May/June Roger’s Reflections As my Presidential year nears its completion I am really pleased to have the opportunity to thank all members of BOG and everyone else in the group who have provided so much help, advice and support. It is always difficult to pick out individuals but I must mention Joy who has provided unstinting support as she always does. In the last month the Coffee Morning has produced a profit of £45.30 for Club funds and it's appropriate to thank all those who have done so much over the year, particularly Dave and Judy and the cake makers. There was also a very enjoyable lunch at “The Bird in Hand” followed by an interesting tour of the Brass Mill at Saltford. Thanks to Mike for organising the trip and for arranging so many good events over the year. Finally, my very best wishes to Chris for the forthcoming year; as you may know, he cannot be with us at Dinner Night so his inauguration as the next President will be delayed until 20th September. Roger Welcome Scilla At the May dinner night Roger had the pleasure of welcoming Scilla Barnes as a member of the Club. It ‘s really good to know that we will still be able to enjoy her company at meetings.
Saltford Brass Mill visit On Saturday, 10th June, we all met up at the “Bird-in-Hand” pub at Saltford and enjoyed a leisurely meal in the very pleasant restaurant with friendly staff and a tasty extensive menu. I think most of us have been there before and will certainly go again. Afterwards, we travelled the short distance to the Saltford Brass Mill, which is a scheduled Ancient Monument. The Domesday Book records two previous mills on the site. The present mill was founded in 1702 and there were various additions and alterations made to the structures over the following 150 years. In 1881 an attempt was made to modernise the processes and production carried on until the early 20th century, when production ceased. We were split into groups and we each had a guided tour of the buildings, lasting about an hour. Firstly we were shown working models of the various types of water wheels used to drive mill mechanisms. At Saltford there were five: two driving a set of battery hammers for beating out the sheets, two more driving a rolling mill and a fifth one for a grinding wheel. We were told that brass is an alloy of 70% copper and 30% zinc and the latter makes the brass harder and also adds the benefit of making it becoming molten at lower temperature. At Saltford, the main products were the sheets of brass which were hammered out and used to make pans, bowls and kettles etc. Our guide took us round the areas in the mill and explained the various processes. It was fascinating to walk round and view these furnaces and ancillary equipment and view the very sturdy stone structure of the mill buildings. All in all, we all had a very enjoyable day out with good company, good food, a very interesting tour and many thanks to Mike Bendrey and his team for arranging it. Robin Short Pictures on the Gallery page
A Reminder - not long to August 31st. Time flies when you have a good programme and we are now well into the second half of June. You will have received a registration for the Central Southern Europe Conference with the last issue of the Youngster. It is now under a month to the registration date of July 14th and we do need to know who will be attending and to what activity. The registration form for club members is structured so that if it is not possible to attend all then you can advise what you will be doing. We hope that most of the club members will opt to attend all on offer. We are still looking for offers of home hospitality for our overseas visitors, there is a space on the form to indicate that you are able to host. Alan
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