The Club for Professional Engineers and Scientists in and around Hertfordshire

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21 June 2018

My Time in The Metropolitan Police

Carl Storer

Carl will talk about his experiences during a 29 year career in the Metropolitan Police, with stories drawn from service in various departments including the Special Patrol Group, Flying Squad, Diplomatic Protection Dept, and finally the Close Protection Special Branch.

In the Special Patrol Group he attended the Spaghetti House and Balcombe Street sieges in 1975 and the riots that gripped London during that tumultuous decade in Notting Hill and Lewisham. In the Flying Squad he was involved in the arrest of high profile criminals such as Ronny Knight (husband of Barbara Windsor). In Special Branch he provided close protection to many politicians and visiting heads of state.

19 July 2018

Space Shuttle Atlantis - the Final Flight

Mike Barratt

This comprehensive and fascinating talk documents the preparation, launch, landing and decommissioning of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.  In particular this well illustrated talk covers the story of STS-135: the last mission of the Space Shuttle program.

Mike Barrett has been a space journalist since 2007 when he covered a Delta II GPS launch. Since that time he has been a frequent visitor to the Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where he has visited all the historic launch pads and covered a number of missions from the end of the Shuttle Era to the latest ventures into our Solar System.


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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