Interesting Events – May 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.


Wed 3rd May Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Two mysterious Air France crashes at Bahrain in 1950’ a talk by Kevin Patience. Air France suffered the crash of two Douglas DC-4s within a few miles of each other in June 1950. The two aircraft were operating the same route from Saigon to Paris both had stopped at Karachi Airport and crashed on approach to Bahrain.  A total of 86 passengers and crew were killed.  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

Sunday 7th May Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield Event

A popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Held on the first Sunday of every month as an informal gathering. Free entry. Arrivals from 10am.  Free landings for all aircraft registered before 1960.

On arrival, 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:

Tuesday 9th May Farnborough – Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association

“Hawker Siddeley Trident – blind faith, blind landing” by Max Kingsley-Jones.  The speaker will recount the story of one of the UK’s best-loved airliners, the Hawker Siddeley Trident. The Hatfield-built tri-jet promised to revolutionise the short-haul air transport market with its advanced design, low operating costs and sophisticated auto-flight systems. But despite achieving some world-beating technical firsts, short-sighted strategic thinking and political wrangling prevented the Trident from achieving its true potential. Non-members are welcome to attend subject to a donation to FAST of £5 per head. All talks take place at 7:30pm in the Village Hotel, Pinehurst Road,  IQ Business Park,  Farnborough, Hampshire  GU14 7BF, unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 9th May Southampton – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Southampton Area Lecture

Boaty McBoatface and the rise of marine robotics. Boaty McBoatface made news headlines last year after it gained the most votes on the online #NameOurShip poll run by NERC. One year on and Boaty is making its first Antarctic mission. We get behind the headlines and find out what it takes to get Boaty and other marine robots ship shape!  The event is free, but to help us with numbers we request that you book a ticket at (IMechE membership not required). Physics, Lecture Theatre B, Southampton.

Wednesday 10th May Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Euclid: a space mission to map the dark Universe Dr Dida Markovic (University of Portsmouth). The Euclid space telescope, with a planned launch in late 2020, will use its two instruments to observe the optical and infra-red light across nearly half the sky. It will image and measure the redshifts of millions of distant galaxies in order to catalogue them, their properties and their spatial distribution. From the apparent distortion of galaxy shapes we will measure the gravitational lensing caused by dark matter mass bending the space through which light travels. By looking at the tendency of galaxies to cluster, we will search for the remnants of giant acoustic bubbles from the early universe. Using them as a ‘standard ruler’, we will study the history of expanding space and therefore the history of cosmic gravity. With these two nearly independent measures of the topography of our space-time, we will attempt to unveil the nature of gravity, dark matter and dark energy.  4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Thursday 11th May Salisbury – Museum of Army Flying Special Event

Dinner and Lecture Night with Sir Tim McClement. Please join us for a very special evening in support of the Museum’s development programme, Project Eagle. This black tie event will start with a drinks reception before being followed by a delicious, locally sourced three course dinner created by local caterers McCrimmon & Reid. You will be eating in the Hayward Hall where you are surrounded by the World War Two gliders and historic aircraft. Dinner will be followed by a highly acclaimed talk from our guest of honour Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement.  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Tickets are £80 for a single or £150 for a double and can be purchased online via the link below or by contacting Joe Faretra on 01264 784428. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY.

Saturday 13th May Salisbury – Aerobilia

Sale of Aviation and militaria items (aircraft parts, instruments, kits, models, books, uniforms you name it). Stalls holder access from 06:30 and Earlybirds access from 08:00.  The public allowed access from 10:00am at our normal entry prices. Earlybird tickets are available in advance and on the day and cost £10 including entrance to the museum. Booking forms and details available from Hugh Sillett  Aerobilia Tel: 01980 863062.  If you would like to be kept informed, have any questions or need any more information please contact us Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (Aerobilia),  Hangar 1 South,  Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum,  Salisbury,  Wiltshire,  SP4 6DZ. Tel: 01722 323636

Tuesday 16th May Gosport – Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

“Flying and Displaying Vintage Jets” Rod Dean. Following Rod’s RAF and Gulf States service he continued on the display circuit until recently. His favourite type, the Hunter, will feature together with the Meteor, Vampire, Venom, Canadair T33 and Sabre. Rod’s lively presentation will have been meticulously researched and well-illustrated with many photos from his personal collection. For more information just type Rod’s name in your favourite web browser. 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.

