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Introducing the Yorkshire Geological Society: get involved in geoscience in northern England

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From the high Pennines.....
- Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales National Park..... (photo: Alison Tymon)

..... to the coast
- Ravenscar cliff, looking towards Robin Hood's Bay, North York Moors National Park (photo: Alison Tymon)

Publications: one of the Society's very popular field guides

Find out more about the exciting geology of the region and internationally important developments in the Earth Sciences by joining the Yorkshire Geological Society. You will find a warm welcome at the YGS, and we are actively seeking new members to become involved with the Society.

Benefits include:

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A field meeting at Stainland, W. Yorks.: examining the different Carboniferous sandstones on the moor. Members hear lectures on the latest research: a reconstruction of "fire fountains" of gigantic lava eruptions in Siberia around 250 million years ago, which may have cause the mass extinction of 90% of the world's species.  (Presidential Address of Prof. Paul Wignall, December 2010).  A Yorkshire Geology Month walk in Haworth, West Yorks., for the general public,   identifying and explaining the origins of the many different building stones seen in the village. 










The Society:

YGS Publications:

YGS Geological Information Service:

Membership details and link to application form Proceedings from 1837 Geological and Local Web Links
Officers & Council for 2015
  Other Publications and Field Guides Circulars: Index and full texts in PDF from 2003  
Presidents and other Officers from 1837 Book and Map Reviews from YGS Circulars Geological Survey Memoirs for Yorks. (full texts)
The Society's Medals, Awards and Honorary Members   The Society's Rules (updated 2014)

Important update on Field Work on Namurian Stratotypes in Northern England: Preparatory Work throughSummer 2015, followed by Study Visit by
International Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, 9th to 13th October 2015

The Yorkshire Geological Society has been asked to assist a visit by members of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy (SCCS) to inspect a number of stratotypes of the substages of the West European regional chronostratigraphic framework situated in Northern England.  While this collaboration with an international geological organisation is a welcome opportunity for the Society, nevertheless this has presented a number of challenges in terms of arranging access to sites.  All the designated stratotypes are constituted as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).  Therefore a formal visit and any collecting or site clearance must be consented by Natural England and access for such activity must also be agreed with the land-owners. 
After some preparatory contacts and visits, it is now possible to outline the planned visit.  Importantly, this presents the opportunity through the summer months (June-September) for small working groups to tidy up and, as necessary, measure and mark up the various stratotype sections, some of which appear not to have been actively studied since designation in the 1980s (Ramsbottom 1981).  An up-to-date summary of the relevant chronostratigraphic subdivisions and their stratotypes may be found in Waters et al. 2011.

Message from John Knight, President 

I am now able to report progress with arrangements in preparation for the visit of the IUGS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy to stratotypes in N England (09 - 13 October 2015).  YGS members will be aware that the designated stratotypes all fall within SSSIs, although not all are specifically Earth Heritage SSSIs.  It has been necessary to arrange consents with Natural England and individual landowners for site clearing, preparation and mark-up on five sites and for the visit, access and controlled collecting on all sites.  With the assistance of the relevant Natural England officers I can now report that all sites now have, more or less, all necessary consents in place.

Five sites require significant clean-up and site preparation:  (in stratigraphically ascending order)

1)  Pendleian stratotype- Light Clough, Wiswell Moor Side, Clitheroe, Lancashire;
2) Chokierian stratotype- Stonehead Beck, near Cowling, North Yorkshire
3) Alportian stratotype- Blake Brook, Shawfield, near Longnor, Staffordshire
4) Kinderscoutian stratotype- River Darwen section, Samlesbury Bottoms, near Preston, Lancashire
5) Marsdenian stratotype- Park Clough, Hey Green, Marsden, West Yorkshire

As part of the consent arrangements the Society has undertaken to inform the relevant Natural England officer and landowner when any site preparation work will take place and to ensure that such site preparation (and any subsequent collecting) is undertaken within the guidelines and locations consented specifically for each site.  A number of affiliated and/or local groups have already offered assistance for the preparation of a number of these sites, although the working days have not yet been determined.  However, this is an opportunity for any of the membership to offer assistance in the preparation, mark-up and logging of any of the individual sites.  Offers of assistance from any of the membership will be appreciated and where possible such offers will be accommodated within the agreed working days for each site.  Prior knowledge of the site or of this part of the geological succession is not necessary- much of the work will be vegetation and soil clearing; hopefully members with specialist knowledge will be on hand to provide orientation on each section.   Site work will take place variously on weekends and weekdays from the week beginning 24 August through to week-ending 03 October.

