day as the Volunteer Fair) – these are open to anyone whether attending the Volunteer Fair, or not, and are FREE!!.

If anyone would like more information or to book a place, please email: community@worcester.gov.uk

Beginner Grant Workshop 10.30 -12.00

An introductory session for fundraisers with limited experience and those who are completely new to Bid Writing but are eager to learn about the process.

Advanced Grant Workshop 12.30- 14.00

A more advanced session for fundraisers who have some experience of writing grant applications and are eager to improve their success rates or apply for larger grants.

 

13. WCA First Aid Training

Hi Everyone,

I have arranged another First Aid course for Thursday 22nd May 2019.

It will be held at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive from 9.30am – 4.30pm. As before, bookings are taken on a ‘First Come – First Served’ basis and notice of non-attendance within less than 48 hours’ notice will incur a charge of £20.

I look forward to hearing from you, please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

Sally Ellison, Worcester Community Action

 

14. National Mills Weekend in Herefordshire and Neighbouring Counties

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019

This year 29 mills will be open to the public in this area and 18 waterwheels will be turning. 7 mills will be grinding corn, 3 in Herefordshire, 2 in Shropshire, 1 in Worcestershire & 1 in Powys.

HEREFORDSHIRE                    OPEN ON SATURDAY ONLY

Risbury Mill, Risbury HR6 0NG         NGR.:SO540550

10.00-4.00 Donations (to the Little Princess Trust). Limited parking. Entrance is by bridge over Humber Brook, on road from Risbury to Stoke Prior. In a lovely setting. A small corn mill with mostly iron machinery. A complete mill with waterwheel, 2 pairs of stones and cleaning and dressing machines.

Pontynys Mill, Longtown HR2 0LU          NGR.:SO326288

10.00-5.00 Donations (to charity). Limited parking. 400 yards N of Crown Inn, Longtown, 1st turn left off road to Ewyas Harold; entrance on left. Extra parking on road near the bridge. A complete corn mill with large high-breast waterwheel and 4 pairs of stones, interesting iron machinery with horizontal shaft.

Clenchers Mill, Eastnor HR8 1RR          NGR.:SO731351

10.30-15.30 Free entry. Limited parking at ford, 100 yards away. 1½ miles S of Eastnor church, down Clenchers Mill Lane. 18th century timber-framed mill on Eastnor Castle Estate, with restored water supply and working 1820 iron overshot waterwheel – one of the oldest in the county. Machinery of wood & iron drives a pair of millstones and a recently restored bolter. A second-hand Armfield grain cleaner has been assembled. Water supply permitting, the mill will be working at 11.00-11.45am & 2.00-2.45pm.

Olchon House Mill, Llanveynoe, nr. Longtown HR2 0NS  NGR.:SO307299

11.00-5.00 Donations (to Llanveynoe church) Parking. Tea available. Take the Craswall road from Longtown and turn left into the Olchon valley. After crossing the Olchon Brook, turn right. The mill is the first building on the right. Farm mill with overshot waterwheel and ring gear for millstones and barn machinery. Recently restored. The mill will be grinding corn at intervals during the afternoon.

Fair Oak Farm, Bacton HR2 0AT          NGR.:SO354321

2.00-6.00 Donations (The Laurie Engel Fund for Teenage Cancer Trust) Parking. From Bacton church continue up hill for about a mile. At the T-junction the drive to the farm is straight ahead. Traditional horse-worked cider mill and press, still in original setting in barn, fully restored and now the only one to work in Herefordshire. In Autumn for the last five years the mill was again worked by a horse, after a gap of a century. There is also a petrol engine and a very old apple scratter. The cider makers will be racking Fair Oak cider made last year, which will be available for tasting, and mature cider will be available to buy.

