Welcome to the Lancaster Engineering Society programme

(First Formed 1946)

2018 Autumn Programme

Tuesday 18th September 2018

"Greyhound Bridge overhaul"


David Griffiths (Lancashire County Council Bridges Dept.)

As last session, we start with a talk on the subject of road transport, except that this time we are looking at the means of getting from A to B. Specifically, how we get from Lancaster to Morecambe in as safe a way as possible. This year Greyhound Bridge which forms the major route between the two towns has been closed (for what seems like forever) to allow a full refurbishment of the structure. David has been the Project Engineering Manager for the work and all being well, the bridge will have re-opened the day before he comes to give us a review of the project.

Tuesday 16 th October 2018


Our speaker will be David Ryall, Community Liaison and Planning Coordinator with B4RN, who will give an insight into the background of B4RN and how the systems are put together largely using volunteers.


Tuesday 20th November

Our Ladies Evening Dinner at Morecambe Golf Club

7:00 for 7:30 pm

Our speaker at the Dinner will be Mr Bill Nelson on "A Life in Auctioneering". Bill is Sales Manager with 1818 Auctioneers at Crooklands near Kendal, and has a wealth of experience in the field. He assures me that his life as an auctioneer has not been all serious!

Details of the menu have been circulated, but if you have not received a menu, please see me at the meeting on Tuesday or email me.

Bookings and menu choices are required by Monday 12th November to allow us to advise MGC and also to prepare table arrangements etc. Please note that cheques should be made payable to "Lancaster Engineering Society"


Annual General Meeting:

Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 7:30 pm.

The meeting will be on Tuesday 15th January 2019 and the Agenda for the AGM, together with the Spring Programme, will be distributed at the beginning of the New Year. Subscriptions will be due at the January 2019 meeting.

A reminder-if you move house or E Mail address, please let the Secretary know so that you are kept in touch with events.(thank you to those who have done recently)


General matters: Meetings are held on the third Tuesday in the month, at the Bare Village Club, Bare, starting at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings free of charge for the first three visits. Please note personal membership details are kept confidentially on computer, and will not be passed to any third party without your permission. Wherever possible, we communicate by email, this being the cheapest method, so it is important that we have your up-to-date email details. Members not on email are contacted by post.

Further information about the Society can be obtained from the Secretary by telephone (01524-823328) by email to les.secretary@yahoo.com, or from the Website www.lancasterengineeringsociety.org.uk For address or other changes (including advice of change in email address) please send details to the Secretary, 1 Tarnbrook Close, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth LA5 8LZ or email to les.secretary@yahoo.com

Recent Talks


A Tale of Two Observatories - Dr Keith Robinson

The Thirlmere Hundreds - John Butcher

The Love Life of John O'Gaunt - Dr Graham Kemp

Managing Geotechnical uncertainty - Dr Jason Le Masurier

The Lune Aqueduct - by Stephen Higham and Richard Trevitt

The Hubble Space Telescope 21st Anniversary - Dermot Gethings

Spadeadam Hazardous Testing Centre - David Brown

Gas Exploration and Production - Paul Matich

Wind Farm Development-West of Duddon Sands-

Morecambe Bay - underwater safari - Gordon Fletcher

The Titanic - John Murray

Flood recovery and Prevention Paul Bond

Rouges and Villains at Lancaster Castle-Dr Graham Kemp

The Halton Lune Hydro Project-John Blowes

North West Electrification - Ryan Scott

Morecambe Bay Gas Field - Graham Sheedy

National Grid 400KV main upgrade - Chris Welland

Advances in underground rescues - Graham Hale

Small Scale Engineering and Development of Cinderbarrow Site - Geoff Martell

Communications-Andrew Scarr and Tim Unstone

The Heysham to M6 Link Road Construction Project - Anthony Crossley (Costain PLC)

Bells and Bell Ringing-Engineering, History and Practice - Ron East

RSGB-one hundred years on by Mike Sherriff and Amateur Radion Communications - Andrew Scarr and Tim Unstone

Unmanned Air Systems - Chris Gartside

Buses on the Brain - a serious affliction - Peter Smalley

Modern Brewing - Matt Jackson

Bridge construction - a historical review - Jim O'Neil

Future developments in nuclear power - Graig Simpson

The Rosetta Project and Philae the Comet Lander-Stuart Atkinson

Combat Bridging Solutions- WOI Kevin Cameron and SSgt Paul Carter

Engineering Training Today-James Meil and Andy Pyle

The challenge of the Matador Peter Foster

The Electrical Aftermath of Storm Desmond - Martin Collin and Ian Parker (ENWL)

3D printing techology and demonstration - Jonathan Howard

19th Century Rifle Volunteer and their legacy in the Lake District------Dr Darran Ansell

Mars Rovers- Stuart Atkinson

My life and Loves -Peter Yates

Life with Morecambe and Wise-Michael Fountain

Graphene and its developing Uses -Dr Darren Ansell