September 20th Talk “Marine Archaeology of the New Forest”

“Marine Archaeology of the New Forest” – Talk from Frank Green of New Forest National Park

Robert Hole Room, Lymington Centre 6:00 for 6:30 talk

The New Forest has a coastline with fantastic views to the Isle of Wight, eastwards towards Southampton and Portsmouth: westwards towards Dorset. The easiest form of transport before the introduction of railways in the mid-nineteenth century was through coastal shipping. Industrial products such as salt could be legally shipped out of Lymington and other goods shipped in. Some other good were imported illegally, as contraband through smuggling.  The ever-changing coastline often reveals aspects of the areas past history as a result of storm; from wrecks of all periods to ancient submerged landscapes and the relationship of early settlements with the coast. The talk will outline the results of recent archaeological work along the New Forest and adjacent coasts.

Tickets £5.00 to include refreshments
Tickets available from Clive Sutton solicitors
3 The Old Printworks, 85b High St Lymington, SO41 9AN
Or on the door


The Garden Party

Approximately 35 members and their guests enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the Society’s annual garden party on 7th June . This year David Rule and Sandra allowed members to use their beautiful garden at 15 Waterford Lane The stunning array of colourful herbaceous shrubs and plants providing a great backdrop for the event. Members were treated to prosecco, soft drinks, wine and canapés, and were also joined on the evening by the Mayor Barry Dunning. Thanks too to David and Sandra for allowing members to take shelter inside when a shower of rain threatened to bring the evening to a premature end.

May 17th 2017 2pm Visit to New Forest Fruit Company

strawberriesWe are very pleased to be able to offer members a visit to this amazing fruit farm which is one of the largest strawberry growers in the country , and right on our doorstep in East Boldre . The farm grow strawberries, blueberries and the new superberry, Blue Honeysuckle. We will get an escorted tour to learn about growing methods, irrigation picking etc and also hear about the workers who live on site.

Numbers are limited to thirty people so please e mail  to reserve your place.

As the farm is very near The Turfcutters Arms some members might like to have lunch here before the visit.

Bucklers Hard Observatory Visit

A small group of members was treated to a workshop courtesy of SPUD and resident artist Christine Mackay . Mark Drury from Spud first explained about the construction of the two observation pods and it was fascinating to learn exactly how the Shou Sugi Ban technique for wood preservation had been carried out on the outer shell of the pods.

Christine then gave a presentation of her work under the title Seed Matter. This included a description of her visit to the international Svalbard seed bank in Norway, and a talk about her work in Ireland with different communities around land use, seed saving and plant resources

Back in the observatory Christine also discussed her current project which has been looking at neglected plants like the asparagus fern which it was discovered was used in wedding bouquets as far back as 1889.

Members , with the help of a local florist were then able to create their own small floral decoration which was the end to a very enjoyable afternoon.

Lymington Society AGM and Talk

March 22nd AGM Fuller Hall 6.30pm for 7.00pm

exbury egg
After the business part of the meeting we will have a presentation by Mark Drury
from SPUD. This local organisation Space, Place Making and Urban Design are
responsible for The Observatory and Exbury Egg and will be involved in helping
us project manage our Heritage Lottery bid for the restoration of The Burrard
Neale Monument .

21st February: Talk on The History of Newton Park from 1774 6pm for 6.30 pm

websiteRichard Reeves a local historian, has kindly agreed to talk to members about his research of Newtown Park

His talk will focus on the period from 1774 when Newtown rose to a pinnacle based on its association with the expanding British Empire


This will be of particular interest to those members who were given a tour of the grounds last May.

Time 6pm for 6.30 pm

£5 on the door to include drinks and nibbles

Location Fuller Room Community Centre

Talk: Lymington Salt Industry


26th January 2017 6pm for 6.30pm

Talk on The Lymington Salt Industry
We are starting our 2017 social programme with a talk from Frank Green, The
New Forest National Parks archaeologist. Frank has kindly agreed to talk to the
society about The Salt Industry. His talk will focus on recent documentary and
archaeological research and excavations that have provided additional sources of
information that have improved our knowledge about much earlier aspects of sea salt
Venue McClelland Room Community Centre
£5 Admission charge to include light refreshments