January Talk Update

Sadly, we will not be holding the talk about the history of falconry on Friday 7th January at the church hall.

The reason for this is that an increasing number of our membership have indicated that they have concerns attending a live event in a public hall during the current surge in covid cases.

I have taken the decision to postpone the talk until the 14th of October 2022 when hopefully we will be in a healthier and happier position to hold the talk with a larger audience.

Instead, on Friday 7th January at 7.00pmwe are offering a Zoom only talk given by retired Detective Paul Stickler, on the 1947 Gay Gibson ‘Porthole murder’. Gibson was an actress travelling on a cruise ship from South Africa to Southampton. She went missing from her cabin en route. When the ship docked at Southampton, Hampshire Constabulary investigated. A suspect was arrested and put on trial at Winchester Crown Court. Paul will present the evidence to the audience who will then be asked to decide if the suspect is guilty or not. Paul will then reveal what verdict the Jury arrived at and what happened after the trial.

MHS Members will be e mailed the Zoom link. Non-members are welcome to attend the talk for a £5.00 fee. Please use the website contact page to ask for details on how to access obtain your invitation and pay the visitors fee.

We are still intending to run the next live Milton Heritage Society talk on ‘The Many Lives of Hurst Castle’ presented by the chairman of the friends of Hurst Caste, Mr Roger Walker. That will take place on the 11th of February at 7.00pm at the Church Hall.

The last talk of this season will be held on the 11th of March. It will be given by MHS committee member Steve West who is talking to us about ‘The Golden Age of Smuggling in the Local Area’. Steve poses the question were the smugglers, heroes or villains?

Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society

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