Commonwealth War Grave Walk

On Saturday 11th May 2024 Lizzie O’Sullivan took a Commonwealth War Grave (CWGC) walk in the SOC.  This walk was specifically for the CWGC as part of the CWG May tours programme. This was Lizzie first walk for the CWG and the weather was sunny and warm. The tour started at the Cross of Sacrifice with a short account of how the cross came into being at SOC.  The group then visited several CW graves that included both WW1 and WW2 and were from Army, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Royal Flying Corps and Foreign Nationals from South Africa, Ireland and Canada. Lizzie would like to thank Val Ferguson for her help and input on the tour and to the FOSOC taskers who strimmed around the graves and made a pathway to the grave so we could get close the grave … Continue reading

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Lord Mayor’s Annual Walkabout

Yesterday (9th May) FoSOC was pleased to greet the Lord Mayor of Southampton Cllr Valerie Laurent at the Old Cemetery for the ‘Annual Walkabout’. Greeting her arrival were Billy Ferguson (Chair), Pete Shawyer (Vice-Chair), Valerie Ferguson (Secretary), Tim Burden (Treasurer) and Lizzie O’Sullivan (Membership Secretary) and not forgetting Skye (the Beagle). The walk started at 10.30am and finished by 11.30am, taking in a few ‘Mayors’, that are buried in the Old Cemetery, we were fortunate that the weather was warm and sunny. There was even time for a cup of tea and biscuits in the Non-Conformist chapel and a chat. Many thanks to the Lord Mayor for her time.

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Titanic Walk

On Sunday 14 April, Geoff Watts took 21 people and 1 well-behaved dog on our Sunday Titanic Walk. The conditions were pleasantly cooler and the very wet mud was now just soft. Geoff began inside the former Non-Conformist chapel, now – thanks to SCC – FoSOC’s base. He thanked Val for arranging the walks and for the display in the room. Geoff dedicated his walk to four people, all no longer with us: Brian Ticehurst who had helped us so much, Vicky Green for dedicated research and knowledge at Southampton Local Studies Library, Genevieve Bailey for her lifelong, passionate interest in Titanic and our Vice President, Bernard Lavell, a talented artist, some of whose drawings Geoff showed on the way round.  Geoff’s walk on Sunday 14th was exactly 124 years after the fateful day Titanic encountered an iceberg. Both in … Continue reading

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Titanic Walk

The first Titanic walk for 2024 was held on Saturday 13th April at 11.00am with a group of 18 people and 4 well behaved dogs. For once the weather was very kind to us …it was sunny and warm. Pervious wet weather was a concern to FoSOC’s guides due to the pathways becoming very muddy. But the weather for two days earlier having no rain, the mud was soft but firm for walking on. On this walk there was a volunteer helper call Mischa who is doing her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award on the Old Southampton Cemetery. On guide Graham Linecar’s walk, a descendant of a victim of the disaster from Southampton, a Mr William Mintram, a fireman who lost his life on the Titanic. She was able to see where his memorial was on the walk and later … Continue reading

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Crab Apple Tree

The crab apple tree nearly a year on and its blooming lovely! Photos taken by Bruce Larner

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Lord Mayors Charity Event

Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FoSOC) were honoured , on the evening of 28 March , to host a charitable event for the Lord Mayor, Cllr Valerie Laurent in the Non-Conformist Chapel in the Old Southampton Cemetery. Inge Foster from Southampton Tourist Guides Association (SGA) did the honours by introducing the Lord Mayor & speaker for the night. STGA were co-helping the Lord Mayor’s charities. This was the first time such an event was held in the Non-Conformist Chapel, and we shall be looking at having more. Geoff Watts (FoSOC Committee & a Founder member of the group) was the speaker for the event. He spoke of only a few of the many Mayors who are buried in the Old Cemetery & how each Mayor contributed to the history of Southampton. The Lord Mayor thanked Geoff for his talk & she … Continue reading

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Kestrels seen in Old Cemetery

A beautiful photo of a kestrel seen in the Old Cemetery in the last couple of weeks. If or where they are nesting , at the moment that is unknow but do keep looking. Photo taken by FoSOC member James Oliver

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Some more Christmas “Baubles”

These lovely Christmas ‘Baubles’ in the Old Cemetery were taken by another FoSOC member Alison Parsons……many thanks.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Just a few photo of the ‘baubles’ starting to be hung on the tress in the Old Cemetery. These were taken a few days ago, so by now there could be more, they do look lovely! Many thanks from the FoSOC group to whoever does this, much appericated. Photos taken by Bruce Larner

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Remembrance Sunday Ceremony

On Remembrance Sunday, 12 November, we welcomed distinguished guests, led by the Lord Mayor of Southampton, Cllr, Valerie Laurent, to our annual afternoon commemoration. We gathered, beforehand, in the former non- Conformist chapel – now home to FoSOC thanks to the city council – where Val had assembled a most informative display from our Archives. We then proceeded to the Cross of Sacrifice for the opening part of the Commemoration. There, FoSOC’s Geoff Watts, welcomed everyone, the weather conditions not being very favourable. He gave the following apology from our President, Professor James Stevens Curl and his wife Dorota. ‘We send our apologies, and warmest good wishes: we are very proud and pleased to be associated with such a fine group of people.’ Geoff stressed the very great interest they have always taken in FoSOC, its progress and work at … Continue reading

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