I have enjoyed staying at the Southampton Park in previous years but I felt that in 2009 I would try another hotel, mainly for a better car parking facility. I like having a car at my disposal at all times, not stuck in a car park some distance from the hotel. Apparently the Novotel will fulfil my requirements at no major differences in costs. Note also its close proximity to railway station.


I booked in by internet and now look forward to seeing Southampton yet again.




Thursday 16th April 2008
Local History Forum Talk with Roy Doughty – “Managing the New Technology": Wireless Communication and its role in the loss of the Titanic and the stale-mate that resulted four years later at the naval battle of Jutland.
Venue: Northguild Lecture Theatre, access via Art Gallery and Library entrance. Civc Centre. SO14 7LP
Time: 7.00pm
Entry: Free, no booking necessary.

Friday 17th April 2008
Titanic Trail
Venue: Starts at Holy Rood, City Centre, Southampton
Time: 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00
Entry: FREE but by advanced booking only. Please contact Don Robertson for details and bookings on 023 8057 1858 or e-mail drob007@aol.com

Southampton Tourist Guides Association's "Titanic Trail" walking tour takes in several monuments and locations associated with the tragedy. The principal among these will be passenger and crew pre-voyage accommodation buildings and a number of the public houses that crewmembers frequented. Canute Chambers, the former headquarters of the White Star Line, where the lists of survivors were posted throughout the days following the dreadful event, will be a focal point of the tour.

Friday 17th April 2008
Afternoon tea the Dock Gate 4 Restaurant, formerly the South Western Hotel (under new management). This is only a suggestion. It may be an ideal venue to discuss our hotel accommodation for 2010.

Friday 17th April 2008
An evening with Millvina Dean - A passenger on the Titanic
Venue: Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. Tel 023 8059 5151
Time: 7.30pm
Entry: £15 concessions
This event Was unfortunately cancelled owing to her ill health.

Saturday 18 April
Post Office Titanic Plaque Unveiling
Venue: The unveiling of the 1912 Post Office plaque by the Mayor of Southampton, in its new position in the Civic Centre Foyer.
Time: 11.30am to 12noon
Entry: FREE

The following visit is optional as we may be pressed for time. We could get a taxi down to the maritime museum from the Civic Centre.
Southampton Titanic Lecture Venue: Oceanography Centre, Waterfront Campus, Southampton Docks
Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Entry: £3 No concessions.
A lecture is by Claes-Goran Wetterholm who will be speaking about "Those Travelling 3rd Class" on the Titanic.

Evening Meal at the NV Restaurant
Venue: Holyrood Church
Time: 6:15pm prompt
Cost: £29.50
Prior to our meal we will gather at the Holyrood Church for a glass of sparking wine or orange juice. The Mayor and Mayoress of Southampton will arrive at 6:30pm. We then walk across the road to the restaurant. The restaurant would like us to take our seats at 7pm. The event will be filmed.
After dinner speakers:
Genevieve Bailey - local historian
The Rector of Southampton, Julian Davies
Claes Goren-Wetterholm – historian and president of the Swedish Titanic Society
Keith Hamilton – The Southern Daily Echo Newspaper maritime correspondent

Sunday 19 April
Civic Commemorative Service
Venue: St Mary's Church, St Mary's Street, Southampton
Time: 11.45am
St Mary's is the city's mother church and where the first Titanic Civic service was held in 1912. The Mayor of Southampton will be in attendance. The service will have readings, hymns, an Irish piper and a wreath laying ceremony. A wreath will be laid on our group’s behalf. The event will be filmed.

For your information, at the Harbour Lights Cinema, Ocean Village a special screening of the 1997 film, Titanic will be shown on Sunday afternoon.