Welcome to the Autumn 2017 Update from IMechE West Cumbria Area


Dear Colleague,

Welcome back. As I begin my second year as chairman of the Area Committee, I am delighted to introduce this Autumn update to our IMechE Near You Webpage.  In the coming weeks our Autumn/Winter Newsletter will hit the streets, and within its pages you will find information on the Engineering Activities we have undertaken over the last 6 months, including lectures on subjects including, Hydrogen Fuel for Cars, the Geological Disposal Facility and Life boat design plus a fabulous visit to Leyland Trucks in Lancashire.  Numbers attending our lectures and visits continue to increase steadily, with this year showing a substantial attendance increased on 2015/16.

The West Cumbria Area continues to be very active promoting engineering in our local schools, colleges and places of work.   This year is no different. In June we hosted a two day Educational Extravaganza where 400 local primary school children attended the Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) STEM workshop. The event was so over-subscribed (a waiting list of 1000 school children), that we are already looking at see how we can plan and fund a return visit of the Bloodhound Educational Team, post the low speed trials of the Bloodhound car, at Newquay this autumn.

The Bloodhound STEM Event was the curtain raiser for this Year’s IMechE West Cumbria Area Annual Dinner, which was another fantastic night at the Lakes College West Cumbria, generously supported by our sponsors. You can read more about the dinner and the additional events that were linked to it, as well what else the Area Committee and the Young Member Panel have been up to promoting Engineering and Inspiring the Next Generation in the next edition of the Newsletter which can be found by following the link below:


Below you will find our up-and-coming Autumn Events Programme, which includes a talk in September on the exciting new mining venture at Haig, Whitehaven, a visit to Egger UK Ltd, the leading wood based panel manufacturer in Europe at Hexham in October, a talk in November by Createc on the use of drones and scanning equipment in Fukushima and in January something slightly different; a talk by Harrison & Harrison on the Engineering behind keeping the world’s oldest church organ in operation.  Please book your place on the events when they become available to do so using the online booking system. The events will also be advertised in our Newsletter so please share the Newsletter/events poster when it is published and encourage your friends and colleagues to come along to them as well. 

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all our sponsors for supporting our annual dinner.  Without their fantastic support we would not have the funding to continue to grow our Educational Initiatives and the generosity through donations of those who attended to help our 2017 chosen charities Cockermouth Mountain Rescue, Hospice at Home and the North Air Ambulance.

Simon R Mandale

Honorary Chairman, IMechE West Cumbria Area
email: wcumbchair@imechenearyou.org 


The 2017 IMechE West Cumbria Area Annual Dinner was very special, with the BLOODHOUND SSC Project back in Town. BLOODHOUND SSC under the directorship of Richard Noble will soon be rolled out to undertake trials ahead of it’s attempt this autumn by Andy Green BLOODHOUND SSC’s “driver” to break the world land speed record on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa. The current record stands at 763mph (1227km/h) and is held by Andy and Richard with BLOODHOUND’s predecessor; Thrust SSC.

As already mentioned above, in conjunction with this years Dinner we held a two day Educational Extravaganza with the Bloodhound SSC Educational Outreach Team, at Lakes College on 22nd and 23rd June. Over 400 Primary School pupils experience the joy of learning about Engineering through finding out about the mind-blowing Engineering involved in a 1000mph Car, and by building and testing their own designs for a Supersonic Car.

This years Dinner could not have happened nor could we have afforded the Bloodhound Educational Extravaganza without the very kind generosity of our sponsors. With the main ones being:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

The IMechE West Cumbria Area Annual Dinner is a non-profit making event for the Institution; however it aims to generate sufficient funds to allow a range of educational initiatives to take place within the county.  In order to make such an event possible we rely on the support and sponsorship of key organisations and IMechE members. It also helps local companies demonstrate a positive Social Impact.

2018's Annual Dinner
will hopefully be equally as good if not better than this year, and we'd love for you to be one Sponsors. Preparations will soon be underway. As in previous years there will be a number of sponsorship opportunities, with a range of costs and associated benefits. Please contact Simon Mandale for information. 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    17 April 2018 19:00 to 21:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    A thought-provoking talk and demonstration about elastomers, designed for engineers in many roles, and for anyone aspiring to be engineers. What is an elastomer? Why is it a special engineering material? What do datasheets actually tell you? How do you compound a rubber batch? Why are there lots of different types? Did you even know there were different types?
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    25 April 2018 10:30 to 14:30
    Atkins - Whitehaven
    All Engineers, who are looking to make an application via the CLA route and have spoken to the BDM before booking on this workshop.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    06 June 2018 10:30 to 15:30
    Atkins - Whitehaven
    All Engineers, who satisfy the academic and competence requirements, are not on MPDS and who wish to make an application for Professional Registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer should attend this workshop.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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