The Programme for May to December 2018


For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097


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.​​ 


Saturday, 2nd June, 2018  ​​​​ POCKLINGTON CANAL BOAT TRIP​​ 


Because last year’s barge trip on the Pocklington Canal was such a delight, we've organised a repeat, 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 will leave from the Melbourne Arms at 16.30 returning at 19.00. ​​ There will be time for a picnic tea at Gardham lock so bring some refreshments. ​​ Good pub meals and drinks are available at The Melbourne Arms. ​​ An earlier trip, starting at 13.00 and returning at 16.30, will be organised if there is sufficient demand for it. ​​ Book early to avoid disappointment as places​​ are limited. ​​ Contact John on 07936 425104 to make your booking. ​​ Directions to Melbourne will be provided to those interested.




Saturday, 7th July, 2018  ​​​​ MOTHING IN THE MEADOW


Come and see the Creatures of the Night. On this evening, we will have Ian​​ Marshall with us. ​​ Ian 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 from Brantingham Road next to the Ionians’ Rugby Club with a short walk through​​ the wood, or from Spindlewood with a longer walk through the wood. ​​ All members and their friends are welcome. There is no charge for this event.




August  ​​ ​​​​ There are no events this month as it’s holiday time.




Wednesday, 19th September, 2018  ​​​​ THE HISTORY OF WELTON LODGE


Brendon Swallow will give an illustrated talk on Welton Lodge in its village setting. ​​ Brendon, with his wife Sonya, has been the owner/occupier of Welton Lodge since 2014. ​​ Brendon has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years, specialising in Data acquisition and architecture. ​​ With his background in IT and some of the skills required to mine the massive amounts of data now available online, Brendon has been able to use new tools and public sources of data to provide fresh insight​​ and a “popular” historic account of the Lodge.


Welton Lodge is one of the jewels of the village and is walked past by many on their way to the dale who, no doubt, like Brendon and Sonya, have looked at its facade and felt a sense of intrigue at its beguiling looks and the hints of stories that its long history at the gateway to the Dale might offer. ​​ Recent digitisation of manuscripts and publications have provided new insights into the history of the house, its noteworthy occupants and the activities of the village over the last 250+ years. ​​ This talk reveals the popular history of Welton Lodge from the 17th century through to the latter half of the 19th century told through press articles and manuscripts that have recently become available online.




Saturday 22nd and Sunday, 23rd September, 2018  ​​ ​​​​ WORKING ON THE RESERVE


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. ​​ This year, after the snowdrops died off, visitors could already see new spring colours appearing all over the wood. ​​ During the autumn​​ and winter 2017 to 2018 society members had planted hundreds of wild daffodil and bluebell bulbs and hundreds of aconite and wood anemone rhizomes. ​​ Paths were improved with another layer of wood chips. The colours appearing in April were the promise of future years of delightful spring walks in the wood.


We always knew that it takes a lot of effort and time to establish a new meadow. ​​ The summer of 2017 proved the point when the meadow grew too tall, dominated by common knapweed! ​​ In the following autumn there was a major effort to uproot and remove all knapweed plants before they seeded, and then prepare the ground and reseed it to achieve a greater variety of smaller flowering plants this summer. ​​ By the time of this working party we will have seen the results!


There is a lot to do to develop and manage a wood and meadow, and on these Saturday and Sunday mornings members will gather to carry out a range of activities. ​​ Above all, there will be 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, on these days rakes and rakers will be needed.​​ 


On one – or both – of these mornings why not come and be part of the autumn working party to help? ​​ On each day, 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. ​​ Bring your own flask of tea or coffee but biscuits will be provided by the society. ​​ Do remember that the reserve is for native wild plants, and that 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, 17th October, 2018  ​​ ​​​​ VIKINGS IN YORKSHIRE


Dr Martin Arnold will give a power-point presentation on the Vikings in Yorkshire. ​​ Martin is an Emeritus Reader, University of Hull, who has published widely on Viking Age history and Old Norse mythology.


Martin’s talk will be chiefly on the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lodbrok (Hairy Breeches), his life, loves and his grisly end in York, the result of which was the full-scale Viking invasion of East Yorkshire and the establishment of Viking rule from York for next 90 years. Martin will also consider how Ragnar became the most celebrated of Vikings in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries during what became known as the Old Northern Revival.




Wednesday, 21st November, 2018  ​​​​ THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A RIVER OUSE BARGEMAN



David Lewis, author, local historian and publisher will give a presentation on the self-styled 'Last of the River Bargemen', Laurie Dews. ​​ David was born in Birmingham but has lived in Yorkshire since the 1980s. ​​ He has always had a fascination with what is unique about a location, and what 'makes it tick'. Appointed as 'Hidden Heritage Officer' for Selby in 2008, a post funded by the Heritage Lottery, David has spent much of the past decade bringing to life the history and heritage of this riverside market town.

As part of David's work for the Heritage Lottery Fund in Selby, he has spent many happy and informative hours​​ 

listening to and recording the tales of nautical wit and wisdom of Laurie Dews, the last survivor of those who worked on the freight barges between Hull and Selby along the River Ouse. At the time of writing (March 2018) Laurie remained a hale and hearty 95-year-old. ​​ He spent his working life on the Ouse between 1937 and 1987 as​​ 


a lighterman, largely involved with the BOCM​​ traffic between Hull Docks and the BOCM ​​ ("British Oil and Cake Mills") factory at Barlby near Selby. His father and grandfather worked their lives on barges too, so Laurie has a century or so of barge lore to draw from. David annotated Laurie's informative and amusing anecdotes about the life of a lighterman in "River Ouse Bargeman", (ISBN 1473880696) published by Pen & Sword in 2017. ​​ David's presentation mixes images from Laurie's collection and extracts of him talking and singing, telling the story of a​​ lighterman's weekly round going down the Ouse from Selby, loading up in Hull, the perils of navigation on the return trip and the arduous nature of unloading the 200+ tons of cargo on return to Barlby.


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 meeting. ​​ 


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, 14th December, 2018  ​​​​ THE CHRISTMAS QUIZ AND PARTY


Our annual Christmas Quiz and Party is one​​ of our most popular evenings. ​​ Over many years we have established a successful quiz format covering a variety of topics, and we play as teams so everyone can help.​​ 


And, of course, there is the food and drink. ​​ Everyone who comes brings 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! ​​ It’s always a thoroughly convivial evening so come and enjoy a fun evening with others. ​​