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Marlborough Rock & Mineral Club

Marlborough Rock & Mineral Club

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When:

  • Mon 19 Sep ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Mon 17 Oct ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Mon 21 Nov ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Mon 16 Jan ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Mon 20 Feb ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Mon 20 Mar ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where:

Brayshaw Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place, Redwoodtown, Blenheim

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club is found in the Brayshaw Historical Park, Arthur Baker Place, Blenheim, next door to the Marlborough Historical Societies Museum.

An old building was purchased, cut up and rebuilt by members at this site Our building has rock and mineral displays, a great workshop area, saw room, library and a sales table where members work, donated goods and work specifically made by our members as a club fundraiser is sold. Our clubrooms are open every Sunday and Wednesday mornings to both our membership and the general public.

We welcome new members and take very seriously our clubs stated aims that we “Promote amateur interest in geology, rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils. The working of rocks, minerals and crystals for display, as jewellery or specimens and carving in stone or mineral forms”.

Marlborough as a region has many things to interest people who collectively rejoice in the name “Rockhound”. We have the main alpine fault running through our Wairau Valley, so the metamorphic minerals associated with this band are well represented. The Awatere fault bordering on the Kaikoura Mountains, with its old volcanic adds the ability for us to find crystals, petrified woods, and agates, which are widely envied. We have fossil collecting areas in the Awatere and along the Kaikoura coast of equal fascination and rarity and our limestone’s and cherts are of great interest.

The club holds a general meeting once a month, (except December) with guest speakers, tutorials and learning opportunities. We hold a Field trip once a month to a variety of great locations, both locally and further afield. Financial members are able to work in our great workroom, learning skills for making jewellery, working the rocks and minerals and carving etc. Once you have mastered these skills, you then have the opportunity, for those of you who are keen, to enter your completed projects in local and/or national Gem shows.

We also have sub-groups within the club: Our Junior Club has its own field trips twice a year and has activities at the club specially designed to cater for the younger members. And our Micro-mounters encounter a whole new world while looking at crystals and minerals through the lens of a microscope.

Members will receive a quarterly newsletter listing all upcoming club activities, reports on recent happenings and includes an educational segment. The clubrooms are not just for monthly meetings and workshop days, it is a social centre for all the membership. (Most Sundays it resembles an Airport terminal, with constant visitors and members working at projects).

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