The constitution says that the purpose of the Society is "to enable people to meet together to learn about natural history in general (and that of the locality in particular) in a friendly atmosphere." Originally founded in 1919, the Society was revived in 1951, and has met regularly ever since.
- We are not a 'learned' society.
- You don't have to be an expert on natural history to join.
- Nor do you have to live in Sutton Coldfield.
Visitors are very welcome at any of our events. A small visitor's fee (currently £1) is charged for indoor meetings.
A detailed programme is sent out to members twice a year. It includes:
- Indoor Meetings, which are usually held on the first Friday of each month from September to May, excluding January.
Meetings consist of a talk on some aspect of natural history by a knowledgeable speaker, either an invited expert or a member. Most talks use slides as illustrations, and sometimes include specimens or recordings. All talks are very much aimed at the amateur naturalist, since even those members of the Society who know quite a bit about one subject may know very little about another.
- Outdoor Meetings, which are held in most months in spring and autumn.
Meetings usually start at 2 pm for an afternoon ramble or at 11 am for a morning or all-day visit. They generally alternate between the Saturday and the Sunday following the indoor meeting (or the first weekend of the month when there is no indoor meeting). Distances covered vary, but would rarely exceed 3 miles. Outdoor meetings are often planned to end with afternoon tea. There may be some extra evening meetings in the summer. All outdoor meetings are within reasonable car distance of Sutton Coldfield; lifts can be arranged for those without their own transport.
- Other Events
An Annual Dinner is held in the spring.
The Society's Officers and the Committee are elected at the Annual General Meeting, held before the talk in the September.
Indoor meetings are held in the Lounge, (rear entrance), South Parade, Sutton Coldfield. There is parking around the hall and nearby; it is also within easy walking distance of the town centre buses and rail station. The room is open from 7 pm; the formal meeting begins at 7.30 pm, usually finishing around 9.30 pm. A map is available.
Twice a year, members receive a programme of forthcoming events and a copy of a newsletter called "Four Seasons", which reports on Society activities and contains other items about natural history.
The Society is also responsible for publishing a series of booklets on .
The best thing to do is to come along to a meeting and see if you like it – we only charge visitors a small fee. Then if you want to join, ask for an application form.
Membership is currently £5 for an individual, £7.50 for a household.
If you'd like to be added to our circulation list and so receive the next copy of "Four Seasons" and the programme, please tell me your address – contact details below.
As noted in the Introduction above, the Society was originally founded in 1919. It ceased to operate in the late 1930s, and was then refounded in 1951 by one of the former members, G Mantle Childe. For those interested, a brief history of the society is available in PDF format.
|Address:||Dr Peter Coxhead (Secretary)|
Sutton Coldfield Natural History Society
71 Russell Bank Road
|Telephone:||0121 353 5044|
Peter Coxhead (the Secretary) is available to give talks; fees go to the Society. See the list of talks available.