Sweatfords Meadow – Footpath enhancement

In conjunction with Hampshire County Council, the New Forest District Council (“NFDC”) will be undertaking work to improve the footpaths at this site.

The work will commence on 9th November 2020 and will involve resurfacing of the existing perimeter path around the meadow.

The NFDC estimate that the work will take two to three weeks to complete and advise that it will be necessary to fence off the site for the duration of the work.

Christmas In Fordingbridge


Fordingbridge Town Council has taken the difficult decision to cancel the annual ‘Christmas In Fordingbridge and Christmas Light Switch On’ event due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

We are extremely disappointed that this wonderful and popular community event cannot take place this year however, as the virus continues to be present, the safety of the community is paramount.

Fordingbridge Town Council will still provide the town’s Christmas Lights this year which will be illuminated from Saturday, 14th November 2020.

This year we have invested in new and improved Christmas lights which we are sure will provide a resplendent and festive display.

We will continue to work with our local independent retail and business owners, to bring you Christmas In Fordingbridge.

‘Keep The Heart Beating In Fordingbridge’ this Christmas is the essence of the campaign to encourage everyone to shop locally and purchase gifts and Christmas supplies in the town, from our fantastic array of shops and services.

Free parking is available on December 5th, 12th,13th,19th and 20th so come into Fordingbridge and ‘Keep The Heart Beating’.

Keep an eye out on the Town Council’s website and social media for updates and festive events.

View the PDF here

Click on the button opposite to view details of planning applications with links to find out more.

Foodbank - Important Information

If you or anyone you know is in need of a Foodbank Voucher please contact Fordingbridge Information Office on Tel: 01425 654560 or email information@fordingbridge.gov.uk.

The red vouchers are no longer being handed out so we will be taking customer details over the phone or by email in order to secure Foodbank supplies to those in need.

Town Council meetings

All Town Council meetings will take place via Zoom until further notice. For details of how to join the meeting, please see the agenda.

Important Information for Allotment Tenants here

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.


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