HEREFORDSHIRE                    OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Court of Noke Mill, nr. Staunton on Arrow HR6 9HW     NGR.:SO372595

10.00.-4.00 Donations (to Staunton church). Parking. N side of road, halfway between Shobdon and Lyonshall. Turn into lane on W side of house. Large car park within 50 yards on r.h.s. Visitors may also walk round the water gardens. These fed the waterwheel, now restored, which ground corn for prize Hereford cattle. The 19th century low breast-shot waterwheel and complex iron gear drove barn machinery and a pair of millstones. The waterwheel will be turning.

Staunton Mill, Staunton on Arrow HR6 9HR          NGR.:SO369599

10.00-5.00 Donations (to Staunton church repairs). Limited parking. Down hill from church. Once part of scheme of corn milling & extensive irrigation. 18th century mill with mostly iron machinery. Two overshot waterwheels, each drove two pairs of stones. A fine mill with two sets of interesting machinery.

Mordiford Mill HR14LW       NGR.:SO572372

10.00–5.00 Free entry. Donations welcome (to restoration). Parking at rear. Do not park in yard in front of mill. Access is off B4224, 100 yards S of mill, on S side of Mordiford village. A tall stone corn mill on a steep site. The large overshot waterwheel drove iron machinery & 2 pairs of stones. Being restored to working condition. Waterwheel completed, machinery under restoration.

Clodock Mill, near Longtown HR2 0PD          NGR.:SO326273

Sat. 11.00-5.00; Sun. 2.00-5.00 Donations (to Air Ambulance). Parking. Light refreshments available. Entrance by W side of bridge over River Monnow near Clodock church. Corn mill in lovely situation with mostly iron machinery & two pairs of stones. Nearby is a separate turbine, formerly generating electricity. . The large breast-shot waterwheel has been repaired, and mill will be grinding during the weekend.

HEREFORDSHIRE                    OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY

Arrow Mill, Kingsland HR6 9AT          NGR.:SO437587

12.00-3.00 Free entry. Parking. At Arrow Green, 1½ miles S of Kingsland; entrance on W side of A4110 road, just N of bridge over River Arrow. A large 17th century building with a low breast-shot waterwheel – which will be turning. 19th cent. machinery, mostly of iron, and 3 pairs of stones. Special features are a machine for beating out clover seeds, and the drive to it, the original beaten-earth ground floor, an old flour dresser, and an internal hop kiln. A very special mill – the waterwheel will be turning.

Rowlestone Mill, near Ewyas Harold HR2 0DP          NGR.:SO370270

10.00-6.00 Donations. Parking at village hall (by church) or in field near mill (weather permitting). Dramatic leat to mill from waterfall. Refreshments. The external overshot waterwheel will be turning, driving a Victorian apple scratter (the alternative to the horse-worked cider mill).

Waterworks Museum, Hereford HR4 0LJ        NGR.:SO496393

12.00-4.00 Entry £7, Seniors £6, Under 16s free, students £2. Parking. Café. S side of Broomy Hill, on W side of Hereford. (Follow brown signs from Barton Road, off N end of Greyfriars Bridge) Water pumping station. Exhibits include 1920s wind-pump from Bridge Sollars, 1890 turbine-driven pump from Warwicks., 1907 waterwheel from Carmarthenshire, tiny 1912 Pelton wheel from Ross, 1880 turbine from Dorset, 1937 turbine from Kington and Heritage Water Park for Children, with small waterwheel driving dynamo. All engines in steam, waterwheels turning & pumps etc. working from 1.00pm.

Crowards Mill, Eyton HR6 0AD          NGR.:SO487604

2.00-5.00 Donations. Limited parking outside property. From Leominster take B4361 road towards Ludlow. Within ¾ mile turn left towards Eyton. Crowards Mill is the 1st building on left. Take track on left before mill. Park neatly alongside of track. Converted mill with outside waterwheel; attractive garden. Accompanied access to internal machinery by request.

The Clover Mill Spa Retreat, Cradley (Archer’s Mill/Beanhouse Mill) WR13 5NR      NGR.:SO732488

2.00-5.00 Free entry. Parking.  Refreshments & cakes available. Take the northward turning of the A4103 (Hereford-Worcester road), half a mile E of Stony Cross. After half a mile bear left, cross the stream, and turn left again along a track to the mill with a ‘Clover Mill’ sign.

