Wed 5 Aug -
7.30 New Milton Community Centre
A talk about the two lines created in the 19th century, including details of the initiator of the first, Charles Castleman, who lived at St Ives Cottage/House from 1844 to 1862. Castleman was influential in The Southampton and Dorchester Railway coming via Ringwood in 1847.
The Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway was eventually to a design by his engineer, Captain Moorsom. The viability of both was hazarded by the direct line via Sway and New Milton in 1888. Beeching finished the job in 1967.
John Hawkins has been local historian for the Parish of St. Leonards and St. Ives since 2005, a member of Ringwood Local History Workshop from 2007 to 2014 and the volunteer archivist at Ringwood’s 1727 Meeting House since 2012.
Wed 9 Sep -
7.30 New Milton Community Centre
John Horne is an amateur naturalist and created a small nature reserve over the last 27 years on the river Hamble at Burseldon,
He will talk about the life cycle of the Common Glow-
Tues 22 Sep -
We start with a chance to explore Dorchester in the morning. It is suggested one has a bite to eat in Dorchester since the snack bar at Lulworth Castle only normally opens during the school holidays.
We leave Dorchester at about 1pm for Lulworth Castle. There is a short walk to the castle and there are, of course, some stairs.
Originally a hunting lodge, started in 1608 and since 1641 the home of the Weld family, it sits in a 12,000 acre estate taking in Lulworth Cove and some 5 miles of Jurassic coastline. The Castle was destroyed by fire in 1929 and restoration work funded by English Heritage has returned the exterior to its original splendour and consolidated the interior as far as possible to make it an interesting experience. There is a church and chapel to see too.
We leave at 3.45pm for the renowned Moreton Tea Rooms where a cream tea will be provided (or just a cup of tea if preferred). If time permits one can visit the nearby Moreton Church to view the wonderful engraved windows by Whistler. We will leave about 5pm for the homeward journey.
Wed 7 Oct -
7.30 New Milton Community Centre
Bruce Worthy is Christchurch born and bred. He served in the Royal Horse Guards
He will show film footage with short excerpts of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding Day and Coronation, the Garter Parade at Windsor Castle, State Opening of Parliament, Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade and highlights of the last Royal Tournament held at Earls Court, London in 1999.
Tues 13 Oct -
The Autumn Supper will be held at Hoburne Bashley with a three-
The supper will start at 19.30 and to avoid a last minute crush, or to enjoy a pre-
At this venue we have ample free car-
A: Salmon and Dill Fishcake served with a light dressing
B: Leek and Potato Soup served with Crusty Bread
C: Ham Hock Terrine served with Red Onion Chutney & Crusty Bread
D: Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding
E: Chicken Breast served with Asparagus Sauce
F: Loin of cod in a White Wine & Parsley Sauce;
G: Trio of Vegetables stuffed with Mediterranean Vegetables in a Balsamic Dressing
All served with Roast/New Potatoes & a selection of Seasonal Vegetables
H: Homemade Apple Crumble
J: Fruits of The Forest Cheesecake
K: Fresh Fruit Salad
Coffee and Mints
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 Autumn suppers are popular and, although space is not severely limited at Hoburne Bashley, it is advisable to get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.
You may, of course, also choose to book online and similarly indicate your seating preference in the box where you enter your menu choices.
Thurs 22 Oct -
Pennington is an ancient village with a rich history.-
This talk is based on a walk round the village and describes some of the once-
Geraldine Beech and Pauline Beech are the speakers for this talk. Geraldine has worked for more that 30 years at the National Archives, and Pauline is a retired Baptist minister. They are both Walk Leaders for Lymington Town Tours.
Tues 10 Nov -
2.30 Priory Hall, Christchurch
This is our annual joint meeting with the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Please note we are returning to Priory Hall, Princess Avenue, and there will be Xmas goods on sale.
Peter Thompson of The Game and Wildlife Conservancy will be giving a talk entitled
Wildlife Friendly Farming: -
Tues 10 Nov– Skittles, Quiz & Supper
7.00 Hoburne Park, Somerford, Christchurch
It is your first chance this winter to join our regulars for a friendly social evening and 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 laugh or two and a light supper.
Choose your supper from the menu and book early – it’s always popular and places are limited. Full bar and hot drinks service will be available.
If booking after 31 Oct, please give David a ring to check availability.
Wed 11 Nov -
A Chance to see the progress being made on the New Visitor Facility and to get a seasonal update on his work at Mottisfont and beyond from Dylan Everett, who gave us such an enthusiastic and interesting talk and tour of the estate in June last year. There will be a hot meal from the seasonal menu served in the Restaurant during the visit. Menus and Schedules will be handed out in the car park on arrival and menu choices taken by Val then. There will be a choice of 3 main courses and 3 sweets followed by tea, or coffee. There will be free time to wander around the house and gardens, or buy tea in the restaurant before leaving.
If you would like to join us, but do not have transport, please contact Val, who will try to arrange transport for you. Also let Val know if you would be willing to offer transport.
Mon 23 Nov -
2.30 Highcliffe Methodist Hall
Rosemary Legrand will describe her tour of this scenic country, going in search of
whales, sea lions, royal albatross and yellow-
Join her as she flies over spectacular Mount Cook, sails in Milford Sound, walks into Christchurch Cathedral before the earthquake and finally visits the paradise Cook Islands.
Wed 9 Dec -
The annual Christmas Lunch will again, after the success of last year’s Christmas
lunch, be held at Balmer Lawn Hotel. There will be a three-
The lunch will start at 12.30 and to avoid a last minute crush, or to enjoy a pre-
PLEASE NOTE: As last year, the rooms we will use are at the back of the Balmer Lawn Hotel which allows us 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 a separate room for pre lunch drinks, where raffle tickets will be on sale and our complimentary drinks will be served, which should resolve the problem of a crush at the restaurant entrance as we had last year. We have exclusive use of the restaurant for our lunch and draw. The festive lunch menu choice is opposite.
If you would like to sit with friends, please indicate on the booking form, or in the area where you put your menu choices on the online form and every attempt will be made to accommodate your wishes. Our Christmas lunches are always popular so it is advisable to get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.
Christmas Lunch Menu
A: Carrot and Orange Soup;
B: Confit Chicken and Pistachio Terrine, Toasted Brioche and Spiced Pear Chutney;
C: Beetroot Cured Salmon, Yogurt and Caviar Dressing;
D: Roasted Pork Belly with Pistachio Crust, Gratin Potato, Curly Kale & Mustard Jus;
E: Traditional Roast Turkey with Trimmings;
F: Grilled Fillet of Hake, Creamed Leeks, Spinach and Crushed New Potatoes;
G: Goats Cheese and Semolina Gnocchi, Pesto, Apple and Watercress Salad;
H: Traditional Christmas Pudding Brandy Sauce;
J: Chocolate Mousse,Orange Sauce and Tuille Biscuit;
K: Selection of Cheese and Biscuits
Coffee or tea and Mini Mince Pies
Thurs 10 Dec -
2.30 Greyfriars, Ringwood
John Hawkins has been local historian for the Parish of St. Leonards and St. Ives since 2005, a member of Ringwood Local History Workshop from 2007 to 2014 and the volunteer archivist at Ringwood's 1727 Meeting House since 2012.
As an ex-
The organisations set up after Dunkirk, centred on St Leonard's Hotel, with numerous hidden bunkers overlooking strategic sites.
Research files include arrangements across Hampshire and Dorset, originals of nominal lists and several maps. This remains an ongoing project. Books and files will be available on display.