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ROCK & FOSSIL EVENTS IN 2014
Events organised by GeoEssex and other organisations

Saturday 15th February 2014.
Essex Gem & Mineral Show. North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse lane, Collier Row, Romford, Essex. RM5 3QJ. 10:00am until 4:00pm. Organised by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. Further details from www.erms.org.

Saturday 29th March 2014.
Conservation working party at Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Thurrock, Essex. Organised by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. www.erms.org. To be confirmed. Check website for details.

Sunday 6th April 2014.
Essex Rock and Mineral Society field trip to Althorne, near Burham-on-Crouch, Essex. A visit to the London Clay foreshore at Cliff Reach (TQ 921967) where fossil shark's teeth, crabs and molluscs may be found. Low tide is at 11.40am. Meet at 10am Althorne Station CM3 6DG (TQ 905979). Leader: Jeff Saward. Joint visit with the Essex Field Club. Non-members welcome but please book with David Turner, ERMS Field Visits Secretary on 01245 267450.

Sunday 27th April 2014. Essex Rock and Mineral Society field trip to Wrabness, Essex. A visit to the River Stour shoreline to see the London Clay with its 32 volcanic ash bands and the Pleistocene Brickearth. Previous finds include the lower jaw of a mammoth and a Palaeolithic hand axe. Low tide is at 5pm. Meet at 12:noon at Wrabness Station, CO11 2TJ (TM181315). Leaders Bill George and Graham Ward. Joint visit with the Essex Field Club. Non-members welcome but please book with David Turner, ERMS Field Visits Secretary on 01245 267450.

Tuesday 13th May 2014. Quaternary glaciations of Britain and especially Essex. Talk by Professor Jim Rose of the Centre for Quaternary Research, Royal Holloway, University of London. 7:30pm for 8pm. HOPWA House. Inskip Drive, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 3UR. Organised by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. www.erms.org. Visitors welcome.

Friday 16th to Monday 19th May 2014. Puddingstone and related silcretes of the Anglo-Paris Basin: Geological and archaeological perspectives. Conference at Burlington House, London and field trip organised by the Geological Society, the Geologists' Association and the Society of Antiquaries. Hertfordshire Puddingstone has long been of interest to both geologists and archaeologists and recent research is providing new insights into its origin. The meeting will cover puddingstones and silcretes of similar age in both the Hampshire and Paris Basins, and the weekend field trip will include East Hertfordshire/Essex, then sites in Northern France. Details: www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/conferences.html

Sunday 25th May 2014. Essex Rock and Mineral Society field trip to Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. ERMS annual visit to collect fossils from the fine exposures of Red Crag and London Clay at The Naze and to view the Crag Walk opened in 2011. Meet at 11:00am at the Cafe, CO14 8LE (TM 264234) by the cliff-top tower. Leaders: Ros Smith and Ian Mercer. Joint visit with the Essex Field Club. Non-members welcome but please book with David Turner, ERMS Field Visits Secretary on 01245 267450

Saturday 31st May 2014. Essex Field Club field trip to Collier's Brick Pit, Marks Tey, Essex and Cudmore Grove, East Mersea (two sites). Both sites provide important exposures of sediments dating from the Hoxnian Intergacial Stage. Meet in Collier's car park CO6 1LN (TL 911241) at 10.00am. Leaders: Dr David Horne of Queen Mary College & Dr Peter Allen of the Essex Field Club. Joint visit with the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. Details to be confirmed. Prior booking essential. Book with Peter Allen on 01992 630661.

Tuesday 10th June 2014. A pictorial history of Essex geology. Talk by Bill George of the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. 7:30pm for 8pm. HOPWA House. Inskip Drive, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 3UR. Organised by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. www.erms.org. Visitors welcome.

Sunday 22nd June 2014. Essex Rock and Mineral Society field trip to Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Thurrock, Essex. A geological walk around the former Chalk quarries, now a haven for wildlife. Meet at 10am at Essex Wildlife Trust car park by the visitors' centre, in Drake Road, RM16 6RG (TQ 599794). Leader Peter Allen. Joint visit with the Essex Field Club. Non-members welcome but please book with David Turner, ERMS Field Visits Secretary on 01245 267450.

Tuesday 8th July 2014. The origin of flint. Talk by Professor Rory Mortimore of the University of Brighton. 7:30pm for 8pm. HOPWA House. Inskip Drive, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 3UR. Organised by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. www.erms.org. Visitors welcome.

