WEDNESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2015
The meeting took place in the visitor centre at 10.30 am. Refreshments were provided from 10 am onwards and a buffet lunch after the meeting was over. A guided tour of Heysham 2 with its two nuclear reactors and 660 MW generators was arranged in the afternoon. Security regulations were very thorough and required photographic ID to be provided before joining this tour. The tour guides had an exceptional knowledge of both technical and historical details. The view of the top of the reactors while refuelling took place was an extraordinary sight. The visit was acknowledged as providing a fascinating insight into this form of power generation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.