FONFA was well represented again this year with a stand at the important Lyndhurst Volunteering Fair, at the Lyndhurst Community Centre, on Sunday 28th January. Over forty community organisations attended and several dozen visitors stopped by to chat with FONFA Trustees and learn about FONFA, our new Museum at Bransgore and the memories we hold in trust, for future generations.MP for New Forest East, Dr Julian Lewis, pictured here (left) with FONFA Trustees Lynn Coirbin and John Brooks, was one of the dozens of visitors who were interested in the history of the New Forest Airfields and our display of model dioramas, depicting aircraft that flew from the Forest in World War II. Chair of Trustees, Dr Henry Goodall and fellow Trustee, Charles McKenzie, were also on the stand, speaking with many new contacts and networking with other New Forest Voluntary organisations.
Henry Goodall said, “This is the premier opportunity in the year, when we have the time and stage to speak with a large number of people, who have either never heard of FONFA or know very little of our organisation and what we do. We value this event highly and have made several new contacts. We hope that these meetings will translate into increased knowledge for the people of Hampshire and Dorset about the WW2 airfields and that they will join our Membership, to learn more. Furthermore, we are confident that, when they visit the FONFA Museum and the New Forest Airfields Memorial, they will have a greater understanding of the effort and sacrifices which former generations made, here in the New Forest, and expand their knowledge of this critical phase in Britain’s history.”