Below is a list of events in the Solent area this Summer.
Southwick Village D-Day Revival 2018.
WEEKEND OF 9 AND 10 JUNE 2018
Southwick nestles in the valley below Portsdown Hill. In 1944 Southwick House became the base for Admiral Ramsay, General Eisenhower and General Montgomery to plan Operation Overlord D-Day landings.
If you have never been to this annual revival then see below what you are missing. The whole village joins in with sandbags at the ready and windows taped up.
This year’s events confirmed to date.
Friday 8 June: MILITARY WIVES CONCERT – ST. JAMES’ CHURCH
Saturday 9 June: The TIGER 9 AERONAUTICAL DISPLAY TEAM, featuring nine Geoffrey de Havilland Tiger Moth biplanes.
UPDATE (14th March) Latest information regarding the Tiger Moth 9 display is that it should be taking place at 14:30 on Saturday 9th June (weather permitting!). The 13:30 map room talk will finish by 14:30 so the Tiger Moth 9 display viewing will be from the parade ground at Southwick Park. The 14:45 map room tour will depart the village after the display so will not be affected.
Sunday 10th June, Spitfire Flypast (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight confirmed),
The usual D-Day Map Room Tours will depart and return from Southwick House
To be confirmed: The list of Celebrity Speakers.
New attractions in the Squire’s Paddock for all age groups.
Early bird tickets planned to start on 12 March 2018.
Go to SOUTHWICK REVIVAL 2018 for full details.
Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth is the venue for the incredible Poppy Wave installation to mark the closing year of World War 1 commemorations.
It opens on April 13 and will last until June 24. Free admission.
It is created by the same artists responsible for the unforgettable Poppy Wave at the Tower of London in 2014, which started of the national commemorations.
Go to Fort Nelson website for full details.
RESEARCH Project asking for volunteer help.
EMSWORTH RESEARCH INTO WW1 SOPWITH CAMEL MANUFACTURE – CAN YOU HELP?
A major project looking into the significant contribution made by ‘Land Girls’, and the local construction of the Sopwith Camel biplane, during World War 1, is being planned for the Hayling Island, Emsworth and Chidham area in 2018.
WemsFest Director Mark Ringwood explains:
‘We know that women had to take on many tasks which would otherwise have been accepted as traditional male roles purely because most of the men were away fighting in Europe. Locally there were a lot of women employed in agriculture, as well as in the fishing, brewing, and leather industries. Added to this was the fact that The Sopwith Camel is believed to have been built in three separate local locations – Chidham, Emsworth, and Hayling Island – during the last two years of the war.
If anyone can help us with any aspect of the research we would love to hear from them. It’s our intention to stage a major exhibition, and theatre and music performances based on this history, hopefully in October and November 2018, to mark the centenary of this conflict.’
Anyone with anecdotes or history pertaining to activities which went on from 1914-1918, can contact Mark Millington-Ringwood on 01243 370501 or 07802 500050 or at 6 Lumley Terrace, Lumley Road, Emsworth, Hampshire, UK, PO10 8AB. Or Wemfest website.
AVIATION ART CLUB
Solent Aviation Art Society meet on second Wednesday each month at the Community Room, Tesco, Quay Street, Fareham PO16 0LE.
“We are a friendly group with an interest in aviation art. We go to various venues around the South of England, where members draw, sketch or paint subjects of their choice.
We also have exhibitions and competitions. All abilities welcome.
For more information telephone 01489 578420.”
New Book – Fifty Ways to Fly is a collection of poems and songs. The inspiration for this came from Alison Hill, who invited submissions on a single theme.
To read more about this go to Fifty Ways To Fly.