Yorkshire Geology Month
Sunday 1st May - "T.Rex's Birthday Party" at Dinostar in Hull 11am to 5 pm. Free birthday cake for those attending. Admision charge Event covered by Hull Daily Mail - photo published a week after the event; attendance about 30; T. rex display continues for rest of month.
Monday 2nd May - Ravenscar Cliff, North Yorkshire Guided walk led by Stuart Swann and John Hudson of the North East Yorkshire Geological Trust.
Thursday May 5th - "A Geological Perspective on the History and Culture of Yorkshire" public lecture by Dr. John Varker - [please note change of speaker] organised by the Leeds Geological Association, at the University of Leeds Admission free. 52 people attended. Thanks to John for stepping at last minute to replace Cherry Lewis who cancelled due to the General Election.
Saturday May 7th - "Fossil Fossick" - Hull University Science Club - led by Nigel Whittington, Stuart Jones and Terry Rockett .Attended by about 30 people.
Saturday 7th May - "Where on Earth did that come from?" A geological walkabout in Sheffield City Centre. 11.00 - 12.30pm led by Mr. Peter Kennett (representing Earth Science Teachers' Association, Earth Science Education Unit, Yorkshire Geological Society and Friends of the General Cemetery) (free - no booking required) 5 people attended.
Saturday 7th May - "A walk on the Woldside" - led by Derek Gobbett for the Hull Geological Socety. 2-5 p.m. walking about 6 km; meet at Thixendale. Event publicised on Radio Humberside with interview with leader. "Attendance was not high. 6 adults, 1 boy and 1 dog. Two of the adults got to know about it from Radio Humberside. Weather was OK. They seemed to enjoy it. "
Saturday 7th May -
Littlebeck, North Yorkshire
Sunday 8th May - "Exploring the remote geological past on Ilkley Moor" led by Neil Aitkenhead for the Leeds Geological Association (free - booking required). "About 36 people turned including 7 members of the Otley Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association. I was ably assisted by Doug Holliday, former YGS President, David Leather , a local retired geology teacher and Richard Perham from the Bradford MDC Countryside Service who now manage the Moor. The morning was windy and clear, but we suffered frequent heavy showers of hail, sleet and rain during the afternoon. However, many people claimed to have 'enjoyed' the experience."
Sunday 8th May - "Whitby's fossil hunting trip", organised by Natural Wonders, adults 10 pounds, children 5 punds and families 25 pounds.Lasts 3 hours. Booking required
Friday 13th May - "Stones and Bones" an evening walk in Spring Bank Cemetery looking at the rocks used as gravestones and the history of some of the characters buried there, led by Mike Horne of the Hull University Centre for Lifelong Learning. Fully Booked - 40 people. Previewed in 2 page article in Hull Daily Mail R+R magazine. Publicised in Hull in Print published by Hull City Council.
Saturday 14th May - "Geology in an urban graveyard" at Sheffield General Cemetery led by Mr. Peter Kennett (representing Earth Science Teachers' Association, Earth Science Education Unit, Yorkshire Geological Society and Friends of the General Cemetery) 11.00 - 12.30pm (free - no booking required) 10 people attended.
Saturday 14th May - Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire. 12 noon to 2pm. Guided walk led by Mike Styles and Tim Brown of the North East Yorkshire Geological Trust. Booking required contact:
Sunday 15th May - Open afternoon at Rifle Butts SSSI with the warden, Gordon Scaife of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Terry Rockett of the Hull Geological Society. (free - no booking required) About 15 people attended.
Sunday 15th May -
"Dinosaur Footprints of the Yorkshire Coast",
Scalby Mills, Scarborough
Tuesday 17th May - Beverley Geology Walk - evening walk to look at churches, gravestones and shopfronts, led by Mike Horne. Organised by: East Riding of Yorkshire Library & Information Services. Booking required - contact Beverley Library. Cost 2-50 for adults and 1-00 for under 16s..About 45 people attended. One of four "Walks around Whitsun" organised and publicised by Beverley Library.
Wednesday 18th May - Landscape and Geology from a Pennine edge near Huddersfield by Andrew Krasinski of the West Yorkshire RIGS Group. Free. starting 13.00 and finishing about 17.00. at the Crossroads Pub (SE 179085) Attended by 18 people.
