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New historic venue confirmed for IQ Fellows’ Lunch

Coombe Abbey

Following a one-year hiatus, this year’s celebratory event will take place at Coombe Abbey

HISTORIC Coombe Abbey, near Coventry, has a rich and fascinating history. Founded in 1150 AD as the Abbey of Cumbe, it has housed royals, been part of the Gunpowder Plot and was even surrendered to King Henry VIII as part of the dissolution of the monasteries.

Now it will provide an inspirational backdrop to this year’s Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Fellows’ Lunch and Student Awards on Friday 29 October 2021.


Following an absence in 2020, the historic venue will host senior industry figures for this annual celebration and networking event. Among the guests will be award-winning students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products.

James Thorne, chief executive officer of the IQ, said: ‘After an absence last year, we’re pleased to announce the return of the IQ Fellows’ Lunch and Student Awards.

‘Set in more than 500 acres of parkland and formal gardens, Coombe Abbey will provide an excellent environment for senior industry figures from across the mineral products sector to get together, as well as celebrate the outstanding achievements of students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products.

‘With an address from IQ President Martin Riley, food and drinks, as well as a chance to explore the historic venue, the event is not to be missed.’

Each year top-performing students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products are presented with an award from IQ, in recognition of their outstanding achievement and continuous commitment to the minerals extractives industry.

As part of a new format this year, The Institute of Asphalt Technology will also join IQ and present awards to its highest-performing students.

For tickets, IQ Fellows should contact Debbie White, membership officer at the Institute of Quarrying. Email:; or tel: 0115 972 9995.


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