Mid Wales Geology Club’s evening meeting on 19 November will be more of a social event than usual. Billed as Mulled Wine, Mince Pies & Murchison, we will show the DVD produced several years ago by the Geology Section of the Woolhope Naturalists Field Club. The Woolhope arranged a re-enactment of the 1850s field visit by the eminent geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, to a site near Aymestrey in Herefordshire. Picnic in Siluria was complete with steam train and a large cast in Victorian costume. It concludes with a short modern footage of a geological visit to a nearby working quarry. Mid Wales Geology Club member Dr Geoff Steel is the current chairman of the Woolhope Geology Section. He says he played the part of a servant, and was not permitted to eat with the gentleman geologists!

Robert Williams, who attended the re-enactment in the guise of Sir Charles Lyell, will set the scene for us, and introduce the characters. Then we will enjoy mulled wine and mince pies (non-alcoholic for those who wish); and afterwards we will watch the DVD. Coffee and tea will be available before we close. We will be at the usual venue, Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown, commencing at 7.15 pm.