Widecombe History Group Minutes January 2003

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A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 15th January 2003 at 7.30 p.m.

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(The meeting took place a week later than planned because of the snow and ice conditions)

Mrs. Margaret Steemson was in the chair and 39 people attended.

In the absence of the Secretary, Wendy Beard took the Minutes.

Apologies: Sylvia Needham, Bessie French, Anthea and Michael Venables, Jack Elliott, Roderick Newbolt-Young, Anthony Beard.

The Minutes of the December meeting were read and signed as correct.


Parish Aerial Map: Peter Hirst reported that Widecombe Parish Council will co-operate with neighbouring parishes in overseeing any future publications. It is understood that 700 copies of the offending map have been sold and the Publishers have been made aware of the errors therein.

Parishioners should be aware of the impending "Right to Roam draft Map" which may appear as soon as March this year and all Landowners should make themselves acquainted with it and register any errors found.

Church Drop-Cloth, the Church House blackout curtains and the Church lead still ongoing.

Family History and E.mails.

Roger and Ann Claxton reported only one e-mail this month.

Jan/E-01: Query from Sarah re Hannaford-Hill. Roger has dealt with this.

Outings 2003:

Trip 1. Details on Coldharbour Mill and Midelney Manor will be distributed by Ann next month.

Trip 2. Still being arranged.


This work needs to be dealt with soon in co-operation with Richard Wells.

Guided Walks:

Members to contact Peter Hirst with details of preferred days and times for these to be arranged, but Saturdays and 12 noon still seems to be the favoured starting day and time.


This community web-site is still being regularly visited from all points world-wide. There is still a hope of some further contributions towards the running costs.

Apprentices Data-base:

This is currently undergoing its final trial.

Parish Link:

It was agreed that a £50 contribution should be made towards the production costs of the Parish Link. The Group appreciate the publicity given to our meetings each month.

An enjoyable social half-hour was held in the middle of the meeting as usual, and at future meetings tea/coffee and biscuits will continue to be served. A rota needs compiling for future meetings of people prepared to boil the kettle and make the tea.

Date of Next Meeting:

Wednesday 5th February, a talk by Jenny Sanders entitled "Ancient Farmsteads in the Central Basin of Dartmoor".

The meeting closed at 10.10 p.m.

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