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Saturday 18th June 2022 at 11.00 am
RAF Blakehill Farm Site Visit

Vince Povey was our speaker in April and, following on from this presentation, a site visit is being arranged.  This will be an exclusive chance for Purton Historical Society to tour the former RAF Blakehill Farm.   Arrangements are as follows:

The tour starts at the main car park in the nature reserve at 11.00 am. 

Cost is £10 pp including tea and coffee supplied at the end of the walk.

Money to be donated to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

An Age Concern mini bus is booked for the journey from Purton to Blakehill and return.  Limited seats will be available for pre-booking.  

Toilets are available on site.

The visit will take at least 3 hours. The walk will be on flat ground and mostly tarmac.

The length of the walk will be just over 1 mile and will include several stops for Vince to explain various highlights and aspects of the site.

Some folding chairs will be available at stopping places for use by the group if required.       

If livestock permits there will also be a visit to the cold war Royal Observer Corp bunker.  This will be on very uneven ground and so some people may not want to participate, but this can be decided on the day.

The tour will take in all the former features on the eastern side of the airfield and will be led by Vince, using aerial photographs and plans. There are one or two surprises too!

To book a place for the Blakehill tour, the minibus or for more information, please contact Clive and Liz Rushen on Tel: 01793 770933.


Saturday 9th July 2022 at 2.00 pm
Visit to Coleshill Estate – a guided walk  

This visit follows on from Liza Dibble’s presentation in October 2021 which covered the story of ‘Operation Sealion’ in September 1940.  Preparations were underway in England to train a resistance group who would be ready to defend the country in the event of an invasion.  Coleshill House became the General Headquarters.  Come and discover this story and find out what remains at Coleshill.

Museum News
Education at St. Mary’s School, Purton from 2nd April to 29th October 2022

Thank you to the Museum Committee for putting together a new exhibition that will renew memories of times gone by, in and around our wonderful village.
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After visiting Purton Museum why not pop into "Pips Community Café"

Silver Threads Hall, High Street

next to War Memorial