Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience 2013

Following the great success of previous events, the Trust is delighted to announce that the next Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience will be held for 3 days from Monday April 8th 2013 at Culford School.

The Experience will include:
Company Visits
Project Work
A Formal Dinner
A Careers Marketplace

There will be 10 places for students from each of the local upper schools.

Students at the schools can get further information from their Heads of Design Technology or from the clerk to the trust

New Trustee Appointed

We are pleased to announce the appointment of James Guest as a new trustee.

James works for Vitec Videocom as the Mechanical Engineering Manager for the Bury St Edmunds site where the team develops the latest Vinten and Vinten Radamec Products. He has been with the Vitec Videocom since 2006 and previously worked within the automotive industry for Bentley. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Ambassador.


“I was extremely pleased to be asked to be a trustee for The William and Ellen Vinten Trust. I am very passionate about Engineering and Science subjects and I love to promote them, particularly to young people. I have been involved in STEM days at local schools around Bury St Edmunds and it is fantastic to see the kids coming up with ideas and working things out for themselves, this position as a trustee allows me to get more involved in the promotion of STEM subjects.”

Thurston Community College Sees Physics Laboratory Refurbished


The Vinten Trust was pleased to give a grant to Thurston Community College to help towards creating a fresh environment in the physics department. The trust’s support to the college was acknowledged by the placing of a plaque commemorating the assistance given, over many years, by John Baker, a Vinten trustee, who sadly died last year.



Big Bang Eastern 2011

Held at Duxford on Wednesday 13th July 2011, this was a really exciting event for aspiring engineers. Click here to read full details of what went on

Two New Trustees Appointed

Two new trustees have been appointed. Alan Bonnett and Kieth Honeyman.

Alan is the General Manager (Engineering) at Fix-a-Form International Ltd, a Bury based company which designs, develops, and manufactures specialist print finishing equipment. Alan has many years of experience in the engineering sector and is passionate about helping and encouraging young people into engineering. He was nominated as a trustee by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bury St Edmunds. Kieth recently retired as Deputy Managing Director of Quality Castings in Bury St Edmunds, an aluminium foundry where he has worked since 1972. He is a co-opted trustee.

John Baker

The Trust regrets to have to announce the death of John Baker, one of its long standing Trustees. John gave invaluable support to the Trust, based on his knowledge of and contacts with the world of engineering and construction. He was the owner and Managing Director of Thurston Building Services and he took a particular interest in the activities at Thurston Community College, where he was Vinten’s link trustee.
We send our condolences to his wife, Liz, and to his friends and family.

The 2011 Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience

50 Year 9 and 10 students from the town’s five upper secondary schools attended the second annual residential course for “young engineers”, held at Culford School from April 11-13. The course was again led by the national Smallpeice Trust in support of the Vinten Trust. Day 1 involved ice breaking and team building exercises along with industrial visits to Bury St Edmunds two “Vinten” companies, Thales and Camera Dynamics. Day 2 saw the students in teams of five working on one of two projects. Five teams worked with Thales STEM ambassadors to design and make speaker stations for MP3 players, while the other five teams were assisted by apprentices from Jaguar Land Rover in designing and building model all terrain vehicles.

On the evening a formal dinner was held for the students and guests where Arleen McConnell, the 2010 Young Engineer of the Year was the principal speaker. Day 3 involved the student teams presenting their work to an invited audience of parents, friends and representatives of the local engineering companies. After a buffet lunch the course concluded with an engineering careers convention for the students and their parents. The course was judged an outstanding success by participants, helpers, parents, trustees and all others lucky to have experienced some or all of a hectic three days of activity.

The photographs and BBC Radio Suffolk interview here give more impressions of the 2011 event.

   Click on the BBC Image to hear a Radio Suffolk interview with attendees at the event.


The Trust Presents Thurston Community Collge With New Equipment

The trust was delighted, in January 2011, to present Thurston Community College with a Rapman 3D modeller , which will help to enhance the work of the College’s Design Department This 3D printer builds the parts up in layers of plastic with the help of a custom-made Thermoplast Extruder. The machine takes a 3mm diameter filament of a polymer, forces it down a heated barrel, and then extrudes it as a melt out of a fine nozzle. The resulting thin stream is laid down in layers to form the piece desired.
The Trust’s gift was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Vinten brand and it is hoped to present similar gifts to all of the Bury St Edmunds Upper Schools during the year. For more information on the Rapman modellers visit

The Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience 2010

Nationally and locally the number of students studying Science, Mathematics and Engineering and then following a career in these subjects is decreasing. The direct impact of this trend is that UK Industry is unable to find the employees that it needs to continue to produce world class products, systems, services and facilities; all of which are at the foundation of modern economy and society.
In order to promote and excite engineering as a future career, the William & Ellen Vinten Trust has worked with local upper schools and the Smallpeice Trust, to create the first “Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience Residential Course”. This was held at Culford School during Easter 2010 and was a great success. The course was delivered and managed by the Smallpeice Trust and follow their established and successful national Engineering Experience courses.
By providing a local course, the William and Ellen Vinten Trust was able to give 50 students a unique opportunity to understand what a professional career in Engineering could involve, so that they can make informed decisions about whether it could be the right career for them.



New Equipment Presentation

The Trust recently helped to fund the purchase of a Denford Router for the Design Technology Department at Culford School. The equipment will support the CAD/CAM work at the school. Ian Devlin, Head of Technology at Culford said, “This is a super acquisition for the Department and one we could not have gained without the assistance of the Vinten Trust”

On the left; Adrian Williams, Chairman of the Trust, hands over the new Denford Router to Ian Devlin, Head of Technology at Culford School.