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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.

HGS Family History Groups

We meet monthly to discuss the opportunity to share, learn, exchange ideas and information, as well as to help us each further explore our family history projects. Why not come along and see for yourself? 

  • You can attend meetings of any of our 13 active groups. All groups meet in the evening with the exception of the Afternoon Group – see page via Groups Menu for details.
  • Visit their pages via the Groups Menu to see their monthly programme of talks, news and articles.  Contact a Group Organiser using the form at the bottom of each Group’s page.
  • Come and meet like-minded people. HGS Group Meetings are free to members and prospective members.
  • They are a good way to gain some new insights on how to further explore your family history.
  • Whether you are a beginner or an expert, with a family from within or outside of Hampshire, you will always be welcome and find someone who has something new and interesting to share.

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