Editor John Avery - member Southampton Heritage Federation -  City of Southampton Society [Honorary Life Member]- Friends of Town Quay Park - Devon Family History Society - Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery [co-founder] [Honorary Life Member] - National Federation of Cemetery Friends - Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland- The Southampton Fryatt Plaque [co-founder]
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City of Southampton Society [charity]
The general meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall [ground floor] in Bellevue Road off London Road. There is a hearing loop and facilities for disabled visitors. The meetings start at 7pm. The February meeting is the AGM and our President the Mayor of Southampton takes the chair.[Please note SCC charge for cars to park on the street until 8pm].
We attempt to have a variety of talks and speakers, some make return visits especially when a presentation has been well received by the members.  
We normally meet on the 4th Monday of specified months but occasionally alter this arrangement to avoid clashing with public holidays such as Easter.
We welcome visitors to our meetings Image courtesy Will Temple



24th April 2017 The Lost Pubs of Southampton by Dave Goddard
22nd May 2017 Berthon and his Boats by Barbara Burridge
[the Romsey vicar who developed the collapsible lifeboat as used on the Titanic]
June 2017 Annual outdoor visit [details to follow later]
27th November 2017 The War Under the Ground [Somme] by Peter Jones

Visitors are welcome as guests

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
A 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

 January 9th

Victorian-style Music Entertainment

Peter Trodd

February 6th

Flying Boats in Southampton

Colin van Geffen

March 6th     

Arc Deco Buildings in Southampton

Andy Russel

April 3rd

Quaker Businesses in Britain

John Avery

May 8th

Gun Wharf Area of Portsmouth

M Underwood

June 5th

The Camden Winding Vaults of the London & Birmingham Railway

Bill Fawcett

July 3rd

Dorset Then and Now from the Air

Gordon le Pard

August 7th

The Fire Service

Alan House

September 4th

Steam Engines and Commercial Vehicles:  A Miscellany

Bob Smith

October 2nd

A Unique china clay works at Small Hanger on Dartmoor

Peter Stanier

November 6th

Annual General Meeting

December 4th

A Million Dollars of Entertainment

Bill White

Millbrook Local History Society

Meetings at 7-30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road


6th April 2017 Quaker Businesses in Britain by John Avery
4th May 2017 My RAF Fighter Pilot's recollections in Stalag Luft 3 by John Hall
1st June 2017 Evoking the memories of King Alfred's Buses
6th July 2017 Strolling through Shirley in the 50's and 60's by Tony Biffin
7th September 2017 AGM and Quiz
 5th October 2017 A life in the year of a New Forest Pony by Anne Servier
2nd November 2017 Tichborne Claimant by John Avery

 Friends of Town Quay Park

Gardening Group: The gardening group has now finished its work for the year and will start again when the weather warms up in the New Year.  We are always happy to welcome people to the group – no experience necessary just some enthusiasm and you can help keep the park looking good.

Park improvements: The rocks on the mound side have now been installed and it’s good to see people enjoyed the views from the mound and the new seating when weather permits. Plans for the East Side are in the process of being drawn up we will provide more information in the new year.

FEPOW memorial wreath laying: We laid a wreath on behalf of Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) at the memorial in the park on 11th November.  A small group of children from St John’s school joined us with some lovely hand-made wreaths they had created in school.  

Bob Hucklesby, a FEPOW veteran who arrived back in Southampton adjacent to Town Quay on an Italian hospital ship on 18th November 1945, came last year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of his return.  This year, he again organised the wreath laying which included a short service conducted by the BBC Radio Solent Padre and a professional trumpeter sounded Last Post and Reveille. The Exhortation was read by Walter Tuttlebee, one of the group of nine COFEPOW (children of far east prisoners of war) members present from the Bournemouth and District branch. Others in the gathering included three brothers, whose uncle died in Changi and a niece of an internee in Hong Kong.   

Bitterne Local History Society   Entry fees: Members £1.00 Non Members £3.00
Meetings 2017  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).



Saturday 11th Bygone Bitterne Ian Abrahams


Saturday 8th All Around the Gallopers: the restoration of a Merry-go Round

Bob Smith


Saturday 13th Lady Maria Clutterbuck Jane Glennie


Saturday 10th Southampton Passenger Ships & Docks Jake Simpkin


Saturday 8th Mary Seacole: the lady without the lamp John Avery


No Meeting


Saturday 10th AGM


Saturday 14th Jane Austen's Southampton Dr Cheryl Butler


Saturday 11th The Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War Stephen Fisher


Saturday 9th TBA



Green Open Spaces Award. The City of Southampton Society with Southampton Common and Parks Protection Society hold an annual competition to recognise a Community Park. The larger city parks are already catered for by the Green Flag Awards so this selection is for smaller local parks with community involvement and support.

The winner for 2016was Queen's Park, Platform Road and the mayor l unveiled the plaque at 11am on Thursday 8th September. The Highly Commended Award this year was awarded to Sholing Valley Study Centre.
Grateful acknowledgements to the two members of CoSS who sponsor the scheme.

Past winners are:

            St James’ Park, Shirley

            Sholing Doorstep Green

            The Shirley Warren Community Garden

            The Woolston Millennium Garden

            Shirley Pond/Lordsdale Greenway

            Portswood Recreation Ground

            Cedar Lodge Park, Shirley
           Town Quay Park
           Daisy Dip, Lobella Road
Where no “Friends” groups had existed before, we found that following the receipt of the Open Spaces Award these parks have set up local Friends of the Park groups.

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 2016