History Group Minutes December 2012


A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at the Church House,     Widecombe on Wednesday 5th.December 2012 at 7.30 p.m.
Apologies:
Tanya & Barry Welch, Kirsty & Alan Peake, Douglas & Lynne Pidgeon, Rosemary Mortimore, Geoffrey Fenton, Mavis & Rick Clipson, Mike & Mo Wright, Patrick Garvey, Val Watson, Alan & Mary Goodall, Roger & Ann Claxton, Lyne & Derek Hext, Sid & Jo Pontin and Paula Stevens.
Mrs Sue Boustead was in the chair and 46 members and 5 visitors attended. Sue began the meeting with a humorous poem.
The minutes of the November meeting were read and signed as correct.
Arising:
Widecombe Fair 10.09.2013:

Ideas for this Fair are beginning to be discussed. Rodney Cruze is considering local bus services and milk production throughout the parish.
History as it happens:
The new small stained glass window has been fixed into the church. More details when it gets officially consecrated. The month of November has seen considerable flooding throughout the country. Widecombe Parish has had its fair share but in no way as devastating as other parts of the county where roads, cliffs landslides have occurred and many homes flooded to depth of 4 feet or more. Rail services have been disrupted and part of the banks of The Tiverton Canal have collapsed.
Newsletter:
There is an appeal for a member to take on the publishing of our six monthly "Newsletter". It should be a résumé of our previous activities and is useful to hand out to visitors so that they can read about our aims and achievements. A volunteer please !
Digitising:
The teams involved with this are making good progress with this worthwhile project. So much information is coming to light. It is a pity we cannot at this stage stop and read what we are digitising - if we did we would never finish !
Air Crashes on Dartmoor:
It was noted that in The Dartmoor Magazine Issue 109, Winter 2012 there is an article that may appeal to John & Zena Lowe and John Kimber on this subject.
Heritage/Educational Centre:
Nothing further to report.
Leusdon Church 150th Anniversary:
This is scheduled for 28th April 2013 and details will be made public next year. The question of whether "The Meltor Cart Wheeling" will be revived was raised! As the church is dedicated to St John the Baptist, this ceremony historically was held on The Eve of St John the Baptist Day (i.e. 24th June).
Terry French has acquired another Meltor photograph - that makes three in our archives.
Outings & Programmes:
Our thanks were expressed to Marcia Babington for a grand programme of events organised for 2013.
Widecombe Churchyard Survey:
It is the intended  to get the Iris Woods survey updated during 2013. Wendy & Mary will need help with this project as many 'recent graves' are unmarked. Anyone with information particularly of the 'New Churchyard' please let them know.
Alterations to Widecombe Church:
To date we have no further information on any proposed alterations. All members of the parish are welcome to add their contribution to the discussions.
DNPA have recently had a meeting which discussed the Medieval wooden artifacts that are now deposited at The DRO from the collection of the late Harry Hems. He was a carpenter who travelled Dartmoor repairing various churches. There is a possibility that some pieces may be from Widecombe Church. Attempts will be made to see if we have any records of him doing repairs at Widecombe in the old ‘Churchwarden’s Accounts’.
Archives:
Our collection is increasing  monthly under the control of Richard Wells.  Storage space is becoming a problem.
Recording old names:
Terry French is recording the old names of places around the parish. He is starting with bridges and lanes. Members are requested to ask older members of the community for their recollections and pass their findings on to Terry.
A.O.B.:
Thanks were recorded to all who brought 'Mince Pies' to the meeting to help begin the festive season.
Ipplepen ‘Hub’ open Tues & Thurs 10a.m.-4p.m. view at www.ipplepenhub.wordpress.com
A Poem - Old Cob Wall by C. Fox-Smith - was read.
Emails & Correspondence:
Several contacts have been received this past month and they have all been answered.
1. Details of Mary Treble, Dolly Mosey, Margery Leaman.
2. Reference our book “History of Widecombe Fair” page 55 - quote was written by William John Hearder, junior reporter for MDA..
Diary Dates:
Friday 7th December -  at Buckland Village Hall Bingo at 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 15th December - Widecombe Christmas Festival all day from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. all around the village. The raffle will be drawn at 3.00 p.m. and will finish with a Carol Service in the church at 3.30 p.m. in which The Widecombe Choir will take part.
Sunday 16th December - Carol Service at Dunstone Chapel at 4.00 p.m.
Wednesday19th December -  in The Church House, Widecombe, Whist Drive at 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 29th December - Keyberry Methodist Church an Organ Recital at 2.30 p.m. Adm £5
Wednesday 2nd January - Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 2nd January - Widecombe History Group New Year Party Bring & Share Supper and an exhibition by Pat Watson of 'Snippets of Buckland Archives' 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday 8th January - Princetown History Group meet at Princetown Community Centre 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 6th February - Coffee Morning at Leusdon memorial Hall 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 6th February - Widecombe History Group Monthly Meeting at The Church House, Widecombe at 7.30 p.m. when we shall have a talk by Joss Hibbs on 'The Trevisker Project' and her own pottery experience.
Tuesday 26th February - Bovey Tracey Heritage Group meet at the Phoenix Centre at 7.30 p.m. for a talk by Peter Gray ‘Steaming around Dartmoor’ with particular reference to the Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead Railway.
The meeting closed at 9.50 p.m.

Phillip Page gave the meeting an interesting talk on “Eden Phillpotts”, a prolific author and recorder of the social life of the time.

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