Calendar of PMA events

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

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Three Course Lunch at Eastleigh College – 9 November 2017

East Avenue Restaurant, Eastleigh College (Copyright Eastleigh College)

We have a few places remaining for the three course lunch at Eastleigh College on 9 November 2017, so don’t forget to book your place to avoid disappointment.

The popular lunches, costing only £10 per person, are held at Eastleigh College’s East Avenue Restaurant, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 5FS.

The restaurant is staffed by students studying Hospitality and Catering at the College, and allows them to develop their skills and experience by offering a professional restaurant service (under supervision). Excellent reports have been received from previous diners.

The menu will be advised to us nearer the date, and dietary need/vegetarian options will be accommodated.

Lunch will be served at midday, so please make sure you arrive on time. Parking is available on site.

To book your place

Download and return the completed College Lunch booking form with your cheque* (for £10 per person attending), alternatively, please send:

  • your details (name, address, email, telephone/mobile number),
  • the number of people attending,
  • and a cheque* (for £10 per person attending) to:

Kym Carr
12 Cornwall Road
Midanbury
Southampton
SO19 2AT

Email:  carrkym@yahoo.com

*Cheques to be made payable to HFRS Past Members Association

Expressions of interest: Holland and the Dutch Bulb Fields 2018

Dutch Bulb FieldsIn 2018 we are hoping to organise a 4-day (3 night) minibreak to Holland and the Dutch Bulb Fields, departing on 7 April, and are seeking expressions of interest from our members.

The trip includes

  • Pick ups at Eastleigh, Winchester and Basingstoke
  • Return executive coach travel and Channel crossing/Eurotunnel crossing
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a comfortable, well-furnished 3 star hotel with ensuite bedrooms and a restaurant
  • Continental breakfast and 3 course buffet dinner
  • Return transfers and entry to Keukenhof Park
  • Return transfers and entry to Het Loo Palace
  • Short visit to Harderwijk

Cost

  • Members and partners (based on 2 persons sharing): £284 per person
  • Guests: £299 per person
  • Single supplement: £89

Register your interest now

To see the full itinerary and register your interest, download the expression of interest form for the Holland and Dutch Bulb Fields trip 2018.

 

Trip to Royal Windsor – 26 September 2017

On Tuesday 26 September a coach full of our members, their partners and friends set off for Royal Windsor.

Our trip included a cruise along the River Thames, a short walk through old Windsor, stopping at the Café Rouge for lunch and refreshments and, in the afternoon, an audio tour of the Royal Castle.

Keep your eyes open for the full article about the trip in the next Stop Message magazine.

Christmas Dinner Party – 14 December 2017

Annual Christmas DinnerYou can now book your place at our popular Christmas Dinner Party 2017.*

Date, time and place

Thursday 14 December 2017, 7 pm for 7.30 pm at The Greenwood Room, East Horton Golf Club, Mortimers Lane, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, SO50 7EA.

Cost

Tickets are £22.50 for our members and their partners, and £27.50 for guests.

*Please note that bookings for guests will be taken from 1 October 2017, the closing date for all bookings is 1 December 2017.

Menu

Starter

  • Ham Hock Terrine
  • Beetroot Cured Salmon
  • Goats Cheese Salad
  • Carrot and Coriander Veloute

Main

  • Traditional Roast Turkey
  • Confit Duck Leg
  • Fillet of Sea Bream
  • Mediterranean Vegetable Pithivier

Sweet

  • White Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake
  • Mince Pie Tart
  • Mandarin Bavarois
  • Cheese Plate

 

Eastleigh College Three Course Lunch – 9 November 2017

East Avenue Restaurant, Eastleigh College (Copyright Eastleigh College)

Members are invited to another of the popular lunches at Eastleigh College’s East Avenue Restaurant, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 5FS, on Thursday 9 November 2017.

The restaurant is staffed by students studying Hospitality and Catering at the College, and allows them to develop their skills and experience by offering a professional restaurant service (under supervision). Excellent reports have been received from previous diners.

The menu will be advised to us nearer the date, and dietary need/vegetarian options will be accommodated.

Lunch will be served at midday, so please make sure you arrive on time. Parking is available on site.

Book your place now

The lunch costs £10 per person; places are limited to 60 so book early to avoid disappointment.

To book download and return the completed College Lunch booking form with your cheque, alternatively, please send:

  • your details (name, address, email, telephone/mobile number),
  • the number of people attending,
  • and a cheque* to:

Kym Carr
12 Cornwall Road
Midanbury
Southampton
SO19 2AT

Email:  carrkym@yahoo.com

*Cheques to be made payable to HFRS Past Members Association

 

Sunday Lunch and Skittles – 22 October 2017

Lunch and SkittlesMembers and guests are invited to attend a three-course Sunday lunch preceded by a game of skittles on Sunday 22 October 2017, at Wellow Golf Club, Ryedown Lane, East Wellow, Hampshire SO51 6BD.

Timings and cost

Skittles will start at 12:00 pm, and lunch will be served at 1:30 pm.

The cost per person is £17.50 for PMA member/partner and £18.50 for guests.
(Please note that on the day an additional £1 per person will be charged as prize money).

Book now

Numbers are limited so please book early to ensure your place at our skittles and lunch event!

Please note that the closing date for bookings is 30 September 2017.

PMA visits Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

On Wednesday 21st June a visit was arranged to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery at Laverstoke, followed by lunch at the Test Valley Golf Club in Overton.

Part of the morning involved sampling, sniffing and selecting the spices and botanicals that each visitor preferred, which were then used to flavour the gin cocktails which were enjoyed in the Mill Bar at the end of the Distillery visit.

For lunch everyone headed to the Test Valley Golf Club nearby, where we were seated in an open-sided marquee on a wonderful sunny afternoon.

Another successful day out for a group of our past members, partners and friends.

Read the full article on this visit in the next issue of our ‘Stop Message’ magazine.

PMA Trip on the MV Alison MacGregor – Friday 2nd June 2017

Once everyone had embarked and the wheelchairs had been secured into position, we set off through Hythe Marina lock into Southampton Water, the excursion taking us up the River Itchen as far as is navigable to Wood Mill at Mansbridge, a journey of approximately two and half miles from the port itself.

Everybody had a great time and Eddie Winter has received several emails of thanks for organising the trip. Look out for a full report of the trip, written by Eddie, in the ‘Stop Message’ magazine.

We will organise PMA trips on the MV Alison MacGregor again in future years and whilst the boat is designed to take disabled passengers it can also accommodate those that are as fit as a flea too, so don’t be bashful, if you want to come along next time just put your name down.

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: www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/companymember

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

Costs

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

Bookings

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

Sailing trip on the MV Alison MacGregor – Friday 2 June 2017

MV Alison MacGregor sailing shipWe have booked a sailing 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.

Date, time and route

The trip will take place on Friday 2 June between 6 pm and 8 pm (please note that the trip planned for Sunday 30 July has been cancelled owing to insufficient interest).  Passengers will board at Hythe Marina 30 minutes before the departure time.

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.

Cost

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!

Prices

  • 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
Stop Press!

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

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

Timetable

  • 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.