What’s On

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 at mphhgroup@gmail.com 

The programme of guided summer walks were sadly not able to take place this year but we will be arranging a full programme of walks for next year and will be advertised here, in the local magazines and with posters around the village; many thanks to those of you who have supported these in the past and made donations to support the activities of the group.


We are now back in full swing and our next meeting will be on Monday 18th October at 7.30 pm in Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port.

The meeting is open to members and non-members, please do come along.

The Speaker that night will be Harold Clarke who will be speaking about the ‘History of Salisbury Cathedral in Five Objects’. Harold is a Salisbury Guide and so has an extensive knowledge of the Cathedral. A talk not to be missed.

In November a local author, Rosie Lear, will be telling us about her local hero, Matthias Barton, and his exploits in Milborne Port & Sherborne.

There are now five books in the series and they will be available to buy on the night, start your Christmas shopping early!

Our 2022 programme is now being put together and we will be circulating it soon, watch this space.

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 mphhgroup@gmail.com, 01963 251 549,  Lesley Wray on  lesmik71@gmail.com , 01963 250 910 or Nathalie Hetherington, via the group email, mphhgroup@gmail.com , 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, mphhgroup@gmail.com 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!