Mal Rowland & Terry Botto

Solent Region meets twice a month, for a Sunday Drive on the first Sunday of each month, which takes place all year round and an evening event on the third Wednesday of each month. Full details of all our events, are provided in our “Solent Area Programme”, which is posted on the Solent Area of the Forum and is a live document and can be found at;(

So, this is where you will find the latest information on all our meets. During the winter months, we normally use “The Milbury’s” ( in Beauworth but again, watch the Solent Area Programme for the latest details.


Held at The Milburys Pub in Beauworth, SO24 0PB on the third Wednesday of each month during winter months but as stated above, please check the Solent Area Programme for the latest details.


SOLENT AREA – Daytime Drive to Grayshot Pottery on 10th August 2021

Hi Everyone, Patricia & John Wheeler have kindly arranged a Daytime Drive to Grayshott Pottery, as detaield below; 10th August 2021 Daytime Drive to the Grayshott Pottery, School Road, Grayshott, GU26 6LR Meet at:  Morrison Supermarket, Horndean, PO89FB for 10.30 and park near the Hand Car Wash Leave: no later than 11.00, for the approx […]



SOELENT AREA – A Natter & Noggin Evening at The Ferryboat Inn, Hayling Island on Wednesday 20th October 2021 @ The Ferryboat Inn
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dear All,

This event was going to be held earlier in the summer but postponed until now and hopefully, we will all have petrol by the 20th November, so it can go ahead :crossed_fingers:

I have spoken to Edwina and Lisa at The Ferryboat Inn tonight (29th September) and booked space for us to all get togther, in a “set-aside seating area”, so we do not disturb other customers and we can have a “Natter & Noggin”, as the saying goes in the motoring fraternity :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

John Wheeler has kindly said he will organise a “Music Quiz” for us all and I will organise prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. So, come along and enjoy an evenings get together and test your music knowledge out and maybe even win a prize :grinning:

There will not be the usual drive to The Ferryboat Inn, so members are requested to drive direct to the Ferryboat Inn, Ferry Rd, Hayling Island, PO11 0DG for a 7pm start.

The link below is given for the Ferryboat Inn Menu;

Ferryboat Inn Menu

Please reply to this post to confirm attendance, so I can keep Edwina and Lisa updated on our numbers.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Mal, Terry & John

SOLENT – Sunday Drive to Milestones Living History Museum on 7th November 2021 @ Milestones Living History Museum
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:15 pm

John & Patricia Wheeler, together with Angela & Ron Clarke have kindly put together this visit to The Milestones Living History Museum, details are given below;

Sunday 7th November Visit to Milestones Living History Museum
Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Bassingstoke, RG22 6PG
The plan is to meet at Morrisons Supermarket, Lakesmere Road, Horndean, PO8 9FB.
Meeting time will be 10:00 so we can be ready to leave no later than 10:30
Patricia and I look forward to you joining us for this great day out.
Entrance Fee: £12.50 p/p (special prices down from £16.50 p/p Adult, £13.25 p/p Concession)

Payment required in advance paid via PayPal, remembering to tick the paying a friend or relative box, to

Visit Milestones’ Rooftops Café for fish and chips, soup, savoury pastries, sandwiches, children’s meals, hot and cold drinks, ice cream and more! Food and drink can be consumed either inside the café or at our outdoor seating area. Hot and cold drinks are available from our very own pub, The Baverstock Arms. Hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks are available from our Vintage Tea Tent

Get 30p off your next hot drink in the museum café when you bring your own reusable cup! Simply present your cup to a member of café staff to claim your discount.

Visitors are welcome to use our outdoor seating for picnics, however, there is no indoor picnic area.

**Responses, via the Solent Area Forum Page only**

Milestones tells the story of how people used to live, the things they used and the work they did. The maze of Victorian and 1930s streets is packed with shops, factories and houses, most based on original buildings from in and around Basingstoke.

If you enjoy shopping, you’ll discover what the high street was like before the arrival of chain stores: the milliner, saddler and ironmonger all offer a glimpse into shopping habits of the past.

Our impressive collection of restored vintage vehicles includes fine examples from top Hampshire manufacturers. The Thornycroft Steam Wagon Company Ltd was originally based in Chiswick, but demand for their steam lorries and vans led them to build a huge new factory in Basingstoke in 1898, where cars were also produced from 1903 – 1912. At Milestones, you’ll find a large Thornycroft collection, as well as a re-creation of part of the factory.

As well as vehicles from these giants of local manufacturing, during your visit to Milestones you’ll also see many other beautifully restored vehicles, from a Victorian tram, to classic motorbikes, a Romany caravan and even a 19th century steam-powered fire engine.

The museum is based on the extraordinary group of teddy bears put together over many years by Mr W Simpson, and visitors will find out why he started his collection and explore the history of teddy bears, which goes back as far as 1905. The bears are displayed alongside specially commissioned animated films and there are lots of fun things for children to do, too. Learn about teddy bear history and how to identify any antique bears you may have at home!

Take a step back in time and visit the Milestones Pier! Stroll along the boardwalk, learn all about the history of piers and view the traditional seaside scenes. Laugh at your friends in the postcard-style photo opportunities and wacky mirrors just like you would at the actual seaside! There are vintage arcade games from claw grabbers and shove pennies to enjoy, plus Pac Man and table football. The Milestones Pier has something for all the family to enjoy.

John, Patricia, Ron & Angela

SOLENT AREA – Christmas Meal at The Milburys on Sunday 12th December 2021 @ The Milburys
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone,

We are pleased to report, that after the dissapointment of not being able to hold a Christmas Meal in 2020 (our last being in December 2019) we are now all set, to hold our Solent Area Christmas Meal at The Milburys on Sunday 12th December 2021

As some of you know, from past events, the food at The Milbury’s is excellent and fantastic quality, so we have been in email disscussion with Martin at The Milbury’s, to finalise things and he has kindly provided a menu for us all to make choices ahead of the event, so as the kitchen staff of aware of our requirements on the day.

To this end, the Milburys Christamas Menu is given below, for you to make your choices and let us know by responding to the forum post only and these will be collated, as before, on a spreadsheet, which will be submitted to The Milburys 2 weeks before the event (closing date for all orders = 28th November 2021);


Curried Parsnip Soup

Smoked Salmon with Bitter Orange Glaze

Brie Wedges, with Cranberry Sauce



Roast Turkey with all the trimmings

Red Wine Lamb Shank

Baked Ham with Cumberland Sauce

Salmon with Stilton & Watercress Sauce

Broccoli & Cream Cheese Bake



Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

Luxury Fudge Cake

Waffle, Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Coffee & Mince Pie


**Payment of £25.00 per person is due at the latest, by the 24th November 2021 via Paypal to: **

NB: If paying via PayPal, please remeber to tick the “Paying Friend or Family Option” to avoid any charges!!!

If you have any dietary requirements, please email us on: and we will discuss your requirements with the Milbury’s and get back to you.

The meal time is 12:00 noon and we will most probably lead a drive from Bishops Waltham’s, Basingwell Street Central Car Park on the day, meeting at 11:00am for a swift departure at 11:30 but we will confirm this nearer the time.

Best Regards

Serena, Mal, Diane & Terry