Harting Society

Next Meeting:   Thursday 7th March 2024 at 7.00 pm

“The Man who caught a Million Criminals”

Dr Ian Goodall relates the history of DNA fingerprinting, invented in 1985 at Leicester University by geneticist Dr Alec Jeffreys (now Sir Alec
Jeffreys CH) and used worldwide in forensic science to assist police detective work and to resolve paternity and immigration disputes. It was first employed in 1987 to catch and convict Colin Pitchfork – a serial rapist and child murderer – who tried to evade capture by faking his identity. It
has since been used to confirm the identity of the remains of the last Russian Royal family following the fall of the Soviet Union; and also King Richard III, found more recently buried under a car park in Leicester! Ian will explain how these cases unfolded, and how the fingerprinting
technique works.

The Society

The aims of the Society are to provide a social forum for the Harting community and to encourage an appreciation of the local environment, its heritage and its history.

There is an annual programme of talks covering a wide range of interests during the months of October to April, and occasional outings to places of interest during the year.

All meetings are held in the Village Hall, South Harting at 7.30 pm and the bar is open from

7.00. The annual subscription for members is £10, or £16 for joint membership. Visitors and guests are most welcome and invited to contribute £5 per head.

Membership enquiries to Sarah Wilcox at swilco149@yahoo.co.uk or on 07963-909889


Future Meetings

Thursday 11th AprilThe River Rother and a Nature-friendly Future’ – What the river and its wildlife can tell us about food, farming and climate.    Philip Lymbery (CEO Compassion in World Farming)

Thursday 3rd October  ‘The Moon in Art and Science’ – How our obsession with the moon has manifested itself throughout the history of mankind.  Dr.Alexandra Loske

Thursday 7th November  ‘Stansted Park: A Charity adapting for the Future’ – The major programme of repairs and restoration that will ensure the Estate remains viable and sustainably-managed. Fred Duncannon and David Bennett

Thursday 5th December  ‘The Great Silk Road Today.’ – Tales both ancient and modern on a photographic travelogue from Xian to Istanbul. David Smith