THE WOLDS AND RIVERBANK COUNTRYSIDE SOCIETY BULLETIN
Programme for May to December 2017
Here is our programme for May to December, 2017. All talks and the
Christmas Quiz are held at the Welton Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm.
Remember that talks now take place on Wednesday evenings and not
Friday evenings as in the past, but the Christmas Party/Quiz
will take place on a Friday evening. Drinks and biscuits are
served during the intervals of evening talks for whatever you want to
pay, and drinks are served free during the quiz/party. During the
interval of each evening talk, a raffle is held to raise society funds,
and prizes for the raffles are always appreciated. Evening talks are
open to non-members: entry £2, children free.
For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097
Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and
ICELAND AND THE NORTHERN ISLES
This evening will begin with the Annual General Meeting of the society.
The agenda will include short reports from the Secretary, the Treasurer,
and the Chair, and the election of officers and committee members.
That will be followed by an illustrated talk by Keith and Glenda
Smith about Iceland and northern isles which they visited during
last summer. Keith and Glenda are long-standing members of the
society. Their visit was during a cruise with Cruise Maritime which
members may be interested in because some sailings are from Hull (and
Newcastle) and cheap if you book late when the company is trying to sell
The cruise included stops at the Faroe Islands, the Shetlands and the
Orkneys, but it was Iceland, called “the land of ice and fire”, which
was the most fascinating and beautiful.
Sunday, 11th June, 2017 A WALK ALONG THE OLD HULL-HORNSEA
Today we will walk along part of the trackway of the old Hull and
Hornsea railway line.
The line was officially opened on 28th March, 1864, and
closed a hundred years later as a result of the
Beeching Report, the last passenger train running on 19th
The route of the old line is
now a public footpath known as the
Hornsea Rail Trail (part of the
and offers a hard surface for walkers and
across the flat and fertile Holderness plain.
We will park in the car park at the rear of Hornsea Freeport at 11am,
and walk from there along the trail for about two miles before returning
at about 1.30pm.
The part of the path we will walk is tarmacked. We will pass through
Southorpe local nature reserve managed by the Hornsea and North
Holderness Countryside Society in conjunction with the East Riding
Council. (They also have another reserve further along the rail trail).
Since the last train ran in 1964, the trackway has been colonised by all
manner of wild plants and wildlife. Near the start of the walk the
sides of the path are marshy, and plants that like those conditions do
very well there. Further along, the pathway is tree-lined and beyond
the trees are open fields.
Afterwards we will return to Hornsea Freeport where refreshments are
After that you might want to visit the shops of Hornsea Freeport,
the freshwater mere (Yorkshire’s largest lake!), the award-winning
museum of local life (which closes on Sundays at 4pm) or enjoy
seaside attractions – the beach, cafes, pubs, fish and chip shops.
Saturday, 1st July, 2017
POCKLINGTON CANAL BOAT TRIP
This should whet your appetites for the talk in October. We've
organised a return trip from Melbourne to Gardham lock on the
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society boat, "New Horizons". The cost is
£8.00 per passenger. We leave from the Melbourne Arms at 1300 returning
at 16.30. There will be time for a picnic at Gardham lock so bring some
refreshments. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are
limited. If necessary, a later trip the same day will be arranged.
Contact John on 07936 425104 to make your booking. Directions to
Melbourne will be provided to those interested.
Saturday, 22nd July, 2017 MOTHING IN THE MEADOW
Come and see the Creatures of the Night. On this evening, we will have
David Chesmore with us. David is our local moth expert who will
help us identify the moths and other insects that are active at night.
We will meet at 10.00 p.m. on the land under the trees at the west
(Ionians’) end of the meadow. Lights will be set up over white sheets
so that when the moths are attracted to the lights they fall
conveniently onto the sheets allowing us to identify them before they
recover and fly away.
Entrance is on Brantingham Road next to the Ionians’ Rugby Club and
through the woodland. All members and their friends are welcome. There
is no charge for this event.
August, 2016 HOLIDAY TIME
It’s holiday time so there are no events this month.
Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 GARDENING WITH NATURE FOR
NATURE or What you can do for the birds, bees and butterflies
will give an illustrated talk on gardening to promote nature and natural
processes. Alastair’s whole life and career has been in gardening. He
is the son of a market gardener and nurseryman. He took a first degree
in horticulture and then trained to become a landscape architect and
spent years in practice. Later, he taught landscape architecture and
ended his working years as Head of Landscape Architecture at Leeds
Alastair developed his own half-acre garden to open for the National
Garden Scheme during the last fifteen years, and has been actively
re-engineering it for wildlife. He is a regular speaker on the garden
club circuit and an active volunteer with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
and Butterfly Conservation.
