Past Social Events

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
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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

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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
production
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

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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
pam.morrissey@hotmail.co.uk
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 .