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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.
06/10/2019


PFS AGM scheduled for the 12th October 2019

The PFS Annual General Meeting will be held on the 12th October 2019 at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. All PFS members are welcome to attend.
05/10/2019


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.
03/10/2019


Whitchurch Silk Mill

Local PFS members may wish to visit the recently improved nineteenth-century Whitchurch Silk Mill located in Winchester Street in the centre of the town (RG28 7AL), which is halfway between Newbury and Winchester. The mill is open throughout the year but between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on the 9th October 2019 a ticket only guided tour by RIBA architect Emma Hardy will take place. For more details see the website: https://whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk
27/09/2019


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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Fort Gilkicker back on the market

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."
06/09/2018Read full story ...


Pompey Pals Project - Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

Following on from the PFS evening meeting in June when a talk was given on the Pompey Pals Project (see newsletter No. 148) the Project will be holding a Service of Remembrance in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, on Saturday September 8th, starting at 10.00am through to 2.00pm. The Service will start at approximately 10.45am.
29/08/2018Read full story ...


Fort Brockhurst Open Days

Fort Brockhurst will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month until September, the next date being the 9th June, with opening times from 1100 to 1500hrs. Refreshments are available.
03/06/2018Read full story ...


PAV Recruitment Days - 28th April & 26th May 2018

Uniformed members of the PAV will be in the 'Voice of the Guns' at Fort Nelson on Saturdays 28th April & 26th May 2017 to encourage members of the public to join the PFS and, if suitable, the PAV.
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PFS February Evening Meeting cancelled

Due to the anticipated bad weather and very low temperatures the PFS evening meeting on the 28th February is cancelled. We hope to re-schedule the talk on 'Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy' to a date later this year.
27/02/2018


Merry Christmas!

The PFS Committee would like to take this festive time opportunity to wish the members of the Society a 'Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2018'.
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Redan No. 77 - The mail out has begun!

The PFS Committee is pleased to advise the membership that 2016 edition of The Redan is now being distributed, those to our overseas members having been just been mailed. The Redan to our UK members will be mailed on the 27th February.
24/02/2017


Visit to Fort Burgoyne - 23rd September 2017

A note for your diaries - 23rd September 2017. The PFS day outing for this year has been confirmed as Fort Burgoyne at Dover. As normal, a coach will be hired for the day, departing and returning to/from Fort Nelson. Details and timings have yet to be arranged
15/01/2017


Freshwater Redoubt For Sale

It has recently been announced that Freshwater Redoubt on the Isle of Wight is for sale at a price tag of £3,000,000.
23/11/2016Read full story ...


Shoreham Fort Military History Weekend 4th & 5th June 2016

The Friends of Shoreham Fort in Sussex are staging a Military History Weekend on the 4th and 5th June 2016. The event will cover the history of the fort from Victorian times until after the Second World War with reenactors showing the soldiers who would have manned the fort. There will be members from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, the Sussex Regiment Living History Group, the Surrey Rifle Volunteers and the Cumberland Guard. All PFS members are invited to attend.
18/05/2016


Portsdown Artillery Volunteers 2016 Firing Dates -see PAV tab

The 2016 Portsdown Artillery Firing dates have now been scheduled - see PAV tab.
27/01/2016


Sea Fort up for Sale

Grain Tower at the entrance to the River Medway is up for sale.
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Back copies of the Redan are available to buy

We have a number of the back issues of the Redan available for PFS members to buy.
05/12/2013Read full story ...

Meetings / Events

23/10/2019 - The History of Winchester - Bishops, Buildings and Bones

Another fascinating talk from local historian Andrew Negus, this time on the history of Winchester.
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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

News

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.

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
read more ...

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
read more ...