Saturday 12th April: AGM and Annual Address

The 2014 AGM will be held at the National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, starting at 11.15 am. The AGM talk will be given by Dr Brian Marker, on ‘The Global Heritage Stone Resource Initiative’. All welcome (members and non-members).

Saturday 10th May: Building stones of Newport and Nevern

Leaders: Tim Palmer and John Shipton.

Meet at 11.00am in the public car-park in Newport. We will look at Newport stone buildings (including a visit to the private Newport Castle) in the morning, and Nevern in the afternoon. These two villages show a range of unusual stone fabrics, many of them derived ultimately from the ancient volcanoes of the Preseli Hills. Other stones have come from further afield. What is probably the earliest description of local building stones in Wales covers this part of North Pembrokeshire, in George Owen’s study of the region that was written in the late fifteen hundreds.

Saturday 28th June: East Gower and Mumbles Marble

Leaders: Ron Austin & Jana Horák.

Meet at Clyne Chapel [SS 610900] at 11.00 am. The final itinerary is to be confirmed but after the first stop we aim to also visit All Saints Oystermouth, Oystermouth Castle and Christ Church Swansea. Lunch will be at West Cross. The trip will provide an opportunity to look at Mumbles Marbles, one of our indigenous ornamental stones

Saturday 26th July: Brecon and Llanfaes

Leaders: John Davies and Jana Horak.

Meet 11.00 in the Coffee shop at the Cathedral. Parking in the Cathedral car park (Priory Hill, Brecon). We will look at the range of building stone is Brecon and Llanfaes.

Saturday 6th September: The Tilestones Formation between Llandeilo and Builth Wells

Leader: Dick Waters.

Meet 10.30am in the main pay & display car park, Crescent Road, Llandeilo at 10.30am.The Tilestones is a sandstone formation of late Silurian age that crops out between Llandeilo and Builth Wells. To the east it passes into the Downton Castle Sandstone. It was worked predominantly for roofing tiles in the C19th (and probably earlier). The formation has recently been mapped by the BGS and the sedimentology studied.

NB: Some of the localities are on high exposed moorland with no tracks. Suitable footwear for walking over rough moorland is essential as is waterproof clothing.

Saturday 11th October: Vaynor/Pontsticill and Abercriban

Leader John Davies.

Meet at 11.00am at Vaynor Church, Vaynor, north of Merthyr Tydfil (SO 049 103). This is a joint meeting with the Geologists’ Association South Wales Group. Bring a packed lunch.

Please inform Dr Tim Palmer if you plan to attend these trips (