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Site last updated: 19 October 2019


Welcome to our website which should keep you abreast of all the Society’s news. The Provincial Society was established on 1 March 2003 and registered as a charity on 9 July 2004. Members receive a quarterly magazine and can attend special talks and events each year. The Society has published several books for the benefit of local transport historians. We work closely with the local bus company – First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd.

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John Sherwin 1944-2019

The Provincial Society are sad to report that John Sherwin, our Society Chair, passed away very suddenly last week. John was the Chair of the Society since its inception in 2003, and was the driving force behind many great projects over the years. There is no doubt about it, without his exceptional leadership skills, the Provincial Society wouldn't be in the position that it is in today. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Johns family at this difficult time, and all of us at the Society will miss him very much. Funeral details will be posted on the Society website and Facebook page as soon as we have them.

Darren Marshall, Society Trustee Chair.

John's funeral service and a celebration of his life will take place at 13.00 on Tuesday 12th November 2019 at St John the Baptist CE Church, 7 Church Street, Locks Heath, Hampshire. SO31 6LW. There will be an opportunity to meet and reminisce in the church hall immediately after the service. There will be a private service at the Crematorium later. 

John would have preferred contributions to a charity rather than flowers, so the family have organised a floral arrangement on the coffin, with donations to the British Heart Foundation, which John supported for many years. This can be done through - Donations to the British Heart Foundation, c/o Freemantles Funeral Directors, 46 South Street, Titchfield. PO14 1DY.

10 November - Society stall at VTG Transport Fair (Cosham)                 07 December - Members event - see members' area for details


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