Beccles

Science in the News

Convenor: Richard WinterburnVacancies
Date: 1st Thursday of the MonthNo waiting list
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: St Michael's Undercroft

Aims of the Group

To Discuss and Learn about Developments in Science:-

  • Items of Scientific News from newspapers, television, etc.
  • Special Subjects of Interest through Talks or Recorded programmes
  • Outside Trips to Local Industries or Museums

The following list will give you a flavour of the topics we have covered since our inception:-

*Plate Tectonics*Wind Energy*Xray Crystallography
*Climate Change*Gravity Waves*DNA
*Sperm Whales and Basking Sharks*Evolution*Fracking
*Treatment of Parkinsons Disease*Nuclear Power*Dendrology
*Irrigation*Sizewell B dry store*Mycology

Picture of the Month

Every month we update this home page with an image related to an item of news in Science. The current image is taken from the recent presentation by John Bailey in his talk to our group in June as a precursor to our site visit to a Suffolk farm. John's principle topic focussed on farming mechanisation.

Monthly Newsletter

We publish a Monthly Newsletter which summarises our recent activities, gives details of future meetings and provides other useful information. The newsletters are indexed under the month name and can be accessed by clicking on the relevant LINK on this page.

Recent Meetings

At many of our meetings we have presentations given by members of the group or invited speakers. These presentations span the full range of our science interests. A selection of these are available by following the relevant LINK item on this page. If you would like further details of the subject matter, please contact our Group Convenor who will pass you the relevant contact details.

Our meeting in June welcomed two new participants, Jane Newbold and David Barratt. The meeting was then given an interesting presentation by John Bailey. Unfortunately I was unable to attend but thanks to the unwavering support I get, Moderator for the day, Jon Roots, handled the meeting.

Later in June we had arranged an evening visit to a local farm, Frostenden Hall farm. Hosted by the farmer David Watson, we enjoyed a really interesting and informative discussion on modern crop farming. The visit started with a lengthy discussion on the various factors influencing the selection of crops grown and the efforts made to encourage wildlife, birds, butterflies and bees. We also enjoyed watching two very powerful machines in the methods used to spray and seed the farms in a rapid but very efficient manner. All in all an excellent couple of hours and our thanks go to George Fisher and John Bailey for setting this up. Some pics taken at the visit can be found under the LINK section. Copyright for these is held by Mike Lloyd and Richard Winterburn.

Diary of future activities:

The 4th July meeting will be an open ‘Science in the News’ session and so bring along your own news items. In August we will take a Summer break and not hold a meeting, returning in September on the 5th of the month for an open Science in the News discussion.

For our 7th November meeting we have organised a visiting speaker from the Sizewell C power station. He/she will provide an update on the progress being made on this important project. We are also looking to host a talk on dendrology later in the year - watch this space.

Finally, can you all please note in your diaries that our first meeting in 2020 will not be held on our usual first Tuesday but on the second Tuesday i.e. 9th January 2020 - St Michael's Undercroft at 2pm. This to relieve the time pressures around Christmas/New Year celebrations.

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Archaeology Art Appreciation
Badminton Ballroom Dancing 1
Ballroom Dancing 2 Beccles History 1500-1900
Beginners Spanish 2 Bridge
Canasta Church Explorers
Classical Music Appreciation 1 Classical Music Appreciation 2
Coffee Morning Computer Confidence Group
Creative Writing Cribbage
Current Affairs Cycling
Digital Photography Group Dog Walking
Drama Drawing and Painting
Drawing and Painting 2 English Country Dancing
Family History French Conversation
Gardening Growing Together
Historic Walks 1 Historic Walks 2
Historic Walks 3 Improvers Spanish
iPad Users Italian Conversation 1
Italian Conversation 2 Italian for improvers
Jazz Appreciation Latin
Lunch Club Madrigal Singing SATB
Madrigal Singing SSA Mah Jong
Medieval Beccles Modern Greek
Nimble Fingers Page Editing
Page Editing Philosophy/History of Ideas
Reading Group Recorder Playing
Science in the News Scrabble
Short Tennis Singing for Fun
Summer Rowing 2019 Table Tennis
Table Tennis 2 Theatre and Cinema Visits
Walking 1 Walking 2
Walking 3 Wine Appreciation
Yoga