The New Milton and Christchurch HGS Family History Group meet monthly; join us for Help and Inspiration with your Research
Welcome to the New Milton and Christchurch Group page. Our friendly group meets on the second Friday of each month at 7:30pm, in the Library at St Marks Church Hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe, Dorset. New Milton is a market town on the edge of the New Forest. Christchurch, although now in Dorset, was once an historically important town in Hampshire. Our members come from the surrounding area and we are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members.
Why Join Us?
Joining your local group provides an opportunity for you to meet people with the same enthusiasm for family history, and to share skills and expertise. It’s also an opportunity to help others break down ‘brick walls’ in their research and get some help with your own. The talks, workshops, and social events also provide a great opportunity to extend knowledge and have fun!
The Group meetings are either a talk from a speaker on a family history related subject, or a Members’ Evening, usually arranged around members interests or a topic request. The meeting is followed by tea/coffee and biscuits, which gives everyone the opportunity to meet and chat with the speaker and each other.
HGS New Milton & Christchurch Group Events & Meetings
- March 8, 2019, 7:30 pm: Dad’s Army: Fact or fiction - Steve Roberts
Probably a bit of both.
- April 12, 2019, 7:30 pm: The Hampshire Regiment: VC’s of WW1 - Nick Saunders
The ultimate acts of bravery.
- May 10, 2019, 7:00 pm: Tracing my German Ancestors – Paul Pinhorne
The presentation explains why Paul reignited his interest in his mother's ancestors. He will show and explain the type of records he was able to locate and will run through the information presented, and their sources. The presentation also shows many photographs of relatives and locations, and includes a short transcribing exercise.
- June 14, 2019, 7:30 pm: The first Lady Mayor of Christchurch - Josephine Spencer
Hear about an outstanding local lady.
The group organiser is John Heighes. He can be contacted using the form on this page.
Find Us Here:
St. Marks Church Hall
Hinton Wood Avenue
Hinton Wood Avenue is the turning opposite ‘The Galleon’ public house on Lymington Road, and the church is a short distance down on the left. Parking is on Hinton Wood Avenue or behind the church. The Library is the room between the large hall and the church.
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Discord in Marriage
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HGS on Radio Solent
On Friday 1st February, Radio Solent broadcasted their Sasha Twining Show from the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Along with two other experts, HGS Chairman and Ringwood Group member Paul Pinhorne, along with Pat and George Hilbert, also from the Ringwood Group were there to help people with their family history research. Many interesting questions […]
Winchfield village booklet now available
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Old Alresford village booklet now available
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Knowle War Memorial
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