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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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    Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office

    Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office   Did anyone in your family serve in the Home Guard during WWII?   They may be included in the number of members in the Hampshire Home Guard who have been mentioned in the HRO catalogue and either appear in documents and photographs.

    Discord in Marriage

    Interesting little snippets from some of the old newspapers include brief advertisements where husbands have declared that they will not be responsible for their wife’s debts. One item from James LINDSAY appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle printed on 4th September 1820. He said that he would not be answerable for any debts incurred by his […]

    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

    Winchfield, (VB101) is located midway between Farnborough and Basingstoke with the A30 forming part of the northern parish boundary. The B3016 crosses the parish from south to north. The Basingstoke Canal forms part of the southern border, the London to Southampton railway crosses the parish and recently the M3 follows the same route. There is […]

    Old Alresford village booklet now available

    Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]

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