2022 Spring Programme

Tuesday 18th January was 76th Annual General Meeting and because of the high incidence of Covid-19 Omicron variant locally this was held on-line as a “Zoom” meeting.

No nominations were put forward from members for officer or committee member posts however the current committee and officers were willing to carry on in their roles for another year. No additional items were tabled under “Any Other Business”

The AGM was followed by
“A presentation on the Work of AgeUK Lancashire” by Anne Oliver

Tuesday 15th February  “Engineering Reconstruction of SL Osprey”

A presentation by Stephen Beresford Senior conservation boat builder at lakelandarts.org.uk The Steam Launch (SL) Osprey was built in 1902 by Shepherds in Bowness. Osprey is one of the first in a series of classic Windermere steam launches and is the sister ship to Swallow, also part of the museum collection. Built originally for private use, from 1948 the boat spent many years in service as a passenger vessel for the Bowness Bay Boating Company. As a result of her life in service Osprey needed quite a lot of restoration and has had three replacement planks fitted on each side and a new stem built from locally sourced oak. The steering, stern gear, boiler, engine and safety systems were all part of this major refurbishment.

Tuesday 15th March “RapidBlocs – a Cumbrian Whitewater Obstacle system”

The A presentation by Andy Laird about the development of the RapidBlocs a whitewater sports obstacle system and how it was progressed from a simple idea, with some garage engineering to develop, via extensive testing and development into a commercial product, and then sales to venues around the world including four Olympic venues to date.

Tuesday 12th April visit to Windermere Jetty museum

As the usual date of the April meeting (19th) would fall in Easter week and follows Easter Monday attendance is likely to be The visit to the Windermere Jetty Museum as a follow up to Stephen Beresford’s excellent talk on the SL Osprey in February went very well. Unfortunately we just missed out on the group discount as a group but if anyone wants to organise their own visit this summer its not very expensive anyway (Std Admission £9). See

Parking is free for visitors to the museum, café and gift shop, although a minimum spend is required. You will need a voucher code from a member of staff to redeem at the car-parking machine before you leave.

Tuesday 17th May “My Life in the Gutter” by Archie Workman
This be a normal meeting with a presentation at Bare Club

Archie Workman will talk is about his life in Engineering from building slow speed diesel engines, to ship building and ship repair,  which eventually took him to Russia. It ends up with “My Life in the Gutter” his life as a Lengthsman in South Cumbria for 6 Parish Councils, hence his fascination for drain covers and Victorian street furniture which he now restores.

NB the Summer Outing (a trip on the Daniel Adamson) has been abandoned until autumn owing to lack of support. If you wish to go to the Danny or you have other suggestions, contact the secretary by e-mail or in person at the next meeting who will forward them to Alan Bradley. Visitors will be are welcome to join us.

Tuesday 21st June “The defueling/decommissioning plans for Heysham 1”

By Mike Sands. The EdFs AGR fleet are fast approaching its end of generation Mike is looking at the defueling/decommissioning plans for Heysham 1.

A note for your diary:  The L. E. S. Ladies Evening will be held at the Morecambe Golf Club on Tuesday 15th November 2022.