HELC Lunches

The Club for Professional Engineers and Scientists in and around Hertfordshire

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16 August 2018

A History of Movable Bridges

Stewart Marchant

An illustrated talk about his ambitious project to create a comprehensive record of movable bridges in the British Isles from Roman times to the present day. This project covers all types and sizes of movable bridges, and records the names of the individuals, organisations and companies involved in the commissioning, design and construction.

Stewart's website – www.movablebridges.org.uk – records details of the type of bridge at each site and when available the technical details of the design and construction.

20 September 2018

Windsor Castle

Leslie Grout

Windsor Castle, so recently the majestic backdrop to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, has a history stretching back to William the Conqueror and no one is more qualified to tell that story than our speaker Leslie Grout.

Born and bred in Windsor, he became a Voluntary Steward of St Georges Chapel in 1973. In 1981 he became a Blue Badge Guide for both Windsor Castle and Town. The same year he appeared on Mastermind with St George's Chapel as his specialist subject and became the champion for that year. The following year he appeared on New Zealand's version of the programme, which he also won, this time taking Windsor Castle as his specialist subject.


The lunches are held on the third Thursday of each month at 11.30 for 12.30 in the Homestead Court Hotel in Welwyn Garden City.  Dress is normally smart casual with a jacket and tie for the men. Expect to get away by 3pm.  The three course lunch with coffee costs £22 and includes a starter, meat main course, and a sweet and coffee.  An alternative main course “chef’s selection of fish”, may be pre-booked when registering for the lunch.

On arrival for lunch members check in by the hotel reception.  Those who have ordered a variant from the menu will receive an envelope containing a ‘Fish’ and/or ‘Alternative Sweet’ card which they should display on their lunch table to help the waitresses. A cash bar is open for drinks before, and with the meal.

Lunches must be booked no later than the Friday of the week before the lunch.  Details of the lunches, along with the necessary booking forms are included in the Newsletter.  

Any Member who is unable to attend after booking is responsible for the cost unless a cancellation is notified by the Friday previous to the booked lunch.

Some individual members reserve seats for themselves and their guests by placing cards on the tables. Whilst this has disadvantages and is less than ideal, nobody has yet come up with a more acceptable idea!



Title of Talk


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History of Policing in our Times

Tim Brain

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Aidan Collins