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Forthcoming History Events

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Updated: 10th April 2017

Sun 1 Oct 3.00pm - 5.00pm Autumn History Talk #1
Sun 5 Nov 3.00pm - 5.00pm Autumn History Talk #2
Sun 3 Dec 3.00pm - 5.00pm Autumn History Talk #3
For more information on forthcoming History events or if you'd like to help the FoSJP History Research Group, please contact our History Coordinator, Michaela Lawler‑Levene, via history@fosjp.org.uk.

Mary Smith

Updated: 14th February 2017

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the recent passing of our friend Mary Smith.

Many of you will know Mary as our cheerful, smiling volunteer who served refreshments at numerous Autumn History talks. As well as bringing along her beautiful homemade cakes, Mary was always willing to lend a hand in her calming and caring way behind the scenes. We all very much valued her support in helping to make the talks run successfully over the past eight years.

Alongside her husband Don, Mary also offered tireless support for history activities, attending many FoSJP events. At the History Timeline unveiling in May 2015, Mary and Don were among the invited guests to enjoy afternoon tea with the Mayor: a fitting way to thank two of our valuable history team members.
Mary & Don, May 2015

We feel so fortunate to have known Mary and to have had the opportunity to share her company. Always a pleasure to be with, we will miss her friendliness and the lovely "twinkle" in her eyes enormously.

Our thoughts are with Don and their family at this difficult time.

Extra Researchers Needed

Updated: 2nd October 2016

Through our recent archive and local studies visits, we've discovered a wealth of archive material relating to the history of Shirley which is waiting to be explored further!

In particular, we'd like help:

No prior experience required - just an interest in our local area!

If you'd be interested in joining in with research activities, then please drop us a line via history@fosjp.org.uk.

Local History Events

Updated: 1st May 2017

Those of you with an interest in local history might like to keep an eye on this section, where we'll let you know about non‑FoSJP history‑related events in and around Southampton.

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