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Fawley/Holbury U3A

Friday 20th April 2018

On 19 April, a very hot sunny morning, Geoff Watts and Val Ferguson had the great pleasure of the company of a group from Fawley/Holbury U3A who were taken on a heritage walk around part of the Old Cemetery. FoSOC offers these walks as an introduction to the cemetery, its history, people of note buried there and the work of FoSOC.
All four sections were visited – Anglican, Non-Conformist, Hebrew and Roman Catholic – and the cemetery architecture explained. Locations visited included some of international importance (including the Rosas family grave and the Belgian plot from the First World War), national (including George Smith, associated with the setting up of the Naval School of Gunnery at HMS Excellent, Portsmouth), domestic (two five times Mayors of Southampton), Titanic (including Miss Maude Newman, the Lady Visitor to the Titanic Relief Fund) and architectural memorials.
We explained to our visitors FoSOC’s plans to restore, (with full permissions already in place) a broken grave on which are commemorated three brothers, all of whom lost their lives in the First World War. This will be part of FoSOC’s tribute, in this the centenary year of the Great War Armistice, to those buried or commemorated in the cemetery from that conflict.
FoSOC is most grateful to U3A for the kind donation towards the work it does at the cemetery. We are always very happy to arrange walks for groups or small numbers/individuals to look at the history of the cemetery and explain FoSOC’s work. Our arranged programme will be found under ‘Events’ and includes very popular Wildlife walks.
Please do contact us for details of the walks (and talks) we can offer. On Sunday, 6 May, starting at 2pm from the main gates on Cemetery Road, by the former Lodge, we have a walk for the 172nd anniversary of the opening of the cemetery on Southampton Common. FoSOC is a completely voluntary organisation, existing to help the city council with the conservation and preservation of the cemetery, a site of great importance to Southampton.