West Cumbria U3A

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Science and Technology Group

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People wishing to become members of this group must pay the Science group annual fee of £5 and the U3A membership fee. For members of other U3A ie not West Cumbria U3A, there is no need to pay a second full U3A Membership fee.


Contacts Rob Anderson, 0194661226,  RWA1@btinternet.com      :                      Anne Bailey    01946694658  




Meetings are held in the Chase Hotel, Whitehaven at 9.45am with coffee or tea before a talk from 10am to about 11.15am. There is a £2 cover charge for the room and refreshments and an annual subscription of £5 to cover speaker expenses.


 Good News: For 2018, our finances are such that we can give a subscription holiday.

The programme aims to cover the broad range of science and technology and does not require any prior scientific qualifications or background.


 September 17th    Dating objects using nuclear physics. Prof Terry Sloan.


 October 15th    Windscale Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor- WAGR -    Decommissioning at Sellafield.


The prototype gas cooled nuclear reactor is often seen as the “golfball” in photos of Sellafield. It operated for many years and it is now providing an opportunity to learn how to decommission it. The UK subsequently built 7   AGR stations.


 November 19th   Supernovae - How  do some stars spectacularly end their lives and does this matter to us here on Earth.  What supernovae are revealing about the evolution of the Universe and how amateur astronomers are working with professionals to study them. Robin Leadbeatter


   December 17th   Group Discussion – The NHS was 70 years old this year. The aim is to get 6 to 10 speakers who will do a little research and give a 5 to 10 minutes talk on an aspect of the Health Service that has transformed our lives. This could be reminiscences or technological or social changes