History Group Minutes March 2014

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                            A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe,                                                                        on Wednesday, 5th March 2014 at 7.30pm.
There were 52 people present including 3 visitors.  
Apologies:  Ann & Roger Claxton, Rose Mortimore, Ruth Parnell, Kirsty & Alan Peake.
The Group were delighted to see Betty Andrews and Jim Churchward at the meeting after their absences due to injuries.
Best wishes were sent to Bessie French who is not too well.
The Minutes of the February monthly meeting were read and signed.
Anthony Beard reminded Group Members that the AGM would take place in May, before the monthly meeting.  The Executive Committee of nine will need to stand down but they are all willing to stand again for election.  It is also open for any other nominations for interested Members.  Nomination forms are available from Sue Boustead.
Matters Arising:
The visit to British Ceramic Tiles is next week, 10th March.  Meet at Reception at 2.00pm.
Fund Raising
1. Sue Boustead reminded everyone to fill in a Gift Aid form.
2. Rachel Belgrave and Heather have offered to open their garden at the Rectory in July.  Date/dates to be arranged.  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. 
3. Sue Boustead reported that we need to sell more raffle tickets.  This raffle is a dummy run for the 2015 raffle when we will be offering the Poppy Quilt presently being made by History Group Members. 
4. Volunteers are needed to offer coffee mornings or teas for May and/or June.
5. Serena Walcot is holding a coffee morning at Higher Foxworthy on Wednesday, 12th March.
6. Sue Boustead and Ann Murphy are holding a coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall on 16th April.
Dunstone Chapel
Work on the school room is moving ahead.  The walls have been decorated and the only decorating work remaining is on the windows and skirting boards.  We need to look into insurance and the installation of a telephone. Thanks were expressed to Peter Carrett for organising all the work on the Dunstone school room and the volunteers.
Archive Centre in Widecombe
Anthony and John Walling are trying to progress the work on the land by the Pigs Houses in Widecombe.
History Group Activities
On Wednesday, 19th March, there is the Annual Parish Meeting where local organisations can present a short report on their activities during the past year.  The speaker will be Tony Clarke on Dartmoor Archives and World War I.  Peter Rennells and John Kimber are putting together an exhibition about their work on WWI. Anthony Beard has written to the Parish Council and the Parochial Church Council about possible involvement in World War I commemorations. He has also written to Widecombe Fair suggesting a contribution from them for the renewal of the Roll of Honour for Widecombe Church.  This disintegrated some years ago and the names have been lost.  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.  This will be discussed at the next meeting. 
Local History Group Outings
Marcia Babington has organised the following outings this spring.  Details from Marcia contact 01364 661263.
17th-19th March Trip to Windsor and London.  Leave Widecombe at 8.00am.  There will be free parking in the Council car park.
Wednesday, 14th May. Visit to Pentillie Castle, Cornwall. Cheques by the March meeting please.  15 people are needed to enable the visit to take place.
World War I Project
Peter Rennells reported that the work is nearly completed on the 14 men from Widecombe, Leusdon, Buckland and Postbridge who lost their lives in World War I.  Work is now being started on those who came back and Peter now has nearly 30 names, and the service records on eight of them.  Peter will be doing a big display for Widecombe Fair.  He is hoping to organise a meeting in August at Leusdon Memorial Hall with a speaker from the Western Front Association and Norma Tempest has offered to provide refreshments. 
History As It Happens:
Scaffolding is being erected on the Church Tower in preparation for the installation of the new clock faces, being donated in memory of Margaret & Brian Harris. 
Moor Than Meets the Eye
The website for MTMTE has information about various donations that have been allocated, including £30,000 for information boards, £20,000 for North Hall and £172,000 for Uppacott.  We await further detail.
Any Other Business:
Marcia Babington expressed thanks to Joanna Radford who had rebound her father’s Bible.  Joanna had refused payment and suggested a contribution to Group funds.  Thank you Joanna. John Southcombe has offered to do a Bingo evening in aid of Group funds. Information is sought about a film entitled “Devon Dancing”.  Devon clog dancing on hay wagons.  It is believed to be on You Tube. 
Diary Dates:
Monday, 10th March. Visit to British Ceramic Tiles at Heathfield. 2.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11th March. Med Theatre will be performing a play in Widecombe Church about John Galsworthy, Beatrice Chase, Kitty Jay and World War I. It is titled "Chasing Kitty Jay"
Wednesday, 12th March. Serena Walcot will be holding a Coffee Morning in aid of the History Group. Higher Foxworthy. At 10.30am. Entry £3.
17th - 19th March 2014. History Group Visit to Windsor and London.
Tuesday, 18th March.  Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust.  John Lowe is giving his talk entitled “The Boys” about the men who died in the aircrash on Hameldown.  Phoenix Hall, St John’s Lane. 
Wednesday, 19th March.  Annual Parish Meeting at the Church House.  7.30pm
Saturday, 29th March. Great Expectations at Buckland Village Hall.
Saturday, 29th March.  A Conference organised by the Friends of Devon’s Archive, entitled Plymouth in the First World War.  To be held at Plymouth University’s Sherwell Centre.
Monday, 31st March for six weeks, three hour sessions. Palaeography Course at the Devon Records Office.
Tuesday, 1st April.  Princetown History Club.  “Wash Day Blues” by Diana Lawer.
Wednesday, 2nd April. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 2nd April. Widecombe History Group. A talk about the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
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.
The meeting closed at 9.58 pm.


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