Past events

Below is a sample of some of our past events.

Gardens Opened for the National Gardens Scheme: August 2021

MHPRA members, Marcia Hurst and Anna Dargavel, opened their gardens in Mill Hill Road for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).  They have been opening their gardens for many years.  The Scheme offers the public the chance to see the private gardens of enthusiastic gardeners throughout the country and, at the same time, raises money for various charities.

Members’ Drinks Parties: August 2021

Our members’ drinks parties resumed in August 2021, with two taking place in the course of the month.

Picnic in the Park: September 2019

On Sunday 8 September 2019, more than a hundred people enjoyed a very successful family picnic in Mill Hill Gardens, our local park in Avenue Road. The entertainment included games and a band. In 2015 we held our first family event and they continued to be held in subsequent years. Covid-19 restrictions prevented us from arranging one in 2020.

Book launch: July 2017

Jerome Farrell speaking at the AGM

Following the formal business of our AGM in July 2017, MHPRA member Jerome Farrell gave an interesting talk about the centenary of the First World War and his first full-length book.

The book This Ghastly Affair: Great War Letters from the Leathersellers’ Archives is based on a cache of fascinating letters he discovered in the archives of the Leathersellers’ Company, written by three young office workers who volunteered to fight.

Wine tasting event for members: March 2016

The theme for the evening was a comparison of Old and New World wines, led by tutors Dennis and Gerry Tomkins. Eleven wines were sampled with tasting notes provided.

Joint pub quiz with the CCA: November 2015

The MHPRA and the Churchfield Community Association held their first joint social event, a pub quiz at the George & Dragon on Acton High Street.

London Transport Museum Depot Tour: June 2015

The MHPRA arranged a private tour of the Museum for members. Sited opposite Acton Town Tube Station, the Museum houses over 370,000 historical objects. Sights include rare road and rail vehicles spanning over 100 years, bus and rail sheds, signs, ceramic tiles , ephemera and ticket machines.