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Friends of the New Forest Airfields

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.

Monday 20th May Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

Stories from a career in helicopter flying by Lorimer Burn. One hour talk then a short AGM. 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.  

Tuesday 21st May Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

Aircraft Black Boxes: Dispelling the Myths - Adrian Burrows 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.

Wednesday 22nd May Gosport - Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

Social Evening. 7.30pm for 8.00pm. 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

Thursday 23rd May Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

Flying the SR-71 Blackbird by Col. Richard Graham USAF (retd). Colonel (ret) Richard Graham is the author of three books on the SR-71 Blackbird. He flew this aircraft for seven years and ended up with 756 hours in the cockpit.   7pm for prompt lecture start at 7:30pm. Barnes 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 tel 01929 553822.


Thursday 23rd May Southampton - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent network Lecture ****

From Valves & Vinyl to WiFi & Silicon - the engineering behind how we listen to music. Speakers from world renowned, regional audio companies will share some insights about the engineering and technology behind how we listen to music. Both modern and classic technologies will be covered, from those allowing us to enjoy modern streaming services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music to vinyl replay that once again will be celebrated through the forthcoming Record Store Day.   7-10pm Solent Hotel & Spa, Rookery Ave, Whiteley, Hampshire PO15 7AJ.   https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/173/77/22777

Thursday 23rd May Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent AGM and Lecture ****

The Solent Branch is delighted to be able to hold our Annual General Meeting in the excellent Solent Sky Museum in Southampton. The Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd May. Doors will open at 18:30 to allow attendees time to enjoy free access to the museum prior to the short AGM at 19:00. The evening's lecture will begin on completion of the AGM at approximately 19:15, and for our speaker we are honoured to have Wg Cdr Paul Shepherd (retd).   Paul, a retired RAF Navigator, Staff Officer and Instructor uses his personal experiences from the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict to consider the impact on aviation of operating a large-scale force, at extreme range and with minimal support. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email secretaryATsolent-raes.org.uk or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email solentATaerosociety.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk. Directions to the Museum can be found on our  lecture locations  page (https://www.solent-raes.org.uk/locations).


Sunday 26th May Bransgore (near Sopley) - Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) Assault Glider Day

The New Forest Airfields were used to support D-Day (75th anniversary this Year) and many of the assault gliders such as Horsas and Hadrians flew from them. The Horsas were built in the local Airspeed factory at Christchurch. The refurbished Heritage Centre has recently received major grant funding, enabling investment in 'state of the art' touch screens and audio-visual facilities, which give visitors a wholly immersive interactive experience, for 2019. 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. There is also a section describing the WWI training airfield at East Boldre. The Centre provides a unique perspective on our local aviation heritage. Classic Car and 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  https://fonfasite.wordpress.com   and e-mail at    fonfa2010ATgmail.com


Bank Holiday Monday 27th May Middle Wallop - Museum of Army Flying Event

Wartime Wallop 2019 All things Wartime come to Wallop for an all-day outdoor special event! Join us for a day filled of historic aircraft and vehicles, re-enactment groups, music, dancing and much more. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. https://www.armyflying.com/events/all-events/wartime-wallop-2019/

Thursday 30th May Reading – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

How to project your best profile and sell yourself - what recruiters REALLY look for. Speakers Bethany Fovargue, Operations Manager, NOVUS Trust and Sean Figura ESCM CMILT, Managing Partner at IC Supply - Procurement & Supply Chain Recruiter to the Advanced Manufacturing Industries. Join the latest Leaders of Change event, hosted by Peter Brett Associates in Reading. We are growing a community of professionals and equipping them with the skills to create a self-sustaining group of with an entrepreneurial spirit that can share experience, build networks of like-minded professionals and eventually, become mentors themselves for nascent and potential future entrepreneurs. 17:00 for 17:30 - 21:30.   Peter Bretts Associates, Caversham Bridge House, Waterman Place,  Reading, RG1 8DN. Book online now or contact Membership Services with your completed booking form, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membershipATciltuk.org.uk quoting the event code: TVG0376. Cost: Member: £10.00; Non-Member: £10.00


Thursday 30th May Farnborough - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association

The Royal Aircraft Factory in the WW1: the 1st Air War by Dr Graham Rood. The centenary of the RAE in 2018 focussed on the 100 years of research & development after the formation of RAE in April 1918. This has resulted unfortunately, but necessarily, in the significant work carried out between 1914 and 1918 by the Factory being left aside. Non-members are welcome to attend subject to a donation to FAST of £5 per head. All talks take place at 7:30pm in the Village Hotel, Pinehurst Road,   IQ Business Park,   Farnborough, Hampshire   GU14 7BF, unless otherwise stated. Fluor Ltd have kindly made their Multi-storey car park available for attendees at the FAST talk to use. http://www.airsciences.org.uk/

Thursday 30th May Yeovil - Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) Lecture

“The Royal International Air Tattoo from small beginnings” Mr Tim Price, OBE, FRAeS. Lectures are held in the FAAM auditorium on the last Thursday of each month (except August and December) at 19.30. SoFFAAM Fleet Air Arm Museum, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Ilchester BA22 8HT. The entry price is £7.00. (unless otherwise stated). Non-members are welcome. The price includes light refreshments, including a glass of wine. These are very popular events and numbers are limited.  Members can buy tickets online or telephone the Museum Shop (01935 842617 or 01935 842616) to order and tickets can be posted out or collected from the Museum. More details and ticket bookings at the SOFFAAM website www.fleetairarmfriends.org.uk


Wednesday 31st May Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

The Self Preservation Society at 50 Author Matthew Field will be with us to talk about The Italian Job which, unbelievably celebrates its semi-centenary this year! This is the story of the famous film starring Michael Caine which is sure to "blow the bl***%! doors off!" We are delighted that film producer Michael Deeley will be with us in conversation with Matt. Michael was a producer on the Italian Job and also won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter a film he made with Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. Michael can discuss all aspects of The Italian Job from casting Michael Caine to securing the Minis from BMC.   Doors open 6pm - Hot food and Members Bar. Event begins at 7.30pm in the Napier Room. Parking on the Museum site outside the Paddock - enter via the Brooklands Road gate (marked JTI). Time 7:30p.m. - 9:30p.m. Members £2, Non-Members £7. To order tickets please ring 01932 857381 ext 226 or book online at the link below.


Southampton Model Aeroplane Club