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A Building Stones Guide to Central Manchester
Third Edition (2014)
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Outdoor Events in 2017

Provisional details of the 2017 outdoor events are given below.

DateSaturday 1 April
LocationHealey Dell, Rochdale
LeaderRon Powell
NotesRon Powell (a member of MGA and GMRIGS) will take us around the Healey Dell Nature Reserve, which is in Rochdale, to point out the many geological features to be found there and explain how these will help us to evaluate the site's potential as a RIGS.
ContactChris Arkwright, telephone 01772 335316

DateSunday 9 April
LocationCongleton Edge and Mow Cop
LeaderEileen Fraser
ContactField Excursions Secretary

DateSunday 23 July
LocationGreat Orme
LeadersCathy Hollis
NotesLooking at the Lower Carboniferous. Focus on two things: the evidence of carbonate platform deposition and the effects of exposure (so karstification, formation of soils, etc) and dolomitisation.
ContactField Excursions Secretary

DateSaturday 5 August
LocationLud's Church and the Roaches - Joint trip with OUGS
LeaderJane Michael
NotesNote that this is a joint trip with OUGS and is likely to be fully booked early.
ContactField Excursions Secretary

DateSunday 3 September
LocationCastleton area
LeaderLucy Manifold
ContactField Excursions Secretary

DateAutumn (date tba)
LocationRostherne kettle hole and building stones in Rostherne Church
LeaderRupert Randall (Warden of the National Nature Reserve at Rostherne Mere) and Fred Owen
ContactField Excursions Secretary

DateDate tba
LeaderPeter del Strother and Jennifer Rhodes
NotesCarboniferous limestone, then the Silurian turbidites and the basal Carboniferous unconformity at Shap Wells Hotel to the granite quarry (which is of interest from a hard rock and geomorphological perspective)
ContactField Excursions Secretary


Each person attending a field meeting does so on the understanding that he/she attends at his/her own risk. The MGA has Public Liability Insurance cover (including member-to-member cover) for field and indoor meetings and an element of Personal Accident cover. However, members should always ensure that they have Personal Liability cover (normally part of the standard householder's insurance policy - please check your policy) and comprehensive Personal Accident cover. These elements of insurance cover are your responsibility.

Members are reminded that, when in the field, they should wear suitable clothing, take reasonable precautions for their own and others' safety, and follow the leader's instructions. Hard hats should always be taken. When walking through areas such as long grass or bracken, or areas where sheep or deer graze, skin should be covered and tick repellent used - see the Tick Awareness website

If you intend to come along to an event, or for more information about the event or the Risk Assessment for that event, please get in touch with the named contact for that event.

Visitors are always welcome