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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 aldalrymple@aol.com

What We Do

Related web sitesThe Fordingbridge MuseumThe 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

Our Next Visit 9th SEPTEMBER 2 PM ROYAL SIGNALS MUSEUM BLANDFORD (OWN CAR OR WE CAN ARRANGE CAR SHARE)This will be a guided tour. Blandford Camp, now the ‘Home of The Royal Corps of Signals’, has its own fascinating history which is portrayed in a number of Museum displays with Military use of the site beginning in the 18th century. In 1806 a Royal Navy Shutter Telegraph Station was built near the racecourse on the site now known as Telegraph Clump. This signal station was on the London to Plymouth route which and was closed after the Napoleonic War, The museum features many exhibits from WW1 and WW2 including communications equipment, personal memorabilia and the stories of signallers, both men and women. Key kit and systems are outlined and the Museum contains extensive displays showing both recent and previous war time operations. We can have tea and refreshments at the “Comms Café” after the 1 hour tour and then take time to explore in more detail.Cost per person £10.00 (not including tea/refreshments) Telephone Alastair Dalrymple 01425 653407or email aldalrymple@aol,com for Application Form

Forthcoming History EventsSalisbury History Festival - https://www.salisburyhistoryfestival.co.uk/ Winchester History Weekend - https://www.historyextra.com/events/winchester-history-weekend-2019/