Lymington Society Garden Party June 9th 6pm

East_Grove_2006_smallThe Lymington Society Summer Garden Party is taking place at 6.00pm on Thursday 9th June.

This year, courtesy of Sir Robin and Lady Georgina Craufurd, we are returning to the stunning garden of East Grove, surely Lymington’s most beautiful Georgian house. For those who have not seen the garden before it extends to a remarkable size for a town centre garden.

Lady Craufurd will be happy to lead a tour of the garden which incorporates (albeit in a smaller form) many of the ideas popularised by Capability Brown who’s tercentenary year we are currently celebrating.

This is an ideal time of year to enjoy such a lovely garden and the Committee look forward to meeting members and their guests.

Tickets are £7.50 per person and are available as usual from the offices of Clive Sutton Solicitors at Unit 3 The Old Print Works ( 85b High St Lymington, SO41 9AN) which is to be found just off the High Street next to the Halifax Building Society. They will also be available on the door on the day.

Lymington Society visit to Newtown Park May 10th


Around twenty five members were able to enjoy a two hour guided walk around the grounds of Newtown Park Estate. This was expertly lead by Richard Channell the Estate Manager who not only explained about the history of the building which in part dates back to the 18 th century , but also told members about his drive to keep the grounds as bio diverse as possible.

Richard showed members the fields he has converted back to wild meadow land and also explained about the dangers of planting new trees and shrubs that were then eaten by the deer and rabbits unless they were fenced ! The Cedar of Lebanon Trees, one of which dates back to the eighteen hundreds ,were a magnificent site on the lawn in front of the house.

Members were able to see the original ice house and one of the highlights of the afternoon was the stunning walled garden which Richard and his team have worked hard to bring back to its original glory.This now produced fruit , flowers and vegetables which are used in the house when there are guests with the excess going to Oakhaven hospice. Donald MacKenzie thanked Richard for giving his time up to take members on the tour and everyone on the walk remarked about not knowing about the history of the house and grounds that were such a short distance from the town .

Chairman’s address at 2016 AGM

cropped-logo_small.jpgThe Chairman’s annual address of the AGM is the time to comment on what has happened during the past year. For the past year the major occupation of the Society has been to support the Burrard Neale Monument project.

Don Mackenzie will give you a more detailed account of this but in broad terms this has resulted in the complete landscaping of the grounds of the monument and preparations towards the obtaining of a lottery grant for the detailed restoration of the monument itself.

To the credit of the Society and those responsible, this also involved the splendid events of last September with the visit to Lymington of two naval ships and the concert at St Thomas’s. This was a tremendous success with a full church for the musical recital and the various performances.

You will hear from Don Mackenzie that the application for a lottery grant to complete the restoration the monument will require a significant amount of community involvement to ensure that the lottery grant results in the benefit to as many people in Lymington as possible. The project is at the moment pretty well halfway through with the landscaping completed and the organisation set up to obtain a grant and complete the work.

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Fascinating private view at St Barbe Museum


Lymington Society Members Enjoy Fascinating Private View of Wonderful St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery “Shorelines” Exhibition

The 3rd event of the Lymington Society’s successful 2015 to 2016 Social Programme organised by the Society’s new Social Secretary Pam Morrisey, took place last Tuesday the 3rd of November at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in New Street Lymington.

The Private view featured the fantastic new exhibition curated by St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery entitled “Shorelines – Artists on the South Coast”. This is Barbe’s major exhibition of the year which takes the Channel coast as its subject exploring the way artists from the 18th century to the present have drawn inspiration from the cliffs, beaches and harbours of England’s southern border. The south coast has often been a line of defence but has also been a gateway for trade and a popular destination for those seeking fun, sun and sea air. The exhibition looks at the contrasting approaches taken by resident and visiting artists who drew inspiration from the shoreline between Cornwall and Kent. Many celebrated artists have portrayed these shores including Constable, Turner, Brett, Knight, Nash, Nevinson, Ravilious, Eurich and more recently Kurt Jackson and Jeremy Gardiner.

Following the usual format members gathered for a Drinks Reception in the entrance foyer of St Barbe where there was eager anticipation for the Private View which was to be conducted by St Barbe exhibition Curator Steve Marshall. Steve is well known to Lymington Society members having undertaken many such functions for the Lymington Society Social Programme 6 to over the years.

Following the Drinks Reception members were allowed into the galleries where a fabulous collection of paintings and drawings featuring the south coast from the early days of the marine art tradition in England right through to modern paintings by Kurt Jackson whose paintings have been featured at St Barbe in the past.

Society members have got used to the fascinating details brought out by Steve Marshall during the Private View tour of the gallery and yet again on this occasion we were not disappointed.

