History Group Minutes November 2013



A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at 7.30pm.  There were 46 people present including 3 visitors and 2 new members.
Apologies: 
Mavis and Rick Clipson, Patrick Garvey, Pat & Val Watson, Tanya & Barry Welch,  Ann Murphy, Jo & Sid Pontin, Jim Churchward, Betty Andrews, Roger & Ann Claxton
The Minutes of the October monthly meeting were read and signed. 
Matters Arising:
Thanks were expressed to Peter and Miho Rennells for holding the Japanese Tea.  This was very well attended, much enjoyed and raised £270 for Group funds.
Miho expressed her thanks for all the help she received.
Archive Centre – Fund Raising
1. Sue Boustead announced that a Grand Raffle is being held and to be drawn on Widecombe Fair Day 9th September 2014.  10,000 tickets have been printed and Sue asked every Member present to take a pack of ten tickets to sell.
2. Kirsty Peake is holding a USA Thanksgiving Tea with Pumpkin Pie on Thursday, 28th November, from 3.30pm.  There will be a cake stall and a raffle.
3. Peter Rennells has produced some Christmas Cards which are for sale at 50 pence each.  These are in addition to the notelets already available. 
4. Ruth Parnell is running a Christmas Afternoon Tea at her home on Monday, 16th December, 3.00 to 4.30pm.
5. A group of eight people have met to start work on the Appliqué Bedspread which will be used to raise funds. Thanks were expressed to Suzanne Hutchins for her work on this and also to Brian Hutchins for framing the picture which was sold by silent auction at the last Fair.
Local History Group Outings
There are two forthcoming outings which have been organised by Marcia Babington.  There is a visit to Exeter Synagogue on Monday, 18th November  There is also a trip to Windsor and London on 17th to 19th March 2014, which takes in a visit to Windsor Castle, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and a stop in Bath on the way home.   Places on a first come, first served basis.
John Lowe has offered to lead a walk up to the Memorial on Hameldown.
Widecombe – Local Events
There will be a display of decorated Christmas Trees in Widecombe Church from 14th December, each on the theme of a Christmas Carol.  Individuals and organisations in the Parish are invited to submit entries.  Mary Pascoe and a group of helpers will be submitting one on behalf of Widecombe History Group on the theme of The Holly and the Ivy.
John Southcombe and Betty Hicks are running a Christmas Whist Drive on 18th December at 7.30 and would be grateful for the gift of draw prizes. 
The new South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group are holding a meeting in the Church House on 13th November where public discussions will be held concerning Community Services.  This gives everyone a chance to air their views particularly regarding Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Hospital.
History Group Newsletter
Joanna Radford has produced the latest Newsletter which is now available.  She has also donated £20 to Group funds following a request to re-back a book.  Thanks were expressed to Joanna for both of these.
World War I Project
Peter Rennells updated the Group about his research.  Not a lot of progress since last month but he had been shown a booklet by another group in a format which is easily produced.  This may be a good way of collating our information in due course.
History As It Happens: 
It is 90 years since the Opening of Leusdon Memorial Hall which took place on 19th October 1923.  This information was gained from Lewis Prouse’s Accounts Book. 
Terry French has access to Lewis Prouse’s Accounts Book for the years 1907 to 1932. Lewis was a builder/carpenter who lived in Ponsworthy and the Accounts Book contains many historical references, including making desks for Widecombe School and building the Garage at Merry Park.
Moor than Meets the Eye
Anthony has attended another meeting about Moor Than Meets the Eye.  He is hoping for financial help from MTMTE with refurbishing the pig houses in due course. 
Archive Centre
Thanks were expressed to Dunstone Chapel who have offered their School Room to the History Group for storage and use of their digitising equipment. 
Work has begun on Phase 1 on the Widecombe site, clearing the area around the Pigs Houses.  It is hoped to make the bottom half of the land into a hay meadow with a seat. 
Volunteers are needed for two working parties.  The first to continue clearing the site around the Pigs Houses and the second to do some work at Dunstone Chapel, such as painting, clearing gutters and brambles, etc. 
Diary Dates:
Wednesday, 13th November. 
Clinical Commissioning Group meeting in the Church House concerning Community Services.
Saturday, 16th November.  Firework display in Widecombe on the Fair Field and Great Close.
Weekend of 16th and 17th November.  There will be a display of paintings in Holne Village Hall in aid of the Village Hall and the Community Shop.
Monday, 18th November.  Visit to Exeter Synagogue.  10.30am.
Saturday, 23rd November.  Leusdon Christmas Bazaar.  12.00 to 4.00pm.
Thursday, 28th November.  USA Thanksgiving Tea hosted by Kirsty Peake, at Park Cottage, from 3.30pm.
Tuesday, 3rd December.  Princetown History Group AGM and Christmas Meeting at the Prince of Wales Pub.
Wednesday, 4th December.  Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00am.
Wednesday, 4th December.  Illustrated talk on I K Brunel by Brian Portch.
Saturday, 14th December.  “Christmas in Widecombe”.  Father Christmas will be visiting Widecombe and there will be many displays, competitions, and events happening on that day.  Mulled wine and cider, mince pies and roast chestnuts.  The History Group will be running their book stall 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.
Wednesday, 1st January 2014.  Widecombe History Group New Year’s Party.
17th - 19th March 2014.  History Group Visit to Windsor and London. 
Any Other Business: 
None.
The meeting closed at 9.45pm.           

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