* - Booking required

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 countryside.  

This is an opportunity to visit this unique National Trust property and enjoy a guided walk of the gardens and a leisurely look at the house as a follow up to the excellent talk on Stourhead at this years AGM.   There will be tea/coffee on arrival and a buffet lunch  in a private room included in the price. Could interested members indicate when booking if they have any special dietary requirements.  

We plan to arrive at Stourhead at approximately 10.30 and leave at 4.30 which should give us ample time to enjoy the property.

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Wed 8 Oct  - Laughter - The Best Medicine  

7.30 New Milton Community Centre

A hilarious mixture of themed verbal whimsies, cartoons and photographic imagery calculated to tickle the ribs.

After 34 years with the British Army, Robin Miller retired in Nov 2006.  Living in Shaftesbury Dorset, over the last seven years he has raised funds for Service and civilian charities.

He has completed twenty-one presentations, and is preparing more, suitable for regional clubs, groups, organisations and associations in Southern England within a 100 miles radius of Shaftesbury.

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Thurs 16 Oct  - Autumn Supper  & Entertainment

South Lawn Hotel, Lymington Road, Milford-on-Sea, SO41 0RF  7.00 for 7:30 - 10.00

The Autumn Supper will be followed by entertainment supplied by members of Milton Musical Society, who will sing a selection of "Songs From The Musicals".

We have returned to South Lawn after a break during which the hotel has changed hands and employed a new chef. At this venue we have ample free car-parking, the exclusive use of the room for our supper, entertainment and prize draw. The cost of the supper will be £23.00.


Autumn Supper Menu

A: Home made Winter Vegetable Soup

B: Home made Chicken Liver Pate with Fruit Chutney & Melba Toast

C: Fan of Honeydew Melon with Fruit Sorbet and fresh Fruit Coulis

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D: Supreme of Chicken stuffed with Brie wrapped in Bacon and served with a Cream Sauce

E:    Poached Supreme of Salmon with Tomato and Dill Sauce

F:    Wild Mushroom Risotto infused with Mixed Herbs, Finished with Parmesan Shavings

All served with a Potato Dish of the Day and Roasted Root Vegetables

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G: Homemade Raspberry Cheesecake on a Pool of Fresh Fruit Coulis with Fresh Fruit

H: White and Dark Chocolate Roulade with Berry Coulis & Fresh Fruit

J: Warm Apple Crumble and Custard

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Fresh Filter Coffee with Cream and Mints

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Thur 23 Oct - Writers in the New Forest

2.30 - St Mary’s Church Hall, Everton

Georgina Babey, was born in the New Forest . She has written and/or edited seven books on local history, as well as a number of articles on writers and artists linked to the area.  She is an experienced speaker and has a range of talks concerning the local area in her repertoire.

The talk this afternoon is a look at famous writers or books associated with the New Forest area - Capt.F.Marryat, author of " Children of the New Forest": Charles Kingsley,author of "New Forest Ballards": "sensational" novelist Mary Braddon: Viginia Woolf and Vera Brittain.

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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

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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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