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Science Group

Our meeting this month is on January 21st, 2022. Provisionally this will be upstairs in the Portland Room at the John Godber Centre from 10.00 am to 11.45 am

I have a presentation about extreme weather and tornados plus Terry Hill will be sharing some background about two important but relatively little known scientists.

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Science Group 2

We were both educated and entertained by a science based quiz with our ace quiz writer and quizmaster Bob McEwen. Thanks Bob.

We also had a dress rehearsal for our entry into the Hucknall Christmas Tree Competition. The trees will be on display inside the parish church from the afternoon of Wednesday, 1st December 2021 until Saturday 4th.

Our next three meetings are on Fridays at 10.00 am on January 21st, February 18th and March 18th, 2022.

There is no meeting in April as it is Good Friday.

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Science 2 – 15th October 2021 meeting

Once again we will be meeting in the Portland Room (main hall) at the John Godber Centre for a 10.00 am start. Please use the rear entrance off the car park.

This month tea/coffee will be provided for the usual cost 50p.

The programme will contain a series of short presentations from myself and Terry Hill plus please remember your magazine from last month and be prepared to give a short summary of an article from it that caught your interest.

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Science 2 group

We are meeting on Friday 17th September in the Portland Room (the main upstairs hall) at the John Godber Centre. Time: 10am to 11.45am

We will be well spaced out sitting at tables in this big room. If possible please sit in small groups with family members or with friends that you often mix with. Please wear a mask when walking about, entering and leaving – unless you are exempt. The entrance is via the car park through the double doors.

This will be our first indoor meeting and it is a BYO drinks as on this occasion they will not be provided so feel free to bring your drink of choice. You will also need a pen or pencil and something to write on for a small group activity.

We had an interesting outside meeting in July and we are now moving ahead in small steps to our first meeting indoors.

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Science Group 2

On July 16th we had our first non virtual meeting since February 2020. We met at Bestwood Country Park near the Winding Engine House which is the last remaining part of Bestwood Colliery – once one of the busiest coal mines in Nottinghamshire.

The winding engine lowered colliers, pit ponies and equipment into the mine shaft, and winched mined coal up to the surface. The tall brick building houses a huge winding engine. Originally it was powered by steam, the only vertical winding engine left in England still in its original location. Today the massive engine is moved by an electrical motor which we were able to see in action.

The engine dates back to 1876, the heyday of Victorian industrial engineering. For the explanatory tour we split into two groups and had the expertise of Bob Gow and his colleague Malcolm to show us round the impressive building and to provide a potted history of its history and development.

Following the tour we enjoyed refreshments on the lawn outside the Dynamo House which houses a community cafe run by ‘Friends of Bestwood Country Park’ which is open at the same time as the winding house both open to the public on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12noon all year. If you have never been a visit is recommended.


Volunteer Malcolm and part of the vertical steam engine

Thanks to Bob for arranging the visit and to Bob and Malcolm for being our knowledgeable guides.

Next Meeting: At the John Godber Centre Friday, 17th September, 2021 10.00 am to 11.45 am

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