Members wishing to take part in this activity are invited to contact me by e-mail and telephone; please specify the site or sites on which you can assist, also indicate availability on weekdays or weekends and any limitations on available dates. 

Documentation on some of the sites is sparse.  While some sites had been identified and described in more or less detail previously, the generally accepted point of reference in which the specific stratotype sections were designated was in the Field Excursion Guide, prepared under the editorship of W.H.C.Ramsbottom in 1981, for the visit of the IUGS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy to Leeds in that year.  This document was not published officially, and has been difficult to obtain through normal library sources.  A number of Society members have been generous to locate and to provide more or less clean and legible copies of this document.  This document may now be downloaded through the Society website-


Members of the Society will be welcome to join the site visits organised for the October visit of the IUGS-SCCS.  The visit programme will be specified in the next issue of the Society Circular and will be circulated through this membership mailing list.

With best wishes

John Knight
(President, Yorkshire Geological Society)
tels. 01773 836253; 07825 428750
e-mails- jaknightuk@aol.co.uk; jaknightuk@btinternet.com




The Chalk of the Northern Province: its regional context:

Joint Symposium, University of Hull. 10th - 13th September 2015

Second Circular and Registration details now available: download them from here

Important udate on Field Work on Namurian Stratotypes in Northern England: Preparatory Work throughSummer 2015, followed by Study Visit by
International Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, 9th to 13th October 2015

The Yorkshire Geological Society has been asked to assist a visit by members of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy (SCCS) to inspect a number of stratotypes of the substages of the West European regional chronostratigraphic framework situated in Northern England.  While this collaboration with an international geological organisation is a welcome opportunity for the Society, nevertheless this has presented a number of challenges in terms of arranging access to sites.  All the designated stratotypes are constituted as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).  Therefore a formal visit and any collecting or site clearance must be consented by Natural England and access for such activity must also be agreed with the land-owners. 
After some preparatory contacts and visits, it is now possible to outline the planned visit.  Importantly, this presents the opportunity through the summer months (June-September) for small working groups to tidy up and, as necessary, measure and mark up the various stratotype sections, some of which appear not to have been actively studied since designation in the 1980s (Ramsbottom 1981).  An up-to-date summary of the relevant chronostratigraphic subdivisions and their stratotypes may be found in Waters et al. 2011.
Working Group field work for members during Summer 2015
Many of the stratotype sections are deteriorated due to undergrowth and weathering.  It is clearly essential that these sections are tidied up, cleaned as necessary and appropriately marked in preparation for a visit of international specialists.  Natural England officers have been supportive of this international visit, as have individual land-owners.  Nevertheless, clean-up and marking activities will have to be performed in agreement with a framework agreed by all to conserve the integrity of the sites.  A framework for these activities is currently in preparation. Members are invited to participate in the various groups which will endeavour to “tidy up” each stratotype on specific work days through the summer; these may be at weekends or mid-week.  The stratotypes which particularly require clean-up are the Namurian sections, although some reconnaissance visits will also be made to the uppermost Visean stratotypes (Asbian and Brigantian) in Cumbria.
At the issue date of this Circular the work programme is in development; dates in some cases are dependent upon other factors such as bird nesting periods.  Specific dates for work visits will be posted on the YGS website.  Coordination of these activities will be through John Knight and expressions of interest to participate are welcome (John Knight: tel. 01773 836253; e-mail jaknightuk@btinternet.com).
Field excursion programme for members October 2015
The planned visit of IUGS SCCS members will take place between 9th – 13th October 2015.  YGS members are invited to attend on any of the days or specific site visits.  Offers to lead visits to individual sites will be particularly welcome. The sites scheduled for visits are indicated on the attached map.  It is anticipated that two stratotypes per day will be visited between Saturday 10th October and Tuesday 13th October, in the number sequence indicated on the map.  Visit details are still in the process of finalisation with members of SCCS, Natural England and individual site owners.  Details of meeting points and times will be posted as soon as available on the YGS website.
RAMSBOTTOM, W.H.C.   1981. Fieldguide to the boundary stratotypes of the Carboniferous stages in Britain.  Biennial Meeting of the Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, Leeds.
WATERS, C.N., SOMERVILLE, I.D., JONES, N.S.,CLEAL, C.J., COLLINSON, J.D., WATERS, R.A., BESLY, B.M., DEAN, M.T., STEPHENSON, M.H., DAVIES, J.R., FRESHNEY, E.C., JACKSON, D.I., MITCHELL, W.I., POWELL, J.H., BARCLAY, W.J., BROWNE, M.A.E., LEVERIDGE, B.E., LONG, S.L. &McLEAN, D. 2011.  A Revised Correlation of Carboniferous Rocks in the British Isles.Geological Society Special Report No. 26, 1-186
John Knight

