Nearby Events – Nov 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.

Sunday 4th November – 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

Tuesday 6th November – Eastleigh

Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

John Coote – “One Hundred Years of Air Navigation.” From his perspective as an RAF Navigator on Vulcan B2’s and Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, and a graduate of the RAF General Duties Aerosystems Course, John will highlight the major developments in the field of Air Navigation from the earliest days of aviation to the present day. 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

Wednesday 7th November – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Adventures of an Apprentice – BAC Filton 1963-68’ a talk by Chris Warren. 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 8th November – Southampton

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Event

Submarine Rescue by Steve Thorpe, WO1, from the Royal Navy. The presentation will give an overview into UK submarine escape and rescue training, also discussing the UK involvement in the search for ARA San Juan. With over 30 years’ experience in the operation of submarines and currently a senior instructor at the submarine Escape Training Tank, ensuring that UK submarine escape training meets the required standard, along with being involved in the a new £25 million facility in Faslane. Steve Thorpe, WO1, from the Royal Navy is best placed to give an insightful technical lecture on rescuing individuals from a submarine. Joint Southern Branch Event. 18:00 to 20:00. Venue Physics, Lecture Theatre B, Building 46, Room 2003, University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ.

Friday 9th November – Lyndhurst

New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

A complete change for this month from the invisible (submarines) to the improbable (helicopters). As a prelude to several rotary wing talks through 2019 is ‘Army Helicopters ‘ by Brigadier Denzil Sharp AFC. Few aircraft have had as much influence on the Army’s operations as the helicopter whether in conventional operations, peacekeeping, or in support of the civil population especially in mobility. Denzil will give us a “tour d’horizon” of the history of Army helicopters. He first served in the Royal Tank Regiment before helicopter pilot training and transfer to the Army Air Corps. As Commander Aviation he was responsible for over 240 operational aircraft world-wide. See our website Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment. Contact Stephen Robson:

Tuesday 13th November – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

A350 – diverse future. Lecture by Andy Reynolds, UK Chief Engineer for A350 at Airbus. With the A350 fleet growing to 200 aircraft and the A350-1000 now in service, what does the future hold for this aircraft family? Find out from the A350 Chief Engineer himself in this exciting and informative lecture. An engineer with more than twenty years successful experience in the aerospace sector. Andy has provided technical leadership during the development of aircraft systems and project leadership during the development of aircraft structures. He has worked with and led international teams and has extensive experience of working with partners in Europe, North America and the Far East. 18:30. Portland Building University of Portsmouth Portland Street Portsmouth, PO1 3AH. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email

Wednesday 14th November – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

It’s about time by Professor Don Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire). Days, weeks, months, years and more… Hear about Roman Emperors, Zulu Wars, Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, the English time riots and how the days of the week got their names in an amusing and informative tour of the Western calendar. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Saturday 17th November – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Jim Reynolds talks to Peter Williams. Peter Williams’ eleven years of motorcycle road racing was, in his own words, “the time of my life”. He read recently that sons subconsciously try to do better than their fathers. Unconsciously he certainly followed in his father’s footsteps. Jack Williams was a very good road racer and an inventive and meticulous engineer and by Peter’s own admission, was much better than him in the latter respect. Peter was lucky that, in a way, he had two fathers, the second one being Tom Arter. As his sponsor for almost all of the eleven years, Arter said “No” only once. He financed Peter’s engineering ideas on the Arter Matchless, which all came together on the 1973 John Player Norton ‘Monocoque.’ The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email

Monday 19th November – Southampton

An evening with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (7.30-9.30pm)

At the SeaCity Museum / £10 or £22.50 with his book

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14 June 1968 and 22 April 1969.  Now, 50 years on from that famous voyage, he reveals the true, extraordinary story of his life, his extraordinary adventures and writing his autobiography ‘Running Free’.

Spaces for this event are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Book signings avaliable on the night.  Pre-book on 023 8083 4536

Tuesday 20th November – Southampton

In Conversation with Christopher LeBrun – City Art Gallery

Join Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy in conversation with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, as they explore both Christopher’s work and that of the Academy.  More information at

Thursday 22nd November – Farnborough

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium Annual Conference 2018

The FAC Annual Conference and Exhibition is the highlight of the calendar each year. Jeremy Greaves, vice president, UK Corporate Affairs and Strategy at Airbus Group, will address the conference, as will a Brexit advisor from ADS. Ian Parker of Human Powered Flight will be speaking, as will someone from BEIS – the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy – about funding in support of the aerospace industry. Venue Tylney Hall near Hook in Hampshire. There are also some exhibition packages remaining as well as sponsorship opportunities.

Sunday 25th November – Salisbury

Museum of Army Flying Event

We’re delighted that Mark Watson is coming to the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop as part of his MW tour. After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date ‘I’m Not Here’, and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he’s not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether. It’s hard to be everywhere at once, so he’s narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places with M or W, his initials – as they’ve already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place. A few of these will be favourite old haunts like Winchester or Manchester, but quite a few of them are the result of Googling and quite a number are so remote that we won’t know they definitely exist until we get there. Also, some aren’t actually towns so much as trains (from Marylebone to Wycombe), or ferries (across the Mersey), or a helicopter museum (in the double-point-scoring Middle Wallop). 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY.



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