Cheshire RIGS website

As per the talk on Monday 13 February, RIGS are geodiversity sites of special local importance and given added conservation protection by Local Authorities once designated.

Sites near to Bollington include:
Kerridge hill
Windgather rocks
Gawsworth common
Tegg’s nose
Quarry bank mill

Every summer Kate Riddington does a geology walk with the ranger at Tegg’s Nose country park if people are interested.

The Cheshire RIGS website is here.

In their shop you can download a leaflet of geological sites to visit in Cheshire (£1) and a geological trail round Macclesfield (50p).

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DNA in medicine: is complete genome sequencing the answer?

Monday 10 April 2017

Jamie Ellingford will be talking about the latest technology and software available to generate and analyse big DNA datasets, and discuss the promises, challenges and everyday applications of these techniques in a clinical environment.

Jamie recently completed his PhD at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, which is 1 of 13 Genome Medicine Centres in the UK, and is a joint centre between the University of Manchester and the Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.
His PhD was focused on the bioinformatics and large-scale analysis of genomic datasets for rare disorders, including visual, cardiac and metabolic diseases. He is one of a team of bioinformaticians who process, analyse and interpret the big genomic datasets that are generated to assist in the diagnosis of genetic disorders. His postdoctoral research is moving towards the challenges presented by sequencing the complete human genome for rare disorders.

Talk starts at 6.30pm at the Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington.
All welcome, no charge.

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A 600 million year history of Cheshire and the UK

Monday 13 February 2017

Over the past 600 million years the UK has been in deep and tropical seas, covered in a forest and by ice, and in the middle of a desert. We will take a very quick look at the UK’s journey and life over the past 600 million years, and highlight some of the best places – locally – to see evidence of past environments.

Geologist Dr Kate Riddington worked in the Grosvenor Museum in Chester between 2004 and 2013 before moving to the Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham. She will shortly move to Ipswich Museum. Introduced to geoconservation (the conservation of geodiversity) in Cheshire she is still active locally; every summer she does a geology walk with ranger Martin James at Tegg’s Nose Country Park.

Talk begins promptly at 6.30pm, Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington
All welcome, no charge

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The case for and against fracking (rescheduled)

Monday 13 June 2017
Pete Webb is a Chartered Geologist and fellow of the Geological Society of London. After a spell in academia, Peter joined the oil industry in 1974, working as a well-site geologist in the North Sea. Since then, he has worked in several continents, particularly in the southern hemisphere. He now works as a part-time consultant, mostly overseas managing explorations and providing training. Back home, he delivers public lectures, particularly on fracking for oil and shale gas. Pete collected his first fossils in his back garden at the age of 4.

Talk begins at 6.30pm at the Vale Inn. Early arrival advised to be sure of getting a seat.
All welcome, no charge.

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Gravitational waves

Talk by Ian Duerdoth from University of Manchester

I outline our understanding of gravity, firstly as discovered by the brilliance of Newton and then extended by the genius of Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity. This includes experimental tests and the prediction and nature of Gravitational Waves. It has taken decades to develop detectors that are shielded from seismic vibration and are sufficiently sensitive to observe them directly. The recent discoveries by the LIGO collaboration are presented. These not only give clear and convincing evidence, for the first time, for the existence of Gravitational Waves but also for the existence of Black Holes and indeed pairs that orbit and coalesce. We now have a new window of observation on the universe. Finally, there are plans for detectors that are even more sensitive, including LISA which would likely consist of three satellites in solar orbit.

Talk begins 6.30pm, Vale Inn, Bollington
All welcome, no charge
Arrive early to be sure of a seat

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The Case For and Against Fracking

This talk (scheduled for January 2017) has been postponed, a new date in 2017 will be arranged.

Pete Webb is a Chartered Geologist and fellow of the Geological Society of London. After a spell in academia, Peter joined the oil industry in 1974, working as a well-site geologist in the North Sea. Since then, he has worked in several continents, particularly in the southern hemisphere. He now works as a part-time consultant, mostly overseas managing explorations and providing training. Back home, he delivers public lectures, particularly on fracking for oil and shale gas. Pete collected his first fossils in his back garden at the age of 4.

Talk begins at 6.30pm at the Vale Inn. Early arrival advised to be sure of getting a seat.
All welcome, no charge.

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Remembering Dave Thompson, SciBar founder

With sadness we report the recent death of Dave Thompson from our sister SciBar in Knutsford. Dave founded the Knutsford SciBar almost 12 years ago, in November 2004. This was the first SciBar in the world – all SciBars are run locally by groups of volunteers. It was Dave who originated the SciBar ‘brand’ and he gained national recognition for this work via the British Science Association Sir Walter Bodmer Award in 2007. The award is given annually to an individual or group who has given outstanding support to the British Science Association as a volunteer. The photo shows Dave (on the right) receiving his award from Walter Bodmer himself.
davethonmsonscibar_award_2007

In 2009, Dave helped launch Bollington SciBar by chairing the first ever session as part of the Bollington Festival. There are now at least 10 other SciBars in the North West, and many more in other parts of the country.

A colleague from Knutsford SciBar, said: “Dave’s ambition was to involve everyone, regardless of their level of understanding and knowledge.”

He will be sadly missed by many SciBar participants.

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Fruits of the forage

Monday 10 October 2016

Talk by Fred Thorneycroft from Bollington business Fruits of the Forage.
The talk will focus on the many different food-related uses for plants, with some tastings of preserves.

Talk starts at 6.30pm at the Vale Inn as usual. Arrive early to be sure of a seat.
All welcome, no charge.

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Latest advances in eye surgery

Monday 13 June 2016

Brendan Moriarty is a consultant eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) operating in Cheshire and South Manchester. He has specialist interests in surgery for age related macular degeneration, cataract surgery, clarivu / refractive lens exchange, glaucoma and laser treatment for floaters.

Talk starts at 6.30pm. Arrive early to be sure of a seat.

All welcome, no charge.

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The amazing world of glass

Monday 12 September 2016
Talk by Chris Holcroft, Disruptive Technology Lead, Glass Technology Services in Sheffield

From orthopaedics to energy security, exploring the unexpected places glass is used in society. When most people think of glass products they think of windows, bottles and jars. However glass and glassy materials play an important part in almost all aspects in modern life. This talk will attempt to explain how the unique properties of glassy materials can be harnessed to solve a multitude of complex issues beyond keeping food and drink fresh and buildings dry.
For a taster of the subject please see Glass Technology Services.
glass2

Talk starts at 6.30pm at the Vale Inn as usual.

All welcome, no charge.

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