Calendar of PMA events


PMA events 2016Below are events planned for 2017, please note that more are to follow soon, so keep checking back:

Fire Fighters Charity Launches Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The Fire Fighters Charity has launched its strategic plan 2017-2020 outlining that over the next three years it will focus its work across four key areas:  .

  • Increased mental health support
  • Increased access to advice, information and support
  • Strong, healthy and connected communities: built through combining the strengths of online interactions and face to face contact
  • Enhanced physical activity and rehabilitation programmes.

Retired Hampshire firefighter Arthur Stubbington and his wife Susan accessed the Charity’s services through their community-based Advice, Information and Support Service. Listen to Arthur and Susan’s story.

Read The Fire Fighters Charity Strategic Plan 2017-2020, or find out more about the services offered by the Fire Fighters Charity.


Christmas Dinner Party – 14 December 2017

Annual Christmas DinnerCome and join us in your best bib and tucker, and treat your partner to a great night out, at our private PMA Christmas Dinner party at East Horton Golf Club on the 14 December 2017.

The fine details have yet to be confirmed, but the festivities are likely to follow last year’s successful format.

So put the date in your calendar and watch out for the booking form later in the year.


Fire Fighters Charity – Become a Company Member

The Charity is currently seeking applicants from the Fire and Rescue Community for the role of Company Member.

The role of Company Member plays a key part in the governance of the Charity. Company Members have the right to attend The Fire Fighters Charity Annual General Meeting and to cast their vote in the best interest of the Charity’s future. The ideal Company Member has a genuine interest in the Charity and commitment to the undertaking the key duties of the role.

For more information about the role and an application form, please visit The Fire Fighters Charity website:

The closing date for applications is 26th May 2017.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery Visit and Lunch – Wednesday 21 June 2017

Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke MillWe have organised a self discovery visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery (where the world famous gin is produced on the banks of the beautiful River Test), followed by a 2 course lunch with coffee (alcoholic drinks may also be purchased) at the Test Valley Golf Club.

Date, times and venue

  • Wednesday 21 June 2017
  • Distillery visit starts at 1030 hours (Bombay Sapphire Club, Laverstoke Mill, London Road (B3400), Laverstoke, Odiham, RG25 7NR)
  • Lunch is at 1300 hours at Test Valley Golf Club (Test Valley Golf Club, Micheldever Road, Overton, RG25 3DS)

Please note that visitors to the distillery must not wear open toe shoes or high heels as entry to the Still House will not be permitted


  • £24.00 PMA members/partners
  • £26.00 friends/family


Book your place on the Bombay Sapphire Distillery Self Discovery visit.

Sailing trip on the MV Alison MacGregor – Friday 2 June and Sunday 30 July 2017

MV Alison MacGregor sailing shipWe have booked two sailings on board the MV Alison MacGregor. This vessel is specifically designed to take disabled people and their carers out onto Southampton Water. It can take 12 passengers (6 of whom can be wheelchair bound) plus its 7 crew and is run by the charity Solent Dolphin.

The vessel is named after Alison MacGregor who died in the Clapham rail disaster in 1988. It was her parents who responded with a large donation that brought about the purchase of the charity’s first boat. This boat is the third vessel to be named after Alison.

Dates, times and route

The trips will take place on Friday 2 June between 6 pm and 8 pm and again on Sunday 30 July between 1030 am and 1230 pm.  Passengers will board at Hythe Marina 30 minutes before the departure times.

The route is decided on by the skipper of the day, but might include the cruise terminals, the container port, the many docks and marinas along the River Itchen or the Hamble River.


In 2016, during its 27th year of service, the Alison MacGregor was awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is considered the MBE for volunteer groups.  Because of its charitable status there is no cost to this trip, although those attending may make a donation on the day if they so wish.

Booking your place

Between 22 March and the 28 April, first consideration will be given to those of our members, or their partners, who are wheelchair bound or disabled in some way, and their carers who would like to be included on one of the trips. After this time, preference will be given to the elderly or physically impaired, on first come first served basis. Any spare places will then be allocated to the remainder of applicants, again on a first come first served basis.  All who apply for a place will be advised in writing of their status for the trips.

Download and complete the booking form for sailing on the MV Alison MacGregor.

AGM and Race Evening – 8 April 2017


PMA race nightOur Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Race Night takes place at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9SJ on Saturday 8 April.

The AGM starts at 7.00 pm, followed by the Racing at 7.30 pm. Food will be served at 8.00 pm, with the event concluding at 10.30 pm.

Menu options (all served with chips)

  • Cod
  • Fishcake
  • Sausage
  • Battered Sausage
  • Hamburger
  • Veggie Burger
  • Cheese and Onion Croquette

Please note that drinks will not be provided so please bring your own along with suitable drinking vessels!


  • PMA members and partners – No charge
  • Guests – £6.00

Closing date Thursday 30 March 2017. Numbers for the racing limited to 80 so please complete and return the booking form early to avoid disappointment.

London Theatre Trip – Wednesday 3 May 2017

Theatre Trip 2017
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We have one ticket remaining for an American in Paris, all other tickets are sold. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact Andy Anderson.

An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre or 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal

We have 26 tickets for the matinee performances of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre, and 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal.

The performances take place between 2 pm and 5.30 pm, and you will also have free time for shopping, dining, sightseeing, before and after the show.


Prices include your theatre ticket and coach travel (ticket face value £60/£70 for stalls seat):

  • £46.00 PMA members/partners
  • £51.00 friends/family


  • 8.45 am: Coach leaves Winchester South Park and Ride (M3, Junc 11)
  • 9.30 am: Pick up near Basingstoke Fire Station roundabout
  • 11.15 am approx: Drop off in London near Harrods, Houses of Parliament and Covent Garden
  • 7.30 pm: Coach leaves London (pick up at Victoria Embankment near to the ship Hispaniola)
  • 9.00 pm: Return to Basingstoke Fire Station
  • 9.30 pm: Return to Winchester South Park and Ride

Book your theatre tickets

Download and complete the London Theatre Trip 2017 booking form.

Join the Police Golf Schemes 2017 for great savings

Golf ballHampshire Police invites all serving and retired HFRS golfers to join any of their group membership schemes which offer great value, 7 day access to some of Hampshire’s best courses for a fraction of the normal cost. You can also join up with a spouse, relative or friend playing partner.

A new scheme at Alresford Golf Club is being proposed, which adds to established schemes at East Horton (Fair Oak), Hamptworth (New Forest), Tylney Park (Hook), Waterlooville and Petersfield. For more information visit the Hampshire Police Leisure and Sport (Golf Schemes) website.

Race Evening – 28 January 2017

PMA race nightOur popular Race Evening is returning to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9SJ, on Saturday 28 January 2017 from 7 pm.

The closing date is Thursday 19 January 2017 and numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment: Download the Race Evening 2017 booking form.


  • PMA members and partners – £5.00
  • Guests – £7.00

Food and drink

Menu options (all served with chips):

  • Cod
  • Fishcake
  • Sausage
  • Battered Sausage
  • Hamburger
  • Veggie Burger
  • Cheese and Onion Croquette

Please note that drinks will not be provided so please bring your own along with suitable drinking vessels!

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.