Welcome to the Lancaster Engineering Society programme

(First Formed 1946)

2018 Spring Programme

Tuesday 16th January

72nd Annual General Meeting

Nominations are invited from members for all officer and committee member posts shown.

Please forward these to the Secretary by midnght on Friday 12th January.

The AGM will be followed by

"A short history of tall buildings" by Peter Wiltshire(Member)

Peter follows a personal fascination and traces the motivation to build ever taller buildings and the technologies which made this possible.


Tuesday 20th February

"The metallurgy of Biomaterials in orthopaedic surgery"

by Mr Kuntal Patel (RLI)

Mr Kuntal Patel is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at RLI with major activities in hip and knee surgery. He has a significant interest in Bio-materials, i.e., the materials used in orthopaedic procedures, especially their metallurgy, and will discuss developments in this field.


Tuesday 20th March

"Freight transport through Heysham"

by Alastair Eagles (CEO Seatruck Ferries Ltd)

Alastair, now CEO of Seatruck Ferries, helped set up the freight only ferry company with its head office in Heysham. Seatruck, which specialises in the shipment of unaccompanied freight trailers, has grown from a new entrant to a significant player on the Irish Sea, now moving in excess of 360,000 freight units per annum on 2 routes from Heysham and 1 from Liverpool. Seatruck move around 20% of the total roll on roll off freight traffic to Ireland and continue to grow. With 10 freight ferries, including 8 new builds, Seatruck is also active in the external charter market offering vessels on hire to other ferry operators in Northern Europe. Seatruck is 100% owned by the Clipper Group based in Denmark.


Thursday 22nd March

An invitation is extended to all members to join Kendal and District Engineering Society in a visit to the DNV GL Spadeadam site. The site was formerly the Black Streak testing site, and is now used for explosive and fire testing by DNV. In April 2012 David Brown (then GL Noble) gave us a very interesting talk about the activities on the site, now we have a chance to see what they do. Please contact Alan Hipple (Secretary) for more information.


Tuesday 17th April

"The Challenges of Repairing Cumbrian Bridges"


Dr. David Wiggins (Senior Engineer,Conservation and Heritage with Curtins Ltd.)

David is based in Kendal and is a specialist in the care and repair of architectural and civil engineering structures, having undertaken doctoral research in the technical conservation of heritage masonry.


24th May Annual Trip

The Annual trip this year will be to the Anson Engine Museum at Poynton,Cheshire.

The museum features over 250 stationery and marine Gas, Petrol, and Diesel Engines of all sizes and ages, most are in working condition and can been seen running.The Manchester area has a long history of engine manufacture with names such as Crossley Brothers, Mirlees, Blackstone,Vulcan and Ruston coming to mind.

After a morning at the museum there will be a trip to the Castlefields area of Manchester where there are some excellent lunch venues as well as the Museum of Science and Technology and of course Manchester's superb shopping streets are nearby.

If we use Travellers Choice at Carnforth we would leave their Depot at Carnforth at 8.30am and should return about 7.30pm


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. Subject to confirmation at the AGM, the Subscription for 2018 will be £10. Cheques should be made payable to "Lancaster Engineering Society" and passed to the Treasurer as soon as possible. Please also check with the Treasurer whether you have any arrears to pay. 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

Further information on any aspect of the Society is available from the Secretary, Alan Hipple, tel. 01524-823328 or les.secretary@yahoo.com or from the LES Web Site www.lancasterengineeringsociety.org.uk. 

Recent Talks


Concrete Matters - Andrew Crossley

China Light and Power Company - Ken McGrath

Ice Houses and International Trade in Ice - Rob David

Life and Experiences of the Royal Flying Corps - Dr Graham Kemp

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

Hybrid Drives for Large Vehicles - David Vance

Lancaster Water System Renewal - David Holmes

Frank Whittle - Bernie Walters

An Open Source World - Mark Keating

A Practical User's Guide to how the Internet works - Ian Norton

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