History Group Minutes October 2015

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Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 7th October 2015 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 38 people present including 2 visitors.
Apologies: Lyn & Derek Hext, Rodney Cruze, Zena Lowe, Kirsty & Alan Peake, Peter & Miho Rennells, Betty Andrews, Jimmy Churchward, Rosemary Mortimore, Ruth Parnell, Ann Murphy, Judy Southcombe and Patrick Garvey.
The Minutes of the September meeting had been circulated and it was agreed that they should be signed subject to one correction. Under Widecombe Fair read 'Hampden' for 'Blenheim'.
Matters Arising
The vacuum cleaner has been replaced and the old one will be dumped.  Thanks to Peter Carrett who serviced the new one. Geoffrey Fenton reported on a Parochial Church Council meeting, when the draft of the Roll of Honour was approved.  It will be landscape orientation and framed.  Mention will also be made of the 1921 appeal for the War Memorial Fund and the names of those who donated.  £707 was raised which was used for the plaque, church heating and replacements of stone in the Church floor.  John Kimber, David Ashman and Peter Rennells were thanked for their work on the Roll of Honour.  No progress as yet on the plans for the new Village Hall. On 30th May WHG wrote to HRH Prince Charles asking if there were any records of the 'badge' that was reported awarded to some people in Princetown for their work with the Sphagnum Moss project during WW1. We have had a reply from Clarence House but alas they have no details. They did send some copies of newspaper cuttings but no information about the award.  (correspondence and copies attached to October minutes in minute book)
Widecombe Fair
The Heritage Tent display at Widecombe Fair was very successful and created a lot of interest.  Thanks were expressed to Peter and Aileen Carrett for organising it and for the refreshments during the day.   The Poppy Quilt was won by someone in Scotland and the bedside rug went to the USA.  The cushions were mainly won by local people, the furthest away being Wellington in Somerset. Takings for the Fair itself were down by £1,000 compared with 2014 but the day went well.
Digitising is going well.  More volunteers could be accommodated.  Roger Claxton thanked Sue Boustead for making two covers for the scanner and the printer at Dunstone Chapel. 
History As It Happens
Patrick Simpson has given the Group a copy of the poster concerning the Spitchwick Manor Perambulation 2015, which took place on 19th September.  The group set off at 8.10am. 42 people left from Spitchwick Lower Lodge and 33 from Dartmeet. The route covered 18 miles. A new gateway and passing place have been constructed by Paul Edworthy on the road between Iron Gate and Steep Lane.
Terry’s Teaser
“Where is Gore Hill Lane?”  It’s the track between Blackaton Cross and Hameldown heading for Kings Head, via the Church Path.  This month’s teaser is “Where is Stoneslade Tor?”
Local Commemorative Stones
Serena Walcot suggested that it might be a good idea to record information about the stones that had been placed around the Parish in recent years.  Examples were the two Jubilee stones on Leusdon Green, the Millennium stones on Widecombe Green and Leusdon Green, the stone on the Hannaford road at the top of Newbridge Hill and the Two Crosses stone.  Sue Booty offered to put together some information on these.  Older historical stones were also discussed and it was felt that as many as possible of these should be identified and mapped and possibly photographed..
Moor Than Meets The Eye
This project is making progress.  The History Group will contribute information, photographs, etc.  There will be a public meeting in due course.
Any Other Business
A request had been received from Postbridge Hall to borrow our display boards for their World War I display on Armistice Day.  We will also have a display in Widecombe and, once we have decided which boards we will need, we will let them know if we have any spares.  Joanna Radford has some display boards belonging to Ashburton stored in her barn which may be available.  There will be a Christmas Tree competition again this year.  Details are to be announced shortly. Margaret Phipps offered to start compiling the next Newsletter.  She will need items by the next meeting in November.  Joanna Radford has agreed to produce it.
Diary Dates:
Friday 23rd October 2015. A talk about the Union Inn, Moretonhampstead, followed by an evening meal. Meet at the Union Inn at 6.45pm.
Tuesday, 3rd November. Princetown History Group. 7.30pm. The History of Dartmoor Farming by Colin Pearse.
Wednesday, 4th November. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Hall, 10.00am – 12 noon.
Wednesday, 4th November. Widecombe History Group. Metal Detector Finds On and Around Dartmoor by John Smith.
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.
Saturday and Sunday, 12th and 13th December.  Christmas Tree display in Widecombe Church.

                                                                The meeting closed at 9.50 pm.


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