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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
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 & District U3A – For more information the Chairman Chris Gates can be contacted on 01425 656348, or telephone the Membership Secretary Peter Woollett on 01425 655 490 to request a Membership Pack or visit our website http://u3asites.org.uk/fordingbridge
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