Calendar of PMA events


PMA events 2016Take a look below at the line-up of exciting events planned for our members:


Firefighters’ Pension Scheme

Below is the content of an update on the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme recently issued to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Staff:

“We recently contacted you about changes the Government has made to the 1992 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme and since then we have been working to find out who these changes will affect and what they mean for you. Essentially the Government have introduced a contributions holiday for members of the 1992 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme who accrue the maximum 30 years’ pensionable service prior to age 50. The regulations came into force on 30 September 2016 and will be backdated to 1 December 2006.

So what does this mean for you?

  • If you made pension contributions for more than 30 years (360 payments) on, or before the date you reached your 50th birthday, and the additional payments were made since 1 December 2006 you will receive a refund of these additional payments (including interest), subject to still being in the 1992 scheme.
  • Similarly if you are still making pension contributions, but will exceed 30 years (360 payments) before your 50th birthday you will not be required to make any further pension contributions beyond the 360th payment.
  • To be eligible you will have joined the 1992 fire service pension scheme at some point before your 20th birthday and/or transferred in previous pension service from another employer e.g. military service.

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Buckingham Palace Visit 2016

On a lovely, sunny September day, 53 of our members and partners boarded a coach for a day out in London .

Our first stop was the Rubens Hotel opposite the Royal Mews. A two course carvery lunch was served in the newly refurbished Old Masters restaurant and included roast rib of Scottish beef, roast pork or Scottish salmon with all the trimmings . The wine was most enjoyable but needed to be “carefully guarded” at the price being charged!

After lunch we crossed the road into Buckingham Palace to enjoy an audio tour, which included the magnificent State rooms, Royal galleries, a fine collection of porcelain and furnishings. Our visit also coincided with an exhibition of clothing and hats worn by The Queen throughout her reign. Many famous costumes were on display including her wedding and coronation gowns, together with pictures or movie clips of ceremonial events and Royal visits. Some 2 hours later afternoon tea or ice cream was being enjoyed on the terrace of The Palace overlooking the beautiful gardens and lake.

It was a grand day out!

Join us on our days out by becoming a PMA member, and keep an eye on our calendar of events.

Hampshire firefighters retracing paddle strokes of Cockleshell Heroes for charity

Twenty-three Hampshire firefighters are retracing the paddle strokes of the famous Cockleshell Heroes in an attempt to raise at least £10,000 for charity.

The five-day mission will take them along the Gironde estuary through the treacherous water into Bordeaux making the same stops as the original British commandos who made the daring raid during WW2.

Read more on the Cockleshell Challenge Frankton Paddle 2016

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting wholetime firefighters

HFRS recruitment

Image supplied by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (copyright)


If you know someone who is interested in becoming a firefighter, point them in the direction of the careers information on the HFRS website and the newly created ‘Get Your Kit On’ blog to find out more.

The window for submitting applications will be limited to two days in mid-September.

David Howells completes 20th London Marathon

David Howells at London Marathon 2016David completed his 20th London Marathon on 24 April 2016, in a time of 3:40:31 which apparently gives him a ‘good for age time’!

He would like to thank everyone who sponsored him, and if you haven’t yet you can still do so by visiting his ‘just giving’ webpage at:, where you can also read his ‘post run’ report.


David Howells ‘on the run’ again

David Howells [our former Director of Corporate Services] will running his 20th London Marathon on 24 April 2016. He is taking the opportunity to once again raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

David’s eldest daughter, Amanda, (now 38) was diagnosed with MS when she was just 19 – and that is why David chooses to raise money for the charity. You can sponsor him by visiting his fundraising page at:

The site usually remains active for a couple of months after the marathon to receive donations, so do please support him.

Book your place now: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

“CAROLE KING, the chart-topping music legend, was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.”

We are pleased to have secured 52 tickets for Thursday 12 May 2016 (a little later than originally advertised) for this popular hit musical, at the Aldwych Theatre, London.

We have managed to negotiate a fantastic saving on the theatre tickets, and are offering these at £48 for members and their partners and £50 for guests. This includes not only your theatre ticket (a seat in the stalls), but coach travel too!

