The Club for Professional Engineers and Scientists in and around Hertfordshire

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19 October 2017

Did we have to lose America?

Malcolm Rainbow

In 1763, after the Seven Years war, or the French and Indian wars, as it was known in America, Britain was the supreme naval power having defeated the French and Spanish navies, captured Canada, secured its position in India and taken many other colonies.  Yet twenty years later it had lost America.  Could it have been avoided?  Key political and military events and issues will be explored to determine whether a different outcome was possible.

The September HELC Newsletter tells you a bit about Malcolm Rainbow.

16 November 2017

Trekking in the ‘Stans

Emma Rosen

Emma Rosen will be recounting her travels through Central Asia, enriched with beautiful portraits of the people and places along the way; covering nomadic Kyrgyzstan; a Kazakhstan that was nothing like Borat; Uzbekistan rich in Islamic art, architecture and history; and the reclusive and repressive Turkmenistan. This travelogue will provide a shining insight one of the worlds least known areas– a melting-pot region with unique cultures, in spite of being crushed in between the dominating and conflicting powers of Russia, China and Iran.

The September HELC Newsletter tells you a bit about Emma.


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 pre-booked fish are asked to collect a ‘Fish’ card which they should display on their lunch table to assist 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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