History Group Minutes April 2014


A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014  at 7.30pm.
There were 39 members present.
Apologies: Margaret Phipps, Kirsty & Alan Peake, Doug & Lynne Pidgeon, John Walling, Rodney Cruze, Wendy Beard, Lyn & Derek Hext, Rose Mortimore, Richard Clipson, Mike & Mo Wright, Patrick Garvey, John and Zena Lowe, Val & Pat Watson.
In the absence of Margaret Phipps, Terry French was in the Chair.
Sadly one of our members, Mavis Clipson has passed away and the Group observed a minute silence. Condolences were sent to her husband, Richard.
Best wishes were sent to Leonard Norrish who is in Ashburton Hospital.
The Minutes of the March monthly meeting were read and signed.
Thanks were expressed to Marcia Babington for organising a very successful three-day trip to London and a gift was presented.
Matters Arising
The visits to London and British Ceramic Tiles were very successful.
No forms have been received proposing “new” members for the committee but all the existing members are standing again.
Widecombe Fair have donated £200 to the History Group.
Anthony attended the Parish Meeting, but there was not a lot of enthusiasm for the World War I project. A speaker mentioned a £20,000 grant for North Hall with ambitious plans possibly to do with school meals and there was mention of £172,000 for Uppacott Longhouse.
We need more information about this.
Local History Group Outings
There are still places available for the trip to Pentillie on 14th May and Marcia is currently taking names for a visit to the Met Office in Exeter. This trip is likely to be at short notice.
Fund Raising
1. Fund raising is ongoing. Sue Boustead reported that the raffle tickets were going a little better. Those sold so far just about cover the expenses.
2. On Wednesday, 16th April, Sue and Ann Murphy will be holding a Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall in aid of the History Group, from 10.30am. - 12.00 noon.
There will be a committee meeting after at Dunstone Chapel Schoolroom beginning at 1.00 p.m.
3. Rachel Belgrave and Heather Garner have offered to open their garden at the Rectory in aid of Group Funds on 5th and/or 6th July. Richard Holmes and Diane Cameron have offered to open their garden on the same day. Volunteers will be needed to do teas and provide cakes.
4. Serena Walcott's coffee morning raised £120 and was much enjoyed by everyone.
5. Sue needs volunteers to do coffee mornings in June and July.
Widecombe Fair 9th September 2014
The theme for this year's marquee will concentrate on WWI & WWII showing progress made to date. There will be as usual many other interesting exhibits.
Dunstone Chapel
Peter Carrett reported that the main room is nearly finished and Roger hopes to move the desks in next week. The toilets have been mended and the water problem has been cured with help from Anthony and Terry. The toilets still need to be decorated. We would like to change the water heating system and this will be investigated. Anthony expressed thanks to Peter and Aileen who have put in so much work on this project and all others who have assisted, decorating etc.
Archive Centre in Widecombe
Anthony and John Walling have heard that the solicitors want to change the proposed agreement. The trees have been taken down. When the site has been cleared, the iron shed can be removed. Attempts will then be made to create a meadow with a picnic seat on the site. MTMTE will be approached regarding an information board for the pig houses and the Saxon Well.
History Group Activities
Anthony Beard will be giving a talk “My Dartmoor” at Liverton Village Hall on 30th May in aid of Group funds.
Marcia distributed copies of the new programme for the year 2014/15.
World War I Project
A book has been produced about the 14 people who died in service during World War I and Peter Rennells and John Kimber are now trying to develop the Roll of Honour for Widecombe. They have 18 names so far. Peter has heard about a special recruitment campaign for Dartmoor men. There have been articles in the Mid Devon Advertiser and the Western Morning News and some responses have been received. Peter has contacted the South Hams War Memorial Officer who will give us some help.
Peter is organising an event on 20th August at Leusdon Memorial Hall with an illustrated talk by a speaker from the Western Front Association and Norma Tempest is helping with the refreshments. Group Members are asked for donations of savoury food. Proceeds will be divided between the British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Further information has been discovered about the Sphagnum Moss project. The Widecombe school children collected this during the war and apparently it was taken to Princetown where it was bagged up by conscientious objectors and then sent to France. Special medals were presented to those who worked on this project, but we have been unable to find any details of the medals.
Newton Abbot Museum are mounting an exhibition on World War I at Newton Abbot Library. Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre will have a display all this summer.
DNPA are having an exhibition/conference at Parke on 20th June on World War I and would like us to do a display. Our secretary will be chairing the meeting.
Bygones at Torquay have a good display about World War I and have offered to lend us copies.
Devon Remembers are doing a five year project. The treaty to end hostilities was not signed until 19th July 1919. The day was a national holiday and street parties were held all over the land, but Peter can’t find any record of a party in Widecombe.
History As It Happens
The three new clock faces on the church tower are not yet completed.
Devon History Society
Devon History Society are organising a World War I Commemoration on 11th October – a programme and an exhibition. They have asked whether we could contribute something on World War I or provide a speaker. 
Their Spring Meeting is on 12th April at the Globe Hotel, Topsham, from 10.00 to 4.00. There is a Local History Skills Seminar on 7th May at North Devon Library and on 28th June they are having a Conference at the Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter, also from 10.00 to 4.00.
Any Other Business
None.
Diary Dates:
Wednesday, 16th April. Sue Boustead and Ann Murphy will be holding a Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall in aid of the History Group. 10.30am.
Tuesday, 6th May. Princetown History Club. A talk by Brian Porch entitled I K Brunel “Engineer”.
Wednesday, 7th May. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 7th May.Widecombe History Group AGM, followed by the monthly meeting and an illustrated talk by Lynne Pidgeon on Riding for the Disabled.
Wednesday 14th. May. Visit to Pentillie Castle, Cornwall.
Friday, 30th May. Talk by Anthony Beard on My Dartmoor. Liverton Village Hall. 7.30pm. 
Tuesday, 3rd June. Princetown History Club. Visit to Brentor Church with Tom Greeves. 
Wednesday, 4th June. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00-12.00. 
Wednesday, 4th June. Widecombe History Group. Talk, Who Sank King Henry VIII’s Warship, Mary Rose, in 1545? Dr Peter Marsden.
Wednesday, 11th June. Visit to Heathercombe Gardens, including supper and guided walk. 6.15pm.  Friday 20th June at Parke, Bovey Tracey - conference for all Local History Groups. 
Weekend of 5th and/or 6th July. Open Gardens at The Rectory and No2 Manor Cottages.
Wednesday, 20th August. Leusdon Memorial Hall. World War I Exhibition and talk by a member of the Western Front Association. Refreshments provided.
                                               The meeting closed at 10.07 pm.

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