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Newsletter - June 2010

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Saturday 17 July Jumbles Trip cancelled: new trip to Park Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne

Unfortunately it has been necessary to call off the trip to Jumbles Reservoir as the leader has dropped out. However, Council Member Chantal Johnson has offered to lead a half day trip to look at the Carboniferous at Park Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne.

For further information, please contact Jane Michael on 07917 434598 or

As you can see from above, the trip on 17th July has had to be changed, however if you've never been to Park Bridge.. do go along. It's an old industrial site with a lot of Industrial Archaeology as well as some super Carboniferous geology ~ a fascinating visit.

Also in July there's our Styal Day.. the MGA has a stand at Quarry Bank Mill and Fred Owen and Peter Loader are leading trips round the Secret Garden.. again, if you've not already seen the stunning Triassic Geology there, do take this chance to go and see it. Other field visits this summer are itemised here. For all our trips, please book in with Jane Michael beforehand.

Jim Spencer has already sorted out a great programme of lectures for next winter, the dates are here, lecture notes and more details will be in the September newsletter.

I'm enjoying this summer's geology.. I do hope that you are!

Mary Howie, MGA Newsletter Editor

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Styal Desert? A special MGA day at Quarry Bank Mill, Sunday 4 July

We have teamed up again with the National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal Country Park, for another day of geological fun, frolics and fossils on Sunday 4 July from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. The theme for the day remains the Styal Desert?, reflecting the arid, fluvial setting which the underlying geology tells us existed where the Park is now located. but combining it with its place in the Rock Cycle. There will be a MGA gazebo in the main yard, furnished with appropriate displays of the local geology, activities to interest youngsters and lots of other things to promote geological interest for the public.

Central to the day is a series of four short walks, being lead by Pete Loader and myself, around the newly renovated Secret Garden and a section of my Styal Country Park geology trail along the River Bollin. The Secret Garden has been further developed and improved since last year. The walks, lasting about an hour, have easy access and are suitable for accompanied children. The NT will charge £3 for adults (children free) and will take bookings in advance to Jayne Gudgeon on tel: 01625 445845. For safety and access reasons a maximum of 20 persons/walk will be allowed.

Put the date in your diary now and tell all your friends and relations about it - it's just before the school holidays. It will be a great family day out. Please help us make the day another huge success. Our new members will find it especially interesting and a good opportunity to meet other members.

I look forward to seeing you there. Thanks very much.
Fred Owen 15 June 2010
Dewatering structures in the Secret Garden
Dewatering structures in the Secret Garden

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Exploring the Geodiversity, Biodiversity and Cultural Highlights of Inner City Salford

Marjorie Mosley has written a field trip report.

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Holiday geology: The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

Fred Owen has provided a report on his 2009 holiday in the Great Smoky National Park, USA

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