Oct 8, 2021 / by IQ News Update

New historic venue confirmed for IQ Fellows Lunch

Coombe Abbey venue for 2021 IQ Fellows LunchHistoric Coombe Abbey near Coventry has a rich and fascinating history. It has housed royals, been part of the Gunpowder Plot and was even surrendered to King Henry VIII as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. Now it will provide an inspirational backdrop to this year’s Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Fellows Lunch and Student Awards on Friday 29 October 2021.

Following an absence in 2020, the historic venue will host senior industry figures for this annual celebration and networking event. Among the guests will be award-winning students from the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products.

James Thorne, Chief Executive Officer, IQ says: “After an absence last year, we’re pleased to announce the return of the IQ Fellows Lunch and Student Awards. Coombe Abbey will provide an excellent environment for senior industry figures from across the mineral products sector to get together, as well as celebrate the outstanding achievements of students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products. With an address from IQ president, Martin Riley, food and drinks as well as a chance to explore the historic venue, the event is not to be missed.”

Each year top-performing students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products are presented with an award from IQ. It is a recognition of their outstanding achievement and continuous commitment to the minerals extractives industry. As part of a new format this year, The Institute of Asphalt Technology will also join IQ and present awards to its highest performing students.

Founded in 1150 AD as the Abbey of Cumbe, the iconic location holds a rich and fascinating history, with ties to royalty and the Gunpowder Plot. Set in over 500-acres of parkland and formal gardens, guests attending the IQ Fellows Lunch will have an opportunity to explore the grounds before and after the event.

For tickets, Fellows of IQ should contact Debbie White, Membership Officer at the Institute of Quarrying by email at debbie.white@quarrying.org or calling the office on 0115 972 9995.

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