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Widecombe History Group Minutes
A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 7th August 2013 at 7.30.pm There were 38 group members and 2 visitors.
Mavis and Rick Clipson, Tanya & Barry Welch, John & Zena Lowe, Patrick Garvey, Mike & Mo Wright, Derek & Lyn Hext, Dawn Nosworthy, Rosemary Mortimore, John Butcher, Judy Southcombe, Pat & Val Watson and Tanya & Barry Welch.
The Minutes of the July monthly meeting were read and signed.
The walk from Haytor, led by Andy Crabbe, was rearranged for Tuesday, 30th July. 14 Members took part on a lovely fine evening and the very good walk was enjoyed by all. Alan and Kirsty Peake donated a CD with photographs of the walk and Aileen Carrett has produced a folder of pictures taken by her and Peter. Many thanks.
Following the Group’s visit to Lower Ebear Farm in July, £100 had been donated by the owners to Children’s Hospice SW. Annual Outing to Exmouth There are still places available on the trip to Exmouth on 28th September. Names and money to Marcia please by the next meeting in September. We need to consider whether we wish to continue organising an annual coach outing as it has been difficult to get the required numbers to fill it. Should we stick with local trips by car?
Alan Peake had kindly spent the morning surveying the site and thanks were expressed to him. The site needs to be made safe and Peter Druett has offered the use of his Harris fencing free of charge. Roger Claxton and Anthony Beard will be meeting Di Cameron and Richard Holmes to finalise the details of the transfer. They will report to the Trustees/Committee Meeting on 19th August.
Archive Centre – Fund Raising
Ideas for fund raising were put forward:
1. Wendy Beard informed the Group that Suzanne Hutchins had offered to supervise Group Members in making a Quilt. Meetings once a week at Suzanne’s house, with a maximum of 6-8 people. The Quilt could then be raffled at Widecombe Fair 2014.
2. Coffee Mornings. Sue Boustead is looking for volunteers to run monthly Coffee Mornings. Anthony and Wendy offered to host the first one on 25th September at their home.
3. Sue Boustead asked everyone present to bring a jam jar to the next meeting. This jam jar should be filled with anything from paperclips or sweets (except chocolate) to jam and should be wrapped in gift paper to disguise their contents. These will be sold at Widecombe Fair.
4. Aileen Carrett has offered to provide some of her painted horseshoes, which always sell well at the Fair.
5. Rodney and Wendy Cruze have produced some coasters with a picture of the Uncle Tom Cobley model.
6. Rachel Belgrave at the Old Rectory in Widecombe has offered to hold another Open Garden, with Cake stall, etc.
Moor than Meets the Eye
Anthony had been contacted by an independent company who had been tasked by the National Park (presumably at a cost) to carry out a survey around Moor Than Meets the Eye. He had made in plain that he was not happy about the scheme, in particular spending £169,000 at Uppacot, which he felt was a disproportionate sum. Terry mentioned that they were also surveying in Ashburton and Mary had seen them in Widecombe. There had been no prior notification to local people.
Peter Carrett reported that all the tables were allocated. He needs volunteers to set up on Monday evening, 12 Stewards for two hour duties during the day and volunteers to take it all down and clear up from 5.00pm on Tuesday.
Peter Rennells said that he was nearly ready for the display at Widecombe Fair. Chris Kelland had given him a number of extremely useful newspaper cuttings which filled in many gaps in Peter’s research. Among these were reports of tribunals where farmers went to Court to try to prevent their labourers being called up to go to War on the grounds that they were required on the farm. These cuttings solved a mystery about a man called Endacott who appears on the Widecombe Memorial although there was no record that he lived in the village. It seems he was employed at Natsworthy and was the subject of one of these tribunals. There was a report that the band of the Devonshire Regiment was brought to Widecombe to aid recruiting and 3 men from Widecombe were recruited, although there were none from Leusdon. At the time the children of Widecombe School were collecting eggs and had collected 500 per month which were sent to for Seale Hayne. Also goose feathers for pillows and Sphagnum Moss. On other topics, Peter had found a report after the war about the appeal for a Memorial at Leusdon (Leusdon Hall) to which Newton Abbot Rural District Council had objected and also a report about a burglary at Leusdon where the local policeman had pursued the thief all the way to Bodmin where he was arrested.
History As It Happens:
• John Lowe has won third prize in the Dartmoor National Park Edward Morshead Award for his book “The Boys”. This is about the Handley Page Hampden Bomber that crashed on Hameldown, during the night of 21st/22nd March 1941.
• Unusually, July has been a month of fine and sunny weather. One spell of hot weather lasted nearly three weeks.
Peter Hirst Memorial Walk.
Richard Wells gave details of the Walk on 29th August, which will be at Burrator looking at farm ruins, a tin mill and adit and a small family mine. Meet at the car park at the top end of the reservoir at 2.00pm. Grid Reference 568693. The walk will be about five miles. Chris Kelland offered to lead any members back to the start who would prefer not to walk the full distance.
Thursday, 29th August. The Peter Hirst Memorial Walk with Mike Wright and Richard Wells.
Tuesday, 3rd September. Princetown History Group have a talk by Tom Greeves on The Amazing Archaeology of the Cramber Tor Training Area.
Wednesday, 4th September. Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall in aid of the Macmillan Nurses. 10.00am.
Wednesday, 4th September. Widecombe History Group. Illustrated talk by Tony Burgess on the Devon and Dorset Coast and Hinterland.
Tuesday, 10th September. Widecombe Fair.
Thursday 25th September coffee morning at Bittleford Parks 10.00 a.m.
Saturday, 28th September. Widecombe History Group visit to Exmouth Lifeboat Station in the morning, followed by a boat trip along the Jurassic coast at 2.00pm.
Tuesday, 1st October. Princetown History Group have a talk by Lt Col Tony Clark about Military History of Dartmoor.
Wednesday, 2nd October. Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall at 10.00am.
Wednesday, 2nd October. Widecombe History Group. A brief history of Parliament and the reflections of a new MP. Talk by Mel Stride MP.
Any Other Business:
A donation of £60 had been received from Westleigh LHG in respect of a Guided Tour. Anthony reported that two groups will be visiting Widecombe shortly for Guided Tours which will be taken by Anthony, Peter C and Peter R.
The meeting closed at 10.12pm.
An illustrated talk followed the meeting Please click here to access that talk
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