Farnhamia farnhamensis

FGS is a very active geology society serving Surrey & NE Hampshire

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A local group within the GA

Introduction & Background.

The Society was founded in 1970 by a small group of local enthusiasts who had been regularly attending geology courses in Farnham, Surrey arranged by the Council for Extra-Mural Studies (University of London) and administered by the Workers Educational Association (WEA). Over the intervening years, membership has grown steadily and now stands at over 100.

The aim of the Society is to promote interest in geology and its allied sciences for people of all levels of geological knowledge, ranging from the interested amateur up to professional geologist. This is achieved by holding regular monthly meetings in Farnham at which invited speakers cover all aspects of the geological spectrum, ranging from palaeontology through to structural geology, vulcanism, earthquakes and environmental effects.

The monthly meetings are held in The Barley Room, The Maltings, Farnham, generally on the second Friday of the month (7.30 for 8.00pm)

Visitors and potential new members are always welcome. In addition, the Society arranges many varied and interesting field trips throughout the year, ranging in length from day outings up to visits lasting a week or more.

Week-long Field trips undertaken in recent years within the UK include visits to Scotland, Wales, The Lake District, Devon and Cornwall; these have been supplemented by shorter weekend/day visits to Dorset, Isle of Sheppey, Cotswolds and numerous locations within 60 miles of Farnham. The Society regularly arranges trips overseas, and has in the past visited the USA, France, the volcanic islands of Italy (Sicily, Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli) and, in August 1999, undertook a combined geology/eclipse-viewing trip taking in Germany, Austria and Hungary. More recent trips undertaken include visits to: Pas de Calais (2010), Madeira (2011), Northumberland (2012) and in 2013, both Jersey and Portugal.

The Society is also registered as a Local Group within the Geologists' Association and regularly exhibits its achievements and findings at meetings arranged by the Association.

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The Rockies, Canada - FGS Field Trip 2004

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Farnham Geological Society, 2001