Visit to New Forest Classic Cars 1st October

classic-cars-2016On  1st October members enjoyed an informal open morning  at New Forest Classic Cars at their unit on the Ampress industrial estate.  This fascinating local business employs highly skilled engineers and craftsmen to restore and rebuild classic cars, principally E-Type Jaguars.
Their starting point can be a car which is little more than a rusting relic, but they have the skills to completely rebuild and re-engineer by hand, going so far as to source original paint and upholstery colours. All work is carried out on site, so we had the opportunity to see not only the engineering but the upholstery section and the body and paint shops, as well as cars in various stages of restoration.
It really is encouraging to see these skills being developed and employed locally, and these same experts were on hand all morning to answer our questions. It certainly was thoroughly enjoyable and informative.
Refreshments were provided and we would really like to thank the whole team at NFCC for their hospitality. We also wish them luck in their new home, as they have bought the classic car garage in Beaulieu and will be relocating there.

Lymington Society Garden Party

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This year the annual garden party took place on Thursday 9th June at East Grove House
Members and their guests were able to enjoy prosecco , wine and canapes in the delightful surrounding of gardens dating  back to the eighteenth and nineteenth century
The highlight of the evening was a tour of the gardens by Lady Georgina . The walk round the garden focuses on the historical trends in garden design and also gave everyone an understanding of how the planting had evolved whilst keeping the house a focal point from different vistas on the paths surrounding the lawn.
The Greek temple was enchanting as too were the statues, mill stones , gargoyles, pots and urns.
Our thanks go to  Sir Robin and Lady Georgina for their hospitality and allowing us to hold our party in such beautiful and enchanting surroundings

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)

Trees screening Lymington Police Station

Police station trees thumbThe Society has a special interest in these silver maple trees as they were donated and planted by Society members in 1980.  A member living opposite became concerned recently that possible future closure of the station might result in the loss of the trees.  We enquired of the National Park Authority, now responsible for Tree Preservation Orders, and discovered that they were unprotected.  We are pleased to report that as a result there are now Tree Preservation Orders on all the trees in front of and beside the Police Station.  We are grateful to the member who drew our attention to the situation.

If you’d like to read the original article from the Southern Evening Echo in 1980 click here.

Burrard Neale Monument Planting Day 28th February

BN Monument Jan 2015-11The Burrard Neale 250 team would like to thank all those who took part in the very successful Volunteers Weekend on the 3rd and 4th of January when a working party from Lymington Society and Hampshire Conservation Volunteers (HCV) helped clear decades of overgrowth at the Burrard Neale Monument site.

Efforts now turn to starting the task of restoring the site with the planting of 1200 Holly and other plants including field maple, dogwood, hazel, dog rose and blackthorn.The first volunteer planting session takes place on the 28th of February and the Burrard Neale 250 team would appreciate help from Lymington Society members to make this day successful.

Experienced volunteers from the HCV will be on hand to advise so even the least experienced will be very welcome to come along and give a hand.

Please come prepared for a bit of digging in suitable clothing/boots etc. and meet at the Monument at 10.00 am on Saturday the 28th of February. Parking is available at the nearby Walhampton Gold Club or the car part of the Waggon and Horses on Undershore Road

Peter Stone will be on hand to help run the day and can be contacted on 01590 672673 if you need to contact him

Chairman’s Address from AGM

cropped-logo_small.jpgLymington Society AGM March 2014

Chairman’s Address

Thank you all for coming. Last year I described 2012 as a welcome rest from all those major controversial issues such as the Ferries, Redrow and Wetherspoons. In 2013 again the business of the Society has been more routine.

One feels a bit guilty for not being in a maelstrom of controversy with public meetings being called to resolve important planning issues, but really the business of an amenity society should normally be a programme of watchfulness over planning matters and keeping up the interest of its membership and the population of the town generally in preserving and maintaining what we feel best reflects Lymington itself.

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Visit to Tim Phillips’ Vineyard at Ramley House – NOW 26th July

vineyardFollowing the very successful and fascinating talk on Tim’s project to turn the hugely overgrown walled garden of Ramley House into a functioning vineyard we are now planning the follow up visit to the see the results of all Tim’s endeavours.

As set out above this has now been moved to the following Saturday the 26th and I would be obliged if you could spread the word that this is now taking place a week later.

The entrance will be sign posted on the day so make your way to Ramley House in Ramley Road at about 1.45 pm on the 26th

There is no fee for this event and no tickets are needed – Just turn up.

There is very limited parking outside and Tim has asked if people try and car share if at all possible. Tim has asked that you park in the gravel layby next to the bus stop where there is parking for about 6 cars.