Friends of Hurst
2013 Friends of Hurst Castle Calendar:
The Hurst Castle calendars are £6 each, or £7 posted. They can be bought from the Guard Room at the Castle (only open at weekends now) or ordered from the Hon. Treasurer by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or telephone 01329 843883 and orders can be picked up from the Parish Council Office.
The Friends of Hurst Castle was formed in 1986 to act as a support group to a local site belonging to English Heritage. At that time the Castle was managed by English Heritage, but since May 1996 there has been joint management; with English Heritage still in charge of the fabric of the building and general policies and the Local Management, Hurst Castle Services, running the everyday management and services.
The Friends’ aim is still to support in any way they can: - financially with any project, enhancement of the building, to assist educationally and in any research that they can. We arrange social events and from time to time Newsletters for our Members.
Membership cards are valid for 12 months from the end of the month of joining.
Hurst Castle Ferries offer a 10% discount to Members when buying season tickets and free passage to any Friends who are going to work at the Castle. The Friends’ Committee keeps the Ferry crew informed and there is always close liaison here.
The Friends have a workshop at the far end of the West Wing for leaving belongings, tools, artefacts, etc. and for holding meetings. There is also a Bar-be-cue facility on arrangement with the Committee.
Hurst Tidings Newsletter:
Read all the latest Friends of Hurst Castle news by clicking on Newsletter!
Monday Volunteer Working Party:
There is a regular group of Friends and Association of Lighthouse Keepers members who volunteer at the Castle every Monday, working on restoration projects such as the Garrison Theatre, the Egypt Point optic and the Association of Lighthouse Keepers' room. If you would like to come and join us for a very enjoyable and social day at the Castle (free ferry and tea to all volunteers!) please contact us for more details (contact details below).
Current work and on-going projects:
Castle Gardens - Exhibitions - Garrison Theatre....
Painting - Work shop - Castle Guiding.
Contact no. for Friends:
Mrs D Le May, 8 Lisle Close, Lymington, Hants. SO41 3NW.
Telephone : 01590 674921
email: dinahscott (at) fsmail.net
Single member £12
Application forms are available by clicking here, or from Mrs D Le May (see contact details above) or from the Castle.
Association of Lighthouse Keepers
A second voluntary group that have generously given their time and support to the Trinity House Exhibition that is to be seen in the West Wing of the Castle. They also now have an ALK display room for their artefacts, and together with the Friends continue to make improvements and restore what they can around the castle.
Email: hurst @ alk.org.uk