Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust

The Rolls-Royce Trust in Bristol aim to preserve the amazing heritage of aero engine design, development and production in our region. They are having a recruitment drive. You do not need to have been an employee of Rolls to join. Membership is open to all with an interest in local aviation history. Annual subscription is only £8 per annum for which you receive their excellent bi-annual journal, several local evening lectures and the opportunity to view, or even work on maintaining the local exhibition of aviation artefacts (mainly engines). An application can be downloaded from their website Please consider joining as the Rolls-Royce Company has been, and continues to be, a major wealth earner in our local economy to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. It is not all history, last nights excellent lecture was a presentation by Ric Parker head of Rolls-Royce plc Advanced Engineering about future developments looking forward as far as 2050.

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Born 08/11/1951 educated Cheltenham Grammar School. Did basic metal work to year 4 and Wood work to A level. Went to teacher training college to do metalwork, woodwork and technical drawing (in the blue print days!). Left in first year after one months teaching practice. Took temporary job at Serck Controls (fluid pipe line controls). Took career in insurance finishing in the corporate business unit in Bristol. After 37 years my job was exported to India and I was (compulsory) retired. Joined BSMEE at their stand at Ally Pally in 1990. Ambition was/is to build a steam locomotive. An awful lot seems to have got in the way, not the least my butterfly mind, several starts and no finishes! BSMEE has generally been a rewarding experience, and other societies I have generally found welcoming even on impromtu visits. I would recommend membership but like any voluntary organisation what you get out of it is directly proportional to what you put into it.

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