From the Chairman

Dear Fellows, Members and Visitors

Firstly, an important piece of information. We have been holding our lecture meetings in the Quality Hotel near to Ardleigh, Colchester for many years. We have been informed by the hotel’s management that from the end of November the room will no longer be available to us because they will be converting the room to bedrooms. This means that the lecture meeting on 4 November will be the last at the Quality Hotel. We have booked The Claudius Room for the 2 December meeting at the Best Western Marks Tey Hotel.

We have also booked the Claudius Room for the first two meetings in the New Year. During this period we will decide if we want to confirm the move to the Best Western or look for alternative accommodation.

So, in summary:

4 November – Decommissioning the North Sea Platforms, The Quality Hotel, Ardleigh CO7 7QY.
2 December – Concorde – A Real Life Time Machine, Best Western Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester CO6 1DU.
17 February 2015 – Unmanned Air Systems in the MOD, Best Western Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester.
24 March 2015 – Materials in Action, Best Western Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester.

To pause for a moment to consider the engineering implications in these four topics alone, brings home the immense scope for creativity, inventiveness, self-development and management which engineering offers. These are only four topics which add to the immense scope of professional engineering that have been discussed in our meetings; topics as diverse as submarine engineering, low carbon emission vehicles, biofuels, nuclear energy, robots in surgery, autonomous vehicles and an occasional nostalgic look at engineering achievements by our predecessors. The list goes on.

More details on these lectures are to be found on the Near You page for Eastern / Suffolk and N Essex or alternatively on the I Mech E Eastern group webpage of Linked In. The lectures, which commence at 7.30 pm, are not heavy, are given by knowledgeable people in their field, they are free with no registration needed and they will add to your professional development.

Please keep an eye on the Near You Events page for Suffolk and N Essex and I look forward to meeting you in November or a one of the later meetings.

With kind regards

Michael Allen
Chairman
Suffolk and N Essex Area

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