Probus club en­joys in­ter­est­ing talk about the his­tory of the gyp­sum in­dus­try

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

THE usual club busi­ness pre­ceded a good lunch and then Probus Club mem­bers set­tled down to hear speaker Noel Wor­ley, who spoke about the his­tory of the gyp­sum in­dus­try in the Mid­lands.

Mr Wor­ley spent 35 years of his work­ing life in the gyp­sum in­dus­try.

Gyp­sum or cal­cium sul­phate is a mined min­eral which is full of wa­ter but when dried it be­comes plas­ter or al­abaster. There are sev­eral mines left in Bri­tain pro­duc­ing 1-1.5 mil­lion tonnes of gyp­sum per an­num.

Our clos­est mines are at East Leake and Bar­row upon Soar. Orig­i­nally there were dozens of mines in­de­pen­dently owned but now most mines come un­der the um­brella of Bri­tish Gyp­sum who have sub­se­quently been taken over by Siniat of Bel­gium.

One of the by-pro­duts of gyp­sum is a very ma­te­rial called Car­lyte which is ini­tially a sol­u­ble paste-like sub­stance which, when moulded and dried, be­comes ex­tremely hard and durable. It has been used as or­na­men­tal dec­o­ra­tion for church porches and in­te­rior mould­ings in houses.

After a very in­ter­est­ing talk our pres­i­dent, Pat Har­ris, thanked Mr Wor­ley and the mem­bers showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

We were then re­minded that the next meet­ing is on Novem­ber 6, at Junc­tion 23 Restau­rant where new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

Please con­tact our sec­re­tary Wilf Shen­ton on 01509 769802 for fur­ther details.

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