~~In the year that marks the centenary of the end of WW1 the Friends of Fordingbridge Museum have chosen a very appropriate guest speaker for their Annual General Meeting at Avonway on Tuesday 6th February 2018.
~~Lt Col Mike Richardson OBE is a retired British Army officer who has conducted extensive research into the lives of the 55 members of the communities of the Western Downland villages comprising of Damerham, Martin, Rockbourne and Whitsbury, who died in service during both World Wars. He has collected his research into a booklet of comprehensive, illustrated biographies, copies of which have been placed in the four parish churches, each village hall and the local school. In his talk, Mike will give an overview of how he conducted his research and describe the personal and service lives of a number of the Western Downland fallen.
Nine pairs of socks knitted to a WW1 design have been brought over 3,000 miles from Canada in response to an appeal by Fordingbridge Museum. Ann Burtt, who lives in the small settlement of North Gower, which is a 45 minute drive away from Ottawa, had heard from her sister Sandie Allison who lives in Cadnam, that the museum were asking people to knit socks to a WW1 pattern to mark the centenary of the end of the war next year. Ann is part of a knitting group nicknamed “The Knifty Knitters” who meet each week in their local library to knit and socialise.
David Shering will be demonstrating the traditional use of working horses in farming and forestry in the fields behind St Mary’s Church at 2.30 pm on Saturday 2nd September. Tickets at £7 for adults and £4 for children are available from Fordingbridge Museum or Fordingbridge Book shop. The price includes a locally produced burger or sausage in a roll with salad. Children under 3 are free and a family ticket is £18 (2 adults and 2 children) Tickets are available on the gate (£8 adult and £20 family) and all proceeds go to Fordingbridge Museum. There will be an ice-cream vendor on site and you are invited to bring your own chairs, gazebo or sunshade and drinks.
Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for people to hand knit socks to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 next year after failing to find someone who could operate a circular sock knitting machine that was used by the local WI to knit socks for the troops in WW1.
Katharine Puttick from Fordingbridge Museum will be giving an illustrated talk using recorded memories of former residents of Fordingbridge and the surrounding areas on Friday 25th November at 7.00 pm at Avonway Community Centre.
Fordingbridge Museum is facing a serious shortage of volunteer stewards who play a vital role in keeping the museum open. It urgently needs to recruit people who are willing to give up a small amount of time to man the front desk and welcome visitors.
The granting of grade 2 listed status to the bronze statue of Augustus John in Fordingbridge has been welcomed by Fordingbridge Museum. The statue, which occupies a prominent position beside the bridge in Fordingbridge, was awarded grade 2 listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport along with 40 other statues from across the country.
The statue of the artist Augustus John near the bridge in Fordingbridge will be the subject of a talk by Dr Jonathan Black of Kingston University on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Victoria Rooms, Fordingbridge. Tickets cost £9 in advance from the Fordingbridge Bookshop or £10 on the door. The price includes a glass of wine.