History Group Minutes May 2010


  A meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 5th May 2010 at 8.10 p.m.

Apologies: Barbara Norrish, Joy Routley, John Kimber, Mike & Mo Wright, Sam Boustead, Dot Jones, Mary Pascoe, Rodney Cruze and Ruth Parnell

Mr Terry French was in the chair and 41 members attended.

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

It was with regret that we learnt of a motorway accident involving one of our members John Kimber and his wife and we will be sending them a card and some flowers wishing them a speedy recovery.Arising: Widecombe Fair 14th September 2010: Rodney Cruze has the arrangements well in hand and he will continue to liaise with his team. It appears that local haulage firms will be one theme this year and thatching and associated crafts will be another. Maggie Faulkner is concentrating on Eden Phillpotts and “The Farmer’s Wife”. Next year local public transport will be a theme and tickets of local bus companies, are being sought, Peter and Aileen Carrett are collecting photographs in association with this. Watch this space for more details. We have subscribed to ‘The Friends of Widecombe Fair’ £25. Power Point Presentation: Roger Claxton has acquired for the group a projection unit for power point presentations and gave the meeting a demonstration of its effectiveness when he addressed the meeting about ‘The Tithe Map and the Apportionment Book’ later in the evening. It is our intention to gradually get equipment within the group for digitising, scanning, recording and storing, our Parish Documents and archives onto disc. The projector was a great success. and our next piece of equipment is likely to be a visualiser, a projector incorporating a camera.  Ann Claxton is looking into sources of grants for these items and our heritage plans. Village Event 16th & 17th October: There will be a village event including a 'beer festival', archive exhibition, arts and craft show, apple pressing demonstration and much more on the 16th & 17th October. The event is to be organised in conjunction with The Local National Trust. It is in an early state of planning at present but more information will be forthcoming in future months. The thought of possibly involving North Hall's Orchard into this scheme was mooted and the apple trees that we had grafted are in need of planting into the site. We must contact Michael Lamb and Margaret Rogers, the owners of the site about this. Heritage and Educational Centre: We still hope to create such a centre within the village environment. We are awaiting a response from The Widecombe Parochial Church Council to our recent letter enquiring about the possibility of creating this centre at the rear of the church. The Widecombe Parochial Church Council have given the group permission to exhibit the Uncle Tom Cobley mechanical model in the South Chancel. Peter and Aileen Carrett are designing a pamphlet about the model. We are in consultation with Christine Playdell, granddaughter of the model's creator, Harry Price of Drewsteignton, with regards to its permanent display in the church. It has to be remembered that over 250 hours were spent by three of our members in restoring it into it’s present condition. Dartmoor Dowsers: Tony Heath has given the group a copy of their 2009 Journal for our archives. Newsletter volume 25: Sue Booty has produced another of her newsletters and she has requested that members contribute articles to broaden the interest and increase its appeal to readers. Aileen Carrett agreed to ‘start the ball rolling’ by writing up a piece about our forthcoming outing. Other members please submit your ideas to Sue as soon as possible, ready for future editions. Correspondence and emails: We have been able to give some information on the Stancombe family of Widecombe c1822-1827 in answer to a query. We received a nice ‘thank you’ letter from The Curious Club for their guided walk. A letter has been sent to Mr & Mrs Minshull thanking them for their hospitality recently. We need to pursue the photograph of ‘Granny Follett’ fairly soon. Annual Outing 8th May 2010: Ann Claxton distributed full information details regarding the outing. We shall leave Widecombe at 8.15 a.m. after a stop for coffee en route we should arrive at Arlington Court by 11.15 a.m. after lunch leaving Arlington at 2.30 p.m. arriving at Lynmouth 3.00 p.m. have a bite to eat before leaving Lynmouth at 6.15 p.m. for the non stop journey home and return about 8.30 p.m. We thank Paul Way for the use of his car park for the day. Diary Dates: Saturday 8th May: Our Annual Outing to North Devon. Details above. Our thanks to Paul Way for permission to use his car park on the day. Thursday 13th May: Widecombe Ladies Social Club. A walk around Dr Seales wildlife garden. Meet at Southcombe at 7.00 p.m. Friday 14th May: A beetle drive at Widecombe School at 7.00 p.m. Admission £2.50. Wednesday 19th May: The AGM of Widecombe Sports Group. Saturday 22nd May: We have been invited to do teas/coffees at the farmer’s market from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. Wendy will draw up a rota of those that volunteered to help. Sue Boustead will man the book stall. Tuesday 1st June: Princetown LHG meet at Belstone Village car park at 7.00 p.m. for guided walk and look at the work of the Belstone Stonemasons, led by Chris Walpole. Wednesday 2nd June: A coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall at 10.00 a.m. in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Wednesday 2nd June: Our June meeting at 7.30 p.m. when Andy Crabb will give an illustrated talk on ‘Archaeology on the moors above Widecombe. Wednesday 9th June: Andy Crabb will lead a guided walk from the top of Widecombe Hill to look at Archaeological sites of that area. Meet at the car park at 6.00 p.m. Wednesday 7th July: Our July meeting at 7.30 p.m. when Mary Hyland will give a talk entitled - Dare to climb your family tree? The meeting closed at 10.20 p.m. after a very interesting illustrated talk given by Roger Claxton.

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