Interesting Events – Jan 2017

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 January Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield New Year’s Day Events

2017 is Old Sarum’s centenary year, so we thought we should kick it off with a bit of an event from 10am on New Year’s Day. We have a New Year’s Day Fly-In and Films AND the relaunch of our Vintage Sundays. While the fly-in is open to all, we would particularly love owners of older aircraft to fly-in. To encourage you, we have free landings for pre-1960 aircraft, a commemorative stamp for pilots’ logbooks, and free overnight parking for anyone wanting to fly-in on New Year’s Eve.  Even if the weather isn’t good enough for aviation, we have an informal gathering of vintage and classic cars and bikes. No booking necessary, just turn up! There will be plenty inside to do as well – we are showing films (we are showing one on New Year’s Eve too) and the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection will be open. The Skies Cafe will of course be open, and serving breakfast rolls, chilli and soup. We’ve got a lot of Airfield to fill. Take that as a challenge! Information on events at Old Sarum can be found on the website.

Wednesday 4th January Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society Talk

The Annual SHHAS Photo Competition. 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 philccbw@hotmail.co.uk.

Wednesday 11th January Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

A Universe of dwarf galaxies by Dr Samantha Penny (University of Portsmouth).  Dwarf galaxies are the most common galaxies in the Universe, yet they are frequently overlooked due to their small size and low luminosity. Despite their diminutive nature, they are an extremely varied and fascinating galaxy population, spanning a wide range of sizes and structures. They greatly outnumber galaxies like our Milky Way, and are thought to be the initial building blocks of the Universe. In this talk, I will present some of the latest cutting-edge research being done to better understand these galaxies, from surprisingly difficult dwarf galaxy searches in our own Galactic neighbourhood, to the discovery of the densest galaxy found to date.  4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Friday 13th January Lyndhurst – New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

‘Whittle and the Jet Engine’ by Stephen Robson. Frank Whittle (1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was an RAF engineer air officer. He is credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was submitted by Maxime Guillaume in 1921 for a similar invention; however, this was technically unfeasible at the time. Whittle’s jet engines were developed some years earlier than those of Germany’s Hans von Ohain who was the designer of the first operational turbojet engine. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £3 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: stephen.robson10@btopenworld.com.

Tuesday 17th January Farnborough – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce TAG Farnborough airport tours

TAG Farnborough airport tours in Association with Farnborough Airport. Tours include a full drive of the airfield, a look inside the hangars and a trip up the control tower, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the airport and surrounding areas.  The tours take place on a comfortable minibus and are fully guided by Tony Knight who has been employed at the airfield for 51 years and has a wealth of knowledge. Throughout the tour Tony will explain the history of the airfield as well as its current operations and future plans. There are sections where you will be required to stand during the tour as well as 5 flights of stairs up to the top when visiting the control tower.   Should you be required to evacuate due to an emergency, there are 17 flights of stairs down as the lift will be unavailable.   Guests who feel unable to manage the stairs are welcome to wait in the Tower conference room during this part of the tour. To book please email events.north@hampshirechamber.co.uk or for further information call 01329 242420. Costs to members: £10 (Including VAT). Costs: Non Member – £15 (inc VAT). Arrive at 09.50am for 10.00am start – the tour is scheduled to finish at 12.30pm but may overrun to 13.00pm. ID Please bring photographic ID to show at security. TAG Farnborough Airport, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6XA.

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