* - Booking required

Mon 10 Nov - Wildlife of Hampshire and Dorset

2.30 Portfield Hall, Portfield Road, Christchurch, BH23 2AQ

This is our annual joint meeting with Dorset Wildlife Trust - and in a new Venue.

The speaker, Brian Pettit, is a world wildlife photographer and author.

He is going to stay close to home and his talk will will cover the wide diversity of species to be found in Hants and Dorset together with occasional encroachment into adjoining counties.

This area incorporates the New Forest, the Jurassic Coast, Brownsea Island and a whole host of other venues and habitats leading to a cornucopia of Wildlife.

Christmas goods will be available at this talk from DWT as well as our own Table Sales team.

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* Tues 11 Nov – Skittles, Quiz & Supper

7.00 Hoburne Park, Somerford, Christchurch

Join our regulars to test your IQ and bowling arm. If you have never attended this fun event before, why not give it a try? You can be assured of an evening of friendly competition with a giggle or two and a light supper.

Choose your supper and book early –  it’s always popular and places are limited. Full bar and hot drinks service will be available.

A - Battered Cod    B – Jumbo Sausage    C – Steak & Kidney Pie   D – Breast of Chicken    

E – Chicken & Mushroon Pie               F – Cheddar Cheese Salad     G – Honey Roast Ham Salad

A,B,C,D and E with Fries; F and G with Roll and Butter

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Weds 26 Nov - Ferrets For Fun

2.30 Methodist Hall, Highcliffe

With their aggressive reputation and extremely sharp teeth, Ferrets For Fun seeks to dispel the myths surrounding this fascinating animal while looking at the history and use of ferrets across more than 2000 years.

For those who dare, there will also be the opportunity to stroke a ferret!

Gordon has many interests developed during a variety of occupations and is an increasingly popular Public Speaker.

His interests include Genealogy, Music, History and, of course, Ferrets! Gordon’s past occupations have included International Logistics, Rehabilitation of Alcoholics, Careers Advisor, Non Vocational Tutor in Adult Education and Freelance Journalist at the Eurovision Song Contest. One of his talks has also featured on ITV’s flagship daytime programme, “This Morning”, and he has regularly appeared in the national and local press.

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* Wed 10 Dec - Xmas lunch

Noon for 12.30 - Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst  

The annual Christmas Lunch will be held at Balmer Lawn Hotel with a three-course meal and coffee and a raffle.

The lunch will start at 12.30 hours and to avoid a last minute crush or, to enjoy a pre-prandial drink and chat, the bar will be open from noon.

The rooms we will use at the back of the Balmer Lawn Hotel have recently been attractively refurbished and have views of pleasant courtyards, or gardens. The venue allows us ample free parking at the rear of the hotel with an exclusive entrance from that area and a level walk to the rooms. Please let Val know if you need to park close to this entrance and need a short walk to your table.

We have exclusive use of two rooms for pre lunch drinks and of the restaurant for our lunch and draw.

Festive Christmas Lunch Menu

Starter

A: Curried Parsnip Soup;

B: Confit Duck & Cranberry Terrine,Spiced Pear Chutney;

C: Smoked Salmon Cannelloni, Watercress Salad and Horseradish Dressing;

Main:

D: Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Pistachio Crust, Gratin Potato and Curly Kale;

E:    Grilled Fillet of Salmon, Spinach, New Potatoes and Chive Sauce;

F: Butternut squash Tarte Tatin, Rocket and Parmesan Salad;

Dessert

G: Traditional Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce;

H: Chocolate Brownie and Hazelnut Ice Cream;

J:  Bread and Butter Pudding with Clotted Cream

Coffee and Mince Pies


If you would like to sit with friends, please indicate on the booking form, or, if booking online, in the same box as you enter your menu choices and every attempt will be made to accommodate your wishes. Our lunches are popular and, although space is not severely limited, it is advisable to get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.

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Thurs 11 Dec - Experiences of a Stunt Lady

2.30 - Greyfriars, Ringwood    

Denise Edwards has been working in the film & television industry for 33 years initially as a stunt performer and latterly a stunt co- ordinator...........although she says she is now trying to retire!

Her talk is about her experiences working as a stunt performer in films and television. She will talk about how a child hood passion and dedication for a sport lead her to being involved in the profession, one that she wouldn’t have chosen.

