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Friends of the New Forest Airfields

Heritage Centre Openings  

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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 13th January Andover - Andover Strut

The Andover Strut meets on the 2nd Monday in the month at Popham Airfield (EGHP). Visitors welcome.   We normally gather at around 19:30 for a 20:00 start. Tea, coffee and  biscuits  available throughout the evening. http://www.andoverstrut.org.uk


Monday 13th January Reading – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

A year at Reading buses. Just over a year after joining Reading Buses as its Chief Executive Officer, Robert Williams shares his views on what has been achieved in that time and some of the plans the company has for the future. Prior to joining Reading Buses, Robert was with Stagecoach for 14 years, starting at as placement student and Commercial Officer in Oxfordshire, and progressing through the ranks to become Commercial Director for the South West, based in Exeter in 2012.   He was born and raised in Reading and in 1999 started his career as a conductor for Reading Mainline, back then under the ownership of Reading Buses. He has a vast knowledge of bus operations and a huge enthusiasm and passion for Reading and its buses. 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:00. Waterhouse Chamber  Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1QH.   As usual, informal discussion will continue in the adjacent pub from 20:00 hours. Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided. Book online now or send your completed booking form to   Membership Services at membershipATciltuk.org.uk  or call  Tel: 01536 740104  quoting the event code: TVG0382: Member: Free; Non-Member: £10.00.


Tuesday 14th January Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture ****

Aerial mapping and its applications by David Philpot Getmapping. 19:30 - 21:30. Complimentary coffee available from 19.00. £2 entry donation invited from non-members; RAeS members, free. 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.


Wednesday 15th January Weybridge - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Weybridge Film Show ****

Film show – ‘Back to the future’ Farnborough Airshows of the 1950s and 60s.   18:45 - 20:00. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Open for non RAeS members, entrance fee £2.50. Ken Davies tel 01483 531529. kenmodaviesATaol.com


Wednesday 15th January Winchester - Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Dissecting dots: exploring the diversity of alien worlds. The last decade has brought an explosion in the number of planets beyond the solar system that are known to science, revealing an incredible diversity of alien worlds and planetary systems which continue to surprise and intrigue scientists. Dr Ben Burningham (University of Hertfordshire) will take you on a tour of this planetary zoo and bring you up to date on the hunt for oases of habitability in the harshness of the cosmos.   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 16th January Yeovil - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Yeovil Lecture ****

Gulf War the differences in US and UK strategic planning. Sir Brian Burridge, CEO RAeS. 18:00 – Refreshments, 18:30 - Lecture Starts, 19:45 - Approx Finish.   Leonardo MW Limited, Dallas Conference Room 1A, Leonardo Helicopters, Yeovil BA20 2YB Entrance via Lysander Road. RAeS & AWASA Members FREE, Non-Members £2. RAeS Yeovil Branch Committee – YeovilATaerosociety.com or david.mccallumATleonardocompany.com and Michael.WinderATleonardocompany.com.


Thursday 16th January Dorchester - Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) Event ****

Bloodhound - 1000mph in a car! Speaker Alan Frener. Alan is a physicist and the senior Bloodhound Ambassador, having been with the project since the beginning. The project’s aim is two-fold: inspire young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and break the current record (763mph) and push it to 1000mph – yes, in a car! The team was headed by Richard Noble - himself a previous record holder, and is now headed by Ian Warhurst, and the driver will be current world land speed record holder, RAF fighter pilot: Andy Green. The event is free and open to all (including the general public). 17:00 - 19:00. Shire Hall Historic Courthouse, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UY. For more information please contact: Barbara Sweet e: icesw.adminATice.org.uk


Saturday 18th January Beaulieu - Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

From King Charles II and the creation of the Dukedom of Richmond in 1672, to the purchase of Goodwood by the family in 1697, to what is now England’s premier sporting estate, the Goodwood story spans over 300 years. This talk covers the fascinating life of Freddie March, the 9th Duke and successful Brooklands racer. You will learn about Goodwood’s role in the Second World War and the creation of RAF Westhampnett within the estate. The race circuit came into being after the war, and Goodwood’s glory years were 1948 to 1966, when the circuit closed for racing. A successful campaign was fought in the 1990s to return racing to Goodwood, resulting in the Goodwood Revival, first run in 1998. 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 20th January Bath - IMarEST & RINA Western Joint Branch Lecture ****

Submarine Escape and Rescue by Gary Tyrell Ministry of Defence. Free and open to all IMarEST & RINA members, their guests, non-members and students, but registration via Eventbrite is required in order to be admitted to the venue. 19:30 Refreshments from 19:00. Lecture Theatre 2.3 (Pharmacy Building), Building 5-West, University of Bath, BA2 7AY.   Access via Quarry Road - free parking from 17:00. https://www.imarest.org/local-communities/uk/western-joint


Monday 20th January Chippenham - Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) SW:Swindon local network Visit ****

Guided Tour of the REME Museum. REME keeps the Army operational whenever and wherever it operates, a task described by Montgomery of El-Alamein as: “Keeping the punch in the Army’s fist” 17:30 – 20:00. Bldg 311 MOD Lyneham, Chippenham, Wilts SN15 4XX. https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/181/40/24453


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

Meet me in St Lewis” by Gp Capt Sid Adcock RAF rtd.   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 January Gosport - Gosport Aviation Society (GAS) Meeting

