John Avery Heritage
Member Southampton
Heritage Federation
 Sharing local history with the community
In 1967 the Queen Mary set off on her final voyage to Longbeach, California. This watercolour by Eric Crompton records the farewell.A stone carving on the RSH Hospital Chapel.An afternoon stroll on Plymouth Breakwater
John Avery is a Fellow of the Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland, a member of Southampton
Heritage Federation, City of Southampton Society [Honorary Life Member], Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery [Honorary Life Member],  Friends of  Town Quay Park, National Federation of Cemetery Friends, The Southampton Fryatt Plaque, Devon Family History Society, Friends of Southampton's Museums, Archives and Galleries and 
West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust , Landmark Trust, National Trust
Copyright 2017

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City of Southampton Society
Our general meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall [ground floor] in Bellevue Road off London Road. There is a hearing loop and facilities for disabled visitors. The meetings start at 7pm. The February meeting is the AGM and our President the Mayor of Southampton takes the chair.
We attempt to have a variety of talks and speakers, some make return visits especially when a presentation has been well received by the members.  
We normally meet on the 4th Monday of specified months but occasionally alter this arrangement to avoid clashing with public holidays such as Easter.

Visitors are welcome, facilities for disabled persons.   

 Please note that from January 2014 SCC imposed street parking fee of £2 from 6pm to 8pm. From 9th March 2015 a new payment structure : it will also include scrapping the controversial evening charge that forced motorists to pay £2 to park for even a few minutes, and replacing it with a new fee of 50p every half an hour after 6pm.

Meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall in Bellevue Road starting at 7pm. 

24th April 2017  The Lost Pubs of Southampton talk by Dave Goddard

22nd May 2017 Berthon and his Boats by Barbara Burridge
[the Romsey vicar who developed the collapsible lifeboat as used on the Titanic]
June 2017 Annual outdoor visit [details to follow later]
25th September 2017 Jane Austen's Southampton by Dr Cheryl Butler
23rd October 2017 Searching for War Memorials by Geoff Watts
27th November 2017 The War Under the Ground [Somme] by Peter Jones

The City of Southampton Society welcomes new members. The Society [a charity] works with other amenity groups and the council to ensure the development of well designed buildings and features, the best choice of protecting conservation areas, protection of listed buildings, maximum retention of green open spaces and the general awareness of the city's heritage. The Society welcomes individuals, not for profit organisations and societies and businesses as members.

Southampton Local History Forum

now discontinued


Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society an active group with a current membership of about 100, interested in all aspects of  Hampshire's Industrial Archaeology.

All meetings  are held at the Underhill Centre, St. John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF at 7.45 PM on the first Monday of the month, unless stated otherwise. Visitors Welcome. Free Car Parking. Occasional visitors are welcome to attend at no charge.




  January 9th

Victorian-style Music Entertainment

Peter Trodd

February 6th

Flying Boats in Southampton

Colin van Geffen

March 6th     

Arc Deco Buildings in Southampton

Andy Russel

April 3rd

Quaker Businesses in Britain

John Avery

May 8th

Gun Wharf Area of Portsmouth

M Underwood

June 5th

The Camden Winding Vaults of the London & Birmingham Railway

Bill Fawcett

July 3rd

Dorset Then and Now from the Air

Gordon le Pard

August 7th

The Fire Service

Alan House

September 4th

Steam Engines and Commercial Vehicles:  A Miscellany

Bob Smith

October 2nd

A Unique china clay works at Small Hanger on Dartmoor

Peter Stanier

November 6th

Annual General Meeting

December 4th

A Million Dollars of Entertainment

Bill White



Hampshire Genealogical Society Southampton branch
This friendly and welcoming group meets at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, Commercial Street, Bitterne.  We welcome both new members and visitors to our group.

      • March 20, 2017, 7:30 pm: Winchester - Andrew Negus
      • April 17, 2017, 7:30 pm: *** No meeting as it is Easter Monday ***
      • May 15, 2017, 7:30 pm: Writing your family history - Chris Lightfoot
      • June 19, 2017, 7:30 pm: Carlton Crescent and Rockstone Place - Jake Simpkin

Millbrook Local History Society

Meetings at 7-30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road
6th April 2017 Quaker Businesses in Britain by John Avery
4th May 2017 My RAF Fighter Pilot's recollections in Stalag Luft 3 by John Hall
1st June 2017 Evoking the memories of King Alfred's Buses
6th July 2017 Strolling through Shirley in the 50's and 60's by Tony Biffin
7th September 2017 AGM and Quiz
 5th October 2017 A life in the year of a New Forest Pony by Anne Servier
2nd November 2017 Tichborne Claimant by John Avery

Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery





Saturday 2nd January, 10.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 16th January, 10.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 6th February, 9.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 20th February, 10.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 5th March, 10.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 19th March, 10.00am


Sunday 27th March, 2.00pm

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 2nd April, 10.00am

Titanic - Booking advisable

Saturday 9th April, 11.00am

Titanic - Booking advisable

Saturday 9th April, 1.30pm

Titanic - Booking advisable

Sunday 10th April, 11.00am

Titanic - Booking advisable

Sunday 10th April, 1.30pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 16th April, 9.00am

