History Group Minutes August 2012


A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 1st August 2012 at 7.30 p.m.
Charity No: 1144684
Apologies:
Patrick Garvey, John Kimber, Leonard & Barbara Norrish, Joan Brooks, Joy Routley, John & Judy Southcombe, Mavis & Rick Clipson, Ann & Roger Claxton, Sid & Jo Pontin, Alan & Mary Goodall, Pat & Val Watson, Ruth Parnell, Ann Murphy, Rose Mortimore, Zena Lowe, Lyn & Doug Pigeon, Lyn & Derek Hext and Maggi Faulkner.
Mrs Sue Boustead was in the chair and 33 members attended.
The minutes of the July meeting were read and signed as correct.
rArising:
Widecombe Fair Tuesday 11th September 2012:
Aileen & Peter Carrett were pleased with the support that they have received from members and volunteers promising to help set up the Heritage |Marquee on the 10th, develop a rota for Fair Day and to assist in the breaking down of the exhibition at 5.00 p.m. on Fair Day.
The Marquee will be full with a variety of exhibits including features on Bee Keeping, Tin Mining, Policing, North Hall Archaeological Dig, Bellever Archaeological Dig, the uses of Wood and much more. Final details will be confirmed at the September Meeting. We shall have our normal book stall with horse shoes and paperweights and Colin Pearse will launch his book on The White-faced Dartmoor Sheep with a book signing session.
History as it Happens:
a. The death of Wing Commander Gordon Hughes on 10th June was recorded. He has lived in the parish for many years. He was one of the RAF’s outstanding photographic reconnaissance pilots flying unarmed Spitfires and Mosquitoes deep into enemy territory during WWII.
b. Dustina Wessman-Smerdon who visited the district from USA earlier this year, returned in July to show the results of her work photographing and interviewing several people of the parish. She gave two presentations at Leusdon Memorial Hall and they were well attended and she is hoping to produce a book and DVD of her achievements
c. The Archaeological Dig held during July at North Hall was a successful Community Venture. It was well supported and we await with interest the findings. The site of the ‘crop marks’ in the adjoining ‘moor’ was not excavated due to the water logged state of the field but a search there will be made sometime in the future when the field is in a suitable state.
d. May-Gurney a contractor for South West Water, are replacing the mains water supply through the parish. The existing pipe line keeps breaking up and it is to be hoped that the water supply will now be more reliable.
Archives:
a. A humorous ‘appliqué’ made by a previous district nurse of the parish, Joan Stedman, depicting ‘Widecombe Fair’ was given to the group by Ruth Parnell. The meeting decided that it should be framed behind special glass to protect the colours. Could it be hung in The Church House?
b. Alan & Mary Goodall informed the members that The Totnes Image Bank have numerous photographic images of the area available to view on their website. Copies of these are obtainable from the Image Bank at Totnes.
c. We have received from Colin Pearse copies of two of his books for our archives:-  “The White-faced drift of Dartmoor’s ‘prapper’ sheep.....”  ( a reprint with index) (The history of the White-faced Dartmoor Sheep)  & “Blissful Restless Dartmoor”  (A book of poems and fantastic photographs relating to Dartmoor)  Copies are obtainable direct from Colin on 01647 221303
Heritage and Educational Centre:
The Trustees are still in contact with WPC, DNPA and others in an effort to bring this idea to fruition. They will be meeting with some of these groups on Tuesday 21st August to discuss future action.
Outing to Poole, Dorset, Sat 6th October: Booking forms are now available and payment should be made to Marcia Babington by September Meeting 5th September. Tickets £30 to include the trip, a light lunch and afternoon tea. We shall stop on the way home for an evening meal either bar snack or carvery which will be an extra charge according to individual choice.
Peter Hirst Memorial Walk:  This has been arranged again by Mike Wright and Richard Wells and will take place on 29th August. Members are asked to meet them at Burrator Reservoir Dam at 1.30 p.m. We shall then progress under their guidance to the Scout Hut, from there we shall have a 2.5 hour walk of approximately 4 miles. It is suggested that at the end of the walk we all head for Lord’s Cafe at Princetown for a ‘bite to eat’ to conclude the event.
E-mails & correspondence:
a. Doug & Lyn Pigeon have at last made a contact with South West Film & Television Archive at Plymouth regarding a film made about Burrator c1973. Secretary will follow this up. 01752 202650.
b. Jayne Marchand and Andy Cribbett of DNPA will re-erect the ‘D’ stone at Kingshead Corner, recently knocked over.
c. An enquiry regarding the possibility of creating an ‘Oral History’ of the lives of women farmers on Dartmoor has been received from Joanna Blake at University of Plymouth. Secretary will reply and suggest contacts.
(This stemmed from a recent discussion on creating an ‘Oral History’ of people of Widecombe and suitable equipment for the purpose.)
d. Enquiries for guided walks around Widecombe are continuing. Recently we gave one to members of Broadclyst History Group.
e. Notification has been received from DRO offering help with preservation, conservation packaging and storage including digitising of documents in our care. We shall keep in contact with them.
Air Crashes on Hameldown:  John Lowe’s research is on going and he is still finding more information. He has traced family members of some of the crew of Hampden Bomber X 3054 49 Squadron that crashed 21st March 1941.
Diary Dates:
Saturday 4th August. Book launch at Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre. The book is:- "Bovey Tracey re-discovered" by Elizabeth Westwood. 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday 7th August. Princetown LHG have a walk along the peat tramway, Fices Well, and Holming Beam. Meet at 7.00 p.m. grid 57845-74993
Saturday 11th August. There will be an open day with DTRG at Brimpts from 2 - 4 p.m.
Wednesday 29th August. The Peter Hirst Memorial Walk. Meet at Burrator Dam at 1.30 p.m.
(see above for more details)
Sunday 2nd September. There will be an open day at Kelly Mine, Lustleigh from 10.30a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Tuesday 2nd September. Princetown LHG meet at The Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. for a talk by Jill Drysdale - “Behind Closed Doors” - Plymouth through the eyes of a Town Missionary 1851-1869.
Wednesday 3rd September. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 3rd September. Widecombe History Group Meeting at The Church House, Widecombe at 7.30 p.m. A talk by Terry Faull on “The Swing Riots”
Monday 10th September. Preparation day for Widecombe Fair. Meet at the field at 2.00 p.m.
Tuesday 11th September. Widecombe Fair. All Day Event. Help to clear up the Marquee at 5.00 p.m.
Tuesday 18th September. An illustrated talk at The Phoenix Centre, Bovey Tracey, at 7.30 p.m about the work of The Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
Saturday 15th December. Widecombe Christmas Festival.
(N.B. Sue Boustead & Audrey Mortimore have agreed to run the draw as last year.)
The meeting closed at 10.02 p.m.

Five members of The Dartmoor Tin Research Group, DTRG, gave the meeting an interesting insight into their activities and aims.

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