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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. From 9th March 2015 a new charging structure replacing it with a new fee of 50p every half an hour after 6pm.


Meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall in Belle Vue Road starting at 7pm. Visitors are welcome, facilities for disabled persons.   

25th January 2016   Southampton 1940
This will focus particularly on the two major attacks
on the Supermarine Aircraft works at Woolston. Talk by John Smith

22nd February 2016 AGM with our President the Mayor of Southampton in the chair followed by refreshments and a short presentation "Remembering Captain Fryatt"
21st March 2016 [note date to avoid Easter weekend] A small study on Mathematical Tiles in Southampton and Hampshire by Nigel Cook

25th April 2016 Uncle Albert's Diaries - account of a RAMC medical orderly's experience on hospital trains, Netley Royal Victoria Hospital and hospital ships in wartime by Andy Skinner
23rd May 2016 Searching Out War Memorials by Geoff Watts
20 June 2016  annual outdoor visit; guided visit to St Michael's Church, Bugle Street followed by afternoon tea at the Dolphin Hotel
26th September 2016 Businesses in Southampton by Vicki Green
24th October 2016 New Hope UK the Southampton based charity. Talk by Jill Ghanouni MBE 
28th November 2016 Prisons and punishment in the 19th Century by Colin Moretti






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.
Sunday 13th September Picnic in the Park 12 - 2 pm , Jazz band, games, meet other park supporters [bring your picnic]
Thursday 19th November Pub Quiz at the Duke of Wellington 7.30 pm only £12 per person which includes a curry supper.

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, 16/11/2015 – Tracing my GI father - Pauline Natividad
    • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 21/12/2015 – Christmas Buffet & Members' Evening


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. There is some uncertainty on the future of the group but there has as yet been no announcement and the SCC website is now many months out of date.

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 at The Hawthorns Saturday 21st November, 10.00am
Task Day - Members Only Saturday 5th December, 10.00am
1st Walk - Themed Friday 1st January, 2.00pm

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.

December 2





Southampton City Museums Archaeology Society

For further details contact Anna at or 'phone 07812 851095

 Friends of Southampton Museums, Archives and Galleries


Organizer Diana Tizzard Phone: 023 8055 6981 Email:

Bruges and Beyond

November 11 @ 10:30 am
Southampton Solent University,
Test Conference Room, 157-187 Above Bar Street
Southampton SO14 7NN 

Gordon Massie – Bruges and Beyond – the story of three ‘Netherlandish Cities’ , Bruges, Antwerp and Amsterdam and how the achieved success from trade. Without this generation of wealth the artists and craftsman would have taken their trade elsewhere.

Celebrating the Centenary of Toc H

December 9 @ 10:30 am
Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery,

Geoff Watts – The origins of the charity, Toc H, go back to Belgium during the First World War and date from December 1915. Geoff’s talk will trace the history from that time and include the very important part Southampton played in the story of Toc H when it was formed in this country, after the war. Geoff’s overall aim is to put together, for Southampton’s records and not on a commercial basis, a history of Toc H in Southampton…

Christmas Lunch at The Aspire

December 15 @ 12:00 pm
The Aspire, The Hub, City College,
Christmas Lunch at The Aspire Restaurant, City College.  12 noon, £17.50 – 35 places.  £5 deposit required on booking, balance on or before 9th December.  Bookings close 28th November.

The Cult of Splendour: The Artistic Legacy of the Knights of St John of Malta

January 13, 2016 @ 10:30 am
Barbara Peacock – The arrival of the Knights of St John in Malta in 1530 was the prelude to two and a half centuries of remarkable building and artistic activity. Their heroic defeat of the overwhelmingly more powerful forces of the Turks in the legendary Great Siege of 1565 inspired the building of the new city of Valetta. Dramatically sited on a rocky headland, this is the finest fortified city in Europe, a monument to Renaissance military engineering

Paul Nash, 1889-1946, artist of poetic vision

February 10, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Southampton Solent University,
Test Conference Room, 157-187 Above Bar Street
Southampton SO14 7NN 
Christine Clearkin  – After an uncertain and whimsical start to his artistic career, Paul Nash was transformed into a major artist by his experiences on the Western Front of the Great War, establishing his international reputation.    In the years that followed the War he experimented and sought to find a style sufficient to express what he perceived in the world around him, and he was counted among the leading avant garde artists of his day.

Botticelli Reimagined

March 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am
Southampton Solent University,
Test Conference Room, 157-187 Above Bar Street
Southampton SO14 7NN 

SOLENT IS MOVING!  WE MIGHT HAVE MOVED TO THE NEW BUILDING across the Park in East Park Terrace – PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU COME. David Westhead – Botticelli : Paintings of Love , Spring and Marriage in late 15th century Florence.

Lucas Cranach the Elder – Artist of the Protestant Reformation

April 13, 2016 @ 10:30 am
Southampton Solent University,
Test Conference Room, 157-187 Above Bar Street
Southampton SO14 7NN 
Probably the new building – please make sure you know ahead of time. Valerie Bryant  –  Lucas, the son of painter Hans Maler, was born in Kronach, Bavaria in c1472 and subsequently adopted the town of his birth as his last name. He settled in Wittenberg, Saxony, in 1505 and became court painter to the Elector of Saxony, Frederick III (the Wise). Cranach was an astute businessman, maintaining a large painting workshop, apothecary and print shops.

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

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 12th

 Southampton Ukelele Jam [live music]


Millbrook Local History Society
Meetings at 7-30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road
Meetings at 7-15pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road

Fl Lt James Nicolson VC. by Steve Walcock 7th January 2016

History of RNLI. by Caroline Till 4th February 2016

Romsey War Horses by Phoebe Merrick  3rd March 2016
A stroll through Shirley in the 1970's / 1980's by Tony Biffin 7th April 2016

Mutiny on the Bounty "Bligh v Christian" by David Pepper 5th May 2016

100 years of WI and beyond by Helen Carter 2nd June 2016

Fire Service in time of War by Alan House 7th July 2016

A year in the life of the New Forest Pony by Ann Sevier 7th October 2016  

The War Under the Ground (Somme) by Peter Jones 3rd November 2016



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