Meetings / Events
27/03/2019 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part IV
PFS member James Doherty concludes the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.
24/04/2019 - A Short Biography of the English Channel
Details to follow. Speaker: Iain Kennedy
22/05/2019 - Tommy Atkins
Tommy Atkins –
A generic term for the British soldier in two world wars, but the origin of the
name "Tommy” has its roots in the nineteenth century. This talk by PFS member Michael Forrest describes the
life of the regular British soldier on the Western Front during the First World
The 2018 issue of The Redan is now available, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 13th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 15th October.
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The development of Fort Gilkicker
to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again.
According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the
investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from
Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so
are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main
frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not
able to see the project through to the end."
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Freshwater Redoubt For Sale
Details have circulated in the press and the following can be found on the Daily Mail website:
‘Security won't be a worry with this stunning property - a 160-year-old former fort built to defend the Isle of Wight from the threat of the French Navy. The once-functional military building is now a beautiful home perched on a cliff with one of the UK's best coastal views. Freshwater Redoubt still has its old ramparts, tunnels and gun emplacements, as well as a helicopter landing pad and its own beach which is only accessible by boat or at low tide. The house, which can be an eight-bedroom home or divided up into several smaller properties, is now on the market with Biles and Co for £3million. Known as Fort Redoubt, the building was created in 1855-56 to protect Freshwater Bay on the western end of the island, which was a possible landing beach for enemy troops to attack the Needles Battery.’