History Group Minutes December 2008


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A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 3rd December 2008 at 7.30 p.m.

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Apologies: Tanya & Barry Welch, Ruth Parnell, Joy Routley, Barbara Norrish, Alan & Mary Goodall, Roger Whale, Terry & Bessie French, Dawn Nosworthy, Rosemary Mortimore and Sue Boustead.

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

Mr Roger Claxton was in the chair and 47 people attended including three from Luton and Mr Michael Hallett who assisted with the evening’s talk.

Widecombe Fair and the Heritage Marquee for Tuesday 8th September 2009: Aileen and Peter Carrett are looking into the possibility of a demonstration of ‘fleece to jumper’ at the next Fair, and they are looking for other ideas and support as they make the arrangements.

2009 Programme: Copies of next year’s programme of speakers etc are now available.

North Hall: It has been noted that Mr & Mrs Skinner are selling their home East Hayes, and we need to watch what is happening to their land, particularly the site of the Old North Hall, which we have been researching in recent years, being part of their farm.

Art Exhibition: Members were reminded of the Art Exhibition taking place at The Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge, from 16th to 21st December in aid of ‘Home Start’ when Peter Rennells will be exhibiting. Peter thanked all those that supported his pre-view evenings when about £240 was collected for McMillan Nurses.

Devon History Society’s Book of the Year Awards: The Group were awarded a ‘Highly Commended Certificate’ for their “History of Widecombe Fair” book at the ceremony in Exeter on Saturday 8th November. Out of 161 books submitted we were one of the 13 short listed. Congratulations were recorded to the team that worked on the project.

Ashburton Museum: Thanks were expressed to Mary Pascoe for arranging the visit to Ashburton Museum last October and a letter of thanks has been sent to the Museum.

Newsletter Volume 22: This has once again been produced by Sue Booty and a very interesting résumé of the past six months it is too. The cover carries a picture of our ‘Two Crosses Stone’, positioned on 10th July 2008 securing the name of the spot forever we hope.

Widecombe Heritage Centre: A small working party has been set up since the very successful open morning held at The Reading Room, Widecombe. Roger Whale, chairman, Roger and Ann Claxton, co-ordinators, Anthony Beard, secretary, Jenny Pascoe, treasurer, John Walling, Sam Boustead. Roger & Ann have brought together much of the suggestions and ideas raised at the open morning. These will be considered by the working party and recommendations brought to future group meetings for all to have their say. They are looking into whether we need to become a registered charity, the need for a proper constitution, what grants could be available to the group and the terms of any lease or rent from The Exeter Diocesan Board. Anthony has met with Jonathan Aylett, agent to the Totnes Archdeaconry Glebe Committee. He realises that the wall facing the Village Square needs repairing and he has also now seen the condition of The Reading Room. He is going to arrange a visit with an architect to review the structure of the building and agrees that the building is their responsibility. The secretary is hoping to have a similar review made on our behalf by Mr John Pidgeon, a local archaeological architect and surveyor, who has agreed to help us. It appears that The D.N.P. made a grant in 1993 towards the roof and first floor timbers. When these reports are ready the working party will meet after Christmas to review the situation and report to the group.

Diary Dates:

Thursday 11th December: Carols Down the Line a trip on The Dart Valley Railway. Be at Buckfastleigh Station at 7.00 p.m. and go to Carriage ‘A’ where seats are reserved. Contact Ann 01364 621232 to book your seat. Bring a torch.

2009: Tuesday 6th January: Princetown History Club has a talk by Paul Rendell on the subject of ‘Building The Burrator Reservoir’. 7.30 p.m. at Princetown Primary School.

Wednesday 7th January : Our next meeting when Dr Tom Greeves will give an illustrated talk on ‘Early Photographic Images of Dartmoor’.

Saturday 10th January: Our Annual Party Night to be held at Leusdon Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. Dancing to The Dartmoor Pixie Band, bring and share supper obtain your free tickets from Margaret on 01626 834737. Tickets are limited book early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 4th February: At our February Meeting we shall have a talk by Dr Ian Mortimer entitled “Time Travellers Guide to Widecombe”.

Advance dates to note:

Monday 27th April 2009:The Shaldon and Ringmore Women's Institute are visiting us for the day. We shall plan for tea/coffee and biscuits at 10.30 a.m. followed by presentations of four speakers and after lunch a guided walk around Widecombe. Similar to what we did for the County Federation on 22nd September 2008.

Monday 21st September 2009: The Devon Federation of Women's Institutes will visit us once again at 10.30 a.m. for a similar event.

The meeting closed at 10.10 p.m.


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