Nearby Events – Dec 2019

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.

[NB All information is passed on in good faith, but it would be wise to check with the contacts given before travelling to any of these events.]

Wednesday 4th December, Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

“Sapper to Spitfire Spy.” All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Mike Webster

Friday 6th December, Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Bearback: The World Overland. Imagine jacking it all in, packing your life into a 41-litre pannier and riding into the sunset. This is exactly what GP’s Pat and Ness Garrod did, downing stethoscopes to take off on their motorcycle, The Bear, to see the world. For anyone who has considered escaping the rat race, even for a second, it’s an inspiring story. Across the deserts of Africa, over the mountains of the Andes, deep into the jungles of Indochina, and beyond the Arctic Circle; 100,000 miles unsupported through 6 continents and 64 countries. A circumnavigation of epic proportion, it was to become one of the longest journeys ever undertaken by a couple on one motorcycle, a journey destined to change their lives forever. Undoubtedly a story of high adventure, determined resourcefulness and personal discovery, it is also a tale of freedom and love. Capturing not only the beauty and diversity, but also the spirit of our fast-changing world, this is the tale of two doctors, one motorcycle, and a remarkable four-year journey around the world – dirt, dust, flies and all. 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

Wednesday 11th December, Lee-on-Solent
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

Accident investigation presented by Afandi Darlington, Senior Inspector of Air Accidents (Engineering), Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). Afandi will introduce the role of the AAIB and, through examples from previous aircraft accident investigations, will show how the work of the AAIB contributes to increasing aviation safety. He is a Senior Inspector of Air Accidents (Engineering) and has worked at the AAIB since 2010. 16:00 (Doors at 15:30). Fareham College – CEMAST, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9FU. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email

Wednesday 11th December, Salisbury
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area: Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture

Behind the Wheel with the Stig – From F1 to Top Gear. The Original Stig from Top Gear, Perry McCarthy, will provide insight into his career, including his time testing everything from F1 to production cars on the BBC Top Gear programme, and give us his first-hand account of what it means to be a racing driver. Ticketed event. 18:30 – 21:30 Salisbury Guildhall, Market Place, Guildhall Square Salisbury SP1 1JH.

Thursday 12th December, Middle Wallop
Museum of Army Flying Event

Scuttled – the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate. The Royal Navy and the Foreign Office were amazingly well prepared for tackling the feared German pocket battleships in South Atlantic in 1939. It had been a bad naval war so far with a battleship and an aircraft carrier lost to German naval action, but Commodore Harwood was able to give First Sea Lord Winston Churchill something to cheer about with the scuttling of the Graf Spee. Harwood was ably assisted on land by the charismatic Eugen Millington-Drake, the British Minister in Montevideo. Paul Beaver has researched both the 83-minute naval battle and the diplomatic action thoroughly; his conclusions add to our knowledge. He will also pose a few questions. A curry supper is also available from the Apache Cafe at 6pm. Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 18th December, Winchester
Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

The music of stars reveals their deep interiors Dr. Giovanni Mirouh. In olden times, arts and science were associated as tools to describe the world. Greek philosophers described a mystical Universe where each planet and star would have a corresponding note, creating a cosmic orchestra. This description fell into oblivion until 1960 and the discovery of variations in the Solar luminosity. These variations come from surface vibrations caused by sound waves within the Sun, that resonates just like a (very big) bell. Most stars show similar variations, the real music of stars. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

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