History Group Minutes September 2015


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Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House Widecombe,on Wednesday,2nd September 2015 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 38 members present.
Apologies: Audrey Mortimore, John Kimber, Mary Pascoe, Lyn & Derek Hext, Rodney Cruze, Patrick Garvey, Val Watson, John & Zena Lowe.
The Minutes of the August meeting had been circulated and it was agreed that they should be signed.
Matters Arising
Kirsty & Alan Peake have kindly donated a vacuum cleaner for use at the Dunstone Chapel.  We still need a VHS player for transferring videos to DVD.  A letter has been received from the Parish Council supporting the Widecombe Parochial Church Council (PCC)'s decision for a permanent World War I Roll of Honour to be placed in the Church.  This will be a framed scroll.
New Village Hall
A letter has been received from the Parish Council floating the idea of a new village hall, which would be a more appropriate and accessible facility.  Consultations will take place with all parishioners by calling a Parish Meeting..
Widecombe Fair
Final arrangements are in place for Widecombe Fair.  Peter & Aileen Carrett have plans to exhibit motoring memorabilia, North Hall finds, Bronze Age flint tools found on a local farm, Tin mining, the Blenheim Air Crash on Hameldown, and census books plus much more.
The Poppy Quilt
The Quilt and 14 other hand made prizes will be raffled at Widecombe Fair.  We are hoping to clear £1,000 profit for History Group Funds.
Peter Hirst Memorial Walk
The Peter Hirst Memorial Walk was very successful, visiting Tunhill Rocks and Wind Tor in lovely weather.  When meeting at Two Crosses, a query was raised about when the stone was installed.  It was in 2008.  Thanks were expressed to Richard Wells, Mike & Mo Wright, and Roger Claxton for organising an interesting and instructive walk, the theme being drilling and stone cutting of years gone by. Several examples were seen, a granite trough, mill wheel, drill holes made some were for feathers and tares, and others for wooden wedges.
A discussion was held about recording, maybe on a map, the locations of interesting features in the Parish.  Roger Claxton has put photographs of many of them on the website.  He would also like to know about other features. 
Digitising
The digitising team will recommence work on 21st and 22nd September.  New volunteers will be welcome. The Group now has an A.3 printer.
Upcoming Events
As part of Devon Historic Churches Day, Leusdon Church are holding an Open Day on Saturday, 12th September, with displays of historical photographs, history of the Church and of Poundsgate, with guided talks at 12.00 and 2.30pm. Beating the Bounds of Spitchwick Manor will take place on 19th September.  18 miles, 12 hours. Meet at Spitchwick Lower Lodge at 7.30am.  Marcia Babington has arranged an evening visit to The Union Inn in Moretonhampstead.  The owner will give a talk on the history of the Inn, followed by an evening meal.  Meet at The Union Inn at 6.45pm. on Friday 23rd October. Joanna Radford is opening her studios to visitors during September.
History As It Happens
The Group was sad to hear that Michael Nosworthy had passed away.  Although not a Member of the History Group, he had kindly provided knowledge and information over time, particularly for the Roll of Honour.  Michael worked at Beards Garage and drove the school bus to Ashburton.  He was a Parish Councillor for 49 years and with his wife Eileen worked tirelessly for The Royal British Legion.  At long last, it seems as though the Widecombe Church clock is working perfectly after final adjustments were made.  A film ‘The Dartmoor Killing’ has been made which was shot locally around the Poundsgate area.  The world premiere is being held at an open air showing at Newbridge on 4th, 5th and 6th September.  It will also be shown at The Barn Cinema in Dartington later in September.There will be a cycle race through Widecombe and Ponsworthy on 5th September.
Terry’s Teaser
This month’s teaser was “Where is Church Lane Head?”  The answer is at the top of Cockingford Hill where it joins the Widecombe road near Merry Park.  There is a legend that the Church was going to be built there at one time.  Next month’s teaser is “Where is Gore Hill Lane?”
Email
An email has been received enquiring about Sarah Bickford and her father, Thomas.
Any Other Business
None.
Diary Dates:
Saturday, 12th September.
  Open Day at Leusdon Church.  Guided talks at 12.00 and 2.30pm.
Saturday, 19th September.  Beating the Bounds of Spitchwick Common.  Meet at Spitchwick Lower Lodge at 7.30am. 4th and 5th October.  Newton Abbot Travel Club are running a trip to Severn Valley Railway and the Black Country Museum.  Contact 01626 354310.
Tuesday, 6th October.  Princetown History Group.  7/30pm.  A talk by Phil Page on Eden Phillpotts, Author-Conservationist & Social Reformer. 
Wednesday, 7th October.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Hall, 10.00am – 12 noon.
Wednesday, 7th October.  Widecombe History Group. Church Houses in Devon by Sue Andrew.
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.
The meeting closed at 9.50pm.
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