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 2017/18

  • 2018

  • Oct 1 – Bernini & Borromini ~ Elena Lo Presti

    Two rival Baroque artists who together changed the face of Rome. Bernini, it is said, is to sculpture, what Shakespeare is to drama, while his rival, Borromini, just as talented, was short tempered and melancholic.
  • Nov 5 - Using Tuscan Cassoni as a Window on 15th Century Marriages   Society ~ Dr Jack Wotherspoon

    A long title for a unique presentation, not to be missed. Cassoni are beautifully decorated pieces of furniture that illustrate a particular time and place in Renaissance Italy.

  • Dec 3 ~ Festa di Natale

    Christmas Party

  • 2019

  • Jan 7 - Two Cooks ~ Hazel Dinelli

    The story of two cooks, Italian, of course!

  • Feb 4 – This History of Milan ~ Manuela Zucchi

    Manuela, who teaches Italian to some of our members, is from Milan so is well qualified to tell us about her home town.

  • Mar 4 - Life in Modica, Sicily ~ Tony   Chris Pond

    Chris and Tony will introduce us to this part of Sicily, famous for a special type of chocolate!

  • Apr 1 – Festa di Primavera

    Spring Supper

  • May 13* - Three Small Lakes (I Tre Piccoli Laghi) ~ Mary Williams

    Mary will take us to visit three lesser-known Italian lakes - Bolsena, Bracciano and Massacuiccholi - in order to look at the scenery, their history, and their food; as well as other claims to fame.

  • June 3 - Musica Italiana ~ Richard Hall, Director of Dorset Rural Music School

    Richard is bringing us some Italian composers, not as well known as Verdi, Puccini   Rossini

  • July 1 – Montepulciano ~ Sue Finniss

    Sue, a local artist, has visited Montepulciano so often that is almost her second home. Hear all about it from someone who loves it.

  • * 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