Nearby Events – Dec 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.

Saturday 1st December – Southampton Art Gallery

Art History Study Day – The Royal Academy and its Members / 10.30am-4pm /  £28

Open both to those who are new to the art world or who are familiar with it, this session explores the current Defining and Defying Convention: Royal Academy 250 exhibition, the RA artists and their work. Tea and coffee provided.  Pre-book on 023 8083 4536

Sunday 2nd December – 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

Tuesday 4th December – Southampton Art Gallery

Sculpture Conservation Tour – 1.30-2.30pm /  £4

Join the Tate’s former Head of Conservation, Derek Pullen, to hear about the fascinating conservation treatments that have taken place on a selection of sculptures on display in the In Trust: Caring for Sculptures exhibition. Pre-book on 023 8083 4536

Tuesday 4th December – Eastleigh

Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

“Flying the Vulcan – a personal perspective” by Joe Marsden. Joe has flown 34 different Vulcan aircraft including XH558 which flew until 2016 and XL426 based at Southend Airport (see https// The well-illustrated talk will briefly cover the history of the Vulcan but will mainly cover crew responsibilities, preparations and practicalities of the various roles Joe was involved in together with the more light-hearted aspects of journeys from Cyprus in the East to Midway Island and Alaska in the West and up to the Arctic Circle to test Russian response. Doors open at 7:45pm with presentation starting at 8:00pm. We meet in the Church Hall, off Free Street Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire SO32 1EE. A location map and directions can be found in the ‘ABOUT’ section of this site. The fee for each meeting is normally £2.50p. Website

Wednesday 5th December – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘The Man Who Never Was’ a talk by Kevin Patience. In April 1943 a body dressed as a Royal Marine officer with briefcase was deliberately washed ashore in Spain. It was designed to fool the Germans that the allies planned to invade Greece and not Sicily. Code named Operation Mincemeat it was one of the best kept secrets of WW2 until 1996 when files were released in the National Archives and the identity of the corpse made public. This is the true story of this deception. 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

Wednesday 5th December – Salisbury

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Arnold Barks Lecture 

Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture 2018. Jet Suit by Richard Browning Chief Test Pilot and Founder of Aeronautical Innovation Company, Gravity Industries. Launched in March 2017, the dream was to re-imagine human flight with an elegant partnership between mind, body and machine, exploiting leading edge technology. This vision lead to the creation of the Gravity Industries Jet Suit. Gravity has to date been experienced by over a billion people globally with video views alone running at more than 60m within seven days of launch. In the first 12 months Gravity executed 46 flight events across 16 countries including four TED talks. Richard and the team are delivering on the vision to build Gravity into a world class aeronautical engineering business, challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation, and inspire a generation to dare ask ‘what if…’. 6:30pm – 9:30pm Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury, SP1 3UT. £10 per ticket includes wine and canapé reception. Both members of the IMechE and non-members are welcome to attend this event. To book online, select the number of tickets and click the “Book now” link above, then proceed to the Shopping Cart and sign in using your online account details. Alternatively, you can pay by BACS or cheque, email for details

Saturday 8th December – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

“If I had known then what I know now”, with Chris Keith-Lucas. Today Chris Keith-Lucas finds himself regarded as a Historic Jaguar Guru. It was not always the case. Coming from a line of engineers, he was apprenticed on steam turbines and ship’s diesels. His hobby of vintage racing led to historic replicas and restoring historic cars as Lynx Engineering. In turn this led to fascinating projects in the modern field. His own Company CKL Developments focused down to a specialism of the Jaguars of the 50’s and 60’s. In his words, “There have been very interesting people, some well-known, some not. Some slog, some hairy moments, some funny moments; cars, boats, aeroplanes and hot air balloons!” The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email

Tuesday 11th December – Salisbury

Joint RAeS/IMechE/IET Lecture

The ICARUS Wingsuit Project. Dr. Grubisic is British FAI PPC silver medallist for wingsuit performance skydiving. British PPC record holder for distance flown in competition, Wingsuit BASE jumper, Jet suit pilot and Lecturer of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton. An inspiration insight into the high risk world of wingsuit BASE jumping. Discussing the mechanics & aerodynamics of human flight, as well as the human psychology & risks. Pioneering use of a 3D computational fluid dynamics & experimental testing to develop insights into wingsuit aerodynamics, enabling development of adaptations to extend the human flight envelope & improve safety. Dr. Grubisic will also discuss the wingsuit world records that the team will attempt in the coming year. Lecture held in the lecture theatre at QinetiQ, Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF. Tea and coffee is usually served from 17:00. Lecture begins at 17:15. Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration. Email Branch Secretary

Wednesday 12th December – Fareham

Open Event at the Fareham Innovation Centre
Oxford Innovation (OI) Space Incubator – Public Showcase 2018

The OI Space Incubator cohort have been very busy since the beginning of July…lots of prototypes and sat apps being designed, developed and refined. Business models structured and products readied for launch. This milestone event is for them to showcase their solution for the very first time to potential customers, public, OI Space partners (who continue to give great support) and peers. Some may choose to launch their product at this event. Some just get essential feedback prior to launch. Either way this is the exciting climax of the 2018 programme. The cohort may still need your support…so come along for a catch-up, prime networking and see how you can help. We will be hot lunch and refreshments through the event. This event is co-hosted with South Coast Centre of Excellence in Sat Apps – so we hope to fill the roof terrace again with great innovators and key business support players. Merlin House, 4 Meteor Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9FU. Book places on

Tuesday 18th December – Gosport

Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

Alan Key “Pleasure Flying.” 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Meetings are held at the Stubbington Snooker Club. Entry charge of £3.00 for visitors. Contact Bob Wealthy Tel 01329 315561.


Wednesday, 2nd January – Christchurch

Christchurch Aviation Society Lecture – History of Aviation, by Ernie Ball.

Ernie Ball has had a long career in aviation as a pilot and trainer. The talk is an abbreviated history of flight that doesn’t include helicopters and only touches on military aviation. It starts with the Chinese and their kites, then moves onto balloons (Montgolfier Bros, Graf Zeppelins, R100/101), followed by the Wright brothers, gliders, flying boats, piston airliners, turboprop airliners and finally, jet airliners. The talk conclude with present day civilian strategies (hub and spoke versus point-to-point) and includes the parts that local aviation paid in the history. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the High Street, Christchurch. Programme Secretary, Robert Wilson, Tel: 01425 271202 or email



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