Heart of the South Hams, Devon

Welcome to Malborough History Group


Wed 6 February    Billy "Scratch" Hitchen, "Scratch - A Salcombe Boy"

Scratch, who lives in Malborough, has recently written a book about his life, which is selling well.  He describes how he ran away to sea aged fourteen and, before the age of nineteen, he had sailed round the world five times.  He finally returned home to Salcombe in 1973 and spent three decades fishing in every sea area from Dover to Rockall.  Scratch tells some of his stories, accompanied by slides.

Mon 8 April       Kate Jennings, "East Prawle Through the Ages"

Formerly a centre of farming, some fishing and a little smuggling, East Prawle is now celebrated more for its walks, beaches, coastline and popular Pig's Nose Inn. But its history is still there and much of it has been lovingly researched and recorded by Kate from conversations with the more elderly locals and also from memories and tales passed down to the younger generations. In this way it has been preserved for posterity.

Wed 12 June, 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.   Bowringsleigh House and Gardens Tour

Mr and Mrs Manisty very kindly agreed to give the History Group a tour of their lovely historic house and gardens near West Alvington.  

Wed 2 October     Roger Barrett introduces a film show, "Salcombe and Hope Cove Lifeboats: 150 Years of Saving Lives at Sea"

A fitting tribute to the courage and skill of our lifeboat crews since the first lifeboat came to Salcombe 150 years ago.


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 usually 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).

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.