Welcome to the Lancaster Engineering Society programme

(First Formed 1946)

2017 Autumn Programme

Tuesday 19th September

"Mars Rovers"

by Stuart Atkinson (Eddington Astronomical Society)

We seem to have a theme this session of vehicular transport (in it's loosest sense). Stuart gave us a fascinating insight into space travel back in January 2016 when he spoke about the Rosetta project.

This talk covers the achievements of NASA's Mars Rover project.

From Sojourner's first drive some 20 years ago to Curiosity, currently exploring Gale Crater, and the latest from Opportunity still roving Mars over 13 years after landing. It being unlikely that anyone, even Richard Branson, will get there any time soon, this is the best we can do for now, so sit back for a ride on Mars!

Tuesday 17th October

"My life and loves - Rolls Royce cars"

by Peter Yates.

Peter, from Bolton-le-Sands, has had a love of "Rollers" for most of his life, and has been lucky enough to indulge his obsession through his professional life. The family business of motor repairers branched out in the early 1970s into wedding car hire, using – you guessed it – Rolls-Royce cars. Over the years since then many have been bought, restored where necessary and used in the business, including one which was the first owned by Eric Morecambe.

Tuesday 21st November

Ladies Evening Dinner


Morecambe Golf Club. 7:00 for 7:30 pm,

followed by a talk on

"Life with Morecambe and Wise"

by Michael Fountain.

Having spent most of his life in the South of England, Michael moved North after retiring,and settled into a new life in Bare. Having had a life driving Eric Morecambe round in his Rolls (echoes of Peter Yates' talk in October), he now fills his time in with giving talks about his life with the stars. You may have heard Michael speak to a WI or other group, but every talk will be different, how could it be other with people like that to talk about!

An interesting evening awaits….

As there is a choice of menu items for the Annual Dinner, please let the Secretary know your choice (see over for details). Bookings and menu choices are required by Monday 13th 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"

Advance Notice of Annual General Meeting: Tuesday 16th January 2016 at 7:30 pm. As usual, the meeting will be followed by a talk (currently being arranged). 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 meeting!


Meetings are held on the THIRD Tuesday in the month, at the Bare Village Hall, Bare, starting at 7.30 p.m. Visitors are always welcome to attend, especially young engineers, who are eligible to join at a favourable rate.

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


Slurry treatment in Civil Engineering - Michael Rowlinson

Energy-Past, Present, Future - LES President -John Blowes

Welsh Highland Railway - Geoff Stoker KES sec

Restoration of the Midland Hotel Morecambe - Stephen Gardner

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

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