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Hertfordshire Branch Meetings

2017 - 2018

We are continually trying to put together a programme which will appeal to the widest audience, so any suggestions as to subject matter or speakers we may contact, will be gratefully received.

Guests and non-BCS members are very welcome. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are free of charge to all attendees. If you wish to attend any meeting, please would you book your places using the booking link given in the meeting information below.

Most of our meetings are divided between two venues: Sopra Steria in Hemel Hempstead and the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. The meeting times are the same at both of these venues: Registration and refreshments from 7:00pm and the business of meetings start at 7:30pm. Meetings generally finish at about 9:00pm. There are opportunities for networking or just having a chat with other Society members before and after the main business of the meeting.

Travelling instructions for our Sopra Steria venue, may be found here.

Travelling instructions for our University of Hertfordshire venue, may be found here.

Overseas delegates wishing to attend any of these events should note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.

Neighbouring BCS branches may also have events of interest to members. Details of these events may be found on their branch websites. For links, see below:

Bedford - Berkshire - East Anglia - Essex - South London - Oxfordshire - North London - West London

Tuesday 15 May 2018

6.30pm. at the St. Albans Signal Box, St. Albans, AL1 3AJ

Visit to St Albans South Signal Box

Visit the largest preserved Midland Railway signal box in the UK.

Signalling demonstrations are run on the operating floor and railway videos and a slideshow of the restoration are shown downstairs, with many signalling items on display. In the garden, there are working signals, old signs, oil lamps and other exhibits. The site is fully accessible except for the upper floor of the signal box. A video of the upstairs workings can be shown downstairs. Park at the station or in Ridgmont Road. Free to members and £10 for non-members.

If you wish to attend this meeting, please would you book your places using this booking link.

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Tuesday 12 June 2018

5.00pm. at the Waterways Experiences, Kings Langley, Nash Mills HP3 9TE

Visit to Waterways Experiences

A boat trip on the Grand Union Canal with Fish and Chip Supper. The boat is operated by a registered charity without any paid employees. It aims to provide accessible canal boating for all. More information at http://wexp.org.uk. Travel from Nash Mills south on the canal to Hunton Bridge and back. Leave at 5:15pm to return at around 9:15pm. Free to members and £20 for non-members.

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Thursday 20 September 2018

7.00pm. at the offices of Sopra Steria, Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AH

AGM followed by: Cyber-Bullying and online safety for children

The meeting starts with the AGM. The AGM is open to all (only members may vote) and takes abour 30 minutes. We do urge you to attend so that you may participate in the election of your committee, whose main business is to organise branch meetings and represent members through the Branches Congress.

Volunteers for the committee are always welcome; if you would like to join, please get in touch with David Hubbard, our Branch Secretary.

Nominations to the positions of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer should be with the Secretary 14 days ahead of the AGM; nominations for other positions and for those without portfolio may be made at any time before the close of the elections phase of the AGM. Some of our most effective volunteers have put their hands up at the very last minute.

After our AGM, there will be a talk on "Cyber-Bullying and online safety for children".

There is an increased public awareness and media coverage of Cyber- Bullying/Stalking. It is seen as a growing problem and has led to concerns in particular for the on-line safety for children and vulnerable adults. Currently there is little academic research into the prevalence, motivations, impacts and risk assessment which will lead to effective preventions of and responses to Cyberstalking. This has led to the creation of The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research at the University of Bedfordshire. It aims to provide high quality research to help, understand and tackle the problem. The Centre is interdisciplinary in nature and draws upon the expertise of people working in different fields including technology, psychology, sociology and law. Our speaker tonight will discuss the domain issues and how the work of the Centre is addressing them.

If you wish to attend this meeting, please would you book your places using this booking link.

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