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Our monthly Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in the East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, KT24 6QT, off the B2039 just south of Horsley Railway Station (OS Ref. TQ090542; phone 01483 285019). The meetings normally start at 10:15 for coffee. Partners are welcome; no attendance fee is payable. Parking at the Hall is very restricted and members are requested to make best use of the space available.

The programme for earlier years can be found here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Programme meetings earlier this year can be found here.


DATE
SUBJECT
PRESENTER
2018
March 7th
Rebuilding the Welsh Highland Railway
In this talk Andy looks at the history of the WHR, and why it failed, before going on to look at the political reasons that led to its re-opening, and how the reconstruction was engineered, to give the successful line that there is today. Finally Andy looks ahead at the current and future developments that are taking place to make the entire Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland system sustainable.
Welsh highland railway
Andy Savage
Executive Director, Railway Heritage Trust
April 4th
Genesis of the TurboJet
In this presentation, Ian Whittle describes the early development of the turbojet in Britain and Germany - explaining the initial delay when the promise of the technology was not recognised by the British authorities. He describes the struggle to overcome various difficulties leading up to the introduction of the first jet-propelled aeroplanes during the latter stages of WWII.
Whittle & prototype engine
Sir Frank Whittle
Ian Whittle
May 2nd
AGM + Talk: History of Windmills
John will talk about the history of windmills, from their beginning in ancient Persia until their commercial demise at the end of the 19th century, illustrated with many examples from England and Europe. There will be millers' tales and descriptions of windmill machinery, including some of the clever gadgetry developed by rustic engineers
A windmill
John Bayliss
(member)
June 6th
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). Operating 24 hours a day, their medical crews can provide highly specialist care at the scene; they are able to anaesthetise, perform surgery and give blood transfusions to patients. Following treatment, they can airlift patients directly to the hospital that can best care for them going forward.
The charity relies almost entirely on donations and fundraising, and without this kind support, they simply could not continue their life-saving work.
Air ambulance & crew
TBA
July 4th
2.30pm
History and Humour of Fleet Street Followed by Cream Tea at 3:45pm
Fleet Street sign
Peter Durrant
August 1st
Brunel's Billiard Table
the early years of the GWR
Jim's talk is an overview of the building of the Great Western Railway between London and Bristol, the route and the obstacles to completion, and includes slides of contemporary drawings, water colours and plans showing the various bridges, tunnels and cuttings created; together with some of the original architecture, locomotives and carriages and the conditions for passengers in the first trains.
GWR Logo
Jim Kemp
September 5th
Bat Boat to Red Arrows: 115 years of world class aircraft from Kingston upon Thames.
A generously illustrated history of the achievements of the tens of thousands of people who worked in Kingston's aviation industry from 1912 to 1992 which includes designing and building many famous aircraft including Sopwith Camels, Hawker Hurricanes, Hawker Hunters, Harrier VTOL 'jump jets' and Hawk advanced jet trainers best known for their use by the RAF Red Arrows display team.
The Red Arrows
David Hassard

Past Meetings

DATE
SUBJECT
PRESENTER
2018
February 7th
Novel Hydroelectric Scheme
One generally associates hydroelectric schemes with dams and turbines situated tens if not hundreds of metres below. But in the UK the topography limits the number of suitable sites that can be developed economically. There is increasing interest in exploiting a simple but elegant application of Bernoulli's theorem in locations where the available "head" of water is much less (typically 1 - 3 metres) but where there are substantial water flows.
The presentation covers the working principles of the technology and will present how the technology is integrated in river and tidal sites: also how particular components like turbine, electrical conditioning and system monitoring interact with the connection to the grid.
Hydroelectric Scheme
Lars Boerner
January 3rd
Death of the Light bulb
This talk looked at the race between Joseph Swan from England and Thomas Edison to develop the incandescent light bulb in 1879 and also at the subsequent product and business developments, the growth of the world's greatest electrical companies and, finally, the impact of the European Commission Directive in 2009 to phase out the standard incandescent lamp, signalling the death of this great invention and the loss of thousands of jobs.
We are now witnessing the birth of a completely new light source, the LED (Light Emitting Diode), regarded by many as the holy grail of lamps with high efficiency, long life and potentially more consumer friendly, able do what the energy saving compact fluorescent lamps never fully achieved.
Some different lamps
John Otten