History Group Talk January 2012


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A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday 4th January 2012 at 7.30 p.m.

Charity Number:             1144684

Apologies:          Tanya & Barry Welch, Ruth Parnell, Doug & Lynne Pidgeon, Carl Heywood, John Butcher, Mary Pascoe, Patrick Garvey, Maggie Faulkner, Roger & Ann Claxton, Paula Stevens and Barbara Norrish.

Mrs Sue Boustead was in the chair and 45 members attended.

The minutes of the December 2011 meeting were read and signed as correct.

Arising: Widecombe Fair 11th September 2012  Peter & Aileen Carrett are looking for suggestions as to a theme for this year's Fair Marquee. Please give this some thought and talk to them about your ideas.

North Hall:  We have not heard anything more from Margaret & Michael about the proposed "Wassail Ceremony" scheduled for 20th January, so we assume that it is not on this year!

Archives: Richard Wells informed the group that the cataloguing is up to date.

Educational & Heritage Centre:  Recently DNPA have contacted the WHG informing us that they are trying to get considerable funding through a Heritage Lottery - Landscape Partnership Bid.   There are five other organisations bidding for this money so there is no guarantee that they will be successful. DNPA are of the opinion that our heritage scheme could strengthen their application as our plans would fit in well with their objectives. The Trustees have met to consider this possible association, and in principal agreed to support the DNPA's application. However they have also agreed that we should continue with our Educational & Heritage Centre plan, as there is no certainty that the DNPA bid will be successful, and if so, what funding we can hope to get from it. DNPA are hoping to enrol larger organisations than us into their Partnership bid and we need to know if that means that only a small share of any funding gained will be allocated to us, as a smaller body.  WPC continue to support our plans and Anthony Beard will attend the WPC meeting scheduled for Thursday 5th January.  The Trustees will meet on Friday 6th January to plan for a ‘costing exercise’ in order to get a rough idea of what our proposed plans could entail.  There is a need to re-assess the support within the group for manning and running such a centre if and when it is completed.

History as it Happens: There has been a spate of sheep rustling on Dartmoor recently. There has also been break-ins of sheds and farm buildings. Reports of vandalising of property have been received from local Police. There is a cast iron mangle for sale locally, sold originally by R. Kernick of Widecombe.

Digitising the Parish Records:  This is continuing well with many items already recorded. Thanks again to Roger & Ann for their expertise in taking this project forward.

Management Committee Update: Our chairman Sue Boustead then explained that to be in accordance with our Charity Status, and our Constitution, certain rules must be adhered to. Much of this is recorded in our November 2011 minutes.

a.            Nomination forms will be available at our February Meeting, they should be returned to the secretary by the April Meeting, duly completed and signed accordingly. On the back of the forms will be a list of the current trustees and committee members and it will state if they are willing to stand for another year.

b.            All trustees and committee members must resign at the AGM but they can offer themselves for re-election. 

c.            We should try to maintain a committee without too many changes each year as this aids continuity.

d.            We should however start to identify members who are prepared to deputise, or act as assistants for, officials who may need a break or be unable to fulfil their functions for whatever reason.

(This should not be shelved however difficult it may appear, as the future of the group may depend on this for its survival!)

e.            When signing in at meetings, please write your name clearly as this assists with filling in Gift Aid Forms.

Diary Dates:

Monday 30th January at The Church House, Widecombe, at 7.30 p.m. there will be another meeting to carry forward plans of a special celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Wednesday 1st February at 10.00 a.m. there will be a coffee morning held at Leusdon Memorial Hall.

Wednesday 1st February our Monthly meeting will be held when Richard Hibbert will give an illustrated talk on “Dartmoor Birds”.

Tuesday 7th February Princetown LHG have a talk by Roger Paul on “Dartmoor’s Dressed Granite”

Tuesday 6th March Princetown LHG have a talk by Michael Duffy on the Creation of Plymouth Naval Dockyard 1689-1815.

Wednesday 7th March another coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall 10 a.m.

Wednesday 7th March our March meeting will be held at The Church House at 7.30 p.m. when the speaker will be Yvonne Thoms, a former housemaid at Buckingham Palace. 

Saturday 17th March at Great Moor House, Sowton, Exeter, the DRO are holding an ‘Open Day’ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when lectures, tours and advice will be available and we have been invited to book a table, from which we may sell our books, paperweights and other items.

E-mails & Correspondence:  Several emails and letters have been received during the past month which have been answered.  There two items that could do with more exploration:-  a.  A query regards a Miss C. E. Martin who in c1923 had plans for a ‘residence at Widecombe-in-the-Moor drawn up.  Who was she and where was the proposed site?

NO response to date: From Ricki Hunter re- his grandfather’s photo’s c1950.  From Richard Sermon re- Mel Tor Cartwheel Rolling, we are still hunting for photo’s.

The secretary thanked all the members for bringing such a variety of ‘Goodies’ for our 'bring and share' party night and in particular thanks to Peter Rennells for his delicious ‘punch’ that he produced once again as he has since time immemorial!

The meeting closed at 10.05 p.m.

There followed an illustrated talk given by one of our members Mr Mike Wright prior to our New Year Party, entitled Out And About on Dartmoor.

Please click here to read a report of that talk


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