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Heritage Centre Openings  

2019 Open Days here website here

FONFA is a charity established by aviation enthusiasts, veterans, authors and historians in the New Forest. FONFA’s Heritage Centre is in a former RAF Sopley building.

Derrit Lane, Sopley BH23 8AU. Turn first left as you enter the new housing estate

East Boldre Book

East Boldre This book tells the story of the pioneering flights from 1910 to 1920.

Thursday 14th November Farnborough – National Aerospace Library Book Fair

Aviation Book Fair. Available for purchase on the day will be many 100s of new/secondhand donated books and heaps of aviation magazines - a wide range of aviation/aerospace history books, autobiographies, biographies, histories of individual aircraft types/aircraft companies, old journals, books on the history of RAF, technical textbooks etc. - a sheer abundance of aviation titles. 10:30-4:30pm. Free admission. The Hub, Fowler Avenue, Farnborough Business Park, Hampshire GU14 7JP.


Thursday 14th November Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

Forty Years of F1 by Maurice Hamilton. Maurice is an award-winning motor sport journalist, who has been part of the Formula One scene since 1977. After working for the Guardian and Independent newspapers, he became the Observer's motor racing correspondent for 20 years. He edited Autocourse, the Grand Prix annual, and has written more than 20 books, including biographies of James Hunt, Eddie Jordan, Frank Williams and Damon Hill. As well as his written words, Maurice is internationally known as a commentator on Formula One for BBC Radio 5 Live.   Maurice has a fascinating story to tell, from attending his first race as a child in Northern Ireland, to his first Formula One event as a professional journalist, to achieving his status as one of the world’s leading motorsport writers. And along the way he has worked with a pantheon of motor racing personalities, from Ayrton Senna to Bernie Ecclestone, and acquired a rich compilation of insightful anecdotes into the workings of Formula 1. He will be in conversation with Harry Sherrard. Doors open at 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 £2 Non-Members £7. 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 talksATbrooklandsmembers.co.uk.


Thursday 14th November Middle Wallop - Museum of Army Flying Event

This lecture focuses on the First World War in North Africa. The growing influence of Air Power in the war in the desert was directed by Geoffrey Salmond who commanded the RFC and later the RAF in the Middle East. Working with General Allenby his aircraft were the eyes of the ground forces, their protection, and eventually caused significant destruction of the enemy. 7-9pm a curry supper is also available from the Apache Cafe at 6pm. Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment. https://www.armyflying.com/events/expert-talks/first-world-war-in-north-africa/


Thursday 14th November Weymouth - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Dorset and South Wilts Network Lecture ****

Gravitational Waves. The theoretical history of gravitational radiation from Newton to Einstein via Maxwell and others. 18:30 Tea, 19:00 Lecture starts, 20:00 Q&A 20:30 Close. Weymouth College, Wessex Room (just off the Reception Area), Fleet Building, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, DT47LQ. http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/Dorchester-Area/event-detail?id=17061. Contact Andrew Criswick. Tel:  01305 212926, mob: 07867 843475 Email: andrew.criswickATuk.atlas-elektronik.com


Saturday 16th November Beaulieu - Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Gone bush. Something of a latecomer to aviation Paul Catanach first threatened airspace (and everything beneath it) at the age of 30 with a Private Pilot’s Licence in the UK. Soon afterward he combined emigration to Australia with a career change and gained a Commercial Pilot’s Licence at Coolangatta in Queensland where he also snagged his first job as an instructor. After a couple of years teaching flying and theory subjects to trainee private and commercial pilots he combined shameless cronyism with blackmail and won a job based in Darwin in the Northern Territory. This was obviously the booby prize.   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 theresa.browningATbeaulieu.co.uk.


Monday 18th November Bath - IMarEST & RINA Western Joint Branch Lecture ****

Genetic Algorithms for Ship General Arrangements by Bojan Igrec University College London. 19:00 refreshments, 19:25 start. Building 5-West, Lecture Theatre 2.3 (Pharmacy Building), University of Bath, BA2 7AY (Access via Quarry Road). Secretary.wjbATbranches.imarest.org. https://www.rina.org.uk/Branch_Programme_Western_Joint_Branch.html


Tuesday 19th November Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture ****

The past, present and future of air weapons integration. Gregory Nicholls, BAE Systems Warton.   19:00 - 21:30. BAE Systems, The Park Centre, Farnborough, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Aerospace Boulevard, Farnborough GU14 6XN. Contact Ian Pigram email pigramikATbp.com or Dr Mike Philpot 01252 614618.


Tuesday 19th November Salisbury - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture ****

Apollo 11 by Pat Norris.   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 secretaryATBoscombeDownRAES.org


Tuesday 19th November Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

Planning the RAF 100 Fly Past - Sqn. Ldr. Matthew Axcell. 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 19th November Winchester - Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

How to heat up dark matter by Prof. Justin Read. Read is Head of Physics at the University of Surrey. Since its discovery by the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in the 1930's, dark matter has continued to capture the public imagination. It raises the velocity of stars and gas in galaxies, bends light around massive galaxy clusters and promotes the growth of structure in the Universe. In this talk, I will explain the key evidences for dark matter, and our latest theories for what it is. In particular, I will focus on new results from our group in Surrey that show that dark matter can be "heated up" and moved around at the centres of tiny "dwarf" galaxies. I show that this points to dark matter comprising a new particle of nature that remains to be found. I conclude with a discussion of the latest experiments that are trying to detect or create such a particle in the laboratory. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium  in Winchester, Telegraph Way,  Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ. http://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/visitor-information/whats-on/space-lectures/


Thursday 21st November Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

Battle of Britain” the making of the movie by Phil Holt. 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 christchurchATaerosociety.com.


