History group Minutes June 2011

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A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at the Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 1st June 2011 at 7.30 p.m.

Apologies:  Val & Pat Watson. John Walling, Marcia Babington, Patrick Garvey, Joy Routley, Joan Brooks, Barbara Norrish, Peter Owen, Mavis Clipson, Carl Heywood and Rodney Cruze.

Mrs Sue Boustead was in the chair and 46 members attended including some new members.

The Minutes of the 14th AGM of 5th May 2011 were read and signed as correct after one amendment. These minutes will be formally adopted at our 15th AGM in May 2012. 

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

Arising:  Widecombe Fair 13th September 2011: Peter and Aileen Carrett reported that the arrangements for our Heritage Marquee are well in hand.  They will need fifteen tables and fifteen chairs from Widecombe Fair, four display boards from Rodney and one parking space adjacent to the marquee.  An electricity supply at the southern end at the  tent will be required.  The lace making ladies need to be informed that the one-way traffic system comes into operation at 8.00 a.m.  They will need one vehicle pass.  Twenty-four history group steward badges have been ordered. North Hall: Peter Rennells reported that results of the geophysical survey of the site are still awaited. Contact will be made with Margaret Rogers and Michael Lamb to see if they have heard any news.  Peter is still awaiting analysis of the clay sample given to him by Richard and Val Casey. 

Membership Details: These are still being updated, please ensure that your details are correct. 

Millennium Book and CD.: The search for these continues and if anyone can throw light on to their whereabouts, please contact the secretary. 

Newsletter Vol.27: The November 2010 to April 2011 volume 27 has been produced. We thank Sue Booty for all her hard work.

History as it Happens: The marriage of Alona Newbolt-Young and Thomas Stratton took place on 14th May at Widecombe Church. 

The Hameldown Memorial: An article has appeared in the Dartmoor Magazine, Issue 103, Summer 2011, page 17, announcing the end of the Torbay and District Aircrew Association after 70 years.  It states that 18 Allied aircraft and 7 German aircraft crashed on Dartmoor.  This can do with further research.  The Secretary will contact Deborah and Ted Hannaford for further information that they may have of that era. 

Walks and Talks to be given by the History Group to other Organisations: Friday 10th June, we will welcome Petrockstowe L.H.G. at 2.00 p.m. Tuesday 12th July, we shall entertain The Torquay Museum Society. In September, we hope to entertain Plympton Civic Society. Another Group are also currently arranging a visit. 

Digitising the Parish Records:  Roger and Ann Claxton have organised teams within the group to digitise our Parish documents and it has got off to a very good start.  They have generously made available a room at their home for this purpose. Work has begun on the Church Wardens Accounts and the Indentures.  We thank them for their expertise and also for their kindness in organising trips for the group for many years.  Particular thanks were expressed to them for organising the trip to the Rame Peninsular on May 10th. 

Report of Widecombe History Group’s Management Committee, 24th May: The financial situation is sound and we have plenty of stock in hand.  There is a need to ascertain the number of lead paper weights still available. We should include in our monthly notice in the Parish Newsletter an appeal for younger members. The Secretary has been asked to approach Widecombe Primary School with an offer for members to talk to the children about the history of the parish.  Could the efforts of the children at Widecombe Fair be channelled at the history of Widecombe and if so, we should consider donating a trophy for the exhibit judged the best.  Our Constitution has been accepted as suitable for us to register as a Charity.  There is a need for three Trustees and Roger Claxton, John Walling and Anthony Beard have agreed to act in this capacity with Roger Claxton as Chairman of the Trustees.  An Inventory of all our equipment, assets and bits and pieces needs to be maintained and list where they are all stored.  Details of buildings suitable for our proposed Heritage and Educational Centre are being collected and will be presented then to the Heritage Committee as soon as they are available. The Secretary has written to The Widecombe Parish Council to get written confirmation of their support. 