She will outline what it takes to become a stunt performer, the skills, the training, the fees, the insurance, the subscriptions and then recall some of my experiences working on various films and television productions as well as actors for whom she has doubled.

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Wed 28 Jan - The Test Valley

2.30 Methodist Church Hall, Highcliffe

Jill Daniel is a retired primary school teacher with a passion for history especially Hampshire. She is a Blue Badge Guide working mostly in Southampton.

She is going to take us on a photographic journey tracing the river from source to its entry to the sea. Along the way you will discover how the waters of this world famous chalk stream have been used for paper making, silk production, fishing and even gin! You will meet many people who lived in this area and be introduced to the many beautiful buildings and gardens open to visit.

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* Tues 10 Feb – Skittles, Quiz & Supper

7.00 Hoburne Park, Somerford, Christchurch

Join our regulars to test your IQ and bowling arm. If you have never attended this fun event before, why not give it a try? You can be assured of an evening of friendly competition with a giggle or two and a light supper.

Choose your supper from the menu on the application form on page 19 and book early – it’s always popular and places are limited. Full bar and hot drinks service will be available.

If booking after 31 Jan please call to check availability

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Tues 17 Feb - Brockenhurst in the Past

2.00 St Stephens Church Hall, Brockenhurst

John Purkess is a well-known retired village grocer from Brockenhurst.

Many locals will remember that he owned the shop, where Tesco now is, for many years.

John is a past member of the Parish Council and of the Brockenhurst Village Trust.

He will share his memories with a selection of slides and quotations.

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Wed 4 Mar - Treasures of Dorset

7.30 Community Centre, New Milton

This presentation by Christopher Legrand highlights some of the historic, cultural, architectural and scenic heritage of this idyllic County.

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* Wed 18 Mar - Spring Lunch & Talk on The Needles Battery

Noon for 12.30 Barton Golf Club

The Spring Lunch will be held at Barton Golf Club with a three-course meal and coffee followed by a talk entitled "Needles Battery Past, Present and Future” by Hannah Griffiths, Custodian - The Needles Battery.

The lunch will start at 12:30 hours and to avoid a last minute crush or, to enjoy a pre-prandial drink and chat the bar will be open from 12:00noon. Barton Golf Club is a venue we have used in the past and has spectacular views across the Golf Course, The Solent and to the Isle of Wight. At this venue we have ample free car-parking and the exclusive use of the room for our lunch, talk and draw.


A: Homemade Cream of Vegetable Soup

B: Brussels Pate Salad served with Toast and Red Onion Marmalade

C: Feta Cheese Salad, Olives and Chorizo served with a Balsamic Dressing and Herbed Croutons

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D: Fillet of Poached Chicken and Pancetta served with Fondant Potato

E: Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

F: Grilled Sea Bass Fillet on a bed of Butternut Squash Batons topped with a Mediterranean Salsa

(Main Course served with Chef's selection of Vegetables)

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G: Vanilla Creme Brûlée;

H: Vanilla Poached Pear with Chocolate Sauce and Chantilly Cream

J: Homemade Apple Pie served with Custard

Freshly Brewed Coffee, or Tea


If you would like to sit with friends, please indicate on the booking form, or, if booking online, in the same box as you enter your menu choices and every attempt will be made to accommodate your wishes. Our lunches are popular and, although space is not severely limited at Barton, it is advisable to get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.

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Wed 25 Mar - Sea, Salt & Smuggling

7.30 Greyfriars, Ringwood

Dr Laurence Sim is a resident of Lymington and has taken a keen interest in the local history. He is a guide for Lymington Town Tours taking visitors and locals alike on conducted walks round the town.

The talk centres on the history of the Lymington River as a trading port. After a brief overall summary, the story will be fleshed out by taking a virtual walk from Lymington’s quay area to the old bathhouse. Topics will include shipbuilding, maritime trading, smuggling, salt production, press gangs and sea bathing.

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Wed 8 Apr - Smith and Bradbeer’s - Its History & Future Plans

7.30 Community Centre, New Milton

Anthony Davies, our speaker, is a family member who has been a director and has been with the firm over 50 years, 40 of those at New Milton.

SMITH BRADBEER was started in 1837 at Below Bar in Southampton. The larger store developed in Above Bar in 1908 received a direct hit in WW2 in 1940. The firm moved to Romsey and New Milton and later to Shirley and Eastleigh. There will be pictures with family members involved and the store developments.

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