Welcome to Fordingbridge Town Council
With great sadness, we announce the passing of our friend and fellow councillor, Malcolm Adams.
It was announced yesterday that Malcolm had passed away. He will be greatly missed by all of us at Fordingbridge Town Council.
Mayor and Councillor, Anna Wilson said, “Malcolm was highly respected by both The Town Council and the residents of Fordingbridge.
He will be missed immensely by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
As a council, we offer our deepest condolences to Malcolm’s family and friends.”
Fordingbridge Town Council wishes
a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year
to Residents and Businesses
Christmas In Fordingbridge 5-8pm on Friday 2 December
Fordingbridge Goes for Green Christmas at Lights Switch On
It’s green for go as Christmas in Fordingbridge gets switched on with a family event to celebrate the Christmas lights being switched on.
The event will take place from 5-8pm on Friday 2nd of December and this year, is a joint event with Fordingbridge Events Group, Fordingbridge Town Council, Fordingbridge Greener Living and Fordingbridge Rotary.
Activities in town throughout the evening include The Green Christmas Fair 3pm-9pm at the Town Hall where they will be offering a Christmas Party Outfit swap at 7pm.
There will be street performers, Colin Nutley’s Christmas disco, christmas stalls, crafts for kids (at The Salvation Army), Santa reading from his grotto, choir performances, Hyde Band and dance performances and much more.
Events will be located from Fordingbridge Museum and the URC church in Salisbury Street along the High Street, in the car park by Roundhill and in the Marketplace.
Details can be found at www.fordingbridgeevents.com and this site will be updated as more activities are added.
The ever popular Christmas Town Trail will once again be running and is available to download, please click the link here
Paper copies are available from Fordingbridge Information Office and Fordingbridge Library. It will run until 30th December with a prize to collect from the Information Office or the Library.
Approximate timings for the evening are:
4.30pm: Roads closed – affected streets include Roundhill, the High Street, Provost Street and Shaftesbury Street
5pm: Event starts – stalls, street entertainers, choirs and entertainment including Christmas disco, Santa in his grotto
6pm: Procession of Santa by train through the town
6.15pm: Santa switches on the Xmas lights and then heads back to his grotto outside I N Newman’s
6.15-8pm: More entertainment, street performers and grotto readings by Santa
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2022
Fordingbridge is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Forde.
The River Avon runs through the town which lies 13 miles south of Salisbury.
To the east is the New Forest and to the west are the Western Downlands and Cranborne Chase. The current population is approximately 6000 people.
The first Great Bridge, from which the town received its present name, was built in mediaeval times prior to 1252.
It is built of local stone and has a total of 7 arches spanning the river.
Although it has been subject to various works over the years it remains a major feature of the town.
A bronze statue of the controversial painter, Augustus John, stands on the banks of the Avon near the Great Bridge.
The town enjoys a beautiful park where visitors and locals can take advantage of the river, the children’s play area, skate park, secluded memorial gardens and sports playing fields.
Since 1982 Fordingbridge has been twinned with Vimoutiers in Normandy.
It is also home to Fordingbridge Turks FC, one of the 50 oldest football clubs in England, established circa 1868.
Fordingbridge Town Council is politically independent and has 12 elected councillors who are accountable to the electors of the town.
Currently we have 8 members of staff and the annual precept for 2020/21 is approximately £230,000.
As a Town Council we are the first layer of local government.
Our aim is to engage local people and respond to their needs, through representation as community advocates and by providing services such as parks and open spaces.