Nearby Events – Feb 2020

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 5th February, Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

Gliding a B747 – a talk by Capt Eric Moody retd. 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

Tuesday 11th February, Southampton
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

Transforming Test & Evaluation Training. Simon Tate – Director Operations Air & Space and Paul ‘Shakey’ Shakespeare – Head of Flight Operations & Chief Test Pilot QinetiQ. In a world of increasing budgetary pressures, customers require the most efficient and cost-effective Test & Evaluation training on modern, relevant air systems. In order to address the challenges of customer financial and time pressures, after 75 years of training Test Pilots and Flight Test Engineers, ETPS underwent a major transformation to ensure it stayed at the forefront of Test and Evaluation training. Simon Tate and Paul Shakespeare will explain the background to the programme, the strategy followed and detail how the new aircraft were selected, the main capabilities they now offer and how they have been integrated into new EASA compliant courses. They will explain how the new courses were designed and produced and the innovations and new technologies that have been introduced before concluding with the main challenges, risks, issues and lessons learnt so far. 18:30 (Doors at 18:00). Building 46 Room 2005, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email

Wednesday 12th February, Middle Wallop
Museum of Army Flying Event

SOE Air Operations. Lecture by Paul Beaver. With unprecedented access to the SOE records held by the Special Forces Club in London, Paul Beaver will talk about some of the more interesting aspects of agent running in occupied Europe and Burma, in which aviation was crucial A curry supper is also available from the Apache Cafe at 6pm. Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Friday 14th February, Lyndhurst
New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

‘Nevil Shute Norway’ by Stephen Robson. Nevil Shute Norway was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. Contact Mike Collo at or Stephen Robson: Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment

Saturday 15th February, Lee-on-Solent
Hovercraft Rides and Museum Opening

Come and browse around our exclusive collection of over 60 Hovercraft including James Bond, Scrap Heap Challenge, military, racing, commercial, home builds, models and archives. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Hovercraft Museum Daedalus Site Seafront Gate, Marine Parade W, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9NS.

Saturday 15th February, Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Austin Adventures, with George Mooney. George Mooney and Joy, his wife of 58 years, are known to many in the Austin Seven world for their adventures with their Baby Austin Seven cars. George has been a Life member of the Friends for 40 years and his presentation, put together especially for tonight, focuses on his adventures with their remarkable Austins since they bought their first Box saloon for transport in 1962. They still own and use that same Box Saloon which has been joined by several other Austins over time! When they needed a car for Joy back in 1962, they had no idea what choosing an Austin Seven would lead to. Joy chose the Austin against a Fiat Topolino of the same year. They crossed the Atlantic twice with their 2-seater Cambridge Special A7, in 2005 when they drove across South America and in 2006 driving across the USA Route 66. On both trips they reached the Pacific Ocean. 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 26th February, Southampton
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

Transport’s Future : what will work and what won’t work ? Speaker: Nick Richardson FCILT, Technical Principal, Integrated Transport Division, Mott Macdonald. Nick Richardson, a Director and Trustee of the Chartered Institute, makes a welcome return to present members with his well-informed views on the future of transport. That future, which inevitably will see an expansion of demand, is now an important element in a growing awareness of the fragility of the planet. The supply of transport will have to be a sustainable one. There are already many possibilities for such a format, but the problem is : what is likely to work and should be developed and what is unlikely to work and needs to be rapidly discontinued ? An essential look into a crystal ball for all transport practitioners ! When: 18:30 (for 18:45) – 21:00. Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), on the East Park Terrace Campus of Solent University, SOUTHAMPTON SO 14 0LY. Meeting Point: The Willow Conference Room (TS 315A on Level 3) of the Solent Conference Centre. Refreshments will be provided. Book online now or complete your booking form and send to Membership Services at or call Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: HDG0355. Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: £5.00 (including VAT)

Thursday 27th February, Bournemouth
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture

Humanitarian logistics by Gp Capt Neil Jones, Assistant Head of Defence Logistics Operations and Plans, UK MOD. The devastating aftermath of Hurricane IRMA on the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean left the governance and infrastructure in the region hanging by a thread and demanded an immediate response from the UK for assistance. In this talk, our speaker will describe the UK Defence Logistics response to the situation. Lectures 4th Thursday in month apart from December. 7pm for prompt lecture start at 7:30pm. Cobham Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University Poole House, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB. This event may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for CPD records and we can provide a Certificate of Attendance. Contact Roger Starling e-mail

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