History Group Minutes November 2008


A Meeting of The Widecombe and District Local History Group was held on Wednesday 5th November 2008 at The Church House, Widecombe at 7.30 p.m.

Apologies. Tanya & Barry Welch, John Kimber, Marcia Babbington, Sue Booty, Bessie French and Barbara Norrish.

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

Mr Roger Whale was in the chair and 53 people attended.

Arising

Widecombe Fair

Two letters of thanks for our recent donation towards Widecombe Fair had been received.

Marquee for 2009

Aileen and Peter Carrett are looking at the possibility of a different demonstration at next year’s Fair. Possibly a ‘fleece to jumper’ with shearers, spinners, knitters etc. Other options could be the ‘bees and honey’ or ‘apples to cider’ for future years.

Widecombe Heritage Centre

A letter has been received from Jonathan Aylett (Michelmore Hughes) Agents for The Totnes Archdeaconry Glebe Committee, informing the group that a recommendation has been made to The Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd, that negotiations should be held with a view to offering the group a ten year lease on The Old Reading Room for a Heritage Centre.

They realise that quite a lot of work would need to be done to make it ’fit for purpose’ and a meeting between Mr Aylett and the group should be arranged.

The Group has decided that as a first step we should hold an open morning at the site for all members to view the building and give them an opportunity to view it and pass comments and make representations on their opinions. This meeting is scheduled for Friday 7th November from 10.00 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. Aileen and Peter will bring their caravanette and make tea/coffee for members who partake in the venture.

Roger and Ann Claxton project co-ordinators, will take notes and build up a file of members ideas and this will be discussed and the summary put to Jonathan Aylett at a future meeting.

There will need to be a very frank exchange of ideas, and estimates of cost etc will have to be obtained.

A constitution will have to be drawn up and Gill Gray of Teignbridge Council for Voluntary Services has offered her expertise in creating this. There will be a need to register the group as a charity.

Another detail needed is for our bank account to have three signatories. These will be our Treasurer Jenny Pascoe, Secretary Anthony Beard and Steward Roger Whale.

At the meeting held on Wednesday 5th November these three names were proposed, and unanimously agreed.

Programme for 2009

A new style programme has been produced by Ann Claxton and this met with great approval. An interesting list of speakers and events have once again been arranged.

North Hall

The apple trees grown by graftings from the trees of The North Hall Orchard, are now ready to be planted at the site. Arrangements need to be made with Mr & Mrs Skinner and David their son to complete this operation.

Art Exhibition

Peter Rennells is taking part in a fund raising Art Exhibition to be held at Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge, from December 16th to 21st, in aid of the Charity ’Home Start’.

Members are invited to a preview of his drawings etc at Berrywood, Widecombe, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November from 2.00 p.m. onwards. Light refreshments will be available. Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Devon History Society have notified the group that their ‘History of Widecombe Fair’ book has been short listed for The Book of the Year 2007 and we have been invited to attend the presentation on Saturday 8th November at 2.15 p.m. in The Exeter Central Library Music Room, Castle Street, Exeter. About ten members hope to attend.

The website is continuing to get numerous ‘hits’ and we are getting pleasant comments about it’s contents.

Each month we get several e-mails and the secretary answers most of them. A couple were brought to the meeting and as a result of member’s comments they will be replied to accordingly.

Tetra Mast

The enquiry into the placing of a Tetra Mast half way up Bowden Lane, Widecombe, scheduled for 22nd and 23rd October was adjourned until January 2009 due to late evidence being presented by Airwaves. The Widecombe Parish Council will debate the matter on Thursday 6th November at 7.30 p.m. when parishioners are welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to comment officially can do so in writing, details are available from The Parish Council.

Monday 21st September 2009, is the date of the next visit of The Devon Women’s Institute to Widecombe when we shall host them in a similar manner as we have before (see September 22nd 2008).

The Shaldon and Ringmore Women’s Institute event is awaiting a date to be arranged possibly in the Spring of 2009.

The Ironbridge Outing was a tremendous success thanks to the considerable work and planning by Roger and Ann Claxton. A presentation was made to them of a Garden Centre Voucher which we hope they enjoy spending.

Diary Dates

Thursday 13th November. Newton Abbot Branch of The Devonshire Association meet at The Town Hall, Newton Abbot for a talk by Martin Watts on Kilworthy & Week Farm Buildings

Wednesday 19th November. Moretonhampstead LHG Meeting at The Community Club when Peter Stead will give a talk about the Archaeology of The Princesshay Project, at Exeter.

Saturday November 29th. Special Christmas Fair at Leusdon Memorial Hall from 12.00 till 4.00 p.m. We have been invited to have a stall there to sell our books etc.

Tuesday 2nd December. Princetown LHG AGM at The Prince of Wales.

Wednesday 3rd December. Rodney Cruze will be the speaker and he will give a talk on 'Farming Implements and Tools of the Past'. He hopes to have some items to exhibit.

Saturday December 6th to Saturday December 13th. Moorland Merrymakers Annual Pantomime, Humpty Dumpty, tickets now available from 01364 631 223. Book early. To be held at Leusdon Memorial Hall.

Thursday 11th December. Ann Claxton has arranged another trip 'Carols Down the Line' for our members, be at Buckfastleigh Station at 7.00 p.m. Contact 01364 621232 for details.

Wednesday 7th January. Dr Tom Greeves will give the group an illustrated talk on 'Early photographic images of Dartmoor'.

Saturday 10th January. We shall hold our Annual Party at Leusdon Memorial Hall. Strictly limited to 80 members due to size of the hall. Book early by contacting Margaret Phipps on 01626 834737 for your free tickets. This will be a "Bring and Share Buffet", members can bring their own drinks and there will be the 'famous Peter Rennells punch' also available. Music by The Dartmoor Pixie Band and we hope 'Sailor Sam' will make an appearance!

The meeting closed at 10.01 p.m.

Mrs Jenny Sanders of Tavistock gave a talk entitled "The Dartmoor Village - a glimpse at its past & future"

Please click here for Jenny Saunders's talk

 

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