Fordingbridge


Chartered: 2000
Meeting Date: 2nd Monday
Meeting Time: 2.30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Bridges Café, High Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AX
Number of Members: 14
Website:
Officers:
President: Carol Jackson
President's Charity: Multiple Sclerosis Trust Website: https://mstrust.org.uk/
International Charity: Toilet Twinning Website: toilettwinning.org
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About the Club

The Inner Wheel Club of Fordingbridge has an active membership very involved in the community of the town and surrounding villages. Members meet socially in between Club meetings for coffee, varying the venue, and also for Charter dinners and Christmas.

Members volunteer at the two lunch clubs held in the Avonway Community Centre. These two clubs are supported on International Inner Wheel Day each year with gifts for each member. Gifts are also distributed to the members of the Stroke Club.

Fund-raising is centred on an annual bric-a-brac stall at the Fordingbridge Festival held in July. At the Christmas in Fordingbridge event a tombola is held. All monies raised go to local charities.

The Club supports the Holiday Break scheme in May offering lunch at one of the members' homes.

During the year there is a Holiday at Home scheme helping those families who normally receive free school meals. Members volunteer to help with the cooking and serving of the meals. At Christmas the Club supplies a Christmas sack, full of gifts, for each member of these families. The gifts are collected through the year.

The Club works alongside the Rotary Club of Fordingbridge with the supply and shorting of shoe boxes and enjoys many social events together.

About the Town

Fordingbridge was previously a market town with the earliest record of a market in 1206 and has a population of around 6,000. It was known as Forde and was the centre for the many small villages nearby. It is recorded in the Domesday Book as The Manor of Forde. The Great Bridge over the River Avon existed before 1086 and the seven arches were built in the 14th century. There were many industries - ticking, sailcloth, calico printing, Wilton Carpet Factory, and many businesses butcher, baker, grocer & greengrocer.

Today Fordingbridge still boasts many individual shops and businesses and has an active Community Centre where many clubs and organisations meet.

The town is 12 miles from Salisbury, 20 miles from Bournemouth, and the New Forest National Park is on the "doorstep" towards the village of Godshill.

The main attraction for visitors is the riverside park with children's play areas and skateboard ramp, together with sports ground and memorial gardens. The town's Annual Festival is held here.

There is a Fordingbridge Museum with a wealth of local history and the parish church of St. Mary's has many 12th & 13th century features.

We hope you are inspired to find out more about us and visit us at one of our meetings to see if you like what you find there, please contact us via the Contact us form, including the name of our Club in your message.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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