HGS Group News
It is with much regret that we announce the closure of our New Forest Group.
The New Forest Group was established in June 1980 by HGS member Jacqueline Stone.
At that time the HGS had four other groups, Portsmouth, Southampton, Yateley and Bembridge, Isle of Wight.
The new group held it’s first meeting – at Jacqueline’s home – on the 14th June 1980 with 14 members in attendance. Tessa Davis helped Jacqueline run the group, taking over the group in June 1982. In June 1983, the group meetings moved to the Brockenhurst Village Hall.
Over the years Group Leaders have been: Derek Knot, June Phillips, Ruud Lem, Tessa Davis, Jacqueline Stone, Keith Vokes, and lastly Michael Hobbs.
Some years ago the group ceased meeting in January, as the first Wednesday of the month was too close to the New Year. In June or July each year, a visit or walk was arranged to a place of interest around the New Forest area.
Over the past two years, meeting attendance declined, with sometime only eight members participating. So, with much sadness, the New Forest Group decided to close with the 2017 Christmas meeting being their last meeting.
We would like to thank all our members for their support of the New Forest Group over the many years.
Many thanks to the group leaders for organising speakers, venues and visits.
A special thanks goes to Mike Hobbs who ran the group solely for 24 years and two years as a co-organiser.
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