History group Minutes June 2010

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A meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday 2nd June 2010 at 7.30 p.m.
Apologies:        Arch & Audrey Mortimore, Aileen Carrett, Dot Jones, Roger Whale, Barbara Norrish Alan & Mary Goodall and Derek Hext.
Mr Terry French was in the chair and 46 people attended.
The Minutes of The Thirteenth Annual General Meeting of 5th May 2010 were read and signed as correct. They will be formally adopted at the Fourteenth Annual General Meeting in May 2011.
The minutes of the May meeting were read and signed as correct.
Arising:   John Kimber thanked the group for its kindness shown to him and his wife Ellen as a result of their recent accident.   Widecombe Fair 14th September 2010:    Rodney Cruze reported that he is making progress with the preparations for the Fair. Maggie Faulkner is developing an exhibition relating to Eden Phillpotts and she has gathered some of his books and details of his life. Rodney is in contact with family members of local Haulage contractors, Brian Harris of Brian Harris and Harris & Miners, and Bernard Miners and others of W. F. Miners & Sons and is building up a collection of photographs of lorries of that era. He is also getting help from Michael Dray of Lustleigh with the thatching and reed combing demonstration. He is hoping to have some old machinery on demonstration on the day and some visual footage of thatching in progress. Group Equipment: Further to our recent purchase of a projection unit for Power Point presentations we are looking into purchasing a Visualiser, a projector unit incorporating a camera. Village Event 16th & 17th October 2010:   At this moment in time there is no further information available. We need to find out more if we are to assist with the exhibition of archive material about the village. It needs time to co-ordinate ideas and source items for display. Heritage and Educational Centre:   This project is at present in a state of 'limbo' as we await comments from Widecombe Parochial Church Council on our recent letters to them. We record our thanks to them for permitting the mechanical model of Uncle Tom Cobley & All being on display in the South Chancel of the church. The question arose of whether we should position our two display cabinets close by to create an exhibition area in that chancel, we will await their comments. Christine Playdell and family, relations of Harry Price the model's original maker, need informing of its permanent place of display. It was suggested that a letter should be sent to Mrs Letts, who found the model and passed it on to us, to inform her of its successful reconstruction. The southern end of the parish as seen on the village copy of the Tithe Map, currently held by the Devon Records Office, is in better condition than the one recently digitised. John Draisey, of D. R. O., has stated that it is possible to photograph that portion of our map so as to have a more accurate picture of that part of the parish. It is intended that group members will be able to obtain copies fairly soon of this and the Apportionment Book to help with their research of the parish. Annual Outing 8th May 2010:   This day trip to North Devon was a great success and Roger and Ann Claxton were thanked for once again organising an excellent outing for the group members. Village Market 22nd May 2010:   We shall write and thank the organisers of the Village Market for inviting us to do the refreshments on Market Day. All the ladies of the group that helped were thanked for their generosity in supplying refreshments, and manning the event including the book stall. £99.90 was raised. Newhouse:   The secretary was asked to contact June Kernick, whose relations once ran the pub there, to see if she has any written information about its history. We understand that there are two pictures of Granny Follett, the last landlord of the Inn, and we are hoping to get copies made.
 Diary Dates:   Wednesday 9th June:     Guided Walk around Foales Arrish, Newhouse and Rippon Tor to be led by Andy Crabb of the D.N.P. Meet at the car park at the top of Widecombe Hill at 6.00 p.m. Thursday 10th June: Widecombe Ladies Social Group Guided Walk around Yarner Woods, 6.30 p.m. followed by fish and chips. Sat. 26th June: Barn Dance at Blackaton Manor in aid of Widecombe Primary School. Contact 01364 621202 or 621261 for tickets. Tuesday 6th July Princetown LHG Exploring Sheepstor Village in the company of Paul Rendell. Meet at Burrator Reservoir at 7 p.m. Wed. 7th July: Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall 10.00 to 12 noon. Wed. 7th July: Widecombe History Group monthly meeting at Church House Widecombe at  7.30. p.m., when the speaker will be Mary Hyland of Plantagenesta. The title of her talk will be 'Dare you climb your Family Tree?'  
Correspondence and e-mails: The secretary has answered several letters and e-mails during the past month. A letter from Mr Pedrick of Loddiswell was passed to a ’namesake’ for further attention.  
The meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.
An illustrated talk by Andy Crabb of the D.N.P. followed entitled The Archaeology of the moors around Widecombe

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