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Group Contact: Ros Liddell
Meetings are held at 10.00am on the 3rd Friday of each month in the Colston Room at the Hawthorn Retirement Home
WHAT WE DO
Every month we watch an episode of a DVD loosely based on geography which can cover anthropology,geology and environmental issues which we discuss afterwards.
Meetings will be cancelled until further notice due to coronavirus.
At the February meeting we considered how man first inhabited Australasia.
At the January meeting we saw how a small group populated Asia and the varying explanations of how they acquired their distinctive features.
At the December meeting we started watching 'The Incredible Human Journey' showing man's first journey out of Africa, the birthplace of the homo sapien. Mince pies and nibbles kindly provided by Jean Stevens.
At the November meeting we saw the effects of the two world wars and intensive farming on the landscape and how we are addressing this now. Sadly that is the last of the Alan Titchmarsh DVD - it has been so interesting.
The October meeting was on how climate change is changing the environment.
In September we looked at how the industrial revolution had a massive effect on the landscape.
In August we saw how natural resources fuelled environmental changes and industry in the British Isles.
At the July meeting we continued with the British Isles and looked at how the invasions by the Romans and Normans and the introduction of foreign fauna affected our landscape.
At the May meeting we saw how there wasn't just one ice age but several and the effects of those on the British Isles.
At the March meeting we continued with our DVD on the British Isles,covering dinosaurs,deserts and volcanoes. There is no meeting in April as it falls on Good Friday.
At the February meeting we revisited British Isles, A Natural History, 3 billion years in the making.
At the last meeting we watched the final episode of Rise Of The Continents.
We are currently watching the dvd 'Rise Of The Continents' and looked at how Australia was formed after the continent of Gondwana broke apart and eventually Antartica came adrift moving south while Australia continues to move north. Apparently one day it will collide and join with Asia! We enjoyed mince pies with our coffee.
In the October meeting we concentrated on the lakes and rivers of Africa. This was the last programme on this particular DVD. Next time we are studying Rise of the Continents presented by Prof. Iain Stewart.
The September meeting covered wildlife in forest environments forged by the weather from the floor to the canopy. The next meeting will be the last looking at Africa and will concern lakes and rivers.
In the July meeting we looked at the part that that the ocean currents play to support wild life in Africa.
No holds barred and a bit graphic but interesting nonetheless. The next meeting is on 17th August.
We have now moved on to Africa and are seeing how the different terrains support the wild life of the region. This month we looked at savannah. Next meeting is on 20th July.
At the April meeting we watched the last episode of the interesting Alan Titchmarsh DVD which looked back over hundreds of years to the cyclic weather conditions and the current problems of global warming. Next time we start on Wild Africa.
At the March meeting we investigated how the invasions of the Romans and French altered the flora and fauna and landscape of the British Isles by the introduction of non native species.
At our last meeting in January we looked at man's first occupation of the British Isles and the impact this had on our landscape.
At the December meeting we explored the effects of various ice ages on our landscape. Many thanks to those who brought along food etc. for our Christmas buffet.
At the November meeting we continued with a look at the British Isles. We went back millions of years to the time we were near the equator in a rain forest environment followed by desert conditions. We have a new found respect for Alan Titchmarsh who put himself in all sorts of precarious situations.
In the October meeting I took along the wrong video so we watched one we had seen some time before. It was a good turn out this time. The next meeting will be on 17th November when normal service will be resumed!
In September's class we watched a DVD on the British Isles going back to the time when we were linked to the continent before sea levels rose following the end of the ice age.
At the August meeting we finished the current DVD on an overview of how man's actions and natural events have adversely affected our planet and the plans that should go some way to help restore balance. Overall it ended on an optimistic note.
The next meeting will be on 15th September when we will be studying the landscape of the British Isles.
At the July meeting after some time and some drama trying to get the DVD player working with the wrong control, we continued with 'How The Earth Was Made' this time focusing on how wind has changed our planet and history particularly in regard to the trade winds and how the global weather changes have caused the demise of civilisations.
We are all agreed that this is a most interesting DVD.
We continued to watch 'How The Earth Was Made', this time concentrating on how fault lines occur causing volcanoes and earthquakes. Despite a prolonged fire alarm going off we regrouped for a discussion and coffee. There was an encouraging increase in numbers this month.
We watched an interesting DVD 'How The Earth Made Us' which tells the story of how the earth has influenced human history followed by a lively discussion. We will be continuing with this at the next meeting and would welcome new members or those who have joined us before and fallen by the wayside.
Having me on 21st April thinking that we may fold as there have been so few of us over the last 4 months, there were 14 of us at the meeting so we'll keep going.
19th May meeting we shall hopefully be watching a DVD on how the continents were formed with a discussion afterwards.
We need some suggestions as to what we might do in the near future please.
Not at Hawthorns nor at Marshall's Park [new directive], there is some parking available on the road before the entrance to Hawthorns.