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 24th April, 2.00pm


Saturday 7th May, 10.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 14th May, 10.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 21st May, 10.00am

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 29th May, 2.00pm

Heritage Walk

Wednesday 1st June, 11.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 4th June, 10.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 18th June, 10.00am

Tales of the Sea

Sunday 19th June, 2.00pm

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Saturday 25th June, 2.00pm

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 2nd July, 10.00am


Sunday 3rd July, 3.00pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 16th July, 10.00am

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 31st July, 2.00pm

Heritage Walk

Wednesday 3rd August, 11.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 6th August, 10.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 20th August, 10.00am

Unusual Deaths

Sunday 21st August, 2.00pm

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 28th August, 2.00pm

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 3rd September, 10.00am

Heritage Weekend

Saturday 10th September, 11.30am

Heritage Weekend

Saturday 10th September, 2.30pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 17th September, 10.00am

Signs & Symbols

Sunday 18th September, 2.00pm

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 25th September, 2.00pm

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 1st October, 10.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 15th October, 10.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 5th November, 10.00am

Remembrance Sunday Ceremony

Sunday 13th November, 2.15pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 19th November, 10.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 3rd December, 10.00am


Saturday 17th December, 10.00am

Southampton City Museums Archaeology Society
  For further details or to book contact Anna at

If you would like to feature local talks and events [non commercial] please get in touch

Green Open Space Award

This project, which is generously sponsored by two members of CoSS, has achieved great success by promoting interest in our local parks in the city.

The Green Flag Award acknowledges the importance of Southampton Common and the Central Parks, but our own award scheme emphasises the need for local communities to identify with their local public open space.

Past winners are:

            St James’ Park, Shirley

            Sholing Doorstep Green

            The Shirley Warren Community Garden

            The Woolston Millennium Garden

            Shirley Pond/Lordsdale Greenway

            Portswood Recreation Ground

            Cedar Lodge Park, Shirley

Where no “Friends” groups had existed before, we found that following the receipt of the Open Spaces Award these parks have set up local Friends of the Park groups.

 Judges from both Societies  met in July to tour the nominated parks and choose a winning entry.  The Mayor unveiled a plaque at the successful park early on 5th September.


 Plaque Unveiling by the Mayor of Southampton - The ceremony  took place at 11.00 am on Thursday 5 September 2013. The award for 2013 was made to Friends of Town Quay Park and the runner up to Freemantle Lake Park.

members and guests gathering for the plaque ceremony. Image Will Temple.

Chairman Arthur Jeffery invited the Mayor to unveil the plaque. Image Will Temple.

Image Will Temple

  Thursday 4 September 2014.  Plaque unveiling by the Mayor of Southampton.   The plaque is embedded in a willow tree at Daisy Dip park.

Presenting the 2014 award to the daisy Dip Park

West End Local History Society

Meetings are held in the Parish Centre, Chapel Road at 7-30pm, facilities for attendees with disabilities. visitors pay £2 at the door.

Friends of Town Quay Park

News: on 7th November children from St John’s School Bug Club helped with the laying of poppy wreaths in the FEPOW garden. They listened attentively as FTQP volunteers discussed the 2 world wars, prisoner of war camps, the return to Southampton, the concern of families of FEPOW, giving thanks for the safe return of many and commemorating those who didn’t come back.  It was a solemn but also very enjoyable occasion that added meaning to the work we do in the park.

Fundraising: 40 friends of the park took part in a quiz at the Duke of Wellington, Bugle Street and had a very jolly evening whilst raising £250 for our funds

Gardening group: This volunteer group continues to meet on the first Friday and third Sunday of each month. We have spent some of our own funds on planting autumn plants and spring bulbs. 



Bitterne Local History Society 
Meetings of Bitterne Local History Society are held on the second Saturday of each month (except August) at 7.00pm in Bitterne United Reformed Church (entrance in the Precinct, next to Bitterne Churchyard).
Members £1 Non members £3       see



Saturday 11th Bygone Bitterne Ian Abrahams


Saturday 8th All Around the Gallopers: the restoration of a Merry-go Round

Bob Smith


Saturday 13th Lady Maria Clutterbuck Jane Glennie


Saturday 10th Southampton Passenger Ships & Docks Jake Simpkin


Saturday 8th Mary Seacole: the lady without the lamp John Avery


No Meeting


Saturday 10th AGM


Saturday 14th Jane Austen's Southampton Dr Cheryl Butler


Saturday 11th The Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War Stephen Fisher


Saturday 9th TBA




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snowfall Southampton Old Cemetery courtesy FoSOCSeamen's strike at Southampton 1966Royal Blues at Bournemouth c 1949 photo by Derek Amey local historians Jim Brown and John Avery deep in thought. Image Ann MacGillivray Veronica Tippetts addressing Court Leet Oct 2nd 2012. Image Will TempleJohn Melody Southampton Town Crier at Court Leet 2012. Image Will Temple