Widecombe History Group Minutes July 2003

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A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House Widecombe on Wednesday 2nd July 2003 at 7.30 p.m.

Click here for the talk on the History of the Army on Dartmoor.

Mrs Margaret Steemson was in the chair and 23 people attended

Apologies:- Bessie French, Eileen and Peter Carrett, Anthea and Michael Venables and Freda Wilkinson.

The Chairman opened the meeting by thanking Peter Hirst for standing in for her at the last meeting and she also informed the meeting that Freda Wilkinson has been in hospital and it was agreed that she should send a get well card to Freda from the group wishing her a speedy recovery. She then welcomed our guest speaker for the evening Lt. Col. Tony Clark Rtd, O.B.E. who was to give us a most interesting talk on "The History of the Army on Dartmoor".

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


The storage of the dropcloth, the use of the scrap lead from the Tower and the meeting of the secretary with Richard Wells our Librarian are still ongoing.

Family History and E-mails.

Outings and Visits:

Ann Claxton and Wendy Beard are trying to organise an outing to Dulverton and Exmoor for September. Details by the August Meeting. Possibility of the second half of September.

Peter Hirst reported that the visits to The Hound Tor and Hutholes Medieval sites held on Saturday 14th June were a great success. Mrs Winnie Harman was unable to attend and Peter has written to her to say how much she was missed.

She has sent the group a copy of an article written about Watergate Chapel that appeared in The Telegraph newpaper on Saturday 14th June 2003. Watergate was Hermon and her home and is now on the property market.

A possible visit to Whimple Local History Group to see the village and their newly opened Museum will be planned later, more than likely 2004.

Guided Walk, Okehampton Army Camp for Saturday 5th July with Lt.Col. Tony Clarke. Meet at the Parade Ground at 1.30 p.m.

There is the option to meet at Okehampton Railway Station by 10.45 a.m. to catch the 11 o’clock train to Meldon Viaduct, stopping there for ten minutes and returning to the station by 12 noon, tickets £5 return, £3 for Senior Citizens.

A visit to the Archaeological Dig taking place at Shovel Down, near Chagford, has been arranged by Roger Claxton for Wednesday 16th July at 2.30 p.m. meet at Batworthy Corner, with Joanna Brooke.

Chudleigh History Group are holding an Exhibition at Chudleigh Town Hall entitled "Chudleigh’s Past" looking at the industry, war, in fact anything to do with Chudleigh, from Saturday 12th July to Saturday 19th July inclusive, starting at 10.30 a.m. each day.

Contact Alan Brunton on 01626 852714.

Visitors can take part in a Guided Walk around the outskirts of Chudleigh on Monday 14th July, meet at Chudleigh Town Hall at 7.00 p.m. approximately 2 miles / 2 hours.

Alan Brunton has offered to take our Group on a separate Guided Walk around Chudleigh sometime in the future (not Thursdays).

The Crow Act and Right to Roam

A copy of the Maps concerning Dartmoor can be seen at Parke, Bovey Tracey, and the High Moorland Centre, Princetown until the 13th August. Locally the Parish Maps can be viewed by contacting Mrs. Margaret Phipps, Chairman of Widecombe Parish Council, on 01364 631421 by appointment.

Widecombe Fair in Bygone Years

The Secretary is still hoping for memorabilia of past Widecombe Fairs to assist the Widecombe Fair Committee with this year’s Fair to be held on Tuesday 9th September.


A letter from Peter and Eileen Carrett inviting members to support them with their Coffee Morning / Lunch / Tea / Raffle to be held at their home, ‘Sussex’, Liverton, (opposite the Post Office) on Wednesday 9th July from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. in aid of the Newton Abbot World Wildlife Fund.

Stephen Woods is to publish in conjunction with Halsgrove Press, a new book on Farming. This is "Dartmoor Farm" and will be published in September.

Parish Documents CD

Roger Claxton reported that copies have been loaded into two members computers and are now being assessed.

Oral History Project

Volunteers to take part and manage this project are needed, contact the Secretary.

Book Launch

The launch of our book "All Along Down Along Widecombe Way" held on Saturday 7th June, 2003, was a great success when 75 copies were sold and copies are now available from most bookshops in the area and from Widecombe Post Office. Price £3.50 plus 50p postage and package.

There was feedback that the general opinion of the book is very encouraging.

Next Meeting will be held on Wednesday August 6th when it will be a Discussion / Non Speaker Evening. The subject will be :-

"Military Activity in the Parish during the last Century".

The Meeting closed at 10.15 p.m.

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