The development of British Military Aviation” by Ashley Morgan. GAS has moved venue to the Royal Naval Association Club. RNA Gosport RNA Club. 66 Fareham Road Gosport Hampshire Entry charge of £4.00 for visitors. Contact Bob Wealthy Tel 01329 315561. solentaeromarineAThotmail.com


Wednesday 22nd January PortsmouthInstitution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Wessex Area Lecture ****

AGM & Technical Lecture: Multi-Material 3D Printing of Bio-Inspired Mechanical Structures. Change has long assisted nature to build strong creatures. Species adapt every day obeying to the rule of withstanding loads. Inputs from the surrounding world are gathered into living creatures to grow biological materials made of hard and soft tissues, promoting life and preventing waste. Mimicking the same stunning mechanical performances is a hard challenge for man-made products obtained with top down processes. 18:00 to 20:00. Lecture Theatre 3 (LT3) – Portsmouth. https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/event-detail?id=17483


Thursday January 23rd Weybridge - Brooklands Trust Members Event

BOAC and the Golden Age of Flying Re-live the Golden Age of Flying with BOAC in the company of Malcolm Turner. A celebration of an iconic British airline which although short lived (1940 to 1974) came to symbolise luxury and exclusivity in the jet age which followed World War II - an era when people dressed to fly and thought that air travel was special, almost as important as the destination itself.   Doors 6pm for hot food and Members bar. Starts at 7.30pm in the Napier Room. Please park on the Museum site via the Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road (marked JTI Members Hill). Note: The shop gate will be closed when this event finishes.   Members £3 Non-Members £8. 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 23rd January Bournemouth - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Christchurch Lecture ****

F-35B initial ski jump testing by Gordon Stewart, Flight Test Engineer, QinetiQ. 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.


Monday 27th January Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES Talk

One Lancaster’s third trip across the Atlantic plus derelict aircraft on the Canadian Prairies - 1974 by Dick Richardson. 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 28th January Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Farnborough Lecture ****

Electric and Electric/hybrid commercial aircraft - a practical approach Alan will present the path that led to developing a practical 19 PAX pure electric commercial aircraft. The concept, design, build, fabrication and route to certification will be described. With no liquid fuel on board, the design is able to exploit some unique structural and production opportunities. The question of power and battery endurance, both near term and into the future will be discussed. He will also present its suitability for electric hybrid power under various conditions. 19:30 - 21:30. Complimentary coffee available from 19.00. £2 entry donation invited from non-members; RAeS members, free. 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 28th January Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture ****

Helicopters and Rollercoasters Presented by  Jamie Chestnutt. Ex Royal Navy maintenance test pilot. 18:30 (Doors at 18:00). Building TBC Room TBC University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ.   Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email secretaryATsolent-raes.org.uk or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email solentATaerosociety.com. www.solent-raes.org.uk


Wednesday 29th January Southampton - Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hampshire & Dorset Group Event

An important expansion of the capacity of Southampton's Freightliner Rail Terminal. Lindsay Durham, Head of Rail Strategy, Freightliner Group Ltd. In January 2013 our speaker presented to Group members on the recent improvements to the Freightliner Rail Terminal in the port of Southampton. Now, seven years later, Lindsay Durham makes a welcome return update us on changes and upcoming plans in the area and the sector. Rail growth is vital to reduce  dependence on road borne carriage of containers since Southampton’s main road artery to the Midlands & Northern England, the A34, will soon be subject to extra traffic congestion as it is extensively upgraded and to deliver carbon savings in the logistics chain. Refreshments will be provided. 18:30 (for 18:45) - 21:00. The Beech Conference Room (TS 215A on Level 2) of the Solent Conference Centre. Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), on the East Park Terrace Campus of Solent University, SOUTHAMPTON SO 14 0LY. Book online now or complete your booking form and send to Membership Services at  membershipATciltuk.org.uk or call on  Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: HDG0354. Member: Free; Non-Member: £5.00.



Tuesday 4th February Salisbury - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture ****

Affinity – supporting UK MFTS by Ian Chalmers Managing Director. 17:15. Lecture held in the lecture theatre at  QinetiQ, Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF. Visitors must register at least 4 days in advance with name and car registration.   Email Branch Secretary secretaryATBoscombeDownRAES.org


Wednesday 5th February Swindon – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Swindon Branch ****

Branch AGM followed by AAC – Helicopter force for the future by Col. Craig Sweeting. Montgomery Theatre, Cormorant Building, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham SN6 8LA. By invitation Colin Irvin at:   raeswindonATgmail.com. To comply with Defence Academy security requirements, we must submit a list of attendees, comprising the details below, well in advance of the event.


Wednesday 12th February Bristol - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Bristol Conference ****

To Infinity and Beyond?’ Preserving and Promoting the Records of Britain’s Aerospace and Aviation Industries. The archives of Britain’s aerospace and aviation industries chronicles stories of design, advances in science and technology, and the business of international and space travel, all with the aim of perfecting man’s dream to master powered flight. This one-day conference is for everyone who cares for the industry’s paper-based and electronic collections, both large and small. It aims to highlight these records’ importance and inspire ways forward in preserving and promoting them to a wide variety of new and established audiences. 10:30-16:00. £10 plus VAT (£12), including lunch. Plus, there will be an opportunity to visit the new Aerospace Bristol galleries and archive and see the National Aerospace Library’s conservation volunteers in action. Contact Secretary Nicholas.Baker2ATRolls-Royce.com Tel 0117 97 96479

Southampton Model Aeroplane Club