Download here the Carboniferous Stratotypes location map

Outline of Autumn 2015 Programme

Saturday 31st October – Sunday 1st November 2015, Scarborough. The William Smith Map Bicentenary Meeting: “Superposition and correlation: William Smith’s principles applied to 21st century Yorkshire”. Joint Meeting with the Scarborough Museums Trust and the Rotunda Geology Group. Organiser: Pete Rawson. Saturday: morning: tour of the Rotunda Museum. Afternoon: Yorkshire Geological Society meeting with papers on the Bicentenary meeting theme. Sunday: Field excursion: walk around Scarborough’s William Smith Trail.
Saturday 14th November 2015, 2pm – 5pm, University of Leeds. Joint meeting with the Leeds Geological Association: Geology in northern high latitudes.

Saturday 5th December 2015, 2.30pm – 7.30pm, Weetwood Hall, Leeds: President’s Day: Annual General Meeting, Presidential Address by Dr John Knight, Reception and Buffet.

YGS-Members Forum email "Listserv"

Courtesy of the national Joint Academic Computer Network the Society has a "Listserv" type email system "YGS-Members Forum" for rapid communication (e.g. about updates and changes in programmes and events) between the YGS officers and event organisers and the members registered with the system. It also allows individual registered members to communicate with other members. This is a secure system controlled online by each registered member once they have been registered by the YGS, and anyone can remove themsleves from the system at any time.
If you are not yet registered with the YGS-Members Forum and wish to do so, or at least try it out, please send your email address and name to the Circular and Website Editor, Patrick Boylan, at P.Boylan@city.ac.uk.


A Word from the President

John Knight, President

For many of us the field programme of the Society is one of the most valuable aspects of membership, offering not only the opportunity for informed visits to outcrops in our footprint area of exceptional natural beauty, but also to do so in the company of like-minded and enthusiastic fellow-members.  However, the number of members who take advantage of the field meetings is relatively small.  Later this session Council proposes to issue a questionnaire to all members, within which one of the questions will ask how we can improve the field meetings programme, to make it more attractive to a wider range of the membership.  Please contribute your views and suggestions to ensure that field meetings remain at the core of Society activities.
This year the field programme has a somewhat different balance from previous years, reflecting a number of wider meetings and activities which also include fieldwork.  We have a number of traditional field excursions, to the ever popular Malham area and to the Scarborough coast, the latter linked to the event to celebrate the life and work of Martin Whyte, our past-President.  Also through the summer, there is the opportunity to join working groups to clean and mark up those stratotype sections of the Upper Visean and Namurian in Northern England, in preparation for a visit in October by members of the IUGS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy; members are also invited to participate in this visit programme.  The major event of the year for the Society will be the joint hosting of the Symposium on the Chalk of the Northern Province in early September.  This includes two days of field excursions- but please note the need for registration as detailed in this Circular.
I take the opportunity to thank the numerous members of the Society who helped make the Yorkshire Geology Day at the National Coal Mining Museum another successful event.  As in the previous year, we were fortunate to count on the participation of Dr Paul Guion (University of Derby) and Dr Sian Davies-Vollum (Sheffield Hallam University) as the geological leaders with local expertise for the underground visits walking down the ventilation incline.
As this Circular was in preparation the news broke of the devastating earthquake which has affected Nepal.   This is a salutary reminder of the power of earth processes and the still limited level of our knowledge for prediction and mitigation.  Of particular concern must be the extent of such events to impact on the population and daily life in affected areas and I am sure many members will share concern for the people of Nepal and support for reconstruction.
John Knight
President, May 2015

