Interesting Events – Oct 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.

Wednesday 4th October, Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Airshows’ a talk by Phil Holt. Philip Holt began his career in 1972, since then he has given over five hundred presentations to audiences from twenty to over 1,500, formal and informal, male, female or mixed audiences. He joined National Air Traffic Services (NATS) in 1972 as an Air Traffic Controller, a career spanning almost 40 years serving at seven locations, including London Heathrow, the busiest airport in the world. 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire

Monday 9th October Southampton – Solent Sky Aviation Museum

Solent Sky has recently received a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of creating and installing an exciting new exhibition entitled The Romance of the Flying Boat. Although the new exhibition involves the reconfiguration of large parts of the museum, Solent Sky remains open to the public throughout the installation programme. The Romance of the Flying Boat will officially open on 9th October 2017. Solent Sky Aviation Museum, Albert Road South, Southampton Hampshire SO14 3FR.

Wednesday 11th October

Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Rosetta and Beyond: ESA’s Interplanetary Mission Operations by Dr Paolo Ferri (ESA).  The European Space Agency has truly entered the era of interplanetary mission operations only about 20 years ago, when the Rosetta mission was approved and the necessary infrastructure developed to achieve such a pioneering mission. Since the beginning of this century, thanks to the experience gained with Rosetta and the other two planetary missions Mars and Venus Express, ESA has become a major world player in interplanetary operations, with an infrastructure and a know-how that put it on the same level as NASA in most of the fields of solar system exploration.  4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Saturday 14th October, Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Join us for an evening lecture with Stuart Graham. Stuart Graham, a winner on both two and four wheels, has enjoyed a successful and unusual racing career. Born into a racing family, Stuart’s father was 1949 500cc World Champion and IOM TT winner, Les Graham, who suffered a fatal accident in the 1953 IOM TT riding an MV Agusta. This did not deter Stuart from following his own racing dreams. Racing motorcycles from 1961-1970 Stuart progressed from 250 Aermacchi, to 350 AJS 7R and 500 Matchless G50 racing in his first IOM TT in 1964. Increasing success followed and impressive performances in the early Grand Prix of 1966 soon earned him a place in the factory Honda team as team mate to Mike Hailwood. In 1967 Stuart enjoyed a successful year with Suzuki including victory in the 50cc TT and a win in the Finnish Grand Prix. Suzuki’s sudden withdrawal from Grand Prix racing was a big blow to the sport and meant that Stuart’s World Championship ambitions remained unfulfilled. He retired from 2-wheel racing to establish a garage business.  The evening will commence at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre and finish at around 10.00 pm. The National Motor Museum will be open from 6.00pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks. To purchase tickets, please send remittance to Theresa Browning, Friends’ Secretary, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN (cheque made payable to National Motor Museum Trust Ltd), or give her a call on 01590 614792 to provide payment over the phone.

Tuesday 17th October, Salisbury

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

60 years of the U2 – Chris Pocock. The remarkable Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady high-flying spy plane celebrated its 60th birthday in 2015. But today’s U-2 Dragon Lady is a fully modernised reconnaissance aircraft, capable of serving the U.S. and its allies for many years to come. Chris Pocock has been following the U-2 Dragon Lady for 30 years. He has flown in the jet, and talked to hundreds of U-2 pilots, maintainers, managers and commanders. Monthly presentations 18:30 for 19:00. Entrance Members free and Non-members £5 (includes access to the collection). Venue BDAC conference room Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury,  Wiltshire, SP4 6DZ. Tel: 01722 323636.

Tuesday 17th October, Farnborough

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture

F-35: the challenges of one-a-day manufacture by Jon Evans BAE Systems Samlesbury. ‎Jon is Head of Operations F35 Lightning II.  The aft fuselage and empennage for each F-35 Lightning II are being designed, manufactured and assembled by BAE Systems, setting new standards for assembly precision and pace. Digital design and precision manufacturing techniques pioneered by BAE Systems ensure the F-35 meets its demanding stealth requirements. BAE Systems is also responsible for the design and delivery of key areas of the vehicle and mission systems, including the fuel system, crew escape and life support system as well as Prognostics Health Management (PHM) integration and UK aircraft carrier integration. BAE Systems also brings key expertise to Autonomic Logistics and Global Sustainment (support), UK weapons integration, vehicle and mission systems, flight test support and structural testing. BAE Systems has increased build rate from one per week in 2012 towards one per day in 2017. 19:00 – 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram email or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.

Tuesday 17th October, Salisbury

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset & S.Wilts local network Lecture

Cyber Security the National Cyber Security Centres by Dr Christopher Richardson Head of the Bournemouth University Cyber Security Unit.  Christopher will come talk about what is going on in the world of cyber security. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on February 14th 2017, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Programme 18.00 Arrival and Refreshments, 18.30 Lecture followed by questions, 20.00 close. South Wiltshire University Technical College Wilton Road, Salisbury, SP27EU

Saturday 21 October, Southampton City Art Gallery

Artist Talk & Tour – Christopher Bucklow

This October Southampton City Art Gallery has the pleasure of hosting an artist talk and tour by Christopher Bucklow.  Christopher Bucklow is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists.  His work is held in many major international public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Ar, New York, The Guggenheim and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The collection is being exhibited at Southampton City Art Gallery from 15 September 2017 – 6 January 2018.  The exhibition combines photographic works from the Guest series with paintings and drawings made over the last 10 years, and explores the connections between the two.

Call 023 8083 3007 or e-mail the Gallery to reserve your place.

Thursday 26th October Eastleigh

Solent Aviation Society Meeting

Presentation by Aviation Photographer Ian Haskell. Meetings 7:30pm for 8:00pm start. All our meetings, except December, are on the last Thursday of the month. Entrance fee of £1 (to help cover costs). The Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh.  Contact


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