History Group Minutes July 2009

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A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday 1st July 2009 at 7.30 p.m.
Apologies: Tony and Joyce Heath, Mike and Maureen Wright, Dylis and Peter Harvey, Mr. Fred Daw,
Roger Whale and Dot, Colin Dyson, Jenny Pascoe, Derek Hext, Jim and Ruby Churchward and Betty Andrews.
Roger Claxton was in the Chair 
and 46 members attended. The Minutes of the June meeting were read and signed as correct.  
Matters Arrising: Widecombe Fair, Tuesday 8th September 2009  Peter and Aileen Carrett have arrangements well in hand for the Heritage Marquee for this year. Detailed information will be given at the August meeting. 'Fleece to Jumper' exhibition is co-ordinated by Shan Palmes who now has two Greyfaced Dartmoor Sheep fleeces that she is preparing for the event. The mechanical model of 'Uncle Tom Cobley and All' is virtually completed.
Archives: Several further items were deposited by Richard Wells our archivist, into the archives. Roger Claxton reported that the Tithe Apportionment details in relation to the 1842 Tithe map have now been digitised and a copy of the CD is in the hands of the Parish Council for ratification.
Walks and Talks; On September 2nd  we have a talk by Roger Harding about the Stover Canal and as a follow-up to this, Maggie Faulkner has arranged for a Guided Walk on Saturday 5th September along the Canal. Meet at Sampson’s Farm at 1.45 p.m. There will be a cream tea available at the end of the walk at the farm, at £4.50 per head.  On November 4th  we have a talk by John Allan on ‘The Building of Exeter Cathedral’. She has also arranged for a Guided Walk around the Cathedral and The Old Custom House at 1.00 p.m. on Friday 6th November. Further details to follow. In October  an evening visit to Newton Abbot Museum and its’ associated Railway Museum will be arranged by Aileen and Peter Carrett. This will include seeing the current Exhibition concerning John Lethbridge, a Newton Abbot man, who invented an early diving bell. North Hall / Glebe Farm fields and buildings: A meeting needs to be arranged between the Chairman, Secretary and Peter Rennells with the new owners of the above property. a) Michael Lamb and Margaret Rogers;  b) Richard and Val Casey. The Old Reading Room Heritage and Educational Centre; Roger Claxton reported that to date a reply has not been received to the detailed Proposal that was sent to the Totnes Archdeaconry Glebe Committee for their consideration at their meeting of 17th June. A meeting has been held with the Dartmoor National Park Authority who were enthusiastic about our plans. A constructive meeting has also been held with a representative of Teignbridge District Council, the outcome of which was very positive. Ann Claxton has had an encouraging response to her pre-application as to the possibility of obtaining grant funding. In our efforts to raise funds for the above scheme sincere thanks were recorded to Rachael Belgrave and Heather Garner and their team for generously opening their garden at the Old Rectory at the end of June. A grand total of £599.27 was raised. Thanks also expressed to Mary Pascoe who co-ordinated the whole event. The Chairman also thanked everyone who had contributed to making this such a success. A letter of thanks will be sent to Rachael and Heather and also to Leusdon Memorial Hall Committee and Widecombe Church House Management Committee for their support. A whist Drive has been arranged to raise funds for the proposed Heritage Centre, by Joy Routley and Barbara Norrish. It will be held at Leusdon Memorial Hall on Friday 7th August . Members were asked to donate prizes and bring them to the August 5th meeting.   
Correspondence and E Mails: A letter from the Gidleigh Parish Meeting thanking us for the Maps and Indenture recently passed on to them by the Group. A talk by Dr. Nick Barrett on ‘The Importance of Personal Heritage in the Modern World’ will be held at The Schiller Hall, Buckfast Abbey on Saturday 22nd August at 2.15 p.m. Tickets £12, obtainable from the Abbey Book Shop or calling 01364 645517. A new Film about the story of Dartmoor entitled ‘ Wild River and Cold Stone’ produced by Chris Chapman and Kate King will be shown at various venues around Dartmoor including Manaton Village Hall on 14th July, Leusdon Memorial Hall on 15th July, Holne Village Hall 17th July and Postbridge Village Hall on 20th July. Screening will be at 8.00 p.m. and entrance is free. Details from 01647 231508.
Diary Dates
Tuesday 7th July - Princetown History Group have a visit to Cann Quarry, meet at Plym Bridge Car Park at 7.30 p.m. As this is a National Trust property, non-members are required to pay £3.50. Thursday 9th July - Widecombe Ladies Social Club has arranged a Mystery Tour leaving Widecombe at 6.30 p.m. and arriving back about 11.30 p.m. Tickets £6. There will also be a stop for food on the way home, details from 01626 834737.  Thursday 16th July - Phyll’s Follies present an evening of Food and Entertainment, tickets £10, obtainable from Postbridge Post Office, 01822 880201. Tuesday 4th August - Princetown History Group have a visit to Willsworthy Army Range, meet at 7.00 p.m. at Willsworthy Camp, grid 517834. Wednesday 5th August - Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. The Lustleigh Society have a visit to Greenway, organised for Wednesday 15th July at 2.30 p.m. details from 01647 277489. Moretonhampstead History Group have a visit to Brixham. organised for Wednesday 15th July, details from 01647 277580.  Our next meeting is on Wednesday 5th August when final arrangements will be made for the Heritage Marquee at Widecombe Fair.
                                                            The meeting closed at 10.00 p.m.

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