Another grand day out was had by our members and their friends; everyone enjoyed a good lunch at Zizzi’s and a superb tour of Hampton Court Palace and gardens.
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!
Because of the current restrictions, our AGM will be a 30-45 minute Zoom call. Details of how to join the meeting will be circulated to members nearer the time.
Our association is run for the benefit of all past members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Plans are in place to propose a change to our Constitution at our AGM, to recognise the merger with the Isle of Wight and open up membership to past IoW FRS colleagues.
We do hope you can attend our AGM and look forward to seeing you there.
Membership costs just £10 per year, for which you receive the Association’s ‘Stop Message’ magazine, discounted rates on trips and events, entry into our monthly prize draw and more. Join the PMA.