Thursday 21st November Portsmouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture ****

Developments in UK Manufacturing. Phil Spiers is Head of Testing at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), a part of  the University of Sheffield.  Phil will explain the work and scope of the Advance Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield and how it is leading the UK's efforts in digital manufacturing, sometimes  known as the '4th industrial revolution'. He will illustrate how this is impacting on manufacturing industry at every level, from the large high tech ‘tier one’ suppliers, right down to small SMEs still working with 40-year-old machinery. 18:30 (doors at 18:00) University of Portsmouth. Presented by Phil Spiers CEng FRAeS, Head of Laboratories, Advance Manufacturing Research Centre. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email secretaryATsolent-raes.org.uk or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email solentATaerosociety.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk


Monday 25th November Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

The Seaplane Lighter H21 – arguably the World’s first 'purpose built’ Aircraft Carrying Vessel by Dave Morris.Free coffee and biscuits.   All welcome. 19:00 for 19:30 start. Chichester Park Hotel, behind Sainsbury’s on the Chichester By-pass. Entrance fee to each meeting members £3/non-members £5. Contact David Batcock on 01243-823007 or email infoATairaces.org.uk.


Wednesday 27th November Gosport - Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

Saving B-N Islander G-AVCN – What next?” by Bob Wealthy. GAS has moved venue to the Royal Naval Association Club. RNA Gosport RNA Club. 66 Fareham Road Gosport Hampshire Entry charge of £3.00 for visitors. Contact Bob Wealthy Tel 01329 315561. solentaeromarineAThotmail.com


Wednesday 27th November Heathrow – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Heathrow Branch Lecture ****

Charles Abell Named Lecture. Performance based oversight in the aircraft MRO environment. Paul Griffiths Engineering Safety and Quality Team Leader, British Airways. Lectures at the RAeS Heathrow Branch take place at 18:15 British Airways HQ Waterside, London Heathrow Airport, Harmondsworth UB7 0GA. The Branch welcome both Members and Visitors! Please note that for security clearance to enter the BA Waterside base to attend the lecture, you MUST register at least two days in advance, preferably online via http://tiny.cc/RAeSLHR, alternatively contact the Branch Secretary William Li via email HeathrowATaerosociety.com or mobile 07936 392799.


Wednesday 27th November Reading - BCS Berkshire Lecture

Alan Turing: "The Founder of Computer Science" – by Jonathan Bowen, FBCS FRSA, Emeritus Professor of Computing at London South Bank University. This talk explores Alan Turing’s life, achievements and legacy. Turing was instrumental in developing and influencing computing devices that have been said to have shortened the war by up to two years, by decoding encrypted enemy messages that were believed by others to be unbreakable. 18:30 – 21:00. The Curious Lounge, The , Pinnacle, 20 Tudor Road Reading RG1 1NH. BCS Member £10.00, plus VAT and booking Fee. BCS Non Member £20.00 plus VAT and booking Fee. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alan-turing-the-founder-of-computer-science-bcs-berkshire-tickets-68124631607


Wednesday 27th November Weybridge - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Weybridge Lecture ****

67th R K Pierson Lecture. Sabre by Dr Helen Webber, Heat Exchanger Team Leader, Reaction Engines Ltd. Lecture 18:45 - 20:00. Brooklands Museum, Campbell Gate Entrance, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Open for non RAeS members, entrance fee £2.50. Ken Davies tel 01483 531529. kenmodaviesATaol.com


Thursday 28th November Newport IoW - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network, Isle of Wight Section Lecture ****

Naval METOC (Meteorological systems). 19:00 to 21:00. The Sail Loft Room the Bargeman’s Rest, Little London Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BS. www.bargemansrest.com. Chairman Mr Dave Miller BEng (Hons) CEng MIET BAE Systems Maritime Services, Tel 03300 472270 dave.j.millerATbaesystems.com.




Tuesday 3rd December Bishop’s Waltham – Bishop’s Waltham Aviation Group Lecture

Defiant Ace : Sqn Ldr Ted Thorn DFC & Bar DFM & Bar by Tony Dowland. 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 www.bwavg.co.uk.


Wednesday 4th December Bristol - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Bristol Collar Lecture ****

Branch’s annual Collar Lecture will be held at the University of Bristol.   This year, the topic will be “Engineering the Future.” Contact Secretary Nicholas.Baker2ATRolls-Royce.com Tel 0117 97 96479


Wednesday 11th December Salisbury – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Lecture ****

Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture 2019. 18:30 - 21:30 Salisbury Guildhall, Market Place, Guildhall Square Salisbury SP1 1JH. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/Salisbury-Area/event-detail?id=17137


Wednesday 11th December Chichester - Royal Institute of Navigation Solent Branch Evening Visit

The Solent & South Branch of the Royal Institute of Navigation invite you to join them at 19:00 at the  South Downs Planetarium for a talk  "Exploring Planets Near and Far" by Dr John Mason MBE. Adults £7, Children (6-16) £5. 19:00. The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre on Chichester High School Campus, Sir Patrick Moore Building, Kingsham Road Chichester  PO19 8AE. Contact: Louisa Chanter eventsATrin.org.uk tel 020 7591 3134


Southampton Model Aeroplane Club