History Group Minutes June 2009

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A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 3rd June 2009 at 7.30 p.m.


Tony & Joyce Heath, Jo & Sid Pontin, Barbara Norrish, Joy Routley, Alan & Mary Goodall, George Radford, Ruth Parnell, Rodney Cruze, and Lyn & Derek Hext.

Roger Claxton was in the chair and 49 members attended.

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

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Widecombe Fair Tuesday 8th September 2009:

Arrangements are continuing under the watchful eyes of Peter and Aileen Carrett.

As reported last month the mechanical model of Uncle Tom and his Grey Mare is nearing completion.

The family of Harry Price, the creator of the model, are hoping to come to the Fair this year to see it once again in full working order. First shown at Widecombe Fair in 1959 it will be a fitting fiftieth anniversary of that occasion.

The secretary reported that a Greyfaced Dartmoor Fleece will soon be made available to the group for this year's "Fleece to Jumper" exhibition. This is being staged in conjunction with The Centenary Celebrations of the formation of The Greyfaced Dartmoor Flock Book. Examples of the breed will also be on view. It is hoped that the exhibition of Dartmoor Wool shown at The Devon County Show will also be on display.

Other exhibits may well include:

Weather, shearing equipment, bridges of the district, a telephone collection and early mining.

Possibilities for 2010 are;

Devon Lace Makers.
Honey and Bee Keeping.

Several items have been recently archived and the quantity now available emphasises the need for a permanent site to store and exhibit these documents for the benefit of the Parish and visitors alike. This could easily become a very useful educational facility.

(See Reading Room)

Mary Pascoe and John Kimber have had success with their research into the two young men that lost their lives when trying to get cattle down from the moor over Christmas 1819. They have recently visited The Devon Records Office and thank them for their assistance.

Burial records at Ashburton show John Down aged 13yrs and William Bowden aged 15yrs buried 4th January 1820. It still begs the question - were these two commemorated by the ‘Two Crosses’ now marked by our recently erected stone?

Roger Claxton has been copying The Tithe Apportionment Book, in relation to the 1842 Tithe Map, now digitised, onto CD. This will enable the map and the details to be viewed simultaneously.

The details will include, field name, area and number, owner, occupier, and the vicar’s share of the tithe. The late Peter Hirst had done some of this work and that too has now been checked through.

Guided Walks and Talks:

We are continuing to give talks and walks to interested parties and they are being well received. We thank Newton Abbot Culture Club and Ashburton Probus Club for their generosity to group funds. A further enquiry from The Curious Club of Newton Abbot will be dealt with soon.

North Hall/ Glebe Farm fields and buildings:

Peter Rennells has recently received some more encouragement with his research. The new owners have expressed a desire to co-operate with the recording of the site's history.

Peter has been in contact with The Devon Historical Environment Records, more on this next month.

The Old Reading Room Heritage and Educational Centre:

The Totnes Archdeaconry Glebe Committee will be meeting on 17th June.

Roger Claxton has drawn up a detailed initial proposal of our desire to refurbish The Old Reading Room with the intention of securing the building and making it 'fit for purpose'. Roger's brochure is the result of several hours deliberation by the Standing Committee appointed by the Group to carry this forward, and hours of work by him co-ordinating our ideas into a satisfactory detailed document.

Copies have been forwarded to Jonathan Aylette of Michelmore Hughes, the Diocesan's Agent, to distribute amongst his committee.

Our treasurer Jenny is compiling a membership book and getting member's details and 'gift aid' forms organised as part of an ongoing process of securing our funding requirements.

Members are asked to sign as usual and Jenny will then be able to maintain the records required.

This will run in conjunction with our constitution which was formalised at the resumed Annual General Meeting, later that evening.

Associated Fund Raising Events:
Open Garden.

Rachel Belgrave and Heather Garner are opening their garden on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June this year from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. to help raise funds for The Reading Room Project. Teas and refreshments will be served by members on both days and there will be a book stall and plant sale run in conjunction with the event. Admission £3.

Whist Drive:

Joy Routley and Barbara Norrish have agreed to run a Whist Drive at Leusdon Memorial Hall on a Friday in August for the project.

A 50/50 raffle will be held each meeting.

The Society of Dartmoor Dowsers:

Tony Heath has presented the group a copy of their recently published 2008 Journal, amongst the local places explored that year were:

Wooder Manor Hotel/Farm
Haytor Granite Quarry
Trendlebeer - Pullerbrook
Wilberton Farm
Emsworthy (Hemsworthy)
Hill Head Farm - Ugborough              
New House Inn Ruins near Rippon Tor

This volume will be added to our collection of other Journals in our archives.

Newsletter Volume 23:

Sue Booty has produced our latest newsletter recording our activities over the past six months. Thanks Sue and she has included details of our future programme of meetings etc.


The secretary has answered a few emails and letters again this month.

Some asking for family details and he is now suggesting that people contact either:

The Devon Records Office, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Exeter. EX2 7NL (01392 384253

The Devon Family History Society, P.O.Box 9, Exeter. EX2 6YP

Diary Dates:

Until 28th June an Exhibition of Farming in East Devon at Thomas Whitty House, Axminster, Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

It is hoped to make more paperweights on either 10th or 12th June ready for the open garden day.

Anthony Beard, John Kimber and Jim Churchward will plan the details.

Saturday & Sunday 27th 7 28th June The Old Rectory, Widecombe, open garden days for group funds.

The next monthly coffee morning and sale will be held at Leusdon Memorial Hall on Wednesday 1st July 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 1st July at The Church House, Widecombe at 7.30 p.m. when Martin Watts will talk on “Devon Watermills”.

Tuesday 7th July Princetown History Group have a visit to Cann Quarry. Meet at Plym Bridge Car Park at 7.30 p.m. (Grid 524 585). National Trust cost £3.50.

Widecombe Ladies’ Social Club have a mystery tour organised for July 9th, leaving Widecombe at 6.30 p.m. and returning about 11.30 p.m. tickets £6. There will also be a stop for food on the way home details from 01626 834737

Phyll's Follies will present a murder comedy with refreshments on 16th, 17th & 18th July at Postbridge Village Hall. Tickets available from Postbridge Post Office and Stores 01822 880201

Wednesday 5th August will be an open discussion evening for final preparations for Widecombe Fair.

The meeting closed at 9.30 p.m.
The Twelfth Annual General Meeting adjourned from 6th May 2009 was reconvened at 9.30 p.m. when further consideration was given to the Constitution.

Members had been given a month to consider the draft which had been produced by Chairman Roger Claxton and after a few amendments the Constitution was agreed.

A copy will be attached to these minutes in the minute book.

The meeting closed at 10.28 p.m.


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