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Widecombe History Group Minutes
A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at 7.30 p.m.
Apologies:- Sam Boustead, Margaret Phipps, Arch & Audrey Mortimore, Ruth Parnell, Terry French, Doug & Lynne Pidgeon, Angie Radford, Carl Haywood, Lyn & Derek Hext, Patrick Garvey, Joan Brookes and Rick Clipson.
Mrs Sue Boustead was in the chair and 46 members and 4 visitors attended.
The minutes of the September meeting were read and signed as correct.
The meeting expressed to Sue their concern having learnt that Sam had had a stroke. A get well soon card was signed by members, with their best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Arising: Widecombe Fair 11th September 2012:
It was generally felt that this year's Fair was a great success and one of the best. Thanks were recorded to Peter & Aileen Carrett for all work that they had put into the heritage marquee and for their generous refreshments provided for our members during the show period. The size of the marquee proved ideal 20ft x 40ft and the chairs and tables worked out well. Thanks were also recorded to all that helped in any way to make our exhibitions such an attraction. Mary Pascoe & Aileen with their look at wood and its uses, Maggi Faulkner with Archaeology and recent digs on Dartmoor, Peter Rennells with the census table and his research into policing of Widecombe, Mike & Mo Wright and Pat Watson with their brilliant working model of a Dartmoor TIN Mine (fascinating), and Sue for manning our sales stall. Peter & Aileen had prepared a rota system for stewards and this worked a treat, Rodney Cruze who stores much of our large display boards etc and transports it to and from the Fair and those who helped with the setting up of the show and clearing up afterwards. So thanks to everyone who helped make our marquee such an asset to Widecombe Fair.
History as it Happens: It is with sadness that we record the death of two members of Widecombe Community this month. Roy Frank Hill, died 21st September aged 94 years. Roy was one of the last independent traditional 'Carpenter & Undertaker', found for generations in rural communities. He took over the business from his uncle, Louis Prouse of Ponsworthy, many years ago now. He was also well known for supplying local farmers with wooden field gates and his craftsmanship can be seen around the parish. Paul Way, died on 30th September. Paul and his family had for years owned and ran the tea rooms at Badger's Holt, Dartmeet, and in recent years the refreshment kiosk adjacent to Widecombe Village Green. On 15th September, for the second year in succession "The Cycle Tour of Britain" passed though our parish. The 'leg' from Barnstaple to Dartmouth travelled through the south of the parish from Dartmeet to New Bridge. Great publicity for the area and Dartmoor in general.
At Leusdon a large granite stone has been erected, opposite the Silver Jubilee Stone of Queen Elizabeth II, to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee of last June. It will be engraved in the near future.
Outing to Poole, Saturday 6th October: Arrangements for this are well in hand. Depart Widecombe 9.00 a.m. Details from Marcia 01364 661263.
Air Crashes on Hameldown: John & Zena Lowe are still accumulating material about these happenings and hope when complete to give our group a presentation on their research and conclusions. An Email has been received from a lady who is a relation of an airman who died on Hameldown 21st March 1941, this has been passed to John to reply. John Kimber has been researching other air crashes on Dartmoor and has so far recorded 22. Four of which are recorded as being in our parish. However one of these may be just over the parish boundary into Manaton. We await with interest their conclusions. Kirsty Peake has given the group a selection of photographs of the ‘Anti Glider Posts’ still standing on Hameldown. There are a couple still on Pudsham Down as well.
Heritage and Educational Centre: Little progress has been made in the past month with this project.
Archives: Thanks to Richard Wells several newspaper cuttings relating to this year's Widecombe Fair and references to past years have been archived. Richard and Mary Pascoe have produced a list of all the books in our archives. Any member wishing to borrow any copies please talk to Richard or Mary. A list of titles is available at meetings
Saturday 6th October. Outing to Poole contact Marcia for details 01464661263.
Saturday 6th October. 1.00p.m.-4.00p.m. at Newton Abbot Museum a chance to have any finds identified by Dr Penny Cunningham.
Tuesday 16th October, Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust have a talk on Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust at The Phoenix Hall at 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 20th October. Grand Whist Drive at Leusdon Memorial Hall 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday 6th November, Princetown LHG have a talk by Tom Greeves on Josephine Browne.
Wednesday 7th November, Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall at 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 7th November, WHG Meeting 7.30 p.m. when David & Jill Burke will talk of their experience in restoring Buckland Court.
Tuesday 20th November, Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust AGM 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday 4th December, Princetown LHG, AGM at Prince of Wales Pub.
Wednesday 5th December, Coffee morning at Leusdon memorial Hall 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 5th December, WHG Meeting at 7.30 p.m. when Phil Page will talk about Eden Philpotts.
Saturday 15th December, Widecombe Christmas Festival.
(N. B. Audrey Mortimore & Sue Boustead have agreed to run the draw as last year - any prizes would be appreciated.)
Correspondence & emails:
a. A request for details of past Sextons of Widecombe Church.
b. Did Widecombe ever have a silver or brass band?
c. An enquiry about the Norrish family c1831 at Natsworthy?
d. Documents concerning Middle Bonehill are on the market - do we want them?
The meeting closed at 9.50 p.m.
We were privileged to welcome to our meeting John Risdon who gave us a most interesting illustrated talk on his walk from Bideford to Dartmouth.
His talk was entitled "My Walk Across Devon - On one of The Mariners Ways".
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