Meetings / Events
27/02/2019 - Commander 'Buster' Crabb - What Really Happened?
A fascinating talk by Dr. John Bevan of the Historical Diving Society who will provide an expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Commander Crabb during a spying mission on a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.
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
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.’