Nearby Events – Mar 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 3rd March, 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 our Facebook page:  or at

Monday 4th March – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent RJ Mitchell Lecture

The future’s bright – the future is autonomous by Dr Alvin Wilby Vice President for Research, Technical & Innovation, of Thales UK. Thales is a World leading international company in the aerospace, space, transportation, defence and security sectors. The autonomous revolution is being empowered by many technologies and becoming a reality through the efforts of visionaries in companies from the smallest to the largest. Thales is at the centre of those technologies and Dr Wilby will present how the vision of his team and the technologies they are developing are driving our future in all domains, including aerospace. 18:00 – Drinks reception. 19:00 – Lecture starts. Turner Sims Concert Hall, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Advance registration is required at:, or by emailing: solent@aerosociety .com. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email

Tuesday 5th March – Salisbury

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture

Current and future air traffic management. Lecture held in the lecture theatre at QinetiQ, Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF. Tea and coffee is usually served from 17:00. Lecture begins at 17:15. Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration. Email Branch Secretary

Wednesday 6th March – Gosport

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Lecture

Hosted in conjunction with HMS Sultan and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, we will be hearing a talk from real life ‘Iron Man,’ Richard Browning. With his company, Gravity Industries Ltd, he has created the Daedalus Mk1 flight suit. Powered by no less than six miniature jet engines, the suit is capable of speeds up to 200 mph. Is the age of the personal jet pack finally here? Richard will describe how he designed and built the record breaking Daedalus Mk 1 flight suit, and how he uses it to inspire the next generation of aeronautical engineers. The lecture will take place at 19:00 on the 6th of March at HMS Sultan in Gosport, doors open at 18:30. As HMS Sultan is a military establishment and limited spaces are available, advance registration is essential. Please email your name, car registration, make and colour to by Monday 4th March. Questions please contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email

Wednesday 6th March – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

Aerial surveillance part 4, a talk by Phil Neilson. 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

Saturday 9th March – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Meet Steph Jeavons. Steph Jeavons is an author, journalist, and adventurer who, in April 2018, completed a solo around-the-world (RTW) trip that took her to all 7 continents, a world first. The journey lasted a few days short of four years, during which she logged 53 countries and over 74,000 miles on a 250cc Honda. 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

Wednesday 13th March – Southampton

India Day: Evening event at the Turner Sims

Southampton University is launching its  India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, and to mark the occasion is having its first India Day.  The main event is more appropriate for those actually involved with the university, but in the evening (from 7-10pm) there is a free event, open to the public, entitled “Sounds & Colours of India”.  Find out more, and register, at this Eventbrite link.

Throughout the day, there will be an open exhibition of Indian art in the Hartley Library.  No booking necessary.

Wednesday 13th March – Stockbridge

Museum of Army Flying Event

Prelude to D-Day – innovation and wizardry. Outreach lecture series with Paul Beaver at Stockbridge Town Hall. 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 £10 to avoid disappointment. Finding Stockbridge Town Hall, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE.

Tuesday 19th March – Salisbury

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

Wiltshire Police Drones by PC Mark Talliss. Mark is one of the drone operators and is a specialist trainer in the Force’s learning and development department, wrote the training material and learning plan for the training course for new pilots. Monthly presentations 18:30 for 19:00. Entrance Members free and Non-members £5 (includes access to the collection). Venue BDAC conference room Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6DZ. Tel: 01722 323636.

Sunday 24th March – 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 and e-mail at

Wednesday 27th March – Portsmouth

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) – Solent network Lecture

Integrating Crossrail/Elizabeth Line into the National Rail Network. Peter Gracey BEng CEng MIET MIRSE VR, Bechtel Ltd. Having worked on both the Network Rail and now the central (tunneled) section of the Crossrail Programme, Peter will explain how the new railway is being integrated into the existing network to create the Elizabeth Line. 10:00-12:00 The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RP. Contact for more information.

Thursday 28th March –  Bournemouth

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture

“Keys don’t float” everything you need to know about float plane flying by Capt Bryan Pill of Mission Aviation Fellowship. 7pm for prompt lecture start at 7:30pm. Bournemouth University Poole House, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB. This event may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for your CPD records and we can provide a Certificate of Attendance. Contact Roger Starling e-mail or tel 01929 553822.

Thursday 28th March – Newport IoW

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, IoW Section Lecture

Cyber Security in a digital age by Pearl Noble-Mallock, BAE Systems. Cyber Security is increasingly in the public eye. Advanced and agile techniques are needed to detect and counter sophisticated attacks. The presentation will provide a greater insight into Cyber Security in a Digital Age. 7.00 for 7.30 pm. The Sail Loft Room the Bargeman’s Rest, Little London Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BS. Chairman Mr Dave Miller BEng (Hons) CEng MIET BAE Systems Maritime Services, Tel 03300 472270

Thursday 28th March – Lymington

Royal Institute of Navigation Solent Branch Evening Talk

Circumnavigating the World – a Distilled History by Graham Cumming. Graham, who is a Maritime Historian, will include a number of seldom seen early (& copyright) photographic images in his illustrated talk. The talk will be followed by an informal supper – which can be ordered at the bar before the talk. Guests will be welcome. A Pay & Display car park is adjacent to the club. 6pm at Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Bath Road Lymington, Hants SO41 3SE. Contact Graham Purchase, email tel +44 (0)20 7591 3134.


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.

Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th April

Southampton – Ocean Business

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.



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