Geography & Adventure

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Our Programme for 2020:

No room booking in January 2020 – no talks planned


Thursday 13th February  Duncan  7.30pm start  ‘Buses from Bristol and Bath – Past, Present and Future]  by Martin Curtis,  Managing Director of Bath Bus Company.

"The story of how Bristol influenced bus and tram services throughout the UK through innovation and vehicle manufacturing, how bus service ownership, structure and the Bristol-Bath route network has evolved and how it might change into the future."

About Martin Curtis and Bath Bus Co:

Bath Bus Company was formed in May 1997 by Martin Curtis and three other former Badgerline managers. It commenced operating open top tours in Bath with Bristol VRTs and an AEC Routemaster. It diversified into the operation of tendered services. In 1999, Bath Bus Company became a City Sightseeing franchisee and later started the Air Decker link between Bath city centre and Bristol Airport.


Wednesday 11th March Elwin   “The Meteorology of the Australian 2020 Bush Fires” Dr. Mark Parrington, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, Reading UK.

Dr. Parrington has been following the recent bushfires very closely and will be able to give a comprehensive overview and explanation of the fires and smoke output in South Eastern Australia..


Thursday 19th March   Elwin   7.30pm start     Joint with BRLSI Science Group  "Flowing rivers are healthy rivers! Removing barriers from Europe’s waterways. " by Professor Carlos Garcia de Leaniz from Swansea University.

Professor Garcia de Leaniz is the brains behind a big European research project called AMBER:

It is all about the fragmentation of European rivers due to human constructed barriers to the flow of water, sediments and living things (eg fish!). The AMBER project is all about supporting actions to remove those barriers.


Thursday  14th May  Elwin Room 7.30pm start  The Apache Helicopter-Sustaining a UK Attack Capability’ by Stephen Collins

The Apache helicopter was designed during the Cold War to counter the threat of Soviet tanks in Northern Germany and still considered by many to be the best attack helicopter in service today. This talk explores its procurement by the UK, its capability and the implications of sustaining its fully integrated flying system that is constantly evolving.

Steve Collins is a retired Civil Servant and keen aviation enthusiast with flying experience in the Robinson R22 helicopter. He is a former reviewer of major Government programmes and projects for the Office of Government Commerce including maintaining a future attack helicopter capability. He is a qualified PRINCE2 and Managing Successful Programmes Advanced Practitioner.’


Thursday  11th June  Elwin Room  7.30pm start   ‘Iran - Then and Now’ by Ian Gilchrist [ex-Mayor of Bath and visitor to Iran]

From 1976 to 1979 Ian Gilchrist lived in Iran, enjoyably having adventures. He returned to England and latterly to a successful time in local politics, representing Widcombe on B&NES where he eventually became Chair and then, from June 2017 to June 2018, Ian was Mayor of Bath. In 2019 he returned to Iran for a study visit. This personal view has illustrations from both periods in Iran and includes Ian's observations on what has changed and what has not.


Thursday 9th July     Elwin Room   ‘Unintended Consequences of dealing with Transport and Air Quality in B&NES’ (Under discussion)

This event is developing into an interactive evening with brief statements from panel members made up from B&NES Councillors and a Professor of Geography from UWE followed by questions from the audience.   [In association with the Royal Geographical Society]


Thursday  10th  September    Elwin     7.30pm start   (under discussion)


Thursday 8th October    Elwin Room    7.30pm start   (Under discussion)


Thursday  12th  November for B&NES Schools     Elwin Room  1pm- 4pm      Geog “A” Level Lectures:           6-9pm WWQ Quiz


And, finally, if anyone out there is interested in lending a hand with this programme, you will be very welcome. Just email me, please, at [email protected]