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If you have a specific interest you would like us to investigate we would love to hear from you so please do get in touch with us on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The programme of guided summer walks has now come to an end; many thanks to those of you who have supported these and made donations to support the activities of the group.

 Monday 18th November - The Twineworks at West Coker

The Twineworks at West Coker is the only surviving rural twineworks with it's original machinery in England.  Ross Aitken will tell us about it's fascinating history and the restoration process that has been undertaken.

As always the talk will begin at 7.30 pm in Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port.  Free admission but donations welcome to help support the Milborne Port History and Heritage Group.  We are very grateful for any donations as they help us with our running costs which include Church House hire and running costs for the museum, insurance, heating and lighting etc.

This talk will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting at 6.45 in Church House.

As this is the last talk of the year a copy of next year's programme will be available.

We are also planning a Winter Fund-raising Event at the museum in Wheathill Lane on Saturday 7th December, 11 - 1 and also Sunday 8th December 2 - 4. 

There will be a special display of 'Milborne Port in Winter' along with a card, craft and book sale.

 

2020 PROGRAMME

Our 2020 programme, along with walks, is now complete and will appear here soon.

We are also planning a number of trips: hopefully to Thornhill Park and House, Stalbridge and the Keep Museum in Dorchester, with a special guided tour by the Curator, Major Nick Speakman which will be available to members in the first instance, so if you are not a member please consider joining.   

 

 ORAL HISTORY

We are currently compiling an oral history of the village and already have several villagers who are prepared to participate in this very important work.

Several of the interviews will be playing at the Chapel Museum open afternoons.

We feel that if we don't record memories now they will be lost and this shouldn't be allowed to happen.

So, if you feel that you would like to take part in this please contact either me, Lyn Harrison on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.m, 01963 251 549,  Lesley Wray on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 01963 250 910 or Nathalie Hetherington, via the group email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and we will be only too happy to give you details of how we intend to gather the information.

 

MISSION HALL/MISSION ROOM

The Mission Hall is situated on Combe Hill at the edge of Newtown and the earlier Mission Room which built next to the Pump House on the east end of Newtown and one of our committee members, Nathalie Hetherington, is currently researching the history of the Mission Hall and Mission Room.

The current owner and the Vicar have provided a lot of information but she is hoping that some of you may know some interesting facts about these two buildings.

In particular, she is looking for answers to these questions:

  • When was the Mission Room built?
  • When was the Mission Room demolished?  It was possibly after 1919 because it appears on the Newtown auction map from that year.
  • The new Mission Hall was built in around 1894 so was there a period of time when the Mission Room was in disuse?
  • What happened to the Mission Hall bell?  It had been commissioned to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee but might have been melted down for one of the war efforts!
  • The Mission Room was sold privately in 1958 but was it hired out for any village activities after that?

Nathalie can be contacted via the History Group email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and any information that you have will be of great interest so please get in touch!

Many thanks from Nathalie in advance of any information provided!

 

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