Programme for 2021 season:
The plan is to commence our normal meetings with the AGM on 22nd October.
Thursday 24th September:
Virtual ZOOM webinar
“Wells and Water – Burton upon Trent" by Martyn Ralph
Everyone knows Burton for its beer, but long before Bass, Worthington and the others arrived in town, Burton was better known for its water.
From the Middle Ages until the 16th Century when Henry VIII removed all sites of miraculous cures, Burton was a place of pilgrimage for those with skin and eye complaints.
This is a brief walk through the history of water in the town, and why Burton Water is so important for Pale Ale Breweries worldwide.
An email link to Zoom will be sent to all members who decided to Zoom with us previously. If any member who did not Zoom previously would like to, please confirm by email or telephone.
22nd October – AGM
Back-up will be a Zoom Webinar presentation by Richard Farman on the 1916 Zeppelin raid on Burton.
Until further notice all meetings and talks will be via Zoom
Wednesday 18th November at 7.30pm:
The annual social evening will take place Via Zoom, when the speaker will be Cath McAteer talking about the Russian winter and Christmas.
Space Engineering at the University of Leicester by Alexander Lodge – Leicester University Space Centre
The ARC 2019 Portsmouth to Gran Canaria and then St Lucia – by Ian Jenkinson
Ian Jenkinson, a civil engineer and member of Carsington Sailing Club, will give a presentation about his experience of sailing across the Atlantic in the ARC2019. He embarked from Portsmouth to deliver Challenger 2, a 77 foot racing yacht, to the start line but, en-route, they encountered and sailed through a category 1 hurricane in Biscay. In Gran Canaria he transferred to a 46 foot Beneteau to sail with friends to the finish line in St Lucia, coming 3rd in the “Open All” class.
He says “If I can do it then any club sailor can also make the crossing. All it requires is planning and the relevant RYA courses, they really do prepare you very well for this”. Ian will talk through how they prepared, what happened and what it felt like to arrive safely in the Caribbean.
The Panama Canal – a history, construction, transit, its expansion and economy, an illustrated Zoom presentation by Peter Pallett, following his canal transit on MV Azamara in March 2015.
There will be a short history of the construction and ownership of the original canal and how it works, with views from Peter’s experiences during a daylight complete transit, including access to the ship’s bow-camera video. The construction of the expansion project, opened in June 2016, is also illustrated along with an explanation of its unique water saving system.
The talk concludes with the economics of the Canal and its competition.
Peter Pallett BSc, CEng, FICE, FCS is a retired chartered civil engineer having been a well known consultant, trainer and expert witness in his field of above ground temporary works. He has presented papers worldwide and, being based in Lichfield, is already known to the Burton-upon-Trent and District Engineering Society.
The equipment that makes up the canal – Sally Boddy – Canal and River Trust
Sally Boddy is the Regional Engineer for the Canal and River Trust in the West Midlands. With an area, which extends from Llangollen to Rugby, she will explore and introduce us to the many types of structures and marvels which combine to form the nation’s 2000 miles of canal network. She will provide an interesting insight into how these structures are managed and inspected, and will provide an insider view of how, in particular, the length of the Trent and Mersey Canal through Burton upon Trent is recorded.
The modern whisky distillery – Rob Davies Project Engineer Manager and Steve Mason – Project Manager
The talk will provide a brief history of Briggs in the town and then move on to Whisky Distilleries and new developments.