Lectures and Excursions

The group holds meetings and talks at Hanson’s cement works near Clitheroe.

The dates and times of which will be posted on this page.





1st meeting – Fri 13th Sept at 7.15.

The speaker will be Andy Gize, who is a coal petrologist, now retired from being a lecturer at Manchester University. He will be talking about the relationships between fossil fuels and mineral deposits

2nd meeting – Fri 11th Oct  James Carter, Senior Engineering Geologist from Wardell Armstrong who has visited us before will talk on Iceland

Nov 8th        Frank Nicholson

Dec 6th        Member’s evening

Jan 10th       Brian Jeffrey will give a talk on “The Rubbing Mills of Rossendale”

Feb 7th        AGM + Peter del Strother – The Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus

Mar 6th        Lesley Collins will give a talk on “Meteorites”

Apr 3rd         Harry Pinkerton, Lancaster University, who visited us last year will give a talk this time on ‘Reducing the risk of active volcanoes : the case for a multi-disciplinary aproach’

 Summer 2020

Sunday March 15th Apedale colliery/Heritage centre  https://www.apedale.co.uk/

Details for the trip on Sun 15th as follows …

Meet at the Apedale Heritage Centre for a 10.30 start

Map showing location is given on the website…    https://www.apedale.co.uk/find-us/
Extract from the local OS map attached. There are a few ( not many) brown tourist signs to the site , “ Apedale Valley”.
The site is at the end of an unadopted road.   If you use Satnav’s, these often finish about couple hundred yards short of the gates of the site. The gates are further on, round the corner.

Following the wet weather, the mine is a bit wetter/ muddier than usual. Nothing too major, few puddles on the floor etc, but everything is a bit wet/sticky to touch
So currently, for the tour, either wellies or hiking boots recommended. Also waterproof overtrousers. If you are going through the squeeze ( either crouch or hands and knees) waterproof overjacket probably not a bad idea either. Paper overalls not recommended.

There is a café on site, hot drinks, sandwiches etc or bring your packed lunch.

After lunch, Dr Ian Stimpson will take us on a tour around the Apedale country Park
The walk, about 5km,  with periodic stops for discussions – takes 2 to 2.5 hours. Our walk will largely follow the route of the old mineral railway lines so is relatively flat but can get muddy in places so walking boots are advised
This walk through the Apedale Valley will discuss the geological resources of the valley, past present and future as well as some of the other geological features of the country park. Mining in North Staffordshire started Roman times, with early extraction via small bell pits. Deep pits started in the Apedale Valley in 1790 mostly to feed the local iron works and continued to 1926. By the 1980s there were only 7 small ‘footrills’ left, the last closing in 1998. However, the Aurora Mine has reopened as a visitors’ attraction. Apedale was the site of one of the first onshore hydrocarbon exploration wells in 1920 that, whilst failing to find any oil or gas, did discover the Apedale Volcano. The geological origins of the Apedale Valley lie in the Apedale Fault and there are plans to extract geothermal energy for Stoke-on-Trent from the fault-fractured rocks deep below the surface. Our walk will largely follow the route of the old mineral railway lines so is relatively flat but can get muddy in places so walking boots are advised. We’ll look at the mining history, coal origins and North Staffordshire geology but with some side-tracking into tales of earth, ice and fire – tectonics, glaciers and volcanoes.

Les Mason- A geological trip around Apedale country park

Saturday June 6th-Closehouse mine and the Lunedale fault system-Lesley Collins. Joint excursion with NE Geolsoc.

Force Crag mine (National Trust) and Threlkeld Peter Del Strother). Date TBA with the National Trust. Current proposed dates are ;-

29th,30th June, 13th/14th July

Saturday August 2nd. Wirral. This will be led by Dr. Mike Bowman, Honorary Professor of the School of Earth and Environmental sciences, University of Manchester

Sunday August 23rd. Ruddle Scout/Cliviger (Peter Del Strother and Brian Jeffrey)

In addition, Peter is leading two trips for other groups as below and members of Geolancs. are welcome to join them

Saturday August 8th. For OUGS Sathill and Bellman quarries Clitheroe

Saturday September 12th or Sunday 13th TBC For North Staffs. GA Cement works main quarry, Bellman cement



Further details of talks will be publicised as these become available.