Cam, Dursley & District

Science & Engineering

The Group

Our aim is to share knowledge, learn something new, make new friends, and enjoy ourselves. We normally meet monthly to travel to places of scientific, engineering or technological interest, or to have talks in the Methodist Church. The photos show some of our recent visits. It’s not necessary to have any background knowledge – we have quite a mix of members!

The leadership is split between several of us - there are over 150 members, a sure sign of its success and popularity, and new members are welcome. The leadership team welcome additional suggestions, offers of help, and offers of talks! (Do you have knowledge that could be shared with others?). We are in particular need of additional people to help organise events. Use the blue bird to message Graham if you can help.

Please use the blue bird for general enquiries (select 'general enquiries'). For enquiries or bookings for specific events - use the blue bird and select the relevant event leader.

Reports and photos of previous visits/meetings can be found in the 'activities' documents under the 'Links' banner, by downloading them.

Note that the organisation's name can be clicked as a link to take you to their website (where available).

Dates for your Diary
Wed Jun 19th Visit to Didcot Railway Centre, c/o Didcot Parkway mainline railway station, Didcot, Oxfordshire.

Great Western Society's collection of steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics. 200 years of railway heritage to explore across 21 acres. There will be a coach. To book, please contact Carol Tipper via the blue bird.

NB revised date.
Thu Jul 25th Visit to National Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH.

The museum will take you on a journey, charting the 200-year history of the docks and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. With fun, interactive exhibits, café and museum shop you'll discover the stories of the communities that lived and continue to thrive here.
The day will involve a guided tour of the museum. This will take approx. 40 mins max with free time then to go around again at your leisure There will also be a 45 minute trip on the historic pleasure cruiser and Dunkirk Little Ship, Queen Boadicea II.
Timings are yet to be finalised but the museum opens at 10:00 am and the boat trips are 12.00 and 1.30 pm. Museum entry group rate is £7.50pp. Boat trip group rate is £8.50pp.
If you would like to come please contact the organiser Myron Burak via the blue bird.
Sat Aug 31st Visit to 6 O\'Clock Gin distillery, Unit C6 Ashville Park, Short Way, Thornbury, BS35 3UU. Arrive at 12 noon.

A tour of this Gin Distillery will give an unrivalled insight into the life of a working distillery. We will see all aspects of the production process and discover many of the secrets along the way. The tour has a 5-star Trip Advisor rating.

The Distillery produces not only gin, but whole-fruit liqueurs, sloe gin and damson gin. We will learn about the art and craftsmanship behind the distillation process and have a chance to see and smell the botanicals that make their gin smooth.

To keep us refreshed, a 6 O'Clock Gin & Tonic will be served on arrival, with other samples to try during the tour. Designated drivers will have alternatives and a "take away" option, to enjoy their G & T at home.

The visit will be by car share. The tour includes a walkway on the 1st floor and there are no lifts, so comfortable walking shoes are advised. Toilets are available.
The tour takes around one and a half hours and the cost is £20 (other times and days would cost £25). If you would like to come, please contact Elinor Padfield via the blue bird.
Thu Sep 26th Visit to Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Baginton, Warwickshire, CV3 4FR.

The Midland Air Museum is a unique aeronautical collection. The Museum's collecting policy centers on the story of aviation in the Midlands and the Coventry area in particular, but also the story of Sir Frank Whittle and development of the jet engine. Over 45 aircraft on display; Vulcan guided tour; sit-in Meteor cockpit. There will be a coach. To book, please contact Carol Tipper via the blue bird.
Thu Nov 28th A talk by Dr Richard Erskine, Education Lead, Nailsworth Climate Action Network.
Greening Our Energy: How soon?

There are many opinions on how realistic it is for the UK to be self-sufficient with renewables for its energy needs, and this aims to answer some key questions:

Firstly, could all of future energy demand be met by wind and solar?
Secondly, what are the opportunities and hurdles on this journey?
Thirdly, how soon could it be done?

The talk does not discount other forms of low carbon energy, but if it can be shown that we could produce all our energy with wind and solar alone, then any other forms of low carbon energy that are available will make that goal easier to meet.

For example, nuclear has met about one fifth of our electricity generation needs over recent decades, with an ageing fleet of reactors. With new projects on the drawing board, it might continue to meet around 20%, and given the climate crisis many would say it would be foolish to stop current projects. Although, of course, some would dispute how ‘green’ we can say nuclear is.

The talk includes some demystifying of energy, power and energy efficiency to help in the understanding of some of the numbers flying around in the media debates.
The talk will be about 40 minutes with plenty of opportunity to ask questions afterwards.

Following the talk there will be free refreshments (Volunteers required please). The leadership team will be available to discuss ideas for the group.
Although this talk is organised for Science and Engineering group members, all Cam & Dursley members are welcome. The meeting is at 10.30am in Dursley Methodist Church. Please bring £3 to cover the cost of room hire, speaker and refreshments. There is no need to book.

The meeting is being organised by Tony Wooldridge who may be contacted via the blue bird.

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