Interesting Events – March 2016

This is the first of a monthly series of posts highlighting 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 worth including, please send details to the site’s Admin.

18th February to 28th April – Southampton Art Society Exhibition

“Steak of the Art” Restaurant Gallery (all art on sale) at Admirals Quay, Ocean Village Southampton.  Open from midday until late!

Tuesday 1st March Salisbury – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset & South Wilts Network Lecture

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age – A Talk by Doug Millard, Deputy Keeper at the Science Museum, London. Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, a unique exhibition on the Russian Space Programme includes, Gagarin’s spacecraft, Vostok 6 used by Valentina Tereshkova; Voskhod 1 first multiple crew into orbit; L3, lunar lander, and many Russian space artefacts. 18.00  Arrive and Refreshments, 18.30 Talk followed by questions. Wiltshire College Southampton Road Salisbury, Wilts SP12LW . Contact Anna Gilbert at for more information.

Wednesday 2nd March Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society SHHAS Talk

Flying & Displaying Vintage Jet  Aircraft a talk by Rod Dean. 7.30 for 8.00pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire

Saturday 5th March Solent – Spitfire 80th birthday flight

Spitfire inspires next generation of British aviators on its 80th Birthday. March 5th 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire. Southampton Airport, where the prototype first took to the skies in 1936, will host an event that both celebrates the iconic aircraft’s past whilst looking to its future. A Spitfire will be taking to the skies from the airport to mark the occasion and will fly over the south coast for local people and visitors to see. The Spitfire performing the 80th birthday flight should be visible around the Solent between 11:00 – 12:00 on Saturday 5th March, subject to weather conditions. Some good vantage points will be along the River Itchen, Weston Shore, Hythe, Royal Victoria Country Park, Lee on Solent and Cowes. Unfortunately there is no public viewing area at Southampton Airport, which will be operating scheduled flights as normal on 5th March. 

Wednesday 9th March Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Destruction of supersonic solid state snowballs in the ultra-hot near-vacuum coronal plasma Prof John Brown (University of Glasgow). Evening lectures on the second Wednesday’s of the Month at 4.30pm and 6.30pm, each follow by a short Planetarium Show about the month’s sky.

Thursday 10th March Salisbury – Museum of Army Aviation Event

Third of 3 Paul Beaver Lecture Series. Paul Beaver Best-selling Spitfire author, Paul Beaver reveals some newly discovered information about the design, first flight and development of the world’s most iconic aeroplane. The illustrated talk will also have unique posters, memorabilia on sale and Paul will be joined by a special veteran guest. 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm. £10.00 entrance fee. A glass of wine/soft drink is included in the ticket price. If you require additional refreshments, the Apache Cafe will be open for light refreshments until 7pm. Doors open 6.30pm. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. For enquiries call 01264 784421 or email

Friday 11th March Portsmouth – Future Portsmouth- A great deal for business

‘Future Portsmouth’, now in its third year – hear from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Donna Jones about the fabulous regeneration of Portsmouth and global events to be hosted in Portsmouth this year.  Find out about updated plans, actions and information on City Deal, Solent Growth Hub. Hear about new initiatives, loans, grants and ‘benefits for business’ of all sizes delivered by key note speakers and employers. Apprentices and their employers will also be on hand to talk about their experiences. Enjoy networking over an informal breakfast, share Questions and Answers, view the exhibition stands and discuss your business development. Join us – places limited (restricted to one delegate per business) – not to be missed. FOC but please register. Time: 7.30am- 10.30am.

Friday 11th March Lyndhurst – New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

AGM followed by ‘The Sopwith Bat boat ‘ by Bob Wealthy. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £3 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson:

Tuesday 15th March Gosport – Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

“Spitfire to Seafire” by Rod dean. 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Meetings are held at the Stubbington Snooker Club. Entry charge of £3.00 for visitors. Contact Bob Wealthy Tel 01329 315561.

Tuesday 15th March Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

The History of In-Flight Refuelling – Richard Tanner MBE MRAeS.  Start time: 18:30 for 19:00. Members free, non-members £5 (includes access to the aviation collection).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.

