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* Bantycock open cast mine at Balderton near Newark Notts *

Saturday September 19, 2015 | 9:15 am to 5:00 pm



For those members who went last year then need I say more….for those of you who have never been before then this is a must visit.

Bantycock Mine was opened in 1982 but had to be closed in 1993 when the availability of synthetic gypsum, produced as a by-product from the desulphurisation of coal-fired power station flue gases (FGD), led to a diminishing demand for quarried gypsum. Extraction of gypsum was then moved to the Kilvington opencast mine, a few kilometres to the south, where the smaller thickness of overburden (about 7 m, compared with more than 25 m at Bantycock) allowed the gypsum to be extracted more cheaply. Kilvington had previously been worked by Blue Circle to provide for its cement manufacture, but competition from other sources of supply and closure of the railway caused the operation to cease in the late 1970s. British Gypsum acquired the Kilvington site in 1995 and began extracting gypsum the following year. The subsequent growth in demand for gypsum-based building materials, expected decline in the availability of FGD gypsum, and exhaustion of the reserves at Kilvington (closed December 2007), led to the re-opening of Bantycock, which commenced mining in October 2007.

This quarry provides the best section in the UK of the Triassic – Jurassic Boundary.

Andrew Swift who will be leading us has said that he has been in touch with the staff at Bantycock and have confirmed that we
are all set for Sept 19th. We’ll stay in the quarry until around 1.00pm I expect, then off to
the Chequers pub at Elston for a lunch which he expects will be pizza,
before. Cost should be around £5-£6 per person. We’ll end the day with
Elston church with its Darwin connections. So, the day will be a re-run
last year.

Its important that we give numbers to the quarry and also to the pub
Can you let Kenny our field secretary know how many will be attending please? Also, a reminder
about protective clothing, stout boots, hi-vis jacket and hard hat are
mandatory, no-one will be allowed into the quarry without them. The
management have stressed that to Andrew Swift.

FULL DETAILS TO FOLLOW Via Members email shortly

If you are members please fill out the Booking Form below or send a text to our field secretary Kenny Nye. If you wish to attend.

If your are non-members and would like to go then please sign up for Membership as soon as possible by contacting :
Ms Sheila Martin,
email : membership [at] stamfordgeolsoc.org.uk
Emails are not instant links, please replace the [at] with a @ when you type. This is for security.

Also ive included the membership form here for you:


For all quarry visits hard hats, reflective jackets and suitable footwear are essential, some sites also require eye protection. Some sites will allow under 16′s under adult supervision but please check beforehand, the supervisor will also need to wear the appropriate safety gear.

Members should appreciate that they are responsible for their own safety.

When entering working quarries due to new strict guide lines regarding PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Field trip organisers will advise to all members attending the field trip beforehand on appropriate clothing and footwear for the locality, time of year and as recommended Orange Hi-Vis Vests.
Failure by participants to wear recommended clothing and equipment may lead to their exclusion from the meeting. The Stamford and District Geological Society does not automatically provide personal protective equipment.

The society’s insurance is against 3rd parties.

With all field events if you havent done so all ready. Please use the online booking form at least 10 days in advance so we can cater for numbers this will be the ONLY WAY you will get registered as wishing to attend.

The SDGS has the right to cancel or reschedule a field trip with as much notice as possible. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all registered participants will be notified by email and offered to join alternative field trips. If a fossil hunt is cancelled on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather, SDGS will not be able to accept responsibility for any additional costs or inconvenience resulting from the cancellation.
You can cancel your place at any point before a fossil hunt, the more notice given the better, if possible.


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Saturday September 19, 2015
9:15 am to 5:00 pm
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Stamford and District Geological Society