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Widecombe History Group Minutes
A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 3rd April 2013 at 7.30pm. There were 56 attendees.
Apologies: Kirsty and Alan Peake, Patrick Garvey, Doug and Lynne Pidgeon, Rick and Mavis Clipson, Joy Routley, Barbara Norrish, Joan Brooks, John Butcher, Arthur Wrayford, Richard Wells, Barry and Tanya Welch, Rose Mortimore.
Anthony mentioned that it was good to see Ruth Parnell, Judy Southcombe and Arch Mortimore back after their illnesses.
The Minutes of the March meeting were read and signed.
Matters Arising: Marcia has organised the Group visit to Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park, St Austell. More bookings are needed. Names to Marcia as soon as possible, but certainly by the next meeting on 1st May.
Two trips are being organised by Mary Pascoe. The visit to Buckland Court and a visit to Powdermills. The first is already booked, but names for the second to Mary please.
Devon Remembers. Peter Rendells gave an update on his research into those that served in World War I. He reported that progress will be slow as there were so many sources to search, e.g. Regimental records, graveyard records, medals. It had been established that the Widecombe Roll of Honour had been hung in the church porch at one time but had deteriorated and been removed. The Leusdon Roll of Honour was compiled more recently and is now hanging in the Church.
North Hall. Peter was delighted that there had been a two page spread by Francis Billinge about the Community Excavation at North Hall in the Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter.
Aircrash on Hameldown. Ruth Parnell showed the Group a ring made from the perspex of the window from the aircraft which crashed on Hameldown. She donated it to the Group’s Archives.
John Lowe updated the Group on his research into the crash. He has been in contact with relatives and has now got names of some of the crew and information about the pilot. He also met Richard Ellis, who has a scrapbook and has copied relevant documents. He would like to trace a relation of someone by the name of Kitson who pulled one of the crew from the plane.
History As It Happens: Anthony Beard appeared on the BBC programme Country File, talking about the old way of making cream (“clouted cream”, so called as it came off the top of the pan).
Leusdon Church is about to celebrate its 150th Anniversary. It was built in 1863 by a Mrs Larpent of Torquay who also built Leusdon School and Leusdon House. At that time, the parish of Widecombe was divided into two ecclesiastical parishes, Widecombe and Leusdon. There will be a procession and dedication service on Sunday 28th April followed by a Bring & Share lunch. There will also be a flower festival that weekend.
March 2013 was the second coldest March since records began, matched only by March 1962 and March 1947.
Sam Claxton is going to run the London Marathon in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Sponsors are needed. Forms were available at the meeting but donations can also be made via the website www.virginmoneygiving.com/samclaxton
Digitising is going very well.
‘Moor Than Meets the Eye’ Project: Funds have been gained for this project. There are three “stakeholders” in the Parish, Margaret Rodgers, Patrick Simpson and the Reverend Geoffrey Fenton.
Local Hospitals. The community have been fighting to keep the local hospitals open. There has been a change in the commissioning group and further discussions will be recommenced in May after the local elections. So it seems that things are back to square one. However, it is important to be vigilant and we must continue to fight. Newsletter: Joanna Radford would like a few more items to include in the newsletter which should be available at the May meeting. Diary Dates:
Tuesday, 17th April at 6.00pm. Visit to Powdermills and a cream tea.
Thursday, 25th April. Todd Gray will give a talk about War Memorials at Parke.
Wednesday 1st May at Leusdon Memorial Hall, a coffee morning 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday, 1st May. Widecombe History Group AGM, followed by a Progress Report on digitising the Widecombe archive.
Tuesday, 7th May. Princetown History Group have a visit to “Old Exeter”. Meet 7.00pm at the Cathedral.
Friday, 10th May. Widecombe History Group visit to Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park, St Austell. Contact Marcia Babington. 01364 661263
Tuesday, 4th June. Princetown History Group. Visit to Bellever Forest with Paul Rendell. 7.00pm at Postbridge Car park.
Wednesday, 5th June. Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00am.
Wednesday, 5th June. Widecombe History Group. Illustrated talk by Andy Crabb on Prehistory, mining and quarrying in the Haytor area.
Wednesday, 12th June at 6.00pm. Walk around Haytor with Andy Crabb.
Thursday, 13th June. Margaret Phipps is organising a trip to Newquay Zoo. Please contact Margaret Phipps. 01626 834737
Any Other Business: None.
The meeting closed at 10.02pm.
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