Sandscape – John Dempsey

John Dempsey, Green Sefton

SoFA members enjoyed an interesting Zoom talk entitled ‘Sandscape’ given by the experienced Green Sefton Engagement Officer, John Dempsey.

Sandscape, John Dempsey, Green Sefton
John Dempsey, Green Sefton

John is a key part of the group looking after Sefton’s coastal and dune system.  Members benefitted from both his job experience and his lifelong interest in nature.  He was able to illustrate the talk from his library of photos. 

An excellent speaker, he covered the historical timeline from 7000 year old sediment beds through links with the Vikings and into the 21st century.  He included interesting details of local motoring and aviation history, a maritime heritage with details of wrecks along our coast and fascinating details of the natural features and creatures populating our coastal area.  John explained the ever changing and expanding characteristics of our coastal landscape and the impact global warming is having on the local environment.

During his talk John also covered the work being done by other local conservation groups, such as Gems in the Dunes.

In many ways, as John described, “we have the lion’s share” of some of the nation’s interesting species and fauna.  Thanks to John’s presentation there is so much that stimulated members’ interests and enjoyment.

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Women of Courage – Frank Hyland

Frank Hyland SoFA Chairman - Women of Courage Zoom Talk
Frank Hyland – Zoom Talk

Frank Hyland, our Association Chairman, gave an illustrated Zoom talk, entitled ‘Women of Courage’. Following a career of over 35 years as a Government Health & Safety Inspector, Frank drew on historical material to which he had access to form this talk.

In 1893 women successfully fought against male prejudice to join the normally male dominated field of the Factory Inspectorate. Lucy Deane Streatfield, one of the original women to join the Inspectorate, was the first person to raise concerns over the use of asbestos as early as 1898.

Frank described the challenges and changes faced by the first women Factory Inspectors, or Lady Inspectors as they were called. He focused on the achievements of female Inspectors during the two World Wars, and their development in post war times.

The early female pioneers, including Emily Paterson, who founded the Women’s Protective League, May Abrahams, Mary Patterson, and Rose Squires; all had a remarkable strength of character and covered amazing distances in the course of their work, which eventually covered England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Their contribution and determination in achieving safe standards for workers in a range of industries was remarkable.

This fascinating presentation on ‘Women of Courage’ was enjoyed by attendees from the comfort of their own homes.

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Article supplied by Edwina Alcock