NSGGA Rules / Library



    Approved by the AGM on 6 March 2008, with revisions at the AGM 10 March 2016.

    1.  Introduction
    The Group was established in December 1948, on the initiative of Mr. John Myers under what is now Rule 5.1 of the parent Geologists' Association of London. This Rule states that "where at least twelve members of the Association, residing outside central London, organise their own meetings, Council may, in response to a request from such a group, recognise it as a Local Group of the Association". In 1948 23 members were enrolled by the Association and the Group had its first full year of Meetings in 1949.
    While such Groups must adhere where possible to the Rules of the parent body, local variations are necessary. The important variations relating to the North Staffs. Group, summarised below, have grown from experience and are embodied in various Minutes of the Group's Meetings. The G.A. Rule observed most closely is Rule 2, which says the objects of the Association shall be:

    2.1 to promote the study of Geology and its allied sciences by holding Ordinary Meetings
    for the purpose of hearing lectures and encouraging discussion among Members and by arranging Field Meetings; to extend knowledge of the Science by demonstration and publication, by the maintenance of a library, and by such other means as the Council may from time to time determine.
    2.2 to promote interest in Geology at all levels of knowledge;
    2.3 to promote awareness of our geological heritage;

    2.  Membership
    This is open to anyone, whether they are members of the Geologists' Association or not. There are four categories of membership:- Ordinary(Full); Family; Retired/  Unemployed, and Full-time Students.
    Provision is available for the affiliation of other groups, such as local student geological societies, to the Group.

    3.  Subscription
    The Annual Subscription is due on 1st October. Subscription rates are regularly reviewed by the Committee but proposed changes must be approved by a General Meeting before taking effect in the following year.
    Members are normally allowed 12 months' grace before being removed from the list for non-payment of Subscriptions, but the Membership Secretary will write to the member advising them that their subscription is overdue. If there is no response within one month, the Membership Secretary will advise the Committee, before striking members off. Student membership, with a one-off payment, lasts for the duration of their course.

    4.  Management
    a)Officers and their duties
    Chairman - responsible for taking charge of all General, Extraordinary, and Committee Meetings (but not Field Meetings); holds office for two years; and submits an Annual report to the AGM.
    Vice-Chairman - deputises for the Chairman when required. This post alternates annually between the Chairman-designate and the immediate past-Chairman.
    Treasurer - overall responsibility for all financial matters of the Group and advising the Committee as appropriate. The Treasurer prepares the accounts for the Independent Examiner, and will ensure that the bank holds three signatures; one of which must be that of the Treasurer and the other two those of two members of the Committee. Any two may sign cheques.(see para. 6 below). The Treasurer submits an Annual Report to the AGM and is elected annually,
    General Secretary - responsible for keeping the minutes of the Annual General Meeting, any Extraordinary General Meetings and Committee Meetings. Responsible for co-ordinating the general business of the Group as instructed by the Committee. The General Secretary is elected annually, and submits an Annual Report to The Geologists’ Association in London.
    Speakers Secretary
    Responsible - for preparing a programme of speakers for the winter lectures. Arranging venues for indoor meetings, inviting and thanking the speakers, and submits an Annual Report to the AGM and is elected annually.
    Field Secretary - arranges venues, transport and leaders for Field Meetings, acting on the Committee's instructions. Meetings are organised on a self-financing basis, although, additional funds may be called upon from the Treasurer.  The Field Secretary submits an Annual Report to the AGM and is elected annually.
    Membership Secretary - responsible for recruitment; maintaining the Group's database; generation of address labels for posting; membership renewal; and collection of subscriptions. He/She also takes instructions from the Committee, and submits an Annual Report to the AGM and is elected annually.
    Bulletin Secretary - responsible for the editing and regular production of the Bulletin; takes instruction from the Committee and is elected annually.
    GCStaffs Liaison Officer-
    Responsible for liasing with local RIGS group and attending their meetings as appropriate. The GCStaffs Liaison Officer advises, takes instruction from, and reports back to the Committee as appropriate, submits an Annual Report to the AGM and is elected annually.

    This consists of the Officers and up to nine Members. Honorary permanent seats may be awarded to individuals by the Group in recognition of their particular services to it. The remaining Members are elected annually although one or two may be co-opted. At Committee meetings a quorum shall consist of a Chairman and one third of the remaining committee members.

    These are held every year at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations are called for beforehand from the Group as a whole and the Committee itself also puts forward nominations. Nominations are also taken from the floor at the Meeting. All the Officers (with the exception of the Vice-Chairman and the Chairman) are eligible for re-election. The two longest-serving Committee members are not usually immediately re-elected in order to encourage an infusion of "new blood" into the Committee. In the event of more than one nomination for any position a vote is taken.
    These may be formed at the discretion of the main Committee and report back to it. Composition includes Officers and co-opted Members as required.

