Welcome to the Lancaster Engineering Society programme

(First Formed 1946)

2017 Spring Programme

Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 7:30 pm.

71st Annual General Meeting

followed by

"The Electrical Aftermath of Storm Desmond"

by Martin Collin and Ian Parker (ENWL)

Storm Desmond famously hit us at the beginning of December 2015, and due to ensuing floods, almost 70,000 people in the Lancaster area lost their electricity supply. Martin and Ian were in the thick of (a) trying to prevent this, (b) mitigating the effects and (c) since then have been busy trying to make sure that there will be no recurrence. This is their story.


Tuesday 21st February at 7.30 pm.

"3D printing technology and demonstration" by Jonathan Howard

(University of Cumbria)

Jonathan has worked for the University of Cumbria / St Martins for the last 15 years as a technician. His experience of 3D printing started just over a year ago when he was asked to purchase, build, learn to use and eventually teach others on the use of the printer. The talk will be more his personal journey covering file creation to choice of materials through to the finished print. Due to the time it takes to print something the printer will be running throughout the talk. There will be plenty of time to look and handle various printed items and ask plenty of questions.


Tuesday 21st March at 7.30pm

"19th Century Rifle Volunteers and their legacy in the Lake District"

by David Balch,

a member of Kendal and District Engineering Society.

David has long had an interest not only in old firearms, but in archeology, the junction of which interests led to joining in the uncovering of the activities of the Rifle Volunteers in the Lake District in the mid-19th Century.


Tuesday 18th April at 7.30pm

(day after Bank Holiday!)

when we have a talk on

"Graphene and its developing uses"

by Dr Darren Ansell,

Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead within the School of Engineering, at UCLAN, Preston.  

Darren has been and is working on the development of Graphene-based materials within the aerospace industry, which led to the flight of the first drone with a wing skinned in a Graphene material in 2016.  Darren will also introduce the Engineering Innovation Centre at UCLAN, a £30 million development to provide a state-of-the-art facility.


Annual Day Trip.

Tuesday 30th May 2014

To Liverpool Conducted tour of the Old Dock, The Old Dock, originally known as Thomas Steers' dock, was the world's first commercial wet dock.

The 3 1⁄2 acres (1.4 ha) dock was built on the River Mersey in Liverpool, starting in 1710 and completed in 1716. The Dock was filled in in the 1820s, and was only rediscovered in the early 2000s.

The original "Pool" from which Liverpool gets it name is within the dock.

Depart Traveller's Choice Depot Carnforth at 8.30 am.

Arrive approximately 10.15 and assemble at the Maritime museum.

There will be an introductory talk and then taken to the site where we will be taken below ground to see the dock. There are several other attractions in the area, including the excellent and free Museum of Liverpool, The Maritime Museum and the Museum of Slavery. There is an excellent choice of cafes, restaurants and shops in the area.

6.00pm depart Liverpool to arrive at Carnforth at approximately 7.30pm

Cost £20 per person. Book Early to avoid disappointment.

Visitors are welcome to join us.



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


Refurbishment of Sizergh Castle - Margaret Reid

Mutiny on The Med - John Murray

Nuclear Power - Paul Winkle

The Flying Scotsman - George Hinchliffe

Operating a Morecambe Bay Gas Field Platform - Chris Baxter

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