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December 2020 

What a year! Congratulations everyone for making it to the end of 2020. 

Here at WallCAP we've had to completely change our timetable of delivery and indeed the way we work. It has been a year like no other but we have tried our best to keep offering you engaging projects to get involved with, whilst adhering to the ever-changing rules and regulations!

We hope you have enjoyed your volunteering this year, albeit perhaps on different activities than you had planned.

Here's your final Newsletter of 2020!

What's New
WallCAP Screen Club
Thanks to those who let us know they were interested in joining the new WallCAP Screen Club. To get us started, the first film we will watch will be 'The Eagle of the Ninth' with a meeting planned for first week of February. We would have planned the meeting for January but the Book Club are reading 'The Eagle of the Ninth' book over January (and the two clubs share members!)  so we don't want any spoilers! Meeting details to follow in the New Year. This gives us January to plan the titles for the next few months and get voting on what you want to watch.

WallCAP Book Club
For those who are enjoying the Book Club, we'd really like your suggestions for titles to read next. Please email your suggestions to by Friday 15th January. We will then create a Doodlepoll and let everyone vote for their favourites to read next. 
Heritage at Risk (HAR) Activity
Walltown Excavation
Jane, our Community Archaeologist is busy producing a report on the excavation which featured in the last Newsletter. She's also very much looking forward to meeting more of you in the New Year when she runs some online training in excavation. More details to follow in the next Newsletter!

Rescheduled Fieldwork
Work has been ongoing to secure permissions for rescheduled fieldwork, now planned for next year. At the Volunteer Get Together in January we will update you with the fieldwork plans.
Stone Sourcing and Dispersal (SSD)
Poetry Corner
Two of our volunteers (Jan & Ollie) have offered us a little 'fun with words' inspired by the SSD strand. Thanks guys for writing and sharing! 
Blog O'Clock
This month our Community Geologist,  Dr Ian Kille, gets us in the festive spirit by linking the Whin Sill with our Christmas fizz and exploring the beauty of agates and zeolites.
Click here to read 'The Silica Painter' Blog
Mystery Rock Competition!
Last month's clue (9) Clue: Saintly spot not mainland. It works like champagne.
The answer: These are vesicles (also known as amygdales for their almond shape) in the Whin Sill, formed as volatiles come out of solution making gas bubble, as the pressure drops in the magma as it nears the surface. This is the same process that happens when champagne is opened, and the CO2 comes out of solution popping the cork. This example of vesicles can be found on St Cuthbert's Island which is a fascinating exposure of the Whin Sill.
Mystery Rock Number 10!
Clue: Careful, you might get suckered by these. 
Answer next month!
Training and Events
Training sessions
Please see below for some dates for your diary.
We are delighted to invite some expert guest speakers to present on the Stone Sourcing and Dispersal strand of the project (see below). The training sessions are arranged in chronological order rather than by subject, to make it easier to fill in your diaries!

All joining instructions to be sent via email in the New Year. As they will be online, there are no maximum participant numbers so there is plenty of 'space'!

What is a Frontier?  with Dr Rob Collins
Monday 11th January, 1-2.30pm

The Glaciation of Hadrian’s Wall with Derek Teasdale
Friday 14th January 2021 at 10.30 am.

What makes a sandstone red in colour? The Permo-Triassic of Cumbria, with Stuart Jones
Friday 29th January 20201 at 10.30am.

Life cycle of sandstone and its impact on our lives; from grain to rock with Sanem Acikalin
Friday 12th February at 10.30 am

What have the rocks ever done for us? With Cees van der Land
Thursday 18th February at 10.30 am

Annual WallCAP Volunteer Get Together
Planned for Friday 22nd January 10am -12noon via Zoom.

More information to follow in the New Year
Click here to sign up for your Annual Volunteer Get Together
Meet the Team
In this section, we take the opportunity to get to know each other a bit better!

This month we're delighted to introduce the WallCAP Volunteer Advisory Team.

This is a 'small but perfectly formed' group of enthusiastic volunteers who put their names forward (or were nominated)  earlier in the year to get a little more involved in the development and delivery of WallCAP. They bring a lot of skill, sense (!) and energy to helping Kerry and Marianne develop new projects and test ideas! We will introduce them properly at the Volunteer Get Together at the end of January.  Sorry there's no photo available!
And Finally.....
How big is your turkey?
As we hurtle toward the festive break, it's a time to reflect on the last 12 months and hopefully feel grateful for all that has been achieved, both personally and professionally. For some people this year, their turkey will be small due to job losses, business decline and/or personal loss. For others, they will be celebrating with a large turkey and looking forward to the well-earned break, rest and recuperation after a tumultuous year. Whatever the size of your turkey, we want to wish you a peaceful, calming and restorative festive break. Continue being kind to each other.

The team at WallCAP are all taking a much-needed break for 2 weeks from 21st December so please get in touch this week if you have any queries (due back on 4th January 2021). 

But fear not, for we will be back in the New Year with lots of new exciting opportunities to get involved in! 

Until then, THANK YOU for all your time, patience (mainly Zoom-related!) , expertise, enthusiasm and passion for all things Hadrian's Wall-related this year.

See you in 2021!

The WallCAP Team
Click here to visit the WallCAP Website
November 2020 Newsletter
The Hadrian's Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP) is very kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund between 2019 and 2021
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