Founder of Craven and Pendle Geological Society receives Moore Medal

Craven Herald: Paul Kabrna, right, with YGS president Prof Patrick Boylan Paul Kabrna, right, with YGS president Prof Patrick Boylan

The founder of the Craven and Pendle Geological Society has been honoured.

Paul Kabrna has been presented with the Moore Medal by the Yorkshire Geological Society.

It is awarded “not more frequently than biennially as an acknowledgement of services to geology in the north of England”.

“As an amateur geologist I was delighted to receive such an honour from the Yorkshire Geological Society, especially as the Moore Medal is usually awarded to professionals. I hope that this encourages other amateur geologists throughout the north of England to continue with their geological interests,” said Paul, who lives in Barnoldswick.

He joined the Yorkshire Geological Society in 1988 and two years later, in 1990, with the encouragement of his late wife, Yvonne James, and Paul Wignall, founded the Craven and Pendle Geological Society centred on Barnoldswick.

He has been the main driving force behind this successful group ever since.

In 1997, alongside his work as circular editor for the YGS, he set up websites for the Yorkshire society and the Craven and Pendle Society.

He was co-author with Paul Wignall of the excursion guide to The Carboniferous (Namurian and Westphalian) of the Cliviger Valley, Todmorden, contributed to YGS Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape, edited by Colin Scrutton, and edited and published Carboniferous Geology: Bowland Fells to Pendle Hill.

Other publications have included two joint papers with Steve Donovan and Dave Lewis on unusual local crinoid finds in the Clitheroe area in 2005 and 2006.

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