Latest part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (vol. 61 Pt. 1, to be published June 2015) on line on the Lyell Collection at: http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/content/current

The following papers are now available online at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org and will very shortly be available in the published Part:

D.A. Spears: The geochemistry and mineralogy of high-S coals, with examples mainly from the East Pennines Coalfield in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, UK: an overview.
K.N. Page, J.K. Wright and S.R.A. Kelly: The oppeliid, perisphinctid and aspidoceratid ammonite faunas of the ‘Corallian’ Beds (Upper Jurassic) in Cambridgeshire, England.
M. Romano and M.A. Whyte: Could stegosaurs swim? Suggestive evidence from the Middle Jurassic tracksite of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire.
I. Forbes: Westgarth Forster’s Strata – a reappraisal of a geological pioneer.
Richard Maddra: Bitten ammonites from the upper Lias Group (Lower Jurassic) of Saltwick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire.
P.Stanway, J. Nudds and F. Broadhurst:The depositional environment of the Ashfell Sandstone Formation (Arundian, Mississippian), Ash Fell Edge, Cumbria.

Proceedings now fully digitised from vol. 1 (1839) to vol. 5 with free online access to individual YGS members

Instructions for YGS member access to the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 1839 to 2011 in the Lyell Collection
This notice contains important information that will enable you to access the online.  Please make sure that you retain the address label from the envelope containing your latest YGS Circular– this contains your YGS membership number, which you will need to activate your subscription.
Following the launch of the Proceedings in the Lyell Collection, individual members who subscribe to the journal can now view the entire archive from Volume 1 (1839) online.
Before you can access the Proceedings online, you will need to activate your subscription. To do this, go to the YGS Proceedings subscription activation page:
http://www.lyellcollection.org/cgi/activate/ibasic and enter your subscriber ID number in the bottom right hand box.  Your subscriber ID is your YGS membership number,
which is the four digit number shown in the top left hand corner of the address label, with the prefix YGS (e.g. YGS9999). (Ignore the reference to "Institutional Subscription
Access" at the top, and to "payment confirmation letter) "on the bottom line: just put your YGS membership number in the box on the bottom line and press the "submit" button.)
Follow the instructions on the next screen and complete parts A and B.  In part B, you will need to set your own user name and password, which you will use when you next login
to the Proceedings site in the Lyell Collection. Once you have activated your subscription, you will be able to browse the PYGS archive.
For subsequent access, go direct to the PYGS site on the Lyell Collection web site at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/
The links to both the subscription activation page and your regular login are live on this YGS Home Page and/or can be copied and pasted into your web browser.
Stewart Molyneux
Principal Editor, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

 Some British Geological Survey Memoirs for Yorkshire to download

In a major new development for the Society, the British Geological Survey (BGS) had made available to the Society's website full facsimile copies (in PDF format, including all illustrations) of some earlier Geological Survey Memoirs, listed below. These are now available for downloading for personal, academic, educational, non-commercial research and other non-commercial use, from the Yorkshire Geological Society website http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/ only. All users must agree to the BGS terms and conditions before downloading each Memoir.
Go to Geological Survey Memoirs index page

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Yorkshire Rocks and Landscapethe popular YGS Field Guide, Third Edition

Yorkshire, famed for its scenic beauty and its rich industrial heritage, contains some of the most interesting geology and scenery in England , from the moors to the coast, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks. The influence of the geology on the landscape and on the industrial development in the region is profound.  

