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I trust you have all been enjoying the warm summer.

First of all some very sad news in that we have lost two stalwart members in the last few weeks.

Former President of the Society and MD of Manganese Bronze Ken Benson sadly passed away last week. Ken, despite being in poor health for sometime made every effort to join the meetings when possible and always made the dinner.

Also one of my ex-colleagues, Graham Jones from BSP passed away after suffering a brain tumour. Graham, one of the most positive and ever cheerful chaps was very supportive of the IES and was responsible for recommending a number of speakers over the years.

May they both rest in peace.

I understand considerable investment is being made at the Golden Hind and once complete we will make a visit to confirm satisfactory accommodation is available for a resumption of our meetings. We did explore other areas and had one or two recommendations but generally if the Hind becomes satisfactory we will return to there.

A number of trips and talks are being worked on. These include another talk by Squadron Leader Chambers on his new work at the Farnborough air accident centre. He is also hoping to bring a pal with him from Rock Barracks about bomb disposal. We are also in contact with a speaker who gives a talk about a fellow from Newmarket who was at Bletchley during the war.

Regarding visits I am in negotiations re trips to the Hadleigh manufacturer of Buster, the drain un-blocker. These products are sold all across the world and are a brand leader. Also we will go to Thetford to visit a company that manufactures west end stage and pop star concerts props and most exciting, in November we will have a visit to Cambridge Airport.

Once dates are fixed I will be in touch.