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ROCKWATCH EVENTS 2014

Fieldtrip to Sellar Open Cast Coal Pit, South Wales



These are the main ROCKWATCH EVENTS coming up in the months ahead.

All Rockwatch events are open to Rockwatch members so why not take advantage and join today!

Select one of the following links to find out more about our events.

Rockwatch Events Listing

brown bullet27-28 Sept - Mammoth Celebrations in Ilford Town Centre
brown bullet27 Sept - British Geological Survey Open Day
brown bullet11-12 Oct - Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Weekend
brown bullet13-19 Oct - Sidmouth Science Festival
brown bullet1 Nov - FESTIVAL OF GEOLOGY

Other events for members to enjoy

brown bulletGeologists' Association Lectures, London
brown bulletDorset Geologists’ Association Group
brown bulletSouthampton Mineral & Fossil Society
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Manchester Geological Association
brown bulletLiverpool Geological Society
brown bulletHidden Horizons – of Yorkshire
brown bulletAnglesey Geology Guided Walks
brown bulletGeology Walks at West Runton, Norfolk
brown bulletUK Amateur Fossil Hunters

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Rockwatch Events

Mammoth Celebrations in Ilford Town Centre
27– 28 September
A weekend of activities to celebrate the prehistoric Steppe Mammoth found in Ilford a hundred and fifty years ago – the massive skull is now in the Natural History Museum. For more information email eibp@hotmail.co.uk

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British Geological Survey Open Day
Murchison House, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3LA

Saturday 27 September 10.00 - 5.00
The British Geological Survey opens its doors for you to explore - five floors of demonstrations, exhibitions, experiments, talks and lots of geology. Find out about petroleum geology and exploration of the sea bed, see the photographic geology of Scotland, discover the secrets of building stones, investigate volcanoes and more. Join Rockwatch to make your own fossils. Entrance free. All welcome. Just come along.

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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Weekend,
Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset. DT6 6LL
Saturday 11 11.00 – 4.45 & Sunday 12 October 10.00 – 3.00

Join Susan Brown and Charmouth Heritage Centre staff for an fabulous weekend of activities including fossil-hunting and geology walks, talks, film, fossil identification, workshop activities and more. Bring picnic lunch both days or sample the local cafés. Wear boots or stout shoes, bring wet weather gear, warm clothes to layer and sunscreen – just in case…! Bring small containers, plastic bags and newspaper for your fossil finds. Sounds like a great weekend! Numbers limited so early registration advisable. Booking essential with the Rockwatch office. £5 per family.

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Sidmouth Science Festival 13 - 19 October
Sidmouth Science weekend has a Family Fun Day of activities on Saturday 18 October. Members of the Rockwatch team will be there when the Sidmouth St John Ambulance Hall becomes a Geoscience Arena for the day. Come and enjoy a wide range of displays, activities, demonstrations, short talks - good fun for the whole family, with activities for children. On Sunday: a family day on Sunday at the Norman Lockyer Observatory. More details: http://www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org/whats-on.aspx

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FESTIVAL OF GEOLOGY
Saturday 1 November 10.30 – 4.30
University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

A day of geological family fun! Stalls and displays. Four Lectures: Planet Oil; Forensic Geology; Fossils and fossil collecting on the Jurassic World Heritage Coast of Dorset and East Devon and 'Shale Gas: What the frack is that all about!?' Visit Rockwatch in the Discovery Room to race trilobites, make a Jurassic diorama, sift sand for sharks’ teeth, make your own fossils and more. Bring your mystery rocks and fossils to be identified. FREE EVENT. No need to book – just come along. Suitable all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. There is also a Photographic Competition at the Festival. Details of the day: www.geologistsassociation.org.uk

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Other events for Rockwatch Members to enjoy

Please bear in mind that these events have not been organized by Rockwatch and you need to get in touch with the group involved to find out more details and to book.

