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Very many thanks to all of you that attended the AGM. An excellent turn out. In addition thanks to Malcolm for his talk on Dark Money. An insight into how money can perhaps buy anything.

As mentioned at the AGM, I did earlier confirm a visit to Warren Services in Thetford which was due to take place in the afternoon of Thursday March 7th at 1400. Unfortunately, due to issues on their site this date has had to be changed and will now take place on the 28th March. Full details below.

So our next meeting will be held on Friday 15th March which will see a return of Squadron Leader Michael Chambers, this time to talk about his current work at the Defence Accident Investigation Branch (Defence AIB) in Farnborough. I suspect that this meeting will be a very well attended so I am collecting names. Please let me know if you wish to attend. Those of you at the AGM that gave me your names do not need to reconfirm.

Once we have full numbers we will see whether there will be enough space for guests.

FRIDAY MARCH 15th 2019
SQUADRON LEADER MICHAEL CHAMBERS
1930
GOLDEN HIND PUBLIC HOUSE
AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS

So after Michael's talk, our next meeting will be the revised visit to Warren Services. I repeat the note previously issued.

Warren Services was started by Richard Bridgeman and his wife in 1990 and has been going strong since that time. The company provides high quality manufacture of components and mechanical /electrical sub assemblies to agreed schedules offering turnkey solutions in engineering and design.

They moved into the existing premises in 2005 when the factory was completely renovated and redeveloped, providing 30,000sq ft of shop floor area. The space is split into CNC machining, welding, fabrication and finishing and water jet, laser and folding with management with a state-of-the-art IT system.

Due to a growth in business in 2014 a second site, just around the corner gave them a further 50,000sq ft. This provides the space to move assembly processes over and allows for further development.

The visit will give members the opportunity to both look around the factory but also listen to one of the great well known local characters in engineering. Richard is an original and his enthusiasm is unbounded. He is a great ambassador for apprentices and incredibly 33% of his staff were original served apprentices with him. He does not suffer fools easily and takes no prisoners. He speaks his mind and has done so at meetings with the government and even the PM. Richard calls a spade “one of those sort of shovels” and has recently been awarded the OBE for his work with apprentices both locally and nationally.

WARREN SERVICES
FISON WAY,
THETFORD,
IP21 1HJ
NORFOLK,
THURSDAY 28TH MARCH
1400
If using Sat Nav please enter postcode IP24 1HJ, do not use the one on Warren website. Important note:- We will be limited to 18 visitors and I would strongly recommend you let me know quickly if you wish to attend. I already have a list but space is still currently available.

As mentioned at the AGM, I have today received confirmation for the talk on 'Plug in Suffolk' by Peter Frost.

Peter is an old friend of the society and a confirmed believer and enthusiast on electric powered vehicles. You may recall him from Bristow’s where we were all given a ride in such a vehicle but he has now moved on to local Government and leading the way across the county of Suffolk.

WEDNESDAY MAY 8th 2019
PETER FROST
(NOW SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL)
1930
GOLDEN HIND PUBLIC HOUSE
'PLUG IN SUFFOLK' AND THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON ELECTRIC CARS

Just waiting for an April confirmation but thought I would just get this note out with what confirmed dates we have.

Look forward to seeing you at the next meet. Regards
David