The Andover History & Archaeology Society launched their latest publication entitled "An Andover Miscellany" at Andover Museum.
The book contained four separate articles. Primitive Methodism and the Birth of the Andover Circuit by David Borrett; Layton's of Andover, also by David Borrett; Andover Cottage Hospital by Andrew Jackson; and Andover and New Street in the Great War 1914-1918, by Harry Paris.
Launching the book with two of the authors (Harry Paris died in 2001) Sir George said Andover was fortunate to have such an active Society that produced regular publications about the history of the town. "There is a great appetite for books such as this one - not just from those who have lived in the town for some time, but from newcomers and younger people. They want to know more about the town they live in."
The book costs £8.50 and is available from AHAS C/o Mill pound Cottage, Monxton SP11 8AW
Turniong to the book, Sir George said that much of it was topical. With Andover Hospital about to undergo major alterations, people would be interested in its predecessor, Andover Cottage Hospital. A town with strong military traditions and with soldiers based nearby now serving abroad, there was relevance in the town's history during the Great War. And with talk of a department store coming to the town, the history of Layton's was of interest.
Sir George congratulated Diana Coldicott for editing the book, and Tony Raper (Chairman of AHAS) for the leadership which he gave to the Society.