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Alton Group

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
All Saints Parish Church Hall
Queens Road
Alton, Hampshire GU34 1RD
It is a tale of endeavour that begins with a chance encounter - an intriguing inscription on a tombstone. We embark on a search for the truth about Man’s early quest for immunity to infection and the strange practices used by ancient civilisations to protect against smallpox. We then meet a fascinating character, a Dorset farmer named Benjamin Jesty who brought a new idea to the fight against this disease - vaccination - 22 years before Dr Edward Jenner established the practice.
The story unfolds to describe a hunt for a portrait of historic importance that vanished 120 years ago and was thought to be lost. We learn how the speaker found this elusive oil painting half the world away and why it was brought back to England for restoration.

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    Review of HGS Conference Day 2019

    Review of HGS Conference Day 2019 Our third conference day was held on 15th June and was attended by 150 delegates.   In the luxury of the Fair Oak Suite of the Macdonald Hotel and Spa, Botley, everyone took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.


    HGS Conference Day – Rosalind McCutcheon – Fact Sheet

    The factsheet from Ros McCutcheon’s excellent talk at our recent Conference Day can be accessed via the following Link: Irish-Poor-Handout-June-2019-Ros-McCutcheon (1)  


    Wield village booklet now available

    Wield, (VB103) is a small parish consisting of two settlements, Upper and Lower Wield, with Upper Wield being the principle one including the parish church. Wield is 6 miles west of Alton and 6 miles north-north-east of Alresford.


    New Item in the Members Area

    We are delighted to announce that we have a new set of data in our members area.  The Muster Roll of the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment dated 1889,  by kind permission of two of our members, Kay and Dave Lovell,


    Wield MI Correction

    As with all data that gets indexed or transcribed there is always the possibility that information can be misread due to bad handwriting or general aging. Whilst preparing information for the forthcoming village booklet on Wield I have found a prime example of this.


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