Oldest Branch of the Institute
Lancashire Branch under threat of closure
At the recently held “AGM” at Alfer Technology, Club Street Site; it was decided that due to poor attendances throughout 2006/07; and the general lack of interest that Branch Members would be consulted as to whether the Branch should cease its activities altogether.
On reflection the option of carrying on the social side of the Branch was carried and Russell and Enid Daniels would arrange the Llandudno weekend 30th November to 2nd December and the Annual Dinner Dance at the Queen Hotel, Chester in February 2008.
The Branch will lose the services of Mr David Hambley later this year after 10 years as Honorary Secretary of the Lancashire Branch – it was hoped that David would become Branch President during 2007/08 but retrenchment at the Alfer Foundry makes numerous people redundant. Mr R S Cairns has kindly taken on the Hon. Treasureship; David will continue as Hon. Secretary and the current President Mr G R Hall will continue as President in the interim period, prior to any EGM held in the future.
The evenings Technical Lecture was presented by Roger Kendrick, European Non –ferrous Application Manager; for Foseco (FS) Ltd on the developments in recent process quality improvements for aluminium alloys; primarily used in the automotive industry – many of the benefits, highlights and casting properties using the latest metal treatment processes ie inert gas / rotating shaft and rotor and melt quality testing techniques which have improved / enhanced the use of newer aluminium alloys.
The President of the Lancashire Branch gave a vote of thanks to Roger, Bob Brown and Brian Armistead of Foseco (FS) Ltd for their valued support of all the Branches and our Institute spanning many, many years.