Past Social Events

 February 4th South by Southwest Coastal Landscapes Exhibition

St Barbe Museum

Steve Marshall gave a walk through of this fascinating exhibition by Jeremy Gardiner who has spent the last five years exploring locations on Britain’s south coast. His work reflects a long-term interest in the geology of the landscape and how it is shaped by nature. He has also used viewmaster reels, travel posters and some of the Shell guides to draw from in his work .

December 17th 2019 Annual Christmas Drinks Party

Stanwell House Hotel 6pm to 8pm

Another great start to the festive season, with plenty of members attending to meet the committee, local councillors, and each other.

 Friday November 8th –Talk by Dan Snow historian and renowned TV presenter

Friends of Sir Harry/Lymington Society Talk

“Admiral Burrard Neale’s Navy -The Superpower of the Age”

The Friends of Sir Harry was set up to help keep alive the life and times of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale of Walhampton, and to help keep his monuments in the town maintained and appreciated.

As part of our programme of events The Friends organised a talk from well know Historian and TV personality Dan Snow entitled “Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale’s Navy – The Superpower of the Age”.

While the battle of Trafalgar would seem to have ended Napoleon’s ambitions and capability with regard to his long held desire to invade and conquer Britain, the fact is that the British fleet was required to blockade the major French ports for many years after the battle to prevent such an aim, a boring and tedious role.

Not until he was finally defeated at Waterloo in 1815 could the Royal Navy be fully recognised as the superpower of the age, with no rivals capable of stopping Britain’s political and industrial expansion. This was very much the Navy in which Sir Harry served with such distinction.

Dan’s talk, which was a sell-out, was an hour full of fascinating insights into the importance of the Navy in 18th Century Britain. It was an incredibly expensive undertaking, but it fuelled the industrial revolution, with its demand for high quality steel, and the latest in machinery, and it enabled the expansion of the empire.

Many thanks to Dan for this tremendous talk.

October 16th – Open Forum

This was the first open forum meeting of the Society, with the purpose of allowing members to discuss the activities of the committee, and the latest events of concern and interest in the area.

24th September – Talk by Nick Saunders

Local Literary Connections of the New Forest

A fascinating talk centred on a range of different literary figures and their connections to our area

Some of the authors covered were Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Captain Marryat, and Dennis Wheatley

June 27 Summer Garden Party.

This year the Summer Garden Party was in the beautiful garden of Moore Blatch on Lymington High Street. The garden party was postponed from June 13th to June 27th owing to the poor weather on the 13th




May 14th St Barbe Private Viewing

Private View of the St Barbe Open Exhibition. Look round this increasingly high quality art exhibition with talk by Steve Marshall highlighting trends in contemporary art and how the winning pictures were assessed and chosen





March 27 2019 A G M

Lymington Society Annual General Meeting.

Followed by a talk from award winning local Architects PAD Studio, based in Angel Courtyard.

We heard about two recent projects from the PAD studio. A sports pavilion in Southsea, shown in the adjacent picture, and a house on West Sussex. W then heard about their thoughts and plans for the Lymington Quay, which were received enthusiastically by the audience. It’s wonderful to have a world class group of architects who have chosen to work here in Lymington, for the simple reason that they like it.

February 27th – Visit to Fibre Mechanics

Visit to old Green Marine boat building factory to have conducted tour of new production facility. Now run by Fibre Mechanics, a co-operative run by mainly ex-Green Marine staff. Currently mass producing an exciting race boat design called a Melges IC 37 for the New York Yacht Club

December 13th – Christmas Drinks Party

We returned again to the Stanwell House Hotel for the Society’s much loved Christmas drinks party, held in the conservatory at the rear of the hotel.  Members and their guests took the opportunity to meet and chat with other members, and with the Society’s committee members, as well as the Mayor and local Council members.


6th November The Work of the New Forest Rangers Richard Daponte

We are extremely lucky to live in such a diverse rural area and with the Forest on our doorstep it is great to be able to hear first hand about life as a New Forest Ranger from Richard


Tuesday 9th October – The revival of the Solent Oyster Beds

A talk by Jacob Kean Hammerson of the Blue Marine Foundation, who are a world wide conservation organisation that was represented at last year’s Seafood festival ,and who are seeking to reseed oysters in the waters of the Solent .



September 11th—The work of the RNLI

We were very pleased to welcome Steve Billet who talked to members about the work of this voluntary organisation which as we all know is very much a part of life by the sea in Lymington.



June 15th Annual Garden Party at Chawton House Gardens

2018 Garden party

Around 40 members and guests were able to enjoy the beautiful gardens of Chawton House Surgery for the Lymington Society Annual garden party The weather meant members could wander amongst the garden and admire the planting which gave the garden a mature feel with many specimen plants to view .