Wed 17th May Southampton – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

From Massey Ferguson to Concorde.  It will be given by Capt John White (known as Noj) and will be a fascinating romp through his career, starting as the son of a farmer, flying training as a BOAC cadet at Hamble and then to VC10s, B747 (both Classic and 400 series) and Concorde. I’m sure that given the variation in his flying career the talk will include many interesting anecdotes and experiences. More details will appear soon on the Solent Branch website. Have a look at the Solent Sky Museum free of charge before the AGM and lecture start. Doors open at 6.30pm and the AGM and Lecture starts at 7.00pm. Solent Sky 7 Albert Road South, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3FR.

Thursday 18th May Southampton – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network Event

Solent IET Local Network – Business Links Forum The purpose of this information sharing and networking event is to explore whether businesses in our area can benefit from stronger links through the local IET network.  It is free to attend.

In addition to the networking element of this event, a range of topics will be introduced, for example how member products and services can indirectly benefit companies; the value of the IET’s agenda and events programmes; apprenticeships; and the merits of businesses building STEM links. It is also planned to hear from a select number of businesses about what they do and what they think. From this the intention is to discuss what benefits might be derived from putting in place local IET network based initiatives. Programme 17:45 to 18:15 Arrive, refreshments 18:30 Workshop starts 20:30 Workshop concludes. Networking and refreshments 21:00 Finish The University of Southampton Science Park Ltd 2 Venture Road, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7NP. The event will take place in Conference Rooms 4a/4b. There is a visitors car park opposite the 2 Venture Road building. Refreshments and light bites will be available.

Thursday 18th May Portsmouth – TeenTech Solent 2017

TeenTech Solent will run for the third year on May 18th 2017! Lead sponsors Highbury College have already confirmed they will be supporting us again, so let us know if you want to be part of this inspiring day by emailing TeenTech™  is a lively initiative co-founded by broadcaster Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson OBE, which aims to change perceptions of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers amongst teenagers and their teachers, and act as a catalyst to encourage business to engage with young people. The events inspire young people to develop their own projects with the support of TeenTech mentors throughout the year and develop on-going relationships between schools and local businesses. Companies were so keen to run activities and challenges last time that there was a waiting list. 09:15-12:25. Portsmouth Guildhall. Regional sponsors include BAE Maritime Services, Wartsila UK, Pfizer and Portsmouth Water.

Thursday 25th May Southampton – British Computer Society The Chartered Institute for IT Lecture

Mining the Dark Web: From The Silk Road to Now Andres Baravalle works in the in the University of East London as Senior Lecturer in Computing. Within the last few years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to fight against dark web hosted marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of “The Silk Road” by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record.5:45pm for 6:15pm start. In The Spark Building (on East Park Terrace, adjacent and north to the Library)Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0RD. Refreshments at 5:45pm (This is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Southampton Central Station). The Pod is on the 3rd floor, – the lifts are on the left once you have entered the Spark building. Note the external doors are closed at 6.30pm, so if you cannot get in after 6.30pm, a special phone will be switched on from 6.30pm to 7.30pm only. Cost: Free to both BCS and Non BCS Members.


Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th June Southampton – Seawork 2017

Seawork International is the largest international commercial marine and workboat exhibition and conference held in a European port. It takes place over three days, every year, in Southampton, UK. Attracting more than 7,600 high calibre visitors from over 70 countries across the globe, Seawork is where buyers, sellers, innovators and legislators come together for three invaluable days at one incomparable location.

Thurs 29th June – Sun 2nd July Chichester – Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

An intoxicating mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty come together over four superb days for the Festival of Speed. The largest event of its kind in the world, the Festival gathers together the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars.

Mon 26th June – Sun 2nd July Salisbury – The Chalke Valley History Festival 2017

CVHF began in 2011 on a small scale and as a fundraiser for the local cricket club. We are very excited to announce that we shall be moving sites in 2017, from Ebbesbourne Wake to Church Bottom in Broad Chalke. The air displays throughout the weekend are one of the features of the Festival and this year our line-up will include some of the most beautiful and iconic aircraft from the Second World War. We are delighted that Battle of Britain veteran Hurricane R4118 and the P-51D Mustang ‘Tall in the Saddle’ are confirmed, as is Britain’s only flying Lancaster.


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