Nearby Events – July 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.]

Sunday 7th July – 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: https://www.facebook.com/Boscombe-Down-Aviation-Collection-330939183658923/ or at https://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk/


Sunday 7th July – Bransgore (near Sopley)
Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day

The refurbished Heritage Centre has recently received major grant funding, enabling investment in ‘state of the art’ touch screens and audio-visual facilities, which give visitors a wholly immersive interactive experience, for 2019. A wealth of model dioramas, pictures and artefacts tell the story of the aviators and aircraft operating from the twelve New Forest airfields in WW2. A new diorama depicts a Horsa glider many of which were made locally and flew from the area on D-Day. There is also a section describing the WWI training airfield at East Boldre. The Centre provides a unique perspective on our local aviation heritage. Open Days are from 10am-4pm for which the Trustees ask for a donation of £7.50 for adults, £3 for 10-16 year olds and ‘under 10s’ are free. Service Veterans (pre-1961) are offered a concessionary rate of £3 on production of their service ID. Annual Membership £10, Family (2 adults + 2 children) £25, Life Membership £100. The Heritage Centre is in Mosquito Way, accessed via the new housing estate BH23 8AU, off Derritt Lane, Bransgore. Turn left immediately on entering the estate. See the Facebook page or the website at https://www.fonfasite.wordpress.com or enquire by e-mail.


Wednesday 10th July – Winchester
Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
Applying Missile Defence Technology to Solve the Near Earth Asteroid Problem (Rescheduled from January) 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. Before panic sets in; some comfort can be taken that systems already exist, or are being developed, that could deal with this threat. With the technology potentially at our fingertips, this presentation primarily explores whether or not there is a strong enough business case for the inhabitants of Earth to pay for such a system. This Weapon Systems and Technology Lecture will be presented by Alex Godfrey ARAeS, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin UK.  4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ. http://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/visitor-information/whats-on/space-lectures/


Thursday 11th July – Middle Wallop
Museum of Army Flying Event

Sagittarius Rising and the Royal Flying Corps Paul Beaver returns to the Army Flying Museum to tell the story of the Royal Flying Corps so beautifully described in the described in the autobiographical account, Sagittarius Rising. Paul will be using the Museum’s own displays to tell the story of fragile aeroplanes and pilots who flew without parachutes. Paul will cover its creation, first actions, successes and failures as well as why it morphed into the Royal Air Force. A curry supper is also available from the Apache Cafe at 6pm. Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Book online https://www.armyflying.com/events/expert-talks/sagittarius-rising-and-the-royal-flying-corps/


Friday 12th July – Lyndhurst
New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

‘The Icelandic Volcano, why was Airspace closed’ by Graham Lake FRAeS. In April 2010, a plume of volcanic ash from Iceland led to flights across Europe being grounded. Air Transport was disrupted for a week, the total reliance of society on the benefits of air transport was exposed. The transport of medicines, perishable goods from around the world, as well as just in time components for a vast array of manufactured goods, ground to a halt. Meetings were cancelled, weddings and funerals were missed, and hundreds of thousands of people were stranded, often thousands of miles from their destination, with very few travel alternatives available. The disruption of Europe’s airspace very quickly became a major crisis for European governments. What happened and why, how was the crisis resolved? Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: stephen.robson10@btopenworld.com or Mike Collo at m.collo@btinternet.com.


Sunday 21st July – Bransgore (near Sopley)
Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day

The refurbished Heritage Centre has recently received major grant funding, enabling investment in ‘state of the art’ touch screens and audio-visual facilities, which give visitors a wholly immersive interactive experience, for 2019. A wealth of model dioramas, pictures and artefacts tell the story of the aviators and aircraft operating from the twelve New Forest airfields in WW2. There is also a section describing the WWI training airfield at East Boldre. The Centre provides a unique perspective on our local aviation heritage. Open Days are from 10am-4pm for which the Trustees ask for a donation of £7.50 for adults, £3 for 10-16 year old’s and ‘under 10s’ are free. Service Veterans (pre-1961) are offered a concessionary rate of £3 on production of their service ID. Annual Membership £10, Family (2 adults + 2 children) £25, Life Membership £100. The Heritage Centre is in Mosquito Way, accessed via the new housing estate BH23 8AU, off Derritt Lane, Bransgore. Turn left immediately on entering the estate. See the Facebook page or the website at https://www.fonfasite.wordpress.com or enquire by e-mail.


Wednesday 24th July – Gosport
Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

Subject TBA. 7.30pm for 8.00pm. GAS has moved venue to the Royal Naval Association Club. RNA Gosport RNA Club. 66 Fareham Road Gosport Hampshire Entry charge of £3.00 for visitors. Contact Bob Wealthy Tel 01329 315561. solentaeromarine@hotmail.com


Further Ahead

Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September – Bournemouth
2019 Bournemouth Air Festival

Experience the UK’s biggest air festival – by the sea and completely free! https://bournemouthair.co.uk/

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