Club Name
Friendship Force Wessex UK

How to Find Us
We are on the south coast of England (covering Dorset and a little of Hampshire), some 80 miles from London. Our road and rail links with the capital are excellent and visitors from overseas will find it most convenient to use one of the two major London airports: Heathrow and Gatwick.

About the Club
We are a small club founded in 1982 and for some years have joined with neighbouring clubs of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, for hosting incoming clubs and arranging outgoing exchanges. You may have some difficulty in finding the name Wessex on a map of England. The name of the club is derived from a Saxon word meaning kingdom and if you are looking for history, we go right back to 519AD and the time of King Cerdic. in 827AD Egbert the King of Wessex became, by popular request, the first King of England. The Town of Winchester, 35 miles away, was the capital city. At the centre of the club is the premier English seaside resort of Bournemouth with historic Christchurch to the east and Poole to the west. the area provided many hiding places for smugglers who evaded the Government excise men with the contraband from France.

The area extends to the New Forest National Park, for years a royal hunting ground, and the picturesque Purbecks full of charm and thatched cottages. The county town of Dorest is Dorchester, the home of Thomas Hardy and the setting of the “Bloody Assizes” presided over by the notorious hanging Judge Jefferies. Well within reach are the world famous cathedrals of Salisbury and Winchester and of course Stone Henge which some of you may have heard of, is an easy drive away.

Although we are a small club we have various activities throughout the year such as coffes evenings, skittles, picnics and an Annual summer BBQ to name a few.  We have 30+ members with a hosting capacity of about 14.

Our exchange programme recognises that this area is very busy during the holiday season in July and August. We avoid hosting at these times to ensure that the various attractions are not too busy. Despite this limitation all visiting club members can be assured of a warm welcome to Wessex.