Alastair’s talk this evening will explain his active interest in
conservation work and briefly look at the “state” of nature in the UK.
It will go on to review some of the work/research into the contribution
gardens can make to promote nature and natural processes. It will
specifically cover the findings of the Biodiversity in Urban Garden
Study undertaken by Sheffield University, and gently challenge one of
its key conclusions. The talk will then outline what Alastair has been
doing in his own garden to make it more wildlife friendly.
Sunday, 24th September, 2017 WORKING ON THE RESERVE
The society’s nature reserve is now a wood and a meadow. The wood in
spring and summer had more flowers than before, and is popular as a
place to walk in and enjoy. After a big effort by members in 2015 -
felling trees, preparing the ground and sowing seed - the land on the
sunny side of the wood came alive again with young meadow plants during
But there is still a lot to do: meadows take years to mature and the
wood needs continuous care and
development. There’s always a lot to do: hedge pruning, thinning of
saplings, removal of ivy on the ground, planting and hay raking after
the late summer mowing of the meadow. Mowing will be carried out before
this reserve working day, but the vegetation must be left for a couple
of weeks and then raked off to allow seeds to fall. So today rakes and
rakers will be needed. By this time daffodil bulbs will have arrived so
we will need volunteers to plant them for flowering next March. This
morning why not come and be part of the autumn working party to help
improve the reserve further? Members will be working in the reserve on
Brantingham Road, Elloughton next to the Ionians’ Rugby Club from 10am
to 12pm. At half time, we have a convivial break for hot drinks and
biscuits provided by the society. Do remember that the reserve is
for native wild plants, and members should not plant any cultivated
plants, however fine they look in gardens. Any planting should
be done by agreement with the Wolds committee. For more information
telephone Tony on 01482 668064.
Wednesday, 18th October, 2017 THE POCKLINGTON CANAL
chairman of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society will give us an
illustrated presentation about the Pocklington Canal.
The canal was opened in 1818. The talk will cover the route of the
canal, why it came into being, how it performed when it was busy, how it
reached the end of its useful life as a commercial waterway and what the
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society is doing to preserve and improve it.
Alistair will also talk about the flora and fauna of the canal. Thirteen
species of damselflies and dragonflies have been recorded on the canal
which is also a good place for butterflies attracted by the plants on
the banks and in the water.
Alistair skippers the society’s tour boat, the New Horizons, and will
include some reference to that. You may find their web site of
November, 2016 NOT A LOT OF OLD RUBBISH and
the ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
will give a talk with slides/powerpoint on archeology in the region.
John worked for the Hull City Council Archaeology Department for 35
years prior to becoming an independent archaeologist, and he has
excavated sites from the prehistoric to the present day. John and his
daughter Sophie have unearthed many interesting finds during that time,
some of which John could bring along.
The fascination of archeology is what bits and pieces of unearthed
“rubbish” can reveal about the lives of people in the past.
The Wolds…Society’s Annual Nature Photographic Competition
will also take place this evening, and is open to all pictures taken by
members which have not previously been entered in our competition,
including photographs of the Reserve. Each member may submit three
entries, titled or not – although an identification of the subject would
be helpful. The size is open, and prints should be brought to the
Each member in attendance will be given the chance to vote for the best
photographs. The Kingfisher Trophy will be awarded to the winner to
hold for one year, and will be inscribed with the winner’s name.
Photographs of the meadow and wood will become part of the notice board
display at meetings
Friday, 15th December, 2017 THE CHRISTMAS QUIZ and PARTY
NIGHT (Members only)
Our annual Christmas Quiz and Party is one of our most popular
evenings. There is the quiz and the chance to be the winning donkey!
We have established a popular quiz format over many years, and we play
as teams so everyone can help. There is seasonal conviviality. Come
and enjoy a fun evening with others.
And, of course, there is the food and drink. Please bring food to add
to the “spread”, which usually includes savouries, sandwiches, salads,
cakes and desserts which we all share. Tea and coffee will be served
free, but you might want to bring your own wine – if you don’t think it
will jeopardise your performance in the
© Wolds and Riverbank Countryside
Last updated: June 2017