History Group Minutes January 2015


A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 7th January 2015 at 7.30pm.
There were 28 members present.
Apologies: Ruth Parnell, Arch Mortimore, Ann Murphy, Paula Stevens, Terry French, John Kimber, Patrick Garvey, Serena Walcot, John & Judy Southcombe, Wendy Beard, Arthur & Rosemary Wrayford, Dawn Nosworthy, Mike & Mo Wright, Jimmy Churchward and Betty Andrews.   
The Minutes of the December monthly meeting were read and signed.
Thanks were expressed to Joanna Radford who distributed the latest Newsletter which was beautifully produced, with excellent photographs.
Sue Boustead has developed a “Welcome Pack” to give to potential new members.
Matters Arising
Work on the quilt continues.  But the Group needs to sell more raffle tickets for the draw at Widecombe Fair 2015.  Thanks were expressed to John Lowe for leading the walk to the Memorial stone on Hameldown.  John has been asked to give a talk in Exeter at the Chapel of Rest at Exeter Higher Cemetery.  Two of the crew members (the pilot and the navigator) are buried there.  Saturday, 21st March. Contact 01395 278279 for details of time etc.
Fund Raising
John Kimber donated a bottle of scotch which was the prize for the monthly raffle at the meeting.
Dunstone Chapel
A time switch will be fitted to the light over the outside door at the Chapel for safety reasons.
Peter Carrett has fixed a lid to the loft entrance for safety reasons.
History As It Happens
The Christmas Tree Competition in Widecombe Church was won, for the second year running, by the History Group.  The theme of the competition was “Christmas Around the World” and the team chose to depict the country of Japan.  Thanks and congratulations were expressed to the team.  Roger Claxton has offered to put the results, together with some photographs, on the website.
Deborah Hannaford has died.  This is another loss to the parish, as she knew so much concerning the history of Widecombe, her help will be greatly missed. Her family having lived here for many generations.
Devon Remembers
Peter Rennells, John Kimber and David Ashman attended a Devon Remembers meeting in Princetown.  They are hoping to get some more information together concerning World War I, from a military viewpoint.  In addition they would like to know more about what was happening at home, including items such as sale posters and information about Widecombe Fair.  It was suggested that Peter John and David could put together a monthly report on their research which could be either put in the minutes or on a separate page of the website.  We will send details of our researches to The First World War on Dartmoor’s Communities Project Team. Tony Clark O.B.E. 01837 840283.
Information is still needed about William Satterley of Natsworthy.  He was refused exemption at court in Newton Abbot but there is no further record of him.  Did he serve in World War I?
Thanks were expressed to all the members who helped with setting up the two exhibitions at Leusdon and Widecombe. 
Emails.  
An email had been received from Serena Walcot thanking the group for the Group‘s donation of £40 to Dunstone Chapel.  This came from last month’s speaker, Dr Frances Billinge, who asked for her fee to be donated to a local charity.
An email was sent by Vian Smith’s daughter concerning a talk given to the History Group on 7th April 2004 about her father.  The talk contained various inaccuracies, in particular the name of one of his books which should be Hand of the Wind, not Hound.  His date of birth should read 2nd February not 3rd. Apologies were sent and corrections made.
A newspaper article from the Mid Devon Advertiser was discussed.  The article was about one of a series of post cards depicting the Widecombe Fair story and stated that the name of the person taking the part of Uncle Tom Cobley was unknown. It is Mr Edward Dunn, attempts will be made to compile details of possibly two sets of postcards depicting the story of U. T. C. We will then contact the Mid Devon Advertiser with details.
After the meeting the Group held the New Year’s Party, with shared delicious food and powerful punch supplied by Peter Rennells.  Thanks to everyone who supplied the food and drink.
Diary Dates:
Wednesday, 21st January
. Talk by Ian Mortimer on Centuries of Change at Lustleigh History Society in the Village Hall. 7.30pm.
29th and 30th January.  Newton Abbot Travel Club have organised a trip to Oakham Treasures and Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust.  Cost £99, plus single supplement of £22.  Contact 01626 354310.
Tuesday, 3rd February. Princetown History Club. The Secret Wildlife of Dartmoor by Paul Rendell.
Wednesday, 4th February. Leusdon Hall Coffee Morning, 10.00 to 12.00.
Wednesday, 4th February. Widecombe History Group. 7.30pm. The Wildlife of Dartmoor by John Walters.
Wednesday 11th February WHG Committee Meeting 2.p.m. Dunstone Chapel.
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.
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.
Date to be arranged – A Saturday in April.  Chudleigh Amenity Society are running a trip to Stover.  Details to follow.
Friday, 1st May.  Anthony is leading a guided walk around the village for the Torquay U3A. 
The meeting (including the social gathering) closed at 9.50 pm.
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Omission on my part.
Thanks to Roger Claxton for the 'Pictorial Quiz' he organised and the discussion that his pictures created afterwards. It showed that there is still a lot in the parish that needs recording. 

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