The Woolhope Club


Programme 2015: 

STOP PRESS: You are invited to the launch of two new books on Herefordshire, by Keith Ray and Philip Weaver. This will take place on Friday 13th November from 6.30 pm. Please see here for details 

Please note that all meetings will be held on Saturdays at 2.15pm in the Jury Room, Shire Hall, Hereford, and will generally be illustrated. Non-members are welcome

12thSeptember 2015 Timber-framed Buildings - recent Discoveries in and around the County
Please Note: This meeting will be held in the Pavilion on Castle Green, normal time 2.15pm, although all other meetings will be held in the Shire Hall as usual
10th October 2015 The F. C. Morgan Lecture
Windows and Wills: Glazing Bequests in Medieval England
PROFESSOR RICHARD MARKS, MA, PhD, FSA, Department of History of Art, the University of Cambridge
7th November 2015 The Hereford Bull in the Wild West
21st November 2015 Winter Annual Meeting
Bloody Discontent: the Herefordshire Arm of the Wyatt Rebellion 1554
9th January 2016 Brian Hatton: Portraits and Personalities
30th January 2016 Writing the History of Bosbury
27th February 2016 Wye Farming Matters: Farm Wildlife Conservation in Herefordshire
CAROLINE HANKS (Independent Farm Environment Adviser)
19th March 2016 Spring Annual Meeting
A Welsh Survival in the Lands of Pyon
Presidential Address given by PAUL HIPKINS

Field Meetings 2015


Archaeological Research Section Meetings, 2015

Geology Section Programme 2015

For Further information on any of the events below please contact Sue Hay, 01432 357138 or email

Sunday 20th September 

Recently cleared sites in the Malvern Hills led by Dr John Payne

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Tank Quarry car park (free; the entrance is just north of the clock tower at North Malvern; SO 769 471). Shared car travel. Pub/picnic lunch.

Friday 16th  October Members evening: Postponed until early February


Friday 20th November   Morocco: from the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert given by Dr Sue  Hay. New venue and starting time:  Upstairs Meeting Room, Hereford Leisure Centre, HR4 9UD, at 6.45pm


Friday 11th December From the Depths: how speleothems (calcareous cave deposits) reveal past environments and climates given by Professor Ian Fairchild, Birmingham University. New venue and starting time:  Upstairs Meeting Room, Hereford Leisure Centre, HR4 9UD, at 6.45pm


Friday 15th January  Drilling for Oil and Gas given by Cliff Spooner previously with Stag Geological Services Ltd.


Friday 26th February Section AGM and Dinner


Friday 18th March 

The Carboniferous under the Southern North Sea given by Dr John Collinson.

All indoor events are held in the Woolhope Room, Hereford Central Library starting at 5.30pm unless otherwise specified. Non-members welcome fee 2 per event. 

Please note that The Hereford Public Library building in Broad Street has been closed for health and safety reasons for a minimum of 12 weeks from 12 September 2015. This means that meetings normally held there will need to be held elsewhere until the building is re-opened. More information can be found here: Updates will be posted when available.


Natural History Section Field Meetings 2015


Archaeological Research Section Field Meetings 2015

Tuesday 8th Sept A visit to Winchcombe, Broadway Tower and Stanway House with Janet Cooper  

Programme Notes

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 2015

For further information on any of the events below please contact Sue Hay on 01432 357138 or e-mail:


Sunday 26th April 'Huntsham Hill: geology and landscape' led by Moira Jenkins. A 5km walk looking at flash floods in deserts, tropical seas and gorges including the view from Yat Rock. Meet at 10am in the car park at Symons Yat Rock (Grid Ref. SO564155). There are toilets, and parking costs 3.50. Please bring packed lunch, stout footwear and clothing suitable for weather conditions. There are steep slopes both up and down.

8th 12th May 

Lleyn Peninsular. Joint trip with West Sussex Geological Society. Fully Booked
Sunday 14th June  Tortworth Inlier led by Dave Green. Meet at 10.30am in the lay-by (Grid ref. ST691 931) on the B4059, 200 yards south east of Junction 14 on the M5 (head towards Wotton-under-Edge from the motorway). Pub/ packed lunch. Please bring stout footwear and clothing suitable for weather conditions. There will be a 5 charge for members (10 non-members) 
Sunday 12th July  Goodrich area led by Beth Andrews &/or Elliot Carter. Meet at 10am in the free public car park at Bishopswood (Grid Ref. SO 582 188). This is on the right of the B4234 just south of the Kerne Bridge river crossing. Please do not park in the village hall car park, which is accessed through the public car park. Bring a packed lunch and drinks, suitable footwear and suitable clothing for the weather conditions.
Tuesday August 18th  Evening Building Stones walk in Ledbury led by Dr Paul Olver. Meet at 6pm at the Master's House.

All indoor events are held in the Woolhope Room, Hereford Library starting at 5.30pm unless otherwise specified. Top

Natural History Section Programme 2015

Details will be posted here in due course