Science and Technology Group

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Science and Technology

We learn from our visits to a great variety of industrial manufacturing plants, museums university departments and historical locations.

Take a look at our reports on past visits to see the range of interesting places we have been. (click on the link just below the line.)

We have quarterly group meetings to discuss our past outings and to plan future visits.

Help your Group Leader by reading this (click here)

Please report any errors, broken links and omissions on this page to alex@sherburnu3a.org


Go to Reports on Past Visits

Forthcoming Events -

Monday, 2 December 2019 - Drax Power Station 1.00pm - Drax

A new date of Monday 2nd December 2019

Drax Power Station

Drax is enabling a lower cost zero-carbon energy future

Come and see how Drax are generating electricity.

Their goals are:

Drax opened in 1974 and began generating electricity with one 660MW set and was the most advanced and efficient coal fired power station so far built in the UK

Officially opened in 1975 and running three generating set producing just under 2,000MW.

In 1986 Drax doubled it's capacity and became the largest power station in the UK

Come and listen to the rest of the story up to date

Important Tour Information

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU:

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T:

NUT ALLERGY INFORMATION

Peanut shell pellets are made up of the bits of shell left once the peanut has been removed. The goal of the production process is 0% peanut content in the pellet. The plants separate the peanuts from the shells with aspirators (a bit like a stone trap); the heavier peanuts fall away from the lighter shells. To ensure complete separation there is a 'meat' (peanut) reclaimer at the final stage of the process to remove any last trace of nut content.

Whilst every effort has been made to remove the nut content completely, there may still be a minimal risk of exposure.

If any members of our group have any concerns, please contact the guide team through:

Email – tours@drax.com or Tel – 01757 612797

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre. Meeting there at 1.00 pm

 

If you wish to have your name added the waiting list, please email:
alex@sherburnu3a.org

Drax Power Station
Selby
North Yorkshire
YO8 8PH
Tel: 01757 618 381

Map

Drax Power Station

Download Risk Assessment and Disclaimer Form

Download Nut Allergy Visitor Information


Friday, 17 January 2020 - Quarterly Meeting 1.00pm - The Old Girl's School, Sherburn in Elmet

Meeting

We will be holding our combined
SciTech and Serendipity Quarterly meeting on
Friday 17th January 2020 at 1.00 pm, in
The Terry Hall, in The Old Girls School, Sherburn in Elmet.

The Old Girl’s School management will provide us with free use of a meeting room if we all buy a tea or coffee, with biscuits, for £2.50 each.

Please email me at: alex@sherburnu3a.org to confirm your attendance.

Please confirm your attendance, as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that we have sufficient chairs for you and that we are accommodated in the best size room for our numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Thursday, 27 February 2020 - National Glass Centre 8.00am - Sunderland

Glass

The National Glass Centre offers a great day out for groups

Our day long visit will include

  • A tour of behind the scenes areas not open to the general public
  • Watch live glass making demonstrations
  • See Glass blowing
  • Observe lathe and flame working
  • Lunch in our riverside eatery The Glass Yard (homemade soup and sandwich and filter coffee)
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and scone

We will be travelling by coach, leaving at 8.00 am from Wolsey parade, near to Starkey's the butchers and picking up at The Swan in South Milford a few minutes later

The total cost of the tour, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee and scones, and the coach journey with drivers gratuity is £31.00, assuming we get sufficient numbers going

Coach size increased to 53, now adding names to a waiting list

If you wish to have your name added the list of participants, please email:
alex@sherburnu3a.org

A £20.00 deposit is required to secure your place

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR6 0GL

Map

For more information see National Glass Centre website here.


Friday, 17 April 2020 - Quarterly Meeting 1.00pm - The Old Girl's School, Sherburn in Elmet

Meeting

We will be holding our combined
SciTech and Serendipity Quarterly meeting on
Friday 17th April 2020 at 1.00 pm, in
The Terry Hall, in The Old Girls School, Sherburn in Elmet.

The Old Girl’s School management will provide us with free use of a meeting room if we all buy a tea or coffee, with biscuits, for £2.50 each.

Please email me at: alex@sherburnu3a.org to confirm your attendance.

Please confirm your attendance, as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that we have sufficient chairs for you and that we are accommodated in the best size room for our numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Friday, 17 July 2020 - Quarterly Meeting 1.00pm - The Old Girl's School, Sherburn in Elmet

Meeting

We will be holding our combined
SciTech and Serendipity Quarterly meeting on
Friday 17th July 2020 at 1.00 pm, in
The Terry Hall, in The Old Girls School, Sherburn in Elmet.

The Old Girl’s School management will provide us with free use of a meeting room if we all buy a tea or coffee, with biscuits, for £2.50 each.

Please email me at: alex@sherburnu3a.org to confirm your attendance.

Please confirm your attendance, as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that we have sufficient chairs for you and that we are accommodated in the best size room for our numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Friday, 16 October 2020 - Quarterly Meeting 1.00pm - The Old Girl's School, Sherburn in Elmet

Meeting

We will be holding our combined
SciTech and Serendipity Quarterly meeting on
Friday 16th October 2020 at 1.00 pm, in
The Terry Hall, in The Old Girls School, Sherburn in Elmet.

The Old Girl’s School management will provide us with free use of a meeting room if we all buy a tea or coffee, with biscuits, for £2.50 each.

Please email me at: alex@sherburnu3a.org to confirm your attendance.

Please confirm your attendance, as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that we have sufficient chairs for you and that we are accommodated in the best size room for our numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Friday, 15 January 2021 - Quarterly Meeting 1.00pm - The Old Girl's School, Sherburn in Elmet

Meeting

We will be holding our combined
SciTech and Serendipity Quarterly meeting on
Friday 15th January 2021 at 1.00 pm, in
The Terry Hall, in The Old Girls School, Sherburn in Elmet.

The Old Girl’s School management will provide us with free use of a meeting room if we all buy a tea or coffee, with biscuits, for £2.50 each.

Please email me at: alex@sherburnu3a.org to confirm your attendance.

Please confirm your attendance, as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that we have sufficient chairs for you and that we are accommodated in the best size room for our numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.



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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  • Barrie Wharton
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 682527
  • 07870 753259
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  • Wendy Harvey
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 689338
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  • Catherine Allen
  • Mail Address
  • 07835 993432

Reports on past visits -

Scottish Scientific Adventure - October 2019 (report by Lorna Pope)

Amazon Fulfilment Centre - August 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet - July 2019

Allerton Waste Recovery Park - July 2019 (report by Brian Lawrence)

Beamish Open Air Museum - Festival of the 50's - July 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

Allerton Waste Recovery Park - June 2019 (report by Lorna Pope)

Allerton Waste Recovery Park visit - May 2019 (report by Barrie Wharton)

Sound Leisure Classic Jukeboxes - May 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - Georgian Fair - May 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

The Earth in my pocket: an introduction to Geology - January 2019 (report by David Mills)

University of York Biology Department - December 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Trolley Bus Museum - November 2018 (report by David Mills )

Hat Works - Stockport - October 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

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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