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Newsletter No. 202

The Black Country Geological Society

August 2010

the right hand side. Erratics can be found immediately on the corner as you turn into the lane, in the entrance to the farm buildings on the left hand side and also on the right hand side of the field entrance. A further two fine examples can also be seen just a little further along Hilton Lane on the right hand side, although other boulders here being used to block off an old quarry entrance are obviously not of glacial origin.

Essington - Bognop Road

If you retrace your steps to the A460 and return back under the M54, at the second island after passing under the motorway turn left into Bognop Road. Climb up the hill and look for the buildings on the right hand side where erratics have been collected together to form an impromptu display (along with one or two other spurious pieces, it has to be said). Easy parking is on the left hand side about 50m past the display.

The Old Warstones Lane collection is probably best seen when little vegetation or tree foliage is present, and at Bognop there is a remarkable panoramic view across cornfields back to Wednesfield with the Rowley and Dudley hills dominating the background. ■

Mike Williams

The Martley Tornado!

Our destination in September will be the little village of Martley, postponed from July - where an unusual event took place at about 8.30pm on 13th July, the day before St. Swithin's Day when it is supposed to rain for 40 days and nights if it rains on that day.

The 'Express and Star' newspaper on July 15th 2010 reported the event as follows:

"A freak mini-tornado threw a quiet Midland village into chaos uprooting a large tree and even lifting a dog from the ground. Families were stunned when winds began whipping around Martley, near Stourport. Seconds later a black funnel swept through St. Peter's Drive uprooting the tree and sending it flying through the air. It landed on the road just a short distance from an old people's home. Roof tiles and garden furniture were also hurled into the air by the tornado which lasted about a minute."

So when we go next month we must look out for St. Peter's Drive. ■

Gordon Hensman

Barbara Russell, Honorary Secretary, 11 Skidmore Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV3 7AN.

Julie Schroder, Newsletter Editor, 42 Billesley Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9QS.

01902 650168 barbara-russell@blueyonder.co.uk

0121 449 2407 julieschroder@blueyonder.co.uk

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