Starting with one of the earliest paintings in the exhibition by Marine Painter to King George Nicholas Pocock Steve took us through the themes of the exhibition revealing many interesting facts connecting different paintings as well as bringing out fascinating detail which only someone with his detailed knowledge of the works on display would have known.

Following the completion of the tour of the exhibition members were able to ask questions of Steve which again he answered with more fascinating details before receiving a rousing vote of thanks at the end of the meeting.

The next meeting of the society’s social programme will be the Christmas Drinks Party at Stanwell House on the 15th of December at 6 PM. Tickets can be obtained from the offices of Clive Sutton solicitors, Number 3 the Old Print Works, 85B High Street, Lymington.

Burrard Neale 250 Anniversary Events Announced for September 16th


Lymington Society Proud to Organise Celebration Events for 250th Anniversary of Sir Harry’s Birth

The Burrard Neale 250 Project, organised and coordinated by the Lymington Society, is proud to announce the plans for the Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale – Lymington’s most illustrious and celebrated resident whose life and achievements were celebrated by the erection in 1841 of the magnificent 76 foot granite obelisk known as the Walhampton Monument which overlooks the town from the East.

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Social Event 30th September Talk by Chairman of Lymington Harbour Commission

NOTE NEW TIME: 6:30 instead of 7:30Harbour

Geoff Holmes, Chairman of  Lymington Harbour Commission, will give a talk on what the harbour commissioners do and how they help protect the harbour for all river users. He will cover how the harbour is run plus plans for the development of the harbour and how it is protected. It promised to be a fascinating talk.

Venue: Robert Hole Room Lymington Community Centre
Time: 6pm for 6.30 pm
Admission Free to members (no tickets required)

Tickets now on sale for Burrard Neale 250th anniversary concert

hms_victory_bandThe Burrard-Neale 250 Project Team is pleased to announce an exciting concert of military music and popular tunes presented by the HMS Nelson Royal Naval Volunteer Band, directed by Colour Sgt Nigel Jones.

The event will take place on Wednesday 16th September at St Thomas Church and will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard-Neale (1765-1840). Sir Harry is Lymington’s most eminent and distinguished son and famous naval hero from the time of Nelson. He achieved national acclaim by helping to prevent a mutiny which could have sparked a national revolution along the lines of the French Revolution. He was both Mayor of Lymington and the town’s MP for many years.

smf-logo-no-date-rgb-square-01-e1426706400114This special concert, organised by the Burrard-Neale Committee and the Lymington Society will also be a pre-festival event to the third Solent Music Festival, which will run from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th September at St Thomas Church.

Tickets are £10 each (free admission for those under 18) and available online via Brown Paper Tickets, from The Solent Cellar in St Thomas Street and on the door on the night. 

The evening will start at 7:30pm with a short commemoration event followed by the main concert at 8pm. Drinks will be served at the interval.

Lymington Society Summer Party 9th June 2015

Lymsoc Garden Party 2015-2Around thirty Members and their guests spent a very pleasant evening in the delightful surrounding of the garden of The Chantry.

Ivor and Daphne Johnson had worked hard to provide a beautiful backdrop for this year’s party and everyone was free to explore the different parts of the garden whilst enjoyed the delicious  canapés, prosecco and wine that were on offer.

Our thanks go to Ivor and Daphne for allowing us to use their wonderful garden and for making everyone feel so welcome.

“What a way to run a railway” – or a bus service.

Bus station closedIn April, following the announcement by the bus company that they intended to close the bus station in Lymington High Street, we made contact with Hampshire County Council, the responsible authority for bus services locally and attended a meeting hosted by the Community Rail Partnership at Lymington Town Railway Station on 22nd April with representatives of HCC, NFDC and Go South Coast Ltd, the local bus operator.

The bus station has now closed without adequate alternative arrangements being clearly publicised.

Andrew Wickham, Chief Executive of Go South Coast and his operations manager Lymington came to meet committee members of the Society on June 2nd in Lymington.

The Society committee members pointed out that the bus station had been closed with very few notices of the alternative arrangements put up for the information of the public, particularly at the old bus station where one would now arrive to find some parked buses but no departures.

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Social Event – Summer Garden Party 9th June

June 9th Summer Garden Party 6pm-8pm – The Chantry Hollywood Lane 

With the kind permission of Ivor and Daphne Johnston the Lymington Society is very pleased to announce that their beautiful garden will be the venue of this year’s garden party.Members will be free to explore both the formal and wooded areas of the garden and catering will be provided with Pimms, wine, soft drinks and the usual delicious party snacks .

Tickets £7.50 to include refreshments

All Tickets available from:

Solent House Dental Surgery, Cannon St, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BR
Clive Sutton Solicitors, 3 The Old Printworks, 85b High St Lymington, SO41 9AN