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Widecombe History group Minutes
A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 7.30pm. `
There were 46 members present.
Apologies: Patrick Garvey, Rodney & Wendy Cruze, Ruth Parnell, Arch, Audrey & Rose Mortimore, Joanna Radford, Doug & Lyn Pigeon, John Butcher, Arthur Wrayford, Dawn Nosworthy, Ruth Parnell & Barbara Norrish.
The Group were sorry to hear that Arch Mortimore is in hospital and best wishes were sent to him and Audrey.
The Minutes of the September monthly meeting were read and signed, with some amendments.
A letter of thanks had been received from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, enclosing a DVD.
Sue Boustead was thanked for all her hard work organising the Grand Draw, which took place at Widecombe Fair 2014. The final total was approximately £600. Thanks were expressed to Joanna Radford who held a lunch party in conjunction with her Open Studio Day which raised £60. Thanks were also expressed to Kirsty Peake for her talk on Yellowstone Park and the Wolves which raised a total of £276. John and Judy Southcombe have offered to hold a Bingo session in aid of History Group funds. Friday, 24th October, at 7.30pm in the Church House. Peter Carrett, Peter Rennells & Anthony took The Torquay Museum Ramblers and The South Devon Branch of The Devonshire Association on guided walks around Widecombe and the visitors were very generous to our funds.
Peter and Aileen thanked everybody who helped on Widecombe Fair Day, with setting up, stewarding on the day and dismantling everything in the evening. Great interest had been expressed in the displays in the Heritage Tent. The theme for the 2015 Heritage Tent will be “Ancient Dartmoor”. Jane Marchant of the Dartmoor National Park has offered to bring a display concerning the White Horse Hill Cist. Sue Boustead will be organising another Grand Draw and the main prize will be the Poppy Quilt currently being sewn by members of the History Group, together with other sewn and quilted items. Mystery jam jars will again be sold.
Digitising is now up and running in the school room at Dunstone Chapel. There are four teams involved. A cupboard has been ordered for extra storage. Widecombe Parish Council have been asked for permission to send some of the digitised documents from the Parish Chest to the Devon Records Office for safe storage.
History Group Activities
The World War I Exhibition will be on show again at the Church House over the Armistice Weekend, 8th and 9th November, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Volunteers were sought to help set it up on the Friday afternoon and remove it on Sunday and also to act as Stewards. In Widecombe Church, there is a marble stone with the World War I and World War II names on it. Above this and, rather obscured by the dark, is an older World War I memorial. This will soon be photographed and brought to peoples attention Widecombe Church is holding another Christmas Tree competition this year. The theme is ‘Christmas Around the World’. Volunteers, led by Mary Pascoe, have offered to put in an entry on behalf of the History Group. Other Activities There will be a Soup Supper and Music at the Church House on Friday, 17th October at 7.30, in aid of the Church House. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from Rose Mortimore on 01364 631238.
History As It Happens
The BBC TV programme Countryfile recently showed an item on the Hameldown WW2plane crash, in which John Lowe appeared discussing his research. The area had been surveyed and a few small items found. The memorial stone is in Manaton parish and the crash happened in Widecombe parish. John Lowe has kindly offered to lead a walk from Natsworthy Gate to the Air Crash Memorial. This will take place on 26th November. Meet at 12.30. The Tour of Britain Cycle Race went through Widecombe parish in September. 64 police motor bikes were counted. A very poor standard of driving was displayed by some of the team support cars. No progress on the new clock faces in the Church Tower. Since work started there, the original clock has not worked properly.
September 2014 was the driest September since 1910. A “smiley face” made from shaped granite has appeared in the wall at Easter Lane Cross.
Any Other Business
Joanna Radford has restored and framed a commemorative certificate dated 20th October 1918. It commends The Devonshire Regiment for its efforts in the Boer War and WW1. It lists many of the battles that the regiment fought in with distinction. Thanks were expressed to her for her work.
We are still trying to interpret the two paintings in Widecombe Church, under the tower. One is basically Red, one is Blue, and we have been informed that there should be another in Purple.
Torquay Museum Ramblers have sent us a letter with a photo of the blue picture in the church, informing us that it is of a Jewish High Priest in all his finery. The breastplate represented the twelve Hebrew tribes, and around the skirts of his garments are pomegranates and golden bells, see
(Exodus v 33/34 ). In his left hand he holds the censer of incense. Any further information would be appreciated.
Tuesday, 7th October. Princetown History Club. The Restoration of Buckland Court by David Burke.
Friday, 10th October. Widecombe Fair Dinner at the Old Inn. Tickets from Margaret Phipps. 01626 834737.
Saturday, 11th October. Devon History Society, AGM and lecture at The University of Exeter, WW1 Commemoration. Peter Rennells is doing a presentation.
Sunday 12th October at 3.00 p.m. Harvest Festival at Dunstone Chapel.
Friday 17th October, at 10.30 a.m. a Visit to Tuckers Hall, Fore Street, Exeter, £5.50 per person.
Friday, 17th October. Soup Supper at Church House, Widecombe, at 7.30pm. Tickets from Rose Mortimore 01364 631238.
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)
Friday, 24th October. Bingo in aid of History Group funds. Church House at 7.30pm.
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.
Tuesday, 4th November. Princetown History Club. Trekking in Nepal by Sue Viccars.
Wednesday, 5th November. Leusdon Hall Coffee Morning, 10.00am to 12.00.
Wednesday, 5th November. Widecombe History Group. Dartmoor’s Threatened Plants – The Rev Geoffrey Fenton.
Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th November. The World War I Exhibition will be shown again at the Church House. 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 26th November. Local History Group Walk to the Air Crash Memorial. Meet at Natsworthy Gate at 12.30.
Tuesday, 2nd December. Princetown History Club. AGM and Christmas Meeting. Prince of Wales public house. 7.30pm.
Wednesday, 3rd December. Leusdon Hall Coffee Morning, 10.00am to 12.00.
Wednesday, 3rd December. Widecombe History Group. The Historic Borough of Bovey Tracey, from Domesday to the present. Talk by Dr Frances Billinge.
The meeting closed at 9.56pm.
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