The Club was privileged to hear most interesting addresses from guest speakers before and after the Christmas break.
Gillian Gregg, Head of Regional Engagement, Royal Academy of Engineering spoke about the role of the Royal Academy of Engineering noting its vision is “engineering in the service of society” and that it aims to harness the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and inclusive economy by providing specialist support for engineering and technology start-ups and scale- ups.
Elizabeth Crilly, CEO and Founder of the Sir Hans Sloane Centre, Killyleagh, highlighted Sir Hans Sloane’s legacy to medicine, science and history noting that he reached the highest echelons in the scientific world. He collected objects of natural history and other curiosities from his childhood, in the area around Strangford Lough, progressing to assembling a collection of hundreds of plant specimens, animals and curios from his time in Jamaica and across the world until his death in 1753 aged 92 amassing more than 71,000 natural and handmade items. He bequeathed his collection to the City of London which formed the basis of the British Museum, British Library and the Natural History Museum.
Most recently the Club received a New Year’s Message address from Rev. Willie Nixon, Rector Drumbeg Parish Church, who in an amusing and anecdotal address reflected on his life and work in the ministry revealing elements which had been fun and rewarding as well as very moving and emotional. He particularly reflected that the greatest lesson he has learnt is that it is very easy to make enemies, hurt and injure those around us but very hard to say sorry and noted that the greatest thing we can do is to reconcile not only with those who we may have hurt but with those who have hurt us.