What’s On

Talks, Presentations, Walks, Visits and Other Events for 2024

Monday May 20th: The Barter Story – Howard Pell. Could there really be a connection between a house in Baunton’s Orchard; the playwright Oscar Wilde; Madison Square Garden in New York; and several world champion boxers? It may not quite be ‘The X-files’ but as the saying goes, the truth is out there. And it’s all set to be revealed at Church House on Monday, 20th May. That’s when historian Howard Pell will be telling a surprising story, revealing new research, and introducing a local hero to Milborne Port. So, if you know a Barter, or a Fudge, or a Cabell, or a Hallett – or better still, are related to someone with those familiar local surnames – this talk is not to be missed, as you might just have ‘a modern Hercules’ in the family. Or maybe you’re just plain curious to know about a local boy made good – one who had been all but forgotten on this side of the Atlantic.

Monday June 17th: Museum Artefacts – The Best Bits – Committee members
Do you know about our Chapel Museum but have never managed to get there? Well, let the Museum come to you! Some of the Committee members will show and talk about their favourite artefacts and their link with Milborne Port. From date stones to mourning rings, and many more!

Monday July 15th: Walls, Balls and Courts! – John Ashton. The story of the development of ball
courts and the game of Fives in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Monday August 19th: Village of Stowell and the Church of St Mary Magdalene

Monday September 16th: The Portable Antiquities Scheme – Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Monday October 21st: Milborne Ports Pubs and Inns – Committee members

November date to follow.

All talks take place in Church House on Bathwell Lane, starting at 7.30pm and last for approximately an hour. We ask for a suggested donation of £2 per member & £5 per non-member.

Chapel Museum

Every Summer we open the Museum every Sunday afternoon 2.30 pm-4.00 pm from the end of May to the end of August. However, if you would like to arrange a private visit at any other time, please contact Lesley Wray: lesmik71@gmail.com.

Can you help? Do you have a few hours to spare one Sunday afternoon (2.30-4.00 pm) next Summer? The museum will be open to the public with a member of the Committee on duty but it would great to have another history-minded person to keep us company. If you are willing, please let us know by contacting Lesley Wray: lesmik71@gmail.com.

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 

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