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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