Wednesday 21 January 2009.
This General Meeting of the EIA was held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens at 10.30 am on Wednesday 21 January 2009. A Committee Room was available for us where tea and coffee were served from 10 am onwards. At the end of the meeting, there was a talk by Simon Gulliver, Plant and Records Officer from the BBG on “Plant response to climate change”. We then moved to the nearby Pavilion Tea Room where a table was reserved for us and a 4 course hot lunch was served. Admission to the 15 acres of gardens and glasshouses was free for EIA Members and any partners who wish to accompany them. There were four glasshouses, comprising a Tropical House, a Sub-Tropical House, a Mediterranean House and an Arid House. This was a really spectacular venue for our meeting.
Wednesday 1st October 2008.
The General Meeting of the Association was held at the HV Laboratories of Manchester University. Dr Zhongdong Wang described the work that was being carried out at the University of Manchester on transformer materials. Two main areas of work were described in some detail, namely the assessment of transformer lifetime through a physical understanding of the ageing mechanisms and the use of alternative fluids within transmission voltage transformers.
A tour of the HV Laboratories followed and included the small project laboratories in which work up to around 100 kV was undertaken, a laboratory containing a small salt fog chamber and altitude chamber and the main test hall that houses a 2 MV impulse generator, an 800 kV AC test set and a 600 kV DC test set.
The last Social Event was held on 9/10 October 2009 at Frodsham, near Chester, where a dinner was attended by 28 guests at The Old Hall Hotel.
This was a very enjoyable occasion with good food and excellent service. The number of people attending was higher than in 2008, which reflected the popularity that this event now enjoys. On the Saturday morning, 20 of the guests went to Catton Hall to participate in Quad Trekking, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery. Everyone who participated found the occasion to be memorable and those who endured the 9 mile quad trekking course finished with smiles that underlined this to have been the best Social Event for many years. All charges at the hotel and Catton Hall were met by the Association.