WEDNESDAY 25 JANUARY 2012
This meeting of the Association was held at the Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY. The meeting started at 10.30 in the Douglas Centre and was followed by a hot buffet lunch in the cafeteria. At 2 pm the members witnessed the operation of the Don Steam Engine, said to be the largest in Europe still in working condition. The experience was thrilling for all present. It was part of a guided tour run by the Museum and covered mainly the development of the steel industry in Sheffield. Other interesting exhibits were the Bessemer converter for making steel and also a Grand Slam Bomb, known as the Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb and at 10 tons the heaviest bomb ever made.
WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2011
The meeting was held at The Derby Conference Centre on London Road, Derby, DE24 8UX at 10.30 am. It was attended by 18 Members and was followed by a buffet lunch. During the afternoon, the guests drove to the Rolls Royce LAF Museum a mile away, where the party was divided into two for a guided tour of the museum. The range of aero engines and Rolls Royce cars on show impressed all the visitors. The guides gave informative descriptions of the exhibits and the history of the company.
Thursday 14 APRIL 2011
The EIA held its Annual General Meeting at the Thistle Hotel, Haydock Park on Thursday 14th April 2011, commencing at 2.30pm. There were 19 attendees. After the AGM there was the traditional dinner with drinks and 17 members were in attendance. As usual, the dinner was hosted by the Association at no charge to Members with a free bar before and during the meal for everyone. Only 11 members stayed the night, which reflected the lack of enthusiasm for EIA activities interfering with two days’ business.
In keeping with previous years, the EIA Annual Golf Competition was held at the Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club but on this occasion on the morning after the AGM. All green fees were paid by the Association. There were 8 participants and the winner with the best individual score was Frederic Dodin of AEV Ltd. The prize for the shot nearest to the hole went to Mark Chisholm of JSI.
26 JANUARY 2011 AT IRONBRIDGE POWER STATION, Buildwas Road
The January 2011 General Meeting of the Association was held at Ironbridge Power Station, near Telford. A room had been reserved for the meeting, which was followed by a hot lunch in the station canteen. Afterwards a comprehensive technical presentation was given by Graeme Smith, the Day Production Manager, with discussions and questions arising on the technical and political aspects governing the day-to-day operation of the power station and its future. There followed a fascinating 2½ hour tour of the station which was much appreciated by Members for its comprehensive and technical content. At its conclusion, Members were provided with a complimentary book on the station.
29 SEPTEMBER 2010 AT WARRINGTON
GENERAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Autumn meeting of the Association was held at The Paddington House Hotel, Warrington (WA1 3TZ), starting at 10.30 am. It was preceded by coffee and biscuits. A lunch was provided at about 12.30 pm, after which members drove two miles across Warrington to the Exova Warringtonfire research laboratory (WA1 2DS). Parking spaces were reserved for us. At approximately 2 pm, a tour of the facilities took place, during which demonstrations of typical fire tests were performed. The event was very successful with 18 people on the tour.
FRIDAY 16 APRIL 2010.
The 2010 EIA Annual General Meeting was held at The Thistle Haydock, Warrington in the Chester Room.
In keeping with previous years, the EIA Golf Tournament was held in the morning at the nearby Ashton-in Makerfield Golf Club.
Once again, the overall winner of the Eddie Porter cup was Mr Todd Littlehales of Haysite UK Ltd and the prize for the shot closest to the pin went to Mr Nolan
During the meeting, Mr Phil Baker (Mekufa Ltd) debriefed members present on a recent ERA Industry Summit he attended in London on behalf of the Association.
It was clear from the data presented that the decline in manufacturing output over the past 15 years has been very marked and Mr Baker urged members of the association to consider registering for a web campaign at www.votemanufacturing.com if they are concerned about the future of UK manufacturing.
After the meeting there was an interesting and lively presentation by John Stanworth from Barclays Bank on the economy, how we got where we are today and the outlook as we commence 2010. The presentation prompted a number of detailed and lively questions which were ably answered by John, who gave an interesting insight into the current position of financial institutions and political pressures they are under to lend money to small and medium sized business.
The meeting was followed by a dinner at the Hotel attended by 17 members and guests.
The last EIA General meeting was held at Daniel Thwaites Brewery in Blackburn at 10.30 am on Wednesday 20 January 2010.
The meeting room was upstairs in the brewery training centre The meeting ended at 12.30 and a lunch of meat and potato pie plus free drinks was served in the bar on the ground floor. After lunch, there was a guided tour of the plant and packing centre which was enjoyed by all.
WEDNESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2009.
The previous meeting of the EIA was held at Manchester Airport’s Aviation Viewing Park. A meeting room was provided for us and tea/coffee were available from 10 am onwards. The meeting started at 10.30 am. Lunch was served in the new restaurant where a table was reserved for us. A three course meal was provided with soft drinks.
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At 2 pm we had a guided technical tour of Concorde “Alpha Charlie”. It commenced with an excellent 45 minute technical presentation underneath the plane, with a comprehensive description of all the diagnostic and measurement systems. We then entered the cabin and had a question and answer session, during which groups of three moved forward to visit the flight deck. Everyone had a chance to sit in the pilot’s seat and have a photo taken. The tour lasted until 3.30 pm.
It was unanimously agreed to have been the most successful venue ever arranged for an EIA General Meeting and the tour of Concorde was an exceptional experience for all 21 people who attended.
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FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2009.
The EIA Annual General Meeting was held at The Thistle Haydock, Warrington starting at 2.30 pm in the Birkdale Room. After the meeting, we had a talk for 45 minutes on Cost Savings to Business by Eric Bond from Groundwork UK, the Environmental Regeneration Charity, that works to improve energy efficiency in industry.
In keeping with previous years, the EIA Golf Tournament was held in the morning at the nearby Ashton-in Makerfield Golf Club. The individual prize was won by Mr Todd Littlehales. The photo on the left shows Todd Littlehales receiving the EIA Golf Trophy for 2009 from Tom Eland, the EIA Chairmnan.
After the AGM there was an evening dinner with drinks and it turned out to be an enjoyable social event. The dinner this year was hosted by the Association at no charge to Members and Members’ guests (limit of 3 people per company). There was a free bar before and during the meal for everyone.