History Group Minutes August 2014


A Meeting of The Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on Wednesday 6th August at 7.30 p.m.
There were 45 members present.
Apologies:-
Barbara Norrish, John Kimber, Pat & Val Watson, Mike & Mo Wright, Patrick Garvey, Terry French, Pat Everett, Richard Clipson, Sid & Jo Pontin, Sam Boustead, Barry & Tanya Welch, Douglas & Lynne Pidgeon, Ruth Parnell & Ann Murphy.
It was reported that our Vice-chairman Terry French has recently spent some time in hospital but is now home and recovering. A get well card was signed by members and will be sent to him.
Arising:
Dunstone Chapel: The open evening held recently was a success and members were able to see the work that had been done to the schoolroom. All those involved with the decoration and repairs were congratulated and thanked. Work still to be done includes the plumbing in the roof void and the toilets. This use of the schoolroom will be a great help to the Group as they continue the digitising and research of local happenings and archives.
Widecombe Pighouses Site: The site has been cleared of glass and galvanised iron. The trees have been cleared and within the next couple of years it is expected to become the property of WHG. In the meantime Richard & Di have agreed to try to reduce the 'ground elder' from the site and we hope to spread some wild flower seed - mainly poppies, ox eyed daisies and blue corn cockle and cornflower, this should create a 'red, white & blue theme'. We then expect to erect a couple of nest boxes and a picnic table so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy the area. In due course a write-up about the pighouses will be done.
Digitising:
Roger & Ann reported that the equipment was now installed at the schoolroom and soon after Widecombe Fair Day digitising would recommence. A few more volunteers were invited to attend the classes planned to inspire members to be self sufficient at the tasks ahead. Anyone interested contact them and they will explain the programme details.
History as it happens:
It was suggested by Peter & Aileen that the 'Space station' would be passing over Widecombe at 10.23 p.m. that evening. About 20 members stood outside The Church House and witnessed it travelling from west to east - glowing clearly in the night sky !
Correspondence and e-mails:
Numerous e-mails have been answered during the month.  A thank you letter and certificate has been received from Rowcroft Hospice for WHG raising  £106.35 for their funds.
Treasurer's Report:
The Open Evening at the Chapel School Room raised £37.00 in donations. Thanks
were recorded to Shirley & Michael Codner for the BBQ and to Peter Rennells for the refreshing drinks.  Guided Walk with Paignton Woman's Institute raised £62.00 in donations. The Open Gardens raised £570 and votes of thanks were recorded to Rachel & Heather and to Di & Richard for their kindness in opening their gardens to the public to help our group's funds.
Secretary will send letters of appreciation.  Considerable funds have been spent in refurbishing the School Room and the stewards of the chapel are pleased with the results. There are still a few jobs to be done which will be to our mutual advantage.
W.W. 1 Exhibition:
Wednesday 20th August:
WHG will hold an event at Leusdon Memorial Hall in commemoration of World War One and the effect it had on the Widecombe and Leusdon Parishes. The exhibition will be from 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. highlighting the research done into those who were involved with that conflict.  It will include details of sphagnum moss collections, details of those who went to war, images of paintings of that era, memorabilia and the efforts now being made to collate the "Roll of Honour" - the list of men who went to war and DID return. Widecombe Church has its War Memorial but its "Roll of Honour" disintegrated very soon after it was created in the 1920s. It was hung in the church porch and the weather spoilt it.  Leusdon and Buckland still have their "Roll of Honour" and their war memorials. Leusdon has The Leusdon Memorial Hall - an additional tribute to the fallen - and a very suitable place to hold such an event. On the evening beginning at 7.30 p.m. there will be an illustrated talk:  "Forgotten Times - Forgotten Men " - looking at the whole of the Newton Abbot Rural Area 1914 -1919. (doors open at 7.00 p.m.)  Hopefully there will be representatives of the Western Front Association, The Royal British Legion, and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission in attendance to answer questions. All proceeds will be split between those organisations Admission price is adults £3.00, under 16's £1.00, and includes a simple finger buffet.  Members are requested to bring a plate of savoury food for the evening.
Widecombe Fair:
Peter & Aileen Carrett need committed help as stewards for the marquee. Monday evening preparing the exhibition. Tuesday all day stewards to man the show for two hour stints, and also to help clear up at 5.00 p.m.
Many hands make light work ! Please volunteer.
Diary Dates:
Tuesday 12th August, Leusdon Church Fun Day on Widecombe Village Green, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. In aid of Leusdon Church Funds.
Friday 29th August, Peter Hirst Memorial Walk, meet at Four Winds Car park at 2.00 p.m.
Tuesday 2nd September, Princetown History Club, West Country Snippets by Tony Burgess.
Wednesday 3rd September, Coffee Morning, Leusdon Memorial Hall, at 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 3rd September, Widecombe History Group, Talk by Jill Drysdale, Plague and Pestilence in Devon.
Note Change of Date, Friday 5th September, Guided Walk with Simon Dell, around places associated with Beatrice Chase. Meet at Widecombe 6.00 p.m.
Tuesday 9th September, Widecombe Fair.
Friday 26th September, D & C Constabulary are holding an event Rethink Murder, lost lives and the living, 4.30 to 8.15 p.m. at the Police Headquarters at Exeter. Book on 01837 658414. Donation of £10.00 includes refreshments.
Friday 26th September, Talk by Kirsty Peake, The Wolves of Yellowstone National Park, at 7.30 p.m. Church House, Widecombe. Admission, Adults £5.00, children under 16 free. In aid of Widecombe History Group, more details 01364 621287.
Saturday 11th October, Devon History Society, AGM and lecture at The University of Exeter, WW1 Commemoration.
Friday 17th October, at 10.30 a.m. a Visit to Tuckers Hall, Fore Street, Exeter, £5.50 per person.
Thursday 23rd October at 8.00 p.m. at Widecombe Church House, a talk by Dr. Evans of Durham University on 'Glaciations of Dartmoor' (to book a place, contact Anthony)
Saturday 1st November, a joint trip with Widecombe Ladies Social Group, to Westonbirt Arboretum, depart Widecombe 8.30 a.m. £22.00 per person.
Contact Margaret Phipps on 01626 834737.
Meeting closed at 10.11 p.m.

Simon Dell gave the Group an interesting talk about Beatrice Chase (Olive Katherine Parr) also known as 'My Lady of the Moor', and about her life in our parish.

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