Heart of the South Hams, Devon

Welcome to Malborough History Group

Malborough History Group meetings for 2018:

7 March:  "Delving Into The Past" with Graham Collyer

4 April:  "A Homeland Denied: In the Footsteps of a Polish POW", when Malborough resident Irena Clarke (née Kossakowski) will tell us about the book she has recently written about her father.  It is the story of a Warsaw University student, survivor of a Siberian labour camp and veteran of Monte Cassino, Italy and the Middle East, unable to return home.

June (date TBC):  Guided tour of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (limited numbers, so advance bookings only, members have preference but there may be space for a few non-members; please contact the Secretary, see below).

3 October:  “Sharpitor, Salcombe – the End of the Road?” by Matthew Sainsbury: how Overbeck’s saved over-development locally

The History Group has been running for over ten years and is a small but very friendly group. We found that most people simply could not fit monthly meetings into their busy lives and so we meet four times a year. Our meetings are on the first Wednesday in February, April, June and October. This arrangement seems to suit everyone. 

There is a £7 annual membership fee which entitles you to free entry at all four meetings. Non-members are also very welcome at our meetings and are asked to pay £3 per head.  Both include refreshments afterwards.  (There may be an additional fee if we visit an outside venue in June with charges for entry, guide, etc.)

Our meetings start at 7.30 pm, in Malborough Baptist Church, when we have a speaker followed by refreshments and a chat.

The June meetings are our ‘outdoor meetings’ when we try to do something out of doors or visit somewhere of local interest.

We have a small committee of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary but we welcome volunteers to help with special projects.  If you would like to help or have ideas for new projects, please contact one of the committee members (see below).

- Our first meeting in 2017 featured conservation architect Linda Watson talking to us about "Devon Cob - A Living Tradition". 

- Our April meeting was Colin Vosper on"Kelly 'Shiny Ore' Mine", which was followed up with a visit to the mine near Lustleigh in June.  

- In October, Chris Robinson talked to us about "Plymouth in the Blitz".

For detailed reports on previous meetings, see our 'Meetings Reports' section.

Committee members:

  • Chairman - Gill Boyce - 561698
  • Secretary - Julia Hemming  - 561347 (
  • Treasurer - David Hemming - 561347 (

If you need any more information please contact one of us.