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Heritage LogoLyn Harrison writes; It is quite clear that many of you enjoyed our first newsletter and we hope to produce another towards the end of June/beginning of July but what we would really like is some input from you? Maybe a short article about a past village event, a place of local interest, a funny local story, your family history, we would love to hear from you. 

Despite some slight easing in the lock down restrictions we have decide to postpone Richard Duckworth's June talk.  We are very sorry that we have to do this as we know how popular Richard's talks are but we hope to be able to re-arrange this for either later in the year or in 2021. There are also two items that I do hope you will take the time to read, all of interest in their own right.

Further to the following article in the newsletter and the Parish magazine we would like to update you on the progress of:


Following the recent local publicity regarding the setting up of the Milborne Port Social History Project we were contacted by a former resident hoping to find something about what happened to his immediate forebears.  He had got so far but was keen to find out more – not least, whether there was truth in the old family story about a relative called John who had gone to America.  Less than a week later, long lost relatives have been tracked down and living ones contacted in the US.  It has been a remarkable story and we hope to be able to provide you with more in the coming months.  Suffice it to say that the former resident has been quite overwhelmed by the result!

To give you a small taster:

This is the story a local boy who as a small child in 1882 went to America with his family; became a minor legend in American Football; took on world champion boxer Bob Fitzsimmons twice; and with his brother created New York State’s leading glove and leather business.

We hope to be able to produce a fuller report in due course and that this will encourage more of you to take part in this project. 

Please do contact us via this email, we would love to hear from you.

Lesley has asked me to include the following for her:

'I am writing in the hope that the enforced change in our lifestyle may have prompted a few of you to do some research on where you live. 

My first request is to anyone who knows details about Newtown. 

Nathalie and I are writing a booklet about Newtown and while we have all the readily available information about its building between 1818 and 1822, and about the sale in 1919, we need help on two main points:

1                   The Mission Room & Mission Hall
2                   The newer houses, built in the 20th century.

If you can help on either of these points, please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secondly, last year we started a project on the history of the houses in Milborne Port.

This was concerned not just with the larger houses, but also with smaller ones. Our aim is to have at least some details on every house in the village.

A mammoth task even if the information is just when the house was built and who lives there today.  It may seem pointless to hold information on modern houses, but in 20 years time this information will have been forgotten and anyone moving into the village may be interested to know who lived there before.

Obviously as a house gets older, the more information we can get the better we can trace its history.  While East Street and Newtown are obvious examples of older buildings within the village, in fact they were built in the nineteenth century, so are not as old as many of the other buildings in the village.

If you have any information on your house, even just its construction date, or if you would like some advice on how to do online research into its history, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your help, stay safe and hope to see you soon.

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