Programme for Jan may 20

The Programme for​​ January – May, 2020



For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097.




Friday, 17th​​ January, 2020 ​​ ​​ EKO BRICKS: HELPING TO SAVE THE PLANET


Mark Dyson​​ will give an illustrated talk on helping to save the planet from plastic pollution. ​​​​ Mark has been teaching since 2003 and was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 2018.​​ ​​ He​​ currently works at Hull Collegiate School, one of the leading independent schools in East Yorkshire. ​​ For the past four years​​ he​​ has led on delivering Education for Social Responsibility through social action across the school and projects within the community.​​ ​​ Social action projects are carried out by individuals or groups of people working together for the good of others and not for profit.​​ ​​ The objective of the scheme is to bring about social change that will benefit communities and society by encouraging pupils to work together to deliver action that enhances community life.​​ ​​ The projects are principled, well-planned and make use of local and potential global links.


Since November 2018,​​ Mark and the Social Action Team have campaigned to raise awareness​​ of​​ the need to reduce single-use plastics from polluting the environment by making Ecobricks.​​ ​​ Mark has​​ a passion​​ for​​ and huge interest in reducing everyday plastic that is​​ non-recyclable into “bricks” that can be reused in 3rd world countries in the​​ building​​ trade. ​​​​ This evening,​​ Mark will share some of the projects he has been involved with as well as demonstrating​​ how to make an Ecobrick.​​ ​​ He will challenge you to contemplate your own moral compass by taking the pledge to reduce the consumption of single use plastics from your lifestyle.


See the source imageFebruary ​​ Snowdrops​​ are in flower at the Wolds…Society’s wood, along Brantingham Road near the Ionians​​ Rugby Ground



Friday, 21st​​ February, 2020  ​​​​ RESEARCHING FAMILY HISTORY​​ --​​ ​​ GETTING STARTED


Ann Sherman​​ will give a presentation about getting started on family history research. ​​ Anne,​​ of Leaves Family History Research Services (https://leavesfamilyhistory.co.uk/),​​ is based in East Yorkshire, has over 30 years of genealogical research experience and is a qualified genealogist having gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at Strathclyde University. ​​ She is also an active member and Director of the Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG).


Television programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are?‘, ‘Heir Hunters‘ and ‘Long Lost Families‘ have encouraged an increasing number of people to trace their ancestry. ​​ Easier internet access and an increasing number of online records have made researching family history easier. ​​ But how do you actually start?


This presentation looks at the most common questions family historians get asked, such as​​ “What is​​ the difference between genealogy and family history?”​​ “Why do it?”​​ “Is it expensive?”​​ and​​ “How​​ can I​​ get started?”​​ ​​ It will also give you research tips, basic information about the records you can access, and ideas for organising your research. ​​ Although aimed at the beginner,​​ it may include tips that will help anyone. ​​ The presentation last for approximately 45 minutes with a Q&A session afterwards.


See the source imageMarch ​​ Celandines​​ are in flower in Celandine Wood, along the single-track road to Burton Raikes Farm,​​ Bishop Burton. ​​ The​​ daffodils​​ are in flower at Farndale, North Yorkshire, looking like starfields when the sun is out.




With some newly discovered film from 1944,​​ Phil Gilbank,​​ will​​ tell​​ the​​ unexpected and fascinating​​ true​​ tale of how​​ Spanish and Free-French​​ soldiers camped in Pocklington and district for a few months just prior to the D-Day landings in June 1944, and how 3 tanks from Huggate driven by Pocklington Spaniards were first into Paris for its liberation. ​​​​ ​​ Phil is​​ Chair of the Pocklington and District Local History​​ Group and Head of the Pocklington Heritage Partnership,​​ and you will remember that just over a year ago he​​ gave a fascinating​​ talk about​​ recent​​ important Iron Age findings​​ at Pocklington.​​ ​​ 

Phil​​ will give the talk​​ in keeping with the approaching 75th anniversary of VE day.​​ ​​ Because the anniversary falls on Friday, May 8th, the May​​ Bank​​ Holiday in 2020​​ has been​​ moved​​ to that date from​​ Monday,​​ May​​ 4th.​​ ​​ In 1945 when the guns fell silent, and years of carnage and destruction​​ in Europe​​ had come to an end,​​ millions people took to the streets to celebrate peace, mourn their loved-ones and to hope​​ for the future. ​​ In 2020 there will be an​​ opportunity for the United Kingdom to come together​​ again​​ to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversary of​​ one of the most significant events in our history.​​ ​​ It will involve local communities, youth and voluntary organisations, faith groups and individuals paying tribute to the millions who sacrificed so much to secure the freedom we all enjoy today. ​​​​ Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the country.​​ 


Sunday, 29th​​ March, 2020  ​​​​ WOLDS RESERVE WORKING PARTY


The society’s nature reserve​​ -- a wood and a meadow -- has become well-loved for its carpets of snowdrops brightening the winter gloom, and a popular place to walk at any time of year. ​​ But in 2020 after the snowdrops have died off, visitors should see new spring colours appearing all over the wood. ​​ In​​ the wood, since the autumn of 2017, society members have planted wild daffodil and bluebell bulbs along with winter aconite and wood anenome rhizomes. ​​ To maintain the native character of the wood, clumps of cultivated daffodils have been removed to happy homes in people’s gardens. ​​ Paths have been improved with layers of wood chips, and diseased and dangerous trees have been removed. All this creates the promise of delightful woodland walks in the spring.


