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Arts and History

Community Choir (One Voice) – 01425 657 785Email:

Fordingbridge Art Club – 01425 654 385

Fordingbridge Camera Club – 01425 673 216

Fordingbridge Choral Society – 01425 655 249

Fordingbridge English Country Dancing  – 01425 654 951
Facebook page

Friends of Fordingbridge Museum – Telephone: 01425 655 222 Email:

Fordingbridge Historical Society Telephone: 01425 654 995

The Fordingbridge Players – Fordingbridge’s own amateur dramatic group –

Hyde Band

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

Children and Youth

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.

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

Ringwood & Fordingbridge Health Walks – 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.

January Date:

  • 03/05/24. Abbotswell & Ogden’s Purlieu – Frogham car park, Abbotswell Road, Frogham 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)
  • 10/05/24. Rockford & Ibsley Commons via Appleslade – Appleslade car park Post Code BH24 3LX – A circular walk with 2 steep ascents. A mixture of woodland and open spaces, mostly on good tracks. Free parking. Refreshments at the Red Shoot Inn (01425 473789)
  • 17/05/24. Janesmoor Pond – Car Park Nearest Post Code SO43 7HH. – A figure of Eight walk which is slightly longer than usual. Mostly though the forest on good tracks with some slight inclines to undertake. Free Parking. Refreshments at the Royal Oak in Fritham (02380 812606)
  • 22/05/24. Turf Hill & Hale Purlieu – Turf Hill car park off B3080 Nearest Post Code SP5 2PU – Largely Flat circular walk with spectacular views over moorland on good tracks. Can be wet. Free parking. Refreshments at Fighting Cocks pub in Godshill (01425 652462)
  • 31/05/24 Linford Bottom – Car Park Post Code BH24 3HU. A circular walk through woods which is largely flat. Can be muddy when wet. Refreshments at the London Tavern in Poulner (01425 473819)

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 –

Gardening and Conservation

Fordingbridge Conservation Group – 01425 650 321

Fordingbridge Flower Club – Mrs Ann Brenchley – 01425 652 051

Fordingbridge Greener Living Group –

Fordingbridge Horticultural Society – 01425 655 235 – David Melbourne

Country Market – Friday mornings Avonway – 01725 518 350

Health & Welfare

The FareShare Larder is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by reducing food shopping bills. FareShare is the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity. They were born out of the belief that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry. They work with national supermarkets and food producers together with local volunteers.

For a set weekly membership fee the local community can have access to a variety of tinned products as well as fresh fruit and vegetables and chilled items. Membership options are based on household size.

The FareShare Larder will be operating from Avonway Community Centre, Fordingbridge every Friday from 1.30pm to 3pm along with representatives from NDFC for benefit advice

Fordingbridge Foodbank

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
Bartons Road 

01425 653 273 or visit

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.

Tel: 01425 208 195 email:

Two Bridges

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.

For further details on volunteering and to book this service: Contact  0845 838 5902 and/or email:

General Interest

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:
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

The Fordingbridge Society

Fordingbridge & District Friendship Association (Twinning) – 01425 655 462
Chairman, Alison Ayling 01425 650 770 or Email:
Also see: Twinning Association

Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club

Ladies Groups

Avon W.I. (Evening Group) – 01425 658 231 – Secretary Mrs Jean Ashby

Fordingbridge Trefoil Guild 

Secretary Sue Huckfield – 01725 510 679

Fordingbridge Embroidery Club – 01425 654 288


Avonway Table Tennis Club – 01425 652 097

Fordingbridge Badminton Club – Meets Thursdays 7.30pm September-April at Fordingbridge Town Hall email:

Fordingbridge Bowling Club – Founded in 1927 and has a website of their own. Contact telephone number – 01425 656 092

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

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

Runfit Fordingbridge

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