The Society was formed by a group of people with a love of 'things Italian' in 1983 as an Italian language class. Social evenings were organised and after several years the classes died out but the social side flourished. We now meet monthly for talks, usually illustrated and always in English, on a variety of Italian topics. However, our Italian speaking members are always happy to help anyone wishing to speak the language.

We are a friendly group so if you are interested in art, cuisine, music, architecture, history or have enjoyed and Italian holiday come along to one of our meetings. No knowledge of Italy or the language is necessary and our meetings always end with a glass of wine.

Meetings are on the first Monday evening of the month in the Ann Rose Hall, Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood

Programme 2019/20

  • 2019

  • Oct 7 – Cantare! Ballare! The fascinating world of traditional Sardinian Music ~ Edyth Miles

    Edyth brings us another of her excellent presentations, this time a lively look at Sardinian folk songs and dances.

  • Nov 4 - A Tour of Italy ~ Chris &Tony Pond

    Chris and Tony return this year to take us on a trip around Italy.

  • Dec 2 ~ Festa di Natale

    Christmas Party

  • 2020

  • Jan 6 - Cena Italian, An Italian Dinner With No Calories! ~ Hazel Dinelli

    A 'look' at a typical Italian dinner - guaranteed not to increase your waistline unlike the real thing!

  • Feb 3 – Matera, Italy’s Underground City ~ DamianCroft

    Damian is coming all the way from Cambridge again, this time to talk about Matera, UNESCO City of Culture 2019

  • Mar 2 - Italian Futurism ~ Jack Wotherspoon

    Previously we learnt all about Tuscan Wedding Chests - this time the artistic and social movement of Futurism

  • Apr 6 – Festa di Primavera

    Spring Supper

  • May 11* - Remarkable Italian Women ~ Manuela Zucchi

    An interesting topic - women pioneers including Rita Levi Montalcino, Margherita Hack, etc.

  • June 8 - Stourhead, Italian Connection ~ J J Hallet

    A look at Stourhead House, including its Italian Room and many Italian Paintings with one of the National Trust Guides.

  • July 6 – Palermo, Capital of Sicily – Terry Turner

    Some of the best bits of Sicily’s capital.

  • * One week later than normal due to Bank Holidays

Meetings are in the Ann Rose Hall at 7.30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.


Secretary - Hazel Dinelli

Email - hazeldinelli43@hotmail.com

Chairman - Terry Turner

Telephone: 01425 652691
Email : terry.turner@we2u.co.uk

Greyfriars Community Centre

Telephone 01425 472613

How to find us

Ringwood and District Community Association
44 Christchurch Road
BH34 1DW