In April we continued with our conservation theme established in our March meeting. Rather than local wildlife we explored how the whole earth was protected through the Polaris missile program. Parishioner Phil Huggett shared with us his work on board nuclear submarines as a weapons officer. We did have the police air support earlier in the year so with Phil we were able to sink to an all-time low (literally) in terms of how our services look after us. Phil spoke of his training and early career on board destroyers and even a prison ship before descending under the ocean for six months at a time. He adhered to the philosophy that if he ever had to deploy a missile he had failed at his job. Fortunately, he done a good job. A really enjoyable and informative evening was enjoyed by everyone who attended.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 12th of June at 7.30 p.m. Belfast is hosting Vespa World Days from 14th to 17th of June. Seven to ten thousand Vespa scooters are expected to descend on Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. A special Vespa museum will be opening with numerous scooter related activities and ride outs.
In preparation for this, Chris will be speaking on the history and development of Vespas. Chris has been restoring Vespas for several years and has even visited the factory in Italy. He will also be showing some appropriate film clips. As this will be our last meeting until September supper will be provided. If you haven’t been to the men’s group yet please come along, its success depends on you.
In February the Men’s group enjoyed a very informative presentation by local architect Johnny Baird. Mr Baird outlined the qualification process for architects and the various factors they needed to consider in the design and planning process. He spoke at length of his involvement in conservation using examples of the Maze prison and the Crumlin Road Goal. Everyone learned how to identify restored elements in construction and how the design process makes full use of natural resources. Mr Baird’s passion in the many projects he was involved in throughout Northern Ireland was infectious and, really helped to give everyone a real awareness for stewardship of their environment.
March 13th we will have a close protection expert speaking about the ups and downs of being a bodyguard. This will cover various dimensions of managing the safety of VIP’s. The talk may also involve demonstration of self-defence techniques. As always, the talk will be followed with an opportunity for questions and fellowship time.