New members can enrol at the door and existing members can renew their subscriptions if overdue.
This is a chance to meet other members and discuss the Society’s concerns, past, present and future.
Questions and suggestions from members are always welcome.
If you have any committee nominations, please could you send them in writing, supported by a seconder and with the consent of the nominee, to Jill Singer, Hon. Secretary, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Kingsbury Manor, St Michael’s Street, St Albans, AL3 4SE, to arrive no later than Sunday 11 November.
After the short formal meeting and interval there will be a talk
Living in St. Michaels – over 100 million years.
Dr Haydon Bailey
Chairman of the Hertfordshire Geological Society and Geological adviser to the Chiltern Society
”This will be a whistle stop tour of what it’s been like to live in the village of St Michaels for the last 100 million years. We’ll concentrate on three of the most significant chunks of that time – the deep seas of the Chalk, the sunny beaches of the Puddingstone and finally how the Ice Age altered St. Albans forever. If we have time, we may stop off at a few other interesting events in between.
Just how deep was the chalk sea? Was it warmer than today and if so, how do we know? What animals and plants would we have found here and what would they tell us.
We all know the lumps of Puddingstone in St. Michaels – how did they get to be so common around here? If St. Michaels was a pebbly beach then, where was the rest of the sea?
Next, how did St. Michaels go from being a sunny beach resort to a winter playground for mammoths and an ice skaters paradise on the nearby Thames in a little over 55 million years?
Finally, does all this give us any hints about what it might be like living here in the future? Are we coming full cycle and seeing the return of those Chalk seas?”
Many will remember Haydon coming to the “Made in St Michael’s” event in September 2011 to provide a geological walking tour of the village. The Committee is delighted to be able to welcome him back.