* - Booking required

Wed 9 Apr - Coppicing for Conservation in the New Forest

7.30 New Milton Community Centre

Dave Dibden worked for 20 years with the Forestry Commission in the New Forest doing woodland management then 4 years working for Hampshire County Council working for the Countryside Service. He then worked for Minstead Study Centre maintaining the grounds before starting out on his own. He now manages a hazel coppice for the Forestry Commission just outside Lyndhurst and last year featured on a BBC2 documentary about the New Forest entitled “A Year in the Wild”.

Dave will explain the origins and the importance of coppicing; and how flora and fauna benefits from this traditional method of woodland management.

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*Thur 10 Apr - Outing to Buscot Park - CANCELLED

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Wed 30 Apr -  Mottisfont: a forever changing flow of inspiration

7.30 New Milton Community Centre

Paul Cook, General Manager for Mottisfont and the New Forest, has worked for the National Trust for 16 months. He says that his background in the media on magazines such as Farmers Weekly, New Scientist and Caterer & Hotelkeeper, has equipped him well for the diverse and varied role of general manager in the National Trust.

Paul will give a glance back at where Mottisfont has come from and what attracts our visitors and volunteers today:

….and then share their exciting plans for the future.

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* Tues 13 May - Outing to Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, was Britain’s best kept Top Secret code breaking centre, and is now open to reveal all of its secrets. It is said that Bletchley shortened the war by as much as two years.

The cost includes your coach trip, entrance fee and the hire of a multi media unit which will enable you to visit all the sites and exhibitions at your own pace. There is a guided tour (we are unable to pre book) which you may join if you wish.  

The exhibits include the Enigma machine, thought by the Germans to produce an unbreakable code, and the invented equipment that was devised to prove them wrong, including the Bombe, and Colossus*  designed by a little known Post Office engineer and believed to be the first electronic computer. The exhibits continue to explain how Mathematician Alan Turing and his teams of top Graduates went about breaking the codes. *There is a small extra charge to visit Colossus.

Lunch and light snacks are not included and are available from the Cafeteria, which you can visit at a time to suit yourselves; there are also seating areas (not under cover) where you can enjoy your own food.   

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Wed 4 Jun - Jane Austen and the Miracle of Pride and Prejudice

7.30 Lymington Community Centre

Elizabeth Proudman, our speaker, is the Chairman of the Jane Austen Society which aims to foster the appreciation and study of the life, work and times of Jane Austen and the Austen family.

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* Wed 18 June - AGM Lunch and Talk about Stourhead

Our AGM lunch will be held at Hoburne Bashley with a three-course meal and coffee followed by a talk about Stourhead after the formal business of the AGM.

The formal business of the AGM is scheduled for 2.00 and you are welcome to attend this without first joining us for lunch.

The speaker following the AGM will be Michael McCormack,General Manager at Stourhead, where we are planning to visit in September (pg 27).

Lunch will start at 12.30 and, to avoid a last minute crush or to enjoy a pre-prandial drink and chat, the bar will be open from 12.00 noon.

We have returned to Hoburne Bashley after the success of last year’s Autumn Lunch.  At this venue we have ample free car-parking, the exclusive use of the club for our lunch, AGM, talk and prize draw.

Our lunches are always quite popular and, although space is not severely limited at Hoburne, it is advisable to get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to sit with friends, please indicate on the booking form and every attempt will be made to accommodate your wishes. You may, of course, choose to book online and similarly indicate your seating preference in the box where you enter your menu choices.

A:  Spring Vegetable Soup

B:  Chicken Liver Pate served with crusty bread

C:  Fan of Melon served with a Raspberry Coulis


D:  Roast Beef served with Yorkshire Pudding

E:  Chicken Chasseur

F:  Roast Mediterranean Vegetable Wellington

G:  Cod in a light Tomato and Basil Sauce

        Roast/New Potatoes, selection of seasonal vegetables


H:  White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

J:  Jam Roly Poly & Custard

K:  Fresh Fruit Salad

  Coffee & Mints

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* Thu 26 June - Outing - Mottisfont with Wellies

A chance to see a different side of Mottisfont by taking a Wetland Walk with Dylan Everett, New Forest and Countryside Operations Manager.

This will be followed by a Sandwich Lunch in the marquee.

There follows an introductory walk round the Garden, led by Jonny Bass, Craft Rose gardener. There will be free time to walk round the garden or house or buy tea, if you choose.

The day closes with a visit to the ‘Gardens of Delight Exhibition’. This will be adjacent to the Rose Garden and comprises art work on loan from major galleries and contemporary artists.

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Wed 2 July - Gramophones & Records from 1900’s

7.30 New Milton Community Centre

Sam Turner is going to present the history of the Gramophone and recorded sound and give us a live demonstration of early recorded music.  

Having spent eight years in the RAF as a Radio Technician and afterwards until 2001 as a television engineer and shop owner, Sam Turner latterly developed an interest in early mechanical sound and vintage radios, building a collection of 20 wind-up gramophones, 50 old valve radios and 500 78-rpm records, some of which will played during the talk.

He will bring a selection of records, comedy, monologues and songs from 1914/18 war and original artists and music of the 1940’s.

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* Wed 23 July -  Capability Brown at Highcliffe Castle

Self-drive - Meeting at Highcliffe Castle at 2pm.

An opportunity to get to know a local landmark more closely through the eyes of Mike Allen who will outline the garden plans devised by Capability Brown.

We will meet at 2pm and then Mike will lead two tours of 12 people, one at 2.00pm and the other at 3.30pm. Charge will cover both the walk/ talk and a visit to the Heritage Centre.  

Therefore we have a maximum of 24 people for this event.

There will be no coach to this venue and parking charges apply - currently £3.80 for 3 hours.

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Wed 6 Aug - Lest We Forget  - The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

7:30 Community Centre New Milton

The speaker for tonight is Phil Holt , who has had an interest in flying and air traffic control since joining the Air Training Corps at the age of 13 yrs.

Over 70 years after "The thin blue line" helped prevent an invasion of Great Britain there can be no better tribute to "The Few" than a flight of fully airworthy World War 2 aircraft. Everyone who  sees these aircraft in the skies knows they represent all airmen and airwomen who have given their lives in all conflicts since the formation of the RAF in 1918. This is a presentation  on the background and operation of this unique flight of the RAF which flies and maintains these World War II aircraft.

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Wed 10 Sep - Rescuing Children from the Dumps

7.30 New Milton Community Centre

Jane Walker MBE, is CEO of the charity PCF - the Phillipine Community Fund - whose mission is to improve the quality of life for impoverished Filipino communities.

Targeted beneficiaries are children and their families living in squalid shanty towns by city rubbish dumps where residents search for recyclable rubbish. PCF funds community schools, feeding and health programmes to help rescue child labourers, as young as 4 years old, from the rubbish dumps.

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* Tues 23 Sep - Outing to Stourhead

Stourhead is a world famous 18th century picturesque garden and Palladian Villa,  set in 2,650 acres of beautiful Wessex landscape.

This is an opportunity to visit this National Trust property and enjoy a guided walk of the famous gardens and a leisurely look at the house as a follow-up to the talk on Stourhead at this year’s AGM (18 Jun).

Details and booking form will be in the July issue of our Newsletter.

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