Welcome to the SPRING 2018 Update from IMechE West Cumbria Area


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers West Cumbria Area Spring 2018 Newsletter. We are just starting the second half of another packed IMechE West Cumbria events programme, which you can find on the back page to of this Newsletter with all the information you need on our Near You Website pages. In the meantime, I would like to share with you some of the highlights from the Autumn season and give a taster of what’s still to come in the months ahead. As with all our events booking early is essential to secure your place.

I am delighted to announce that our Spring 2108 Newsletter is now available via this link:
IMechE West Cumbria Newsletter - Spring 2018

Our season began in September and we have delivered a variety of events including a lecture on Coal Mining Re-birth in West Cumbria, Createc Fukushima and a visit to Egger (UK) Ltd, very well received by those who were lucky enough to book a place through nearyou.imeche.org website. Our season came to a close with a talk during January at the United Reform Church Whitehaven on Cathedral Organ Refurbishment.

Turning to educational activities: Following the success of our annual dinner, in November we ran a second Bloodhound event with the local schools. Attracting our young people in to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is a pure driver to Engineering all our futures. Over 1000 primary school children have attended our Bloodhound events in 2017 that are designed to attract our younger generation; so please support and encourage your local schools to get involved in future events.

Looking forward in our event calendar, we are planning five lectures/visits and our 14th Annual Dinner. Please feel free to share our calendar with friends and colleagues as you don’t have to be a member of the Institution to take advantage of our events. I would like to draw your attention to our trips to First Milk as places on these will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Work has also started on the planning of this year’s Annual Dinner which will once again be held at Lakes College Lillyhall Workington on Thursday 21st June. I’m delighted to announce we are working to secure an event of at least equal standing Bloodhound. The dinner will be linked to an educational theme where during the day on 21st June local schools will be invited to attend Lakes College for an interactive session involving cutting edge technology and British Engineering at its best.

Best Wishes and I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Simon R Mandale

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


The 2017 IMechE West Cumbria Area Annual Dinner was very special. Thanks to the immense generosity of out sponsors, we have been able to run TWO  BLOODHOUND SSC Educational Outreach Events.

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.

The success of the dinner allowed us to hold a two day Educational Extravaganza with the Bloodhound SSC Educational Outreach Team, on 22nd and 23rd June, and a further three day event on 29th, 30th November and 1st December. Both events took place at Lakes College West Cumbria.

Over 1000 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.

The 2017 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

Looking for an event nearby? If there are no events indicated contact your local representative to exchange your ideas for forthcoming activity.

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