- 25 September 2019 – Blenheim Palace and Grounds
- 10 November 2019 – Skittles and Sunday Lunch
- 12 December 2019 – Christmas Dinner Dance
Membership costs just £10 per year, for which you receive a quarterly magazine, discounted rates on trips and events along with welfare and bereavement assistance and more. Join the PMA.
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:
DCFO 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 (email@example.com) by Monday 20th May 2019 at the latest, if you are coming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hampshire 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.
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!