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Widecombe History Group Minutes
A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group (WHG) was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 at 8.00 p.m.
Charity No 1144684
Apologies: Barbara Norrish, Arthur & Rosemary Wrayford, Michael & Mo Wright, Roger Whale, Dot Jones, Derek & Lynne Hext, Tony Heath, Ruth Parnell, Barry & Tanya Welch, Dougie & Lynne Pigeon, Joan Brooks, Joy Routley, Patrick Garvey, Alan & Mary Goodall, Rose Mortimore, Jenny Pascoe and Patrick Watson.
Mrs Sue Boustead was in the chair and 37 members attended.
The minutes of the April 2012 meeting were read and signed as correct.
Widecombe Fair 11th September 2012: Peter & Aileen Carrett gave a brief update on the arrangements so far. They have drawn up a plan of the marquee and are working out a rota for the day. Bee keeping will be the specialist subject for this year and a very varied selection of exhibitions are planed within the marquee including two UTC Models. Steward's badges will be allocated on the day. Peter Reynolds made an appeal for information regarding policing and the policemen that had served the parish and he made the meeting aware that the 1911 census is now available on line. It was suggested to our researchers that information may be available in old copies of the Mid-Devon Advertiser.
History as it Happens: The funeral was held of Brian Harris on Saturday 14th April in Widecombe Parish Church at 12 noon. Between 500 & 600 people attended from all over the country. His mother Margaret had a clock placed in the church tower in memory of his father Gerry Harris and it is understood that Brian was planning to have three more faces put to the clock in memory of his mother Margaret. It is also believed that this will still be done by his estate as a tribute to him as well. Brian’s body was carried into church as the clock struck Twelve - a most touching occasion. The new president of Widecombe Fair Company Limited is Margaret Phipps. She was the first Lady to become a member of Widecombe Fair committee when they needed a secretary several years ago - a fitting tribute. The ‘six seater bicycle’ that left the Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe on 18th April, the cyclists reached The Royal Oak, Mid-Sussex in three days. The team raised over £2,000.00 which will be divided between The Devon Air Ambulance Trust and St Catherine’s Hospice, Sussex. They did this ride as a tribute to Brian Harris and they named the project “Cyclesoreass Rex!”Mark Hutchins, Edward Lamb, and Tim Hassel of this parish took part in the London Marathon this year. They were running as part of a team of 30 representing the Dartmoor School Academy, to raise funds and awareness of Whizz Kidz, a charity that supports disabled children. They aimed to raise £50000 between the team and Mark, Edward & Tim raised £5000 between the three of them towards that total. They each completed the Marathon in approximately 3.5 hours. The electricity supply to the controversial O2 relay mast at Bowden Lane was put in recently. This cable was laid along the edge of the village green, along Brook Lane and up the hill to near Bowden Barn.
North Hall: A exploratory dig will take place on the site of the old North Hall Manor from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July. Any finds and conclusions will result in a Open Day at the site on Saturday 21st July.
Walks & Talks: Following Paul Rendell's talk about Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor he led a guided walk around Powdermills, Postbridge on the Wednesday 18th April. In spite of the inclement weather 30 hardy souls attended. We experienced a nasty shower just as we were leaving Higher Cherrybrook Bridge, but then it cleared up and we had a successful and interesting walk. Secretary will arrange for our members to use Paul Way's car park on 25th May ahead of our trip to Greenway.
Digitising: The four teams involved are making good progress with this project. A copy of the rules of The Rugglestone Friendly Society and a membership card have been given to The Owners of The Rugglestone to exhibit with the understanding they will remain a feature at their 'pub'. Still in existence, and in the care of Mr Michael Nosworthy of Lower Town, is the Official box of the Society, complete with the Three keys. "One key was held individually by the Three Stewards of the Society", this meant that the meetings could not begin until all three stewards were present!
A vote of thanks was recorded to Anthony Beard and Rodney Cruze for obtaining from Devon County Council some useful items of office furniture which will benefit the group. The Secretary will attend the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 3rd May to ascertain their approval of making available to the Devon Records Office a DVD copy of the Apportionment Book, which relates to our Parish Map of c.1842 currently held by them on behalf of the Widecombe Parish Council. The digitising of the Apportionment Book has been done by Roger Claxton, he also used some of the notes created by the late Peter Hirst to achieve this. The Millennium Book, a photographic record of houses in the Parish, previously recorded as missing, has been found in the bottom of the Parish Chest.
Diary Dates: Thursday 24th May, a Local History Seminar will be held at Parke, Bovey Tracey, from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Friday 25th May, WHG trip to Greenway, leaving Widecombe at 9.00 a.m. Monday 28th May, a talk by Rev. Parke in the Church House at 7.30 p.m. entitled ‘Mines and Canals of the Littlehempston Area‘. Anthony will be chairing the event. Wednesday 6th June there will be a coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall from 10.00 a.m.Wednesday 6th June, when Steve Bowditch will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘Pictures from the Past’. Monday 11th June at 7.00 p.m., WHG will be hosting a Guided Walk around Widecombe for the Plymouth and District Archaeological Society.
Thursday 14th June, The Widecombe Ladies Social Group are organising an outing to ‘The Bakelite Museum, Williton, Somerset, leaving Widecombe 9.00 a.m. Contact Margaret on 01626 834737. Wednesday 27th June, a Wild Flower walk around North Hall at 6.30 p.m. with Frances Billinge. Wednesday 4th July there will be a coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall from 10.00 a.m. Wednesday 4th July, a talk on Whiteworks Tin Mine with Andy Crabb. Friday 6th July, a Guided Walk around Exeter’s Roman Walls with Tony Burgess. Meet at 2.00 p.m. outside the west side of Exeter Cathedral. Wednesday 18th July a guided walk around Whiteworks led by Andy Crabb meet at 6.p.m. Saturday 6th October, a trip to RNLI Centre at Poole in Dorset, contact Marcia for details on 01364 661263.
E-mails and correspondence: Numerous letters and e-mails have been dealt with during the month. Maggie Faulkner will respond to an e-mail concerning the Willcocks family.
We have been made aware that the DRO in Exeter and the DRO in Barnstaple have been brought together as ‘The Devon Heritage Services’ and will operate from Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Exeter.
The meeting closed at 10.15 p.m.
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