The Club for Professional Engineers and Scientists in and around Hertfordshire

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HELC is a club for professional engineers and scientists from Hertfordshire and surrounding districts.  It provides opportunities for members and their partners or friends to meet socially, to enjoy a meal together and to listen to a talk of general interest.

We meet for lunch at the Homestead Court Hotel, Welwyn Garden City, where the Bar opens at 11.30 am for convivial chat followed by Lunch at 12.30 pm.  The talks start around 2.00 pm, and continue for 40 to 60 minutes. The current charge for each lunch is £23 per person.  See Lunches for further details, or the Google Calendar.

We also arrange occasional visits to local places of interest, as well as longer breaks away in Britain and the Continent.  There is usually a walk followed by a pub lunch every month. See Events for further details, or the Google Calendar.

The Club publishes a bi-monthly Newsletter.


It was formed in 1997 for membership by present and past members of any Professional Engineering Institution. The Club was initially sponsored by the Herts Area of the IEE (now known as The IET), but is now a totally independent organisation with 120+ active Members.  In recent years HELC has become more inclusive and welcomes people from a variety of professional scientific and technical disciplines.

Please go to the History page for a short history of HELC.


Full Club Membership is open to professional people from Hertfordshire and surrounding districts, who have followed a career in any branch of engineering or science, especially if they had a career associated with engineering.

The annual membership fee is currently £20 if you take the bi-monthly Newsletter by e-mail, or £30 if you want a printed version posted to your home address.  Members are strongly urged to receive the Newsletter and any urgent correspondence by email, as this not only saves members and the Club money, but it also removes a considerable administrative problem for the Committee.

Membership Fees are due on the 1st January each year and reminders are sent out in November along with a form to update any changes to your personal details.

The Membership list is maintained by the Membership Secretary.  This is used solely for the purposes of the Club, and no personal details are divulged without the written permission of the member in question.  Please see HELC’s Privacy Policy.

Join Us

If you would like to join HELC please go to the Join Us page for information and application form.


The Club lunches and other activities are organised by a Committee whose members are elected at the AGM.  The AGM is held before the March lunch each year.  Audited financial accounts are also approved by members at the AGM.

The administration  of the club is governed by the Constitution.  The Constitution has two appendices: Appendix A, Club Rules, and Appendix B, Financial Rules.