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Programme 2017 & 2018: 

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

Winter & Spring Meetings 2017/18 


23rd September Finds from the fields: The work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Herefordshire

PETER REAVILL (Finds Liaison Officer - Shropshire and Herefordshire)
7th October The F.C. Morgan Lecture: From Bosworth to Mortimer’s Cross: Battlefield Archaeology and the Wars of the Roses

GLENN FOARD (Reader in Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Huddersfield)
11th November The Victoria County History of Hereford: The Colwall Project

JAMES BOWEN (Contributing Editor: VCH Herefordshire)
25th November Winter Annual Meeting: The Miraculous Cult of Thomas de Cantilupe and the Marches

6th January ‘Neighbours from Hell’? Abbey Dore and the Lords of Bacton in the 15th and 16th centuries

ADAM CHAPMAN (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)
27th January The Manorial Documents Register for Herefordshire and Worcestershire: Databases, Discoveries and Observations

BETHANY HAMBLETON (Hereford Cathedral Archivist and former Documents Register Project Archivist)
24th February Fungi in Herefordshire

JO WEIGHTMAN (Mycology Recorder for Herefordshire)
17th March Spring Annual Meeting: Presidential Address


Field Meetings 2017 


Thursday 15 June  A visit to Aconbury Priory and the churches of Holme Lacy, Much Dewchurch and Kilpeck
Cost £6.00 per person (not £16 as in Booking Slip) sharing own cars

Leaders: Joe Hillaby and David Whitehead.

Wednesday 12 July A visit to Caerphilly Castle, Margam Abbey and The Stones Museum
Cost £35 per person (not £25 as in Booking Slip)

Leader: Rosamund Skelton

Monday 4 September Presidential Visit to the great Benedictine Monasteries at Evesham & Pershore
Cost £34 per person

Leader: Janet Cooper

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 2017/18

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.

Outdoor meetings

22nd April 2017 Mortimer Forest on Hereford/Shropshire border: a joint meeting with Black Country Geological Society led by Dr. Paul Olver
Meet at 9.30 am at the Forestry Commission High Vinnals Car Park GR 474732 OS Landranger Map No. 137. Lunch in Wigmore Pub or bring a packed lunch, The aim is to study Middle and Upper Silurian strata
20th May 2017 Return to Brymbo Fossil Forest, Wrexham with BCGS, led by Gary Brown. 
Meet at Brymbo Heritage Centre (www.brymboheritage.co.uk) at 10.00 am (approx. GR SJ295 536). Lunch in a cafe or bring a packed lunch. we will study late Carboniferous Coal Measures and in the afternoon visit the iron works and colliery to see plans for restoration.
10th – 13th June 2017 Joint field trip with West Sussex Geological Society to the Lake District, led by Dave Green. Now booked.
17th June 2017 Visit to Birmingham University Lapworth Museum with BCGS, led by Jon Clatworthy (Museum Director). Details to come.

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

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. 

24th March 2017  “Plate Tectonics in the Andes” with Prof. Donny Hutton
4th May 2017 “Geology of Mercury” new views of the Sun’s innermost planet a joint meeting with HAS at the Kindle Centre ASDA at 7.00pm with Dr. David Rothery
27th October 2017 Title to be arranged with Andrew Jenkinson Shropshire Geological Society
24th November 2017 “Railways in the Weald” with John Lonergan West Sussex Geological Society
15th December 2017 Members Evening – Bring a Rock
18th January 2018 Dr. Sue Hay details to be arranged
23rd February 2018 AGM and Dinner to be arranged
18th March 2018 “Anthropocene” with Prof Ian Fairchild



Archaeological Research Section Meetings, 2016


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