ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT THE THISTLE HOTEL, HAYDOCK PARK

FRIDAY 24th APRIL 2015

The EIA held its Annual General Meeting at the Thistle Hotel, Haydock Park.   A presentation of the Eddie Porter Shield for the EIA Annual Golf Competition was made to Todd Littlehales who had won it for the 5th time in the last 10 years.   The meeting concluded with the Tom Eland Memorial lecture being given by Cara Blockley and Dr Geraldine Bryson from the Future Networks Division of Electricity Northwest.   Their PowerPoint presentation may be seen by clicking on here.  A complimentary bar tab opened at 6 pm and which dinner was served in the hotel restaurant at 7 pm.  As usual, the dinner, drinks and overnight accommodation on a B&B basis were paid for by the EIA up to a maximum of two representatives from each Member company.

EIA GENERAL MEETING AT THE CROWN HOTEL, NANTWICH (CW5 5AS)

WEDNESDAY 21 JANUARY 2015 AT 10.30 AM

The Crown is a timber-framed, black-and-white historic hotel and public house located at 24–26 High Street in Nantwich, Cheshire, and dates from shortly after 1583. There was a public car park behind the hotel with some free parking in spaces allocated to The Crown Hotel.

The meeting was held in the Minstrel’s Room, preceded by refreshments. After the meeting, a hot meal was served in the hotel restaurant where tables had been reserved for us. The meal consisted of a hot main course, followed by a dessert.

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On completion of the meal, delegates drove a few miles South to the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Shelter (CW5 8BL) which is situated just off the A530, Whitchurch Road. There was no formal tour and visitors were able to make their way round the shelter at leisure. The 27 rooms showed a remarkable collection of electronic monitoring equipment dating back to the 1960’s. A particularly interesting one was the low frequency transmitter used by Margaret Thatcher to send a coded message, via the Rugby transmitter, to HMS Conqueror to sink the Argentinian warship Belgrano.

EIA GENERAL MEETING AT THE LAND ROVER FACTORY, HALEWOOD, LIVERPOOL (L24 9BJ)

WEDNESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT 10.30 AM

The meeting was held in the Land Rover Visitor Centre on the South Road at Halewood.

The meeting was preceded by refreshments and followed by a hot buffet lunch with a choice of meat or vegetarian dishes.    An introductory talk was given by the Land Rover guides and delegates were then taken by bus to the factory.   The tour began at the metal sheet goods inward bay when we were told that what we saw would become a completed Land Rover vehicle within 48 hours.    The guides took us round in two groups and we saw more robots than workers.  After 3 hours, the tour ended with a view of the millionth Land Rover to be made at Halewood.  Delegates were agreed that it had been a most remarkable factory visit that had been memorable for showing  a modern UK car manufacturing assembly plant to be proud of.

EIA GENERAL MEETING AT THE BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2013 AT 10.30 AM

The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Museum and refreshments were served from 10.00 am onwards. After the meeting, at approximately 12.30 pm, a hot fork buffet was served, comprising a selection of spicy, non-spicy and vegetarian options accompanied by soft drinks and followed by tea or coffee.
Entry to the museum was at about 1.30 pm on a group basis. Delegates enjoyed a tram ride, a guided tour of the coal mine and a stroll round the museum exhibits and period-based houses and shops. They featured in the recent BBC *Peaky blinders” series. The visit concluded with a ride on a Victorian waltzer in the old-fashioned fair ground.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

FRIDAY 25th APRIL 2014

The EIA held its Annual General Meeting at the Thistle Hotel, Haydock Park commencing at 2.30 pm.  The agenda included a new item entitled “Forum” which was intended to provide an opportunity for Members to share information on issues commonly experienced in industry.  The first subject was introduced by Tony Greenfield on absenteeism, which proved to be provocative and illuminating.

At the end of normal business, the Eddie Porter Trophy for the Annual EIA Golf Competition was presented to Steve Nolan of UK Insulations Ltd.
After a short break, the Tom Eland Memorial Lecture was given by Mr Ian Ellerington from the Innovation team at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  He gave a fascinating and absorbing talk on the work of his department and dispelled many myths published in the press which had been strong on impact but weak on fact.

