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BENHS Annual Exhibition 2017

The BENHS ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2017 will be held in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL, on Saturday 4 November 2017, from 11.00 am until 5.00 pm.

You are cordially invited to this major event of the Society’s social calendar. Members and visitors from all over the country (and overseas) are Annual Exhibition 1usually present, and this is an excellent opportunity to meet old friends and make new acquaintances, discuss problem species with experts, and generally see what other people have been up to during the year, and beyond. The Society has been holding exhibitions for over 125 years, and although themes and styles may change, the enthusiasm and dynamism of the Society’s members continues unabated. Guests and families are all welcome. Improvements to the lighting have been organised.

Exhibits are welcome from both members and non-members. These can be set specimens, live invertebrates, photographs, drawings, artwork, poster displays, novel equipment, historical items, literature, reminiscences, curiosities or light-hearted trivia. Scientific novelty or rarity are not the only criteria for exhibiting, nor do presentations have to relate to the current year; exhibits showing personal interests, taxonomic conundrums (or resolutions), ecological, local or historical themes make fascinating displays. A table will also be set aside for the exhibition of unidentified specimens; though identification cannot be guaranteed, members are always happy to offer advice and assistance on difficult specimens.

Please register your exhibit at the signing-in table when you arrive

and at the same time provide a descriptive note about your exhibit. The Exhibition provides a unique Annual Exhibition 2occasion to show your findings and interests, and the notes accompanying exhibits are edited and published in the British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, giving you an ideal opportunity to publish records of your finds and details of your achievements. The editing of notes falls to a dedicated handful of volunteer exhibit recorders. Their job can be made much easier if you follow these simple guidelines:

  • Include your name, postal and email addresses, on each sheet of notes.
  • Give an indication of the significance of what is exhibited, why it is interesting, what is shown.
  • For specimens give place and date of capture and, if possible, vice-county name, and grid reference.
  • As well as italicizing or underlining scientific names, please also give family name and authority.
  • Please provide separate notes for each of the following exhibit categories:

British butterflies

British macro-Lepidoptera

British micro-Lepidoptera

Channel Is. Lepidoptera

Coleoptera

Competition – My favourite invertebrate

Diptera

Foreign Lepidoptera

Hemiptera

Hymenoptera

Illustrations / photos

Other Orders

Posters

Some specimens may be selected for colour plates in the Journal; a note will be placed alongside the exhibit indicating which specimen(s), and asking the exhibitor to make themselves known to the official photographer. If you require a power supply, more than 1.5 metres (5 feet) of table-top space, or wish to display a poster (up to 120 x 90 cm landscape) please contact the Exhibition Secretary, by 24 October 2017: Miss Rosemary Hill, 447B Wokingham Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 7EL, rosemaryhi@lineone.net or telephone her on 01189 665160.

Competitions To encourage everyone to look through their collections, there will be a competition on the subject of My favourite invertebrate with a book token kindly provided by Pemberley Books as the prize. The best exhibit of specimens (from all specimen categories in the exhibition except the abovementioned competition) will attract a similar prize.

Also on offer. Pemberley Books will be selling new and second-hand entomological and other natural history books, and other organizations expected include: Amateur Entomologists’ Society, Butterfly Conservation, Dipterists Forum, British Myriapod and Isopod Group, London Natural History Society and Queckett Microscopical Club. Apart from the bookseller mentioned above, no commercial trading is permitted within the exhibition. For anyone visiting with family, the British Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Hunterian Museum, and Charles Dickens Museum are all within easy walking distance. The West End is a few stops away down the Central Line.

A servery will be open from 11.30 am to 4.00 pm serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, teas, coffees, and light refreshments (sandwiches, cake etc). It is hoped that attendees will make full use of this facility as they will be a charge to the BENHS if it is underused. There are a selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants in the area. You may also bring your own food to the exhibition.

Please remember to sign the attendance book on arrival. This is a permanent record of how many members and guests attend the exhibition; it is a valuable historical document, and the information helps in planning future events. The book, and name badges (which we hope everyone will wear), will be on the table at the entrance to the hall. Subscriptions paid at the exhibition ease the Assistant

Treasurer’s work; he will be adjacent to the signing-in desk and is looking forward to seeing you.

HOW TO GET THERE

The entrance to the building is in Red Lion Square. Follow these links to view the location on either Google Maps or Streetmap

The nearest Underground station is Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines). On leaving the station via the High Holborn exit, cross and walk along the north side of High Holborn, turn left and walk up Proctor Street (A40) to Red Lion Square. Conway Hall is in the far corner of the square.

