Below you will find details of the planned visits and events for the coming year.

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Organiser :

Kit Mitchell


Tuesday 4th February 2020, the FAST (Farnborough Air Sciences Trust) Museum, Farnborough

The FAST Museum celebrates the history of the Royal Aircraft Establishment and its predecessor, the Royal Aircraft Factory.  Established in 1911, the factory designed and built military aircraft and was also a centre for research.  The RAE from 1918 was one of the worlds leading aeronautical research centres covering aircraft, engines, equipment, missiles and spaceflight.  The Museum is in Trenchard House, built in 1907 as the headquarters of the Royal Engineers Balloon School, it became the HQ of Lord Trenchard for the first year of World War 1.  The Museum contains material from both the Factory and the Establishment, as well as exhibits about Samuel Cody who made the first powered flight in Britain nearby.  A lunch table for our group will be booked at the adjacent Swan Hotel.  The cost of the visit will be £10 per person.  We will make our own way to the museum.  Payment will be due at the December lunch.

Organiser :

Ted Payne


Wednesday11th March 2020 Skittles at the Jolly Farmer

A Skittles evening has been arranged at the Jolly Farmer, Blacknest for Wednesday 11 March 2020. Basket meals will be provided followed by tea or coffee as in previous years. A sign up sheet was available at the December lunch and only one place still remains. Would members wishing to attend please add their names together with their basket meal choice.  The cost is £15 with payment due at the January 2020 lunch.


Organiser :

Ron Thompson


27th April to 1st May 2020, Spring Break, Warners Bembridge Coast Hotel

For the Spring Break this year we shall be returning to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight for four nights half board.  The island offers lots of attractions and the hotel provides entertainment every evening.  Two wine receptions and a bowls match have been organised.  Deposits of £30 have been paid for 39 places, which have been confirmed.  The sign-up sheet is still available and additional places may still be available for members or guests wishing to join us on this holiday.  Prices are £260 per person for a Standard room or £300 for a Signature room, with supplements for a sea view, patio or balcony and for single occupancy.  The ferry is an additional £27.50 return per car with up to 4 occupants.  Payment of the balance will be due at the January lunch.  Please note that, if we can increase the number of guests on this break to 40+, we shall obtain a further discount.

Organiser :

Kit Mitchell


Monday 3rd August 2020, Stratfield Saye House

We will have exclusive access to Stratfield Saye House, the home of the Duke of Wellington since 1818, for the day from 10.30am.  Tours of the house will be led by guides from the Wellington Estate, starting from 11am.  In addition, there are talks in the morning and afternoon on the Great Duke’s funeral and which also chart his military and political life.  Simple lunches from Wellington Farm Shop can be provided if ordered in advance.  We will make our own way to the Stratfield Saye House.  The cost is £15 - £20 per person depending on numbers, lunch extra.  A £5 deposit will be payable in February, with the balance due in June.

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Last update 6th January 2020