Wednesday 16th March Southampton – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network Visit

Technical Visit to CooperVision. The visit will follow an introductory talk about CooperVision and the process involved in making different contact lenses. The visit itself will look at the automation and machine vision systems, as well as the contact lens construction and moulding process, all the way through to the packaging of the lenses. 16:30-18:30. CooperVision, Ensign Way, Hamble, SO314NH. Due to security restrictions only pre-registered visitors will be admitted to the site.  Visitors will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before the visit commences. Registration is essential for this visit and it will close on Tuesday 8th March.

Wednesday 16th March Guildford – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Surrey network Lecture

Satellite – an untapped alternative for rural 4G LTE backhaul. The growth of 4G LTE voice and data services is causing mobile operators around the globe to evaluate different backhaul technologies. Going beyond the suburban environment requires new solutions to supplement microwave and fibre. 19:30-21:00. University of Surrey BSOM, The Lakeside Restaurant, Rik Medlik Building, University of Surrey. Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH.

Wednesday 16th March Southampton – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent RJ Mitchell Lecture

60th RJ Mitchell lecture Bloodhound by Mark Chapman Chief Engineer Bloodhound SSC.  Reception 6:00 pm – Lecture 7:00 pm – Buffet 9:00 pm. Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or Andy Rankine Andy Rankine – tel 0747 965 7247

Thursday 17th March Weybridge – Brooklands Trust Members Talk

Girl on a Motorcycle by Zoe Cano. If you came to Wings & Wheels in August you may have met Zoe Cano and her motorcycle on the BTM stand. She follows up that appearance with this talk. It was a question of Bonneville or Bust! She had nothing – no money, no bike, no time, no experience. She pitched up in Boston and commenced an 8000km trip across America solo on a classic Triumph Bonneville. This evening she will talk about her experiences and will also be selling copies of her book afterwards. Members £2  non-members £5. Doors open 6pm – hot food and drink available from the Members Bar. Talk starts at 7.30pm. Park on site and enter via the Brooklands Road entrance (marked JTI).  Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Book via Yvette at mobile 07880 670359.

Monday 21st March Eastleigh – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

‘The Nimrod MRA4’ by Andy Collins Andrew was a member of the Flight Operations Team at British Aerospace on the Nimrod project until his retirement in 2005 and is well qualified to review the development and ultimate fate of the aircraft in the Strategic Defence and Security Review of 2010. A description of the MRA4’s impressive capabilities, the reasons for its extended gestation period and final cancellation is particularly appropriate in view of the recent decision to order the Boeing P8 as replacement in the vital role of maritime defence. 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

Thursday 24th March Bournemouth – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture

Space debris by Prof Richard Crowther UK Space Agency. Lectures are 7pm for 7:30pm start. Bournemouth University, Cobham Lecture Theatre behind Poole House, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB. Non-members welcome suggested £2 donation on the door.  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 please – e-mail or tel 01929 553822.

Thursday 24th March Newport IoW- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) IoW Lecture

Bloodhound (Named Lecture). 6pm in the IoW College Conference Hall Medina Way, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TA. Liam Condren Secretary RAeS IoW Branch. Tel 01983 201246 or Email:

Sunday 27th March Southampton – Flybe new route between Southampton and Paris Charles de Gaulle

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline is introducing a new daily flight between Southampton and Paris Charles De Gaulle airport as part of its 2016 Summer schedule. This new route is in addition to Flybe’s established twice daily service to Paris Orly airport, boosting flights to Paris airports to three flights a day.

Thursday 31st March Eastleigh – Solent Aviation Society Meeting

Mixed Transport – Martyn Davies. All meetings 7:30pm for 8:00pm start. Entrance fee of £1 (to help cover costs). The Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh.  Contact

Thursday 31st March Newport IoW – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, Isle of Wight Section

Atmospheric electricity and high energy particles. This talk examines electric fields in the atmosphere, the effect of solar activity and observations which have been made with instrumentation developed at Reading University.7:00 for 7.30 pm The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport – The Sail Loft room. Organised by the UK – South: Solent local network. Contact Jonathan Baker 01983 202520 for more information.

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