Saturday 12th July 2014. Essex Rock and Mineral Society field trip to Bulmer Brick & Tile Works & Gestingthorpe Roman Villa, Essex (near Sudbury). A conducted tour by the owner to see hand-made bricks being produced for historic buildings from a small London Clay brick pit. (A small charge will be made). At 2pm there will be a visit to Hill Farm, Gestingthorpe, where sink holes keep appearing. A small geological and archaeological museum exhibits interesting finds and fossils - glacial erratic, sarsen stones and Roman artefacts Leader: Ashley Cooper. Meet 10.30am Bulmer Brick & Tile Co., Brickfields, Hedingham Road, Bulmer, Essex, CO10 7EF (TL 833381). Leader Peter Minter. Joint visit with the Essex Field Club. Non-members welcome but please book with David Turner, ERMS Field Visits Secretary on 01245 267450

Saturday 16th August 2014. Essex Rock and Mineral Society field trip to Bulls Lodge Quarry, Boreham, Chelmsford, Essex. ERMS annual visit to this working quarry. Thick Boulder Clay, deposited by an ice sheet, contains derived fossils and erratics. The underlying Kesgrave Thames river gravels contain boulders from as far as North Wales and S.W. England, and Hertfordshire Puddingstone. Meet 9:30am in the Hanson's Quarry access road. Turn into Generals Lane off the roundabout (just after access road to A12), then turn right off Generals Lane after the narrow bridge over the railway. Park just along the concrete access road. (TL 742101). (Working quarry - no under 18s permitted). Leader Peter Allen. Joint visit with the Essex Field Club. Non-members welcome but please book with David Turner, ERMS Field Visits Secretary on 01245 267450

Saturday 13th September 2014 (provisional date). Essex Rock and Mineral Society field trip to Hadleigh Castle and Country Park, Hadleigh (nr Southend), Essex. A new trip to interpret the geology in the landscape demonstrating large scale rotational landslips in the London Clay and overlying Tertiary sandstones including a new section through the Bagshot Sands. Meet 10.30am Hadleigh Country Park car park, Chapel Lane, SS7 2PP (TQ 800869) 2 p&d. Leaders Ian Mercer & Ros Smith. Joint visit with the Essex Field Club. Non-members welcome but please book with David Turner, ERMS Field Visits Secretary on 01245 267450.

Saturday 4th October 2014. Recent developments in the Quaternary geology of the Lower Thames. Conference organised jointly by the Essex Field Club and the Quaternary Research Association. To be held at Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, near Basildon SS16 4UH. Further details to be announced on the Essex Field Club website www.essexfieldclub.org.uk.

Sunday 5th October 2014. Purfleet and North Kent. Field trips organised in association with the above conference. Further details to be announced on the Essex Field Club website www.essexfieldclub.org.uk

Tuesday 14th October 2014. Making sense of all this sand and gravel in Essex. Talk by Professor David Bridgland of Durham University. 7:30pm for 8pm. HOPWA House. Inskip Drive, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 3UR. Organised by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. www.erms.org. Visitors welcome.

Sunday 26th October 2014. Conservation working party at Limefields Chalk Pit, Saffron Walden, Essex (TL 540395). This event is organised by the Uttlesford Group of the Essex Wildlife Trust and is to clear vegetation from the nature reserve. The reserve is not normally open to the public and so this is an opportunity to see the fine Chalk cliff - the best in north Essex. Please contact Paul Salvidge 01279 814153 or Mike Rowley 01799 550378 if you would like to attend.

Saturday 6th December 2014. Essex Field Club Annual Exhibition and Social. 11am to 4pm. The Essex Field Club's annual natural history event at their new centre at The Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, near Basildon SS16 4UH. All are welcome and the event is free, including refreshments, but donations welcome. As in previous years there will be tables reserved for geology exhibits. See www.essexfieldclub.org.uk for details.


Important note: All geological sites are potentially dangerous and participants attend at their own risk and are responsible for insuring themselves and their equipment. Details of the equipment required for each event, if necessary, are available from the respective organiser. Access to working quarries is only permitted if steel toe-capped boots, hard hat and yellow tabard or fluorescent jacket are worn. Children are usually welcome except for visits to working quarries.

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