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Widecombe History Group Minutes
A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 7.30 p.m.
Apologies: Alan & Kirsty Peake, Alan & Mary Goodall, Barbara Norrish, Dougie & Lynne Pidgeon, Angie & Keith Radmore, Rosemary & Arthur Wrayford, John Kimber and Wendy Cruze.
Mrs Sue Boustead was in the chair and 45 members attended. Sue began the meeting by wishing all members a Happy New Year and wished the group well for 2013.
The minutes of the December 2012 meeting were read and signed as correct.
Alan has recently retired and the secretary was asked to write to him and thank him for his past help and wish him and his wife Fran all the best for their future. Alan helped and encouraged our group with the publications we have produced, i.e. ‘All Along Down Along Widecombe Way‘, ‘100 Years and More of Ponsworthy‘, and ‘The History of Widecombe Fair’.
Arising from last month's minutes:
Widecombe Fair 10.09.2013:
Rodney Cruze is hoping to display items of interest relating to Local Public Transport and Local Milk Production.
History as it Happens:
1. The stained glass window fixed in one of the South Facing windows of Widecombe Church, was dedicated at The Annual Carol Service held on 15th December 2012, by Rev Geoffrey Fenton, Vicar of the Parish, in the presence of Mrs Chloe Whitten who designed the 'roundel'. As it faces South the sun will shine through it and it has already caused many favourable comments.
2. At this service "The Widecombe Carol" was sung by the recently formed Widecombe Singing Group and was very well received. The carol is part of The Herman French Collection, dating from c1780 and can be found in 'The New Oxford Book of Carols No 89' and 'The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols No 40' under the title of:- "Come, let us all with heart and voice"
Other Widecombe Music: The above Carol is in addition to, The Local Widecombe Music, recorded in the song book: "Never on Sunday" ISBN 0-9538319-2-2, collected by the late Herman French and edited by Rollo Woods in support of The Purbeck Quire in 2009. While considering Widecombe Music we must record here “Widecombe Bells”, words and tune created by Sylvia Sayer with harmony by Lily Hambley. Churches and Chapels had their own ‘Church Bands’ often a couple of violins, a cello and a flute. This was before the practice of having organs to lead the hymns/songs.
3. December has witnessed some terrific rain and storms and considerable damage has been done to the surfaces of roads in the parish.
We are still looking for a volunteer to produce our six monthly newsletter. Please contact the Secretary if you are prepared to assist.
This will re-commence on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th January. Teams please report for ‘duty’ as appropriate.
Air Crashes on Dartmoor:
John & Zena Lowe mentioned that they have recently received some more fascinating information regarding the air crashes on Hameldown, and their historical documentation of these events are continuing. There is a lot more to come!
John Kimber is researching the wider aspect of air crashes all over Dartmoor.
Heritage & Educational Centre:
The Group’s Management Committee will meet on Thursday 17th January 2013 at 7.00 p.m. in the hope of furthering this project.
Leusdon Church 150th Anniversary:
Plans are afoot to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the consecration of Leusdon Church on 18th April 2013. We hope to hear more soon.
This will commence shortly when the weather improves.
Parish Link Newsletter:
We send a £50 contribution to The Link at the beginning of each year. Members can search through the Link each month for events to support and record happenings.
Jim Churchward donated an album of photographs recording events in 2001 when the church tower was refurbished. He gave the group some more books to be archived.
Recording Old Names of places:
Terry French is continuing to record the old names of places around the Parish. Lanes and bridges are his first aim but anything else would be welcomed including old names and spellings of properties and farms etc.
Emails & Correspondence:
We have been contacted quite a lot during the past month with people seeking information, and the secretary has answered most of them. However there were a couple that need assistance from members.
a. History relating to the Hext family. This will be passed to Derek when we see him.
b. Was there a plan to afforest Pudsham Down in c1960. Some members agreed to look into this and let the secretary know of their findings.
c. Research regarding Frederick Struben, one time owner of Spitchwick Manor Estate. We shall pass this to the present owner who should be able to assist.
1. There is on ‘U-tube’ a film relating to the bringing of electricity to Widecombe.
2. There will be a musical evening at The Church House on Friday 1st February, 7.30 p.m. - bring your own drinks, fruit juice will be provided. Tickets £5, 01364 631238.
Tuesday 8th January Princetown History Group have a talk by Bernard Mills on ‘Two Routes to Tavistock“. At Princetown Community Centre at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 1st February, 7.30 p.m. There will be a musical evening at The Church House, Widecombe, organised by the Church House Management Committee
tickets £5 obtainable from Rosemary 0n 01364 631238
Tuesday 5th February Princetown History Group have a talk by Simon Dell on “The Life of Beatrice Chase”. Princetown Community Centre at 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 6th February there will be a coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall at 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 6th February Widecombe History Group have a talk by Joss Hibbs on The Trevisker Project and her own pottery experiences, in the Church House, Widecombe at 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday 26th February Bovey Tracey Heritage Group have a talk at The Phoenix Centre at 7.30 p.m. entitled "Steaming around Dartmoor"- particular reference to Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead Railway.
Tuesday 5th March Princetown History Group have a talk by Jill Drysdale on
"Murder at the Racecourse".
Wednesday 6th March at Leusdon Memorial Hall a coffee morning 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday March 6th Widecombe History Group have a talk by Philippe Planel - In the footsteps of Orlando Hutchinson. In the Church House, Widecombe at 7.30 p.m.
The meeting closed at 9.00 p.m. and was followed by our New Year Party.
The first meeting of the year concluded with a 'bring & share supper' and some 'Widecombe Punch' carefully prepared by Peter Rennells. Thanks were expressed to all that brought food for the celebrations. Early photographs of members were displayed for a friendly competition - Who is that? - I don’t believe it !!!
Pat Watson then gave the group a 'glance at "Snippets of Buckland in the Moor Archives".
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