What’s New? – This July we have published the first poem – a recollection by an American Fighter Pilot, who flew from the New Forest Airfields. This page will be added to as time progresses. Check out the ‘Fighter Pilot Memories’ page of the website to follow this lead.
Forthcoming FONFA Museum Open Days and Events are listed below.
On Wednesday 31st October we will hold a ‘Members Only’ event at the Museum starting at 1830 hrs. PLEASE bring your membership card with you. N.B. If you are a non-Member reading this, and would like to join, please come along and your annual membership will then include the whole of 2019. As well as being an opportunity for members to see the improvements that we have put in place in the Museum this year, there will be an update on progress, regarding planned developments. At 1845 hrs there will be a PowerPoint presentation on ‘The New Forest Airfields in WWII’ by our Chair of Trustees, Dr Henry Goodall. We hope that members will take this opportunity to learn more about the history presented in the Museum and to take an active role in the upcoming Open Days in 2019.
Sunday, October 14th was the last scheduled Museum Open Day for 2018, Open Days run from 10 am to 4 pm. Light refreshments are available for visitors, on Open Days. Free Parking is available adjacent to the Museum.
The planned Open Days for 2019 are listed below. In addition, there will be other events planned. Further information will be distributed nearer the dates.
The 2019 Open Days are all Sundays (usually the First and Third Sundays in the month):
April 7th (Easter holidays) & 14th (Vintage Car Drive-in Day)
May 5th & 19th
June 2nd & 16th
June 30th Annual Memorial Service
July 7th & 21st
August 4th & 18th (Summer Holidays)
September 1st & 15th(Summer Holidays)
October 6th & 20th
Museum entry is either free, on production of your FONFA Membership card, or via a cash donation for non-Members of a Minimum £7.50 for adults and £3 for 10-16 year olds (Entry is Free to ‘under 10s’). Service Veterans (pre-1961) are admitted at a concessionary rate of £3, on production of their Service ID. N.B New Members joining in October will receive Membership for the whole of 2019 inclusive. A donation of £10 gives visitors to FONFA Membership for the current calendar year (an unlimited number of visits on Open Days and other events) and regular Members’ Newsletters, if you wish to become a member. More dates will be added as events are arranged.
Please be aware that we are required by law to have two trained Fire Warden Trustees on site, whenever members of the public are admitted. The Trustees, who are all unpaid volunteers, are willing to consider requests from groups of ten or more adults, to visit the Museum on mutually agreed days. We will do their best to accommodate such requests, in addition to our normal Outreach Programme for visits by local school parties.
Future Change of Address & New Postcode: It may be next year before a correct Post Code is entered in all SatNav databases, so for SatNav users, the old postcode BH23 8AU is still appropriate for the Museum until further notice. Enter the Heatherstone Grange Estate from Derritt Lane and turn immediately left, following the road round the estate as in the map below:
Contact via e-mail remains the same, namely firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to join FONFA as a new member, please see the enrolment form under the headline ‘Join Us or Make a Donation’ above.