Science and Engineering Future Talks

14 December:  Instrument Landing Systems – Dickon Povey

11 January: Introducing the 5G network  – Glyn Evans

08 February – The Victorian Mechanical Computer

08 March – Jet Boat Propulsion Systems

12 April – The Photon! – Bob Gilbert

10 may –  Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future? – David Feather

14 June – The Land line RIP 2025 – Alan Cooper

12 July – Electric Cars – Ray Fox

Science and Engineering Group

09 November – “Hydraulic Valve Manufacture”      – Magnus Cooper (external speaker)

A Devonshire engineering company of 35 employees uses £1m of advanced technology to serve its markets, and even to lead the world in some product categories. Magnus Cooper, their Chief Designer, will look at the skills and processes that make it possible. He will bring some products to illustrate the talk.

The company designs and makes 95% of its products and these are used in large vehicles and yachts, unmanned submarines and commercial fishing boats. Their factory is capable of running itself overnight with the “lights out”!

Meetings are held at the Progressive Hall North Bradley, starting at 2:30 pm

Quiz Group

The first Quiz since February 2020 will be on Tuesday 19th October at 2pm till 4pm.

Change of Venue: GUIDE HUT in Trowbridge Park. There will be a charge per person of £1.50 to cover the cost of the venue.

I will set the quiz so it won’t be too difficult.

Please let Jean Stanford (details are in your newsletter) know if you can make it or just turn up.

Parking: Either the Cinema or M&S – 3hours free or Multi storey in Castle Place. unless you park on the top floors.

Tyntesfield Monday 6th December

I am arranging a visit to Tyntesfield. The house will be dressed for Christmas, and hopefully will be as magnificent as previous visits.

You will also be able to walk round the gardens (weather permitting)

The Cow Barn café and shop will be open for hot/cold drinks & hot/cold food/snacks.

This is a National Trust Property. The costs for this trip which includes coach, entry to the house (NT members free) and driver’s tip will be.

National Trust Members: £10.60

Non National Trust: £22.00

To reserve a place on this trip please email or phone Jean Stanford for

a booking form on (and not before)

Thursday 28th October at 9am.

Jean’s contact details are in your Newsletter.


Our first trip after lockdowns is to Coventry on Tuesday 14 September.

There are a few places available.

Gill and I will be working on a schedule for 2022. We need your help to do this.

If you’d like to join our little team or if you have any suggestions of places to visit.

Please contact Jean Stanford for more information

French Conversation & French 2


Over the past year our numbers have dropped from 8 to 4. Normally we are a house group meeting on 2nd & 4th Monday in the month, in the morning.

We talk about things we’ve read, seen or listened to as well as topical news.

At present we are using ZOOM for our meetings.

We’d like more members – so if anyone would like to join us, please contact Jean Stanford via the Group Coordinator


Over the past year our numbers have dropped from 8 to 4. Normally we are a house group meeting weekly on Wednesday mornings. At present we are using ZOOM for our meetings.

We would like 2,even 3 more members. We try to speak French most of the time. We each usually give a short presentation of what we’ve done, seen or read in the preceding week, usually followed by questions and answers. Plus we discuss topical issues. We use French magazine – Bien Dire and Bien Dire Initial. It has many interesting articles, some of which we can listen to by CD. See attached example. We also use an outdated French Experience 2 for grammar etc. We learn from each other – not a teacher, therefore the group is always open to suggestions for things to do.

So if you have some French and would like to join us, please contact Jean Stanford via the Group Coordinator.

Prendre au mot BDI25