Disasters

1st Monday

Conservative Club

Leader: Martin Houghton
First Monday from 2-00 to 4-00 pm.

We meet at the Conservative Club, 30 Long Street, Devizes SN10 1NW.
The Group will continue with presentations from members as long as government guidelines, Third Age Trust requirements, re-opened venues and members’ confidence allows.  Our meetings very much support the spirit of U3A by sharing information and experience and covering a wide variety of Natural and Man-Made disasters.
To date we have covered many disasters from the Hindenburg fire, through to the Lynmouth Flood disaster, London’s Big Stink, the Irish potato famine, the closure of the Suez Canal in 1956. and most recently,  the Dyke Dale flood of 1864.
For the September meeting we arranged a virtual Zoom based presentation on the cashless society.
For October, we met again at the Conservative Club with all the appropriate COVID precautions, and expanded on the disaster that the current status of cashless payments presents to certain sections of society.
These events are reviewed and analysed and cover many sectors, including aviation, maritime, petrochemical, rail, medical, mining and environmental.  They stimulate lively discussion on the causes and lessons learned from the events.
Further topics from members are currently being prepared for future meetings, subject to the ever changing COVID restrictions, and any new suggestions are always welcome. The group can only function as long as members can research and deliver interesting topics. There is plenty of help available to put presentations together.

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Updated on 24-10-2020