Friday 20th May - "Stones and Bones II" an evening walk in Spring Bank Cemetery looking at the rocks used as gravestones and the history of some of the characters buried there, led by Mike Horne of the Hull University Centre for Lifelong Learning. (Booking required ) Additional event in response to demand from publicity, fully booked 40 people. Some did not turn up because weather threatened thunder storm, but it did not rain.
Saturday May 21st - The Waterfalls Walk, Ingleton. Martin Dodson and John Varker, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. With support from the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds and the Leeds Phil and Lit. All day. Booking required "The Waterfalls Walk at Ingleton was especially well appreciated by the ten participants, and I was assured that if/when repeated it would attract substantially more folk".
Saturday May 21st - Maybeck, North Yorkshire 12 noon to 2pm. Guided walk led by Mike Styles and Tim Brown of the North East Yorkshire Geological Trust. Booking not required
Sunday 22nd May - Geology and Scenery of Danes Dyke - morning walk led by Mike Horne for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull Geological Society. (Free; booking required ) Publicised in East Riding Leisure Countryside events leaflet; attended by 14 people - an enjoyable hands-on field-trip lasting 2 1/2 hours.
Sunday 22nd May - Whin Sill and Upper Teesdale - field trip led by Trevor Morse of the Yorkshire Geological Society/ (Free, booking not required)
Saturday 28th May - Earth and natural sciences roadshow at Hull and East Riding Museum, 11 am to 3pm (admission free - sorry no valuations). Bring along your rocks, fossils, minerals, archaeological finds to show to the experts. Publicised in Hull in Print published by Hull City Council, aritcle in "Advertiser" series of free newspapers in Hull; listed in Hull Daily Mail. Displays by Kingston Lapidary Society, East Riding Archaeological Association, Hull Natural History Society; Chris Blackhurst and Gordon Binns, Stuart Jones, Hull Geological Society; East Yorkshire RIGS Group and University of Hull Centre for Lifelong Learning. attendance 117 (approx).
Saturday 28th May - Millstone Grit, its geology and its uses - walk led by Dave Fenton and Sharon Davison of the Peak National Park.
Saturday 28th May - opening day of Ice Age display at Yorkshire Museum - admission - standard museum fees of 4 pounds for adults, 3 pounds concessions, 2.50 for children, 'Yorkcard' holders free.
Saturday 28th May - Castle Hill, Huddersfield - Rocks under your feet. led by Sheila and Harold Dyson of West Yorkshire RIGS Group. Free. Booking not required. Attended by 5 people.
Sunday 29th May - Castle Hill, Huddersfield - Rocks under your feet. led by Sheila and Harold Dyson of West Yorkshire RIGSGroup. Free. Booking not required. Attended by 5 people.
Sunday 29th May - Horbury Quarry and Addingford Cutting led by Richard Bell. Richard; Organised by the West Yorkshire RIGS Group; free, booking not required. Attended by 33 people.
Monday 30th May - Ravenscar Cliff, North Yorkshire Guided walk led by Stuart Swann and John Hudson of the North East Yorkshire Geological Trust. 12.30-5.30pm. Booking required: [please note change of times]
Thursday 2nd June - Geology of the North York Moors Railway - led by Chris Darmon of Geosupplies Ltd. (booking required - times subject to railway timetable, Fee plus train fare)
Friday 3rd June - evening walk at Hessle Foreshore and Humber Bridge Country Park - led by Mike Horne for East Yorkshire RIGS Group and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. (Free - Booking required) Publicised in East Riding Leisure Countryside events leaflet and local free newspaper. 27 people booked, but due to bad weather only 16 attended, but they stayed for 2 1/2 hours in the rain!
Saturday 4th June - Rock and Fossil Roadshow at Hornsea Museum. Organised by Hull Geological Society in association with Hornsea Museum 11 am to 3 pm. Admission free, but there is a fee for the rest of the Museum. Previewed in the Holderness Gazette and listed in Hull Daily Mail. Attended by about 200 people. Report in Holderness Gazette. Many thanks to Dr Walker of the Museum for his help.
