We are arranging another really good season of Saturday evening events again this winter with something offered on most Saturday early evenings. Most events will be free of charge, unless stated otherwise and you do not need to be a member at Lasham to attend. Non-members are also most welcome. Some dates and talks might change and some are not yet fully arranged but listed below is the current situation. Updated lists will be issued as the season progresses.
Saturday talks will usually commence at 6pm and will be held in the Brown Elephant briefing room at Lasham. Although most of the events are free of charge it is customary that a silver collection is made at the end of each talk for the Lasham Trust or other deserving cause of the speaker’s choosing. Dinner will be available in the restaurant afterwards. Booking is advisable at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or 01256 384910. The bar is also available to members and visitors at all times.
Lasham Gliding Society’s address is Lasham Airfield, Avenue Road, Basingstoke, Hants, GU34 5SS. Telephone 01256 384900
All events are subject to short notice change so if you are travelling a long way please check first to verify that it is still taking place.
Saturday 20th October 2018 – Flight over Germany – Flt Lt (Retd) Russell ‘Rusty’ Waughman DFC – A chance to hear first-hand from a WW2 Lancaster Veteran. Flight Lieutenant Russell “Rusty” Waughman was just 20 years-old when he flew his first sortie during the Battle of Berlin in 1943. Rusty is an excellent speaker and has some eye- opening stories of what it was actually like to defend our Isle during WW2.
Saturday 27th Oct – Clocks fall back this night. – Lasham’s traditional bonfire party and firework display. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm and the firework display will commence soon after 19:00. Entrance will be restricted this year to members, friends and local villagers. Food and drink will be available at modest cost.
Saturday 3rd Nov – “A funny thing happened on the way to the symposium” – A humorous talk by Lasham Member John Carpenter on his experiences working in the medical communications field.
Saturday 10th Nov – A talk by Tony Fendall on some of our neighbours of whom we
are probably not aware – Wildlife on Lasham Airfield.
Saturday 17th Nov – A talk by Lasham member, Dr Tim Freegarde and Jane Nash on glider conspicuity and lookout. Tim is a member of the CAA working party on aircraft conspicuity.
Saturday 24th Nov – A talk by Wing Cdr (Retd) Mike Pollitt, a former Vulcan pilot on the XM655 Vulcan preservation project at Wellesbourne.
Saturday 1st Dec – 16:00 Lasham Gliding Society SGM followed at approx 18:00 by a screening of “Airborne” the movie by young film maker Joanna Beard. The SGM will be for members only but members and visitors will be most welcome to attend the screening of Joey’s film that focusses on the early days in the flying career of a young girl at Nympsfield.
Saturday 8th Dec – A talk by Captain John Mankerty RN (Retd) on the collision between HMS Swiftsure and HMS Diamond in 1953.
Saturday 15h Dec – Lasham’s traditional Christmas dining in night. Members and guests are welcome. This will be a ticketed event and bookings will be taken by the Golden Glider nearer the time.
Saturday 22nd Dec – No Lasham event will be organised..
Saturday 29th Dec – No Lasham event will be organised
Tuesday 1st January 2019 – Traditional New Years Day Charity “Fun” Run/Walk/Stagger /swagger around the peri track. Arranged by Marjorie Hobby. Meet at the Clubhouse for an 11:00 AM start.
Saturday 5th Jan– We start off the new year evening talks with another talk by retired Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Stickler on historical murders in the 20th Century and before. Paul’s talk was very well attended in previous years and this is the next episode. More info on Paul’s excellent web site: www.historicalmurders.com
Saturday 12th Jan – A talk by Paul Haliday on the R38, R100 and R101 airships;
Saturday 19th Jan – An event is being planned and will be notified in due course
Saturday 26th Jan – A talk by Sue Fendall on the excellent work that she does with the Samaritans.
Saturday 2nd Feb – A talk by Dave Latimer on the “Glide Britain” promotional activities for our sport that took place across the nation over the last couple of years.
Saturday 9th Feb – A talk Air Chief Marshall (Retd) Sir John Allison KCB CBE on the Cold War from his own perspective as an air defence pilot in that era.
Saturday 16th Feb – To be confirmed – A visit to the RAF WW2 bunker at Uxbridge. The WW2 bunker is now open as a public museum and this will be the last time that we will be able to organise a special visit for Lasham people. It is currently not certain that this event will be able to go ahead.
Saturday 23rd Feb – Traditional pub quiz evening with fish ‘n chips organised by the Golden Glider. Come and put your thinking hats on. There will be a small charge for this event.
Saturday 2nd March – Lasham Gliding Society Annual General Meeting, time to be advised. This event will be for LGS members only.
Saturday 9th March – A talk by Colonel (Retd) Jonathan Welch CBE on a brief history of the Royal Engineers bomb disposal operations.
Saturday 16th March – An event is being planned and will be notified in due course
Saturday 23rd March – Another London themed talk by former cabbie and now our head chef, Nik Christides
Saturday 31st March – Clocks spring forward on this night. An event is being planned and will be notified in due course.
No events are planned for Saturday 6th April and 13th April but we are working on an event for Easter Saturday 20th April. More info to follow.
We hope to see you at some of these events.
[Please note that this message is not posted on behalf of Bentworth Parish Council and does not necessarily reflect the Parish Council’s policy]