Late 19th cent corn mill, complete with waterwheel & 3 pairs of stones. Older generation of mill alongside is now house. Impressive building with machinery and turning waterwheel.

Newchurch Mill, Kinnersley HR3 6QQ         NGR.:SO353506

3.00pm. Guided walk across fields from Newchurch Farm by owner (approx. 500yds. each way). Free entry. Parking. From Kinnersley take the A4112 road towards Leominster for 1 mile. Turn left towards Logaston and Woonton and the yard of Newchurch Farm is within ½ mile on the right hand side. Ruins of mill with millstones and fine early Kington-made overshot waterwheel formerly fed by large pond. Guided walk at 3.00pm. only.

SHROPSHIRE                           OPEN ON SATURDAY ONLY

Charlcotte Iron Furnace, Neenton WV16 6RR       NGR.:SO639861

11.00-4.00   Free entry. Limited parking. Down farm track, 1 mile S of Neenton. Early 18th century charcoal-fired blast furnace, originally powered by waterwheel. An amazing survival.

Wrickton Mill, Neenton WV16 6RS       NGR.:SO642858

11.00-4.00 Free entry. Limited parking. Off short lane, 1½ miles S of Neenton. Fully restored complete corn mill with 3 pairs of stones. The waterwheel may be turning.

SHROPSHIRE                           OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Rockhill Mill Greete SY8 3BT           NGR.:SO571721

10.00-4.00 Donations. Parking. 5 miles SE of Ludlow. Mill is on minor road, ½ mile SW of Whitton and 2 miles SE of Caynham. In the same family ownership since 1640, a restoration challenge of an empty mill building being brought back to full working condition with second-hand waterwheel and machinery. The waterwheel and machinery will be turning, possibly even grinding corn.

The Mill on the Green, Ludlow SY8 1EG           NGR.:SO507745

10.00-4.00 Free entry. Café. By Dinham Bridge, on E side of river below Ludlow Castle. New building incorporating café on site of former mill. Impressive weir. Modern waterwheel generating electricity.

Daniel’s Mill, Bridgnorth WV16 5JL        NGR.:SO718918

11.00-4.00 Charges: adults £5, concession & children £4. Parking. Off the B4555, ¾ mile S of Bridgnorth. 3 sets of millstones, powered by very large waterwheel fed by water at 2 levels. In dramatic setting by Severn Valley Railway viaduct. Working mill, flour etc. on sale. Refreshments available.

SHROPSHIRE                           OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY

Clun Youth Hostel, Clun SY7 8NY           NGR.:SO304813

2.00-4.30 Donations. Limited parking. Follow signs in Clun to Youth Hostel, which is on lane to NE of village. Formerly a corn mill, it retains its machinery. 3 sets of millstones, a drying kiln and a rare and early turbine in a deep pit. Tea and cake available.

WORCESTERSHIRE                 OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Danzey Green Windmill, Avoncroft Museum B60 4JR NGR.:SO952682
10.30-5.00 Charges: adults £8.80, seniors £7.70, children £4.50, family £25. Parking.

2 miles S of Bromsgrove; follow signs to museum. A 19th century post windmill restored to working order. Tours of windmill, restored 19th century upright Lister Mill in action, baking in historic building, tea room with light lunches available.

Shelsley Mill, Shelsley Walsh WR6 6RP         NGR.:SO721630

11.00-4.00 Donations. Parking. Follow brown signs for Shelsley Walsh Hill-climb. Small corn mill with two pairs of stones, restored to working condition recently. External overshot waterwheel turning all day. Hopefully milling from 2.00-4.00 on both days (subject to conditions on day).

Knowles Mill, nr. Bewdley DY12 2LX         NGR.:SO762765

Open all day. Free entry. Parking at Natural England car park near foot of Dry Mill Lane, Bewdley. From car park continue to bottom of lane, then turn left and follow track upstream by brook for ¾ mile. Small corn mill with wheel and machinery; 1 pair of stones. Mill in attractive setting, owned by National Trust.

