Eastleigh College Lunch – 10 October 2019

East Avenue Restaurant, Eastleigh College

Copyright Eastleigh College

You are invited to our popular lunch at East Avenue Restaurant, Eastleigh College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 5FS, on Thursday 10 October 2019 at 1200 hours.

The cost is £12 per person, for a three-course lunch, including tea or coffee.

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.

The menu will be advised to us nearer the date; dietary needs/vegetarian
options will be accommodated.

Places are limited to 60, to reserve your place(s) please book early to avoid disappointment:

Download the PMA Eastleigh College Lunch (October 2019) booking form


PMA Christmas Dinner – 12 December 2019

Annual Christmas Dinner

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 Firefighters’ Story – 100 Years of the Fire Brigades Union

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:


Sunday Lunch and Skittles – 10 November 2019

Lunch and SkittlesWe 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).

The closing date for bookings is 30 October 2019.


Visit Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens – 25 September 2019

Blenheim PalaceOn Wednesday 25 September 2019 we will be visiting Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens, to include a summer hot buffet lunch in The Marlborough Room.


  • £50 for PMA members/partners
  • £55 for friends/family


  • 0845 – Coach leaves Winchester’s St Catherine’s Park and Ride (M3 junc 10)
  • 0915 – Pick up at near Basingstoke Fire Station by Leisure Centre car park
  • 1045 – Drop off at Blenheim Palace car/coach park, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL
  • 1100 – Entry to Blenheim Palace, collect audio guide, visit to The Palace State Rooms, including the priceless collection of portraits, tapestries and furniture. Explore The Churchill Exhibition
  • 1300 – Meet at The Marlborough Room for hot buffet lunch and refreshments
  • 1415 – Continue visit – explore the untold story of the Palace past. Discover the formal gardens and many attractions in the beautiful grounds. Take afternoon tea in the Water Garden Café or The Pleasure Garden Café. Or even get lost in the Maze!
  • 1730 – The Palace closes
  • 1800 – The park and grounds close. Return to coach park
  • 1815 – Approx join coach for return journey to Basingstoke Fire Station
    2030 – Approx return to Winchester Park and Ride

Book your place

Tickets are limited, to avoid disappointment please make your booking by telephone, text or email to Andy Anderson on mobile 07505 524093 or andyanderson.xhfrs999@virginmedia.com

Andy’s bowing out soon….

DCFO Andy BowersDCFO 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 (deborah.worley@hantsfire.gov.uk), if you are attending, by 3 June at the latest please.

Andy bows out after 32 years service….

DCFO Andy BowersDCFO Andy Bowers has decided to hang up his boots and 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 please advise Debbie Worley (deborah.worley@hantsfire.gov.uk) by Monday 20th May 2019 at the latest, if you are coming.

Lunch and Skittles at Wellow – 11 November 2018

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.

Sunday Lunch and Skittles – 11 November 2018

Lunch and Skittles


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.

The closing date for the return of booking forms is 30th October 2018. Numbers are limited so please book early to ensure your place!

Skittles and Lunch at Wellow Golf Course – 22 October 2017

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.”

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.

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.