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Commemoration of the Leprosy Hostel [St Mary Magdalene] which was sited in Southampton

 Records show that we had a leprosy hostel in the town and to the best of estimates it was sited near where later stood the C&A shop in the 20th C. It was under the jurisdiction of the Priory at St Denys and was known as St Mary Magdalene which over the years became known as Marlands. We assume that burials took place in adjacent common land probably at the junction with the present day Above Bar Street and Commercial Road at the entrance to Watts Park.
Southampton resident Jill Ghanouni, known to many of us for her community liaison work at a local hospital, is secretary of the British branch of the New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust.
There was a small stainless steel roundel hardly noticeable on the stone pier of the entrance to the Park. It was placed there about 20 years ago and had weathered badly. Jill thought that the local Indian community would like to join with other community and heritage groups to place a more prominent plaque [and remove the one that was placed earlier].
Jill with the support of the Mayor Councillor Derek Burke and the Sheriff Councillor Jacqui Rayment organised a replacement plaque. Jill took advice on the history of the hostel from Dr Andy Russel head of SCC Archaeology and Museums. An informal committee with John Avery representing CoSS, Graham Linecar representing SCAPPS, John Horton representing SCC Parks and Open Spaces and David Singh Roath representing the Asian ethnic communities met to discuss the plan. An agreed form of wording and further addition of a small herb garden representing a physic garden traditionally used by monks plus a information display panel as a form of treatment was the result.
 The Mayor and Mayoress agreed to unveil the plaque on 2nd October 2012. [After the Court Leet Event].
The City of Southampton Society made a grant towards the cost of the plaque.
David Singh Roach and Eliazar Tumati Rose, Director New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust, India examining a plaque placed on a pillar at Watts Park about 20 years early. The inscription was weathered and the position of the plaque made it difficult to read it. Image courtesy Jill Ghanouni
The replacement plaque placed on 2nd October 2012. Image courtesy Ann MacGillivray
Guests assembled in the mayor's parlour and studied the regalia and commemorative gifts donated by international visitors. Image Ann MacGillivray.
Mayors of other cities often present a commemorative plaque, the guests admired such displays in the mayor's parlour. Image Ann MacGillivray
Graham Linecar, secretary Southampton Common and Parks Protection Society who with John Avery of CoSS
met with Jill Ghanouni of the New Hope Trust, David Roath representing the ethnic communities and John Horton SCC Parks Division to launch the project. Graham seen appreciating with other guests the items on display. Image Ann MacGillivray.

The mayor and mayoress and guests were piped in to the unveiling ceremony at nearby Watts Park.Image courtesy Ann MacGillivray
The guests attending the ceremony  on the corner of Above Bar Street and Commercial Road.                            Image courtesy Ann MacGillivray
Eliazar Tumati Rose the director of New Hope Leprosy Trust, India shows his gratitude to all who made the ceremony a success. Image Ann MacGillivray
On 10th May 2013, the second stage of the commemoration was held when the Mayor, Councillor Derek Burke unveiled an Information Lectern giving detail of the hospital
Time for Compassion, the Information Lectern unveiled 10th May 2013 image Will TempleThe Town Crier John Melody overseeing the unveilling ceremony image Will TempleThe Mayor and Mayoress unveiled the Information Lectern on 10th May 2012 image Will TempleThe Mayor's party heading a pipe band to the ceremony image Will Temple
We are proud to announce that in the 2015 Honours, HM The Queen awarded the MBE to the secretary Jill Ghanouni of New Hope UK. Jill has been a trustee and secretary of the charity.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge presenting the MBE to Jill Ghanouni [May 2015] 

Outdoor visit to Minstead Church image courtesy Will Temple Outdoor visit on a Guy Arab open top busTug tender Calshot in preservation