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Editor John Avery - member Southampton Heritage Federation - Southampton Local History Forum - City of Southampton Society - Friends of Town Quay Park - Devon Family History Society - Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery [co-founder] - National Federation of Cemetery Friends - Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland- The Southampton Fryatt Plaque
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 City of Southampton Society

 Please note that from January 2014 SCC imposed street parking fee of £2 from 6pm to 8pm


Meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall in Belle Vue Road starting at 7pm. Visitors are welcome, facilities for disabled persons.   
23rd March 2015 The History of Post Boxes by Tony Cross
27th April 2015 The Southampton Women's Survey: improving women's health and the growth and development of their children.  A talk by Dr Hazel Inskip.
Between 1998 and 2002, more than12,500 young women were recruited to the Southampton Women's Survey and around 3,000 of them were followed through a subsequent pregnancy and their children are being followed up.  The study and selected findings will be described, along with subsequent work in the City, based on the study results, to improve
women and children's health.
18th May 2015 Roman Settlement in Southampton by Dr Andy Russel

28th September 2015  Port No1 and the Swaythling Remount Camp by John Fish
26th October 2015 The History of Southampton Fire Department by Alan House
23rd November 2015 Quaker Businesses in Britain by John Avery

25th January 2016  The Battle of Britain over Southampton 1940
This will focus particularly on the two major attacks
on the Supermarine Aircraft works at Woolston by John Smith
22nd February 2016 AGM with our President the Mayor of Southampton in the chair followed by refreshments and short presentation
21st March 2016 [note date to avoid Easter weekend] A short study of mathematical tiles in Southampton and Hampshire by Nigel Cook


Friends of Town Quay Park

Town Quay Park

Plaque awarded by CoSS and SCAPPS. Image Will Temple. 


Friends of Town Quay Park
News: on 7th November children from St John’s School Bug Club helped with the laying of poppy wreaths in the FEPOW garden. They listened attentively as FTQP volunteers discussed the 2 world wars, prisoner of war camps, the return to Southampton, the concern of families of FEPOW, giving thanks for the safe return of many and commemorating those who didn’t come back.  It was a solemn but also very enjoyable occasion that added meaning to the work we do in the park.

Fundraising: 40 friends of the park took part in a quiz at the Duke of Wellington, Bugle Street and had a very jolly evening whilst raising £250 for our funds

Gardening group: This volunteer group continues to meet on the first Friday and third Sunday of each month. We have spent some of our own funds on planting autumn plants and spring bulbs.
Events brought to you by:

The Friends of Town Quay Park

Hampshire Genealogical Society

This friendly and welcoming group meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, Commercial Street, Bitterne.  We welcome both new members and visitors to our group.
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 16/03/2015 – 'Cable Ships of Turnchapel' - John Avery


Southampton Local History Forum

An outreach service of Southampton Council Library Service
Free lectures on history and heritage subjects are held in the Northguild Lecture Theatre [entrance next to the Art Gallery Shop Kiosk [now closed]], Commercial Road entrance of the Civic Centre


Details of talks awaited from SCC Library service

Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery

FoSOC was founded in 2003 by John Avery, Veronica Tippetts and Geoff Watts and has two major aims:.

  • To uphold the original purpose of the Cemetery, which is to be a place of reflection and remembrance of the people buried there.
  • To support the ecological aims of the adjoining Southampton Common (a Site of Special Scientific Interest), and to treat it with the same care.

FoSOC organises many guided walks and other activities throughout the year. We ask that you book a place on a walk if you would like to attend - you can also phone 07538 888 65507538 888 655 between 10am - 4pm to do this. [Mondays to Fridays only]

During Spring, Summer and Autumn there will be at least one heritage event and one wildlife event each month. In addition our conservation work continues throughout the year.

All walks start at the main gates at the end of Cemetery Road where parking is available.

In addition there are often other events are organised for the winter months.

Information Desk- restarts Feb 2015 Saturday 21st February, 10.00am
Task Day - Members Only Saturday 7th March, 10.00am
Information Desk at The Hawthorns Saturday 21st March, 10.00am
Wildlife & Butterfly Walk Friday 3rd April, 2.00pm
Task Day - Members Only Saturday 4th April, 10.00am
Wildlife & Butterfly Walk Sunday 5th April, 2.00pm
Titanic - Booking advisable Friday 10th April, 11.00am
Titanic - Booking advisable Friday 10th April, 2.00pm
Titanic - Booking advisable Saturday 11th April, 11.00am
Titanic - Booking advisable Saturday 11th April, 2.00pm
Titanic - Booking advisable Sunday 12th April, 11.00am
Titanic - Booking advisable Sunday 12th April, 2.00pm
Information Desk at The Hawthorns Saturday 18th April, 10.00am
Heritage Walk Wednesday 6th May, 11.00am

West End Local History Society
Meetings are held at the West End Parish Centre at 7-30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Non members pay a small charge. Facilities for disabled visitors, car parking and teas/coffee on sale.
March 4


Phoebe Merrick

April 1




May 6


Dr Frances Hurd

June 3

WINCHESTER - Bishops, Buildings and Bones

Andrew Negus

July 1


Peter Keat

August 5


(including raffle and free refreshments)


September 2

VICTORIAN SOUTHAMPTON: the Age of Steam and Expansion

Jake Simpkin

October 7


John Levesley

November 4


Geoff Watts

December 2





Southampton City Museums Archaeology Society

For further details contact Anna at or 'phone 07812 851095

 Friends of Southampton Museums, Archives and Galleries
March 2015
FoSMAG £3.50 - Visitors £5.00

Rubens and his legacy

March 11, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery,

Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery – David Westhead.  Rubens and his Legacy – this talk is designed to coincide with the Blockbuster Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

March 2nd      

Industrial Archaeology in Polar Regions

Angela & Nigel Smith

April 13th


Tony Yoward

May 11th

Forgotten Wrecks of WW1

Stephen Fisher

June 1st

Village Life in the 40s & 50s

John Pitman

July 6th

Purbeck Clay Mining

Clare Randall

August 3rd        

Alexandra Palace

Peter Keat

September 7th

Members Evening

October 5th

Looking at Lime Kilns

Dr Peter Stanier

November 2nd

Annual General Meeting

December 7th

Technology in the home

Martin Gregory


All meetings  are held at the Underhill Centre, St. John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF at 7.45 PM on the first Monday of the month, unless stated otherwise. Visitors Welcome. Free Car Parking. Occasional visitors are welcome to attend at no charge.

Bitterne Local History Society
Meetings of Bitterne Local History Society are held on the second Saturday of each month (except August) at 7.00pm in Bitterne United Reformed Church (entrance in the Precinct, next to Bitterne Churchyard).Members £1 Non members £3


Saturday 14th

Bygone Bitterne slide show and talk

Ian Abrahams


Saturday 11th

Lawence before and after Arabia

Colin van Geffen


Saturday 09th

Where is and What is that? (Secret haunts of Hampshire)

Jill Daniels


Saturday 13th

Getting started: Family History

Les Mitchinson


Saturday 11th

All the Fun of the Fair (a History of Hampshire Showpeople)

Alastair Arnott



No Meeting



Saturday 12th



Saturday 10th

Violet's Titanic escape

Jane Glennie


Saturday 14th

Memories of the Great War

Geoff Watts


Saturday 12th



Millbrook Local History Society
Meetings at 7-30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road
5th March Village Life 1940's-1950's by John Pitman
2nd April Quiz and Easter Raffle with Tony Biffin
7th May Unto Southampton Do We Shift Our Scene by Geoff Watts
4th June Boys from King Edward's School killed on the Somme - a talk by Peter Jones
2nd July A talk on the History of Hythe Piers and Ferries by Sarah Marsden
3rd September AGM and Quiz with Tony Biffin
1st October Dust on their shoes by John Avery
5th November Mary Rose Tudor Warship by Dr Kenneth Collins

Green Open Space Award 2014

  Thursday 4 September 2014.  Plaque unveiling by the Mayor of Southampton at Daisy Dip, Lobelia Road. 
 Arthur Jeffery chairman CoSS and SCAPPS welcoming the Mayor Councillor Sue Blatchford to the 2014 Award ceremony at Daisy Dip Southampton

 The Award plaque mounted on a willow tree at Daisy Dip Park Southampton

2013 Mural unveiling on 25th May 2013. Image Jill Ghanouni
Lectern at RSH Hospital ChapelGuildhall courtesy Arthur JefferyCourt LeetQM2's first arrival Dec 2003Southampton Old Cemetery
Two mayors laying a wreathMayor's ParlourMural Hamtun Street SouthamptonThorners Regents Park Road
Ceremony to relay the foundation stone at the RSH Hospital in 2011Central Hall SouthamptonFriends of RSH Hospital ChapelSouthampton Art Gallery
 In the 1950's Southampton Council ran a fleet of Guy Arab buses, in fact it was the largest fleet of that marque in the UK
 A small number are lovingly cared for by amateur enthusiasts and are seen out and about from time to time.
The altar in St Julien's, the French Church in Southampton                       Site copyright 2015