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 3rd April – Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk
“TSR2” – a talk by Ben Goodlad. 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 email@example.com.
Wednesday 3rd April – Winchester
Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
Professor Hugh Lewis (University of Southampton). Using computer models, we can simulate what the space environment might look like over the next 1000 years taking into account many different patterns of space launches and satellite characteristics. A consistent picture of the future emerges when we evaluate these different scenarios and assume our behaviour in space remains unchanged: a new region containing a high concentration of artificial space debris will likely develop at an altitude of about 1400 km. In effect, we will have created our own ring around the Earth. The formation of this region and its characteristics are similar to those of plastic debris patches found in the Earth’s oceans. This ‘Great Orbital Debris Patch’ is relatively indifferent to how we might choose to use space and, crucially, becomes self-supporting. Consistent with the oceanic debris patches, future generations of space users will see consequences increase by orders of magnitude unless appropriate space traffic management systems and debris mitigation practices are put into place. 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/
Friday 5th April – Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture
Karl Ludvigsen’s Cars and Stars. An acclaimed author of books and articles on cars and drivers, his impressive range of titles includes the history of Porsche, Mercedes-Benz racing, the VW Beetle and Chevrolet Corvette, as well as a series of books on racing drivers such as Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and Juan Manuel Fangio. His most recent prize-winning offering is dedicated to automotive engineer Reid Railton. Karl has held top level positions with GM, Fiat and Ford and is highly regarded globally in the motor industry. Hear his fascinating stories on his experiences in the world of cars and racing. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 7th April – 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 www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk
Sunday 7th April – 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 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://fonfasite.wordpress.com and e-mail at email@example.com
Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th April – Southampton
Ocean Business is being held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK from 9-11 April 2019. National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton. Ocean Business is FREE to attend and is expected to attract more than 5,000+ visitors from over 60 countries. At the very heart of Ocean Business is a three-day exhibition of over 360 companies, bringing together the world’s leading manufacturers and service providers in the industry. More than just a static exhibition, Ocean Business 2019 provides visitors with an opportunity to test-drive equipment and systems, with over 180 hours of live, free to attend training and demonstration sessions, on vessels, at the dockside, in the test tank and in seminar rooms. www.oceanbusiness.com
Thursday 11th April – Bordon
BASE Bordon Innovation Centre Networking
‘Who Dares Wins 2’ Networking in East Hampshire. No Agenda – Just Network. Oxford Innovation – South Digital Network strikes again at the impressive BASE Bordon Innovation Centre for anyone interested in Digital Enabling Technology and indeed all small business founders in the local area. We will have experts in the room from 5G, Downstream Space tech, VR, Drupel, Graph QL, Web Design, App Design, Digital architects and builders, Master Data, Data Management, GDPR and Blockchain. We will be providing canapes, prosecco, choice beer and orange juice for the evening. If the weather is good we can use the networking courtyard. So, you have nothing to lose …just rock up and work the room. We had a high demand last time at our event – so tickets limited to you and a ‘plus one’. Who Dares Wins – the BASE lounge is the old officers’ mess in Louisburg Barracks- wonderfully revamped. You will notice lots of military caps and hats. Indeed, mad as hatters! So, if you dare, bring your own hat – especially if it has a story. Last year, we had two winners! During the networking, there will be tours of this fantastic new Innovation Centre in the fast growing digital, space and agritech hub. 16:30-18:30 Broxhead House, GU35 0FX Bordon. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/who-dares-wins-2-networking-in-east-hampshire-tickets
Friday 12th April – Lyndhurst
New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture
‘Air Safety & Wind Farms’ by Philip Benstead who works as an independent consultant and is currently advising several European governments. Wind farms have been in existence since the mid-1980s but still cause controversy whenever a new one is proposed. One of the main areas of concern is their perceived ‘impact’ on anything that flies and in turn on our national infrastructure and security. Philip will consider the many myths, some propagated by ‘experts’, and by drawing on nearly 20 years of related experience, will offer an alternative view by using ‘real world’ examples including an imaginary civil flight. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Collo at email@example.com.
Saturday 13th April – Southampton
Sea City Museum – Titanic Family Day
Visit the museum to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic 107 years ago. Special activities including our Titanic themed crafts and object-handling will be available. Charges apply for activities. From 10:00 until 17:00 with last entry at 16:00.