This book is a stimulating field guide to twenty-one locations selected to give comprehensive coverage of the geology, minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms of the area. Excursions vary from easy half–day walks to longer outings. Some are in moorland areas such as the Craven Inliers and the Pennines; others cover the Dinosaur Coast, famous for its rugged beauty and natural history, and coalfields adjacent to the major cities.

  Aimed at beginners and more experienced geologists, the book includes a general introduction to the area’s geological history, detailed location maps, a full glossary of terms, and details of local museums.

  Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape will be used and enjoyed by all those interested in the geology and natural heritage of this exciting and diverse region, especially the links between landscape and the underlying geology,

 About the Authors: The field guide, edited by Drs. Colin Scrutton and John Powell, has contributions from knowledgeable academics, professional geologists and dedicated amateurs, many of them members of the Yorkshire Geological Society. Together in this book they provide the most up-to-date and authoritative guide to the geology of Yorkshire and surrounding areas currently available.  

Published: September 2006; 224 pp, 22 figures.  Price 9.99, plus postage and packing 3.35. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

  Also available at indoor meetings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (no p&p) and from selected bookshops.

Click here for more details, including the full Contents List

SURPLUS COPIES OF "Carboniferous hydrocarbon geology- the Southern North Sea and surrounding onshore areas" Occasional Publication No 7 (2005).

By decision of Council, the remaining stock of this highly regarded volume will now be made available for disposal to members of the Society and attendees at Society meetings.  Copies can be obtained at forthcoming meetings; it is suggested that a donation to Society funds of £2.00 per copy will be appropriate.

Important Notice to Members and others:Short Communications: Proceedings and Circular/Web Site

Rapid publication of short papers is common amongst journals, particularly those published weekly, monthly or bi-monthly, as a way of disseminating information quickly on topical or contentious issues, exceptional new discoveries or major developments.   Given its publication schedule, the adoption of such a publication strategy is not appropriate for the Proceedings.  Nevertheless, as a way of encouraging the membership to make more use of the Proceedings, and for that matter the Society’s other vehicles for publication, the Circular and web site, Council would welcome more short communications. Short communications submitted to the Proceedings might include anything for which it would be worth having a permanent published record, for example descriptions of new and/or temporary exposures.  Those intended for the Circular or web site could include more topical or newsworthy items, including brief reports of field meetings, new fossil/mineral occurrences, photographs of interesting geological features with a brief description or the work of RIGS groups. Short communications to the Proceedings should not exceed two published pages, approximately 2,000 words (or equivalents including figures) and will be subject to the normal review and editorial procedures, although a Summary will not be necessary. Please send your contributions in the usual manner to the Editors (see ‘Instructions to Authors’ in the PYGS as a general guideline).

For the A5 format of the Circular (and web site), contributions should be 300-400 words, but can include colour photographs and figures; these will also be subject to editorial review. These items should be sent to the Circular Editor in the first instance (see back page of the Circular for details).

Stewart Molyneux, Principal Editor PYGS
Patrick Boylan, YGS Circular & Web Editor

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New Edition 2004 with minor revisions: price 9.99 plus 3.35 postage and packing

Price £9.99, plus £3.35 postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

