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Alton News

Updated: 17th April 2019

Are you a member of a golf club? Brendoncare is looking for support within the local community from golf clubs.

Bookers & Bolton Solicitors are looking for a cover secretary.

Everyone Active (at Alton Sports Centre) have hit 15,000 twitter followers! 30 seconds exercise. 30 seconds rest. Get an Everyone Active total body workout without any special gear. See their website.

Westbrook Interiors offer ideas for children’s’ bedrooms. Fabrics and wallpapers with great colours, superb themes, loaded with fantastic designs.

Congratulations to Alton School pupil Ella and Mr Soots who went to the three day winter league finals at Cricklands last weekend and won the gold medal for the championship in the 90cm (horse) class!

This week marked the beginning of a very exciting new venture for Scott 2 Go .... watch this space!

Summertime Special Offer for the Astro Turf Pitch at Eggar’s School! They have special rates and availability for 10 weeks, 5 weeks or just a 1 off booking from 22 April.

It’ll be Good Friday Fun morning at Mint Condition. 9am – 12pm. Open Gym 16+ and classes for all ages. Free bouncy castle. Free Easter Egg Hunt.

This Saturday from 7pm is Alton Football Club's Presentation Night in their club house. All welcome. Bar open. Awards will be presented by a representative from their main sponsors, Coomers.

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BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

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Southampton hospital security staff strike over pay dispute
The 21 staff at Southampton General Hospital say their job is dangerous and want a pay increase.

UK News

BBC News - UK

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Officers are using technology to work out precisely where a phone signal is coming from.
Carol Ann Stephens murder: Police still hope to solve 1959 killing
The disappearance of six-year-old Carol Ann Stephens 60 years ago sparked one of Wales' biggest manhunts.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (44°F) Maximum Temperature: 23°C (74°F)
Maximum Temperature: 23°C (74°F), Minimum Temperature: 7°C (44°F), Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1020mb, Humidity: 53%, UV Risk: 5, Pollution: Moderate, Sunrise: 05:57 BST, Sunset: 20:09 BST
Monday: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: 9°C (48°F) Maximum Temperature: 22°C (72°F)
Maximum Temperature: 22°C (72°F), Minimum Temperature: 9°C (48°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1006mb, Humidity: 59%, UV Risk: 4, Pollution: Moderate, Sunrise: 05:55 BST, Sunset: 20:11 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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