• Local GAPs

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October 2018 news and update

1. Affiliated Groups.

Our offer of free affiliation has been accepted enthusiastically by several local groups including the Teme Valley Geological Society, the Black Country Geological Society and the U3A geology groups at Leominster, Bromsgrove and Monmouth, and several others are expected to follow shortly.  Specific activities with most of these groups are planned for the coming months. Check to see what your local group is doing.


2. Conserving Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds

Beth Andrews has just been appointed as our part-time project officer on this project over the coming year.  In the meantime Beth is finishing her activities on the Voyages in Deep Time project.  In coming months, we will be looking for volunteers to work on ecological and geological surveying of ponds and to assist with sediment coring, led by University of Birmingham and Herefordshire Archaeology.


3. Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The MHAONB is currently updating its management plan for 2019-2024 and you can view the draft plan and provide feedback at:


Members of the Earth Heritage Trust, particularly John Payne, Dick Bryant and Moira Jenkins have provided input to the geological section of this plan and also the Trust has coordinated further feedback on the draft plan.  Over the last several years John has led volunteers clearing sites under a contract from the MHAONB to fulfil the objectives of their current plan and site clearance is envisaged in the new plan too.


4. Voyages in Deep Time Project

The deepTime project has been very busy this October publicising the project and apps at lots of events.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the events a success, I couldn’t have managed without you.  It’s not too late to help, there is lots of material to proof read, so if anyone has some spare time, please do let me know.

For the last month of the project we are focussing on making sure that everything we have produced works, and telling as many people about the project and apps as possible.  If you haven’t already had a demonstration and would like to try them, please do let me know.  I will do my best to arrange a demonstration.  If you fancy playing with the app in the comfort of your own home then we now have a “Getting Started Guide” that should help you get the most out of the app.  If you would like a copy then please do let me know.

Our deepTime GeoExplore app is almost finished and should be available to download in the next few weeks.  This is aimed at 6th form students as a mapping exercise and useful toolkit.  If you are interested in learning more about the app or trying it out, let me know and I can make sure you are informed when it comes out.

Please do get in touch with me on e.andrews@worc.ac.uk to get copies of the Getting Started Guide or ask questions, I will do my best to answer them.



5. 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&WEHT office on 01905 855184.

6. Worcester Community Action (WCA) Training

Hi everyone, I’m delighted to say that I have recently secured some funding to run training courses again!! To start with I have organised the following:

a) Emergency First Aid

Thursday 8th November 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive, Worcester. 12 places are available on a ‘First come, First Served’ basis. Certificates provided.

b) Basic Food Hygiene

Thursday 15th November 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm at The Green Centre, Gresham Road, Dines Green Worcester. There are 15 places available, again on a ‘First come First served’ basis. There is Accreditation for this course, if required, which will cost £15.

As before, light refreshments (tea / coffee / squash & biscuits) will be available but attendees will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

I will be looking to arrange more courses from this funding – if anyone has any ideas of courses they think would be useful, please let me know. So, please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas, problems, and concerns!!

For a booking form or for further information etc. please email: worcestercommunityaction@gmail.com

Thank you, Sally Ellison.



7. WGCG Winter Lecture Programme: 2018/2019

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/


  • 21st November – “The Secret life of your Mobile Phone” – Dr. Andrew Bloodworth (BGS) (held over from last winter…….the geological makeup of a typical I-phone).
  • 12th December Christmas Social.


  • 16th January: ‘The Wren’s Nest’ – Graham Worton (Curator at Dudley Archive) (geology of this celebrated nature reserve in Dudley, and the application for Unesco Geopark status).
  • 20th February “Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham”- Dr. Adam Smith (including references to Chinese dinosaur discoveries).
  • 20th March “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: (provisionally) ‘The Geology of Norway’ – Chris Darmon (editor ‘Down to Earth’ magazine & proprietor of ‘Geosupplies’).


8. 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 19th November 2018

Jim Marshall on Tanzania.

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


9. Woolhope Club

The Woolhope Club Geology Section talks are held from 5.30 pm in the Councillors’ Meeting Room – Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall, Hereford. Non-members welcome at a cost of £2.

Friday 26th October 2018

Professor Fred Shotton with Professor Peter Worsley of Reading Geological Society.

Friday 23rd November 2018

Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism with Dr Paul Olver.

Friday 14th December 2018

Christmas members evening with rocks and fossils

For further information of the Woolhope Club please visit www.woolhopeclub.org.uk


10. Volunteering for the Earth Heritage Trust

If you have some spare time and would like to get involved with the EHT at future events for a couple of hours or half a day or so, please do let us know and we can add you to our list of volunteers to contact in the future.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Allison at the EHT office. Tel: 01905 855184 or email: eht@worc.ac.uk

Many thanks.

If you have anything you would like to include in our next monthly update please forward to Allison Tinsley by email to:  eht@worc.ac.uk or post to the address below by 20th November 2018.

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