History Group Minutes December 2014


 A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at 7.30pm.
There were 45 present, including three visitors.
Apologies: Rodney Cruze, Ruth Parnell, Arch & Audrey Mortimore, Lorraine Ashman, Ann Murphy, Ann & Roger Claxton, Paula Stevens, Rick Clipson. Tanya & Barry Welch, Lyn & Derek Hext, Doug & Lyn Pidgeon.
The Minutes of the November monthly meeting were read and signed.
Matters Arising
Anthony had written to Suzanne and Brian Hutchins to thank them for their help with the quilt and also to Amanda and Arthur Routley to thank them for their help with supplying and transporting tables and equipment for the WWI event at Widecombe Church House.  The WW 1 exhibition in the Church House held over the Armistice weekend was a great success.
Postbridge have asked for help with their WWI commemorative event.  Peter will pass on the information he has.
Following the Devon Remembers event in Exeter, five letters had been received complimenting Peter Rennells on his talk.
Four people joined John Lowe for his walk up to the Memorial on Hameldown.  Thanks were expressed to John.
Fund Raising
Gift Aid:  Sue Boustead passed around a list of members to check that everyone’s contact details were up to date for Gift Aid purposes.  She encouraged Members to take some raffle tickets for the Grand Draw at Widecombe Fair 2015.  The History Group will be holding a raffle at the Christmas Fair.
History Group Activities
The History Group have received requests to borrow items.  Geoffrey Fenton researched a collection that was taken after World War I which amounted to £740.  £100 was spent on the brass plaque in the Church commemorating those who died in WWI.  The rest was used for central heating and for granite for the floor.  Tim Whitten, who has now returned to live in Widecombe, had a query on the boundaries of his new property and we were able to lend him a map and aerial photos.
Margaret Phipps requested items for the next Newsletter.  Please give them to Margaret or Joanna.
Anthony and Peter Carrett will be repairing the loft entrance in the schoolroom at Dunstone Chapel.  For safety reasons, please note that no one must go up into the loft unless there are two other people present.
Other Activities
The Leusdon Coffee Morning in December was very well attended and raised £283.
History As It Happens
Neil Thurlow of Shallowford wrote about the exceptionally warm weather recently.  He had seen butterflies feeding in November and campions flowering.  2014 is on track to be the warmest year since records began.  As a contrast, in November, every state in the USA had temperatures below zero.
William Williams of Corndonford has entered ploughing competitions with three Dartmoor ponies.  He has won nine first prizes and one third prize.
The Moorland Merrymakers are producing their 50th pantomime at Leusdon this year.  The first one was Aladdin, written by David Beard and Robert Bates.  The original script has been updated for 2014.
Richard Casey has seen what can best be described as a 'Polecat X Ferret' with 6 'kits' on Widecombe Hill - (this is what locals would call a 'fitchy ferret'). `
Diary Dates:
13th-15th December.  Christmas Tree Exhibition in Widecombe Church with the Christmas Market on 13th December.
Sunday, 14th December.  3.00pm. Carol Service at Dunstone Chapel.
Sunday, 21st December.  3.00pm. Carol Service at Widecombe Church.
Saturday, 27th December.  Carols by Candlelight at Leusdon Church.
Tuesday, 6th January. Princetown History Club. talk by Simon Dell, ‘Lundy through time‘.
Wednesday, 7th January. There will be no Leusdon Hall Coffee Morning in January.
Wednesday, 7th January. Widecombe History Group. New Year’s Party 2015. Bring & Share Supper.
Wednesday, 21st January.  Talk on Centuries of Change at Lustleigh History Society in the Village Hall.  7.30pm.
Saturday, 24th January.  New Year’s Lunch at Shallowford, 12.30 onwards.  Contact Debbie or Serena on 01364 621392.
Tuesday, 3rd February.  Princetown History Club. The Secret Wildlife of Dartmoor by Paul Rendell.
Wednesday, 4th February. Leusdon Hall Coffee Morning, 10.00 to 12.00.
Wednesday, 4th February. Widecombe History Group. 7.30pm. The Wildlife of Dartmoor by John Walters.
13th and 14th February.  A Mystery Trip is being organised by the Newton Abbot Travel Club.  Cost £79.  Contact Carol on 01626 354310.
Thanks to the ladies who provided mince pies in the interval.
The meeting closed at 9.40 pm.

 

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