Latest News (-in last month or so)
On 10 February 2020 Graham Andrews gave a talk entitled “In the National Interest - Recollections of a Test Pilot” given by Graham Andrews.
Aged 18 Graham Andrews went to Cranwell and became a RAF pilot. He eventually became a test pilot with the RAF before moving on to Rolls Royce. He was made Chief Test Pilot for Rolls Royce in 1976 and flew everything from the Harrier to the Phantom and Concorde. In his career he has had 27 engine failures and one hairy ejection, and has flown 178 types of plane. There is too much to record here so do look up https://www.pilotweb.aero/graham-andrews-test-pilot-1-6049802
The Club is compiling members' recollections of "near miss" events that have occurred or they have been aware of during their careers. We hope that this document will be of use to students and graduates in Engineering. Members are urged to send any such recollections to the Secretary who will treat them in confidence. The entries in the document will not identify the contributor, and specific projects will not be mentioned. The document will be added to the members' section of the website when we get enough contributions to ensure anonymity.
See our News Archive for previous entries.
Our next talk on 9 March 2020 will be by John Davidson entitled "Earthquakes Hazards and how to avoid them - how the effects of earthquakes can be reduced through warning systems, education and the deisgn of buildings and infrastructure"
There will be two visits to Axminster Carpets in March. Our secretary will send out emails to all members
See our EVENTS page for full programme.
The Club was founded in 1986 as the Retired Chartered Engineers' Club to provide a
social meeting place for retired and semi retired professional engineers and a means
of keeping in touch with achievements and developments in
engineering (see our Constitution
). The Club has links with other organisations
including the University of Exeter where it presents the Flux
Award, in memory of our founder Robert W. Flux FIEE, to the
student making the best oral presentation of a project.
Membership is open to Retired or Semi-retired Engineers and related
professionals resident in the South
West and currently includes more than 50 representatives from
the Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic,
Communications, Gas, Marine,
Mechanical, Petroleum, Structural and other disciplines.
Prospective members are welcomed as guests at Club events.
For further membership information please contact us at
You can also download a membership application form here:
Members assemble from 10.00am for an informal tea or coffee
and the meeting starts promptly at 10.30am
when short reports concerning Club business are presented by the committee. This is
followed by a talk of approximately 40 - 60 minutes on a
subject of engineering interest usually given by invited
speakers or sometimes by members. Topics have been as diverse as
nuclear fusion reactors and Roman aqueducts.
Social events take place throughout the year and technical
visits are arranged for the summer months.
The Heritage Trail section researches the achievements of
engineers with local connections and where appropriate arranges
for the erection of plaques in their memory.
There are Clubs similar to ours in other areas of
the UK and a list of those known to us may be reached via the