Widecombe History Group Minutes June 2006

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A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House Widecombe on Wednesday 7th June 2006 at 7.30 p.m.

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Apologies: Sue Booty, Bessie French, Simon & Annabelle Booty, Joyce Heath, Rodney Cruze and Ann Came.

Mr Terry French was in the chair and 52 people attended including a further three first time visitors who we hope will become regular members.

The Minutes of the Ninth A.G.M. held on May 3rd were read, confirmed and signed as correct.

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


Widecombe Fair Project.

This is continuing well with further meetings and visits planned for the future to gather more information. The working party are still looking for stories and memorabilia connected to the Fair and in particular old programmes, photographs, newspaper cuttings or articles that have been written about the Fair in years gone by.

Ponsworthy Project

The team working on this project have made considerable progress. They have met with Alan Brunton of Orchard Publications, Chudleigh, who is helping with the production of the proposed publication. Under his guidance we hope soon to have the first draft complete with photographs ready to proof read with the aim of publication for Widecombe Fair Day, September 12th 2006.


It has been proposed that the history of Leusdon, which includes the Church, Memorial Hall, School, Farms, Cottages and Chapel should be the next project undertaken by the group, when the current ones have reached their conclusion.

If you have any memorabilia, photographs, documents etc relating to this area, that you would be prepared to share with us for this project, please contact Margaret Phipps on 01364 631421.

Widecombe School 75th Anniversary - April 2007

The group will have a table at The Heritage Marquee at Widecombe Fair dedicated to the collecting of information and material relating to the History of Widecombe School. To date Mary Pascoe has transcribed a great deal on information from the school’s old record books and Wendy Beard is typing all this onto disc for the use of “The Friends of Widecombe School” as they plan a celebration in April 2007.

Widecombe Fair Company Limited

The metal detector John McGregor is continuing his search of Widecombe Fair field. We are still awaiting the finds from his second visit. This will be an ongoing process which could last a considerable time. We look forward to viewing his finds.


Richard Wells is gradually working through our archived material and researchers can borrow our books etc with his permission. There is a need for a couple of volunteers to help with getting this all done.

Guided walk

The first of Richard Wells guided walks from Princetown to Norsworthy Bridge Burrator, via Nun’s Cross Farm and the Devonport Leat and Crazy Well Pool was a great success. The weather was a little unkind but all those who took part in the walk thoroughly enjoyed the informative trip. Five granite crosses were visited ‘en route’ and interesting details pointed out by Richard made it a very enjoyable day.

Trip to Wales

This trip is now fully subscribed and all those going on it will be expected to make their final payment at the August meeting.

Plans for Nine Houses at Widecombe

The plans for a proposed development at Widecombe for nine houses were displayed during the evening. This does not appear to be an ‘affordable local housing association’ project, more a commercial venture and people were encouraged to make their feelings known to The Dartmoor National Park Authority by 15th June. Application number 0329/06

Saturday 17th June.

There are so many things organised for this one day that some re-arrangements have had to be made.
At Widecombe Church at 7.00 p.m. The Barnstaple Male Voice Choir are giving a concert.
At Leusdon Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. there is a fund raising event for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.
At Sharptor, overlooking the Dart Valley at 4.00 p.m. there will be the scattering of the ashes of the late Miss Sylvia Needham, a founder member of our group. It is suggested that people attending should meet at ‘Bell Tor Head Carpark’ above Rowbrooke at about 3.00 p.m. and walk across to Sharptor by 4.00 p.m. It is believed that a celebration cream tea may be held back at the carpark at the end of the proceedings.
As a result of all this activity, the planned guided walk from Postbridge to the East Dart Waterfall scheduled for that date has now been postponed until Saturday 15th July 2006 when we shall meet at The Information Centre Carpark, Postbridge at 11.00 a.m. Bring a picnic. It is hoped to arrange a further walk in August/September.

The guided tour visit to Lee Moor China Clay Workings scheduled for Friday 9th June has been re-arranged for Friday 7th July 2006. We shall meet at Lee Moor Administration Office at 6.00 p.m. when we shall be briefed and supplied with safety gear. Good strong footwear must be worn. Names will be taken at the July 5th meeting with a maximum of 24 places available, first come first served!

The Ladies Social Group have a mystery trip on Thursday 15th June leaving Widecombe at 6.30 p.m. cost £5 per person and stopping on the way home for a carvery! Contact 01364 631421

The meeting closed at 9.50 p.m. when people adjourned to view the planning maps.

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