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Museum closed but bright new future planned

~~Fordingbridge Museum staff have decided that it will remain closed until April 2021 because of the Covid Pandemic. Museum Chairman Chris Ansell said, “The management team have consulted with our volunteers and looked carefully at Government regulations and reluctantly decided that it is not feasible to open this year. We are very disappointed that we will not be open to welcome visitors this summer.  The museum is proud of being one of the major attractions in Fordingbridge with thousands of visitors and locals coming to explore the heritage of the area each year. This August marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Fordingbridge museum so we are determined to open with a major relaunch in April next year.” 

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Posted on 02 Aug 2020

Museum Shuts Until Further Notice

~~Fordingbridge Museum will not open on 3rd April this year as planned because of Coronavirus. ~~ If people want to help us through this difficult time by becoming a Friend of the Museum they can do so at a cost of £7.50 a year by ringing 01425 657850 or 01425 654322.

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Posted on 31 Mar 2020

Appeal for VE Day Material

~~Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for people who have memories of, or items relating to, Victory in Europe Day celebrations in Fordingbridge and the surrounding area.

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Posted on 09 Mar 2020

Museum Appeals for Information.

~~Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for anyone who has information or artefacts relating to the Neave family to contact them. The family lived in the town for generations and were important employers as well as being pillars of Fordingbridge society, acting as magistrates and playing a leading role in local events and institutions.

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Museum Appeals for Information.

~~Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for anyone who has information or artefacts relating to the Neave family to contact them. The family lived in the town for generations and were important employers as well as being pillars of Fordingbridge society, acting as magistrates and playing a leading role in local events and institutions.

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Mystery Staff at Museum

~~A ceremonial staff that was found 28 years ago on a rubbish tip has been donated to Fordingbridge Museum. Managers at the museum are appealing to the public to see if anyone knows what it is and how it was used.

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Friends of Fordingbridge Museum Barbeque.

~~The Mayor of Fordingbridge, Paul Anstey, attended a barbeque run by the Friends of Fordingbridge Museum last Saturday (6th July).  It was held in the beautiful riverside garden belonging to Anne Pye and was a poignant occasion because Ann’s husband John, who was for many years a supporter of the Museum, died recently.
Museum manager, Jane Ireland, said, “John worked tirelessly for the museum and would have been tickled pink to think that The Friends had held their barbeque in his garden and pleased that the Mayor had shown his support by attending the event. The museum relies entirely on donations from the public and is staffed by volunteers.  If anyone would like to support this local attraction either by stewarding, by working behind the scenes or by being a Friend of the Museum they can contact me on 01425 654322.”     

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Museum Touch Screen

~~Co Op customers in Fordingbridge have financed the introduction of two state of the art touch screens for Fordingbridge Museum through their helping the community fund. They are designed to help people enjoy the contents of the museum if they are too infirm to climb the stairs and also to provide visitors with extra information on the exhibits.

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Posted on 30 May 2019

Museum Opens for the Summer

~~Fordingbridge Museum reopens its door for the summer season on Tuesday April 9th after a winter of frantic activity.  Volunteers have been beavering away dismantling some exhibits, assembling others, cleaning, cataloguing and planning.

We have new exhibits for you to look at and some new technology for you to play with.  We also plan a special event to coincide with the exhibition on Augustus John at Salisbury Museum.

Watch this space for  more information!

 

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Posted on 14 Mar 2019

Free talk on Alfred the Great’s war against the Danes

~~There will be a free talk on Alfred the Great’s war against the Danes at the Friends of Fordingbridge Museum’s Annual General Meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th February. The meeting will be held at Avonway Community Centre in Fordingbridge and will start at 2.30pm and include a short interval where tea and coffee will be served.

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Posted on 04 Feb 2019

Museum Take Over

~~Twenty eight year six pupils from Western Downland School took over Fordingbridge Museum. The pupils took on a variety of roles such as meeting and greeting visitors, running the shop and talking to the public about the exhibits.

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Posted on 29 Nov 2018

No Petticoats Here
Fordingbridge Museum brings the town “No Petticoats Here”, an acclaimed show telling the incredible stories of women in WW1. Renowned international artist Louise Jordan will be performing her inspirational work at St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30 pm on 24th November 2018. Tickets to this rich visual and auditory experience are on sale for £13 at The Fordingbridge Bookshop and include a light supper. The audience is invited to bring their own wine.
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Posted on 15 Nov 2018

Rememberance Weekend
~~Visit the Every Man of Fordingbridge Remembered exhibition at the Town Hall on November 9th, 10th and 11th from 10am till 5pm. The exhibition, which tells the stories of the local men who lost their lives during the First World War, is the culmination of four years of research by local volunteers. Researchers will be on hand to help anyone who wants to find out about their relatives.
 
Remember to also visit the WW1 display in the Museum. The Museum is currently open (11am – 4pm) and will be open on Sunday 11th (12 noon till 4pm) before closing for the winter season.
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Posted on 07 Nov 2018

New WW1 Exhibition
~~An exciting new exhibition has just opened at Fordingbridge Museum to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. It features a range of original artefacts from the war as well as war related contributions from young and old in the community. The exhibition runs until November 11th and is open 11.00 am to 4.00 pm excluding Sundays except 11th November.
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Posted on 12 Sep 2018

WW1 Talk at Museum AGM

~~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.

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Posted on 25 Jan 2018

Socks Travel 3000 Miles

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.

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Posted on 09 Oct 2017

Working Horse Demonstration and BBQ Picnic

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.

 

 

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Posted on 14 Aug 2017

Frogham Fair Quiz Answers

Mystery Items Quiz from Froghan Fair

Answers

1                   Prosthetic Horse shoe

2                   Musket ball caster

3                   Milliner’s measure

4                   Instrument for inseminating horses

5                   Taper (or spill) holder

Winner - Mr Nigel Owen

 

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Posted on 14 Aug 2017

Knit Socks to Kitchener Pattern

Fordingbridge Museum is asking people to knit socks to an original pattern devised by Lord Kitchener. Click here to reveal the pattern. Also see the related news release.

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Posted on 24 Feb 2017

Knitting Challenge

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.

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Posted on 24 Feb 2017

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