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
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
June 15th Annual Garden Party at Chawton House Gardens
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
This 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
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
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.
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
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
15th December: Christmas Party
This 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
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
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 .