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Widecombe History group Minutes
A Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 7.30pm.
There were 42 people present.
Apologies: Margaret Phipps, Audrey & Arch Mortimore, Paula Stevens, Patrick Garvey, John & Zena Lowe, Doug & Lyn Pigeon, Rodney Cruze, Barry & Tanya Welch, Marion Armstrong, Jo Pontin, Ann Claxton.
Mr Terry French took the chair in the absence of Margaret Phipps.
The Minutes of the February monthly meeting were read and signed.
Princetown History Group. Sadly Roger Paul who was due to give the talk in April has died. Dr Tom Grieves will be speaking instead on Tuesday 7th April on a similar subject. Maureen Hannaford (wife of Deborah Hannaford’s brother, Geoffrey) has given the Group a pack of information which Deborah had requested should be passed on to us. The snowdrops at Huccaby Church have been very good and there had been a very good response. In May there is our History Group AGM. Nomination Forms were available at the meeting for the Committee. There are six Trustees and three further Committee members and they are all prepared to stand again. Following Roger Claxton’s photo quiz in January, he reported that he found information that a mounting block used to be called an ‘upping stock’. He has put the photos on the website.
Andy Crabbe of the Dartmoor National Park has told the Group that there will be a second dig at North Hall and he is hoping some History Group members will get involved. The dates are Monday, 13th to Friday, 18th July.
Anthony put in a request that the gate at Dunstone Chapel should always be closed as sheep break in at the slightest opportunity.
Pig House Site
Diane and Richard have confirmed that they are happy to have a wild flower garden on the site. John Walling suggested that we have one more 'go' at the ground elder before we sow seeds.
History As It Happens
Double yellow lines have been painted on Newbridge Hill and on the road from Newbridge to Ley Ridge. The winter of 2014/15 was apparently the sunniest winter for 90 years. There will be a partial eclipse of the sun on 20th March at 9.30am.
Peter Carrett would like to know about displays at Widecombe Fair so that he can arrange tables. Anthony told the Group that the list of Vegetable and Produce classes was in the Parish Link, so that gardens can be tilled with appropriate produce for ready for next September. Sue Boustead asked the Group to start collecting jam jars for fund raising at Widecombe Fair.
Several emails have been received including notifications of World War I events. Two more guided walks have been requested.
A Parish Council meeting was planned for 5th March. Anthony informed the Group that he had written to them, with the letter being copied to the Parochial Ch C, about the work being done on World War I and the need to create a Roll of Honour. There are presently 36 names. A decision needs to be made soon as to how to accomplish this and what style the ‘Roll‘ should take, wood, metal, stone or a framed paper scroll. There will be a World War I Exhibition at the Information Centre at Princetown from 7th March to the end of September. Peter had received a very good response from the request for information that he put in the last Parish Link he will continue doing this for the foreseeable future. In the past month, David and Peter visited the Devon Records Office to study back issues of the Electoral Register for 1925-1930, to establish who lived where in Widecombe. John’s research included military records of Thomas Nosworthy and Andrew Harvey and newspaper archives for items on WWI and Widecombe Fair. David had been researching the background of George Nosworthy, Struben, Kitson and Hordern. David had obtained a medal ribbon to attach to George Nosworthy’s 1914 Star and this was given to Derek Hext who owns the medal. Peter is preparing for the presentation to the Parish Meeting and has been visiting other villages for information on how they deal with the Roll of Honour. He visited Scoriton Chapel and its Memorial Garden. He has contacted various Authorities for information. Peter is meeting with Margaret Norrish at Riddon to discuss queries on family photographs and to confirm identities. He will also ask about William Alfred Norrish RN who possibly lived in Ashburton. He has received a photo of John Norrish in uniform. Margaret still has all his medals. Peter has also met with Ena Smerdon about the British Legion members whose names were published in the Parish Link. From eleven names, two were unknown, five were new to the Parish, leaving four which require research.
David and Roger have established our own WWI website, which required a deal of research and work. Three of our fallen died in 1915 (one hundred years ago) and David and Peter are working on putting their histories on the website.
Any Other Business
Marcia Babington distributed copies of the new History Group programme for 2015/2016. Thanks were expressed to her for all her hard work. Twelveheads Press have published two new books. ‘Sail and Steam’ by Alan Kittridge and ‘Dartmoor’s Earliest Photographs’ by Tom Greeves. Rob Steemson is researching ‘Ponies, Pounds and Driftways‘ within Dartmoor. He has asked the group for any information they have on the Poundsgate Pound, at Lake Steep, when built, by whom and when last used information to be put on an information board.
Pat Watson warned the Group that the road through Buckland-in-the-Moor from the Church downwards would be closed so that the wall can be rebuilt. Particulars have been circulated by email to all members on line.
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. contact 10626 859195
Tuesday 17th March a workshop will be held to explain more about assistance available with WW1 projects. contact Anna Wilson on 0151 707 4319 or www.civicvoice.org.uk
Wednesday, 18th March. Widecombe Annual Parish Meeting at the Church House at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Peter, John and David will be providing a display of their research work and Margaret will report on the group's activities during the past year.
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.
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. A talk by Dr Tom Grieves.
Wednesday, 8th April. A talk by Ian Mortimore on Centuries of Change will be held at The Devon Heritage Centre Sowton, Exeter at 7.30 p.m. admission £7.
Friday, 24th April, 10.00am – 5.00pm. Lecture on The Renaissance in Devon at Avenue Methodist Church Hall Newton Abbot admission £25. contact Val at email@example.com.
Date to be arranged – A Saturday in April. Chudleigh Amenity Society are running a trip to Stover. Details to follow. contact 10626 859195
Wednesday, 29th April at 6.30pm. Guided walk with Dr Frances Billinge. Perambulation of the historic borough o Bovey Tracey.
Friday, 1st May. Anthony is leading a guided walk around the village for the Torquay U3A.
Tuesday, 5th May. Princetown History Group. Discovering the Whitehorse Hill Cist by Jane Marchant.
Wednesday, 6th May. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00am to 12.00.
Wednesday, 6th May. Widecombe History Group. 7.30pm. AGM, followed by a talk by John Allan on ‘The Roman Army in Devon’.
Saturday, 16th May. Dartmoor Local History Day at Princetown Community Centre.
March – September 2015. Dartmoor Archive Exhibition at Princetown.
Terry’s Teaser: Terry French left the Group with a teaser to ponder before the next meeting. “Which lane in the Parish has two names?”
The meeting closed at 9.50pm.
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