Nearby Events – Jan 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.]

Tuesday 7th January, Bishop’s Waltham
Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture
Experiences of a Concorde Pilot by Steve Bohill-Smith. 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 8th January, Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk
Annual SHHAS Photo competition and AGM. 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 10th January, Lyndhurst
New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture
‘The People’s Mosquito’ by Alan Pickford. The People’s Mosquito is a registered charity (No. 1165903) with the sole aim of restoring and returning a UK-based DH.98 Mosquito to British and European skies. Once RL249 is flying the Charity will maintain and operate the restored aircraft, funded by public donation, sponsorship and sale of branded merchandise and other sources, with the intention of providing many hours of flying displays every year for the people of the United Kingdom and Europe. Alan, who is their treasurer will provide the latest news on the progress towards returning a UK-built Mosquito to our skies and will have a small selection of merchandise (mainly books) (and a donation bucket). 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.

Wednesday 15th January, Winchester
Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
Dissecting dots: exploring the diversity of alien worlds. The last decade has brought an explosion in the number of planets beyond the solar system that are known to science, revealing an incredible diversity of alien worlds and planetary systems which continue to surprise and intrigue scientists. Dr Ben Burningham (University of Hertfordshire) will take you on a tour of this planetary zoo and bring you up to date on the hunt for oases of habitability in the harshness of the cosmos. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Saturday 18th January, Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture
From King Charles II and the creation of the Dukedom of Richmond in 1672, to the purchase of Goodwood by the family in 1697, to what is now England’s premier sporting estate, the Goodwood story spans over 300 years. This talk covers the fascinating life of Freddie March, the 9th Duke and successful Brooklands racer. You will learn about Goodwood’s role in the Second World War and the creation of RAF Westhampnett within the estate. The race circuit came into being after the war, and Goodwood’s glory years were 1948 to 1966, when the circuit closed for racing. A successful campaign was fought in the 1990s to return racing to Goodwood, resulting in the Goodwood Revival, first run in 1998. 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 28th January, Southampton
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture
Helicopters and Rollercoasters Presented by Jamie Chestnutt. Ex Royal Navy maintenance test pilot. 18:30 (Doors at 18:00). Building TBC Room TBC University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email

Wednesday 29th January, Southampton
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event
An important expansion of the capacity of Southampton’s Freightliner Rail Terminal. Lindsay Durham, Head of Rail Strategy, Freightliner Group Ltd. In January 2013 our speaker presented to Group members on the recent improvements to the Freightliner Rail Terminal in the port of Southampton. Now, seven years later, Lindsay Durham makes a welcome return update us on changes and upcoming plans in the area and the sector. Rail growth is vital to reduce dependence on road borne carriage of containers since Southampton’s main road artery to the Midlands & Northern England, the A34, will soon be subject to extra traffic congestion as it is extensively upgraded and to deliver carbon savings in the logistics chain. Refreshments will be provided. 18:30 (for 18:45) – 21:00. The Beech Conference Room (TS 215A on Level 2) of the Solent Conference Centre. Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), on the East Park Terrace Campus of Solent University, SOUTHAMPTON SO 14 0LY. Book online now or complete your booking form and send to Membership Services at or call on Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: HDG0354. Member: Free; Non-Member: £5.00.

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