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The Fordingbridge Historical Society

The Fordingbridge Historical Society is a non-profit making society, affiliated to the British Association for Local History.The Society promotes interest in all aspects of local and National History with a full and programme of Winter lectures from November to March by experts in their field followed by Summer visits in April to September to places of local and national interest and significance. We also host two member social events each year: a buffet with wine at the AGM and a lunch in the Summer at a carefully selected location.The Society initiates and becomes involved in local activities that the committee believes to be in within its aims, and awards two history prizes annually to students at the Burgate School and sixth Form complex.The Society mixes education with entertainment and social activities for the benefit of members with a representative committee to ensure these aims are met.We welcome new members and visitors to lectures and summer visits are always welcome for a small charge (in addition to visit charge)Contact number: Alastair Dalrymple Secretary 01425 653407

What We Do

Related web sitesThe Fordingbridge MuseumThe Fordingbridge SocietyThe Fordingbridge LibraryThe Fordingbridge Town CouncilThe Fordingbridge PlayersThe Salisbury Museum

Revised Constitution

Areas of InterestThe Grave of August JohnJane Oliver - local AuthorBoscombe Down Aviation CollectionNew Forest Remembers ProjectBooks of local interest

Click here for Membership Application Form

The First Visit of the YearMonday 21st of May - Visit to Houghton Lodge (guided tour of house) & GardensHoughton Lodge Gardens, near Stockbridge, has been described as, ‘the jewel of the Test Valley,’ and, ‘A Stately Pleasure-Dome on the most romantic river in England’. It has been the home of the Busk family for more than a century. Some people visit Houghton for its architecture, some for its literary connections and some for its large gardens. It is little wonder that Country Life readers voted for it as ‘England’s Favourite Country House’. Tea (not included) will be available at the Honesty Tea Rooms.Web site:

For Your DiarySalisbury Art Trail is organised by Plain Arts, Salisbury and will run from the 2nd to the 17th of June - for full details go to George Purcell recently gave a talk on The Mills in Downton and his wife, Lynn who will be exhibiting as part of the Art Trail, produces fused and slumped glass pieces. She will be opening her home, The Corn Mill, Downton, SP5 3PE, from 10.30a.m. to 5.00p.m. Thursday through to Sunday. (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment only) There will be many functional and decorative items on display and for sale including dishes, platters, wall hangings, boats/fish/beach huts mounted on drift wood, landscapes, slumped bottle items e.g. spoon rests, clocks, cheeseboards, sculptural pieces, special occasion cards and some jewellery e.g. pendants, rings, cufflinks.Tea/coffee and homemade cake will be available, in aid of Salisbury Breast Care Unit

Please contact me, Alastair Dalrymple, on 01425 653407, or at,if you wish to come. The cost is £16.00/person and transport can be provided.