Palmerston Forts Society

Meetings / Events

Meetings are held at Fort Nelson on the fourth Wednesday of every month, excluding August and December, often with speakers on military subjects that may range from Victorian guns to local history to World War One and Two.

The meetings are held at Fort Nelson from 19.30 to 21.00 hours, and are both informative and social occasions. One meeting each year is normally a visit to a local fort or gun battery not generally available to the public.

Forthcoming Events

27/11/2019

The Eagle Divided - A Tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland

A talk by PFS member Lewis Sharp of his 2018 tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland.


26/02/2020

The Black and Tans and the Anglo-Irish War

2020 marks the centenary of the deployment of the para-military police force - the Black and Tans - in Ireland. Their indiscriminate and heavy-handed methods succeeded in dragging the IRA to the negotiating table but alienated the majority of the law-abiding Irish population. The talk on this fascinating and generally forgotten subject will be given by PFS member Richard Willcocks


25/03/2020

Wellington: Iron Duke or Old Nosey?

A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum


22/04/2020

The Empire Shrinks: Flashman and the First Anglo-Afghan War

PFS member James Doherty provides an insight into one of the worst British military disasters of Queen Victoria's reign, and ponders the contribution of the rapscallion, but fictional, Harry Flashman.


27/05/2020

Franklin's Lost Expedition

PFS member Nick Tudgey tells the tragic story of Franklin's lost expedition, a British voyage of Arctic exploration led by Captain Sir John Franklin that departed England in 1845 aboard two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. The two ships became icebound in Victoria Strait near King William Island in the Canadian Arctic. The entire expedition, comprising 129 men, including Franklin, was lost.


24/06/2020

T.B.A.


22/07/2020

PFS evening visit to a place of local interest - T.B.A.

 


23/09/2020

Members' Photo Evening

PFS members are invited to share their artillery and fortification photographs with those at the meeting.


17/10/2020

PFS Annual General Meeting

The PFS 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held on the 17th October 2020 at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. All PFS members are welcome to attend.


28/10/2020

T.B.A.

 


25/11/2020

Their Name Liveth For Evermore

A talk by PFS member Geoff Hallett about Sir Fabian Ware and the history of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Meetings / Events

27/11/2019 - The Eagle Divided - A Tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland

A talk by PFS member Lewis Sharp of his 2018 tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland.

26/02/2020 - The Black and Tans and the Anglo-Irish War

2020 marks the centenary of the deployment of the para-military police force - the Black and Tans - in Ireland. Their indiscriminate and heavy-handed methods succeeded in dragging the IRA to the negotiating table but alienated the majority of the law-abiding Irish population. The talk on this fascinating and generally forgotten subject will be given by PFS member Richard Willcocks

25/03/2020 - Wellington: Iron Duke or Old Nosey?

A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum

News

Hurst Castle storm damage sparks safety fears

Fears over the future of Hurst Castle have been heightened after storm damage forced the historic building’s closure at the weekend. English Heritage, which owns the scheduled monument near Milford, has shut a number exhibition rooms for the foreseeable future after large cracks appeared in the walls and ceilings.
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Redan 80 Availability

The 2019 issue of The Redan has been received from the printers, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 12th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 14th October.

PFS Membership Renewals

The new PFS membership year commenced on the 1st October, and thanks to all members who have renewed, but a reminder to those who have yet to renew that their subscription for the 2019-2020 year is now in overdue.

Peter Ashley Activity Centres: Fort Widley Heritage Evening - 4th October 2019

The Peter Ashley Activity Centre at Fort Widley will be open for a unique evening on Friday 4th October with a tour of the Secret Nuclear Bunker. The two hour guided tour begins at 6.30 pm and will include access to the Nuclear Civil Defence Bunker and a talk about the changes to civil defence since the 1950s. The cost is £15 per person and does include refreshments, including Pompey Pals Ale. To book call Lydia on 02392 321223 or email: lydia@peterashleyactivitycentres.co.uk
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Fort Cumberland Heritage Open Days

Fort Cumberland Heritage Open Days will be from Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September. Full details and tickets are available on the website: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/fort-cumberland1
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