Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society 2014 Presidential Dinner

Date: Thursday, 01 May 2014 19:00

Venue: Channels Golf Club (Essex Barn)  |  City: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

The CSES holds a Presidential Dinner annually, giving members, guests and sponsors the opportunity to talk to one another in a convivial setting.

Venue, access and timings

The venue is once again the Channels Golf Club, off Essex Regiment Way. Please note that access is now via Pratt's Farm Lane, off the Chelmer Valley Park & Ride roundabout.

The facilities are excellent and we shall again be in the Essex Barn, which has plenty of space next to the bar for pre-dinner drinks.

We have kept to the start time of 7.00 for 7.30 pm dinner, which hopefully will make it easier for some members to attend; the date should avoid early holidays.


This year's speaker will be Dr David Sims who, since gaining his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Manchester University in the early 60s, has spent a lifetime in all things associated with explosives and rocket propellant technology.

His career began in the Explosives Research and Development Establishment in Waltham Abbey, the successor to the Royal Gunpowder Mills, ultimately leading to his more recent activities as a consultant to such organisations as Dowty, RAE Farnborough, PSI in the USA and as an 'ambassador' for the Royal Gunpowder Mills.

He will talk to us tonight on the history and importance of the Mills in both science and engineering terms (with a liberal dose of fascinating 'explosive' anecdotes!) and the work they currently do as charity to make science, technology and engineering accessible to today's schoolchildren.


We are very pleased to offer a varied and exciting menu comprising the following dishes:


Home-made Leek & Potato Soup (V)

Chicken Liver Pâté with Autumn Fruit Chutney & French Toast

Melon Ring & Parma Ham


Main Course

Roast Breast of Chicken and Sausages wrapped in Bacon, Sage and Onion Stuffing

Breast of Duck served with Black Cherry Sauce

Salmon en Croute with a Dill Cream Sauce

Ricotta & Spinach Tortellini (V)



Tropical Fresh Fruit Salad

Lemon Tart with Crème Fraîche

Dark Truffle Chocolate Torte

Cheese Board


Tea/Coffee and Petits Fours

Dress code and seating arrangements

The dress code is Dinner Jacket, Lounge Suit or Smart Casual.

Tables are of 6-8 people, and diners are invited to organise themselves into groups beforehand so they may be seated together.

How to buy tickets

The dinner is open to members and sponsors of the Society and their guests, and the cost will be £29.50 per person, with all drinks being purchased separately.

Booking is now closed.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Channels Golf Club, Belsteads Farm Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3PT
United Kingdom




All Dates

  • Thursday, 01 May 2014 19:00