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Woolhope Club: Main Club Meetings

Please note that lecture meetings will be held on Saturdays at 2.15pm in the Jury Room, Shire Hall, Hereford, unless indicated in red below and will generally be illustrated. Non-members are welcome. Members will be sent details of field meeting arrangements by post in late March/early April.

Spring Meetings 2018 

Saturday 17 March
11.00 am
Shire Hall
Spring Annual Meeting: Presidential Address:
Medieval Settlement and Landholding round Ledbury

Field Meetings 2018 

Wednesday 9 May Visit to Oxford with guided tour with a former curator to the Natural History Museum followed by a guided afternoon walk through historic Oxford churches, colleges and the famous Holywell Cemetery.
Leaders: Nina Morgan & Philip Powell.
Early June date tba All day visit to Brampton Bryan park, looking at the landscape history and veteran trees.
Leader: David Lovelace
This trip will involve a lot of walking and some scrambling. Bring picnic lunches. Transport in own cars, sharing where possible.
Tuesday 10 July Geology - Footsteps of William Smith - further details to follow.
Leader: Paul Olver
August date tba All day visit to Borderland castles: Richards Castle, Clifford and Snodhill.
Leader: Rosamund Skelton
This trip may involve some scrambling. Bring picnic lunches as convenient hostelries cannot be guaranteed. Transport in own cars, sharing where possible.

Note that non-members of the Club pay £1 extra. Bookings must be made via the Field Secretary Sue Olver on 01432 761693, when more details of the meeting will be given. A booking slip and payment must be submitted in advance

Geology Section Programme 2018 

For Further information on any of the events below please contact Sue Olver, 01432 761693 or email susanolver@hotmail.com. Please note starting times and venues as below.

Please note: Our Woolhope Geology Section talks will now be held from 5.30 pm, in the Councillors' Meeting Room, Committee Room 1 at the Shire Hall Hereford. Meetings can be set up from 5 pm and we should close the meeting at 7.30 pm in order for the caretaker to leave by 8 pm.

Geology Indoor Meetings 2018

Friday 23 March Cryogenian: "Let the Ice Age begin" with Prof. Ian Fairchild
Friday 28 September Carboniferous in the surrounding areas with Dr. Bernard Besley
Friday 26 October "Professor Fred Shotton" with Prof. Peter Worsley of Reading Geological Society
Friday 23 November Tale of Five Magmas: A Review of Planetary volcanism with Dr. Paul Olver
Friday 14 December Christmas Members evening with rocks and fossils

All indoor events are held as per details above for each one. Non-members welcome: fee £2 per event. 

Geology Field Meetings 2018

Saturday 24 March Croft Ambrey - Members of the Croft Castle Geology Champions and Bob Williams leading this trip. A joint field trip with TVGS - limited places left please contact Janet on 07968379330.
Monday 26 March A Worcester Day: Worcester Museum and Cathedral - meet up at 9.30 am in Racecourse Car Park and meet at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery for a guided visit into archives - first party 10.30am. After lunch visit Cathedral 2.30pm. This is a joint meeting with TVGS. Cost for archives and museum £6.50 per person payable on the day.
Saturday 21 April Open to all beginners in geology - a GEOLAB Day with Prof. Chris King at Martley Village Hall from 10.00am. In the afternoon a Martley excursion led by Dr Paul Olver. Cost £10.00 per person tea/ coffee refreshments, but bring a picnic for lunch and boots for field trip.
Wednesday 9 May Main Club event - visit to Oxford with guided tour with a former curator to the Natural History Museum followed by a guided afternoon walk through historic Oxford churches, colleges and the famous Holywell Cemetery. Leaders: Nina Morgan & Philip Powell.
Saturday 30 June Meet Lawrence Banks at 10.30 - 11.00am for coffee/tea in Hergest Gardens and visit local quarry as well as see the private collection. TVGS members may join us there.
Tuesday 10 July Main Club event - Footsteps of William Smith - further details to follow.
Saturday 3 November Festival of Geology at University College London (UCL) Please come for the day and support amateur geology throughout the country includes lectures and trade stands


Archaeological Research Section

This section has been mothballed due to a lack of field meeting leaders.

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.


Natural History Section

This section is not meeting at the moment