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Arts and History
Fordingbridge Art Club – 01425 654 385
Summer Exhibition 2016
Fordingbridge Camera Club – 01425 673 216 www.fordingbridgecameraclub.org.uk
Fordingbridge Choral Society – 01425 655 249
Fordingbridge English Country Dancing – 01425 654 951
Friends of Fordingbridge Museum – 01425 655 813
For our latest news – visit the news and events posts
Fordingbridge Historical Society – 01425 654 872
The Fordingbridge Players – Fordingbridge’s own amateur dramatic group – www.fordingbridgeplayers.org.uk
Hyde Band is a long established organisation founded in 1895 and are based in St Aldhelm’s Church, Sandleheath. Their Training Band for aspiring players of any age meets on Mondays at 6.30 pm. The band perform many engagements locally throughout the year supporting many other local charities in the process. Their web address is www.hydeband.co.uk
Children and Youth
Avonford Youth Club – contact 01425 656 948
The Bridges Children’s Centre – more information available at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/the-bridges-cc
1st Fordingbridge Scout Group
Beavers – 6 to 8 yr olds. Meet Wednesday 6pm to 7.15pm
Cubs – 8 to 10 1/2 yr olds. Meet Tuesday 6.30pm to 8pm
Scouts – 10 1/2 to 14 yr olds. Meet Friday 7.15pm to 9pm
Telephone 01425 652 396 to find out more.
Fordingbridge Youth Action Steering Group – 01425 654 134
This group meets at The Town Hall every two months, and is made up of representatives from Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, Fordingbridge Town Council, the Police and Youth services to name but a few. Contact can be made through the Town Clerk at
Kings Royal Hussars H&IOW ACF XCoy 3Troop Fordingbridge
Based at Barton’s Road, Fordingbridge, we are always looking to recruit Youngsters from 12yrs i.e yr8 at school to leaving age at 18yrs. Contact SI Mike Bowler on 07788 293 936
Turn Up For Fun
YoungFordingbridge.com is a Rotary Club of Fordingbridge initiative to provide information on activities in and around Fordingbridge for young people. –www.youngfordingbridge.com
Fordingbridge Health Walks – your free and friendly walking group.
Join us for some interesting, free walks in The New Forest area.
Friday morning walks generally last for 60-90 minutes and are led by qualified leaders.
Meet on Fridays by 10.20am at the following locations, for a 10.30am start.
For more information, contact the organiser: (07801 621818)
Please note: None of the walks listed have toilets available other than at the pubs listed.
22/4/22. Rockford Common – meet opposite Moyles Court School (5 miles from Fordingbridge)
6/5/22 Broomy Walk & Red Shoot Wood – Broomy Walk Car park Between the Red Shoot Pub & the High Corner Inn (7 miles from Fordingbridge) Nearest Post Code BH24 3RA
Largely flat walk on good paths. A mixture of woodland & moorland. Free parking. Refreshments at the Red Shoot Inn (01425 473789)
13/5/22 Abbotswell & Ogden’s Purlieu – Frogham car park, Abbotswell Road, Frogham (3 miles from Fordingbridge) Nearest Post Code SP6 2JD
Circular Walk on good tracks. Some sections can be wet & there are a couple of steep ascents/descents. Free parking. Refreshments at the Foresters Arms in Frogham (01425 652294)
20/5/22 Woodgreen & Hale – Parking off Hale Purlieu on the right-hand side (5 miles from Fordingbridge) Nearest Post Code SP6 2NN
Circular Walk on roads & good tracks which takes in parts of the Avon Valley Path. Free parking. Refreshments at the Horse & Groom pub in Woodgreen (01725 510739)
27/5/22 Ashley Walk – Ashley Walk car park off B3078 (3 miles from Fordingbridge)
Nearest Post Code SP6 2LN
A quite strenuous walk with 4-5 steep climbs, but worth it for the views. Free parking. Refreshments at Fighting Cox pub in Godshill (01425 652462)
Just turn up and go!
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. All walks are at your own risk. We strongly
recommend that you wear walking shoes/boots as paths can be muddy after rain.
No need to book, just turn up, register & go.
Contact Phil or phone Jan on 07737 688523.
Web site – https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk
Please note that we are due to be rebranded as ‘Ramblers Wellbeing Walks’.
Gardening and Conservation
Fordingbridge Conservation Group – 01425 650 321
Fordingbridge Flower Club – Mrs Ann Brenchley – 01425 652 051
Fordingbridge Greener Living Group – https://fordingbridgegreenerliving.org/
Fordingbridge Horticultural Society – 01425 655 235 – David Melbourne
Country Market – Friday mornings Avonway – 01725 518 350
Health & Welfare
Fordingbridge Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust and operates from Fordingbridge United Reform Church, 41 Salisbury Street Fordingbridge, SP6 1AB. Please do not visit the Foodbank all referrals are made electronically.
Hours of business are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Emergency Food is available via a voucher system. E-referral Vouchers can be issued locally from Fordingbridge Information Office Tel:01425 654560, from The Branch, 1, High Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AS · Tel 07909 711 886 and from GP surgeries, local schools, churches and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau,
Fordingbridge Community Fridge
This initiative was set up by Fordingbridge Greener Living and aims to offer those people in need fresh and frozen food supplies. There is no referral process and people can visit The Branch and help themselves to a limited amount of the foods available on that day.