Brook House, Feckenham B96 6HX          NGR.:SP005614

Available all day. Free access via side gate. Very limited parking on adjacent bridle path. The house is beside the B4090 about 400m W of the turn into Feckenham village. External waterwheel in wheel-pit of demolished needle mill. Waterwheel completed in 2015 will be turning.

WORCESTERSHIRE     OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY

Forge Mill, Redditch B98 8HY          NGR.:SP046685

11.00-4.00 Charges: adults £2, children free. Off A441 Birmingham to Evesham road, N of Redditch. Follow brown signs off Sainsbury’s roundabout. Restored water-powered needle scouring & polishing mill. Specially reduced admission charges for the Weekend. A fascinating place; waterwheel will be turning machinery.

Churchill Forge, between Kidderminster & Hagley DY10 3LX        NGR.:SO883796

2.00-5.00 Entry £4. Limited parking. At Churchill village, down a short private drive. Water-powered spade and shovel works with original machinery. Two waterwheels will be turning, driving line shafting in the main workshop. It is also hoped to have the press running for the first time in 40 years.

POWYS                                   OPEN ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Talgarth Mill LD3 0BW         NGR.:SO155537  

10.00-4.00 Entry £5, children £1, family £10. Please use free car park near roundabout on SW side of Talgarth. Short walk to mill, which is in Square, in town centre. Corn mill, restored to working condition as BBC & Big Lottery project. Guided tours, with short walk along the mill leat and riverbank to view the overshot water wheel. Flour on sale. Café, bakery and gift shop on site. Milling 11:00-3.00 (water levels permitting).

POWYS                                               OPEN ON SUNDAY ONLY

Coed Trewernau Mill, near Crossgates LD1 6PG          NGR.:SO081676

11.00-4.00 Entry free, limited parking, either at roadside or by mill. Take minor road towards Abbeycwmhir off A483, 1¼ miles N of Crossgates. Mill is on left after about ¾ mile, down short steep unmade track. Very small rural corn mill, lacking waterwheel but retaining most of its working parts. Wooden machinery. An exceptional and important survival.

This is the 14th, and last, year I am organising this programme.  Next year it will be arranged by the Midland Mills Group with the help of Martin Cook.

Alan Stoyel

 

15. WGCG Lecture Programme: 2019

Meetings are held on Wednesdays (usually 3rd of the month) and start at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL unless otherwise stated. Tea / coffee and biscuits are available beforehand from 7.00 p.m.  Please check the WGCG website for any late, unforeseeable changes at http://www.wgcg.co.uk/talks/

  • Saturday 22nd June 2019:  Bredon Hill Walk, led by Rod & Boo Vernon / Deborah Overton. Joint with BCGS. Use will be made of Apps.
  • Friday 12th July 2019: Malvern Hills Walk with Dick Bryant.
  • Wednesday 18th September 2019: Jurassic Sedimentation in Yorkshire with Andy Howards 7 -9 pm.

 

GEOWEEK 2019 is coming to Warwickshire! 5-12 May 2019

Here is the WGCG GeoWeek in summary, please see www.wgcg.co.uk/geoweek for further details:

  • ‘Upton House Reveals its Secret Hidden in the Stones’, A geological tour of Upton House and gardens, a National Trust property. NT members free entry.
    Tuesday 7th May 11.30 – 16:00 – at various times during the day. See Event info and details
  • ‘Rock solid evidence that Jurassic Park came to Banbury’, A guided geological tour of Banbury town centre.
    Tuesday 7th May Meet at Town Hall for 7 pm – No need to book ahead. (approx 1 hour) See: Event and location details
  • ‘Kenilworth Rocks! Meet ‘The Stones’’ – A guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”
    Thursday 9th May, Kenilworth, Meet 2 pm – Abbey Fields Car Park – 2 hours parking free with ticket  (approx 1½ hours) Event and location details
  • ‘Gold in them thar hills? Yes! Fool’s Gold!’ Why are the Burton Dassett Hills there? What’s in them? Who dug? When? Why? Are they magnetic? What’s that tower for?
    Sunday 12th May, Burton Dassett Hills – Meet 10.30 at Car Park near the Tower (approx 1-2 hours) All-day parking £2. Event location and details

