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.
Read The Fire Fighters Charity Strategic Plan 2017-2020, or find out more about the services offered by the Fire Fighters Charity.
Good food, music and great company. That’s what 65 of our members enjoyed at the Christmas Dinner Party on 15 December at East Horton Golf Club…
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.
PMA Members enjoying lunch before visiting Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Lake and Garden
PMA members enjoying lunch at Rubens Hotel
PMA Members enjoying a trip to Buckingham Palace
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!
Join us on our days out by becoming a PMA member, and keep an eye on our calendar of events.
In line with Government guidance, it is with great regret that we have decided to cancel events for the foreseeable future.
We will be in touch regarding refunds for those of you who have already made bookings.
Future events will only take place when restrictions have been lifted and it is considered safe to do so.
The health and safety of our members is paramount. Should any of you have particular issues do not hesitate to contact the PMA who may be able to assist or advise.
Our association is run for the benefit of all past members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Membership costs just £10 per year, for which you receive a quarterly magazine, discounted rates on trips and events, entry into our monthly prize draw and more. Join the PMA.