49th Annual Conference at The Royal Hotel, Bideford, North Devon

Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th January, 2011

Download 1st Circular here
Download 2nd Circular here


Conference Venue

The Ussher Society is pleased to announce its 49th Annual Conference at The Royal Hotel, Bideford, Devon. This 3-day conference for earth and environmental scientists working in South-West England and related areas, consists of two days of presentations and a pre-conference field trip.

Scientific Programme

The scientific programme of presentations is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th January. Please take a look at the 2nd Circular to view the programme.  There are still a couple of slots free and contributions can still be accepted.  Please submit your abstract to the Conference Secretary by 20th December 2010. Your submission should include: Title, Author(s) and an Abstract of no more than 200 words. All presenting authors are encouraged to submit their paper for publication, subject to peer review, in Geoscience in South-West England, official journal of the Ussher Society

Field Trip

The field trip on Tuesday 4th January will visit sites in Combe Martin and Fremington, North Devon.

Led by: Andy Mort, Richard Scrivener, Peter Ward and Chris Cornford


10:00   Meet at the car park directly above Combe Martin beach (SS576473)

We will visit the foreshore at Combe Martin to observe the Variscan fold structures of the Combe Martin and Wild Pear slates (± limestones), from fish-hook folds of the thin limestones to the larger folds affecting the entire section. The striking tectonics of the area has had historically provided the economy of Combe Martin with galena and other minerals which formed the basis of the Medieval silver mining industry in the area.

We will be visiting the historic silver mines, hosted by the Combe Martin Miners Association followed by lunch at the Dolphin Inn.

13:00   Lunch at the Dolphin Inn, Seaside, Combe Martin, Devon, EX34 0AW (Tel: 01271 883424)

14:30   Meet at Fremington Quay, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2NH (SS516333)


An easy walk to the foreshore shows low cliffs of steeply dipping Bideford-Crackington Formation Carboniferous, the upper surface of which is heavily weathered and shows evidence of glacial distortion and soil slip.  The often, thinly bedded rocks show sedimentary features of deep basinal conditions and are steeply inclined to overturned, and locally folded and faulted.  The weathering profile produces a diversity of alteration products which can be used as pigments.

Please contact Andy Mort or Chris Cornford on 01237 471749 or 0777 378 8243 if unable to attend on the day

Hard hats will be provided.



Tuesday 4th January 18.30            Registration and ice-breaker at the Royal Hotel

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Ussher Society, to which all members are invited, will take place after the afternoon presentations on Wednesday 5th January and will be followed by the Conference Dinner.




Accommodation should be booked directly with the hotels. See below for details

Conference Venue: The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, Barnstaple Street, Bideford, EX39 4AE, Devon
Full details of the accommodation are available at: www.brend-hotels.co.uk


  • Double/Twin                                           £30.00
  • Single                                                     £40.00

All rates are per person per night and include bed and breakfast. Evening meals can be booked with accommodation at extra cost.

We have negotiated special rates, so please mention the Ussher Society Conference 2011 when booking. Demand for rooms is likely to be high so early booking is strongly recommended. The hotel can be contacted on 01237 472005, or by email: reservations@royalbideford.co.uk


By car:

The Royal Hotel is located in East-the-Water at the eastern end of the ancient Bideford Long Bridge.
Free car parking is available opposite the hotel.

By public transport:

The nearest train station is in Barnstaple (approx 10 miles away) from where buses and taxis are available.

Alternative accommodation options:

Tantons Hotel, Bideford

Website: www.tantonshotel.co.uk
email: info@tantonshotel.co.uk
Tel: 01237 473317


  • Double/Twin                                            £30.00
  • Single                                                      £40.00

Rates are per person per night and include accommodation only. Breakfast can be booked at £5.50 per person extra

Commodore Hotel, Instow

Website: www.commodore-instow.co.uk
Email:  admin@commodore-instow.co.uk
Tel: 01271 860347


  • Bed & Breakfast                                 £69.00
  • Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis         £79.00

Rates are per person per night
Please mention IGI Ltd when booking for our corporate rates

Yeoldon House Hotel, Bideford

Website: www.yeoldonhousehotel.co.uk              
email: Yeoldon@aol.com
Tel:  01237 474400


  • Bed & Breakfast                                  £67.50

Rates are per person per night
Please mention IGI Ltd when booking for our corporate rates


Ussher Conference 2011 Secretary

Sally Cornford

Integrated Geochemical Interpretation Ltd,
EX39 5HE.
Tel. 01237 471749

Conference secretary : ussher2011@igiltd.com


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