Nearby Events – Oct 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.

Tuesday 2nd October – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

They’ve Arrived… F-35 Lightning II from production to RAF Marham. Presented by Lt Cdr Megan Ashton RN, Lt Cdr Ian McLaughlin RN, Lt Al Murphy RN, all of the Lightning II Delivery Team, Defence Equipment and Support. For the first lecture of the 2018/19 season the Solent Branch are delighted to be hosted once again by our friends and colleagues at HMS Sultan and the Royal Navy’s Air Engineering and Survival School. Long-time friends of the branch will recall that this is by no means the first lecture we have held on the F-35 since the Joint Strike Fighter project was first proposed, but surely none has come at a more poignant and exciting time.  At last nine aircraft have touched down on UK soil to begin to form up the RAF’s first operational Squadron.  By the date of the lecture flying trials should be well underway onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, bringing big deck, fast jet operations back to the Royal Navy after many years. It has been a challenging journey to get to this stage.  Lt Cdr Ashton and her colleagues from the MoD’s Lightning II Delivery Team will be taking a look at the magnitude and complexity of getting to where we are today. Please note that as HMS Sultan is a secure military establishment, advance registration is required for all attendees.  If you wish to attend please supply your name, car registration, make and colour to by Friday 28th September.  Directions to the venue can be found on our Lecture Locations page.  19:00 (doors at 18:00) HMS Sultan, Military Rd, Gosport PO12 3BY. Adam Slater, Publicity Officer Solent Branch Tel: 07851 844929 email: web:

Wednesday 3rd October – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘The Fleet Air Arm’ a talk by John Ford. 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

Sunday 7th October – 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

Wednesday 10th October – Portsmouth

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Event

The UK’s Top Formula Student Electric Car – Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRE) The UK’s Top Formula Student Electric Car – Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRE) Evening Technical Lecture: The UK’s Top Formula Student Electric Car. Having studied at Portsmouth High School for 14 years, Elizabeth is returning to the area to talk about her journey so far: her route into engineering, her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated profession and primarily her point of view from the forefront of technology in Formula Student and the Electric Automotive Industry. Format of the  evening, 5:45-6:30 Registration, Refreshments, Networking and opportunity for Pupil attendees to “interview an Engineer”, 6:30-7:30/40 Lecture. Venue Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3DE.

Friday 12th October – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Aston Martin: A History, with Steve Waddingham and Maitland Cook. Steve Waddingham is one of the factory tour team at Aston Martin Lagonda. His ‘day job’ also involves helping customers buy new cars and acting as a brand ambassador. He looks after the Aston Martin Owners Club, Aston Martin Heritage Trust and Lagonda Club as their liaison and has taken on the role of company historian. Steve joined AML in 1990 and has worked in many departments over the years but is best known for the thousands of tours that he has conducted at Newport Pagnell, Bloxham and Gaydon. From 1967 – 1971 Maitland Cook worked for JW Automotive Engineering Ltd, the Gulf sponsored John Wyer team that raced the Ford GT40, Porsche 917 and Mirage Ford. Between 1968 and 1971 three world championships were won including the Le Mans 24 Hour race. Maitland became good friends with John Wyer and was privy to many personal recollections of his Aston Martin career. Learn about the history and future plans of Aston Martin, a brand which is built around motorsport success and is famous for its role as James Bond’s car of choice.

The evening will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre at 7.30 pm. The Museum will be open from 6.00 pm (at no extra charge). A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks. Tickets are £7.50 for members of the Friends of the National Motor Museum, £10.00 for non-members.

Wednesday 17th October – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Our Solar System, compared to exoplanets. Dr Amaury Triaud (University of Birmingham). We will look at recent discoveries in exoplanets – planets orbiting other stars than the Sun. Exoplanets have surprised researchers by how different they appear to the eight planets we know so well. But are we really distinct, or just one system amongst a multitude? We will explore the properties of our planets, and those of others Suns, comparing them to one another. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Thursday 18th October – Southampton

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Lecture

Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd – A Timeline of the Nuclear Industry Dave Barker, CEO of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd .The presentation will give a broad narrative of the nuclear industry. Discussing the nuclear heritage on the south coast and giving a timeline of nuclear power generation, past, present and future, from Chicago pile 1 through to UK research reactors, Magnox and a range of reactor types. Giving details about the nuclear markets of decommissioning, research and development, defence, plant life extension, new power stations & medicines used for therapy and treatment. Going on to give an overview of Aquila Nuclear Engineering, a well-established and thriving company, who are based in Twyford. 18:00 – 20:00 Physics, Lecture Theatre B Building 46, Room 2003, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ.

Thursday 25th October – Newport IoW

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, Isle of Wight Section Lecture

Gravitational Waves by Dr Derek Finch. The theoretical history of gravitational radiation from Newton to Einstein via Maxwell and others; The fundamental problem with detecting gravitational radiation; the early pioneers – Joseph Webber to LIGO; The design of LIGO and the problems it has had to overcome; What LIGO has found and what it means to the scientific community and finally where we go from here. 7.00 for 7.30 pm. The Sail Loft room The Bargeman’s Rest, Little London Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BS. Chairman Mr Dave Miller BEng (Hons) CEng MIET BAE Systems Maritime Services, Tel 03300 472270

Monday 31st October – Southampton

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

BREXIT : what happens if borders are restored? William (Bill) Packer, Managing Director, Steering Supply Chain Consultants Ltd. Whatever the type of BREXIT that is finally negotiated, if that involves a withdrawal from the customs union of the EU then both supply chains and transport operations between the UK and Europe face major change. The Steering Supply Chain Consultancy is already preparing its clients for those changes and now Bill Packer will be sharing some of that advice with CILT members who may still only be vaguely aware of what they mean. This is our season’s opening event and, despite it being held on Halloween, it promises to make the prospect of BREXIT ‘Deal or No Deal ?’ rather less frightening by showing how we can be ready to manage it beforehand. Refreshments will be provided. 18:30 (for 18:45) – 21:00. Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), on the East Park Terrace Campus of Southampton Solent University, Southampton SO 14 0LY Meeting Point: The Willow Conference Room (TS 315A on Level 3) of the Solent Conference Centre.  Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: HDG0348


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