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Widecombe History Group Minutes
Apologies :- Sylvia Needham, Margaret Steemson, Michael & Andrea Venables, Jim & Ruby Churchward, Betty Andrews, Richard Casey, Bessie & Terry French, Fred Daw.
The meeting expressed its concern that Margaret, Sylvia and Jenny Pascoe had all been unwell over the festive season and wished them all well for 2005. Jenny thanked the group for the lovely flowers that they had sent, she said that they had cheered her up when she returned home.
The group welcomed four ‘new faces’ to the meeting and we hope to see them at many future meetings.
Mr Peter Rennells was in the chair and 33 people attended.
The minutes of the December meeting were read and signed as correct.
The following projects need attention soon. Lead paperweight production. Permanent fixing of drop-cloth.
- History of Ponsworthy.
- History of Widecombe Fair.
It was agreed that meetings to get all these underway should be arranged soon. Anthony asked for dates when those interested could meet. These will be sorted, and those interested in taking part will be notified.
Librarian, Richard Wells, reported that progress is being made in cataloguing our archives and library and members will be able to borrow items of interest through him as the year progresses.
E-mails:- None received during December.
Other Groups:- Representatives of other local groups gave out details of their meetings.
An appeal was made for any readers of The Western Morning News, to save the special tokens from the paper during the next couple of weeks, that entitle the holders to ‘cut-price’ holidays in several holiday camps in the Southwest in out of season periods. These can be used to give children from ‘less well off families’ and ‘broken homes’ a well needed break at a very affordable cost. Send them to Peter Rennells, Berrywood, Widecombe, TQ13 7TH, phone:-01364 621302.
North Hall:- Secretary is still ‘chasing’ Sean Hawken regarding a site meeting.
N.B. During the talk later in the evening, given by Jenny Sanders, a contact address for The National Monument Record Office at Swindon was mentioned where aerial photographs can be obtained, it is believed that a pack of four photographs of different years showing a one mile radius of the Grid Reference given can be obtained for about £15, sometimes additional information can also be gained. This was noted with a view to pursuing "The North Hall Project". Peter Rennells has spent a great deal of time on this and it is to be hoped that further material may be obtained from this source. Peter also told the meeting that in the book, "Dartmoor Engraved" by Dr Todd Gray, pages 186-189 there are four images attributed to Widecombe. On page 187 there is a copy of an anonymous copper line engraving entitled ‘Wythyconbe Church’, c.1770. This shows the church and to the north of it a substantial dwelling which could well be North Hall, this has renewed everyone’s interest in the project.
The film by A. J. Coles is still being pursued.
As it was our New Year Party Evening it was decided to have a retiring collection in Aid Of The Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster Fund Appeal. £50 was collected and the group added a further £25.00 from its funds and a cheque for £75 was immediately sent to OXFAM for them to use at their discretion.
Widecombe Primary School will be holding a special event soon at the school to support the appeal, "Look out for the Posters"!
Peter Rennells was congratulated on having some of his drawings accepted for show at an Exhibition running until 15th January at The Harbour House Gallery, The Promenade, Kingsbridge.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 2nd February when the speaker will be Dr. Sandy Gerrard. The subject is "Dartmoor Archaeology & Bracken Control with particular reference to Kes Tor".
The March Meeting on 2nd March will take the form of an address by Chris Kelland on "Underground Mining in Devon".
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