* - Booking required

Wed 9 Sep - The Secret Life of Glow-worms

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-worm which includes some very interesting facts about them, some new to science, and about the nature reserve that he created, where he studied the Glow-worms for over 12 years.

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Tues 22 Sep - Dorchester, Lulworth Castle and Cream Tea

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.

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Wed 7 Oct - Pageantry, Pride and Nostalgia

7.30 New Milton Community Centre

Bruce Worthy is Christchurch born and bred.  He served in the Royal Horse Guards - The Blues  (Household Cavalry) from 1959 to 1970 with his three brothers.  Part of his service was as a State Trumpeter stationed in Knightsbridge, London, and part of it with the Reconnaissance Armoured side of the Regiment whose home base is Windsor.

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.

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Tues 13 Oct - Autumn Supper and Entertainment

The Autumn Supper will be held at Hoburne Bashley with a three-course meal and coffee followed by "Nostalgic, fun filled musical entertainment" supplied by "The Evergreen Songshiners", who will sing "Popular songs with a twist!".

The supper will start at 19.30 and to avoid a last minute crush, or to enjoy a pre-prandial drink and chat, the bar will be open from 19.00.

At this venue we have ample free car-parking, the exclusive use of the room for our supper, entertainment and prize draw.

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.

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Thurs 22 Oct - Secrets of Pennington

2.30 -  St Mary’s Church Hall, Branwood Close, Everton

Pennington is an ancient village with a rich history.- From the East End of Milford to the West End of Lymington.

This talk is based on a walk round the village and describes some of the once-famous, but now little-known, people who have lived here.

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.

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Tues 10 Nov - Wildlife Friendly Farming

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: - Improving Wild Life Heritage Through Sympathetic Farming Practices.

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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.

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Wed 11 Nov - Mottisfont - New Visitor Centre Tour

Self-Drive – Meeting in the car park at Mottisfont at 10:45am for an 11:00am start

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.

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Mon 23 Nov - Exploring the South Island of New Zealand

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-eyed penguins.

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.

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Wed 9 Dec - Christmas Lunch

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-course meal, coffee and a raffle. As usual this will be a pre-booked lunch.

The 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 noon. There will be other Christmas Lunches taking place at the hotel, so early arrival will ensure a nearby parking space.

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

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Thurs 10 Dec - Ringwood’s Secret Army

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-regular, John has a rapport with this topic. He served in the Royal Navy 1946 - 1970, boy seaman to Lt(SD)(PR). His duties included gathering information from many sources and presenting it to the command to fight the ship. This is not dissimilar to researching historical matters and creating an archive.

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.

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