IQ Branch Blog

Northern Ireland Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2018 2:21:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, Northern Ireland Branch

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Northern Ireland is a strong quarrying region with a very diverse geology. Craigantlet, in County Down, is blessed with a large deposit of High PSV gritstone and with its proximity to the Docks in Belfast, there is a lucrative supply line to the south of England and beyond.

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Derbyshire Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2018 2:37:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, Derbyshire Branch

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The IQ branch network is at the heart of our member communities. Local branches provide opportunities to get together and meet other professionals with a view to help and support each other. Some members become volunteers, helping to arrange these events.  Events are designed to share knowledge and ideas affecting quarrying and provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD). These regional blogs will focus on the people that make these branch events so worthwhile.

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London and Homes Counties Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 31, 2017 2:36:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, London and Home Counties Branch

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London and the Home Counties covers all of the south east; from the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands, which has a geological history stretching further back into the past than most of Europe, as far north as Oxfordshire. 

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West of England Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2017 2:36:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, West of England Branch

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The West of England has a long and illustrious history of mineral working; not only for use as aggregate but also for industrial purposes, brick manufacture, building and walling stone, lime and in steel manufacture.

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South Wales Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2017 2:35:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, South Wales Branch, Technical Evenings

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The South Wales branch of the Institute of Quarrying is very active with 240 members throughout Pembroke, South, West and Mid Glamorgan, Gwent, Monmouth and Powys. 

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Lancashire Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2017 2:34:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, Technical Evenings, members, Lancashire Branch

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The Lancashire branch is in a region that covers some large towns and cities, including Carnforth, Bolton, Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool, Wigan and the Wirral. Our region is an extremely important source of limestone and also boasts some stunning natural landscapes, including the North Pennine Hills and Lake District.

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Devon and Cornwall Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2017 2:33:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, Devon and Cornwall Branch

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Home to one of the oldest slate quarries in England, Delabole Quarry, and renowned Cornish slate, the history of Devon and Cornwall’s quarrying activity stretches back to the late medieval period.

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North of England Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2017 2:33:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, Technical Evenings, members, North of England Branch

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The North of England (NE) branch of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) covers a vast geographical area, stretching from Berwick upon Tweed down to Teeside and across into Cumbria from Carlisle and down to Carnforth. The region boasts some stunning natural features such as the North Pennine Hills and the Lake District, which although are geologically fascinating prove complex to quarry.
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North Wales Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2017 2:32:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Networking, members, Technical Evenings, North Wales Branch, IQ Branches

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Covering a wide mix of geology including limestone, slate, sand, granite and gravel and the original home of the Institute of Quarrying, North Wales is a hugely significant region for the quarrying industry.
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Midlands Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 2:32:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Networking, members, Technical Evenings, Midlands Branch

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Home to some of the country's largest and most productive rock quarries, a scattering of beautiful restored sites, and the Institute of Quarrying’s headquarters, the Midlands is a hotbed of quarrying activity and one of the country’s key regions for the industry.  Here the quarrying industry represents about 15 percent of the UK's total output, with most of those minerals exported from the region to other parts of the country.

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