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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018 - Carlisle, Cumbria

20th January 2018, 10:00

Event Description:


Saturday 20 January 2018


The AGM and Winter Meeting for 2018 will be held at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8TP (tel. 01228 618704) on Saturday 20th January.

Tullie House Museum is situated in an impressive new building overlooking Carlisle Castle close to the centre of the City. The main entrance is to be found on Annetwell Street. Carlisle is easily accessible by car via the M6 motorway, and by bus and rail. The nearest international airports are Newcastle (56 miles away) and Glasgow (103 miles). Both have good rail connections with Carlisle. The Museum car park is for staff only and you are advised to use nearby on-road parking (can be difficult in the daytime) or one of several pay-and-display car parks. The nearest is Devonshire Walk Car Park about 300 yards away. Parking charges range from £3-£6.50 per day. Note that central Carlisle has a one-way system for cars and this can be confusing if you arrive in the dark. Use of a sat-nav device is recommended. There is one railway station in the city with good connections to most large UK cities. Trains from London Euston leave every hour on weekdays and Saturday and the journey takes three hours. A town map showing locations of venues and restaurants will be available on the BLS website. There is also a city plan at www.tulliehouse.co.uk.

A map showing the location of the venue can be downloaded, see below.

The city of Carlisle (the ‘Great Border City’) boasts a fine medieval cathedral dating to the 12th century and an 11th century castle, run by English Heritage. One of its best known buildings are the two red sandstone towers of the Citadel close to the railway station, a useful landmark if you get disorientated. This Roman city is the county town of Cumbria and hosts the University of Cumbria and was once home of the ‘Border Reivers’.


There is plenty of reasonably priced accommodation in the city and its environs. A list of hotels, guest houses and B&Bs can be downloaded, see below.


Exhibits can be left in the Function Room next to the lecture theatre of Tullie House from 17.00 on the Friday. Please note that we cannot use the lecture theatre here for the evening lecture so displays will need to be prepared on the Saturday morning. Please let Allan Pentecost know if you require a display board as these will have to be brought in from outside. The Friday evening lecture will be preceded by wine and soft drinks at 18.15 h at the Crown & Mitre Hotel in English Street. This hotel is opposite the Tourist Information Centre and is five minutes’ walk from Tullie House, in the city centre.


Friday 19th January

18.15 Reception at the Crown & Mitre Hotel (wine and soft drinks)

19.00-19.50 Evening lecture: Something new and something old - gleanings of lichen ecology over the past 50 years by Allan Pentecost.

20.15h AGM Meal. This will be at the Alexandros Greek Restaurant in Warwick Road and costs £25 per person. The meal will consist of a wide range of dishes for all to choose from including vegetarian dishes. Drinks will be extra. You can view the menu at www.thegreek.co.uk Booking is essential, please see the booking form posted with the Bulletin.

The usual sale of books will take place at the reception in the Crown and Mitre Hotel prior to the lecture.

Saturday 20th January at Tullie House Museum.

9.45 Coffee and tea, poster and other exhibits in the annexe to the lecture theatre. Displays can be set up after 9.00 am.

10.30 Annual General Meeting. Lecture Theatre.

13.00 Lunch at own expense. There is a cafeteria in the Museum and a range of restaurants and cafes nearby.

14.00 Winter Meeting   Lakeland lichens, cephalodia and the Lobarion


14.00 - 14.15 Distribution and habitats of Peltigera leucophlebia in Cumbria. David Clarke.

14.15 - 14.30 The lichens of Young Wood, Cumbria. Carrie Hedges. The highest of three unique high-level Atlantic woodlands in Cumbria.

14.30 - 15.10 Nitrogen fixation and nitrogen enrichment in montane Britain: a case study with the nitrogen-fixing lichen Stereocaulon vesuvianum. Peter Crittenden

We have collected Stereocaulon vesuvianum from a range of upland sites representing a nitrogen deposition gradient and found a link between nitrogen enrichment and change in both thallus morphology and capacity to fix N2

15.10 - 15.30 Tracking the decline of woodland communities in the Lake District 1969-2017. Ivan Day

15.30 -15.50 Tea/coffee break

15.50 - 16.15 The internal cephalodia of Lobaria pulmonaria. Allan Pentecost

Their distribution, abundance and ability to fix nitrogen using solar radiation are explored in this talk. Samples collected in Western Scotland and the Lake District will be compared.

16.15-16.35 The work of the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre. Deborah Muscat

16.35-17.00 The taxonomy of Pseudocyphellaria and Megalospora. Kristine Bogamazova

17.15 Arrangements for the field meeting on 21 January.

17.30 Close

Post AGM meal

For those who would like to eat together after the AGM, a booking will be made at a local restaurant. Numbers and the venue will be confirmed on Saturday morning.


Nominations for officers of the Society

Nominations are invited for Officers for 2018 and for three members of Council for the period 2018-2020 (retiring at the AGM held in early 2020). Note that these dates will be provisional and may change if the Society becomes a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Proposals should be sent by email or in writing to Pat Wolseley (email:secretary@britishlichensociety.org.uk) at least two weeks before the AGM. No person shall be nominated without their consent.

Richard Brinklow, Neil Sanderson and Ishpi Blatchley are due to retire from council and are not eligible for re-election. We thank them all for their service. Allan Pentecost (President) and Paul Cannon (Vice-President) will also retire from their posts at the conclusion of this AGM.

AGM Agenda

Please sign the attendance list and write your own name badge.

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the AGM held at the Natural History Museum in January 2017

3. Matters arising

4. Reports of Officers and Committee chairs

4.1 President (Allan Pentecost)

4.2 Secretary (Eluned Smith/Pat Wolseley)

4.3 Treasurer (John Skinner)

4.4 Membership (RBS)

4.5 Conservation (Bryan Edwards)

4.6 Data (Les Knight)

4.7 Education & Promotions (Fay Newbery)

4.8 Bulletin editor (Paul Cannon)

4.9 Senior Editor Lichenologist (Peter Crittenden)

4.10 Website (Janet Simkin)

4.11 Field Meetings Secretary (Steve Price)

4.12 Librarian (Ray Woods)

4.13 Archivist (Mark Seaward)

4.14 Herbarium Curator (Richard Brinklow)

5. Election of Officers and Committee Chairs

6. Proposal for incorporation of the BLS and the new Constitution

7. Any other business

8. Date and place of the AGM 2019


Subscription Fees 2018

No changes to annual membership are suggested for this year.


Sunday 21st January

BLS field meeting to Netherby Hall, Cumbria

Leader: Allan Pentecost

Netherby is a large estate with extensive areas of woodland and parkland by the River Esk. It is two miles NE of Longtown and 10 miles north of Carlisle and is close to the Scottish border. It is a private estate owned by Mr & Mrs Gerald Smith. There will not be an entry charge for our group.

The suggestion is to meet outside Tullie House, the location of the AGM, at 10.00 to organise transport. Public transport will not be an option so private cars will be needed for transport.

The grounds are covered by OS Explorer Map 324 and Landranger map 85. Grid reference NY3971. A map of the area can be seen at: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=339500&Y=571500&A=Y&Z=120