Widecombe History Group Minutes January 2006

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A Meeting of the Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House , Widecombe on Wednesday 4th January 2006 at 7.30 p.m.

Apologies:- Sue Booty, Freda Wilkinson, Bessie French, Mike Jones, Fred Daw, Margaret Steemson, Val & Richard Casey, Jim & Ruby Churchward, & Betty Andrews.

Mr Rodney Cruze was in the chair and 47 people attended including yet again some new members.

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

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Widecombe Fair

The working party is still making progress, and the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 11th January.


The next meeting of the Ponsworthy working party will be Tuesday, 24th January.

Display Cabinets

The Secretary reported that he has ordered a display cabinet and hopes for delivery in about four weeks.. He will contact Aileen and Peter Carrett with regards to obtaining some display boards.

Parish Chest

The Secretary will be discussing with the Parish Council the storage of the contents of the Parish Chest at their meeting on Thursday 5th January 2006.

Jan Stewer

Anthony recently met the husband of the granddaughter of the late A.J. Coles, and he expressed the wish to be informed when we show the film “Up Along Down Along” later this year.

Freda Wilkinson and Margaret Steemson thank the Group for the flowers and cards sent to them over Christmas.

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It was decided to make our annual donation of £50 to the .

The next meeting will be Wednesday 1st February, when the speaker will be Jill Drysdale. The subject will be “Prayers and Potions : Death and Disease from a Medieval perspective”.

A letter of thanks was received from Dr. Tom Greeves for our support of “The Three Hares Project”.

Advanced notice of the 1st March meeting when the speaker will be Natalie Gibbs. The subject will be:- ‘An insight into the aims and activities of the Dartmoor Trust and Archives’.

Notification was received from Chagford Local History Society that their exhibition of the history of Mill Street, Chagford will take place in the Jubilee Hall Chagford, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of January from 10 am to 4 p.m. each day.

We are in receipt of the 2006 programme of the Princetown History Club and we note that the February meeting will be held on Tuesday, 7th February at Princetown Primary School at 7.30 p.m., when the speaker will be Mike Perriam, and the subject will be the Princetown area.

The Meeting enjoyed a video presentation of postcards from the collection of Roger Whale, showing views of Widecombe, Poundsgate, Ponsworthy and the surrounding area. Roger demonstrated the various points that he uses to determine the age of the postcards, the telegraph/telephone poles, the appearance of buildings, and of course the date stamp on the reverse of some of them. A vote of thanks was recorded to Roger and to Roger Claxton who helped with this fascinating presentation.

This was our New Year’s party night which took the form of a bring and share supper. A vote of thanks was recorded to everyone who made it such an enjoyable evening by supplying the food and to Peter Rennells for his marvellous punch .

The meeting closed at 10.15 p.m. .

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