Interesting Events – May 2018

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 2nd May – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Flying the Vulcan’ a talk by Joe Marsden.  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 5th May – Lymington

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Visit

Visit West Solent Solar Farm. 10:45 – 12:30 Limited Spaces. This is a free walking tour of the West Solent Solar Farm near Lymington in Hampshire. Parking is available on-site, but in the spirit of caring for the environment lift-sharing is encouraged whenever possible. Hopefully it will be warm and sunny when the visit takes place, but this is a field in South England, so come prepared for whatever the weather feels like doing in early May. Walking shoes or welly boots are recommended, high heels are not. A little information about the Solar Farm; Total installed capacity is 2.4MW, but this is limited to 2.0MW supply by local Grid capacity. This is enough to supply about 650 local homes (or about 700 kettles or 2 million mobile phone chargers!).

Sunday 6th May – 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: or at

Sunday 6th May –  Sopley (nr Bransgore)

Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open day

The museum with a wealth of pictures and artefacts commemorating the aviation operations and aircraft of WW2 involving the 12 airfields and also the training airfield at East Boldre from WW1.  Open from  10am-4pm. The Trustees ask for a donation of £5 for adults, £2 for 10-16 year olds and ‘under 10s’ are free.  The museum 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  or further details via email

Wednesday 9th May – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Black Holes in the Universe. Professor Rob Fender (Universities of Oxford and Cape Town). Lecture: Black holes are the most exotic objects in the universe. Infinitely dense at their centres, they create a region of space from which no signals, not even light, can escape to the outside Universe. And yet, via their interactions with stars, matter and light, we find evidence for black holes in all directions and distances in the Universe. In this talk I will discuss the science of black holes and how, using a range of ground- and space-based telescopes, we can study them and their interactions with normal matter. In particular, in the centenary year of their discovery, I will focus on the relativistic jets produced by black holes, which – unexpectedly – carry mass and energy away from the black hole at velocities close to the speed of light. I will conclude with the latest results on the extraordinary gravitational wave burst observed in August 2017 which was associated with the formation of a low mass black hole in a galaxy 140 000 light years away.  4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Wednesday 23rd May – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture 

Branch AGM with lecture to follow: German Jet Genius: The Third Reich Experimental Jet Programme 1930 to 1945. As ever the Solent Branch is delighted to be able to hold our Annual General Meeting in the excellent Solent Sky Museum in Southampton.  Doors will open at 18:00 to allow attendees time to enjoy free access to the museum and some light refreshments prior to the short AGM at 19:00. The evening’s lecture will begin on completion of the AGM at approximately 19:15, and for our speaker we are honoured to have museum’s manager, Mr Steve Alcock.   Steve will be discussing the always fascinating topic of jet engine development under Nazi Germany.  Germany took an early lead in jet development, gaining the first flight of a jet powered aircraft just before the start of the war and producing the world’s first operational jet fighter in the Me-262.  Later secret projects and the engineers who created them formed the basis of Western and Soviet developments for years to come. 19:00 (doors at 18:00). Solent Sky Museum – Southampton. Steve Alcock, Museum Manager, Solent Sky.


Wednesday 13th June – TeenTech returns to Hampshire in 2018

The seventh TeenTech Hampshire event is now confirmed for June 13th 2018.  Let us know if you’d like to be involved in an initiative which has made a real different to the understanding of science, technology and engineering in the local community. Contact for more information. Leading scientists, engineers and technologists from global, regional and start-up companies will bring their leading edge technology to show 300 young people how they can be part of this world.  From robotics to broadcast technology, precision engineering to world class scientific research, the event will showcase the range of opportunities in a fast changing career landscape.


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