Thursday, 16 September 2021

Activities day in memory of village GP

A FAMILY activities day will be held for the third time to mark a GP’s contribution to two

A FAMILY activities day will be held for the third time to mark a GP’s contribution to two ecological groups.

Dr Anne Millar, who died in October 2013, aged 86, worked in Benson for three decades.

The event is being organised by the Benson Ecological Study Team, which she helped found, and Ewelme watercress beds nature reserve, where it will be held on Tuesday, August 16.

The activities, including a home-made boat race, are free but there will be a charge to cover the cost of a barbecue lunch.

Appropriate clothing and wellington boots are recommended as some of the activities will involve the stream.

Dr Millar moved to Benson in 1953 with her husband Andrew.

At the time she had a young family but started working in the practice in Mill Lane as an assistant in the mid-Sixties. For the next 20 years all medical services in Benson were run from the family home.

In 1970 the Dorchester Partnership split up and the main practice moved to Berinsfield. The couple became partners in the new practice in Benson.

After her husband died in 1982, Dr Millar continued to practise for another eight years, during which time she helped to plan and build the new Mill Stream Surgery in the heart of the village.

Dr Millar also served on Benson Parish Council, including a spell as chairwoman, after her retirement from medicine and helped with the planning of the new parish hall. The council named Millar Close in the village after her.

Booking for the day is essential. Call Ann Truesdale on (01491) 835173 or Margaret Connolly on 07879 461593 or email her at

Places will be given on a first come, first served basis and children should be aged from seven to 12.

• The watercress beds will be open to the public on Sunday, August 7 from 2pm to 4.30pm. Visitors can walk round the nature reserve with or without a guide and relax with a cup of tea and cake by the stream. Entry is £3 for adults, accompanied children free. No dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed and sensible footwear is advised.

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