Paying car parks are situated at hotels in Southampton Row, north of the Vernon Place/ Theobalds Road junction). Northbound: Bedford Hotel, 83-95 Southampton Row, red name sign and blue P sign (before reaching Russell Square), card payment required, no LPG cars, parking charges £5 for 2h, up to £17 for 12h. Southbound: Imperial Hotel, 61-66 Russell Square, red name sign and blue P sign in yellow surround (entrance on Southampton Row), charges as for Bedford Hotel. Other pay car parks can be found on www.parkopedia.co.uk. Parking in Red Lion Square and some surrounding streets is either pay-and-display or permit-holders only until 1.30 pm, after which it is free on Saturday. Before 1.30 pm pay-and-display charges are £5.10 per hour, max 2 hours. Parking availability, fees, and timings may be subject to change. The London congestion charge does not apply at weekends.

ATTENDANCE BOOK

Please remember to sign the attendance book on arrival. This is our only record of how many members and guests attend the Exhibition, and the information helps in planning future Exhibitions. The book and name badges will be on the table at the entrance to the hall. We are asked every year to encourage those attending to wear name badges.
SUBSCRIPTIONS.

The collection of subscriptions at the Exhibition eases the Assistant Treasurer’s work. He will be grateful if members will pay their subscriptions adjacent to the signing in desk.

Series of threatened, scarce or reintroduced insects will not be welcome. The Code for Insect Collecting, endorsed by the BENHS, suggests that a pair of specimens of such species is sufficient. Similarly, long series of any insect taken from a single locality will not be welcome unless the exhibit is agreed in advance. If in doubt please contact the Administrative Assistant and Exhibition Secretary (address below) who will consult with members of Council.

APART FROM THE BOOKSELLER MENTIONED NO COMMERCIAL TRADING IS PERMITTED.

The BENHS Annual Dinner will take place at Ristorante Olivelli, 35 Store Street WC1E 7BS after the Exhibition (5.45 for 6pm), and we hope that you will come along to that too. The dinner is open to members, their partners and guests and it is hoped that as many as possible will attend.   We look forward to welcoming members who have not previously stayed for the meal after the exhibition, or who have not been for some time. The dress code is smart casual.

The meal is a three-course set menu dinner with choices from the following menu, to be specified in advance if at all possible.

Starter:1) Pan-fried king prawns with garlic, chilli & white wine 2) Crispy fried rice balls (beef + peas) or (gorgonzola + porcini mushrooms) (v) 3) salad of artichokes, parmesan, rocket and lemon dressing (v)      

Main course: 4) Chargrilled swordfish steak with broccoli Trapanese 5) Goats cheese, cherry tomato, rocket and mozzarella pizza (v) 6) Veal escalope with tomatoes, ham, mozzarella, oregano and potatoes

Desserts: 7) Chocolate and hazelnut ice cream cake 8) almond and raspberry tart with ice cream 9) fruit salad (gluten-free and dairy-free option).

Table water will be included and wine and other drinks may be purchased on the day. The cost of the meal will be £29.25 per person.

Applications for places at the dinner should be made on the form and be accompanied by payment. In order to save costs no tickets will be issued but an acknowledgment will be made to those who send a s.a.e. or provide an email address. Cheques should be made payable to “BENHS”. Please apply early and in any case not later than 24 October. We regret that, unless there are cancellations, bookings cannot be made on the day of the Exhibition. Cancellations – If you have to cancel it may be possible to sell your place on the day of the Exhibition. If you want to take advantage of this you must let the Administrative Assistant know by the morning of the exhibition.

 

How to get to Ristorante Olivelli from Conway Hall. Turn right out of the main entrance to Conway Hall and then turn next right into Drake Street then turn left into Theobalds Road, cross this road to the far side and walk Eastbound. Continue across Southampton Row into Bloomsbury Way and then into New Oxford Street, then turn right into Bloomsbury Street and continue northbound past the side of the British Museum, and across Montague Place until Keppell Street is reached. At this point cross Bloomsbury Street into Store Street which is opposite Keppell Street. The restaurant is on the left hand side.

Alternatively turn right out of Conway Hall and turn left at Procter Street and right into High Holborn. Cross the road and head to High Holborn Underground Station and take one stop eastbound on the Central Line to Tottenham Court Road and one stop northbound on the Northern Line to Goodge Street Station which has an exit onto Tottenham Court Road, turn right and then walk southbound down Tottenham Court Road to Store Street.

How to get to Goodge Street tube station from Ristorante Olivelli. Turn left out of the restaurant and walk down Store Street to Tottenham Court Road. Turn right and walk up as far as Chenies Street at which point signs to the underground station are visible.

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BENHS DINNER 2017

To: Miss R E Hill 447B Wokingham Rd, Earley, READING, Berkshire RG6 7EL

Please reserve…………………place(s) for me

NAME (Block letters)………………………………………………………………………

My guest(s) will be………………………………………………………………………..

Special dietary requirements……………………………………………………………………

Email address…………………………………………………………………………………………

Menu choices

Starter:………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Main course…………………………………………………………………………………………….

Dessert……………….…………………………………………………………………………………

I enclose a cheque/postal order for £………….

Signed…………………………………………………

 

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