Please visit The Branch 1, High Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AS · Tel 07909 711 886
Fordingbridge & District Day Centre for the Frail & Housebound – contact Doreen Houghton 01425 653 079
British Red Cross Fordingbridge The charity enables people to borrow aids such as wheelchairs, crutches and walking frames, allowing people to remain independent for longer.
Hours of business: Mon-Fri 10am-12pm, Fri 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
British Red Cross
01425 653 273
Rae Straton Lunch Club for the Elderly – 01425 653 419
Fordingbridge Nursing Aids Trust – To provide appropriate financial help for those in need through health related issues, and who are residents in the catchment area of Fordingbridge General Practitioners
Contact the GP or staff at the surgery. Application forms are available. Referrals can also be made by Social Services, Church leaders or relatives.
Contact can also be made through the Administrator – Mrs Alison Sherman – 01425 654 237 Email –
Friends of Fordingbridge Surgery – Tel Number TBA
The Friends of Fordingbridge Surgery was established as a registered charity in 2001, primarily to responsibly manage these donations in order to provide the best benefit for patients.
The Friends maintain a fund-raising calendar. Proceeds are used to fund the purchasing of equipment or improving facilities in areas of the Practice that may not be adequately met by the NHS funding. The Friends’ aim is to improve the experience of patients using the Surgery, and to enhance its facilities to a level of excellence.
Other important work for the Friends is to maintain an active dialogue with the Patient Participation Group, and to try to understand more clearly the areas of the Surgery that may be improved.
Two Bridges undertakes volunteer driving for elderly and infirm people, with no other means of transport, who need to get to hospital, dentists, doctors, is a necessary and much-valued service. Over this last year, the number of drivers and coordinators has decreased and is therefore in need of more volunteers for this fulfilling role.
The group operates in the Alderholt, Fordingbridge, Godshill and Sandleheath areas.
Fordingbridge and District u3a
If you are no longer in full-time employment or now enjoy more free time and fewer family responsibilities, why not join our local u3a group?
Fordingbridge and District u3a, which has over 150 members, is part of a world-wide movement for people to make the most of life by exploring new ideas, skills and interests.
We have over 30 active groups on a wide range of topics from table tennis to walking, architecture to family history. Or perhaps you would like to learn or brush up on a language skill? No tutors, no exams, just relaxation, interest, fun and friendship.
On the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2.00-4.00 we hold a General Meeting in the Avonway Community Centre when a guest speaker is invited. Chat and refreshments available at the end.
Visit our website and come along to our monthly meeting, a friendly greeting guaranteed!
Check us out at: https://u3asites.org.uk/fordingbridge/welcome
or phone our secretary: 07786228433
Fordingbridge Rotary Club
Rotary is one of the World’s leading membership and humanitarian service organisations and has a small but active branch here in Fordingbridge. Members volunteer their time to make a difference in its local community (as well as around the World) through projects which support education, fighting disease, promoting peace, providing clean water, raising money and much more.
Fordingbridge Rotary Club welcomes people who like to meet new people and want to give something back to their community. For more Information – Fordingbridge Rotary Club – meet at Avonway – Tuesday evenings
Tel: 01425 650 770– www.fordingbridge-rotary.org.uk
Fordingbridge & District Friendship Association (Twinning) – 01425 655 462
Chairman, Alison Ayling 01425 650 770 or Email:
Also see: Twinning Association
Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club – http://www.ringwoodandfordingbridgelions.org.uk
Avon W.I. (Evening Group) – 01425 658 231 – Secretary Mrs Jean Ashby
Fordingbridge Trefoil Guild
Secretary Sue Huckfield – 01725 510 679 www.redlynch.org.uk/trefoil.html
Fordingbridge Embroidery Club – 01425 654 288
Avonway Table Tennis Club – 01425 652 097
Fordingbridge Bowling Club – Founded in 1927 and has a website of their own. Contact telephone number – 01425 656 092 www.fordingbridgebc.com
Fordingbridge Bridge Club – Gentle duplicate bridge at Avonway Community Centre every Tuesday at 7pm. Contact David Hands (01425 652 239).
Fordingbridge and Ringwood Footpath Society – 01425 656 360.
Fordingbridge Sports Club (cricket, football, hockey & rugby) – Secretary – 01425 657 056
Fordingbridge Town Football – 4 yrs-under 16s. Has League teams for under 9s -under 16s www.fordingbridgetown.co.uk
The Fordingbridge Whippet Racing Club We meet on the Fordingbridge Recreation Ground twice a week to race our whippets. We are a small friendly group so if you would like to come and meet us and race your Whippet, Terrier, Lurcher, then please do come along.
Please contact Doreen on 07931 661 038
Run Fit Fordingbridge is a women’s focused fitness business based in Fordingbridge with many activities taking place in the beautiful New Forest. My ethos and primary goal is to encourage and support women to become more physically active and to welcome women of all fitness abilities. I serve the following areas: Fordingbridge and surrounding villages within a 10 mile radius, Verwood, Ringwood, and Salisbury
mobile – 0789 137 7290