Ibsley

Friday 17th February 2023

This meet has been cancelled

This meet may be changed or cancelled depending on any restrictions on social gatherings in place at that time. Latest information will always be available on our website.

Christmas Party

Wessex Birthday Party

This is our last event of the 2022 season. This year we are holding the party at Ibsley Village Hall, which is right on the edge of the New Forest.

This is our first event of the 2023 season. This year we are holding the party at Ibsley Village Hall, which is right on the edge of the New Forest.

The site opens at 2pm on Friday, and closes on Sunday. The stewards for this meet are Melanie and Paul, assisted by Mike and Jan. They can be contacted by email at info@wessexfdsg.org, or by the Wessex mobile phone on 07340 248 577.

The hall will be open for use from Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning. The field here is not accessible, so all units must camp on the hardstanding area around the hall.

Camping fees for this meet are £15 per night for couples and £14 per night for singles, with £4 per person for those visiting for the day. Payment can be made using credit or debit card, although cash is still an acceptable alternative.

If you do prefer to pay that way, please bring the exact amount, as we will not be able to provide change.

We don’t require people to book to attend the meet, but it would be really useful to know if you intend to come, so we can make sure to have enough biscuits!  If you are planning to camp, or just come for the day, please send an email to info@wessexfdsg.org, or call/text 07340 248577.


What’s on

In light of the current COVID situation, we will make the meet as safe as possible. The hall will be kept ventilated, so please bring an extra layer if you need it. We would ask you not to attend if you have any symptoms, and we do advise you to take a lateral flow test before coming.

Note that activities at our meets this year may be changed or cancelled depending on restrictions in place for social gatherings at the time. Latest information is always available on our website.

Friday evening

On Friday evening we will gather in the warmth of the hall from 7:30pm onwards, to catch up on news, play some music and have a singalong.

Saturday

The hall will be open all day on Saturday, and a range of activities will be organised to fill the day. More information on these will be available nearer the time.

The programme kicks off at 11:00am with a Christmas Movie (decided on by popular vote) with popcorn provided. During the afternoon, there will be some “Have-a-go” crafts available – these are very easy to do, and all the materials are supplied (50p voluntary contribution for the materials).

On Saturday evening we will be holding a ‘bring-and-share’ tea starting around 5pm. Please bring a plate of your favourite food to share with the group.

Instead of our usual American Tea, we are asking people to bring their own food this year and we will sit down for a communal tea. Before and after tea, there will also be a pub-style quiz, so get your thinking caps on!

Instead of our usual American Tea, we are asking people to bring their own food this year and we will sit down for a communal tea. After that we will have our normal Christmas Carol session.

Party Ceilidh

This starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, and features the usual range of dancing, music, singing and other entertainment.

We will be holding a raffle to raise funds for our nominated charity.

We hope to make the evening have a real party atmosphere, so we encourage you to enter into the Christmas spirit with seasonal dress, party food, celebratory drink, or just whatever you feel comfortable with!

Birthday Ceilidh

This starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, and features the usual range of dancing, music, singing and other entertainment.

You can bring your own refreshments, although tea and coffee is provided in the interval.

We will be holding a raffle to raise funds for our nominated charity.


In the Area

The New Forest

This national park covers vast areas of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys, with deer, ponies and cattle roaming free in its ancient heaths and woodland. Ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Directions

Ibsley Village Hall
Gorley Road, Ibsley
BH24 3NL
OS Ref: 195/161099

  • From Salisbury take the A338 South to Fordingbridge.
    • Continue beyond Fordingbridge for 3 miles.
    • After the Old Beams Inn, turn left signed South Gorley and Mockbeggar.
    • In ½ mile, at the crossroads turn left.
    • The hall is ¼ mile on the right, up a short track.
  • From Ringwood take the A338 north for 2½ miles.
    • Turn right just before the Old Beams Inn, then as above.

Local information

Shops

Ringwood and Fordingbridge are both about 3 miles from the site and each have a wide range of shops and supermarkets.

Hockey’s Farm Shop and Café is a 10 minute stroll from the site, stocking local produce and open from 9:00am to 4:30pm daily.

Eating out

The Old Beams Inn is about half a mile from the site.

There are also several restaurants and pubs in Fordingbridge and Ringwood (both 3 miles).

Transport

Wilts and Dorset bus Route X3 runs from Ibsley Church every 30 minutes (hourly on Sunday), to Fordingbridge, Salisbury, Ringwood and Bournemouth.