Sunday 14th April – Bransgore (near Sopley)
Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Classic Car Day
Its that time of year when we host our Classic Car Show! Its a day aimed at anyone who is interested in classic cars, aviation history or just history in general. Why not come along and show your pride and joy and visit our museum – which has a fantastic new feature! Entrance to the show for classic car exhibitors is only £7.50 (and this includes up to three passengers) and, for classic car drivers, this will include a guided tour around the museum to find out more about the history of the New Forest airfields from 1918 and during WW2. If your passengers wish to visit the museum whilst at the show they are of course more than welcome for a £7.50 donation as per normal visitor below. 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. Classic Car and 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://fonfasite.wordpress.com and e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 16th April – Bath
Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) SW:Somerset & W.Wilts
Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Crypto revolution You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin, the digital money from the Internet, but how well do you understand the technology behind it called Blockchain? Is it all hype, or will fast digital money win over slow fiat currencies? 18:30-20:30. University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY. https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/185/77/22648
Tuesday 23rd April – Stockbridge
Museum of Army Flying Event
Gala Dinner with Major Tim Peake CMG fund raiser for Project Eagle. A unique opportunity to attend dinner at the Museum of Army Flying with special guest of honour, Major Tim Peake CMG; current ESA astronaut and retired AAC pilot. Find out more about Tim at the ESA website here. With delicious food served by local catering company McCrimmon & Reid and set among the WW2 gliders and AAC aircraft in the Museum’s Hayward Hall, this promises to be a very special evening indeed and all proceeds will go towards the Museum’s development programme, Project Eagle. 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. Tickets are priced at £80 each, or £150 per couple. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Ella Clayton on 01264 784421 or email@example.com.
Wednesday 24th April – Portsmouth
Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent network Lecture
Fusion Power… Within our grasp? Researchers are examining using Nuclear Fusion, the process that keeps the sun hot. 10:00-12:00 The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RP. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/173/77/22778
Thursday 25th April (6pm-8pm) – Southampton
City Art Gallery at 80!
Come and celebrate with us on this special evening as Southampton City Art Gallery turns 80. The Gallery was opened by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester on 26 April 1939 and 80 years on, guided by a rigorous collecting policy stipulating guidance from the National Gallery and now Tate, the collection holds over 5,000 works and is internationally renowned.
View our new exhibitions which showcase the highlights of an already significant collection that was acquired ahead of the Gallery’s opening and, for the first time since 1939, we present paintings which featured in the original exhibition. Alongside this is a display of contemporary work from the collection by artists who have won, or been shortlisted for, the Turner Prize, which highlights the Gallery’s successful history of purchasing artists on the cusp of their journey to becoming household names.
Pre-booking is essential due to limited capacity. Contact email@example.com or 023 8083 4536.
Speeches at 7pm: a welcome address from the Mayor of Southampton and speech by Liz Goodall, former Gallery Director and Chair of the Chipperfield Advisory Committee. southamptoncityartgallery.com
Southampton City Art Gallery, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO19 7LP
Sunday 28th April – Burlesdon
The Brickworks Museum at Bursledon Spring Steam Up
The whole outside display area will again be bulging with steam exhibits including resident and visiting full size traction engines, scaled miniature engines, stationary power plants, fairground organs etc. right down to table top steam model displays. The very popular traction engine trailer rides will run all day and it is hoped that the tractor/trailer rides ‘trialled’ at the October open day will also be run, having proved so popular. A chance to immerse yourself in a Victorian engineering setting for the day, and to watch the grand parade of machines ‘chuff and hiss’ their way past you as they wend their way slowly around the site! Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust will be running their trains and inside the museum there is lots to see and do. Activities for children, free parking, cafe for light refreshments plus craft stalls. 11.00 – 4.00. Adults £7, Concessions £6, Children £4 and Families £18. Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW. http://www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk
Tuesday 30th April – Bath
Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) SW:Somerset & W.Wilts
Manx Electric TT Racing. This event is jointly arranged by the Devon and Somerset area of the IMechE and the Somerset and West Wiltshire Network of the IET. The speaker will talk about the recent successes with the University of Nottingham’s electric motorcycle, this year beating the previous electric course record for the TT Zero. Narrowly missing out on the win to Mugen Honda. The Pikes Peak (winning their class) and Moto-E (beating many petrol bikes). From a technical perspective the speaker will run through the development of the electric bikes. Highlighting the major challenges which needed to be overcome and the complex engineering employed6pm at Bridgewater & Taunton College, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5AX. https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/185/77/22791
MAY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday & Monday, 5th & 6th May – Twyford
Twyford Waterworks Trust Open Day
Open days 2019 (11am – 4pm). Gift Aid Price Adults £7, concessions £6 and under 16’s free. Gift Aid admission prices include a voluntary donation and by paying this you enable Twyford Waterworks Trust to reclaim the tax on the whole amount paid. This is currently worth 25p in every £1.00. Non-Gift Aid Price Adult £6, concessions £5. We intend for the Hathorn Davey pumping engine to be in steam on all of our open days. Twyford Waterworks, Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hampshire SO21 1QA. Tel: 07516 458900. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 6th May – Winchester
Popham Classic Car Show
May Day classic car show at Popham Airfield near Andover and Winchester. 10 AM – 5 PM. Coxford Down, SO21 3BD Winchester, Hampshire.