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Basingstoke: "Highway Maintenance, an overview"
Basingstoke Cafe Sci invites you to attend this free talk by Simon Protheroe from Hampshire County Council at The Tea Bar on London Street from 7.30pm. Tonight's talk will be on the subject of “Highway Maintenance, an overview". Summary: Simon works for Hampshire Highways and deals with the day to day maintenance required on the County's highway network. With 6 years experience in the industry, he has been in employed in a time of uncertainty with regard to funding but also with much engineering and asset management innovation to overcome the issue. The talk gives an overview of the historical development of the highway and the modern techniques used to maintain it. Format and Venue: The Tea Bar will be open from 6.30pm for you to get drinks and chat with fellow attendees. The talk starts at 7.30pm for around 30 to 40 minutes. After the talk we have a quick break so you can top up your drinks and chat about any questions you may have with other participants. The discussions start after the break and we aim to finish around 9.00pm, though you will be welcome to stay around and have a chat with the speaker afterwards. Entry is free and open to everyone, but we do encourage you to buy drinks and cakes etc. to show your support for The Tea Bar who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue. Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology. Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is sponsored by the Active Hampshire Social Club, The British Science Association and The Tea Bar, Basingstoke.

The Tea Bar

19 London Street · Basingstoke RG21 7NT

What we're about

Public Group

Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is the public and FREE Science Interest Group of the Basingstoke Friends Social Club ( The meetings and talks are all public events (though some external events such as theatre trips require advance payment and/or booking) which are open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the latest ideas in Science and Technology.

You can find out more about the Basingstoke Friends Social Club (aka Active Hampshire) at our web site:

And in our meetup group:

You can join this Cafe Sci Meetup group free of charge to receive email notifications of our talks and any science and technology talks, debates and lectures that we hear about in the local area.

We run our own talk and discussion meetings with an invited speaker on the last working Monday of every month (except in December). These are held from 7.30pm at the Tea Bar, 9-13 London Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NT in the Top of Town area of Basingstoke.

You are welcome to arrive at the monthly meeting venue any time from 6.30pm onwards for drinks and cakes etc. The main talk starts at 7.30pm and usually lasts around 30 to 40 minutes. There is then a short break after the talk for you to get more drinks and cakes etc before we go into the main discussion session. We generally aim to finish at around 9.00pm with some time afterwards until 10.00pm for you to chat to the speakers and other members.

We aim to provide members with information about a wide range of events that may be of interest. We include on the web site details of Cafe Scientifique meetings in Reading, Winchester and Southampton plus those of our local Skeptics in the Pub rational debating groups in Reading and Winchester.

For any queries about Cafe Scientifique in Basingstoke, contact the organizer Bob Clifford at the email address below:

We also have the following web site where you can find more information about how Cafe Scientifique is organised plus links to various science resources. The web site also contains details of the events from the Cafe Scientifique calendar.

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