Saturday 4th June - Yorkshire's Rocks and Fossils in the new "Earth Visualisation Laboratory" at the University of Leeds.Organised by Martin Dodson and John Varker, School of Earth and Environment. Supported by Leeds Phil and Lit. Morning only.Free. Booking required. "Attracted 18 for a morning spent looking at and discussing specimens in the laboratory, in the context of Yorkshire's geological history. "
Saturday 4th June
- Littlebeck, North Yorkshire
Sunday 5th June - "An introduction to the geology, flora and history of the North Pennine lead mines". by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Booking required, Charge of £15 to cover costs. Robert Masheder reports - "My event at Oxclose SSSI in Wensleydale on 5 June 2005 seemed to go very well. 16 people booked to come, although only 13 turned up on the day. We spent the morning looking at metallophyte plants, spring sandwort/leadwort - used historically by the miners for detecting lead veins (Zn levels in this plant have been recorded in the range 3000 to 6000ppm!) and alpine penny-cress. Other plants found on the site associated with the heavy metal spoil heaps and contaminated river shingles include moonwort, common scurvy-grass, thrift and mountain pansy. In the afternnon we walked up passed the Disher Force Level to the Wet Groves Mine complex for a look at some of the minerals associated with the lead/zinc mineralisation. The area was reworked for fluorite after the last war, but there are still plenty of attractive specimens. 'The Knot' above the mine workings has a honey combe of surface working in rock which is thought to be a landslip of Underset Limestone from Ivy Scar,a fine escarpment which runs along the horizon."
Monday 6th June - A talk on Rocks and Landscapes of the Huddersfield area, by Alison Quarterman, Chairman of the Huddersfield Geology, booking not required, costs 2 pounds, starting at 7.15 pm, Attended by 32 people.
Thursday 9th June - Brow Grains, Meltham, Huddersfield from 14.00 to 16.30 4 miles walk on Meltham Moor to see sandstones with plant fossils, bell pits, ganister and good views of the geology of Huddersfield. Attended by 12 people.
Saturday 11th June - Geology of the Horton in Ribblesdale Area led by Colin Schofield BSc for Down to Earth/Geo Supplies Ltd. Fee, booking required.
Saturday 11th June - The Geology of Runswick Bay led by Dr Paul Williams of the Open University. Cost 1 pound, booking required, (late addtion to listing)
Monday 12th June - Levisham Sation, North Yorkshire Guided walk led by Peter Robinson and Tim Brown of the North East Yorkshire Geological Trust. 10 am and 2 pm, lasts 2 hours. Booking not required.
Monday 13th June - Building Stones of the Town Centre of Huddersfield led by Alison Quarterman of the Huddersfield Geology Group 7.00 - 9.00 Free, booking not required Attended by 13 people.
Saturday 2nd July - Yorkshire Geology "gathering" at Yorkshire Museum - to review YGM2005 and plan for the future. Lots of 'networking'. Keynote speakers. Booking required. Attended by 20 people; 11 apologies received. A very productive meeting:- decided to launch YGM2006!
National Publicity in the geological community -
Our own amateur web-pages; A4 leaflsts to our YGM mailing list, Hull G S friends abdmembers; A5 leaflets to YGS members; good coverage by YGS and GS web-sites; short artcile in Down to Earth (though the web URL was wrong) and good ceoverage in the June edition including the invitiation to the July 2nd meeting; press releases to Geology Today and Geologists' Association .
Regional Publicity -
Press releases by Camilla and Will.
Local publicity -
Huddersfield - Alison reports that "One of our group has got massive advertising for our walks and the talk in all the Kirklees literature and publicity. He has also organised a week's photo and poster exhibition for next week in Huddersfield Central library." A search of the www revealed good coverage of these events.
Hull and East Yorkshire - posters to Hull and East Riding Libraries, and Hull Museums; 800 A5 leaflets to Hull G S members, Hull tourist information, Beverley tourist information, East Riding Libraries. Press releases to local BBC radio, Hull Daily Mail, Hull City Council.
Sheffield - Peter "... produced posters for the local and central Libraries, wrote to the 2 Sheffield papers and the Yorkshire Post and also Radio Sheffield. In the event, the Sheffield Star did me proud with the article, but the Telegraph failed to enter the event in its Listings..."
The following events were being planned but did not take place :-
York City Geology Walk - led by Stuart Ogilvy of the Yorkshire Museum or Eric Robinson.
Roadshow - at the Yorkshire Museum.
The Penine 'anticline' or Penyghent or Ingelton - Iain A Williamson
Lecture about Geology of the Pocklington/Wolds area - organised by Mick Stanley, YWHT.
Open Evening - Kingston Lapidary Society - cancelled sorry
Whitby geology walk - cancelled, sorry.
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(updated 9thJuly 2005)