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Updated: 12th June 2019

Congratulations to former Alton School pupil, Lauren Shea, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for promoting science & technology to young people.

Eggar's School visit Disneyland Paris today. Everyone Active at Alton Sports Centre have teamed up with Disney and Swim England to create Toy Story 4 inspired swim sessions. New collections are available in the Westbrook Interiors shop.

Triple fff Brewery have been brewing Alton's Pride, racked Goldfffinger and Lady Eleanor and have purchased 122 gallon Oak Whisky Hogheads to store 9% Olde English ale (which will be ready in about a years’ time!).

The June issue of Coomers' News & Offers is available now. Cut down on the use of disposable coffee cups with a complimentary reusable coffee cup FREE with any in-store purchase at Coomers, who are proud to be sponsoring Alton in Bloom this year.

The Alton team at Melody Care completed a charity skydive. England's oldest man and Brendoncare resident, Bob Weighton, gives an interview on BBC Radio 4. Bookers & Bolton have been receiving fantastic reviews for their Property Department.

Alton Cricket Club's Gemma Porter becomes the first female player in the 118-year history of the I’Anson League to reach three figures. Alton Football Club U13 girls are league winners, while the club continues to broadcast the woman's world cup their club house. The next England game is on Friday 14th v Argentina, 8pm kick off.

Alton Rugby Club coaches are organising rugby activities for the Alton Community Fayre in the public gardens Saturday 22nd June.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Lucy McHugh: Murder accused denies three rape charges
Stephen Nicholson, who is on trial for the murder of Lucy McHugh, denies raping her.
Andover fatal house blast: James Kirkby 'blew himself up'
The body of 48-year-old James Kirkby was found in the wreckage in the rear garden.
South Western Railway workers begin five-day strike
Commuters and Royal Ascot racegoers are hit as South Western Railway staff start a five-day walkout.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Tory leadership race: Rivals in BBC debate clash over Brexit deadline
Boris Johnson says it is "eminently feasible" to leave the EU by 31 October while several rivals say more time may be needed.
Dominic Raab out of Tory leadership race as five proceed
Five candidates, including frontrunner Boris Johnson and Rory Stewart, make it through to the next round.
Teenage neo-Nazis jailed over terror offences
A judge said their online propaganda for a group called the Sonnenkrieg Division was abhorrent.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Light Rain Showers, Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)
Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 5mph, Visibility: Moderate, Pressure: 1008mb, Humidity: 96%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 21:22 BST
Wednesday: Light Rain Showers, Minimum Temperature: 9°C (48°F) Maximum Temperature: 18°C (65°F)
Maximum Temperature: 18°C (65°F), Minimum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Moderate, Pressure: 1008mb, Humidity: 84%, UV Risk: 2, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:48 BST, Sunset: 21:23 BST

A History of Alton Hampshire

By Jane Hurst

If you come to the Curtis Museum on Crown Hill, you can take a walk through the history of Alton - starting with the local geology. Local flint was made into tools by early man who roamed the area while the Bronze and Iron Age people settled here leaving behind pottery and metal work. The Romans established a posting station in nearby Holybourne and other evidence of them has been found in Alton with a villa near Alton’s Public Gardens.

Early Anglo-Saxons buried their dead above the town over a long period and part of their cemetery has been excavated. Grave goods included swords, shields, beads and the magnificent Alton Buckle - which can be seen in the Museum.

With the coming of the Normans in 1066, Alton grew as an important market and administrative centre for the surrounding area. The town had a thriving cloth industry in the medieval period with several clothiers and a fulling mill and, being on a main route between Southampton and London, it had four inns - the White Hart, George, Swan and the Pelican (which changed its name to the Crown at the Dissolution).

The mid-1600s was the time of the English Civil War and, being between Royalist Winchester and Parliamentary Farnham, Alton was the site of two battles in 1643. The second, on 13th December, was the more serious and ended with the Royalists seeking refuge in Alton’s Church of St Lawrence.

The 1700s were a time of regeneration for the town with a paper mill and breweries being established. Local hop growing expanded and travel improved with the formation of Turnpike Trusts. Upstairs, the Museum has displays of items that would have been familiar to Jane Austen when she lived in nearby Chawton in the early 1800s.

The railway from London came to Alton in 1852 and was later extended to Winchester, Basingstoke and Fareham. At the same time, Alton grew along the valley and a second parish church, All Saints’, was built at the western end of the town.

1880 saw the opening of the Alton’s Assembly Rooms, Cottage Hospital and Mechanics’ Institute on Crown Close with the Curtis Museum now filling the latter.

Alton continues to change and grow but its history can still be found if one knows where to look. If you have any queries do contact janehurst1@gmail.com.

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