    5.  Meetings
    a)Indoor meetings mostly take place during the "winter season" and are usually six in number and are normally held on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm, in The School of Physical & Geographical Sciences, William Smith Building, Keele University; other venues may be used for special occasions. The Annual General Meeting is normally held in March when the Chairman may give an Address.
    b)Field Trips are held in the "summer season" to places of geological interest. These may occupy whole or long half-days on Saturdays or Sundays but also include weekend and evening meetings.
    c)Other events may be organised from time to time. e.g Members evenings, Public lectures and events for children.

    6.  Finance
    Expenditure incurred by the Committee members during the course of their duties will be re-imbursed upon the submission of a written claim to the Treasurer. The accounts are examined annually by an Independent Examiner.

    7.  Insurance and Health and Safety
    The Group is insured through the Geologists' Association Affiliated and Local Groups Policy, which covers Member – to - Member and Public Liability.
     Members participating in field meetings are required to sign the risk assessment prior to the start of the meeting and follow the leaders instructions regarding Health and Safety matters.

    8. Library
    The Group does not possess its own library but the facilities and reference material held at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery are freely available to Members by prior appointment with the Collections Officer (Natural History). A list of the publications held are shown on the NSGGA website www.esci.keele.ac.uk/nsgga

    9.  Changes in the Rules
    Any member may propose alterations or additions to the Rules at any time, but such proposals must be notified to all members in advance of the next Annual General Meeting and must be agreed by a majority of members attending that Annual General Meeting before taking effect.
    The quorum for changing the Rules shall be 25 paid-up members.

    10.  Dissolution and Disposal of Assets
    The North Staffs Group of the Geologists’ Association (NSGGA) may be dissolved at any time by a resolution passed by a three-quarters majority of the members present and voting at a General Meeting. If upon the dissolution of the Group, there remains after settling all liabilities, any property whatsoever, this shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Group, but shall be given or transferred to the Geologists’ Association of London.

    11.  General
    It is the Committee's duty and wish to translate into action as many of the Members' wishes regarding the activities of the Group as it can. In order to allow itself some flexibility, the Committee has always taken the Geologists' Association's own rules as guides, preferring to adapt its policies by adopting proposals put up in the light of changing circumstances.
    The Officers and Committee must use their own initiative in so diffuse an organisation, but they have at the same time the responsibilities to the Group outlined above. The safeguards for Members' interests are the requirement for the ratification of changes in rules, the presentation of financial accounts, and the election of Officers at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee believes that this organisation is adequate and proper.

The NSGGA library is held at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley.

Below is the list of books that may be consulted by members.

G.A. Excursion Guides

Hardie, W.G. et al. 1971 The area around Birmingham Geol. Assoc. Guide 1
Moseley, F. 1990 Geology of the Lake District Geol. Assoc. Guide 2
McKerrow, W.S. & Kennedy, W.J. 1973 The Oxford district Geol. Assoc. Guide 3
Lawson, J.D. et al. 1982 The Silurian inliers of the south-eastern Welsh borderland Geol. Assoc. Guide 5
Somerville, I.D. et al. 1986 Geology around the university towns: Liverpool Geol. Assoc. Guide 6
Eagar, R.M.C. & Broadhurst, F.M. 1991 Geology of the Manchester area Geol. Assoc. Guide 7
Cope, F.W. 1976 The area around Stoke-on-Trent Geol. Assoc. Guide 8
Greensmith, J.T. 1973 The estuarine region of Suffolk and Essex Geol. Assoc. Guide 12
Johnson, G.A.L. 1973 The Durham area Geol. Assoc. Guide 15
Hall, A. 1974 West Cornwall Geol. Assoc. Guide 19
Barber, A.J. et al. 1978 The Lewisian and Torridonian rocks of north-west Scotland Geol. Assoc. Guide 21
House, M. 1989 Geology of the Dorset Coast Geol. Assoc. Guide 23
Daley, B. & Insole, A. 1987 The Isle of Wight Geol. Assoc. Guide 25
Kirkaldy, J.F. 1976 The Weald Geol. Assoc. Guide 29
McKerrow, W.S. & Atkins, F.B. 1989 Isle of Arran Geol. Assoc. Guide 32
Ager, D.V. et al. 1973 The Cotwolds Hills Geol. Assoc. Guide 36
Hobson, D.M. 1978 The Plymouth area Geol. Assoc. Guide 38
Cattermole, P.J. & Romano, M. 1988 Lleyn Peninsula Geol. Assoc. Guide 39
Bates, D.E.B. & Davies, J.R. 1987 Anglesey Geol. Assoc. Guide 40
Bishop, A.C. & Keen, D.H.1981 Jersey Geol. Assoc. Guide 41
Jenkyns, H.C. et al.1990 Island of Mallorca Geol. Assoc. Guide 42
Mossley, F. 1990 Costa Blanca, Spain Geol. Assoc. Guide 43
Hambrey, M.J. et al. 1991 The Late Precambrian geology of the Scottish Highlands and Islands Geol. Assoc. Guide 44
Toghill, P. 1992 Onny Valley, Shropshire Geol. Assoc. Guide 45
Ford, T.D. 1996 The Castleton Area, Derbyshire Geol. Assoc. Guide 56

