Widecombe History Group Minutes December 2005

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A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 7th December 2005 at 7.30 p.m.

Please click here for Dr Tom Greeves' talk on the Three Hares

Apologies: Sue Booty, Michael Venables, Peter & Dylis Harvey, Fred Daw, Phyllis Pascoe, Bessie French, Rosemary Mortimore and Jenny Pascoe.

Mr Rodney Cruze was in the chair and 57 people attended. This included several new members.

The minutes of the November Meeting were read and signed as correct.


Widecombe Fair.

The working party involved with this project are continuing to meet and collect information. This has involved visiting Sticklepath, Okehampton and Spreyton. They have met some very helpful people and are still gathering information and artefacts. We are still hoping that anyone that has documents or information of any kind relating to Widecombe Fair will let us know and hopefully share that information with us.


This working party is also continuing with their regular meetings and gradually building up a picture of the village over the past one hundred years. Similarly any information about this village project will be greatly appreciated.

Display cabinets.

Secretary has obtained three quotations for the supply of a display cabinet 4ft x 2ft with toughened glass top and on four supporting legs. We hope that we shall get permission from Widecombe Parochial Church Council to place this in the Church to display articles and documents relating to the history of the parish and the church, for the benefit and interest of local people and visitors alike. It was unanimously agreed that we should purchase one and then consider whether we need any more.

It was also decided that we should obtain a desk/table top display panel, which could hold a number of A4 sheets where copies of papers of historical interest can be displayed.

Parish Chest.

Secretary in conjunction with The Parish Council is looking into the care of the Parish Chest and Tithe Map. The possibility of a fireproof box creates several problems, Rodney Cruze suggested covering the existing box with fire retardant material. The possibility of a meeting with the Fire Officer and other ideas will be considered by The Parish Council at their meeting in January 2006 when the secretary has been invited to address the Council on his findings. Secretary has been able to find some documents in the chest which were helpful to the Council in a matter concerning the village green.

Treasurer has confirmed that we are paid up members of the :-

Devon Family History (Historian) Soc reg no 11258

Friends of Devon Archives reg no 95

Devon History Society

Sue Booty has produced edition 18 of our Newsletter from May - October 2005 which includes the programme of events for 2006 on the back cover.

A vote of thanks to Sue was recorded.

A vote of thanks was also recorded to Ann and Wendy for compiling what appears to be another wonderful programme of speakers and events for 2006 and they will look into the possibility of outings early in the New Year. They also hope to get a showing of the late Stuart Keen’s film featuring Jan Stewer (A.J.Coles), “Up Along Down Along” organised.

Librarian Richard Wells with help from Pat Watson is continuing to manage the archives.

It was the unanimous wish of the meeting that the secretary should get cards and flowers sent to our two founder members Margaret Steemson and Freda Wilkinson, who are unwell at this time.

January 4th 2006 meeting will take the form of a ‘bring and share’ New Years Party. Peter Rennells will take care of the liquid refreshment and members are requested to bring along some food. Roger Whale with assistance from Roger Claxton will give a showing of a CD containing the major part of his postcard collection of the area with particular reference to Ponsworthy.

Advance notice of February 1st meeting the speaker will be Jill Drysdale. The subject will be “Prayers & Potions: Death & Disease from a Medieval Perspective”.

Dr Tom Greeves our speaker was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, Chris Chapman and Sue Andrews who have been involved with him in the quest for information on the significance of the “Three Hares Symbol”.

Email from Chagford Local History Society to inform us that their exhibition of Mill Street Chagford will take place in The Jubilee Hall Chagford on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th January 2006 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

The meeting closed 10.10 p.m.

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