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How is the Constitution Treaty now viewed within the EU & Slovenia?

How should the EU support research in science & technology?

Joint meeting of Science & Economics Groups

Chaired by Rodney Tye

Janez Potočnik

European Commissioner

(Commissioner responsible for science & research, nominated by Slovenia)

6 October 2005

The speaker was introduced by Graham Watson, one of the MEPs for the South West Region & Gibraltar (also leader of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats within the European Parliament)

Local Government in the 21st Century

Meeting chaired by the convenor Rodney Tye

Jad Adams

Biographer & contributor to The Times newspaper

Joint meeting of Charter 88 (Bath Branch) & BRLSI

30 January 2006

The Local Government Act of 2000 changed the procedures for local Councils like Bath & North East Somerset Council. Previously, decisions were reached through a committee structure where all elected councillors took part. Now there was a Cabinet of senior councillors (9) who had individual responsibilities. They received significant remuneration.

Tsunamis: causes & consequences

Charity Event for the Victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Organised by Robert Draper MBE

Sunday, 16 January 2005

Sixth Form Seminar: Globalisation

28 February 2005

Over 70 sixth form students and staff of local schools were addressed by three speakers before the speakers were subject to questions and discussion. (For brevity, the following account omits some references to specific examples of countries, organisations and people then discussed.)

Dr Turan Sabasat

The South West Regional Assembly: recent work

Joint Supper Meeting of BRLSI & Bath & County Club

Organised & chaired by Rodney Tye

Jackie Longworth

Chair of the Assembly

Supported by Cate le Grice-Mack

of Norwood farm, another Member of the Assembly

held at the Club on 29 April 2005

Two Debates

Organised & chaired by Rodney Tye

29 July 2005

1st Debate: The Role of the Mayor

The two opening speakers were both former Mayors. Councillor Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst

held office in 2002/3 under the present structure.

Honorary Alderman Denis Lovelace

has been Mayor but was also Chairman of the separate City Council.

`MEMOIRS OF WILLIAM SMITH Ll.D.' by John Phillips FRS, FGS

7 June 2003

The Institution possesses one of the 500 original copies of this book, published in 1844. Because of its historic interest it was decided to produce a limited edition reprint, bound with an introductory essay by Professor Hugh Torrens commenting on Phillip's Memoirs and William Smith's work around Bath, and a copy of his Millennium Lecture on Smith's life and work to the Geological Society of London. (1)

POETRY COMPETITION 2003

The Results Evening of the Second Poetry Competition was held at the Institution on 28 May under the title `Through a Window': An Evening of Music & Metaphor.

Over 270 entries for the `Seniors' (11-18 yrs) section had been received, mostly from three schools _ Bath Royal High; King Edwards; and Prior Park College. Twenty of these were read and four awarded prizes of engraved wine glasses.

The prize-winners in this class were:

First: Ruari Burgham (KES) for `The Architypal Teenager'.

Second: Nick Stuart (PPC) for `Gullibility'

VISIT TO STATION X, BLETCHLEY PARK

on 24 October 2002

Station X was the name of the radio receiving station set up by the security services at Bletchley Park at the beginning of the Second World War, in 1939. It gave its name to the site but was not of significant importance.

Bletchley Park, Buckingham is near the centre of England, had good road and rail connections to London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, and was close to a main Post Office cable repeater station between London and the important cities. This was important for the connection of teleprinters.

DEMONSTRATON OF GOLD TOOLING

Tracey Rowledge on 14 September 2002, to the Society of Bookbinders

Tracey Rowledge trained in art at Goldsmith's College and Guildford. She was guided by Ivor Robinson into the freer interpretation of the conventional gold tooling process and the use of different metals.

VISIT TO ASTRONOMICAL SOCIEITES MEETING on 13 July 2002

A coach was arranged to visit the event held by The Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS) on Saturday 13 July 2002. Unfortunately, only 12 people showed an interest so two cars transported eight of those twelve members to the Portsmouth Naval Base where the event was staged.

Although there was an exhibition by astronomical suppliers and local astronomical societies and an optional tour of the naval base, the main activity was a series of five lectures:

A DREAM OF BATH

Poetry Competition

May 2002

The copyright of each poem is the property of the author.

Introduction

What is Bath?

Of heritage, a richly jewelled seam.

And what's its future path?

Let's tell our dream.

To set the poetic scene, our evening opened with readings from earlier poems and writings about Bath, selected from a broad field, beginning with probably the oldest poem about Bath, `The Ruin'.

`BATH TAPS INTO SCIENCE'

Green Park Station, 8-9 March 2002.

A number of members designed and built devices which displayed aspects of astronomy and the work of William Herschel to the public at this exhibition during the national Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) week. Members of the group who were not able to devise exhibits gave their time to supervising the stand over the two days.

Western Riverside Forum

1 March 2002

Chairman: Don Foster M.P.

Speakers:

Chris Cavanagh, Project Director, B&NES and SWRDA(1)

Brian Green, Landscape Estates

David Thurlow, Council for the Protection of Rural England

Rapporteur:

Richard Fielden,

Fielden, Clegg, Bradley Design

(1) South West Regional Development Agency

"That Bath needs a Parish Council"

chaired by David Gledhill, Editor, The Bath Chronicle, on 31 October 2001.

The debate was opened FOR the motion by

Councillor Peter Metcalfe: Chairman of the Charter Trustees, and Bruce Rowland, Vice Chairman, the Small Business Federation,

and AGAINST the motion by

Grant Ferrie, Chairman, Conservative Association, Bath, and Greville Young, Secretary, Labour Party, Bath.

POUND OR EURO?

9 February 2001

Speakers: Don Foster MP (Liberal Democrat); Ashley Fox (Conservative PPC); Cllr Marilyn Hawkings (Labour PPC). [PPC = Prospective Parliamentary Candidate]

Chairman: David Gledhill, Editor, The Bath Chronicle.

SEARCHING FOR THE SOURCE OF BATH'S HOT SPRINGS

14 June 1999

Paul Simons, Director, Bath Spa Project

Prof. Clive McCann, University of Reading

Prof. David McCann, University of Reading

Dr Geofrey Kellaway, Geological Consultant

Andrew Mann, IMC Geophysics Ltd

After introducing the panel and providing a background to the search, Paul Simons invited Prof. Clive McCann to present the results of the investigations.

Geophysical Investigations of the Hot Springs of Bath

Assessing the likely impact of bus gates IN BATH

27 September 1999

A Public Meeting chaired by David Gledhill, Editor, The Bath Chronicle