All of our Social Events will take place in the Sandhurst Social Club, 33/35 Wellington Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9AW unless otherwise stated.  CLICK HERE for a map and more details of this location.

1 - All YOSC Members and their guests visiting Sandhurst Social Club are required to SIGN IN on the sheet provided.  Failure to do so may result in delays to the start of our events.
2 - Please ensure your mobile phones are turned OFF during the talks.


The 2017 Social Programme:

Joan, our Social Secretary has arranged the Social Programme for 2017.  The details are shown below and will be amended here and in the Newsletters from time to time.

All Meetings are at Sandhurst Social Club and start at 20:00 unless otherwise stated.


  • 2 January - China - Beyond the Great Wall - a talk by Paul Whittle taking a unusual look behind the scenes of modern-day China in areas seldom visited by Western tourists including a long-distance journey by rail through the remote north-eastern region of Inner  Mongolia plus the top tourist sites in Beijing and Xian.
  • 6 February - a talk entitled “Mr & Mrs B go to sea” about the adventures of YOSC Members Adam and Lynne Bispham who, since April 2014, have become full time liveaboards on their Bavaria Ocean 36 “Charisma” and voyaged around Britain, to the Baltic and the inland waterways of Holland.  A collection of Adam & Lynne’s Newsletter articles can be found at: www.yosc.org.uk/charisma
  • 20 February - Skittles Evening at SSC including Fish & Chips or Chicken & Chips
  • 6 March - The History and Restoration of the Kennet & Avon Canal - a talk by Graham Horn, Secretary of the Reading branch of the Canal Trust. The Kennet and Avon Canal situated in the heart of Southern England, is one of Britain’s premier inland waterways and Graham’s illustrated talk tells the story  of how the canal came about, its heyday, decline and how the reclamation took place over the last four decades of the 20th century. See their Website at: www.kennet-avon-canal.co.uk/
  • 3 April - Lakes, Hills and Daffodils — the English Lake District.  A return visit by David Hunt who will describe some of his favourite locations discovered during his numerous visits to this National Park including the summit of Scafell Pike, the highest point in England, the scenery, some buildings and even the bed of a reservoir.
  • 8 May -  Broadmoor Revealed: the Victorian Asylum. — a talk by Mark Stevens, County Archivist for Berkshire and author of ‘Broadmoor Revealed’, talks about the early years of the famous hospital. Find out why the hospital was built, who the patients were and what their daily life was like.
  • 5 June - The Bombing of Darwin — a talk by Malcolm Nelson about the events of 19 February 1942 during World War II, when 242 Japanese aircraft attacked the harbour and airfields of Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory to prevent the Allies using them as bases to prevent the invasion of Timor and Java.  See http://www.worldwar2facts.org/battle-of-darwin.html
  • 17 July - Portsmouth and Southampton – a Maritime Contrast — a return visit from Blue Badge Guide, Graham Horn with a talk about these two maritime cities with very different histories, military Portsmouth  and mercantile Southampton. Graham will explain how the geography of the area led to their taking on different roles in our history and tell of some of the famous and less famous people who have influenced and shaped them.
  • 14 August - Barbecue at Blackwater Valley Golf Centre GU46 7SZ
  • 4 September - CHANGE - Memories of a Cruise to Scotland —a talk by YOSC Member, Brian Pickles
  • 2 October -  Technical Presentation - YOSC Member, Chris Wright relating to Yacht Safety and YOSC Member, Brian Picklers on Sail Setting
  • 6 November - 26th Annual General Meeting at SSC. 
  • 4 December - Christmas Party at SSC

The 2016 Social Programme:

Joan and Jill arranged a very interesting Social Programme for 2016.  In case you have forgotten - here is a brief summary of the events:

  • 4 January - The AZAB (The Azores And Back) - a talk by YOSC Member, Chris Wright on his experiences aboard his 31 ft Westerly Renown, “Nefertari”.
  • 1 February - The National Trust Gardens & Parks - a talk by David Hunt illustrated with his own photographs on a selection of the Trust’s historic gardens in England and Wales including some local ones.
  • 22 February - Yacht Safety Procedures - a presentation by YOSC Members, Chris Wright and Brian Pickles on yacht safety procedures based on their experiences and preparation in respect of their AZAB and “round the world clipper” adventures
  • 7 March - Skittles Evening at SSC including Fish & Chips or Chicken & Chips.
  • 4 April - RMA Sandhurst - a talk by Hugh Lambert entitled “Serve to Lead” which is  is the motto of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
  • 9 May - Shipwrecks of the Solent - a talk by Dr Julian Whitewright of the University of Southampton Centre for Maritime Archaeology
  • 6 June - Viceroy Special, Images of Sri Lanka - a talk by Paul Whittle
  • 18 July - Barbecue at Blackwater Valley Golf Centre GU46 7SZ.
  • 1 August - Smuggling - Trains, Boats and Planes - Malcolm Nelson on forms of drug smuggling
  • 12 September - Adventures of a Female Airline Pilot - a talk by Anita Mays
  • 3 October - Bembridge Harbour - a talk about visiting Bembridge Harbour by Harbour Master, Malcolm Thorpe
  • 15-16 October -  25th Anniversary at Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, SO31 4HB.
  • 7 November - AGM at SSC. 
  • 5 December - Christmas Party at SSC

Audio Visual Equipment at SSC

The Audio Visual equipment is the property of SSC and is available for the use of YOSC during their use of the Meeting Room but is only authorised for use by YOSC Committee Members.


For further information and operation notes - click on one of the following links:

Quick Start Guide to the use of microphones and computers

Setup and Operation of the Audio Visual System

Contents of the Audio Visual Box

YOSC burgee 

Last updated: 13 September 2017

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