History Group Minutes July 2013


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A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 3rd July  2013 at 7.30pm.  There were 50 group members and 7 visitors.
Apologies: 
Mavis and Rick Clipson, Tanya & Barry Welch, Lynne & Doug Pidgeon, Roger and Ann Claxton, Ruth Parnell.
We were pleased to welcome John, Richard and David Easterbrook from Australia, who have been researching the Easterbrook family.  They kindly donated copies of their research to the Group.  The last Easterbrooks in the parish were Tom and Frances who lived at No 2 Forder Bridge Cottages in Ponsworthy.
Also at the meeting were the Harwood family who are looking for Nosworthy or Norsworthy connections. Anyone that can help contact:-  ratreu1@yahoo.com.au
The Minutes of the July monthly meeting were read and signed. 
Archive Centre
The Chairman, Margaret Phipps, reported on progress with the Archive Centre.  Several meetings have been held, the ownership of the site is being transferred and the architect has been contacted.  The Project Manager is Roger Claxton, with John Walling and Anthony Beard assisting him.  Ann Claxton is heading the grant applications.. We now need to form teams to take on tasks, the most urgent of these being fund raising and planning as funds are needed to get planning approval.  The Committee are asking for volunteers and ideas. 
Matters Arising:
The walk from Haytor, led by Andy Crabbe, had been cancelled due to appalling weather.  It has been rearranged for Tuesday, 30th July, at 6.00pm.  Meet at the little car park by the granite railway crossing.
Plans are proceeding for Widecombe Fair.  There are still some empty tables and ideas are needed.  Two of the themes are bus services and milk rounds.  Rodney Cruze has produced some coasters with a picture of the mechanical model of the grey mare to sell for our funds.  Book binding, granite stone working, and Peter’s WWI research will also feature along with our census records. We shall run a raffle on the day towards our funds
Final details were arranged for the forthcoming visit to Lower Ebear Farm on Wednesday, 10th July.
The History Group have made a submission to the Moor Than Meets the Eye project and are awaiting the outcome.
North Hall
Peter Rennells has received the report on the dig at North Hall.  Various items were found including tobacco pipe stems, plain bowls, a single shard of mediaeval lusterware and high status good quality pottery from western Spain.  There is hope that a further dig may be arranged to look at the next field ‘The Moor’ where the ‘crop marks were photographed in the late 1940s
Devon Remembers. 
Peter now has most of the names of those who died in WWI, but now needs further information such as their regiments.  He has done a considerable amount of research on this including going through the roll of honour of the Devonshire Regiment. He would like to get a new ‘Roll of Honour’ written up for Widecombe.
The names he has found include:
• Bolitho of Hannaford, who died aged 22.
• George Nosworthy of Lynchaford who was 18 when he died.
• Radcliffe of Bag Park, who died at 30.
• Endacott, although Peter can’t find where he lived in Widecombe.  He was mentioned in despatches and died in France in 1924.
• Perkins of Buckland, died age 22.
• Webb of Postbridge, who was described as a miner.  It seems as though he must have joined up as a volunteer aged 37, as he was 39 when he died.
• Struben of Spitchwick, aged 23.
• Broom who worked at Bag Park, aged 36.
• John Irish (uncle of Ena Smerdon) from Cater, died at age 21.
• Foster, possibly of Higher Aish, although he was not on the 1911 census.
• William Nosworthy who died in Palestine aged 27 (also not on the census).
• West.  This name came from the Leusdon Memorial.  He died in a POW camp in 1918,
• Evelyn Cave Penney who lived in Rogues Roost, Sherrill.  He died in Palestine. 
Peter has obtained photographs of all the memorials to these men. 
History As It Happens: 
• The carved granite stone at Leusdon to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was unveiled on Sunday, 23rd June.
Peter Hirst Memorial Walk.
Mike & Mo Wright and Richard Wells gave details of the Walk, which will be at Burrator looking at farm ruins, a tin mill and adit and a small family mine.  29th August at 2.00pm.  Meet at the car park at the top end of the reservoir.  Grid Reference 568693,  Any queries, Mike’s number is 01803 812112.
Diary Dates:
Saturday, 13th July.  Ashburton Singers are giving a Summer Concert at Leusdon Church to celebrate the 150th Anniversary.  7.30pm. 
Monday, 15th July.  Devon History Summer Meeting at the Devon Record Office at 10.15am.
Tuesday, 30th July.  Rearranged date for the Haytor Walk, led by Andy Crabb.
Tuesday, 6th August.  Princetown History Group is visiting Widecombe-in-the-Moor, the home of Beatrice Chase, with Simon Dell.  Meet 7.00pm outside the Church. 
Wednesday, 7th August.  Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00am.
Wednesday, 7th August.  Widecombe History Group.  Illustrated talk by Julian Kemp on Didworthy Sanatorium film project.
17th and 18th August.  Stover Canal Trust have an open weekend.  Displays and a walk.
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.  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.
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. 
Any Other Business
All Group Members are asked to sign a new Gift Aid form – obtainable from Sue Boustead. 
The meeting closed at 10.12pm

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