About Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Forde.

The town lies on the banks of the River Avon in Hampshire and has a population of approximately 5,700 people.

A major feature of the town  is the 7 arched bridge.

Since 1982 Fordingbridge has been twinned with Vimoutiers in Normandy

For details about retailers and services the Fordingbridge Town Centre Shopping is a good source of information on food and drink, health and wellbeing, house and home, leisure and local interest, professional and financial services and vehicles, and includes a useful map.

The Fordingbridge Information Office (see PDF for more details) is located at Kings Yard, Salisbury Street and offers a range of information on Town Council Services, New Forest District Council Services and Visitor Information. Opening Hours are:

April – October - 10am-4pm Monday to Friday
November – March - 10:00am-4:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Telephone 01425 654560
Email Information@fordingbridge.gov.uk

Fordingbridge Twinning Association: forthcoming events, include

a) Our forthcoming AGM, on Thursday evening, 27th April at AvonWay Community Centre, Fordingbridge, at 7.30 pm.
All members are welcome, and encouraged to make their voices heard!

b) Our 35th Anniversary celebrations, over the weekend of 26th/27th/28th May, when over 60 French visitors are expected

c) A forthcoming “Sandy Boules” event in the Spring, date to be announced

d) More details about our twinning events in Vimoutiers , France, over the weekend of 13th/14th/15th October, for their annual “Apple Festival”

e) To be followed by our very successful annual “Jazz on an Autumn Evening”, the following weekend, in Fordingbridge Town Hall, when all our genuine French food, having been purchased during the previous weekend, in France, will be consumed.

35th Anniversary of Twinning weekend

This is to be a major event for the town and for the Twinning Association. We are seeking sponsorship's for each of the three events coming up over the weekend of 26/27/28 May:

  1. The Friday evening welcome to the French visitors, where there will be live jazz, provided by the locally-based “New Forest Jazz Workshop”! (Friday evening 26th May)
  2. The Saturday afternoon celebrations and reception (27th May)
  3. The Sunday afternoon cream teas event (28th May)

Well over 70 French visitors from the twin town of Vimoutiers have already booked to come for the events, many of whom will be seeing Fordingbridge for the first time.

We are seeking people who are prepared to host 2 or 3, of them: an exciting opportunity to enhance (or begin?) your French-speaking skills.

So if you are prepared to host some of our French visitors, or work for an operation who would see the benefits of sponsoring one of the three planned events, or would like to attend our AGM, and/or perhaps you would like to join us, do call Alison and/or Derek (Ayling) on 01425 650770, or by email, on:   hippotrain@btinternet.com

Fordingbridge Neighbourhood Policing team

The Fordingbridge Neighbourhood Policing team are available to assist the community with any ongoing concerns. Please contact us using these details (PDF)

Please fill in a survey about local policing - have your say

Friends of Fordingbridge Hospital

Following the closure of this charity, the assets remaining at the AGM were distributed. Please see  this PDF for details

Famous residents

  • Augustus John - Welsh portrait artist, born 1878, who lived in Fordingbridge from 1927 until his death in 1961
  • Frank Jefferis - former Southampton, Everton and England footballer, born 1884
  • Neil McCarthy - actor, born 1933
  • Paul Kidby artist, born 1964,  best known for his art based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld, lives and works in Fordingbridge
  • Daniel O'Mahony writer, born 1973

Christmas in Fordingbridge 2015

A video giving the taste of the Christmas Lights countdown and Christmas shopping (You Tube video)

Remembrance Sunday 2016 

Hundreds of people turned out on Sunday 13th November to participate in the Remembrance Sunday commemoration, parade and church service to remember all those who gave their lives for their country.

In addition to the many organisations participating in the parade, many spectators lined the route to pay their respect and add their support. YouTubeVideo

Picnic in the Park 2016

A video giving a taste of the fun celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday (YouTube Video)

A video of the Hyde Band who played at the Picnic in the Park event (YouTube Video)

The Moto Guzzi Club of Great Britain 40th International V Twin Rally

28-31 August, 2015 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire UK. Photography, Editing and Production by Tim Devane.

World War One Centenary

Fordingbridge First World War Centenary Commemoration

Find out what happened locally by visiting www.fordingbridgeww1.com

The Fictitious Village of Fordwick 1914

Welcome to the village of Fordwick in July 1914 just before the outbreak of the Great War, when life was normal, but how this would change in a very short space of time. (You Tube Video)

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