This year Easter Monday falls on the third Monday of the month (Monday 18th April) which is also the day we normally hold our meeting in Church House, so we are planning to hold two walks rather than an evening talk. The evening walk, which will be the shorter of the two walks, is entitled ‘The Original Milborne Port’; it will begin outside Something Else Fishy at 7.00 pm. The longer afternoon walk has yet to be finalised, and details will appear on our website nearer the date.  

Our February meeting with Nathalie Hetherington and Harold Clarke certainly lived up to the billing of 18th century Downton Abbey. We were given a fascinating insight into the goings-on in the village during this period through the letters of Thomas Medlycott, including the breeding habits of a rampant old turkey!

The cost of single membership of the Milborne Port Heritage & History Group this year will be £16 but only £20 for joint membership. We have a few activities organised for this coming year, including a visit to the gardens at Ven House on the 14th of July.  As a member, you would have the opportunity to buy tickets for these events ahead of non-members on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so there are real advantages to becoming a member. If you wish to join, and we do hope that you do, please e-mail or call Lyn Harrison for information on how to become a member:  mphhgroup@gmail.com 01963 251549.


Where our Church house talks are concerned, we have also decided that we will be increasing the admission donation to non-members to £5 and we will be recommending a contribution of £2 from members.  Obviously, our expenses have increased and as we can now claim Gift Aid, the committee felt that this is the best way forward.  Membership subscriptions are not eligible for Gift Aid.

We are always looking for ways to attract a larger number of local people to attend our activities so if you have enjoyed any of our walks, talks, or presentations, please spread the word to friends and neighbours!

Our website has been recently revamped: http://milborneporthistory.org.uk .

And don’t forget we also have a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/269663891785502  Recent threads on Facebook have covered interesting inscriptions in the village, lovely old postcards, the evolution of St John’s Church, our very own Tolpuddle Martyr – William Osborne and the discovery of the grandfather clock belonging to Edward Hallett of Swatchford Manor who was the Sheriff of Somerset in 1741.  

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