Interesting Events – Apr 2018

A monthly digest of upcoming events in our region that local residents may find interesting, and of which they may otherwise be unaware.  If you know of any others that you think are worth including, please send details to the Editor.

Sunday 1st April – Salisbury

Old Sarum Airfield ‘Vintage Sunday’ Event

Our popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Join us on the first Sunday of every month for this informal gathering. Free. Arrivals from 10am. Free landings at Old Sarum for all aircraft registered before 1960.

Reduced entry (£5) to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for pilots of pre-1960 aircraft and drivers/riders of classic and vintage cars and motorbikes. On arrival, please follow the signs and look out for marshals who will direct you to a dedicated parking area.  Cars and motorbikes must not enter the active airfield.  Information on events at the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection can be found on Facebook page: or at

Wednesday 4th April – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘The HS Buccaneer’ a talk by John Myers All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire

Tuesday 10th April – Farnborough

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Templar Lecture 

The RAF – the first 100 years by ACM Sir Stephen Dalton RAeS President. The Royal Air Force was born formally as a separate and independent component of Britain’s armed forces on 1 April 1918, absorbing the Army Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. In this Centenary month, Sir Stephen Dalton will offer his personal reflections on the origins, history and future of the RAF as it enters its second century. The lecture begins at 7:00pm and will be followed by an informal reception and buffet. Visitors welcome: admission £2 (RAeS members and students free). Important note: pre-registration is required for this event. For more information and pre-registration, contact Dr Mike Philpot, Branch Publicity Secretary. 19:00 – 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.

Thursday 12th April – Weybridge

Brooklands Trust Members Event

Fraser Corsan – Flying without an aircraft!  Have you ever wondered what it was like to jump out of a plane and just fly? We welcome Fraser Corsan, the World Record holder for Fastest Speed Flown in a WingSuit, who will share his experiences in jumping from an aircraft at 42,000ft and traveling at over 249mph!  An evening of high altitude thrills and hopefully not too many spills!  The talk begins at 7.30pm, there is no reserved seating. This event is held in the Napier Room in the historic clubhouse at Brooklands. The Members Bar is open from 6pm and hot food is available in the Blue Bird Room. Ticket Information, Members £2 Non Members £7.  Pay on the night.  For evening talks please use the Campbell Gate Entrance off Brooklands Road. The postcode for SatNavs for this entrance is KT13 0QN. This entrance is shared with JTI and signed ‘JTI Members Hill’. Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri.

Saturday, 14th April – Chilworth

Chilworth Tennis Club Open Day

From 10am-1pm. See the separate post on this website for more details.

Wednesday 18th April – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

The Cassini Mission to Saturn: 13 years of discovery by Professor Emma Bunce (University of Leicester). Lecture: The NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn was the largest interplanetary spacecraft to be launched to another planet.  During its 13 years in orbit around Saturn Cassini has made in-depth investigations of the planet, its ring system, the orbiting moons, and the magnetosphere.  Major results and mysteries from the mission so far span a range of topics such as the elusive planetary rotation rate, the discovery of geological activity on Enceladus, the discovery of new ringlets, new moons near the rings, and a moon stealing particles from the narrow F ring.  4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Wednesday 25th April – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

Free Lecture: Innovation vs Regulation Innovation vs Regulation: What Should Unmanned Aviation Learn From Manned?  Presented by Geoff Pugh and Gareth Beverley, Consortiq. Manned aviation has a storied and bloody history in the name of progress, and yet unmanned aviation is being held to the much higher standards of the modern era. This is why public and regulatory acceptance are now critical. In this talk Geoff Pugh and Gareth Beverley of Consortiq will discuss what unmanned aviation can learn from the mistakes of manned aviation, and how to ensure innovation is not stifled to satisfy regulation.  Consortiq is an international company with its UK headquarters in the Solent area. They are a company of expert drone professionals and market leaders in providing bespoke and innovative unmanned technology solutions for businesses. Consortiq’s services include training for drone operators, development of software for managing drone flight operations and maintenance and specialist consultancy. Geoff Pugh is UK General Manager of Consortiq while Gareth Beverley is the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Doors open at 18:00 for an 18:30 start. Physics Lecture Theatre A, University of Southampton. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or

Thursday 26th April – Chilworth Hall

Inner Wheel Charity Lunch

The Inner Wheel is putting on a charity lunch at Chilworth Hall on Thursday, 26th April to raise money for SPANA, the charity that cares for working animals in the poorest countries in the world.  Tickets are just £10 per person, and full details can be found on this flyer.

In addition to a presentation on the work of SPANA, there will also be a talk on Hong Kong given by Tat Yam.

Inner Wheel, closely associated with Rotary, has been going for nearly a century and is one of the largest women’s voluntary service organisations in the world with members in 103 countries.

Thursday 26th April – Southampton

Big Bang Careers Event

Big Bang @ Solent returns for a third year, showcasing local Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  Taking place on Thursday 26th April 2018, the event runs from 9am-3pm with exciting interactive activities for students aged 11-16. Last year over 65 organisations participated; BAE Systems Maritime Services, Wartsila, IBM UK, Airbus, NATS, Leonardo and more ran activities to showcase their work. There will be several main exhibitor areas;  the Marine Zone,  the Engineering Zone which will also house the Construction, Maths, IT/Technology and Science Zones and an outside area allocated for exhibitor’s vehicles.  In previous years, this has included a gritting lorry, BT Openreach vehicles, a rib, Tigers team from British Army, a Science ‘Lab in a Lorry’ and a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter from HMS Sultan.  Throughout the event there will be a number of competitions and challenges, some which may provide prizes including Amazon and cinema vouchers, and promotional items to encourage students to ‘have a go’. This event is supported by Engineering UK and Wartsila UK and is free for schools and groups to attend.   09:00 – 15:00. Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Hedge End, Crieff Road, Southampton SO30 3XH. Register your students so that they can see the dynamic and exciting world of STEM. Organiser: EBP South. Email:

Saturday 28th April – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Speed Queens Join us for this special Friends evening and meet two of the original three Speed Queens and their Austin Maxi ‘Puff the Magic Wagon’. Back in 1969, British Leyland launched a significant new family car, the Austin Maxi. One of the first 500 cars off the Longbridge production lines was set aside for a very special task to help promote sales of the new Austin Maxi model. This car was to be driven by three pioneering women drivers, Tish Ozanne, Katrina Kerridge and Bron Burrell, a rare and exceptional all – female team, in the 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup London to Mexico Rally. The evening will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre at 7.30 pm. The Museum will be open from 6.00 pm (at no extra charge). A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks. Tickets are £7.50 for members of the Friends of the National Motor Museum, £10.00 for non-members.


If you have found a spelling error, please notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.