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Widecombe History Group Minutes
The Eighth Annual General Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 4th May 2005 at 7.30 p.m.
Apologies:- Richard & Valerie Casey, Peter & Dyllis Harvey, Fred Daw, Margaret & Robert Steemson, Wendy Beard, Bessie French, Simon & Annabelle Booty.
This meeting preceded the normal May Monthly Meeting and it was chaired by Peter Rennells and 43 people attended.
The Minutes of the Seventh A.G.M. were read and signed as correct.
Treasurers Report. Jenny Pascoe reported on another successful year. There was an excess of expenditure over income of £126.35. This was mainly due to the increase of the donations in particular our contribution to the Tsunami Disaster Appeal, and a slight rise in meeting and administration costs. The finances of the group stands at £1958.10. The accounts were adopted unanimously and a vote of thanks was recorded to Jenny and also to Andrew Tilt who audited the accounts for the group. A box of chocolates will be purchased and given to Andrew as a token of our thanks.
It was decided to make an annual ‘AGM contribution of £50’ to The Parish Newsletter.
Chairman’s Report. Peter Rennells, who has been acting chairman since December 2004 then gave his report. He expressed the regret of the whole group on the fact that Margaret Steemson has been unable to continue as chairman since being taken ill at the end of last year and that she has now decided to resign from the post. He also mentioned that our past Vice-Chairman Peter Hirst is no longer with us. He thanked the group for their support since he took the chair but expressed the wish not to stand for re-election. He emphasised that the Chairman is a very honourable post and he felt that it should from now on be a One Year Post with the Vice-Chairman moving up to the chair the following year and at the next AGM a new Vice-Chairman should be appointed. That system he felt would result in more members being given a chance to be involved over a period of time in the running of the group. This met with general approval and it was decided that this principal should be adopted. He then thanked the committee, the working parties, tea ladies, officials, in fact everyone in the group for their support, this he said is why the group is such a success. Peter then said that having been in the chair has made him realise the workload of the secretary and he would prefer to act as assistant secretary when the election of officers takes place.
Secretary’s Report. Anthony then thanked everyone for their continued support during the past twelve months. The enthusiasm and the good humour that is generated at all our meetings makes the running of the group so enjoyable. The fact that everything organised by the group is supported so well bodes well for the future.
Election of Officers:-
Chairman Rodney Cruze
Vice-chairman Terry French
Secretary Anthony Beard
Assistant Secretary Peter Rennells
Treasurer Jenny Pascoe
Family History & Website Co-ordinators Roger & Ann Claxton
Archives Researcher John Kimber
Programme Outings Secretaries Ann Claxton & Wendy Beard
Librarian Richard Wells
Newsletter & Project Secretary Sue Booty
It was decided that there will be an Annual Peter Hirst Memorial Walk. This will be held on the anniversary of his Birthday 29th August each year and ending at a hostelry where some refreshment should be available. This year it will be Monday 29th August at Brimpts Farm at 7.00 p.m. when we shall be able to visit the Brimpts Tin Mining Works that Peter had researched and helped restore. The Dartmoor National Park has agreed to get a stone, that Peter used as a seat near the mine, engraved ‘P.H. 1931 - 2004’, and this fact recorded into the leaflet available at Brimpts for those wishing to walk the Brimpts Farm/Mine Environmental Walk.
Mike Jones & Richard Wells agreed to lead these annual walks.
The Meeting closed at 7.50 p.m.
Please click here for the talk on The History of Dartmoor Prison
Apologies:- Richard & Valerie Casey, Peter & Dylis Harvey, Fred Daw, Wendy Beard, Bessie French, Annabelle & Simon Booty, Margaret & Robert Steemson.
Mr Rodney Cruze was in the chair and 43 people attended.
The Minutes of the April Meeting were read and signed as correct.
Lead. Jim Churchward & Anthony Beard will try and get this up and running soon.
Drop-cloth. The team as in the April Minutes will try and get this done one evening soon.
Ponsworthy. Regular meetings are still being held and progress is being made.
Widecombe Fair. The history of the Fair is still being investigated and recorded.
North Hall Review this in the autumn.
Librarian. Richard Wells is still documenting our archives and the contents of the Parish Chest.
E-mails:- April 05/01 From George Barter of USA having family connections with Devon and particularly Holne & Widecombe. It is believed that a Susanah Beard married a James Barter c1850 and they had twins. The boy was buried at Widecombe in the April of 1854 aged six months and the girl buried in the May aged seven months. More research into this is needed. Could this be the reason for them leaving Brownberry Farm and going to “The New World”?
Other Local Groups:-
Ladies Circle. Treasure Hunt will be held around the village on Thursday 12th May at 7.30 p.m. commencing at The Church House. There is a Mystery Tour to be held on Thursday 9th June, leaving the village at 6.00 p.m. Tickets £5, contact 631421.
Sports & Entertainment. Refreshments will be on offer in aid of the Sports & Entertainment Group at a Plant sale in the Church House on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May from 10.30 a.m. each day. The Group has organised a summer Party on Saturday 13th August 2005 in the Widecombe Fair Field commencing at 12 noon, entrance is free. Entertainment will include Punch and Judy, Bouncy Castle, a Jester, Circus Workshop, and Magic Show, refreshments will be available. Fencing competition sponsored by Tornado, Bowling for the Pig, and much more. From 7.30 that evening there will be food, dancing and entertainment and a fireworks display. All ticket event, tickets on sale soon.
A Fund Raising Event will be held at Leusdon Memorial Hall on Saturday 28th May in aid of St. John the Baptist Church Leusdon and improving disabled access at Leusdon Memorial Hall, tickets obtainable from 631565.
Nicholas Keene Film Show for 2006
Tony and Joyce Heath presented the Group with a copy the Journal of the Society of Moorland Dowsers 2004 which will be added to our archives.
The Annual Outing for Saturday for 14th May to Morwellham is fully booked.
The late Peter Hirst
A bright sunny morning greeted 46 people as they gathered at Yar Tor on Saturday 9th April to say goodbye to Peter and scatter his ashes. Afterwards gathering at Brimpts for some light refreshments, the idea of holding The Peter Hirst Annual Memorial Walk was discussed and at the A.G.M. held earlier this evening it was unanimously agreed to hold this on the anniversary of his birthday on the 29th August each year.
The meeting was then followed by a talk by Trevor James on the History of Dartmoor Prison. This will be followed by a visit to Princetown Prison Museum at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 7th May, after which Richard Wells will lead a Guided Walk to Foggintor and Swell Tor Quarries.
The Next meeting is Wednesday 1st June when Sheila Phillips will give a talk on the Pengelly Caves at Buckfastleigh. This will be followed by a visit to the Caves on Friday 3rd June at 7.00.p.m. Meet at the Centre.
The July meeting will be on Wednesday 6th July when Mike Perriam will give a talk on the Moorland Erme. This will be followed by a walk on Saturday 9th July, meeting at the Carpark at Cornwood, map ref. 625611 at 12 noon, bring a picnic lunch.
Dipleigh: Sylvia Needham has invited members to a meeting at Dipleigh on Wednesday 13th July at 7.00 p.m.
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