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On 9th November 2020 the club held a regular meeting online for the first time. 20 members attended. After the usual attention to club business, Martyn gave an interesting presentation on his life as a highway engineer, with particular emphasis on maintenance of the M4 in South Wales. Martyn illustrated his talk with slides, and quite a few amusing anecdotes including a rugby player on the maintenance team tackling (literally) sheep on the central reservation. Another included a police car pulling in front of a gritter to stop it, with unfortunate consequences for the police car. There was much more, and Barry will no doubt cover it in his next monthly report. As before, thanks to Ken for facilitating the meeting.
See our Presenter Guide for ideas on how to put together an online presentation.
See our News Archive for previous entries.
Regular meetings will resume and be held online on the second Monday of each month, until it is safe to return to a live venue. The 9th November meeting showed that is quite feasible to have meetings online. The next meeting will be on Monday 14th December 2020. Details to follow.
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