The Scottish Branch ended the 2015 calendar in December with its annual dinner dance at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. There was an excellent turnout with over 400 members and guests planned. Unfortunately the adverse weather cancelled flights from the Western Isles and trains stopping at Preston prevented some guests from attending.
The technical meeting at the Bridge Inn, Wetherby on 8th March was on the subject of Archaeology on Mineral Sites and presented by Paula Ware of MAP Archaeological Consultancy.
The Derbyshire branch held a technical evening on the 24th February to welcome David Jarvis of David Jarvis Associates who gave an interesting presentation on ‘restoration planning’.
The February meeting of the Yorkshire Branch saw a change of venue to the Stables at High Melton, Doncaster for the annual joint meeting with the Mineral Engineering Society. The topic was the primary crusher move at Cliffe Hill Quarry by Midland Quarry Products (MQP). The large turnout of 46 members welcomed the MQP team of Managing Director Dave Bagshaw, Engineering Manager Bob Davies and Quarry Manager Paul Campion.
The Scottish Branch continued its 2015-16 technical evening calendar on Tuesday 9th February at the Stirling Court Hotel. The presentation entitled “Quarry Certification” was given by Murray Alston from the BAA.
The North Wales Branch held its Ladies Evening in November at the Royal Oak, Betws y Coed. All those who attended enjoyed an excellent meal followed by a disco and socialising with friends old and new.
At their branch meeting in the Dunadry Inn Co. Antrim on the 7 December the Northern Ireland Branch presented cheques totaling £6000.00 to their nominated charities for the year, namely Crocus Special Needs Association for Young People & Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health.
Martin Milmore of the Mineral Planning Group give a talk on his life as a geologist and mineral planner, at the November meeting of Yorkshire Branch at the Bridge Inn, Wetherby.
The first meeting of 2016 for the Yorkshire Branch was held at the Bridge Inn, Wetherby, and welcomed Chris Barlow of EPC and Ian Russell of Codeway for a presentation on the updated track and trace regulations for the transport of explosives.
Speaking at the West of England branch technical evening, Ed Jessamine of Novus Energy discussed the future in solar energy, despite recent changes in government policy.