Please bear in mind that these events have not been organized by Rockwatch and you need to get in touch with the group involved to find out more details and to book.

For adults, but may Geologists' Association Lectures, Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0DU (opposite Fortnum and Mason). For adults, but may be of interest to older Rockwatchers. Doors open 5.30, lectures promptly at 6. Free with Mem. Card.

Fri 3 October: The Incredible Story of the Stone Pipe Company 1805-1815, London, Manchester and Dublin by Hugh Torrens

Fri 5 December: The rise, fall and resurgence of UK domestic mineral supply by Andrew Bloodworth.

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Dorset Geologists’ Association Group
Sat 7 Dec:
Christmas Workshop at Broadmayne Village Hall, nr Dorchester with members' displays of geological interests and buffet lunch 10 - 3.30. Free entry.
Details: heldon47@btinternet.com or 01300 320811

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Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society
An interesting meeting for Rockwatchers!!

Tuesday 19 August: Annual Swap & Sale Evening. Bring along unwanted minerals, fossils, rocks, books, anything of geological interest, to exchange or sell.
The Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society have meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at The Friends' Meeting House, Ordnance Road, Southampton beginning at 19:30. Entry is by the side door on the left hand side of the building. Parking is on the road outside and charges apply until 20:00. Refreshments are served after activities, and meetings usually finish between 21:30 and 22:00.

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Manchester Geological Association
Sat 4 October:
Fieldtrip to Vernon Park (Stockport) and Poise Brook

Leader: Paul Alpin Start time: 10.00 In most of this area the underlying strata is sandstone which probably formed around 250 million years ago. Geological interest is provided by the Red Rocks Fault which marks the boundary between the sandstone and the older coal measures. Drift, or moraine, (the resultant material caused by the grinding movement of glaciers over rock during the Ice Age), is mainly boulder clay on the valley slopes, with alluvium on the river terraces along the River Goyt and Poise Brook. Rockwatch members welcome, but they MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT. To book a place and for more details contact Penny Heyworth on outdoors@mangeolassoc.org.uk

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Liverpool Geological Society
Tuesday 28 October:
Members' Evening of short (5/10 minutes) presentations on a wide variety of geological topics/subjects. 7.30pm in Lecture Theatre 137 of the Liverpool John Moores, Byrom Street Campus, Liverpool, L3 3AF. Rockwatchers (aged 6 - 16) can come along to with their parents – For more information contact: Joe Crossley on lgshonsec@gmail.com

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Hidden Horizons – of Yorkshire
Become a Yorkshire Coast Explorer with Hidden Horizons. The organization offers something for all the family along the Yorkshire Coast from rock-pooling trips, to fossil hunts and dinosaur walks. Experienced leaders will show you the amazing secrets hidden on the coast from 180 million year-old fossils and Jurassic dinosaur footprints to the creatures who call it come today!Look on their website for details of South Bay Rock Pooling, Cayton Bay Fossil Hunt, Cayton Bay Fossil Hunt.

Phone Will Watts on 07964 759433 or will.watts@hiddenhorizons.co.uk www.hiddenhorizons.co.uk

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Anglesey Geology Guided Walks
GeoMon Anglesey GeoPark has a programme of Guided Walks, all with a geological theme. http://www.geomon.co.uk/ and there should be something there of interest to all. Price for walks: Adults £5.00 children £3.00.

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Geology Walks at West Runton, Nr Cromer, Norfolk
Geology Walks led by Martin Warren. Time: 1.30 – 4.00pm leaving from the car park at West Runton Beach. Small charge to park. Walks not far, but the beach is very rocky. Children 8+ Tickets £3.00 and may be purchased on the day. Call Cromer Museum for details/to book: 01263 513543 or cromer.museum@norfolk.gov.uk

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UK Amateur Fossil Hunters
Fossil Hunts throughout the year for all ages, adults and families.

For details: UKAFH website

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For more information and to book places please email the Rockwatch office: rockwatchatga@btinternet.com
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