Below is the programme of meetings for Summer 2013. Details
of the programme are enclosed with the newsletter and sent out to members
½-day visit to study the landscape history of Kentchurch Deer Park. To be led by
David Whitehead and David Lovelace
Mon 10 June: A
whole day visit to visit Abercamlais house and the Gothic Revival house
‘Treberfydd’. To be led by John Eisel.
Tues 9 July: A
whole day visit looking at the architecture and building stones of churches
between Bromyard and Bishops Castle.
To be led by Paul Olver.
Tues 6 August: A
whole day visit looking at Anglo-Saxon sculpture in the county. To be led by the
President, Joe Hillaby.
Archaeological Research Section Meetings, 2013
Geology Section Programme 2013
Natural History Section Field Meetings 2013
Archaeological Research Section Field Meetings 2013
||An afternoon field meeting investigating medieval and other
sites around Docklow and Marston Stannett to be led by Rosamund Skelton.
||Meet for lunch at 12.15 pm at the ‘King’s Head’ on the A44 (GR 566 574). Park at
the back of the big C.P. on the west side of the pub. A 4-mile walk leaving at
1.30 returning at about 4.30. Some stiles. Please let Rosamund know if you are
coming by the 6th June at the latest (01989 564789) and whether you want lunch
or not. Menus can be supplied by email.
||A field meeting to investigate Hampton Court canal navigation
sites to be led by Gerry Calderbank.
|Numbers must be specified in advance so please contact Gerry well ahead to
confirm attendance and receive further details
||A field meeting on ‘Some Other Manor Houses in East
Herefordshire’ to be led by Jean Currie.
||Please phone Jean nearer the time for further details (either 01432 278109 or
||A lunchtime garden party at the home of Shirley Preece at 1.00
||Please phone Shirley at least two
weeks beforehand to arrange what food etc. you will bring (01989 562481).
||A lunchtime meeting in Goodrich with Roz Lowe (shepherd’s pie
provided). A look at the architectural history of Roz’s new (very old) house.
||Pre-booking by the end of June absolutely essential. Numbers limited and to ARS
members only. (01600 890457).
1. Field Visit start times now vary –
please check programme carefully.
2. People intending to go on a visit MUST
advise the leader or the secretary that they are going, and check with the
leader if the weather forecast is poor..
3. Guests are welcome, but must take day
membership of the Club: £1.00
4. Please wear suitable clothing and
footwear for field meetings, and bring food and drink. It is not always possible
to arrive at a hostelry at lunch time
5. Members requiring transport should
contact the Leader or Chairman who will endeavour to arrange, but no guarantee
can be given
6. Members and guests are reminded that
field meetings are undertaken at their own risk.
Geology Section Programme
For further information on any
of the trips below please contact Sue Hay on 01432 357 138 or e-mail:
Fri 1st Feb||
'The Road from Damascus to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.' Talk given by Dr. Sue
Hay. (Brought forward from 18th January cancellation due to bad weather.)
Fri 22nd Feb||
Section AGM and Dinner. (Consult Sue Hay for details.)|
Thu 7th Mar
‘Snowball Earth’ given by Dr Gawan Jenkin
A rare opportunity to hear about some latest research in the UK
Joint Meeting with the
Hereford Astronomical Society at the Kindle Centre. 7pm. £2 charge
includes tea/coffer and biscuits
Snowball earth is a somewhat controversial theory first put forward in the late
1980s. It proposes that the earth’s surface became entirely or nearly entirely
frozen at least once, some time earlier than 650 million years ago. There are
still a number of unanswered questions, including whether the Earth was a full
snowball, or a "slushball" with a thin equatorial band of open (or seasonally
Fri 22nd Mar
‘East African Rift’. Talk given by Dr Bill Fitches
The East African Rift is an active continental rift zone in East Africa, which
appears to be developing a divergent tectonic plate boundary. It runs from the
Afar Depression in Ethiopia southwards through eastern Africa. The Rift Zone
includes a number of active as well as dormant volcanoes. It is also very
important source of fossils that have allowed the study of human evolution. Over
the past few years Bill has paid several visits to the East African Rift on
which his talk is based
Sun 21st Apr
Para-, Peri- or just plain Glacial: What caused the bog at Craig-y-Cilau? Led by
This excursion will explore and examine the landforms and geology at the western
end of the Llangatwg escarpment and plateau. We will look for evidence to
explain the spectacular location of Waen Ddu bog, how this might be related to
events during and after the ice age and what influence the underlying geology
may have played in the formation of this National Nature Reserve and impressive
Terrain: mainly easy tracks and across fields with a couple of short
steep descents and ascents on paths although the paths can be slippery in wet
weather. If there is time, the latter part of the day will be across open
moorland, which can be exposed in windy weather, but is generally sound
at 10am on the on western side of cattle grid on the Llangattock to Beaufort
road. Grid Reference SO183 169. Lat. = 51 degrees 50 minutes 41.38 seconds N
Long. = 3 degrees 11 minutes 01.41 seconds
This is an unclassified road off the A4077 just south of Crickhowell. The Wine
Tree Inn appears to be at the turning.