Future Walks and OutingsWednesday 8th June, a guided visit to Bellever Roundhouse excavations with Andy Crabb of DNP.  Meet at DNP Information Centre, Postbridge at 4.45 p.m. to view the Bronze Age Exhibition.  We shall leave there at 5.30 p.m. to walk to the site.  After which about 30 members expressed the wish to complete the evening at the East Dart Hotel. Wednesday 13th July, a guided walk around Kingskerswell Church and the ruins of Kingskerswell Manor House with Gerald Quinn. Saturday 13th and Saturday 20th August, we are running two ‘drive-yourself’ trips to Sharpham Estate near Totnes. Be there by 10.00 a.m. Monday 29th August, the Peter Hirst Memorial Walk, led by Richard Wells and Mike Wright, visiting Haytor Quarries, the Granite Railway and perhaps Stover Canal.  Meet at the Haytor Lower Carpark at 10.00 a.m.  An illustrated preview of the event will be given at our August 3rd meeting. Saturday 24th September, we will have a trip to Honiton Lace making Museum and meet the ladies that will have supported us at Widecombe Fair.  We shall then travel on to Lyme Regis. 

Dairy DatesTuesday 7th June, Princetown LHG have a guided walk to Wistman’s Wood, led by Simon Dell.  Meet at Two Bridges at 7.00 p.m. Sunday 12th June is ‘Open Farm Sunday’ when many farms are opening their gates to the public.  In our locality, Pizwell Farm, Postbridge, will be opening from 1.00 p.m. where there will be a BBQ during the afternoon and a Guided Farm Walk will be at 3.30.p.m. Sunday 12th June, there will be a Pets’ Service at Huccaby Church at 3.00 p.m. Tuesday 5th July, Princetown LHG have a guided walk to Foggintor Quarries, led by Ivan Mead.  Meet at Four-Winds at 7.00 p.m. Wednesday 6th July, Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall 10.00 to 12 noon. Wednesday 6th July, our monthly meeting when Gerald Quinn will give a talk about Kingskerswell Manor. Thursday 7th July, a Course of Lectures continue at Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone,   Modbury, contact 01548 830832. Thursday 14th July, Widecombe Ladies Social Group have a coach trip arranged to Sherborne Castle and Gardens.  Leave Widecombe at 9.00 a.m. return by 6.00 p.m. price £19.00, tickets obtainable from Margaret Phipps on 01626 834737. Saturday 23rd July, the Devon History Society have a Summer meeting at Lustleigh Village Hall, hosted by the Lustleigh Society, from 10.15 a.m. onwards. 

Correspondence: A letter from Josie Hill (nee Turner) enclosing a sketch plan of Lake Farm, Poundsgate, as she remembers it as a child, when her family lived there.  This caused some members to remember that Freda Wilkinson, former member of our group, made a model of the house.  It was possible to lift off the roof and see the interior layout of the building.  The Secretary was asked to try and locate it for present members to see.  We have been invited to attend a Thanksgiving Service at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 1st July, in memory of the founder, Dr. E.D. Svendsen MBE. Margaret Hamilton, a Volunteer at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, has informed us that they have ten coloured slides of Widecombe taken in the 1960s.  They would be happy for us to have them if we cover the cost of postage.  It was agreed that we would do this. Jo Mounts, of Lifton Farm Shop, wrote thanking us for the copy of ‘The History of Widecombe Fair’, which helped them stage their exhibition at the Devon County Show, which created a lot of interest.  They are hoping to take the Exhibition to the Royal Cornwall Show later this month.  The Secretary suggested that we should inform Widecombe Fair Committee of this. Med-Theatre has contacted us regarding the Elford Family of Sheep’s Tor and the connection with Widecombe as they are intending to develop a young peoples project  ‘John Ford on Dartmoor’ which includes the Elford family.  They seek information on the monument John Elford erected in memory of his wife in Widecombe Church.  The Secretary had given to him in 2007, some details of the Elford family, he has deposited them in our archives, he will make them available to Med-Theatre when he meets them later this month. Marion Hardy has contacted the Group once again regarding our Church Wardens Accounts which we are currently scanning.  When this is completed, she will be informed and a DVD of the contents can be made available to her. Neil Thurlow, the new owner of West Shallowford Farm, is looking for information regarding the farm and Corndon Down.  Can anyone assist as to how ‘Pepper Lane’ (could it be Pipper, Pippa or Paper?) got its name or any further details regarding the reaves, and remnants of old farm buildings, that he has identified on his holding?

The meeting closed at 10.10.p.m.

There followed an illustrated talk entitled

The Excavation of the Round House at Bellever

by Simon Hughes of South West Archaeology and Andy Crabb of Dartmoor National Park 

                                                                               Please click here to access that talk

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