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Widecombe-in-the-Moor History Group Minutes June 2008
A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday 4th June 2008 at 7.30 p.m.
The arrangements for the exhibition at The Church House for 19th - 21st July are well in hand.
Tickets are going well for the film show at Leusdon Memorial Hall to launch the weekend. They are free and limited to 100, contact Margaret Phipps on 01364 631 421 for the remaining few.
In the absence of Peter Rennells it was reported that progress is still being made with this project.
Dr Waterhouse will be giving a lecture at Wembury on 12th June, we are invited to send four members to attend. Roger & Ann Claxton are intending to go so if any two others wish to go please contact them.
The Stone donated by Roger Whale, and now being engraved by Andy Cribbett, Stonemason, at Dartmoor National Park Authority, will be placed at Two Crosses when completed, the work is progressing well.
Photographs taken by Aileen Carrett of the engraving process were shown at the meeting and this was greeted with great enthusiasm.
Secretary was asked to see if he could find any details of the Cribbett family having lived at Widecombe and send any findings to Andy. Jim Churchward and Roger Whale have nearly completed the task of tracing all the boundary stones.
We await further details of their intended visit on Monday 22nd September.
The Tithe Map has been digitised, and the resulting CD is currently being examined by The Parish Council. Copies hopefully will soon be available to purchase. Roger Claxton is intending to digitise the apportionment book onto CD, this can then be used in conjunction with the Map CD, to aid research, and will add greatly to its usefulness.
Thanks to Ann for arranging a good afternoon out!
Preparations for the Heritage Marquee are going well, and members of the ‘team’ have inspected the mobile unit coming to the Fair this year to promote Devon’s Food & Farming, with a demonstration of ‘From Grain To Loaf’ in conjunction with our other exhibits.
The Widecombe Fair Committee must be informed that there will need to be at least twelve feet between the front of our marquee and the next one to set this up safely. The Young Farmers will have an area of 20 feet by 8 feet in the marquee for their exhibits, with an exterior area below(east) of the marquee to exhibit some livestock. They have been informed and are happy with this arrangement.
Peter & Aileen Carrett are building up a list of helpers for the day in conjunction with the organising team. They have produced a plan of the marquee showing the proposed layout. Full discussion will be needed at our August 6th meeting in readiness for the Fair. Help will be needed with arrangements on Monday 8th as well.
The refurbishment of the Mechanical Widecombe Fair Model is underway. Another picture has been received from the Price family which will help a lot with the re-construction. Mike Wright reported that the mechanics are fascinating and Syd Pontin will be replacing the pieces of wood missing and Aileen Carrett has begun to repaint the characters.
It was agreed that a letter of thanks should be sent to Mrs Cullen for the loan of her map
The anonymous gift of a protective cover for the screen was received with grateful thanks.
Letters of thanks have been received from Widecombe Church House Management Committee, Leusdon Memorial Hall Committee and Widecombe Fair Committee, for the donations we sent them from our Annual General Meeting.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd July when Simon Dell will give a talk entitled “Mutiny on the Moor” 7.30p.m. in The Church House, Widecombe. The regular monthly Coffee Morning will held at Leusdon Memorial Hall that morning at 10.00 a.m.
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