 

16. Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Talks

Please find details of forthcoming TVGS evening talks held in Martley Memorial Hall (MMH). Talks commence at 7.30pm, fees are £3 for non-members and £1 for members.

  • Monday 13th May 2019: Dr Will Tattersdill ‘Geology of the Imagination’.
  • Tuesday 21st May 2019: Geology Course – Snapshots in Time at MMH
  • Tuesday 28th May 2019: Geology Course – Snapshots in Time at MMH
  • Tuesday 4th June 2019: Geology Course – Snapshots in Time at MMH

For further information of the TVGS please visit www.geo-village.eu

 

17. Malvern U3A Geology Group

The Malvern U3A Geology Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cube, Malvern, from 10.00 – 12.00 am. The entrance price is: £2.00.

For further information please see website: www.malvernu3a.org.uk/geology3/

 

18. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section meetings to be held in the “Woolhope Room” of the Library in Broad Street Hereford at 6.00pm for 6.30pm until 8.00pm. For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk

  • Friday 27th September 2019 – Paul Gannon on Snowdonia.
  • Friday 25th October 2019- To be arranged.
  • Saturday 2nd November 2019- Geologists Association (GA) Festival at University College London (UCL). Woolhope Club Members are most welcome. Note Saturday meeting.
  • Friday 22nd November 2019 – Paul Olver: A Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism.
  • Friday 13th December 2019 – Members’ Rock/Fossil Festival plus drinks in a nearby pub.

 

19. Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) Programme

BCGS indoor meetings are held at the Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ with a 7.30 for 8.00 pm start unless stated otherwise. Visitors welcome, but there will be a charge of £1.00. For further details please see the website: http://bcgs.info

  • Saturday 11th May 2019: (Field meeting) Martley Geo-Village, led by John Nicklin (Teme Valley Geological Society). Meet at 10.30 am at Martley Memorial Hall for light refreshments and a pop-up display. Recognised as a Geo-Village, Martley has distinctive geology within its bounds spanning the Palaeozoic and lower Mesozoic. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • Tuesday 21st May 2019 (Evening Field Meeting): Building Stones of Birmingham from Centenary Square to Brindley Place, led by Julie Schroder.  (Joint meeting for BCGS and the Geological Society WM branch). Meet at 6.00 at the Hall of Memory (eastern end of Centenary Square, close to the Library of Birmingham).  Following the two evening Building Stones walks last year, this walk concludes the series of 3 based on the Building

Stones Trails created for BCGS by Ruth Siddall.  The walk will closely follow the web-based version of Birmingham Building Stones Trail No. 2, which you can find here: http://bcgs.info/pub/local-geology/building-stone-trails/

There is also a pdf which you can download or print, but the web version has maps, additional photos, plus further information and definitions. Booking required, numbers limited to 20. Please contact Andy Harrison (Field Secretary) to reserve your place: Text or phone: 07973 330706 or email: fieldsecretary@bcgs.info

  • Saturday 15th June 2019: (Field Meeting): Lydney Cliffs, Gloucestershire: Led by John Moseley (Gloucestershire Geoconservation Trust). Meet 10.30 at Lydney Docks. Good parking at east end of Harbour Road, GR647013.Lunch in Lydney, or at Parkend, 2 miles north of Lydney. Afternoon: possible underground visit to Hopewell Colliery or Clearwell iron ore caves, or a Carboniferous limestone locality. Finish around 4.00. Bring a packed lunch or there may be an opportunity to buy lunch in Lydney or at the Forest of Dean VC.

