Events to remember Gilbert White

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A GREAT Hampshire writer is being remembered on July 18.

Famous naturalist Gilbert White was born on July 18, 1720, and his 297th birthday is being celebrated at his former Selborne home.

On Sunday, Gilbert White’s House will be filled with characters depicting his family and friends and White himself at ‘Meet the Whites.’

They will be telling stories of village life during the 18th century, and traditional crafts will be demonstrated.

On Sunday, July 23, at 6pm, the museum joins forces with the village and St Mary’s Church for a special evensong.

This will be a simple service followed by refreshments, including a birthday cake.

Rev Canon Robin Ewbank said: “July 18 seems to be a significant date in our benefice as it is the day Jane Austen died 200 years ago in 1817, as the whole world is being made well aware.

“Much less well known is the fact that it is also Gilbert White’s birthday 297 years ago. We have started a tradition of having an appropriate evening service of thanksgiving to God around this time for all lovers of Selborne and its natural history, as made famous by its most celebrated son.” For more details visit www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk