History Group Minutes May 2014

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A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 7th  May 7.30pm.
There were 47 members and 2 visitors present.
Apologies: Patrick Garvey, Peter and Miho Rennells, Terry French, Ann Claxton, Sam Boustead, Arthur Wrayford, Sid and Jo Pontin.
Sadly Joy Routley and Bessie French have passed away and the Group observed a minute silence. Condolences were sent to Arthur Routley and Terry French.
Leonard Norrish is now in a home in Newton Abbot and, unfortunately, his wife Barbara has fallen and broken her wrist.  Best wishes were sent to her.  The Minutes of the April monthly meeting were read and signed.
Matters Arising : Final travel arrangements were made for the trip to Pentille on 14th May.  The visit to the Met Office will take place on 26th July with the number limited to 20.  There is still time to register for this visit.  There will be a ballot for the 20 places at the July meeting and the unlucky people may be able to do a second visit later on.  Serena Walcot was thanked for letting the History Group use the school room at Dunstone Chapel and, in response, Serena thanked the History Group for all the work they had done.  Peter and Aileen Carrett had overseen this work and, indeed, carried out most of it themselves.
Fund Raising : Thanks were expressed to Sue Boustead and Ann Murphy whose coffee morning at Leusdon raised £190.  Sales of tickets for the Grand Draw are a bit slow.
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 Babington has arranged a Summer Evening at Heathercombe Gardens on 11th June.  The trip will include a meal and a tour of the Gardens. Register by Wednesday, 4th June please.
Local Events : The Shallowford Trust is holding a Country Fair at Shallowford on Saturday, 7th June, 12 noon to 5.00pm.  There will be many fun activities and an auction. 
History As It Happens : There will be a special service on 1st June at 6.00pm at Widecombe Church, firstly to dedicate the new clock faces which are now up and running, and secondly as a thank you for everyone who helps the Church.  There will be cakes and drinks. There is some new heating in the Church now, a heater under every pew.  There is also some new carpeting.  Following the severe storms this last winter, several roads in the Parish have been marked for repairs. There is now a sandbag store in the car park in Widecombe.  Geoffrey Fenton is the keyholder.
Newsletter : Margaret Phipps has offered to act as collator for the newsletter, to assist Joanna Radford. Items are needed please for the newsletter.
Emails : Anthony received an email from the Parish Council with queries about the contents of the Parish Chest.  They also asked if the contents should be insured.  Anthony felt this was not necessary as the papers were irreplaceable.  Now that the digitising had been done, there were four copies of the computer file in different places so security is assured.  Anthony will answer the various queries from the Parish Council.
Moor Than Meets The Eye : On 3rd June, the Heritage Lottery Fund will announce whether Moor Than Meets The Eye has been successful in claiming £30,000 for Widecombe.
Any Other Business : None.
Diary Dates: Wednesday, 14th May. Visit to Pentillie Castle, Cornwall. Friday, 30th May. Talk by Anthony Beard on My Dartmoor. Liverton Village Hall. 7.30pm. Sunday, 1st June, at 6.00pm.  Dedication of the new clock at Widecombe Church and Thank You service. 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. Saturday, 7th June.  The Shallowford Trust is holding a Country Fair at Shallowford.  Many activities and an auction.  12 noon to 5.00pm. 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. Saturday 28th June.  Devon History Society are having a Conference at the Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter, also from 10.00 to 4.00.  Non Conformists in Devon. Tuesday, 1st July.  Princetown History Club. Discover Lustleigh.  Walk with Peter Mason. Wednesday, 2nd July.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00-12.00. Wednesday, 2nd July.  Widecombe History Group. Rowcroft Hospice:  Taking Care Further.  A talk by Hayley Norrish. Weekend of 5th and/or 6th July. Open Gardens at The Rectory and No2 Manor Cottages. Saturday, 19th July.  Buckfast Abbey, at 2.30pm.  Uncovering the Archaeology of Buckfast Abbey. Wednesday, 20th August. Leusdon Memorial Hall. World War I Exhibition and talk by a member of the Western Front Association. Refreshments provided. Saturday, 11th October.  The University of Exeter are holding a World War I Commemoration.
                                              The meeting closed at 10.02 pm.


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