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Sunday 3rd November 2019 saw our first visit to the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Sadly we didn’t fill the coach but 35 intrepid members prepared to brave the forecast inclement weather. We need not have worried, the weather was wonderful with the rain only appearing whilst we were on the coach, as we alighted the sun came out – it was all down to careful planning!
Our first stop was at Hassocks Garden Centre where we enjoyed a hearty breakfast before most of us went to view the veteran cars……. I say most of us, because several of the ladies (led I’m told by Julie Cowmeadow ) stayed in the Garden Centre perusing the extensive displays – Julie did suggest we have another trip to the same Garden Centre and ignore the cars – philistine!
Many of us took the short half mile walk to Clayton Hill where we were within 2-3 feet of the cars as they struggled up the incline. Some didn’t quite make it and passengers were ejected to lighten the load, running up the hill or giving a push where necessary. Several intrepid cyclists on Penny Farthings struggled up the hill but few actually reached the summit under pedal power.
There was an enormous range of cars, mainly fuelled by petrol but some still running on steam, most of the manufacturers of these early cars have disappeared, but there were several large Mercedes showing off their power as they overtook the smaller cars on the hill.
Around 1.30 pm we re-boarded the coach and drove into Brighton alighting on Marine Drive (just above the finish line). Here we could see the cars close up and see the drivers and their passengers celebrating their arrival. Champagne flowed – sadly not for us – we made do with fish and chips under the arches. At 4.30 pm we boarded the coach for a leisurely drive home – listening to the comments it was clear that everyone had enjoyed themselves, for most this was their first visit.
The Fire Fighters Charity has run a successful textile recycling scheme since 2008, in partnership with fire and rescue services and textile recycling companies across the UK, which today raises over £500,000 a year for the Charity.
So far this year (April to August 2019), Hampshire’s fire stations with a textile bank have raised £5633.76 for the Charity and diverted 25,608 kg of textiles from landfill. You can help by donating your old clothes
What you can donate to textile banks
- Adult and children’s clothing
- Paired shoes
Please NO bric-a-brac, plastic, toys or electrical items.
Find your nearest recycling bank
We enjoyed an excellent lunch today at Eastleigh College’s East Avenue Restaurant; great food, good company and many positive comments received from those who attended. If you couldn’t make it, below is a selection of photos taken on the day:
We’re pleased to invite you to the Association’s Christmas dinner on Thursday 12th December 2019. It promises to be an evening of good food, good music and great company.
Starting at 7 pm for 7.30 pm dinner at the Greenwood Room, East Horton Golf Club, Mortimers Lane, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, SO50 7EA at a cost of £17.50 for members/partners, and £22.50 for guests
More information, including details of the menu can be found on the booking form.
To book your place(s), please download and complete the appropriate booking form below:
No money should be sent at this stage, payment will be requested once your place(s) is confirmed.
Closing date for bookings is 14 October 2019.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) would like to invite PMA members to a unique and special event on Friday 27 September 2019, to mark 100 years of the Union.
The event will be held at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and will include a moment to remember 21 firefighters who lost their lives defending Portsmouth during the Second World War, guest speakers and a film screening of “The Firefighters’ Story”.
For more information and to book your tickets, please click on the link below:
We are pleased to confirm the details for our popular Sunday Lunch and Skittles event which is taking place on Sunday 10 November 2019, at Wellow Golf Club, Ryedown Lane, East Wellow, SO51 6BD.
Our fun competition of skittles starts promptly at 12.30 pm, with a three course meal at 1.30 pm. The cost per person will be:
- PMA member/partner: £17.50
- Guests: £18.50
Numbers for this event are limited, so please book early by completing and returning the booking form (payment will be requested when your booking is confirmed).
- Sunday Lunch and Skittles 2019 Booking Form (Word Format)
- Sunday Lunch and Skittles 2019 Booking Form (PDF Format)
The closing date for bookings is 30 October 2019.
DCFO Andy Bowers will be retiring in June 2019 after more than 32 years service.
All staff, past and present, who would like to bid him farewell are welcome at his leaving do on Saturday 15th June from 1930 hrs at Gosport Fire Station for drinks, food and conversation.
For catering purposes, it is essential that you advise Debbie Worley (email@example.com), if you are attending, by 3 June at the latest please.
A great day was had by members who attended our tour of St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 8 May 2019.
Below is a selection of photos taken by members on the day, including some of the Firefighters Memorial which is located on the south side of the Cathedral.
A fun evening was had by all at the AGM and Pig Race on Saturday 13 April. The event was held at HFRS Headquarters, and attended by more than 70 members and guests. If you were unable to join us, below are a few photos:
The 11th November is the date that nationally we mark the end of World War One, but on this day in 2018 forty-six people gathered at Wellow Golf Club for Sunday lunch and to battle for the PMA Skittles trophy.
The skittles competition got under way at 1230 breaking at 1315 to partake of the superb Sunday lunch. By the time we got to 1615 the competition whittled down to the final contenders: Barbara House, Lin Winter and Colin Warwick. Each still had several lives left so it was all to fight for. They took their bowls in rotation and for a while it looked like we’d be there forever, but eventually, Colin Warwick was the last player still standing and the trophy was his to claim along with the pint pot full of cash.
An excellent day was had by all and a trip to Wellow for Sunday lunch and Skittles is likely to be held again in 2019.
Members/partners and guests are invited to a 3 course Sunday lunch followed by a game of skittles at Wellow Golf Club, Ryedown Lane, East Wellow, Hampshire SO51 6BD
Sunday 11th November 2018
Skittles at 12:00pm – lunch served at 1:30pm
The cost per person is:
- PMA member/partner: £17.50
- Guests: £18.50
Please note that on the day an additional £1 per person will be charged as prize money.
Book your place
Please download a booking form in either Word or PDF format and return as per the instructions given. Please do not send any money now – we will advise when money is due.
- Sunday Lunch and Skittles Booking Form (Word format)
- Sunday Lunch and Skittles Booking Form (PDF format)
The closing date for the return of booking forms is 30th October 2018. Numbers are limited so please book early to ensure your place!
A thank you from the event organisers, Ed and Lin Winter:
“We’d like to say a big thank you to the 45 members that participated in the Sunday Lunch and Skittles event that was held at Wellow Golf Course today (22 October 2017). A great time was had by all and lunch was particularly good.
The winner of the event was Phil Webb, who despite being very modest about his own performance, was able to demonstrate support for other participants with good grace.”
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.