Interesting Events – Mar 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.


Wednesday 1st March Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society 

‘The Life of a Vulcan Air Electronics Officer (AEO) 1966-1986’ a talk by Rod Powell. The Air Electronics Officer (AEO) had numerous responsibilities aboard the Vulcan. His main role was the operation of the Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment. The Vulcan was equipped with a wide assortment of EW aids designed to help it succeed on its missions. 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

Fri-Sun 3rd-5th March – Wilton Antiques Fair

1030-1700 daily. Wilton House, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0BJ.  Enquiries to 01722 746728.

Sunday 5th March Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield 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 entry. Arrivals from 10am Free landings for all aircraft registered before 1960.

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 Old Sarum can be found on the website:

Wednesday 8th March Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Earth’s magnetosphere and aurora by Dr Robert Fear (University of Southampton). 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Monday 20th March Eastleigh – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

‘Westlands – Horseless Carriage to Helicopter’ Jeremy Graham Following a management career with Agusta Westland – now part of the Leonardo Group – Jeremy is well qualified to present a history of the Company and the surprisingly wide range of aircraft involved. The Company celebrated a centenary of aircraft construction at the Yeovil factory in 2015. Jeremy’s well researched and illustrated talk will review all the major types manufactured emphasising wartime operations, UK and other users and recent contracts on the Merlin and Wildcat. Doors open at 7:45pm with presentation starting at 8:00pm. The Stables Parish Centre (behind St. Peter’s Church) Bishop’s Waltham. The fee for each meeting is normally £2.50. Website

Wednesday 29th March – Southampton Business School – Highfield Campus

Balancing the most important opportunities and risks in a way that is both effective and efficient is a critical issue for business success. If not, opportunities can be easily missed and risks unidentified. Professor Chris Chapman will discuss how organisations can manage this process without overlooking important opportunities and ‘unknown unknowns’. 6pm-8pm.  Find out more and/or book your free place.

Wednesday 29th March Southampton – Institution of Mechanical Engineers Wessex Lecture

The Big Debate – Are our Engineering Institutions fit for purpose and relevant for the 21st Century? There are over 50 bodies in the UK that represent different aspects of Engineering, there are 36 separate Engineering Institutions. The diversity and fragmentation of Engineering in the UK means that we are unable to talk as one voice with government, industry, schools and academia. As a profession we are failing to deliver the numbers of Engineers that UK economy requires; compounded with this, the Engineering Council statistics show that total registrations are falling year on year, with even more demographic reductions waiting to impact the figures. Free but booking advised as limited spaces. 18:00 – 21:00. Portland Building, University of Portsmouth, St James Street Portsmouth PO1 3AH.

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