Engineering Experience will be held at Culford School in October 2015

Advance notice that the next Engineering Experience will be held at Culford School in October 2015. The exact dates will be made available nearer the time and local upper school staff will again be asked to select the students that will be offered the opportunity to attend the Experience.

Bursaries awarded to seven students

At their meeting the trustees awarded bursaries to seven students to assist them with the cost of their first degree. The subjects being studied varied widely and included Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology and Ship Science.

The trust helped sponsor a display at the Latitude Festival

The trust helped sponsor a display at the Latitude Festival which centred on astronomy which was designed to engage with budding scientists and engineers as young as five or six.

During the Latitude Festival  in July 2014, Derek Langley, provided a presentation to young festival goers entitled Our Tiny World. The presentation involved an interactive tour through the solar system starting with the atmosphere of earth and then an imaginary trip through the solar system, stopping off at Titan to gather ice crystals. Visitors to the tent were also provided with a model of Saturn to make and take away with them.

Photos of the Latitude event;

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Marshalls Aerospace at Cambridge

The trust organised a trip for students who had previously attended the engineering experience to travel to Marshalls Aerospace at Cambridge for a visit. Twenty six young people from years 10 and 11 took part in this trip which involved a tour of the facility an opportunity for the students to  engage in some interactive activities and to have presentations on the work of this prestigious engineering company.


From 8th to 10th April, forty three students from the Bury St Edmunds area benefitted from a unique hands-on learning experience hosted at Culford School. The three-day residential programme, led by national educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust and sponsored by the local William and Ellen Vinten Trust, aimed to engage the students and provide them with the opportunity to learn about careers in engineering through a series of presentations and hands-on workshops.

In teams, the 13 to 15 year old students worked on ‘real-life’ challenges led by young engineers from Jaguar Land Rover and Thales. The design-and-make projects included designing and building, a motor-powered vehicle to meet certain criteria and a set of speakers for iPods. As well as working on the design, build and test elements of the projects, the students developed life skills such as team work, communication, problem solving, time management, finance and presentations.

Students were also given a unique insight into the industry when they visited local company Vitec Videocom, to see engineering in action.

The social programme included a sports night and a formal dinner and disco.

Adrian Williams, Chairman of the Vinten Trust said that he and his fellow trustees were delighted to continue to sponsor this event for the third time. He added,“The Smallpeice Trust is a national charity, whose aim is to encourage youngsters to consider a career in engineering and we at the Vinten Trust share the same goal.”

Claire Fisher from The Smallpeice Trust commented, “We are extremely grateful to the William and Ellen Vinten Trust for sponsoring this course. These youngsters will take away an enormous amount of knowledge about engineering, particularly the opportunities in their local region, and will have come to appreciate just how fun and exciting a career in engineering can be.”
All Smallpeice courses are linked to the National Curriculum and are designed to improve core skills such as team building, financial management, communication and problem solving. By attending one of our courses students will gain experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement. 

The Smallpeice Trust Engineering Experience course is part of an ongoing programme of subsidised residential courses to help young people aged 12 to 17 develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.

Founded by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, The Trust has grown tremendously over the past 47 years, helping thousands of young people find a successful career in a multitude of disciplines within the industry from engineering materials, marine technology and naval architecture to nanotechnology and structural engineering. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, 20,353 students have attended a Smallpeice activity in the past year.

Bookings are now being taken for summer residential courses. Telephone 01926 333200 for further details.

Queen Elizabeth prize in Engineering (Video)

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