IQ Branch Blog

Northern Ireland Branch

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Northern Ireland Branch, IQ Branches, Networking, Technical Evenings

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Our regional focus this month looks towards Northern Ireland. Craigantlet-based Stuart Wickie, Shotfirer and Explosives Supervisor atOrica BQS Ltd,has been put forward asthe Institute of Quarrying’s (IQ) Member of the Month.

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North Wales Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2018 12:24:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in North Wales Branch, Technical Evenings, Networking, IQ Branches

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North Wales is a hugely significant region for the quarrying industry. Covering a wide mix of geology including limestone, slate, sand, granite and gravel, it is also the original home of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).

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Devon and Cornwall Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2018 11:46:00 AM / by Sarah Fry posted in Devon and Cornwall Branch, Technical Evenings, Networking, IQ Branches

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The history of quarrying activity in Devon & Cornwall stretches back to the late medieval period. The region is unique with a variety of minerals. These include Ball Clay, Kaolin, Tungsten, hard rock, sand and gravel, as well as tin; all of which need quarrying skills and expertise.
 
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Lancashire Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 3:26:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Lancashire Branch, Technical Evenings, IQ Branches, members, Networking

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

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Yorkshire Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2018 2:39:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, Yorkshire Branch

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Yorkshire is the UK’s largest county. Home to two National Parks, it is visually and geologically one of the most diverse regions in the whole country and has a rich industrial history of mining and quarrying from Roman times through to the Industrial Revolution.

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Scottish Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2018 2:39:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, Scottish Branch

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Covering a staggering 31,000 square miles, the Scottish branch of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is the biggest region in the UK. It is also home to Glensanda, the largest granite quarry in Europe, as well as some of the oldest rocks in the world.

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South Wales Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2018 2:38:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, South Wales Branch

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The South Wales branch of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) proudly has more than 200 active members throughout Pembroke, south, west and mid Glamorgan, Gwent, Monmouth and Powys.

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West of England Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2018 2:38:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in IQ Branches, Networking, members, Technical Evenings, West of England Branch

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Quarrying is a large industry within the South West, with some of the major quarrying companies having flagship operations based here. There are large deposits of limestone and basalt throughout the Mendip Hills; granite and china clay in Cornwall; and ball clay in Devon.

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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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