History Group Talk June 2015


A Meeting of Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe on  Wednesday  3rd June 2015 at 7-30.
40 members and 5 visitors attended.
Terry French took the chair, Margaret Phipps assistant secretary took the minutes.
Apologies:- Anthony and Wendy Beard, John Kimber, Arch and Audrey Mortimore, Lorraine Ashman, Ann Murphy ,Ruth Parnell, Wendy Cruze and Patrick Garvey. Sid and Jo Pontin.
The minutes of the 18th AGM held on 6th May 2015 were read, approved and signed off .
The minutes of the monthly meeting held on Wednesday 6th May were read approved and signed.
Matters arising:- The History Group Lunch at Stover Golf Club would be considered again in the Spring as it was rather close to Marcia’s Talk/evening meal at the Union Inn at Moretonhampstead on Friday 23rd October for which a board for names was passed around.
MTMTE :- Geoffrey Fenton reported slow progress with the signboards.
Pighouses site:- Terry and John will continue to check the state of the weed at the site.
Digitising:- This continues successfully , Roger said that there was loads more to do and if anyone was interested in joining the groups they would be very welcome.
Quilt Raffle:- Sue Boustead was pleased that the sale of raffle tickets had now covered all costs , many books to be sold yet. An article on the quilt has been placed in the Dartmoor Magazine and Dartmoor News.
WW1 Plaque:- Geoffrey Fenton had spoken with the PCC with regard to the Roll of Honour plaque, it was suggested that perhaps it could be in the form of a framed scroll similar to the one in Leusdon Church. Peter Rennells had 32 names for the Roll of Honour with 4 more still to research.
The Chairman congratulated Peter Rennells, John Kimber and David Ashman for staging the WW1 exhibition at Princetown DNPA . The whole exhibition was well worth a visit.
Stover walk:- Peter Carrett reported that 5 members and a visitor enjoyed an evening at the park, tea and biscuits were served then walked around to the carriage drive were two male nightjars called and a female flew across in front of the group. Heading back to the centre, the bats were lured into the edge of the lake , several species were detected. We were told that the lake needs some management and will be dredged within the next few years.
A.O.B:- Terry French, Peter Carrett and Peter Rennells conducted a walk around Widecombe for a group from Newton Abbot.
Judy Southcombe attended a meeting at the East Dartmoor History Association, The topic was the impact on Dartmoor when the railway was introduced.  Marcia Babington attended a meeting of the Devon History Society, the subject was Victorian Schools Project 1837-1870.  Geoffrey Fenton offered to take a group on a Botany/ Flower walk in July, this to be arranged in time for the next meeting.  Names were taken for the Tour of Buckland and Postbridge Churches and a cream tea to follow, on Wednesday 22 July meeting at Buckland Church at 2pm.
A dig has been arranged at North Hall for 13th-18th July, 10.30 am - 4.30pm open to anyone who is interested can go along. Let Anthony or Andy Crabbe know if you are interested in helping with the dig and what days would suit you best.
Terry’s Teaser;- the May teaser was where is “Claypits Corner”, it’s going towards Watergate chapel on the corner of field belonging to Bittleford farm, the field are called Claypits.
June teaser is “Where is Barge Moor
History as it Happens;- A protest was staged near Drywells and about 20-25 people attended. Arqiva Ltd were seeking planning permission to erect a phone mast in that area. Although Widecombe village has no mobile phone reception protesters felt that this site would not service the village or a large enough area.
Diary Dates:-
Thursday 25th June 2-00pm, A guided walk around the village for Chulmleigh Local History group. Led by Peter Rennells, Terry French and David Ashman.
Wednesday 1st July , Widecombe History Group monthly meeting 7-30
A talk by Dr Helen Wilson on Violet Pinwell’s Dartmoor Churches
Wednesday 1st July, Coffee morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall 10-00to12-00
Monday 13th –Saturday 18th July, Second dig at North Hall . 10-30am-4-30pm
Wednesday 22nd July at 2-00pm Tour of Buckland and Postbridge Churches with Dr Helen Wilson followed by a cream tea.
March to September. Dartmoor WW1 Exhibition at Princetown.
Friday 23rd October 2015. A talk about the Union Inn Moretonhampstead followed by an evening meal, more information at the next meeting.
The meeting closed at 9-50pm.

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