Nearby Events – Oct 2019

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 2nd October, Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

‘Airfield Development’ a talk by Robin Gunter. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Mike Webster

Sunday 6th 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 Note – Old Sarum Airfield will be closing 31st October 2019.

Sunday 6th October and Sunday 20th October, Bransgore (near Sopley)
Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Open Day

The refurbished Heritage Centre incorporates ‘state of the art’ touch screens and audio-visual facilities to give visitors an immersive interactive experience. 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. 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 and e-mail at <>

Tuesday 8th October, Salisbury
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture

Chasing Bears in the Phantom by Squadron Leader (Ret) Nick Anderson (RAF Pilot & Virgin Atlantic Captain). This lecture will describe the life of an RAF Phantom pilot in the 1970’s and centres on the exciting job of chasing Russian Tu-95 Bear long range reconnaissance aircraft over the North Sea as they approached UK airspace. It starts with Nick entering the RAF as a student pilot, to leave 19 years later as a Flight Commander on Tornados. Lecture held in the lecture theatre at QinetiQ, Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF. Tea and coffee is usually served from 17:00. Lecture begins at 17:15. Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration. Email Branch Secretary

Friday 11th October, Lyndhurst
New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

Giants in the Sky – by David Skillen. This illustrated talk covers the start of the first strategic bombing campaign in history by the Zeppelin, how they were built and flown and how they were challenged. Contact Mike Collo at or Stephen Robson: Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £4 including light refreshment.

Tuesday 15th October, Salisbury
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Lecture

Everything you wanted to know about batteries but were afraid to ask about. Dr Darren Browning Senior Technical Lead – Power. This lecture will give an overview of current battery technology and a discussion of where it may go in the future. Misconceptions and myths around batteries will be discussed along with tips for maximising battery performance. The lecture will focus on different technologies and their application and will give a brief introduction to basic battery concepts. 18:00 to 20:00. White Hart Hotel, 1 St John Street Salisbury SP1 2SD.

Tuesday 15th October, Salisbury
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

Canberra Operational Flying – Kenneth Delve. Ken Delve joined the RAF as a navigator and in a 20-year flying career served with many squadrons (Canberra and Tornado). On leaving the RAF he became Editor of FlyPast magazine and subsequently Editor-in-Chief with Key Publishing with responsibility for eight aviation magazines. 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 15th October, Farnborough
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture

The art of bush flying: a pilots life in the bush by Capt Bryan Pill. Phil was a bush pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) for 27 years with until March 2019. 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.

Wednesday 16th October, Winchester
Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Subject TBC. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Friday 18th October, Southampton
University of Southampton IT, Science and Engineering Fair

University of Southampton. Jubilee Sports Hall Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm. This well-established recruitment event hosts leading graduate employers in Science, Technology and Engineering. The unmissable Careers Fair is a fantastic opportunity to network and explore a career with sector-leading organisations. Many of the graduate recruiters are also looking for roles within various other business areas.

Saturday 19th October, Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Ivan Dutton: A life of motoring passion and achievement. Ivan Dutton’s career in the motor trade began when, upon finishing his apprenticeship in pattern making, he joined the workshop of the Chequered Flag, quickly becoming foreman. During 1963 he started his own business and competed in his first motor race in a Mk1 Jaguar. This interest in motorsport led to Ivan becoming the British Production Saloon Car Champion in 1973, but the oil crisis of the late seventies ended his professional racing career. Enthusiasm for the Bugatti marque had been nurtured by his father, whose stories of Brooklands between the wars led to the formation of the Bugatti restoration company in 1979. Ivan’s career in racing Bugatti’s began in 1983 in a Type 51, followed by years of racing a succession of Type 35B models. With the arrival of the new millennium and Ivan’s sixtieth birthday, he felt it was time to retire and pass the reins of the business, Ivan Dutton Ltd, to his son, Timothy. However, Ivan does not seem to have slowed down, he continues to enjoy a fine collection of cars and shows no signs of losing the passion! 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

Thursday 24th October, Bournemouth
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture

Delivering Airline Passenger Growth at Bournemouth Airport. Speaker: Graham Lake. Graham Lake is a management consultant for the public and private sector specialising in aviation, high tech and international business growth. He was appointed as Director General of CANSO in 2009. CANSO is the global association for air navigation service providers and ATM suppliers. This is an important and timely lecture on the future of Bournemouth airport and how its success can benefit local businesses, employment, residents, the airport owners and the UK economy. Lectures 4th Thursday in month apart from December. 7pm for prompt lecture start at 7:30pm. Cobham Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University Poole House, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB. This event may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for your CPD records and we can provide a Certificate of Attendance. Contact Roger Starling e-mail

Thursday 31st October, Weybridge
Brooklands Trust Members Event

Motorcycle Legends Talk: Mick Grant. Mick Grant was active from 1970 until 1984 and mainly raced Yamahas and Kawasaki’s. He achieved three GP wins and 7 TT victories amongst his 16 podium positions at the Isle of Man. Tonight he will be in conversation with Steve Parrish. Doors 6pm for hot food and bar. Event starts at 7.30pm. Parking on the Museum site via the Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road. Please note that the gate to the main car park will be closed when this event finishes. Members £8 Non-Members £15. Tickets available from the BTM office 01932 857381 ext 226 or online. To order tickets please ring 01932 857381 ext 226 or email to Yvette at

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