Interesting Events – Nov 2016

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 November Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society

‘The Early Development and Use of Motor Torpedo Boats’ a talk by Steve New. 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

Thursday 3rd November Salisbury – Museum of Army Flying Event

JEHU: Suez Landings 60th Operation Musketeer 6 November 1956 Colonel Roger Harris shares memories of the Joint Experimental Unit (JEHU) and its participation in Operation Musketeer 6 November 1956. The Suez Landings was the first ever heliborne assault over a defended coastline. 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Tickets £10.00. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. Pre-Lecture Supper: Our Apache Café team will be serving supper at 6pm before each lecture which costs £7.50 per head.

Wednesday 9th November Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture

Sun Dogs and Blue Moons by Prof Don Kurtz. The sky has many beautiful phenomena caused by the interaction of light with the air: blue skies, red sunsets, rainbows, glories, haloes, green flashes, sun dogs and blue moons. We will see pictures of these and learn where to see them and how they are formed. We will also see and learn about a blue sky on Saturn, murky sunsets on Mars, the black skies of many moons, and speculations about the skies on some of the more than 5000 exoplanets that have been discovered in recent years. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Wednesday 9th November Southampton – Solent Sky Aviation Enthusiasts’ Evening

Solent Sky Aviation Enthusiasts’ Evening. Designing, Building and Flying the Saunders-Roe Princess Model by Mike Roach.  This evening event has been arranged as a special opportunity for members and friends of local aviation groups and societies to come along to the Solent Sky Aviation Museum and at the same time help to raise funds for the museum.  Doors open at 18.00 for a start at 19.00, there will be tea, coffee and biscuits available and the evening will close at 21.00.  Albert Rd S, Southampton SO14 3FR.  Car parking is on the roadside in Albert Road South. The entrance charge is £5.00/head. Please advise Gordon Bee at Solent Sky if you are planning to attend – Tel. 02380635830 or e mail

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

‘From Harriers to Falcons – Military Flying in the Modern Era’ by Simon Jessett. Simon entered the RAF from school and prior to concluding his career as a Wing Commander flew over 2000 hours in the Harrier, including missions enforcing no-fly zones over Iraq and as a participant in the Nato bombing of Kosovo. In 2010, within months of his appointment as commander of No.4 Squadron, the scrapping of the Harrier prompted his own retirement from the service. Now Falcon 20 Captain and Head of Training at Cobham Air Services, Simon’s continuing military involvement provides further fascinating insights into the evolving role of air power in 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 November Eastleigh – Solent Aviation Society Meeting

Photographic Competition/Members Evening. Meetings 7:30pm for 8:00pm start. Entrance fee of £1 (to help cover costs). The Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh.  Contact

Thursday 24th November Newport IoW – Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, Isle of Wight Section

Electric Vehicles and the Rocky Road to Green Transportation by Dr Peter James and Lyra Electronics Ltd. Over the last few years more and more electric vehicles can be seen on our roads as more vehicle manufacturers offer all electric or hybrid electric cars. This talk outlines where we are regarding currently available electric vehicles, details the power and charging requirements of these vehicles and looks to the future of the electric vehicle. The talk also shows some motorsport competitions where electric vehicles are used and discusses how they perform and how motorsport can increase the acceptance and desire of electric vehicles. 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.

Wednesday 30th November Bovington – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Region Salisbury Area Tour & Lecture

The Tank at 100: Tour of Bovington Tank Museum and Lecture. The engineering history of the tank, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the first operational use. Dr Mike Dalzell Capability Advisor – Mounted Close Combat Dstl Porton Down. Times TBC 14:00 for a tour & lecture 17:30. Venue Bovington Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG. Contact Tim Marshall mobile 07872 321899, email

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