During the first few months of my presidency it has been a pleasure and a privilege, on behalf of the Society and its members, to present cheques to successful applicants for the Fearnsides Award and Research Fund. I shall be making further, similar presentations at our meeting scheduled for June 15th at BGS, Keyworth. We look forward to learning about the outcomes of their research at future themed indoor meetings and/or as papers submitted to the Proceedings.
The Society’s ability to make these financial awards is of course dependent upon donations or bequests from members or their families. The Research Fund for example is the outcome of a very generous, anonymous donation and since its launch in autumn 2018, Council has approved four awards to early career geologists and independent researchers in support of their projects.
Clearly, the number of awards that can be made depends upon finite resources and their efficient management. Being able to offer these awards inevitably brings the YGS to the attention of students, researchers and local societies and should attract membership to the Society. Boosting these finite resources would be beneficial to all and would give the Society greater flexibility in making awards in the future. I write in the hope that there might be current members who might consider contributing to the “pot”. Please feel free to have a word either in person, by telephone, letter or e-mail if you feel you might be willing to contribute; all conversations and any correspondence will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Like me, you may be enjoying watching the latest series of ITV’s “Victoria”. Just before the close of episode 2 there is a scene showing the Queen alone on a beach in what is clearly an inlet of a chalk coastline. It is of course supposed to be a beach close to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight but the glacial till and gravels capping the chalk cliffs indicate a more northerly location. In the same scene, fellow ‘chalkoholics’ will have recognised, in the background, the Ulceby Marl dipping towards the beach and reaching beach level at the mouth of a small cave. This feature, together with the film crew’s need for suitable access, identifies the location as Flamborough North Landing.
Finally, the coming months promise to be a period of enrichment as the opportunity arises to take part in the events comprising the “fieldwork season”. I hope to venture further west than normal this year, onto sub-Jurassic country, and have already booked my accommodation for the Horton/Ingleton weekend in early July. Before that I shall be with the Huddersfield Geology Group’s trip to Anglesey in May and as many of the exciting offerings in Yorkshire Geology Month that I can manage. I hope to meet up with many of you on one of the many organised outings.
Paul Hildreth, YGS President