The meadow, too, has been improved. The ground has been reseeded to achieve a greater variety of smaller flowering plants -- with viper’s bugloss, eyebright, wild strawberry, wood cranesbill, rough hawkbit, sainfoin, bulbous buttercup, yellow rattle, wild thyme, and wild red clover. ​​ On the sunny side of the wood facing the meadow and its flowers, members have built two “bee hotels” to​​ contribute to the revival of bee populations. ​​ The hedge between the meadow and Ionians’ land has been improved also. ​​ Since most of the silver birches in the hedge were removed because they threatened to grow tall and cast too much shadow over the meadow, the hedge now consists of lower-growing, berry-bearing trees which provide a healthy larder for birds.​​ 

There is still a lot to do to develop and manage a wood and meadow, and on this Sunday morning members will gather to carry out a range of activities: ​​ replenishing the wood chips on the paths, raking off the early spring mowing on the meadow, hedge trimming around the wood, removing dominating ivy on the ground to clear space for other plants, planting English daffodils and winter aconites.


This morning why not come and be part of the spring working party to help? ​​ 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 free 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.​​ 




Sunday, 5th​​ April, 2020  ​​​​ TIDY UP AT BRANTINGHAM


This year our​​ annual clean-up of our local rights of way​​ will take place​​ at Brantingham, one of the most beautiful parts of our locality, from 10.00am to 12.00pm. ​​​​ Our society cares actively for the local environment. ​​ The R.S.P.C.A. receives more than​​ 5,000 calls a year concerning litter,​​ and unfortunately, wildlife is the main victim of people’s rubbish. ​​ Everyday objects that seem perfectly safe can become hazardous when found accidentally by animals. ​​ Many animals try to eat​​ balloons and plastic bags​​ and then choke, or climb inside and suffocate. ​​ Chinese lanterns (sky lanterns)​​ can seriously injure animals through ingestion, entanglement and entrapment. ​​ Animals looking for food can get trapped in​​ cans and glass jars​​ or injured by sharp edges of a can or broken glass. ​​ Elastic bands, although seemingly harmless, can wrap around small animals and the beaks of birds and choke them, and animals can also get entangled in​​ plastic can holders​​ and suffer deep wounds or even choke. ​​ The smallest objects can have big effects on small animals. ​​ To clear away people’s rubbish in order to save animals, and in order to maintain an attractive environment for ourselves, we organise a litter pick-up each year.


We will meet at the Village Hall where there is good car-parking space. ​​​​ 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.



Friday,​​ 17th​​ April, 2020 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​  ​​​​ YORKSHIRE AVIATION PIONEERS

Barry Kensett​​ FRAeS will give an illustrated talk highlighting the pioneers of flight in Yorkshire and their impact on worldwide aviation. ​​ Barry spent his whole career in the aircraft industry around the world including many years at Brough.​​ 


The talk will contain many surprises and includes the pioneering work of Robert Blackburn whose factory at Brough is the oldest aircraft factory in the world in continuous production.

April/May ​​​​ Cowslips,​​ orchids​​ and​​ bluebells​​ are​​ in flower​​ in the wood strip at the top of Elloughton​​ Wold,​​ and​​ bluebells​​ are out at Burton Bushes, Beverley Westwood.





Friday, 15th​​ May, 2020  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ THE A.G.M. and​​ IN SEARCH OF THE YORKSHIRE SEA SERPENT


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.


Mike Covell​​ will give an illustrated talk about the​​ search​​ for​​ a Yorkshire Sea Serpent. ​​ Mike is a researcher and writer from Kingston upon Hull. ​​ He writes for the Hull Daily Mail, Haunted Magazine, Paranormal Magazine, Outer Limits Magazine, and the Hull Hub. ​​ He has published 27 books, and worked on such television shows as Most Haunted, Most Haunted Live, Paranormal Lockdown, WWII Treasure Hunters, One Bomb, Prime Suspect Jack the Ripper, Monsterlands, and many more. ​​ The talk looks at the various sightings as reported in the contemporary press:​​ reports from fishermen, trawlermen, and observers on land. ​​ It also looks at the discoveries made along the coastline of unusual fish and fossil discoveries.


See the source imageMay​​ ​​ Garlic​​ is in flower at Nutwood, Raywell, making spectacular “snowfields”. ​​​​ Acres of​​ buttercups​​ are in flower on Beverley Westwood, in good years rivalling the daffodils at Farndale, North Yorkshire.​​ 


Programme for Jan may 20