Members were treated to wine prosecco and some delicious canapés The society are very grateful to the partners at the Surgery for allowing us to use their picturesque gardens

May 16th 2 pm – Visit to the Solar Farm Lower Pennington Lane

As a follow up to Anthony Woolhouse’s talk in November, we visited the Solar Farm in Lower Pennington Lane.

Here’s Cathy demonstrating to members how a solar panel works by showing a section of a panel used  to power a light bulb:

And here’s Roger showing members the connectivity behind the panels:

The solar panels extending across the site:

Tuesday May 1st 2018 – National Heritage Collection of Shell Posters

Nicky Balfour Penney of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, gave a fascinating talk to members about their iconic Collection of Shell posters.

This collection includes over 7,000 printed posters and 1,000 original art works reflecting the charm and character of a nostalgic age of motoring

MARCH 22nd 2018 – AGM – Beaulieu and the SOE

We were very pleased to welcome our guest speaker Nick Saunders, a local historian, who talked on the Special Operations Executive in WW2 and the training of secret agents at Beaulieu. The talk gave an overview of SOE, how it was formed and its role in WW2. It reviewed the training that took place on the Beaulieu estate and look at a few of the characters and people involved.


January 23rd 2018 – Art of World War II
John Noott Collection

Steve Marshall kindly agreed to give members a private viewing of this remarkable exhibition.

We saw and heard about the art that defined The Battle of Britain, the Blitz and Life on the Home Front during World War Two.

This collection includes over 100 paintings, prints and posters by artists including Montague Dawson, Edward Bawden and Felix Toploski.

December 14th – Christmas Drinks

Members enjoyed our annual Christmas Party  at The Stanwell House Hotel.

September 20th 2017

“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.

June 7th 2017 Annual Society Garden Party
Mariners 15 Waterford Road Lymington
6971968_origThis year the Lymington Society were very grateful to David and Sandra Rule for
allowing us to us to use their beautiful gardens for our annual garden party
Members explored the picturesque garden enjoyed catering  with prosecco, red and white wine, soft drinks and the usual delicious party snacks.

Visit to New Forest Fruit Farm 17th May

Around 20 members including guests from the Norley Wood Society were given a fascinating tour of The New Forest Fruit Farm located just behind the church in East Boldre

Six members met before the tour for a very pleasant lunch at The Turf Cutters Arms .

The tour was led by Vince who explained about the different methods used in production, and took members on a walk through the tunnels to see how extensive the area under cultivation is. A total of up to 500 workers from Poland Romania and Bulgaria help with the picking which takes place approximately nine months of the year.

Up to 80%of the workers return year after year and the farm provide extensive facilities and accommodation on site including buses to take them to local towns and places of interest at the weekend.

Vince gave many facts and figures to illustrate the volume of fruit picked but one fascinating fact was that on the preceding Monday some workers had picked up to a quarter of a ton each and in total on just that one day 43 tons of strawberries were picked

At the end of the tour members were able to taste the four main varieties which supply Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Asda . The site also grows blueberries and is experimenting with  a new super super Honeysuckle berry .

Everyone was given a punnet of New Forest Strawberries to take home.

Despite a very wet and inclement afternoon everyone was really enthusiastic about the tour and a vote of thanks was given to Vince and Jackie for their input in organising and allowing us to visit the farm

Bucklers Hard Observatory Visit

April 2017

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.

March 22nd 2017:  AGM Fuller Hall 6.30pm for 7.00pm
exbury egg

Including 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 2017: Talk The History of Newton Park from 1774  6pm for 6.30 pm


Richard 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

26th January 2017 6pm for 6.30pm The Lymington Salt Industry

lymsoc-pano3.jpgWe 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

15th December: Christmas Party
social 2014 stanwellThis year’s Christmas party will once again take place at Stanwell House Hotel from 6:00 to 8:00
Tickets available from Clive Sutton solicitors
3 The Old Printworks, 85b High St Lymington, SO41 9AN
Or on the door £7.50


November 8th: Talk on The Lymington River
HarbourRon Kirby will talk about The Lymington River as a trading port
Venue Fuller Hall 6pm for 6.30pm start
Admission £5.00 to include light refreshments



October 1st: Visit to New Forest Classic Cars
800 Wellworthy Road Ampress Estate


We have been fortunate to secure a tour of the showrooms and restoration
workshops of this local Lymington business. The morning will be shared with
members of the local Ferrari club and visitors are able to wander freely and speak
to members of the NFCC team who have expert knowledge in their field. We will
be able to view the full in-house restoration service, along with the showrooms,
and light refreshments will be provided.
Numbers are limited to 30 people so please e-mail the address below to secure
your place
Timings for Visit to Lymington Classic Cars Ampress Industrial Estate
The garage has set aside the morning from 9am to 12 pm to show members around their showrooms and workshops . This is an informal tour and so you are able to arrive any time from 9am and there will be staff on hand to answer questions and show members around . There is no obligation to stay for the whole morning but l am sure there will be plenty to see for those that visit .