16 December 2021 AGM followed by "At long last - the Workhouse Booklet is coming” After the short formal business is concluded, there will be a presentation by Wendy Cracknell and Helen Coote" At long last - the Workhouse Booklet is coming” about the Society's Fordingbridge Workhouse's project. The project Team are on the final lap of creating the document for publication  on the Workhouse's story and their talk will focus on  the highlights of their research and the sources used sharing little known and fascinating facts for an interesting talk followed by Tea/coffee and Mince Pies 10 January 2022    “Archiving Salisbury Cathedral” by Emily Naish The Cathedral archive is the Cathedral’s memory: its contents range from medieval parchment documents to modern electronic records.  In her lecture Emily plans to describe what the job actually is all about together with some of the highs and lows of working with archives, as well as a taste of some of the treasures the    archive contains. Emily was appointed archivist at Salisbury Cathedral in 2014 where she also has additional responsibility for the library and, increasingly, the Cathedral’s object collection.  Over the years she has worked in a variety of archives including the British Medical Association and a private yacht club on the Isle of Wight.  She is  co-editor for Salisbury Cathedral: 800 years of People and Place published in 2020 by Sarum Chronicle.  In her spare time Emily has recently taken up bell ringing at St Thomas’ Church, Salisbury. 14 February 2022 “The Story of the Schneider Trophy Air Races 1913 -1931” by Colin van Geffen ‘The Story of the Schneider Air Races’ covers the history of the Schneider Trophy from its inception in 1912, to the last race in 1931 and beyond…..  The Trophy (often incorrectly called a Cup) was offered by French industrialist Jacques Schneider in order to encourage manufacturers to produce aircraft capable of carrying heavy loads over long distances over the sea, without the need for aerodromes. As the aircraft and their engines evolved so gradually the contests became speed competitions and not without their share of mystery, intrigue, disappointment and suspense. A time when Britain led the world in aviation design and technology, and took pride in its achievements. Having spent over thirty years in industry, Colin van Geffen subsequently became a freelance artist with a particular interest in maritime aircraft. He researched, collected and created visual display of aviation history (sea planes and flying boats) for permanent display at former RAF station Calshot. He has contributed to a number of aviation and other publications. 14 March 2022 “From Woodfalls to Rangoon” by Sonia Green David Green, like so many who fought in the Burma Campaign of WW2 never spoke of his experiences. Researching his life with David’s son Anthony, Sonia tells the story of how this young man from the quiet village of Woodfalls became a Gunner in the Forgotten Army and found himself battling through unimaginable conditions in the most inhospitable of places. Armed with the War Diaries of David’s regiment, Sonia and Anthony were able to follow in his footsteps and travel to key sites including the hills of Kohima in Nagaland and the Burmese cities of Mandalay, Meiktila and Rangoon 11 April 2022 “Benjamin Ferrey : The Man Who Re-built Wessex” by Dr Francis Burroughes As an architect, Benjamin Ferrey (1810 – 1880) has been almost forgotten. Yet in his time he was staggeringly successful, building and restoring over 200 churches, houses, and public buildings in the West Country and beyond. Many buildings in Dorchester are by him, and Wells Cathedral owes much of its present appearance to the work he did there, as does Christchurch Priory and Romsey Abbey. He was also responsible for laying out the original street plans of the new sea-side resort of Bournemouth. Dr Francis Burroughes is now retired, but in his long career he has been a school-teacher, and director of several companies. In his spare time he has been a church organist.