Our next event is a talk by the wonderful Andy Dinsdale on Flotsam and Jetsam in Rye Bay. The talk is on Saturday 20th February at 10:30 in All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Street, Old Town Hastings, TN34 3BP
Hastings Area Archaeological Research Group (HAARG) has been given permission by Hastings Borough Council to undertake non-intrusive archaeological investigations within the Hastings Country Park. The project started earlier this year,has identified settlement areas on a number of fields, possibly the footprints ofproperties (ie. Roundhouses) within the Borough of Hastings.
The work is being conducted using a Bartington Dual Sensor Grad 601-2Magnetometer. This piece of equipment contains two fluxgate gradiometers suspended on a single frame. The readings taken relate to the localised magneticfield. Every kind of material has unique magnetic properties, even those that we do not think of as being "magnetic". Different materials below the ground can cause local disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field that are detectable. The chief limitation of magnetometer survey is that subtle features of interest may be obscured by highly magnetic geologic or modern materials. Magnetometers react very strongly to iron and steel, brick, burned soil, plus many types of rock, and archaeological features composed of these materials are very detectable. Where these highly magnetic materials do not occur, it is often possible to detect very subtle anomalies caused by disturbed soils or decayed organic materials.
The data is downloaded off site and processed via a specialist computer program. Plans are in hand to produce provisional results on facebook and other examples of survey work undertaken by the group can be found on our websitewww.haarg.org.uk
Our society HAARG was formed in 1972 to enable those with an interest in local archaeology and history to take an active part in discovering and recording our district’s past. New members, with or without experience are always welcome and further details can be obtained from Kevin or Lynn Cornwell on 01424 812092 or via email to email@example.com.
Just a reminder that members of the volunteer group of the Hastings Pier Charity are coming to give us a talk on the Past, Present and Future of Hastings Pier this Friday (13th) at 7pm at the History House, Courthouse Street, Hastings
Free to Members, £2 to non members
Please note the following retrospective application from Rocklands Caravan Park re solar panels which have been installed without planning consent:
Don’t forget that save Ecclesbourne Glen’s AGM takes place this Sunday, 15th November from 3pm to 5pm at the White Rock Hotel. There will be a public meeting first with news, updates and an opportunity to ask questions, followed by the AGM itself. The SEG committee have been working extremely hard behind the scenes and all the issues are still very acute, so public support is still vital and very much appreciated. The public hearing concerning Rocklands will take place on 20th January, 2016 and we will send you details of that in due course.
About 24 of us, led by the wonderful and knowledgable Andrew Grace, enjoyed a magicall two hours on the Firehills watching migrating and non migrating birds.
One of our members compiled a list of the astonishing number of birds that we saw:
FHCPNR migration watch Sightings on 10th October 2015
1 Blue Tit
6 Dartford Warbler
11 Great Tit
12 Green Woodpecker
14 Grey Wagtail
15 House Martin
19 Meadow Pipit
20 Mistle Thrush
23 Ring Ouzel
Saturday 10th October at 8am - The Friends of HCPNR invite you to join local ornithologist, Andrew Grace, for a gentle walk through the Country Park Nature Reserve to observe the movements of various migrating birds from different vantage points in this scenic area. Charge: £2, free to Friends of HCPNR
Sorry no dogs
Meet at the Visitor Centre
The new display board which the Friends helped to design is now in place at the viewpoint at Rock-a-Nore. The display includes information about the geology, history and flora and fauna of this dramatic area. Thanks are due to all those who helped bring this worthwhile project to fruition.