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Widecombe History Group Minutes
Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 4th November 2015 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 36 members present and 5 visitors.
Apologies: Lyn & Derek Hext, Rodney Cruze, John & Zena Lowe, Betty Andrews, Jim Churchward, Ruth Parnell, Ann Murphy, Lorraine Ashman, Jill Rogers, Pat Everett, Ann Claxton, Val & Pat Watson and Patrick Garvey.
The Minutes of the October meeting had been circulated and it was agreed that they should be signed.
A vote of thanks was expressed to Marcia Babington for organising the excellent evening at the Union Inn, Moretonhampstead. This was a popular event and enjoyed by all.
Sue Booty has started work gathering information on recent commemorative granite stones.
World War I Roll of Honour
The draft World War I Roll of Honour will be unveiled at Widecombe Church, at the Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday, 8th November at 10.50am.
Peter Rennells, David Ashman and John Kimber carried out the research for this document and it was a long slow task. 34 names appear on it and each name was cross checked. The final smart version will be placed in the Church in due course. Thanks were expressed to the three researchers, and to Geoffrey Fenton and the Parochial Church Council for letting the Group put it up in the Church. Peter reported that enough information had been obtained to produce a small book, with every man having two pages. Photographs of some of them are still needed. Peter also handed in a report on the work carried out, which is appended to these minutes.
Map of the Parish
It is hoped that, with the help of the Dartmoor National Park and Moor Than Meets the Eye, we can obtain a map of the parish, on which we identify local features and artefacts of interest. Manorial boundaries could also be marked, including the row of stones on the boundary with Manaton.
Christmas Tree Competition
Mary Pascoe, Margaret Phipps and Wendy Beard have started planning the Group’s entry for the Christmas Tree Competition. The theme is ‘Nature at Christmas’. They will be on display in the Church on 12th and 13th December. Stewards are needed to help run the event.
Newton Abbot Archives
A card had been received about Newton Abbot Archives and giving a website address www.findmypast.co.uk/newtonabbot, where you could find out who lived in your house in 1939. This register, taken in 1939, could be invaluable as the 1931 Census was lost and the 1941 Census was not carried out in wartime.
History As It Happens
Postbridge parish are putting up a new brass plaque for those who died in the wars.
On Friday, 31st October, the children of Widecombe School took part in a ‘Make a Difference’ Day and carried out various little projects around the village.
Various works are being carried out to install super fast broadband in the Parish. It should be in place by March next year.
Roger Claxton reported that the Parish Link will now feature on the Widecombe website.
Stoneslade Tor is between the top of Gorehill Lane and the moor, towards Hameldown. This month’s teaser is “Where is Butts Cross?”
Any Other Business
Richard 'Titch' Dunning of Whiddon Down has given the Group a newspaper cutting about Mr Price making the mechanical model of Uncle Tom Cobley c1953.
Monday, 16th November. Moor than Meets the Eye. Welcome to Widecombe. Meeting at 7.30pm at the Old Inn.
November to March. Beginning on Monday, 23rd November. East Dart History Association will be running a project recording parish history. Devon Heritage Centre, Exeter. contact 01647 253145
Tuesday, 1st December. Princetown History Group. 7.30pm. AGM and Christmas Meeting at the Prince of Wales pub.
Wednesday, 2nd December. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Hall, 10.00am – 12 noon.
Wednesday, 2nd December. Widecombe History Group. RNLI Arctic Cycle Challenge 1999, a talk by John Lowe.
Sunday, 6th December. The Shallowford Nativity Play will take place at East Shallowford at 6.30pm.
Saturday 12th December Widecombe Christmas Fare
Saturday & Sunday 12th & 13th December Christmas Tree display in Widecombe Church.
Tuesday, 5th January 2016. Princetown History Group. 7.30pm.
Wednesday, 6th January. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Hall, 10.00am – 12 noon.
Wednesday, 6th January. Widecombe History Group. New Year’s Party.
The meeting closed at 9.55pm.
Report from Peter Rennells about the work carried out on the Lost Roll of Honour
• The work started in 2013.
• Parish Fallen 12. Widecombe, Leusdon, Poundsgate, Postbridge, Buckland, Huccaby, Ilsington, Manaton, Holne, Princetown and Throwleigh.
• Local Help. Bessie French, Leonard Norrish, Ena Smerdon, Mike Nosworthy, Sue Chorley, Stephen Bray, Derek Hext.
• Newspaper Archives. Mid Devon Advertiser, Western Morning News, Exeter Flying Post, South Devon Journal.
• Devon Records Office. Church, School, Parish and Electoral Records.
• British Legion Records. Michael & Eileen Nosworthy.
• Widecombe. Sphagnum Moss Story.
• WWI Local Support Groups. Linen League, Red Cross, POW Fund, Patriotic Society, Parcels for Servicemen.
• Devonshire Regiment Records, Exeter and Dorchester.
• Put on four Exhibitions in local Halls and Churches, plus two day event at Widecombe and one day event at Leusdon.
• Attend other village exhibitions. Abbotskerswell, Bovey, Manaton, Chudleigh, Cornwood, Lustleigh, Plymouth, Exeter, Newton Abbot.
• Western Front Association. Newton Abbot monthly. John Ellis. Photos of graves/memorials of fallen.
• Combed 1911 Census for possible recruits in right age group.
• Research 1918 General Election absent voters list (men still in service).
• Research Newton Abbot Conscription Tribunals, appeals by farmers, etc.
• Presentation at Exeter University for Devon History Society.
• Dartmoor in WWI Exhibition, DNPA, Princetown. Dartmoor Archives.
• Accumulation of WWI artefacts, books, posters, etc.
• The unsolved mystery of the Widecombe-Leusdon Victory Peace Party, 19th July 1919.
• The last big stone to look under – The Home Guard Records. Includes 60 local men (photos, etc). 1940 recruits had to confirm all previous military service. Will not be available until 2045!
• Sunday, 8th November 2015. St Pancras Church, 10.30pm. Unveiling of the Roll
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