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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.

Programme meetings earlier this year can be found here.

DATE
SUBJECT
PRESENTER
2017
October 4th
Parliament and the strange laws of England
To safeguard the Law of the Land in this country, Parliament devised a clever system; To get rid of or amend an Act of Parliament that was outdated /outmoded etc they had to pass another Act, repealing the Act concerned [hope you're following this!]. The problem? They do not have repealing sessions very often and as a result we are left with a wonderful list of Acts of Parliament that are still on the statute books BUT will surprise you, make you laugh, or shake your head with disbelief. So be prepared to be amazed as we take a [brief!] journey through the history of the British Parliament, how a 'Bill' becomes an 'Act' and hear of some of those Laws that are crazy - but still the Law of the Land!
Big Ben, Houses Of Parliament and River Thames

Houses Of Parliament and Churchill statue
Malcolm Newman
November 1st
An Edwardian Nursery Magic Lantern Show
For many years Frank, who is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer, has collected old toys of all ages and descriptions and his talk – suitably just before the Christmas Season - is on some of the Edwardian Toys and playthings in his collection. It is illustrated by slides and a large, varied table display of some of his boys’ and girls’ toys of the Edwardian age for members to examine. The talk is followed by a showing of a series of original amusing children’s Magic Lantern slides, of many different types, styles and subjects, all dating from about 1910. It is hoped that it will all provoke memories and reminiscences of childhood among the audience, as many toys like those shown used to be carefully kept for several generations of youngsters to enjoy.
Magic Lantern
Magic Lantern & Meccano
Frank Paine
December 6th
Averting Disaster: How to save a collapsing building
A disaster is the last link in a chain of events. This talk shows how a partial collapse of a building was saved from becoming a disaster. It explains what was done, the risks involved, and the techniques used. It contains a forensic analysis of the events leading up to the partial collapse, and shows how the first link in a chain of events for a building or aviation related disaster can occur many years before the disaster actually happens Chris has been dealing with such buildings, originating from a variety of causes, since the 1970's.
Collapsing building
Chris Shaw (member)

DATE
SUBJECT
PRESENTER
2018
January 3rd
Death of the Lamp bulb
This talk looks 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
February 7th
Novel Hydroelectric Schemes
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
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
2017
September 6th
WWII Battlefield Radios
The needs of World War Two provided an exceptional stimulus for major and rapid innovations in electronics and radio technology and this was reflected in the designs of battlefield radios for the British Army.
At the time, there were many small companies in Britain capable of quickly producing new designs with innovative features. The resources for the required large scale production were not available, and so manufacture of some of the wireless sets was subcontracted to companies overseas, mainly in USA and Canada, the WS 19 tank set being the best known of these.
The talk was a mainly-non-technical description of the wireless communications facilities provided for the battlefield environment, primarily by showing extensive photographs of actual equipment.
Radio type 209 Radio type 209
Prof Anthony Davies
Anthony Davies
August 2nd
The Crop Circle Mystery
Andy gives a fascinating guide to the enduring mystery of crop circles, the enigmatic shapes found swirled into fields each summer. He looks at the facts, history and theories behind this compelling puzzle.
Can it really all just be man-made art, or is there a more mysterious source, as many believe? If so, what could this phenomenon mean for our times?
Crop Circles
Crop Circles
Andy Thomas
Andy Thomas
July 5th
2.30pm
Cream Tea and Flying from a pilot's point of view
A brief look at Air Traffic Control; an explanation of what is required to get an A319 Airbus ready for a flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh; explanation of the pilot's flight instruments and the information they display; a look at landing aids, and the challenges of operating into Heathrow.
Condensation trails
Condensation trails
Lorimer Burn
Lorimer Burn
June 7th Restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal
Graeme's talk gave a brief outline of the history of the canal and an update of the restoration so far and what is planed for the future. He has been a member of the trust for about 7 years and is a qualified skipper and crew for the Trusts trip boats.
Graeme Lewington
May 3rd
AGM and ‘Sign of the Times’
Colin took an amusing look at things around us in everyday life. He offered a little ‘educational interest’ and lots of amusement looking at accidental, as well as intentional curiosities, and some everyday things we ‘see’ but don’t notice…
Sign of the times
Sign of the times
Colin Van Geffen
Colin van Geffen
April 5th
Droughts, Deluges and Dust-devils
Our weather has always made the headlines, be it the great storms of 1703 and 1987, the heat wave in August 2003 when a Kent weather station set a national record and the blazing 1976 summer when fires raged across the Surrey and Hampshire countryside and Hampshire set a June temperature record. The winters of 1947 and 1963 have become legendary.
Snow in January 1987
Snow in January 1987
Ian Currie
Ian Currie
March 1st
The design challenges of building Concorde. Graham gave us an insight into the issues of airframe and engines flying over Mach 2 and how they were overcome.
BA Concorde G-BOAC
BA Concorde G-BOAC
Dr Graham Rood
February 1st
Space Vehicles – getting around in space
Graham will discuss the development of planetary roving vehicles over the past 50 years, from the Apollo Lunar Rover to the sophisticated NASA Curiosity Rover currently on Mars today. In this illustrated talk, we will look at why there is the need for mobility in order to enhance the scientific and geological return from our exploration and cover what these vehicles have taught us about various planetary bodies.
Lunar lander Challenger with Rover
Lunar lander Challenger with Rover in the valley of Taurus Littrow
Graham Bryant
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and currently chairman of the Hampshire Astronomical Group.