Other Guides

Oxburgh, E.R. 1968 The geology of the Eastern Alps Geologists’ Association
Robinson, E. 1984 London: Illustrated geological walks Scottish Academic PressBook 1
Robinson, E. 1985 London: Illustrated geological walks Scottish Academic PressBook 2

Geological Memoirs

Gibson, W. 1905 The geology of the North Staffordshire coalfields Memoir of the Geological Survey of England and Wales 1-523 bound book (ex NSFC)
Hull, E. 1869 The Triassic and Permian rocks of the Midland counties of England Memoir of the Geological Survey 1-127 pp.5-48 missing
Earp, J.R. & Taylor, B.J. 1986 Geology of the country around Chester and Winsford Memoir of the British Geological Survey Sheet 1091-119 bound book
Poole, E.G. & Whiteman, A.J. 1966 Geology of the country around Nantwich and Whitchurch Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain Sheet 1221-154 bound book
Whitehead, T.H. & Eastwood, T. 1927 The geology of the southern part of the South Staffordshire coalfield Memoir of the Geological Survey of England and Wales 1-218 bound book (ex NSFC)


Addison, K. & Reynolds, J.R.2001 ‘Upon this Rock’ - RIGS and the Planning System Proceedings of the fourth UKRIGS annual conference 105 bound copy
Cossey, P.J. et al. 1995 The geology and conservation of Brown End Quarry, Waterhouses, Staffordshire Proc. Geol. Assoc. 106 Nov-25 reprint
1976 The Amateur Geologist7 (2)as issued
1989 Proc. Geol. Assoc 100 (1)as issued
1989 Proc. Geol. Assoc 100 (2)as issued
1989 Proc. Geol. Assoc 100 (3)as issued
1989 Proc. Geol. Assoc 100 (4)as issued
Challinor, J. 1951 North Staffordshire geology 1811-1948: The progress of research and a short guide to the literatureTrans. North Staffs. Field Club 85 A49-A64 reprint (part 3)
Fone, W., Donovan, S.K. & Lewis, D.N. 2002 Middle Ordovician crinoids from the Shelve Inlier, Shropshire, UK Special Papers in Palaeontology 67 97 - 113 reprint (donated by author)
Ford, T.D. 1969 The Blue John fluorspar deposits of Treak Cliff, Derbyshire, in relation to the Boulder Bed Proc. Yorkshire Geol. Soc. 37 (2) 153-157 reprint
Ford, T.D. 1964 Fossil karst in Derbyshire Proc. British Speleological Assoc. 2 50-62 reprint
Ford, T.D. & King, R.J. 1968 Mineralization in the Triassic rocks of south Derbyshire Transactions/Section B of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy 77 B42-B43 extract
Ford, T.D. & Sarjeant, W.A.S. 1964 The Peak District mineral index Bull. Peak District Mines Historical Society 2 (3)122-150 reprint
Metcalfe, A.T. The geology and scenery of the Derbyshire Dales Trans. Nottingham Naturalists’ Soc. 55th session Jan-19 reprint
Mountney, N.P. & Thompson, D.B.2002 Stratigraphic evolution and preservation of aeolian dune and damp/wet interdune strata: an example from the Triassic Helsby Sandstone Formation, Cheshire Basin, UK Sedimentology 49 805-833 reprint
Sadler, H.E. & Wyatt, R.J. 1966 A Lower Carboniferous S2 inlier near Hartington, Derbyshire Proc. Geol. Assoc. 77 (1)55-64 reprint
Ward, J. 1890 The geological features of the North Staffordshire Coal-fields G.T. Bagguley : Newcastle-under-Lyme 1-189 bound book (ex NSFC)
Worssam, B.C., Calver, M.A. & Jago, G. 1971 Newly discovered marine bands and tonsteins in the south Derbyshire coalfield Nature Physical Science 232 (no.32) 121-122 reprint
[O’Dell, Jonathan]Collection of photocopies of articles relevant to the north Staffs. coalfield geology photocopies, (donated by JGOD)


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