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Corresponding Societies

(Please contact the society representatives and/or websites shown for the latest information)
CRAVEN & PENDLE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Paul Kabrna e-mail: paul_kabrna@hotmail.com or http://www.cpgs.org.uk/ (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: The Rainhall Centre, Barnoldswick)
Sat 5 September: Eden Valley. Guides: Karen Ashworth and Steve Birch.
CUMBERLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: Rosemary Vidler, 11 Blencathra View, Threlkeld, Cumbria, phone no 017687 79326, e-mail: rosevidler@freeuk.com; http://www.cumberland-geol-soc.org.uk/
20th September: Nannycatch Gorge and Upper Calder Valley – glaci-fluvial features and Lower Palaeozoic Rocks. Starts: 10:30 Ends: 10:30 Location: Kinniside Stone Circle NY 059139 Description: Meet at 10.30am.  About 5km walking on open fellside looking at the meltwater channel, Skiddaw Group rocks and minor intrusions of the Nannycatch Gorge. In the afternoon we will look at the Borrowdale Volcanic Rocks and some of the oldest rocks within the Skiddaw Group, including the problematic Latterbarrow Sandstone.
EAST MIDLANDS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Janet Slater, tel. 01509-843.297; e-mail: secretary@emgs.org.uk or http://www.emgs.org.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Lecture Theatre B3, Biological Sciences Building, University of Nottingham)
EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: David Boon, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, daba@bgs.ac.uk
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: secretary@edinburghgeolsoc.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0272, e-mail: kmgo@bgs.ac.uk. Lectures are held in the Grant Institute of the University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, at 7:30pm, except where stated otherwise. These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are welcome. Tea and biscuits are served after the lectures, upstairs in the Cockburn Museum of the Grant Institute. (See http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps for location.)
THE GEOLOGISTS' ASSOCIATION: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/: The schedule of field meetings for 2012 includes the following in the wider YGS region: (For further details and to book places please e-mail or telephone Sarah Stafford at the GA Office: geol.assoc@btinternet.com, tel. 020 7434 9298)
HUDDERSFIELD GEOLOGY GROUP: Contact: Phil Robinson, 01484-715.298. http://www.huddersfieldgeology.org.uk/ Meetings at Greenhead College, Huddersfield, on Monday evenings at 7pm unless otherwise stated.
HULL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Mike Horne. Tel: 01482 346 784 or e-mail: secretary@Hullgeolsoc.org.uk web: http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk/hgmeet.htm/ (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Department of Geography, University of Hull, at 7.30 pm. N.B. for security reasons the door is locked at 7.40pm). The Club Nights are open to members of the Society, University Students and interested members of the public. At the end of each of these meeting we will choose the topic or topics for the following meeting. Those attending are encouraged to bring some appropriate specimens, photographs, models or texts to contribute to the evening. The Club Night meetings start at 7-45pm. For further information 'phone 01482 346784.
Saturday 29th August 2015 - Roadshow at Hornsea Museum - open to the public from 11 am until 3pm.
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: sjrhodes@hotmail.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Anthea Brigstocke (General Secretary). Tel: 01904 626 013: E-mail: lga@brigstocke.myzen.co.uk Field Meetings: Judith Dawson Tel. 0113 270 1069 e-mail: dawsonemail@tiscali.co.uk or http://www.leedsgeolassoc.freeserve.co.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Conference Centre Auditorium 2, Leeds University at 7pm
LEICESTER LITERARY & PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY - SECTION C GEOLOGY: Chairman and contact: Dr. Joanne E. Norris, 0116 283 3127, j.e.norris @ ntlworld.com; Website: http://www.charnia.org.uk/ Usual meeting place for indoor lectures (unless otherwise stated): Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester at 7.30pm, refreshments from 7.00pm.
MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: http://www.mangeolassoc.org.uk Sue Plumb, Hon. General Secretary: e-mail: secretary@mangrolassoc.org.uk; programme enquiries: lectures@mangeolassoc.org.uk. (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Williamson Building, Department of Geology, University of Manchester)
NORTH EASTERN GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Prof. Gillian FG Foulger, University of Durham, tel. 0191-334.2314, e-mail: g.r.foulger@durham.ac.uk. Lectures are at 7.30pm in the Arthur Holmes Lecture Room, Science Laboratories Site, University of Durham. See website for more details: http://www.northeast-geolsoc.50megs.com
NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST: contact@neyorksgeologytrust.com; website: http://www.neyorksgeologytrust.com/: Kathryn Brown,North East Yorkshire Geology Trust, 5 Station Workshops, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, N. Yorks. YO22 4TG Tel. 01947 881000
NORTHERN REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON: Secretary: Dr Mark Allen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, e-mail: m.b.allen@durham.ac.uk
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCATION: Eileen Fraser Tel: 01260 271505 email: fraser@fraserco.co.uk http://www.esci.keele.ac.uk/nsgga/ (usual meeting place for indoor meetings: William Smith Building, University of Keele at 7.30pm
ROTUNDA GEOLOGY GROUP (SCARBOROUGH): contact Sue Rawson, tel. 01723-506.502, email: suerawson@yahoo.co.uk http://www.rotundageologygroup/ (usual meeting place Room CG7, Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, Filey Road, Scarborough):
5th September: Jurassic plants and ores of Hasty Bank and Cold Moor. Leaders: Chris Hillcwith Steve Livera.
SORBY NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Ken J Dorning, Geologists Group Secretary, e-mail: geology@sorby.org.uk; website: http://www.sorby.org.uk/
WESTMORLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: contact: E-mail: mail@westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk http://westmorlandgeolsoc.co.uk/ Meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 8 pm (unless otherwise stated) and are held in the Abbot Hall Social Centre, Kendal.
September 6th Windermere Group rocks around Grizebeck and Gawthwaite with David Kelly CGS Meeting Place: Greyhound Inn car park, GR: SD237849 at 10 am.
YORKSHIRE MID-WEEK GEOLOGY GROUP: West Yorkshire based informal mainly amateur and retired group that organises monthly field meetings or museum visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Details in regular Newsletters and on the Group's website: http://mwggyorkshire.webspace.virginmedia.com/. Contact: mwggyorkshire@virginmedia.com
YORKSHIRE REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Margaret Cliff mic@rounday-ecl.com


