The minutes of the October meeting were read and signed as correct.
Widecombe Fair 2009: Another very successful day was recorded,, everyone who had participated were thanked for their contributions. Uncle Tom Cobley Mechanical Model: This now needs careful preservation. Mike Wright has looked into the conservation of the model and recommended a Perspex Domed Cover attached to a wooden base, large enough for the model to work within the cabinet. He was instructed to proceed with this. Widecombe Fair 14th September 2010: The appeal for a couple of volunteers to undertake the arrangement and preparation of The Heritage Marquee for next year's Fair has resulted in Rodney Cruze volunteering to be the Official Co-ordinator assisted by Maggie Faulkner, Terry French, Aileen & Peter Carrett . The theme Rodney has in mind is 'Thatching through the Ages' which will include reed combing, rope making, spar stick making, winnowing, thatching with associated crafts and skills. Other items may include Eden Phillpotts, census books, audio visual displays and Rodney is keen that other ideas should be offered to him. Please bring your ideas to his notice. Apples to apple juice - Honiton Lace Making - Bees & Honey - Wood Turning - and other Country Crafts are open for consideration. Local sales catalogues and posters would be welcomed. On May 5th 2010 the Group will hold it's AGM and Roger Claxtonwill give an illustrated talk about The Tithe Map of our Parish and the associated Apportionment Book. This will be followed by a discussion on field names and their ownership etc. Any information will be appreciated and to date he has had sight of: (a) The Archaeology Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-in-the-Moor Parish, by M.M.R.Beeson & M.C.H.Masterman, DAS/DCRA Publication No 7. (b) Field Names in Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Transcript from The Transactions of The Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art. Pages 156 - 167. Volume XCV (1963), by Hermon French. 2010 Programme: Ann Claxton produced programme cards for 2010 which showed an interesting number of events and speakers. Thanks were expressed to her and her team for the work put into arranging such a potentially exciting and varied programme for next year. Suggestions for Oral History projects and speakers always welcome.
Archives: A copy of an old Dartmoor Map 1809 has been deposited. Mr & Mrs Lentern have given the group two old wooden cogs from Cockingford Mill and Peter Carrett has agreed to treat them for woodworm. North Hall/Glebe Farm: A meeting has been arranged between Margaret Rogers & Michael Lamb, the new owners of The North Hall Site, and Peter Rennells, the Secretary & the Chairman representing our group, on Monday 16th November. This will be an opportunity to exchange ideas on how we can work together to further explore this important site. We understand that they are hoping to re-establish the orchard and we have four trees grown from ‘grafts’ from some of the existing trees, that we will be giving to them. They have agreed that we can have access to the site, when we give them prior notice. To this end we are hoping to visit the site on Tuesday 10th November with an Anita Travis, Archivist and Researcher, to look at the site and ascertain how she can help with our research. It is to be hoped that she will know how to best access old documents etc that may add to our knowledge of North Hall and The Widecombe Town Manor. Kingshead ‘D’ Stone: Contact has been made with Jane Marchand of D. N. P. and she is intending to assist us with the uprighting of this stone. Our Chairman Roger Claxton, Vice-Chairman Terry French and Secretary Anthony Beard are hoping to survey the Manor boundary between Jordan Manor and Widecombe Town Manor to see if any other boundary stones can be identified prior to this activity. Another ‘lettered stone’ has come to light in the Parish, more about that at future meetings. We thank Stephen Weymouth & Diane Leworthy for their help and assistance with this information.
The Old Reading Room / Heritage and Educational Centre:
The Archdeacon of Totnes, further to a recent meeting of The Totnes Archdeaconry Glebe Committee, has invited Roger Claxton and Anthony Beard to a meeting with him and Jonathan Aylett at the Offices of Michelmore Hughes on Monday 16th November at 2.30p.m. to discuss our project and exchange ideas. Fund raising:
Sue Boustead was thanked for her continual efforts to raise funds for the project. This month £18.50. Correspondence / E-mails: Letters and emails are being regularly answered by the secretary. As a result of a recent contact with Plantagenesta, the secretary is able to point people looking for information and help with family tree research, to them for assistance: (a) ‘Plantagenesta’ at County Stores, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Devon. EX6 8JQ. ‘phone 01626 890011. email firstname.lastname@example.org
and to: (b) Devon Family History Society, P O Box 9, Exeter, EX2 6YP. www.devonfhs.org.uk
The meeting closed at 10.15 p.m.
This months talk was given by archeologist Dr.John Allan on The building of Exeter Cathedral.
please click here to access that talk