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Newsletter - March 2007


It was good to see so many of you at the AGM!

At the AGM the Officers presented their reports and were thanked for their service. Christine Arkwright was installed as President for this year (Joe Mcquaker will be back next year).

Our retiring President, John Price, was warmly thanked for his presidential term and then delivered a wide ranging and entertaining lecture entitled “Constructional Geology“ when he dealt with many aspects of the rocks and stones used for building.

There are a few changes:- Adele Dodgson and Maria Gorick have resigned from the Council. Nick Snowden was elected and will serve as Minutes Secretary. See Council details in “Who’s Who”. There are currently 3 vacancies on the Council..… any offers? Speak to Michael or Christine if you are interested in joining the Council, we only meet 4 times a year and it is good to have some new ideas.

We have one more lecture this spring - Jim really does us proud!

The Biannual President’s Dinner is on May 11th. Do try to come and join us. The venue is very pleasant, the food is good and the lecture will be very topical!

Our Field Excursions programme this summer looks really enticing! Thanks Jane.

Fred Owen has been tireless in his pursuit of copy, photos and excellence for the North West Geologist. Can you contribute?

All the best to one and all for a really, rocking Spring!

Mary Howie, Newsletter Editor

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North West Geologist

We hope you like the new style of the reprint of Issue 12. If you don't, please let us know what you would like to be changed and why. Issue 13 will be sent out with your June Newsletter. Council has agreed to continue with Issue 14 in April 2008 in the same format, so we need articles and photos from you to make it another interesting edition. Please bear this in mind when on your next exciting field trip or holiday excursion.

Fred Owen

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President’s Dinner 2007

The Guest of Honour : Professor Nancy Dise

of Manchester Metropolitan University
who will deliver the After Dinner Address:-

'Acid rain on wetlands: does it reduce global warming?'

Friday 11th May 2007 at the Marple Golf Club

Please contact if you have any queries

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Membership matters

Thanks to all members who paid their renewal subscriptions promptly. There are still a few members who have not yet renewed that have not responded to email or phone reminders. They will find a formal final reminder with this Newsletter to renew, or contact me, by the end of April otherwise their membership will lapse.

I am delighted to say that we have welcomed 17 new members (11 Full and 6 Associate) and just 7 members have resigned (6 Full and 1 Associate) so far this year. All the leavers say they are too busy with other commitments to attend our events.

Thanks to all those members who are encouraging folk to join.

We would like to encourage any members who have not made a Gift Aid Declaration to do so if possible. Over the next few weeks I will be contacting such members to see if they can do so.

Fred Owen, Membership Secretary

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Over the sea to Skye - continued

Jane Michael has written a report of the MGA field trip to Skye in September 2006

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Greater Manchester RIGS Group

Our progress and activities over the past few months have proceeded at a steady rate. The display held in Wigan Central Library in October 2006 proved to be of interest and was extended for a further two weeks. Volunteer recruitment numbers, however, were only modest, but one new Wigan volunteer in particular has provided us with excellent photographs and CDs of the many Wigan sites he has visited so far. Thank you Mr. Ormesher.

We are also pleased to report that our Stockport Volunteers are still enthusiastic and along with members of the GMRIGS group, are visiting as many sites as possible. So far, since last October, fourteen sites within the Stockport, Rochdale and Tameside areas have been visited. These sites, along with the Wigan ones, will now be assessed as to whether they are potential RIGS or not. We still would like more folk to be involved with site visits, so if you would like to know more please contact Marjorie E. Mosley on 0161 432 4343 or email

Marjorie E. Mosley, Secretary, Greater Manchester RIGS Group.

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Geotrail leaflet

Here’s another excellent leaflet to look out for at Information Centres.

The Hamps and Manifold Geotrail has just been published by the Staffordshire RIGS group and others. It’s a lovely walk or bike ride at any time of the year. Full of geological and historical details, the trail takes you through some wonderful scenery and past caves and copper mines. Good tea and buns at Wetton Mill!

More information from:
Staffordshire RIGS group -
North Staffs GA -

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Northern Rocks

Northern Rocks 2007, running between 19 May and 3 June, is the fourth annual festival of North Pennines geology and landscape.

The two weeks are packed with over 40 events and activities to help local people and visitors discover the geological heritage and stunning landscapes of the North Pennines AONB.

Contact the AONB Partnership on 01388 528801 for a copy of the newly released programme or visit

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