* - Booking required

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 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 & Mushroom 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

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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Wed 29 Apr - The New Forest from Conqueror to National Park

7.30pm New Milton Community Centre

Peter Roberts is the former chairman of the New Forest Association, a former verderer and a past president of the Hampshire Field Club.  He is the author of a handful of books on the New Forest and heavily involved with its conservation for more than 30 years.

He will give us a brief history of the New Forest from 1066 to modern times - indicating its uses, laws and how it has survived as probably the only pastoral economy in Europe.  This illustrated talk shows why commoning is crucial to its continued existence to maintain the open, internationally important habitats.

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