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Bantycock opencast mine 20/09/2014 Field Trip Report.

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…As all those who attended set off from their homes driving through the morning drizzly weather (I know it was for me) members of the SGDS arrived at the designated spot to meet Andrew Swift.

Eight members in total parked up just at the entrance to the site and then car shared as we descended down into the quarry. This is where we met Jeff Torr the mine manager.

With Jeff and Andrew as our tour guides we then proceeded to look at various exposures of the quarry. For me personally it was an awe expiring experience, I’m no geologist but the information that Andrew relayed to the group was very precise and in layman’s terms.

As you can see from the photos some of the views are breath taking with a few photos off our finds.

We spent about 4 hours looking about the quarry with Jeff running a couple of members at a time in his Land Rover up to an archaeological dig that was going on nearby.

After our excursion around the quarry for lunch around 1.00pm we visited the Chequers Inn which had its own micro-brewery..! Of which was in the village of Elston. It was a very good value for money feed; we then took a short walk to Elston church to look at the Darwin family memorials. There are no Charles Darwin memorials, but lots to other members of his family, particularly his grandfather Erasmus Darwin, a brilliant man in his own right, born in Elston Hall, who published some of the first original thoughts about the theory of evolution.

All in all it was a fantastic day and I’m sure the thoughts of all those who attended are thinking the same.

Hopefully we will be able to visit next year and access all levels and more bone beds.

Also sorry I forgot to mention: ‘a most important fossil discovery was made while we were at the pit. At this stage it must remain hush-hush, but Andrew will be preparing a paper for professional publication in the near future’.

Speak again soon.

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*A Great Day Was Had By All….*

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I’d just like to say a big thank you to all those who attended the Bantycock opencast mine field trip and to all those who put the time and effort into making this event possible. We had been informed on our arrival that the lifespan of the quarry is very much in doubt due to the difficulties and rising costs of extracting the Gypsum. So with planned visits to Bantycock next year I can’t stress enough…anyone wishing to come along should join the Stamford and District Geological Society as soon as possible. As there is a limit to how many members in the group can visit at anyone time.

Here are a few photos of ( Bantycock opencast mine ) just too show you some of the members finds from the day and how vast this opencast mine is.

It truly was a great day. There will be a field trip report to follow soon.


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*Winter Talks Program Complete…dont forget to write the dates in your Diary*

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…So there we have it folks our Winter Lecture Program at Tinwell Village Hall is now fully booked. Id just like to say thank you to the committee for putting everything into place…well done.

Look forward to seeing all those who attend.


Tinwell Village Hall



Manor Lane

Main Contact

Mr Dave Oregan

Telephone: 01780 756 341
Contactable: 4.30pm – 7.30pm


Facilities offered by Tinwell Village Hall are as follows:

Halls & Meeting Rooms

Room Seating Charges
Main Hall 100

Room Facilities

Facility Availability
Electrical Power Points YES
Central Heating YES

Indoor Facilities

  • Easy Interior Access
  • 2 Toilets

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  • Big Car Park

Announced in the Jurassic Times December edition 1995 *Rigs site opens at Ketton*

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I thought you would like to read a paragraph from the first edition of the Stamford and District Geological Societies (Jurassic Times editions) titled…* Rig site opens at Ketton *


In relation to the Photo Of The Week which was one of many finds found on the 18th of May 2013 on an organised field trip to Ketton Quarry.

The Newsletter of the Stamford and District Geology Society.

December 1995.

RIG site opens at Ketton.

Saturday, September 16th 1995 saw the culmination of more than a year’s work for the Society’ with the opening of the RIG site at Ketton [GR SK978053] by the Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Rev William ind.
A RIG or Regionally Important Geological Site, is an exposure that is important to the understanding of the geology of a particular area. The site at Ketton shows exposures of the Blisworth Limestone Rutland Formation Lincolnshire Limestone.These Middle Jurassic rocks are cut by a fault in the main face. The fault is part of a system of faults caused by valley cambering. At the top of the fault there is evidence of cryoturbation. A second fault runs through the site as is shown by the two exposures of Blisworth Limestone being at different elevations.

The RIG site is in a disused quarry. The society members had to clear the accumulated undergrowth before any further work could proceed. Steps were cut to enable visitors to see the exposures at close quarters. Paths were laid to link the main exposures and hand rails were provided for the steeper parts. A car park and access ramp down to the site completed the work. In recognition of the work the Society has performed in creating this site a certificate lias been awarded by English Nature.



September 2014 Seminar ‘The Geology and Landscape of the Fen Edge – Cambridgeshire’

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Saturday 13th September 2014

The Geology and Landscape of the Fen Edge – Cambridgeshire

Main Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

(Full disabled access)

Please note that places need to be booked in advance:

Download programme and booking form here

or contact:
Ken Rolfe Chairman, Cambs Geosites Team Mobile: 07777 678685 Email:

This is the second One-Day Seminar to be held by the Cambs Geosites Team and follows on from the highly successful seminar of 2011 entitled ‘The Geology and Landscape of Cambridgeshire’. which explored the geological history and processes that created the landscape we see in the county today.

If you would like to attend this event then please go to the Cambridgeshire Geology Club for full details.

Apply For Membership Here And Join Us On Our Field Trips..

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If you would like to visit a working pit with a geological society (such as the Stamford and District Geological Group), you will have a much higher chance of finding fossils and much better specimens.

There will be members of the SDGS at the Dig Deep for Dinos event at Flag Fen in Whittlesea over the August Bank Holiday .If you should have any questions about becoming a member.

You Can View The Membership Form Here…

Then You Can Download The Form Below..

Stamford-Geological-Society-Membership-Application-Form… so you can print it off and pop it in the post.

Isle of Wight Weekender April 5-6 / 2014

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The highlight of the year for the SDGS as far as the organised field trips go would have to be the weekend away. Here are just a few of the photos taken from this year’s weekender to the Isle of Wight.

They were submitted by Sandy and as you can clearly see a lot of fun was had by all.

There should be a full write up to follow very soon…but what we really need is to add more photos to this report from members who attended this fun outing.

So let’s get posting.











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