Download the booking form for Beautiful, The Carole King Musical


Can you keep a cool head in a crisis? Become an Emergency Response Volunteer

British Red Cross logo (copyright British Red Cross)About the role

As an Emergency Response volunteer, you may be providing much needed practical and emotional support to individuals, as part of a team, in support of category 1 and 2 responders and other agencies following an emergency or major incident. In addition, you could provide “behind the scenes” support to the response.

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Celebrate Hightown’s 20th birthday

Hightown Fire StationHightown Fire Station is inviting past members who have worked at Hightown, Woolston and West End Fire Stations to a family fun day to celebrate its 20th birthday.

The event is taking place on 10 April 2016, between midday and 1600 at Hightown.

Please note that this special event is only open to serving and past members with links to the sites, along with the local Neighbourhood Policing team and their families.

If you are in contact with retired members with links to the stations, then please let them know about this invitation.

To assist with catering, please let Hightown know if you are interested in attending: RSVP by email to Gary Vaughan, Blue Watch, Hightown

AGM and Race Night – 2 April 2016

PMA AGM and race night Our Annual General Meeting, along with the popular race night, is taking place on Saturday 2 April 2016 at Fryern Pavilion, Greenways, off Oakmount Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, SO53 2LE

The AGM kicks off at 7 pm, with starters pistols (for the racing) going off at 7.30 pm.

The price is £5.00 for members and partners and £6.50 for guests. Numbers are limited so please fill in and return the AGM booking form early.

Closing date for bookings is 24 March 2016.


Beautiful, The Carole King Musical – April 2016

“CAROLE KING, the chart-topping music legend, was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees. But her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight.” (Copyright: Beautiful Musical).

This trip will take place in April, as soon as we have confirmed the date and price, we will publish it on our website.

Alton Treasure Hunt – 24 July 2016

Last year’s treasure hunt took us around historic Southampton.

This year’s clues will take you to all parts of the market town of Alton, testing your ingenuity and rewarding you with surprises that you may never have guessed were there.

Starting from Manor Car Park in Draymans Way at 1030 am, the clues will lead you through an exploration of Alton that includes plenty of potential coffee/tea stops, before terminating in one of the town’s hostelries where you can partake of lunch or a snack before heading back to your car.

There’s no charge for this event (just pay for your own refreshments and parking), however, we do need a few details so that we can get enough clue sheets distributed, so please fill in and return the form below if you want to come along:

Treasure Hunt Booking Form

Visit Buckingham Palace – 21 September 2016


Never mind a virtual tour – you could see it for yourself by joining us for lunch at Rubens Hotel followed by a tour of Buckingham Palace, with some free time afterwards for shopping, sightseeing or supper.

The cost is £52 for PMA members/partners and £55 for friends/family. For more information and to book your place, download the Buckingham Palace booking form.

Sunday Lunch and Skittles – Sunday 16 October 2016

Lunch and SkittlesEnjoy a three-course Sunday lunch followed by a game of skittles at Wellow Golf Club, Ryedown Lane, East Wellow, Hampshire SO51 6BD

The cost is £17 for PMA members/partners and £18.50 for guests. Please note that £1 per person will be charged on the day for prize money. Skittles start at midday with lunch being served at 1pm.

Numbers will be limited so download the Sunday Lunch and Skittles booking form to secure your place.

Christmas Dinner Party – 15 December 2016

Annual Christmas DinnerBack by popular demand is our private PMA Christmas Dinner party at East Horton Golf Club.

Come and join us in your best bib and tucker and treat your partner to a great night out.  Starting with a drinks reception at 7 pm we move to the dining tables at 7:30 to partake of a delicious 3-course festive meal followed by mince pies and coffee.  And just when you think you can eat no more we’ll have you up a dancing to our very own disco playing the best music from the 60’s through to the 90’s – so no ‘Garage’, ‘Club’ or ‘ Rap’ nonsense for us!

Prices are £22.50 for PMA members/partners and £27.50 for guests. The closing date for bookings is 1 December 2016, so download the Christmas Dinner booking form, and get yours in early to avoid disappointment.