Science and Technology Group
Organisers: Carol & Derek Gatenby
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  Meeting   Below is the programme of recent events.

Date Subject Location
Tuesday 22nd January Reviewing Science & Technology News from 2018 British Legion
Tuesday 26th February LEDs and their uses British Legion
March - any day Amazon Fulfillment Centre Visit Airport City
Tuesday 23rd April The Science & Technology of Tea and Coffee British Legion
Tuesday 28th May Wave and Particle Detectors British Legion
Wednesday 26th June Visit to Abbeydale Industrial Museum and David Mellor Cutlery Abbeydale and Hathersage
Tuesday 27th August Visit to Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port
Tuesday 22nd October The Sun British Legion
Tuesday 26th November Bracken Fern, The Ultimate Cosmopolitan British Legion
Tuesday 28th January Reviewing Science & Technology News from 2019 British Legion
Tuesday 25th February Reviewing Science & Technology News - continued British Legion
Tuesday 24th March Visit to Catalyst Museum (Postponed) Widnes
Tuesday 28th April Visit to Norton Priory Runcorn

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The next meeting is on Tuesday 25th February in the Bailey Room at the British Legion starting at 2.30pm.  We will be carrying on the theme of Science and Technology news in 2019 with a couple of items that we didn't have time for in the previous meeting followed by a discussion of some recent trends in scientific research as highlighted in 2019 reports.

I have arranged two visits one for March and one for April

The first is to Catalyst Museum in Widnes on Tuesday 24th March. Catalyst claims it is the only museum in the UK which explores the science and technology behind the chemical industry and its impact on our lives past and present through a host of hands-on exhibits, activities and demonstrations.  I have booked the Lifelong Learning package which costs £4.95 per person (given sufficient numbers) and consists of admission, refreshments on arrival, an illustrated hour-long talk and guided tours of the galleries including the glass-walled Observatory gallery which has excellent views out over the Mersey and the new Gateway Bridge.  The talk I have selected concerns the "History of the Soap Industry".  It apparently takes about 45 minutes to drive to Catalyst from Poynton over the new bridge and a bit longer if you drive round via the M6 and M62.  There is free car parking.

The second visit is to Norton Priory on Tuesday 28th April.  This is an extensively investigated archaeological site and a centre for research into Paget's disease.  There is also a large walled garden.  The package I have arranged includes admission, a guided tour of the site and a specialist talk on Paget's disease.  The cost will be around £10 per person depending on numbers.  This one is about 40 minutes drive from Poynton and again there is free parking.

Both sites have cafes but we may need to have some additional organisation so that they are not overrun.

Can you please let me know if you would like to go on either or both of these visits. We have sufficient numbers to go ahead so I have confirmed the bookings.