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SLSC Training Session The Word Water



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Training Session Meeting 13 March

The Education Director, Diana Douglas, organised a stimulating event.

Members were given the word “WATER” by Education Director, Diana Douglas and were given ten minutes to construct a three to four minute speech which they were asked to present later in the evening.

Mini Speeches

John Entwistle

John asked the rhetorical question ‘where does water come from’ and then explained how rain came about, air temperature clouds etc. In moderate climates the precipitation falls as rain, in colder regions it falls as snow. That the UK was a very special place, wetter on the west coast than the east coast. Visitors to this country have been heard to comment how green the fields are due to water/rain.

Sue Solloway

Water or H2O, made up with two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen, is the lifeblood of our planet and that life can only exist where water is present, few planets have water, as far as we know! In this country we take water for granted, other parts of the world are less fortunate. Financial help could be given to these countries through donations to charitable organisations.




David Knox

‘Water, water everywhere …..and all the boards did shrink’ a quotation from the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’ water is essential to life, in this country we take water for granted. When there is a hosepipe ban we get very annoyed. Other parts of the world less fortunate, Africa for example where the lack of water can result in crop failure drought and famine. Reference was made to Band Aid which drew attention to the problem. Mention was made to the adverts on TV for Water Aid asking for donations of £2

As well as drinking water he occasionally liked a Whisky which in Gaelic means ‘water of life.’

Eddy Jackson

Eddy talked about the River Wyre, that the word means ‘Winding River, where it rises the source of which can be seen from Morecambe Bay and its journey through the countryside.


Wyre, Celtic, for a winding river

Here is a story showing all the stages of a rivers development.

Looking east from Fleetwood on Morecambe Bay towards the Bowland Fells in the east, you can view where the Wyre starts.


River Wyre Lancashire - The Water Cycle from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.


The River Wyre, the winding river, flows through the villages of Scorton, Garstang, and Great Eccelstone before flowing in the estuary at Fleetwood.

The river is twenty-eight miles in length.

In the age of the Anthropocene, it is prone to flooding.

Water Cycle Geography Videos


James Douglas

Hydrogen and Oxygen, the two elements that make up water on their own are unstable, but together completely different. Water can be used to fight fires, as a coolant. James found it amazing that when rivers freeze over fish can continue to survive. One of the greatest pleasures in life, lying in a nice hot bath, gathering your thoughts and perhaps putting the world to rights.

Louise Jackson

‘Put the kettle on’ how many times do you hear that? Especially at times of Disaster or Celebration. How at the wedding of Prince Charles to Princess Dianna their was a spike in electricity required, probably people boiling kettles of water for cups of tea. Water can be used for all sorts of things, ice cubes, washing dishes and clothes etc. You can also find water in wrong places, leaks/floods from washing machines, burst pipes causing all sorts of problems.

Mark Rogers

Trouble with going last most of what can be said about the subject has been said! There can’t be life without water. Mark said that the likely cause of pollution in local rivers and reservoirs came from the seepage of cow manure and some industries peeking into the water courses. Mark briefly talked about aircraft design and planes that could land on water and concluded his mini speech by stating that some adults find it difficult to swim in water but babies and young children find it less so.




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