Nearby Events – Jan 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.

Sunday 6th January – 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 9th January – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

Every January SHHAS hold a Photo Competition where members are encouraged to bring along their best aviation photos taken over the previous 12 months. 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 9th January – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Applying Missile Defence Technology to Solve the Near Earth Asteroid Problem by Alexander Godfrey (Lockheed Martin). The Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013 caused approximately £10 million worth of damage and led to 1500 people seeking medical attention. The object remained undetected prior to its atmospheric entry and a larger meteor would be catastrophic if it happened over a city. Mr Godfrey is a Senior Systems Engineer working at Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill, technically leading the pursuit and execution of new business civil space programmes. Most notably he has worked on ESA Space Rider, ESA Mars Sample Return Orbiter, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators as well as several classified exoatmospheric programmes. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Friday 11th January – Lyndhurst

New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Film

To start 2019, we are putting on the film Secret Spitfires – the Directors Cut. The Spitfire factories in Southampton were destroyed in September 1940 and the Luftwaffe expected that the Spitfire threat had been removed. However, the British were building Spitfires in secret. The towns of Salisbury and Southampton became major centres for manufacturing Spitfires, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depot and a hotel. A poster is on our website This is a ticketed event. Visitor tickets of £4 (including light refreshments) can be obtained in advance at the venue Lyndhurst Community Centre. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start. Any queries Contact Stephen Robson: or Mike Collo at

Tuesday 15th January – Farnborough

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture

Aerodynamics of racing yacht sails by Jean-Baptiste Souppez Solent University. 19:00 – 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram email or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.

Wednesday 16th January – Stockbridge Town Hall

Museum of Army Flying Event

Join us at Stockbridge Town Hall where author, broadcaster and aviator Paul Beaver talks Winkle Brown revelations. Captain Eric Brown, better known as Winkle, was our greatest aviator. His passion for flying was rivalled only by his passion for Germany. To mark his 100th birthday, his biographer Paul Beaver will be giving a series Centenary Lectures, starting with some of the more interesting facts he has discovered. Winkle flew 487 types and made 2407 carrier deck landings, which are two world records that are unlikely to be broken. During the Museum’s closure we will have an outreach series of lectures taking place at Stockbridge Town Hall one Wednesday of each month from November 2018 to March 2019. Space at the Town Hall is more limited than the Museum so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Stockbridge Town Hall, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE.

Wednesday 23rd Januar – Portsmouth

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Lecture

AGM & Technical Lecture: Offshore Wind Projects – Putting a Value on Risk by Dr Alistair Bird. Alistair is an advisory consultant working with projects, investors and lenders who look for an independent and informed perspective on risk. offshore wind is now established as the cheapest route to deploy large-scale low-carbon power generation in the UK and the sector is delivering some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country, with values upwards of £2 billion.  Costs are falling rapidly as the sector and supporting technologies scale up. However, things can still go wrong and typical delay costs of over £250K a day can quickly put a serious dent in tight contingency levels. 18:00 – 21:00. Lecture Theatre 3 (LT3), Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3FX.

Saturday 26th January – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Charles Rolls and Britain’s First International Aviation Meeting. Our speaker for this evening, Stephen Robson, Chairman of the Charles Rolls Memorial Trust, celebrates this great international aviation event and also remembers some of the motoring achievements, as well as the aviation ones, of this awesome motoring and aviation pioneer. 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



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