Latest News (-in last month or so)
On 11th November 2019, Hamish Hall of WSP gave a talk on "Moving the River Taw at Colleton Mill". In 2017 the River Taw was dangerously close to the railway line between Exeter and Barnstaple (Tarka Line) near Colleton Mill. Part of a mass concrete wall had collapsed due to scour at a sharp bend in the river adjacent to the railway, and the remaining wall was also close to collapse. The remedial work adopted was to move the river Taw back into the flood plain, to create a backwater channel for wildlife in part of the original channel, and with the excavation from the new channel to backfill the old channel adjacent to the railway line to provide permanent long term support. The project was remarkable for its short duration and relatively low cost due to the close collaboration of client Network Rail, designers, contractor, and specialist advisors on wildlife fisheries and ecology.
Although the Environment Agency was consulted at all stages, the short project timescale was only possible as the whole works were within the Network Rail curtilage.
See our News Archive for previous entries.
Thursday 21st November - The Chairman's Lunch will take place in the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren. - 12.30 for 1pm. Now fully booked
9 December 2019 Meeting(M) Dr Clare Maudling - The Rebuilding of Exeter after the Blitz
This meeting will be probably be held in the Mews Room.
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