History Group Minutes December 2013



A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 4th                                                                                       December 2013 at 7.30pm

There were 39 people present including 1 visitor and 1 new member.
Apologies: 
Mavis and Rick Clipson, Jo Pontin, Mike & Mo Wright, Dawn Nosworthy, Barbara Norrish, Joy Routley, Jim Churchward, Rodney Cruze, Richard Wells, Derek & Lynne Pigeon and John & Judy Southcombe.
Jim Churchward has broken his hip and is in hospital.  Best wishes and a card were sent to him.
The Minutes of the November monthly meeting were read and signed. 
Matters Arising:
Peter Rennells reported that Christmas cards had been selling very well.  The size of the cards has been increased and the price is now 80 pence each or three for £2.
Local History Group Outings
Thanks were expressed to Marcia for organising the trip to Exeter Synagogue, which was a very interesting visit.
Eighteen seats have been booked for the trip to Windsor and London.  We need 25 people minimum. 
Archive Centre – Fund Raising
1. Sue Boustead reported that several members had been busy selling tickets for the grand raffle planned for Widecombe Fair day 2014. 
2. There is to be a raffle on 14th December in aid of the History Group and prizes are required please. 
3. The Group have purchased raffle prizes for the Whist Drive which is being held in aid of the History Group.
4. A framed photograph of Chinkwell has been donated by Kirsty and Alan Peeke.  This will be raffled.  Many thanks to them. 
5. Thanks are also due to Kirsty and Alan Peeke for the USA Thanksgiving Tea, which included, amongst many other delights, pumpkin pie. The total raised was £121.55.
6. Sue Boustead pointed out that the three coffee morning/afternoon tea sessions had raised over £500.
Widecombe – Local Events
Christmas Tree Festival.  Plans for our entry are underway.  The theme is to be The Holly and the Ivy, Mary Pascoe has designed the layout and will decorate it with the help of Miho, Wendy & Margaret.  Terry French will supply the tree.
World War I Project
Nothing further to report.
History As It Happens: 
Richard Casey has compiled a book which includes photographs of all the gravestones.  This can be found in the Church and it has been added to the Widecombe archive online.  Anthony said it would be good to get records of all the burials, baptisms and marriages from 1837 to date.  A volunteer is needed to compile a record of the burials in Leusdon Churchyard.  There is a possibility that Geoffrey Bamsey may have records concerning Leusdon. In April 2014, Geoffrey Fenton will become the Vicar of Leusdon, as well as Widecombe.  Geoffrey expressed thanks to Peter Rennells who had supplied information on World War I servicemen for the Remembrance Day service.  On 17th December, the Widecombe Singers will be singing The Widecombe Carol in Exeter Cathedral as part of BBC Radio Devon’s Carol Service.  This service will be broadcast on Christmas Day morning at 8.00am. A new manager has been appointed for the East Shallowford Farm Trust.  Debbie Sandels. Following the death of Elizabeth Braund, fundraising will be crucial to continue her good work.  Margaret Phipps shared a newspaper cutting dated 21st November 1987 from the Western Morning News, about a fund raising event for Children in Need where Tony Beard had been depicted in icing on a cake.
Dunstone Chapel
We now have the keys for the school room and a working party have cleared some brambles and tidied up around the outside. The Group are providing maintenance in lieu of rent.
Archive Centre
Discussions have taken place with the DNPA at Parke concerning outdoor work  and the removal of the rusty tin shed and some work has begun on the tidy up. They have asked us to preserve some railings.  We are awaiting permission to take down a couple of trees so that we can develop a green area with wildflowers and bird boxes.  The school are very interested in monitoring any wildlife that moves into this space. 
Emails.  An email had been received from the new owners of Leusdon School House who are looking into the history of Leusdon School.  There was a query about the Willcocks family concerning Walter and Honor and another from the Webber family who are interested in Policeman Webber.  The Dartmoor Trust are researching World War I and would like to cooperate with our research.  There was a query on the history of the stained glass window in Widecombe Church and one on Vian Smith.  
Diary Dates:
Saturday, 14th December
.  “Christmas in Widecombe”.  Events taking place around Widecombe.  The History Group will be running their book staff and a raffle - offers of raffle prizes would be gratefully received.
Saturday 14th to Wednesday 18th December.  Christmas Tree Festival in Widecombe Church.
Monday, 16th December.  Christmas Afternoon Tea with Ruth Parnell from 3.00 to 4.30pm.  Newlyn, 3 Heatherdene Close, Bovey Tracey.
Saturday, 21st December.  Outdoor Nativity at East Shallowford Farm, at 6.00pm.  Free entry and refreshments, but donations would be appreciated.
Sunday, 22nd December.  Carol Service in Widecombe Church. 
Wednesday, 1st January 2014.  Widecombe History Group New Year’s Party.  Punch will be provided but the food will be bring and share. 
Tuesday, 7th January.  Princetown History Group.  Roger Paul will talk about Boundary Markers of Dartmoor.
Tuesday, 4th February.  Princetown History Group have a talk on the Hampden Crash on Hameldown.
Wednesday, 5th February. Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00am.
Wednesday, 5th February.  Widecombe History Group.  Talk on the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust.
17th - 19th March 2014.  History Group Visit to Windsor and London. 
Any Other Business: 
None.
The meeting closed at 9.58pm. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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