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`A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 4th February 2015 at 7.30pm.
There were 35 people present including five visitors.
Apologies: Audrey & Arch Mortimore, Rose Mortimore, Paula Stevens, Patrick Garvey, John & Judy Southcombe, Jimmy Churchward and Betty Andrews, Jill Rogers, Pat Everett, John & Zena Lowe, Doug & Lyn Pigeon, Aileen & Peter Carrett, Marion Armstrong, Rodney Cruze, Barry & Tanya Welch, Joanna Radford, Roger & Ann Claxton.
The Minutes of the January monthly meeting were read and signed.
Thanks were expressed to Roger Claxton for putting together the slide show quiz at the Party in January. Anthony felt the slides should be recorded, together with the history of the items shown. Thanks were also expressed to John Kimber for his donation of the bottle of whiskey which was used in the raffle. Anthony has been in touch with Deborah Hannaford’s family who have agreed to let the History Group have anything of interest found in her possessions. Tim & Cleo Whitten (who are now living in Widecombe again) reported a successful outcome with their boundary query and the Land Registry is now up to date. They kindly gave a donation to the Group for the loan of maps and photographs which helped rectify the matter. The series of postcards re Widecombe Fair produced by Bert Dunn (Uncle Tom Cobley) c 1930’s led to John Walling showing his collection which consists of several of these (not the complete set). There could be as many as 13 in the full set. We shall try to further research this.
The outside light at the Chapel has been installed. Peter Carrett has made a lid for the trapdoor to be used while people are up in the loft. Anthony reminded everyone that no-one should go up into the loft without another person present.
History As It Happens
The Church clock is now working and striking. Some members reported that there was frog spawn in their garden pond on 13th January. A small amount of snow fell in the week prior to the meeting. Some damage has been done to the moor by large gatherings of cars off-roading. The lower Haytor car park has been closed at night to keep them out. During the snow, one vehicle was found at the top of Saddle Tor. The Café on the Green in Widecombe has changed hands and is at present being refurbished.
An email has been received asking if we can provide a guide for a walk round Widecombe. Anthony will offer to do this.
It is now two years that Peter Rennells and his team started researching World War I. John Kimber has been looking for information on the opening ceremony of Leusdon Memorial Hall. David Ashman and Peter visited the Devon Family History Society and the Devon Records office, where they found details of the Victory/Peace party in the Widecombe Parish Council Minutes. These details tie up with Mary Pascoe’s research of the school records. They found an undated copy of Leusdon PCC annual accounts, pre-decimalisation, and also copies of farm sales for Mrs Bolitho in 1919 for Lizwell, Jordan and Bittleford. The group have lent several items to the Dartmoor Archive exhibition in Princetown, running from March to September. David and Peter attended a meeting of the Western Front Association in Newton Abbot. They are producing a map rather than a book with information on WWI participants. Research is currently being undertaken about George Nosworthy, William Satterley, Torquil Bolitho, John Radcliffe, Tom Nosworthy, Sam Hannaford and James Courtier. The team are also trying to identify boys in a Widecombe school photo taken in 1907, who may have gone to war. John Kimber is trying to find information about Sydney West whose name is on the Leusdon Roll of Honour and who died as a POW in 1918 in Berlin. The team are going to put an appeal in the Parish Link each month in an attempt to identify possible WWI participants. They will submit a few names each month. They are also considering how to commemorate the fallen on the parish in 2015. At present, there are 36 names of survivors for the missing Widecombe Roll of Honour. Research is becoming harder and slower. We will soon have to consider putting the survivors’ list on display in a suitable form. It is possible that The Military Medical Association may have information about the 'Special Brooch/Badge' presented by the then Prince of Wales, to those involved with the preparation of sphagnum moss.
Any Other Business
A poem, probably by Frances Easterbrook, has been found by Jenny Pascoe. It is about a WI meeting when there was a power failure and the speaker left, thinking there was no-one in the Hall. The snowdrops are out at Huccaby Church. This year there are potted snowdrops for sale as Valentine gifts and postcards depicting the snowdrops. Peter Rennells has made a collage entitled ‘Remembrance’ using natural items from his garden. It depicts a battle-scarred landscape. Peter has kindly donated this collage to St Raphael’s, Huccaby.
13th and 14th February. A Mystery Trip is being organised by the Newton Abbot Travel Club. Cost £79 sharing. Single Supplement of £20. Contact Carol on 01626 354310.
Saturday, 28th February. Andrew Bailey of Moor Than Meets the Eye will be launching the Moor Medieval Project at Princetown.
Tuesday, 3rd March. Princetown History Group. The Lighter Side of World War One, a talk by Diana Lawer.
Wednesday, 4th March. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00am to 12.00.
Wednesday, 4th March. Widecombe History Group. 7.30pm. A Battle of the Giants, the story of airships R100 and R101, by The Rev Nicholas Pearkes.
Saturday, 14th March. Chudleigh Amenity Society are arranging a visit to the Cold War Radar site at Hope Cove. Leave at 10.00am. Cost is £10.
Saturday, 21st March. John Lowe will give a talk on the Hameldown Air Crash in the Chapel of Rest at Exeter Cemetery. Contact John 01395 278279
Saturday, 28th March. A second visit has been arranged by Marcia to the Met Office. This is for the people who missed the first visit.
March – September. Dartmoor Archive Exhibition at Princetown.
Date to be arranged – A Saturday in April. Chudleigh Amenity Society are running a trip to Stover. Details to follow.
Wednesday, 1st April. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00am to 12.00.
Wednesday, 1st April. Widecombe History Group. 7.30pm. Prehistoric Dartmoor: The View from Bodmin Moor by Dr Paul Rainbird.
Tuesday, 7th April. Princetown History Group. Abandoned Artefacts of the Moor, a talk by Roger Paul.
Friday, 1st May. Anthony is leading a guided walk around the village for the Torquay U3A.
Saturday, 16th May. Dartmoor Local History Day at Princetown Community Centre.
The meeting closed at 10.04pm.
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