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, West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust , Landmark Trust, National Trust
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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. 


23rd March 2020 Cancelled due to coronavirus advice received
 Mary Beale 17th Century Painter by Dr Cheryl Butler

27th April 2020 Cancelled  The Economic Growth of Southampton by Denise Edghill SCC Service Director -Growth

 18th May 2020 Cancelled [avoiding bank holiday] Messages from the Front by Margaret Braddock. From her collection of 5000 postcards Margaret selects some cards sent from the WWI Front.

28th September 2020   Shipwrecks Found in the Solent -Maritime Archaeology Trust
The intention is to decide the future of the Society, members will be contacted if the corona virus restrictions still apply

26th October 2020 Cancelled John Vine - artist. A man born with deformed arms who became a fine artist. Talk by Margaret Braddock.

23rd November 2020 Cancelled
1940, air attacks on Supermarine Spitfire factory. Talk by John Smith

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.

Non commercial events such as talks and heritage walks are advertised here free of charge  

Bitterne Local History Society

Meetings are held in United Reformed Church Bitterne Precinct entrance next to Iceland store and the churchyard entrance. Members £2 Visitors £3 time 7-30pm


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. 

Talks are held at the Parish Centre in Chapel Road at 7-30 pm. Parking, facilities for disabled members and visitors, teas and coffees after the meeting. Visitors fee £2. 













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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