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The Programme for December 2017 to May 2018


For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097


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.  We have established a popular quiz format over many years, and we play as teams so that everyone can be involved. 

And, of course, there is food and drink.  Everyone who comes brings some 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 quiz!   As part of the Christmas season, it’s always a convivial evening, so come and enjoy the fun. 


Phil Mathison, will give an illustrated talk about towns and villages which have disappeared from the Holderness coast.  Phil, who is a long-standing member of the society, is a song writer and composer, local historian and writer. 

Coastal erosion has claimed many towns and villages along the Holderness coast. The forty miles of this changing coastline are made of boulder clay left over from the last Ice Age, which offers very little resistance to the waves’ actions.  Over thirty villages have been lost to the North Sea and the River

Humber since the Domesday Book was compiled in the late 11th century. 

The first part of the talk will focus on villages and towns situated along the Yorkshire coast.  The secon

part will deal with those lost near Spurn Point and within the Humber Estuary itself.  The most famous of these was Ravenser Odd, a significant port during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, which rivalled

Hull in importance.  The presentation will conclude with an exposition of the historic changes to the Spurn peninsula and potential future developments.


Wednesday, 21st February, 2018     BEES AND HOW TO ATTRACT THEM TO YOUR GARDEN

Africa Gomez, a lecturer at the University of Hull, will give an illustrated talk on bees and how to attract them to your garden.  You will remember the fascinating talk on spiders which she gave to the society in October, 2016.  Africa is a biologist interested in Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology who has been hooked on Natural History since childhood and likes to use photography to document animal behaviour.  Her research focuses on invertebrates, especially those dispersing passively.  She has an obsessive interest in all topics related to human evolution, and is a birdwatcher.  She is also keen on science communication and keeps several blogs, amongst them BugBlog, on invertebrate natural history. 

Bees pollinate three-quarters of the world's most important crops, but they are disappearing globally at an alarming rate as a result of pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss.  Around 13 of the UK’s bee species are now extinct, and 35 others are under threat of extinction.  If these little insects that help provide so much of the food we eat were to vanish, what would we do without them? 

Africa will explain how you can make your garden a bee paradise, and contribute to the revival of bee populations.


Sunday, 18th March, 2018     WORKING PARTY AT THE RESERVE.

If you visit the society’s nature reserve in February and March, you will enjoy the bright carpets of snowdrops and the spreading patches of yellow aconites and wild daffodils in the wood lighting up the winter gloom.  Then between March and April, the white flowers of the wood anemone bloom before the tree canopy becomes too dense, and then come the bluebells.  Outside the wood, in late spring and summer, you will see the spectacular blooming of the meadow which has been reseeded after the dominating common knapweed was removed.  All this is the result of work and planting by members.

On this March day come and be part of the spring reserve working party.  Our nature reserve belongs to members, and needs regular care and development.  Members will be working in the reserve in Elloughton next to the Ionians’ Rugby Club from 10am to 12pm.   There’s always a lot to do – like removal of dead trees and fallen branches, hedge pruning, thinning of saplings, and removal of ivy on the ground – so your help would be valuable.  At half-time we have a convivial break in the wood for hot drinks and biscuits provided free by the society.  For more information, telephone Tony on 01482 668064.


Wednesday, 21st March, 2018    THE ROAD FROM KATHMANDU TO BALI

Angela Mason, will give an illustrated talk about a journey overland by bus, train, rickshaw and taxi through

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.  Angela has always been a keen adventurer.  She spent two

years travelling round the world before marrying.   Having recently retired from a Further Education

College where she taught English and Maths to young adults with learning disabilities, and with her

children now adults, she has more time for adventures.   She has walked the Inca Trail and seen

the Northern Lights in Iceland, and plans to return to India, and to see wildlife in Botswana.

Her talk starts with the journey from Chaing Mai in the north of Thailand and covers staying with hill tribes,

trekking through the jungle, experiencing the massage parlours of Bangkok, travelling through Malaysia by train, staying on remote islands with idyllic beaches and full moon parties, attending a cremation ceremonn Indonesia, and breakfasting on bananas and tea in Bali.

Angela’s talks are humorous and illustrated with slides, and she has some clothes and props from the countries she speaks of.



Gary Morrell, a long-time bird enthusiast, will lead a bird walk at Far Ings Nature Reserve west of Barton on Humber, starting at 11am.  The pits and reedbeds at Far Ings and along the Humber bank are a legacy of the tile and cement industry which flourished between 1850 and 1959.  After the pits were abandoned, they filled naturally with water and were colonised densely by reeds, but over the years the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has developed the techniques of reedbed management to dramatic effect: bitterns, kingfishers, water voles and a variety of other wildlife can now be seen at Far Ings. 

In December, 2013, the nature reserve and the Education and Visitor Centre were flooded by a storm surge when water overtopped the Humber Bank.  The river surge damaged the freshwater pits with saline water, but the salinity levels dropped quickly and the pits are recovering well.  There are three maintained visitors' routes around the reserve.  Much of the pathway system is suitable for wheelchair access (except when sheep are present and the gates must be kept closed) and there is access for disabled persons at two bird hides.  Altogether, there are six hides overlooking lakes, reedbeds and scrapes.

The Visitor Centre is up and running again.  Binoculars are provided there, as well as images of many of the birds you may spot.  Interpretative and interactive displays give you an insight into the natural and social history of Far Ings.  The centre is fully accessible on both floors.  There are toilets and simple refreshment facilities (a coffee machine and packeted biscuits) - and you can get tea/coffee at The Humber Bridge Country Hotel on the Humber side of the Reserve. 

To get there by car

·         cross the Humber Bridge (toll for cars £1.50 each way) on the A15. 

·         Leave the A15 at the first (left side) filter exit after the Humber Bridge to join the A1077.

·         Follow the A1077 right across the roundabout and over the A15

·         Take the first exit left from the roundabout to follow the A1077

·         Take the first right-side turning off the A1077 (look for the brown tourist signs) to go down Gravel Pit Lane

·         Along Gravel Pit Lane take the third turning on the right onto the Far Ings Road.

·         Then, take the first road on the left to the Visitors’ Centre car park.   If you Google Far Ings National Nature Reserve, you’ll find a good web site with maps of how to get there and of the reserve.  We will meet at the car park at 11am.

·         For those of you with satnav, the postcode of the reserve is DN18 5RG.


Sunday,  22nd April, 2018    TIDY-UP AT ELLOUGHTON

Our society cares actively for the local environment and our annual clean-up of our local rights of way will take place this year at Elloughton, from 10.00am to 12.00pm.  We will meet at the gate to Peggy Farrow’s Wood, at the beginning of Elloughton Dale where there is some car-parking space nearby.  Gloves, picking-up sticks and plastic bags will be provided at the meeting place.  Each pair of cleaners is given a section to work on, so you will be able to see the difference you have made.  Collected rubbish is to be left at an agreed place for collection by the East Riding Council.  For more information, telephone Tony on 01482 668064.


Wednesday, 16th May, 2018   THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and THE WORK OF THE R.S.P.C.A.

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 Alison Ripley about the work of the R.S.P.C.A.  Alison has worked for the RSPCA for nearly twenty years, initially at the centre in Bawtry. She then moved to Hull in 2009 to manage the RSPCA Centre on Clough Road.

We are all too familiar with horror stories in the media about cruelty to animals.  The RSPCA was the first to introduce a law to protect animals and work hard to ensure that all animals can live free from pain and suffering. “All animals” means animals in labs, the wild, paddocks and in our homes. Alison will talk about the work of the organisation in our area.


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