Sidcup Lapidary & Mineral Society

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History of the Society

THE SIDCUP LAPIDARY AND MINERAL SOCIETY was formed in March 1970 as The Dartford Lapidary Society but three years later, on its move to new quarters at the Sidcup Arts Centre, the name was changed to the S.L.M.S and it has remained with the Arts Centre ever since. The Society now meets every Monday evening from September to July at the Adult Education and Arts Centre, Alma Road, Sidcup.

The Society promotes interest in Lapidary work (gemstone polishing) and in the Earth Sciences, i.e. mineralogy, palaeontology (fossils) gemmology, etc. Field trips take place regularly during the year including a week long excursion.

To celebrate the Society's 30th Anniversary three events took place. The first was at 16 Preston Drive Bexleyheath on Saturday 10th January, when 33 members and associates had a special get-together when one of the ladies who started the Society, Mrs. Margaret Smith, attended.

The next event was a special dinner at a small restaurant when 32 people attended.

Lastly, and the biggest undertaking of all, the Society put on a BEXLEY GEM & MINERAL SHOW, which was opened by the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Linda Bailey, at Crook Log Sports Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath on Saturday, 1st April, 2000 from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. This was the first big Show of its kind in the area, the nearest to date being at Swiss Cottage. Since then we have had three more Shows in 2001, 2002 and 2003. After that date the Crook Log hall was not available due to rebuilding etc. but we still continue to hold smaller shows each year at The Emmanuel Church Hall, Sidcup in November.

The Society has close links with many other organisations with similar interests and our mineralogical excursions have led us into corporate membership of the Trevithick Society in Cornwall.