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A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group (WHG) was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 7.30 p.m.
Charity No: 1144684
Apologies: Rosemary Mortimore, Rosemary Wrayford, Ruth Parnell, Barry and Tania Welch, Angie and Keith Radmore, Aileen Carrett, Jenny Pascoe, Alan & Mary Goodall and Lyn and Derek Hext.
Mrs. Sue Boustead was in the Chair and 49 members attended
The Chairman began the evening by thanking Marcia Babington for arranging such an excellent outing  to Greenway on the 25th May, a lovely sunny day, enjoyed by all. Sue also welcomed Zena & John Lowe to our meeting and expressed the hope that they will enjoy their membership of our group.
The Minutes of the A.G.M. held on 2nd May were read and signed. They will be ratified at the next A.G.M. to be held on 1st May 2013.
The Minutes of the 2nd May meeting were then read and signed as correct.
Arising:  Widecombe Fair 11th September 2012: Peter Carrett reported briefly on the arrangement made so far. Special items to be displayed this year include Bee Keeping, Tin Mining (with Mike Wright’s mechanical miniature tin mine) and Peter Rennell’s look at the policing and policemen who have served in the parish, as well as 'items made of wood' brought together by Aileen Carrett and Mary Pascoe and a look at Bellever in the Bronze Age by Maggie Faulkner.
History as it Happens: On Sunday 3rd June, Celebration Lunches were held at Widecombe and Leusdon for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with Special Church Services in Widecombe and Leusdon Churches. Monday 4th June, Bonfires were lit at Buckland Beacon, Snaps Corner (Leusdon) and between Top Tor & Pill Tor (top of Widecombe Hill) with a Ceilidh in Glebe Farm Barn and Fireworks in the Sanctuary Field by Widecombe Church.  It is anticipated that a permanent feature of a stained glass window will be put in Widecombe Church as a lasting memorial to this great event.
Jubilee celebration photographs taken by David Lomax have already been put on our website. There are more to come from other members of our community and they will be added in due course.
Widecombe Bell Ringers were placed 1st, 3rd and 4th in the recently held Moretonhampstead Deanery  Competition. An illegal Rave was held in Bellever Forest at the holiday weekend 3rd/4th/5th June. The police did evacuate them on Monday 5th  June. New Bridge was closed for five days during May due to damage caused by a vehicle.  Ben Norrish of Foxworthy Farm, Poundsgate, has been decorated with The Polar Medal at Buckingham Palace by Princess Anne.  Anthony Beard & Rev Geoffrey Fenton are scheduled to record a piece on BBC Radio 4 about Widecombe Church and the thunderstorm of 1638. There may be a need to discuss Beatrice Chase if so John Walling and Peter Hicks may be asked to help.
Heritage Centre:
  The WHG’s plans for a Heritage & Educational Centre will be discussed at the next Committee Meeting scheduled for Friday 22nd June at Bittleford Parks 7.00 p.m.
North Hall Dig: Notification has been received from DNPA that an exploratory dig will take place at The North Hall Manor Site during the week 16th - 20th July. Members of WHG are invited to take part. Contact Peter Rennells on 01364 621302 if you would like to be involved. On Saturday 21st July there will be an Open Day at the site when the ‘findings’ and/or conclusions will be displayed and discussed from 9.30 a.m. onwards.
E-mails and Correspondence:  The secretary has continued to answer letters and emails concerning the area.
Digitising to recommence on Monday 11th June and Tuesday 12th June.  Each team to keep to previous timings.
In place of our normal tea/coffee break at 9 o’clock ‘ish this month we had a  Loyal Toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who this week celebrated her Diamond Jubilee of her accession to the throne. We owe a vote of thanks to the ladies and gentlemen of our group who arranged for the toast and celebration cakes enjoyed at the meeting.
Diary Dates:
Monday 11th June: WHG are hosting a Walk around Widecombe for Plymouth Archaeological    Society at 7.00 p.m.
Thursday 14th June: Widecombe Ladies Social Group, outing to Bakelite Museum,  Williton then    on to Weston-super Mare. Contact Margaret 01626 834737
Wednesday 27th June: Botanical Walk. at North Hall, led by Frances Billinge, at 6.30 p.m.
Wednesday 4th July: Coffee Morning, Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 4th July: Widecombe History Group - talk by Andy Crabbe on Whiteworks. 7.30 p.m.
Friday 6th July:  Exeter Roman Walls Walk by Tony Burgess, Meet at 2.00 p.m.      West Door, Exeter Cathedral.
Wednesday 18th July: Walk around Whiteworks, led by Andy Crabbe, 6.00 p.m. 
Wednesday 29th August:  Peter Hirst Memorial Walk, Mike Wright and Richard Wells are organising    our annual walk in memory of Peter.  This year we are meeting at 2.00 p.m.    for a 3/3.5 miles walk at Scout Hut, Ditsworthy Warren, Eglesberry Mine    Spielberg, ‘War Horse’ area) ending at The Plume of Feathers / Lords Cafe    at Princetown.
Saturday 6th October: Marcia Babington has arranged a trip to the RNLI Centre, Poole, Dorset.
   More arrangements to follow.
AOB: Questions:
1. ‘When did the first Television appear in the parish’? We believe it was in the mid 1950’s
2. ‘When the first radio was in the Parish’? We think it was a ‘Crystal Set’ owned by Louis  Prouse c1920 in Ponsworthy.
3. ‘Mention was then made that Listers of Gloucester produced an electric generator Startomatic’  c1950’s which allowed rural properties to have their own 240 volt electricity supply.
We have heard that ‘Plantagenesta’ have moved their office to Otter Nurseries, Gosford Road, Ottery St Mary EX11 1LZ, ‘phone 01404 814529.

Following our meeting  Steve Bowditch gave an illustrated talk entitled 'Pictures from the Past'

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The meeting closed at 10.10 p.m.

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