As usual, an evening dinner was arranged for Members on a complimentary basis.   Overnight accommodation for members was also paid for by the EIA.

EIA GENERAL MEETING AT THE MANCHESTER MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY 2014 AT 10.30 AM

The first meeting of the Association in 2014 was held in the Conference Centre at the Museum of Science and Industry on the Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP.
Refreshments were provided on arrival and at 12.30 pm, a hot buffet was served in the meeting room, comprising a hot lamb casserole or a vegetarian option followed by a dessert.
After lunch, delegates were able to tour the museum galleries, for which entry was free. There were several galleries in some 6 large buildings with industrial themes, varying from textile spinning, weaving and steam engines to railways, power generation and energy sources.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

FRIDAY 19th APRIL 2013

The EIA held its Annual General Meeting at the Thistle Hotel, Haydock Park commencing at 2.30 pm. After the meeting, a presentation was given by Mr John Young, from the Bank of England. John is the North West Agent for the B of E and takes a particular interest in the state of trade of companies. He listened to the views of EIA Members and their plans for the forthcoming months, data he will use in a financial model covering companies with whom he is in contact. In this way he can present a picture of the North West economy to the B of E. His presentation was a remarkably candid reflection on the role of the BoE, its successes and failures and the state of the UK economy. He was able to make an apparently dry subject into a stimulating revelation. It was followed by a long period of questions which had to be terminated when the need for refreshments became irresistible. Later, he joined the Members for the evening dinner which was, as usual, a complimentary event paid for by the Association. Overnight accommodation for Members was also paid for by the EIA.. In keeping with previous years, the EIA Annual Golf Competition was held on the same day at the Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club with the first tee at 7.30 am. All green fees were paid by the Association. The individual competition for the Eddie Porter Shield was won for the third year in succession by Mr Todd Littlehales.

GENERAL MEETING OF THE EIA

WEDNESDAY 23rd JANUARY 2013

The EIA held its January meeting at the Donington Racing Car Museum in Derbyshire, near to the M! and East Midlands Airport. A hospitality suite within the Museum was reserved for the meeting which was followed by an excellent hot buffet lunch. In the afternoon, Members were free to make a tour of the Racing Car Museum, which houses the largest collection of Formula 1 Grand Prix racing cars in the world and also ai interesting assembly of WW2 vehicles. In spite of the snow and cold conditions, the Members enjoyed the occasion.

GENERAL MEETING OF THE EIA

WEDNESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2012

The Autumn meeting of the Association was arranged for Cosford Royal Air Force Museum, near Telford, Shropshire.  After the meeting, a two-course hot lunch was served in the Refuel Restaurant followed by a guided tour of the four hangars by an ex-serviceman who illustrated his talk with stories about the exhibits.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

FRIDAY 20th APRIL 2012

The EIA held its Annual General Meeting at the Thistle Hotel, Haydock Park on Friday 20th April 2012, commencing at 2.30pm. Unfortunately, the talk arranged for before the meeting by Michelle Clarke entitled “Extraordinary Teams in Flow”, concerned with building teams and the creation of business strategies, had to be post-poned until the 2013 AGM due to a low turnout. It was followed by the traditional dinner at 7 pm whch was hosted by the Association at no charge to Members with a free bar before and during the meal for everyone. The overnight accommodation was also paid for by the EIA. The highlight of the evening was arranged by Mr Littlehales who had used his influence to allow EIA guests to gain entry to the closing speeches at a charity event taking place in the hotel marquee. Speeches were made by Ron Atkinson, the ex-manager of many UK clubs, and a comedian.

In keeping with previous years, the EIA Annual Golf Competition was held on the same day at the Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club with the first tee at 7.30 am. All green fees were paid by the Association. Prizes were awarded for the best individual score (Todd Littlehales) and team score (Todd Littlehales’ team). The prize for the shot nearest to a previously nominated hole was not awarded this year due to the wayward nature of the tee shots.