University of York Centre for Lifelong Learning. two year Postgraduate Diploma in The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England: An online study programme (with a mandatory one week residential unit in York each year)

Northern England has an extraordinary diversity of landscapes and geological features, and as the largest county, Yorkshire preserves a large proportion of them. From the rugged North York Moors and the limestone pavements of the Yorkshire Dales to the coalfields of South Yorkshire and the shifting coastlines of Holderness, it is in many respects a microcosm of the region.
In The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England, students will obtain a regional geological understanding with which to interpret larger-scale Earth processes and structures. The programme will provide students with training in advanced palaeoenvironmental analysis and science communication skills. Students will also assess Yorkshire and Northern England's importance to current controversies in Earth sciences, from fracking to climate change, and acquire an understanding of the region's vital role in the history of geology.
This is a part-time Postgraduate Diploma delivered wholly online in a fully supported learning environment. The programme starts in late September/early October each academic year, and places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after successful completion of the first year if their circumstances change.
For further details see: http://www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/geology/. Contacts: Iain Barr, Learning Enhancement Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 8474,email: iain.barr@york.ac.uk or Dr Liam Herringshaw, Lead Teaching Fellow, liam.herringshaw@york.ac.uk

Symposium on the Geology of the Marches, Ludlow, 2nd to 4th October 2015

On behalf of a partnership of four organisations--Shropshire Geological Society, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, the Woolhope Club and The Teme Valley Geological Society and on behalf of our Chair, Dr Paul Olver, I am writing to tell you about a symposium to be held in Ludlow over the weekend of 2nd, 3rd and 4th October 2015.
The subject is The Geology of the Marches, from Murchison to the Modern Era.  Find attached an information sheet and also reference to our web site geo-symposium.eu.  The site is still being added to but already contains many details of the plans for the weekend, which some might wish to start on Friday 2nd for self-guided geology walks and guided visits/workshops at the Shropshire Museums Resource Centre. If you do arrive on Friday you may also register for the weekend at the Resource Centre. We are excited and privileged to announce that our keynote speakers will be Professor Martin Rudwick of Cambridge and San Diego, Dr Alex Liu of Bristol and Professor David Siveter of Leicester.  Supporting them will be workshops on a range of topics as well as poster displays and society exhibitions.  There is a booking form for your visit and the various events on the web site that you may download and send to us; an online version is planned.  
In brief:
Friday, self guided geology trails; tour of the Resource centre and workshop at the RCentre; Saturday, lectures, workshops, displays, symposium dinner; Sunday, a choice of five field trips to important sites in this an historically most important area in the development of geological theory and understanding, all based in one of Britain's finest medieval towns set in glorious countryside--Ludlow.
For further details see: Symposium15  http://geo-symposium.eu or Teme Valley Geological Society  http://www.geo-village.eu
Or contact: John Nicklin, Secretary,email: <martleypfo@gmail.com> tel. 0203 371 7647 or 0774 977 4432

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