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Widecombe History group Minutes
A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 7.30pm.
There were 37 members present and 3 visitors.
Apologies: Patrick Garvey, Lyn & Derek Hext, Rodney Cruze, Paula Stevens, Mike & Mo Wright, John & Zena Lowe, Ruth Parnell, Ann & Roger Claxton, Arch, Audrey & Rose Mortimore.
The Minutes of the August monthly meeting were read and signed.
Terry French thanked the Group for their card and the support he had received followed his recent spell in hospital. Sadly, Ruth Parnell’s daughter, Theresa, had died after a long fight against cancer. Trevor Eveleigh had also died suddenly. Trevor had, at one time run the post office with his wife, Sue, and had done a great deal for the Parish. He was caretaker for the Church.
The Peter Hirst Memorial Walk was a great success and thanks were expressed to Mike & Mo Wright for leading it. The route took us to Foggintor quarry, Swell Tor and King's Tor. Peter Rennells’ World War I Exhibition at Leusdon Hall on 20th August was a fantastic success, with an extensive array on memorabilia, posters and other artefacts, as well as detailed information on the men who fought in WWI. Margaret Phipps, the Chairman of the History Group, read out the following statement: “I think the Widecombe History Group must congratulate Peter Rennells for the very successful presentation of World War I. He has put in, with the help of John Kimber, and David Ashman. The many hours and miles to research the Widecombe parish men who went to war in 1914-19. Contrary to a newspaper report, he actually did the project on a shoestring, claiming just £273 this year from the Widecombe History Group which was almost covered by the talk given by our very own Anthony Beard and organised by Peter and Aileen Carrett at Liverton Village Hall. Widecombe parish must be so pleased with all the information gathered and it is hoped, in time to come, that the parish will have a new Roll of Honour. The day went extremely well and ended with a wonderful bring and share supper. My thanks to all who brought food and helped in so many different ways.” Anthony reported that our treasurer had sent £209 to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and had given Michael and Eileen Nosworthy a cheque for £209 for the Royal British Legion. He had also written to Amanda and to Norma to thank them for their help and for the use of the Hall. Much of the material will be shown in the Heritage Tent at Widecombe Fair and again in the Church House on the weekend of 8th/9th November (Armistice weekend).
Shelves have been installed in the attic and books have been stored there. The computer tables are in place and a lock up cupboard has been purchased for the computers. The large map chest can be dismantled and stored in the attic.
The site has been cleared but the tree stumps still have to be removed. The ground elder will be sprayed and in due course we will get some bird nest boxes and wildflower seeds, hopefully red, white and blue.
There will be six tables of World War I information and the Census will be available, together with photos of History Group events and information from Kirsty Peake on the Yellowstone National Park. There will be a display of pottery and a bookstall. 20 paperweights have been made. There will notelets made by Peter Rennells; coasters from Rodney and Wendy Cruze; and horseshoes decorated by Peter and Aileen Carrett for sale. Sue Boustead will be selling mystery jam jars. The prize draw will be held at 4.00pm. Stewards are needed. The Widecombe Fair dinner will be held on 10th October at the Old Inn.
Will start again after the Fair in Dunstone Chapel. Volunteers needed.
History Group Activities
We have been given permission to use a second screen in the Church which we can use to record the evolving Roll of Honour. Thanks were expressed to Geoffrey Fenton.
History As It Happens
It was pointed that that 75 years ago today, on 3rd September 1939, Neville Chamberlain announced that World War II started.
John Lowe has been filming for the BBC programme Countryfile, on the Hameldown plane crash. The programme will be shown on 21st September. The writing on the memorial has been cleaned. We are still hoping that John Lowe will lead us on a walk to the Memorial. There are two cycle races crossing the parish this month. The first “Moor to Sea” is on Saturday 6th and then the “Tour of Britain” in on the following Thursday 11th. The Tour of Britain will come from Bovey Tracey to Haytor, then Widecombe, Ponsworthy, Dartmeet Hill and on to Tavistock to finish at Exeter. It is reported that there will be a new Grey Mare at Widecombe Fair this year and, she will actually be a mare. The newly formed Spitchwick Cricket Club had a huge win against The Philanthropists (otherwise Butterleigh CC). The clock faces for the Widecombe Church Tower, which were found to be the wrong size, are being removed this week, we await the erection of the correct ones.
Any Other Business
It was reported that the Leusdon Coffee Morning had raised £200 for the Macmillan Nurses.
There will be another Christmas Tree competition in Widecombe Church this year. The theme is “Christmas Around the World”.
Friday, 5th September. Widecombe History Group Guided walk with Simon Dell around places associated with Beatrice Chase in Widecombe. 6.00pm.
Tuesday 9th September. Widecombe Fair
Sunday, 21st September. Joanna Radford is holding an Open Studio and giving a Buffet Lunch in aid of the History Group at Hannaford Old House from 12.00.
Friday, 26th September. Devon & Cornwall Constabulary are holding an event – Rethinking Murder, Lost Lives and the Living. 4.30-8.15pm.
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.
Wednesday, 1st October. Leusdon Hall Coffee Morning, 10.00am to 12.00.
Wednesday, 1st October. Widecombe History Group. Widecombe, Remembrance and the Great War Memorials in Devon – Dr Todd Gray.
Tuesday, 7th October. Princetown History Club. The Restoration of Buckland Court by David Burke.
Saturday, 11th October. Devon History Society, AGM and lecture at The University of Exeter, WW1 Commemoration. Peter Rennells is doing a presentation.
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.
Tuesday, 4th November. Princetown History Club. Trekking in Nepal by Sue Viccars.
Wednesday, 5th November. Leusdon Hall Coffee Morning, 10.10am to 12.00.
Wednesday, 5th November. Widecombe History Group. Dartmoor’s Threatened Plants – The Rev Geoffrey Fenton.
The meeting closed at 10.02 pm.
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