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26 July 2022 - Visit to Lower Otter Restoration Project

Site visit to the Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP) at Budleigh Salterton. This recent image from a drone flight shows the area we visited. From the Lime Kiln car park we walked along the dyke to White bridge over the Otter then towards Granary Road where Kier site office is situated. The purpose of the project is to introduce salt marshes where there are presently agricultural fields and a cricket pitch. There will be a new glass fibre pedestrian bridge over the Otter slightly upstream of the Lime Kiln car park which will shorten the inland detour for coast path walkers. The road from Granary road to White bridge will be raised by building a new road alongside on an embankment. This embankment is currently surcharged by about 2.5 metres and the settlement is continually monitored. At the west end of the embankment a new bridge is being constructed to allow water to pass below the road. Thanks to Kier for escorting us.

26 June 2022 - May AGM

The minutes of the May22 AGM have been added to the members' section. Points to note are that the membership subscription has increased to £50 pa with immediate effect, and that our membership is currently 45. Three new members have joined this year so far but we need at least another three or four. Thanks to our new speakers' secretary Brian, we have a good forward programme of talks, which you can see on the Events page.

4th March 2022 - Marsh Barton Station update

The pedestrian bridge has now been installed at Marsh Barton Station. The bridge is supported on either side of the tracks by circular steel columns, each carrying a short section of the bridge superstructure that provides cantilever support for the main span over the tracks and for the side spans. The ends of the side spans are supported on concrete abutments. See link here. Please note that our April meeting will feature a speaker from Network Rail.

3rd February 2022 - Marsh Barton Station

This is a photograph of Marsh Barton station, taken on his phone this week by Laurence Acher of the Alphington Photographic Group. PECE is hoping to get a speaker from Network Rail to discuss the conception and design of the station. The station is due to open in winter 2022 and apart from the platforms that you can see in the picture, there will be a pedestrian/cyle bridge alongside the road bridge from which the picture was taken. Full details of the development of the station including drawings can be found here

2nd February 2022 - Webmaster comment

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10th January 2022 - Debate

Members debate on the Government's 10 points to deal with climate change. The form of the debate was that 4 members spoke for 12 minutes on one of the 10 points. After each speaker there was time allowed for questions and comments from the audience.

13th December 2021 - HMS Terror

John Davidson talked about HMS Terror, built in Topsham at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. HMS Terror was built specially strongly for bombardment, with two massive mortars on board. These were used notably, but unsuccessfully, against Fort Henry at the approach to Baltimore. As large scale war diminished, Terror was essentially laid up until the Admiralty decided to use several ships for expeditions (and so get government funding) to the Arctic and Antarctic.

8th November 2021 - Exeter Energy Recovery Facility

Lucy Mottram of Devon County Council gave us an interesting talk on waste management in Devon. Lucy discussed the waste statistics and described how the council is aiming to go from a linear to a circular waste economy. She told us about the history and operation of the Energy from Waste plant at Marsh Barton. Link to the EERF here.

11th October 2021 - All about Colour

Leigh Edwards gave a talk "All about Colour" copiously illustrated with slides. The slides introduced an understanding of colour, but it is a wide and sometimes more complex subject than people realise.

13 September 2021 - Talk on Geothermal Energy

Professor Richard Cochrane gave us a fascinating talk on commercial Geothermal Energy and domestic heat pumps. Richard started by showing graphs of global temperature and Co2 levels over the last 400,000 years. The correlation is remarkable except for the last few decades where CO2 level is so high that we are now in uncharted territory. Richard explained his work on deep trial bores at United Downs.

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