The Netley Marsh show was first held in 1971, when it was a one day show and called The Puffin, and local steam engine owners brought along their engines to entertain the visitors. The aim of the show was to raise funds to pay for urgent repairs to St Matthews Church. Following the success of that aim and the general enjoyment that was had by everyone who attended the show, it was decided that this should be an annual event.
The show has been going ever since, now a three day event with traction steam engines and a wide and varied range of vintage vehicles and engines, added to which there is always a wide range of entertainments for all ages.
A number of charities are supported locally, in return for the help freely given to help in the smooth running of the show. The local scouts, church and school members, rugby club, canoe and diving clubs, plus many others.
The 2016 Show has made the following donations:
Naomi House (Jacks Place), Garage Youth Centre (Eling), Little Angels Toddler and Baby Group. Millbrook Rugby Club. The Autistic Society .6th New Forest North Scouts. Southbourne Canoe Club. Netley Marsh School. Eastleigh BSA Club. 4th New Forest eling Sea Scouts. Hythe 2495 ATC. Woodlands Pre school. Bartley Junior School. Colbury Church and Copythorne Scouts.
Some other major donations include:
Totton Ambulance Lifestat – Totton Dialysis Unit donation to the original appeal – Salterns School New Mini Bus – Ashurst Hospital furniture – Totton Help Line Telephone – Asthma Disease Research – Parkinson Disease Research – Save Bartley Church – Totton Dialysis Unit Dish Washer – Salterns School Mini Bus replacement – Netley Marsh Infants School 50% support for computer suite – Ashurst Pre School playground – Woodlands Pre School playground – St Matthews Church and Church Hall Netley Marsh up keep.