On February 4th 2019 the talk was given by Edward Rees of Scottish Power and he told us about East Anglia One, a massive array of 102 Wind Turbines out in the North Sea, which has the capacity to generate an enormous 714 megawatts of electric power. He described progress on the installation of the land-based cables which will deliver power from Bawdsey, from where they go under the Deben and around Ipswich to Bramford to feed into the National Grid. The talk generated many questions and was most interesting
On March 4th 2019 the speaker was Steve Chalkley, from Ipswich Makerspace https://ipswichmakerspace.com/ . He talked to us about Personal Manufacturing which is about designing a product yourself, making some prototypes, making a few changes and then repeating the process. When satisfied you then make a few dozen, few hundred or a few thousand. You can then start selling the product. You don’t need to commit to minimum volumes or even a long-term business plan. Modern technology such as laser cutting and 3D printing has made this possible. We saw a 3D printing machine brought along by Steve and some laser cut models.
Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cut Model
On April 1st 2019 Sarah Margittai presented “A History of Shinglestreet: How it all began”, the first of two talks on the subject of Shinglestreet. Very few seaside hamlets have attracted as much myth and fantasy as Shinglestreet, but truth really can be stranger than fiction. In reality Shinglestreet resembled a series of small socio-economic miracles! Here is the true story of a working community founded as the result of the Napoleonic wars.
On May 13th 2019 will present “Shinglestreet: The End of the Affair”. This will address the question: “Did the Germans invade Shingle St in WW2?”. Our meeting on Monday 13th May will reveal all!