Another date for your diary: James Watt Themed Walk:

  • Thursday 30 May 2019: ‘Walking in the Shadow of James Watt and Sons’ 10.30 – 12.30.  Free public walk starting from Lickey Hills Visitor Centre. A geology-themed  walk along the Lickey Hills Geo-Champions trail to celebrate the bicentenary of the death of James Watt, and the family’s interest in geology.  Includes reference to a geological visit to the Lickeys by James Watt Junior in 1788. Walk led by Julie Schroder from the Lickey Hills Geo-Champions group.  For more details see the James Watt 2019 website: https://www.jameswatt2019.org/events/geology-of-the-lickey-hills

 

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to eht@worc.ac.uk by 4th June 2019.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, Geological Records Centre,

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Tel: 01905 855184, Email: eht@worc.ac.uk

 

 

Events August 2017

BBC Country File Live

Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August 2017

Come and joins us in the Wild Life Zone at BBC Country File Live on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017.  Set in 100 acres of Blenheim Palace’s beautiful parkland, the show brings together the best of the British countryside from live arena shows, animal displays and farming in action to outdoor activities and sports,  fine foods and country clothing.

 

Fortis Family Fun Day

Friday 18th August 2017

Enjoy an afternoon of  family fun from 1.30-3.30 pm at Ledbury Deer Park and take part in the activities on the Earth Heritage Trust stand including the Dinosaur Detective Trail.

 

Fortis Family Fun Day

Friday 25th  August 2017

An afternoon’s family fun from 1.30 -4.00 pm,  including the Earth Heritage Trust Dinosaur Detective Trail at The Oasis Academy in Warndon, Worcester.

Events July 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017

Malvern Science in the Park, Priory Park, Great Malvern from 10.30 am to 4.30pm

Join us for a fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology. The event is free to attend with activities for all the family. The EHT stand and Dinosaur Detective Trail activities will be there. Any volunteers are very welcome. For further information please visit: www.innovatemalvern.com/science-in-park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events June 2017

Sunday 25th June 2017: Rocks & Landscape of Eastern Herefordshire

A geology and landscape walk, including a look at the building stones of the prominent buildings along the way. From Colwall, we will follow the approximate path of the Geopark Way Trail and end the walk at Ledbury Station. The walk will be taken at a moderate pace to allow ample opportunity to view and discuss the landscape features. For further information and bookings, please visit: www.walkingfestival.com and click on the Programme and Walk 42.

GeoFest 2017

This years GeoFest runs from 27th May to 3rd September 2017 and includes guided walks, children’s activities, tours, exhibitions and much more. You can download the leaflet here – GeoFest 2017 leaflet and start planning some exciting days and evenings out. For further information go to: http://geopark.org.uk/

Events May 2017

Saturday 6th May 2017: The Land Beneath Your Feet – Geology Walk. Croft Castle.

Croft Castle Champions Group. Explore the beautiful Fishpool Valley, with its two quarries, and walk to the summit of Croft Ambrey, a notable Iron Age Hill Fort. See and handle the Aymestry Limestone, enjoy breathtaking views and learn all about the geological features and significance of the landscape. For further information and bookings, please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland/whats-on and click on ‘The Land Beneath Your Feet – Geology Walk’.

 

Events April 2017

Thursday 13th April 2017: Rock and Fossil Roadshow at CountryTastic, The Three Counties Showground.

Earth Heritage Trust will be collaborating with Gloucestershire Geology Trust to run a Rock and Fossil Roadshow at CountryTastic. For further information, please visit http://www.threecounties.co.uk/countrytastic/

 

Sunday 30th April 2017: Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day.

Earth Heritage Trust will again have a stand at this year’s Tiddesley Wood Spring Open Day. For further information, please visit www.tiddesley.org.uk

 

Events March 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017: The Hive’s Science Night 2017, The Hive. Worcester.

British Science Week. 16:30 to 19:30. Earth Heritage Trust will have an information stand at The Hive’s Science Night. We will also be running geology-related children’s activities.