Nearby Events – Mar 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.]

Friday 13th March – Lyndhurst
New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture (preceded by short AGM)
‘ASTOR – Airborne Stand-Off Radar’ by Joe Marsden. ASTOR – the Airborne STand Off Radar system and its ground stations helping to control the battlefield. How the latest asset to the British military is used, the Sentinel aircraft and its mobile units can help the troops on the front line as well as the commanders at headquarters to counter enemy threats by providing real-time tactical intelligence interoperable with other NATO units including the Airborne Ground Surveillance system. Contact Mike Collo at Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment. Chairman Stephen Robson:

Sunday 15th March – Bransgore (near Sopley)
Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day
With ‘state of the art’ touch screens and audio-visual facilities the Heritage Centre gives visitors a wholly immersive interactive experience for 2020. 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. New dioramas depict Horsa and the Hamilcar gliders which were flown 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 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 and e-mail at <>

Wednesday 18th March – Winchester
Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
The Colour and the Shape: Understanding galaxy evolution through simple observations of the Local Universe by Dr. Nicolas Bonne. There are an estimated 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe. Each galaxy is unique, so understanding why a galaxy looks the way that it does, and understanding the internal workings of any given galaxy can seem like a daunting task. Galaxies in the local universe have provided astronomers with some of the most detailed galaxy studies to date, due to the simple fact that they are close enough to observe in detail, and can be morphologically classified. As well as visual imagery, I will provide physical props and tactile representations of data for audience members to interact with, as well as sonifications of phenomena, to demonstrate how a few simple observations of nearby galaxy properties like general galaxy shape and galaxy optical colour can help us start to unravel these mysteries. I will discuss what we can learn about the past, present and future of these complex systems, but why assuming too much about what we can see can be misleading. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Thursday 19th March – Salisbury
Institute of Physics (IOP) Lecture
Cassini at Saturn – the End of an Era. Professor Carl Murray, Queen Mary University of London. The Cassini spacecraft orbited the ringed planet Saturn for 13 years before ending its mission in September 2017 by plunging into the planet’s atmosphere. This talk will highlight some of Cassini’s remarkable observations, including the discovery of plumes of ice particles emanating from a source of liquid water beneath the moon Enceladus. The last part of the talk will focus on Cassini’s discoveries about the planet’s vast ring system. This event is free to attend and there is no need to register. Wheelchair access, Free Parking and Coffee and tea from 19:00. 19:30 to 21:00. Sarum College, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EE.

Saturday 21st March – Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture
Steph Jeavons Returns. We are delighted to welcome back author, journalist and adventurer, Steph Jeavons who returns to entertain us, this time with her experiences of leading the first-ever all-female riding group from Kathmandu to Mount Everest Base Camp. Entitled “Girls on Top” Steph admitted, “I was under no illusion that this was going to be a journey filled with both extreme highs and lows”. Hear how they battled with Mother Nature as the weather created havoc, and overcame altitude sickness and injury, which sadly ended the journey for some. With so much thrown at them along the way, they still made it to Base Camp on schedule. This is a remarkable story of endurance and friendship. Leaving the last word to Steph: “I knew that they would go home, digest all their experiences and come out the other side wanting more … the bar had been set and now the possibilities were endless. I am very proud of those women and very honoured to have ridden with them”. 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

Sunday 29th March – Bursledon
Brickworks Spring Craft Fair and Car Rally
The only steam driven brickworks in the UK. A special craft market to kick start the season. Entry prices include both the museum and the craft fair. A good chance to buy unusual Easter presents for all the family. This year we will be hosting a visit from a car rally so the courtyard will be full of cars of all shapes and sizes. Free parking, cafe open for light refreshments. Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Hampshire, SO31 7HB.
Tel: 01489 576 248.

Monday 30th March – Eastleigh
Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society (HIAS) Talk
The History of Eastleigh Airport by Chris Humby. All meetings are held at the Underhill Centre, St. John’s Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF at 7.45 PM on the first Monday of the month, unless stated otherwise. Visitors Welcome. Free Car Parking.


Wednesday 1st April – Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk
The development of the Mosquito a talk by Rod Dean. 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


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