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Duncan is aiming to finish about 4.30pm
There are no facilities so please bring a packed lunch and drinks, sensible foot
wear and outdoor clothing to appropriate to the weather forecast. Hammers are
not necessary but you may wish to bring a camera.
Sun 16th Jun
Ercall and the Wrekin, Shropshire led by Andrew Jenkinson
This is a two-part day. The morning will be spent looking at old quarries such
as Ercall, Maddocks Hill and Limekiln wood. After lunch there will be a walk up
the Wrekin to get an all round fix on the geology of the Marches (and beyond)
at 10.00am at the Forest Glen car park (Grid ref. SJ 638092). This is on the
B5061 between its junction with the M54 (J7) and Little Wenlock. We will have a
picnic lunch at the Forest Glen car park (no retail facilities except possibly
an ice-cream van!)
Much of this route is on reasonable paths and tracks, but last year at least
there were some wet patches, even in summer! So wear stout footwear and outdoor
clothing suitable for the weather forecast. Geological hammers are optional -
not prohibited but should be used with care. A lens is more relevant.
Numbers needed in advance, if attending please let
me know by Tuesday 11th June
Sun 9th Jul
A main Woolhope Club day looking at the building stones of churches between
Leominster and Bromyard led by Dr Paul Olver. Details with the main Club
Sun 21st Jul
Lickey Hills led by the Lickey Hills Earth Heritage Champions.
The morning will be spent following the Champions Trail (approx 1.5 miles). In
the afternoon we will look at other sites of geological interest in the Lickey
Meet at 10.30am at the Lickey Hills Country Park Visitors Centre, Warren Lane,
Rednal, Birmingham. B45 8ER (Grid ref. SO 399 275). Warren Lane is off the old
Birmingham road (B4096)
Lunch at the Visitors Centre, snacks available, but packed lunch advisable.
Sensible footwear and outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather forecast.
Sun 20th Aug
Evening building Stones walk around Ledbury led by Dr Paul Olver.
Meet at 6pm by the Corn Market in the town centre. This stroll will take about 2
Sat 21st Sep
Geology and landscape on the edge of the South Wales Coalfield. Led by Dr Tom
Sharpe, National Museum of Wales
The area around Rudry southeast of Caerphilly displays a section through the
south eastern margin of the South Wales Coalfield from the early Devonian Lower
Old Red Sandstone to the late Carboniferous PennantSandstone Formation. Although
is exposure is generally poor, it is sufficient to demonstrate the clear
relationship between geology and landscape here. In addition, if the weather is
fine the area offers views extending from the Brecon Beacons in the north to
Exmoor in the south
Meet at 10.30am at the Rudry Common car park (Grid ref. ST 1825 8645) on
the minor road between Van (Caerphilly) and Rudry.
Pub/packed lunch. Leader recommends that wellingtons are better than boots as
some parts are muddy and some outcrops are in a stream bed. Also bring outdoor
clothing appropriate to the weather forecast.
All meetings 6.0 pm in the Woolhope Room unless otherwise specified.
Natural History Section Programme 2013
As the churchyard plant surveys are now finished no field meetings are planned
for this summer