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Forthcoming Events -

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - Maltings Anaerobic Digester CANCELLED - Maltings Environmental, Turpin Lane, South Milford

The Maltings Anaerobic Digester management have cancelled this visit.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 - Hat Works - Stockport 8.30am - Stockport

Hat Works

By popular demand!

A return visit to the Hat Works at Stockport.

An award winning visitor attraction with two floors of exhibits taking you on a history journey through the Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry.

A recreated hat factory with about 20 fully restored working Victorian-style machines.

There is a fantastic collection of over 400 hats from around the world.

Come and experience the excellence of creativity and innovation.

For milliners, designers, makers, crafts-people and everyone with an interest in haute couture fashion and cutting edge textile design.

Entry is free. The cost of coach travel, driver’s gratuity a guided tour, and the guide’s gratuity is £19.00.

We will leave from Wolsey Croft, in Sherburn, near Starkey’s the butchers at 8.30 am and then on to collect anyone who would like to join us at The Swan in South Milford, and commencing our return journey at 4.00 pm.

All our tours are led by our expert demonstrators.

They will share their knowledge and expertise about the history of the hatting industry.

You will be taken on a tour, giving you an insight into the processes involved in producing a hat.

During the tour you will;

  • learn about the cottage industry
  • pay a visit to a typical hatter’s cottage
  • enjoy demonstrations with our original working Victorian-style machinery
  • plus much more

Tours last approximately 1 hour.

Following the tour you will enjoy our large hat gallery where we have a collection of over 400 hats from around the world, including celebrity hats and a top hat reputed to be the tallest in the world.

In this gallery visitors will also find our temporary exhibition space. It is always popular with visitors and has a wide-ranging exhibition programme.

There are a number of other attractions in Stockport including Staircase House.

If you would like to join us on this visit please email Alex at:

Friday, 19 October 2018 - Quarterly Meeting 11.00am - Venue To Be Advised

Saturday, 17 November 2018 - Trolley Bus Museum 1.30pm - Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX

Having received many responses from group members it seems the most viable date is 17 November 2018.
We aim to arrive at the museum at Sandtoft at around 14:00: it's the last opening in 2018 so they will be staying open until 18:00 for their Twilight and After Dark Trolleyday event
There are over 50 trolley buses plus some vintage diesel buses and other 1950's memorabilia, plenty of nostalgia to stimulate the memory cells!
There is a 5-rated Cafe on site offering a range of drinks, snacks or light meals at value for money prices.
Meet at Eversley Centre Sherburn at 13:30 for car share. 45 miles round trip = £9 per car shared between all occupants including the driver.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 - University of York Biology Department 9.45am - University of York

Research on dementia.

More details coming soon.

Monday, 7 January 2019 - The earth in my pocket: an introduction to Geology 2.00pm - Members' homes

The proposed trip to the geological exhibits at Cliffe Castle has proved too great a challenge to organise at present.

As an alternative, and a way of gauging support for a potential Geology group, we could make use of an upcoming FutureLearn course as the basis for a discussion group in people's homes.

It consists of a 4 week course comprising 3 hours per week of reading, watching TV, and listening to presentations/lectures provided by The Open University via the FutureLearn platform. These are very easy to follow, very much at your own pace within the weekly programme which is not too rigidly enforced as there is usually a couple of weeks over-run before the course closes. There are no tests or exams involved!

I suggest the best format would be for each member to enrol on the course, follow the lesson plan during the week at leisure, then meet for a couple of hours on each of the four Fridays as a group for a discussion/self-help session. Maybe kick off with an initial meeting on 7 January to make sure everyone understands the process. If successful and enough interest is generated it could continue in similar fashion with other interweb offerings plus field trips during the summer months, but I’m getting ahead of myself!

Please let me know on if you like the sound of the idea and I’ll set things up.

Meanwhile, take a look at the FutureLearn course welcome page here. If you  wish you can enrol ahead of the game and familiarise yourself with the format and interact with other early participants.

Group Leader(s)

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  • Alex Svenson
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 683514
  • 07712 649886
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  • David Mills
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 680424
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  • Wendy Harvey
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 689338
  • 07954 285799
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  • Sue Auders
  • Mail Address
  • 01757 228405

Reports on past visits -

Terracotta Warriors - August 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - Festival of the 50's - July 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Sound Leisure Classic Jukeboxes - June 2018 (report by Douglas Robinson)

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker - May 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

University of York Chemistry Department - April 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Maltings Organic Treatment - August 2017 (report by David Mills)

Stockbridge Technology Centre - July 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

University of York - Department of Electronic Engineering - June 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - June 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Crich Tramway Village - May 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Macclesfield Silk Museum and Paradise Mill - April 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Thackray Medical Museum - March 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum and the Angel of the North - October 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Black Sheep Brewery - August 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Sci-Tech Group Visit to Edinburgh and Falkirk - April 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Discovery Museum - March 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

The Gamelan Musical Instrument - March 2016 (report by Francis Newton)

Incredible Indigo - February 2016 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Bradford Industrial Museum and the National Media Museum - November 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village - October 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Black Country Living Museum - September 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

DNA Fingerprinting - September 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Quarry Bank Mill - July 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Museum of Science and Industry - May 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

RAF Scampton Museum - April 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

National Space Centre - March 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Drax Power Station - February 2015

Ironbridge Weekend - October 2014

DNA Fingerprinting - September 2014

Jodrell Bank - August 2014 (report by Lorna Pope)

Department of Music - March 2014

Liverpool - November 2013

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival - February 2013

Castle Museum York - January 2013

Hull Museums and Old Town Tour - November 2012

Castleton Bakewell Blue John Cavern - September 2012

Anderton Boat Lift - July 2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - June 2012

David Mellor Design - May 2012

Eden Camp - April 2012

World Of Glass - March 2012

Jorvik And Barley Hall - February 2012

National Coal Mining Museum - January 2012

Saltaire - October 2011

Hatworks And Stockport - September 2011

Streetlife - August 2011

Beamish - July 2011

Black Sheep Brewery - June 2011

Wensleydale Creamery and Gayle Mill - May 2011

Thackray - April 2011

Drax Power Station - March 2011

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