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.]
Wednesday 1st May – Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk
TSR2 a talk by Ben Goodlad (postponed from April). 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 email@example.com.
Sunday 5th 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: https://www.facebook.com/Boscombe-Down-Aviation-Collection-330939183658923/ or at www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk
Sunday 5th May – 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 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 https://fonfasite.wordpress.com and e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday & Monday, 5th & 6th May – Twyford
Twyford Waterworks Trust Open Day
Open days 2019 (11am – 4pm). Gift Aid Price Adults £7, concessions £6 and under 16’s free. Gift Aid admission prices include a voluntary donation and by paying this you enable Twyford Waterworks Trust to reclaim the tax on the whole amount paid. This is currently worth 25p in every £1.00. Non-Gift Aid Price Adult £6, concessions £5. We intend for the Hathorn Davey pumping engine to be in steam on all of our open days. Twyford Waterworks, Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hampshire SO21 1QA. Tel: 07516 458900. E-mail: email@example.com
Monday 6th May – Winchester
Popham Classic Car Show
May Day classic car show at Popham Airfield near Andover and Winchester. 10 AM – 5 PM. Coxford Down, SO21 3BD Winchester, Hampshire.
Tuesday 7th May – Bishop’s Waltham
Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture
“Restoration of the Britten-Norman Islander G-AVCN” by Bob Wealthy. Doors open at 7:45pm with presentation starting at 8:00pm. We meet in the Church Hall, off Free Street Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire SO32 1EE. A location map and directions can be found in the ‘ABOUT’ section of this site. The fee for each meeting is normally £2.50p. Website www.bwavg.co.uk.
Thursday 9th May – Weybridge
Brooklands Trust Members Event
Betty Haig: A Life Behind the Wheel. A Classic Talk – please reserve your place and pay on the night. Betty Haig, the great niece of Field Marshall Haig, seized the new-found freedoms of post-war Britain and took advantage of the burgeoning motoring scene. During the 1930s she made a name for herself as a prominent continental rally driver and even took part in the Berlin Scatter Rally of 1936 in her Singer Le Mans, which was associated with the 1936 Olympics. Post WWII she continued to compete in sprints, rallies, hill climbs and circuit racing using mainly her own wide array of vehicles. In later years she took part in historic rallies and helped found the Historic Sports Car Club. Doors open 6pm – Hot food and Members Bar. Event begins at 7.30pm in the Napier Room. Parking on the Museum site outside the Paddock – enter via the Brooklands Road gate (marked JTI). Time 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. Members £2, Non-Members £7. To order tickets please ring 01932 857381 ext 226.
Friday 10th May – Portsmouth
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Lecture/Debate
Parliamentary Engagement Event: Plastics – Falling out of love with the wonder material? In the century since Leo Baekeland first created Bakelite, plastic’s versatility, durability and ability to be moulded into almost any shape has revolutionised product design and facilitated a consumer revolution. It is estimated that humans have created nearly 10 billion tonnes of plastics since the 1950’s and these amazing man-made materials have dramatically changed our lives. 18:00 – 21:00. 20:00 Wine & Finger Food & Networking. Tickets are £6 this is to cover the food and wine. The £2 ticket is ONLY for U18 school & college pupils for food and soft drinks. Venue – Portland Building Atrium (Registration and Refreshments) and Room 1.74 (Lecture & Debate). Locate the building using the University of Portsmouth Campus Map. Public carpark by Dennis Sciama Building (£2 charge) or free on-street parking on Burnaby Street. Members of the IMechE, other Professional Engineering Institutions, university students & lecturers, school/college teachers & pupils and all other interested parties are very welcome to attend (‘the more the merrier’)
Thursday 23rd May – Southampton
Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent network Lecture
From Valves & Vinyl to WiFi & Silicon – the engineering behind how we listen to music. Speakers from world renowned, regional audio companies will share some insights about the engineering and technology behind how we listen to music. Both modern and classic technologies will be covered, from those allowing us to enjoy modern streaming services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music to vinyl replay that once again will be celebrated through the forthcoming Record Store Day. 7-10pm Solent Hotel & Spa, Rookery Ave, Whiteley, Hampshire PO15 7AJ. https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/173/77/22777
Thursday 23rd May – Southampton
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent AGM and Lecture
The Solent Branch is delighted to be able to hold our Annual General Meeting in the excellent Solent Sky Museum in Southampton. The Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd May. Doors will open at 18:30 to allow attendees time to enjoy free access to the museum 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 Wg Cdr Paul Shepherd (retd). Paul, a retired RAF Navigator, Staff Officer and Instructor uses his personal experiences from the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict to consider the impact on aviation of operating a large-scale force, at extreme range and with minimal support. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email email@example.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk. Directions to the Museum can be found on our lecture locations page (https://www.solent-raes.org.uk/locations).
Sunday 26th May – Bransgore (near Sopley)
Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Assault Glider Day
The New Forest Airfields were used to support D-Day (75th anniversary this Year) and many of the assault gliders such as Horsas and Hadrians flew from them. The Horsas were built in the local Airspeed factory at Christchurch. 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. Classic Car and 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 https://fonfasite.wordpress.com and e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bank Holiday Monday 27th May – Middle Wallop
Museum of Army Flying Event: Wartime Wallop 2019
All things Wartime come to Wallop for an all-day outdoor special event! Join us for a day filled of historic aircraft and vehicles, re-enactment groups, music, dancing and much more. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. https://www.armyflying.com/events/all-events/wartime-wallop-2019/
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th June – Southampton
Europe’s largest commercial marine exhibition and conference. www.seawork.com