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Members' Newsletter

Autumn 2016

Grants and Awards made by the Society

The Society makes grants and awards in three categories.

1. Grants to projects that further the aims of the Society - stimulating public interest in geology and the advancement of geological knowledge. Any organisation or individual can apply for a grant, application deadlines are 30 September and 31 March.

2. The Society recognises excellence in geology by awarding the Clough Medal and The Clough Memorial Award. Application deadline 31 January.

3. The Society makes small grants to support fieldwork from the Clough and Mykura Funds. Application deadline 31 January.

Further information about all these grants and awards

Witch Craig Geological Wall rebuilt

Lothian and Borders GeoConservation (LBGC) were sad to discover in June 2016 that the Witch Craig Geological Wall in West Lothian had been damaged by vandals. The wall was constructed in 2003 as a joint project between LBGC and the landowners, Andy and Elspeth Gibbs. The wall is a superb viewpoint, close to Cairnpapple, high in the Bathgate Hills. The wall incorporated rock samples from many of the places that could be seen from the viewpoint, from Arran to East Lothian, to demonstrate the geological diversity within central Scotland. After a visit by members of LBGC, the landowners and Richard Love from the Dry Stone Walling Association, it was decided to rebuild the wall quickly to avoid further damage. The work was carried out by Richard Love within weeks, and funded by EGS and Geowalks. The wall is now fully restored, and well worth a visit – for the geology, and the view! Download the Witch Craig Wall leaflet here. The viewpoint is signposted from the south end of Beecraigs Country Park, or you can follow the short walk from the nearby Korean War Memorial –—Korean-War-Memorial

Appeal for donations - could you support the work of the Society?

EGS Council work hard to control expenditure and try to ensure that we do not eat into our financial reserves to pay for on-going activities. This has meant that occasionally we are not able to do everything we would like to do.

In particular, there are two initiatives that we think EGS members would feel worthy of greater support; therefore we are inviting members to consider making additional financial donations (which can also be gift-aided if you are a UK taxpayer!).

Every year we receive many applications for Fieldwork Grants from the Clough and Mykura Funds, and we usually give several grants amounting to a few hundred pounds, from the income generated by these funds. However, demand exceeds the amount of money available, and we would like to offer more support to worthwhile fieldwork projects, many of which are undertaken by young geologists just starting out on their careers.

Since 2010 we have organised a project to give free Rock Boxes to Scottish Schools. These boxes contain 16 hand specimens of typical Scottish rocks, plus bags of mini-specimens allowing pupils to carry out hands-on experiments in small groups. Teachers greatly appreciate access to these boxes which are now enabling teaching about Scotland's geology to take place within the new Curriculum for Excellence. Almost 200 boxes have been distributed, through generous sponsorship by Senergy, Conoco and indivduals. Each box costs £55, and we would like to continue to offer them to schools for free. Could you help by giving a donation?

If you would like to make a donation please contact Bob Morley, our treasurer, for further information (contact details).

Annual Subscription

Annual subscriptions are due on 1st October at the following rates:
Ordinary Fellows £20.00
Family Fellows £10.00; thus Joint Fellowship becomes £30.00
Senior Fellows and Glasgow Associates £10.00
Junior Associates £4.00

Please send cheques payable to “Edinburgh Geological Society” to the Membership Secretary (see Contact details).

Members who pay by Standing Order should ensure that their Bank is making payment at the correct rate, following the subscription increases which came into force on 1st October 2005. Please act as soon as possible in order to avoid errors and extra work for the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary. Those who do not already pay by Standing Order may like to take this opportunity to start using this method of payment. If in doubt about your current membership status and payment arrangement, please contact the Membership Secretary (see Contact details).

Other organisations

School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

The Geological Society - Central Scotland Regional Group

The Scottish Oil Club

National Mining Museum Scotland

Geological Society of Glasgow

Scottish Gemmological Association

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