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Widecombe History group Minutes
Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 6th April 2016 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 41 members and 8 guests present.
Apologies: Wendy Beard, Paula Stevens, Patrick Garvey, Tim Whitten, Kirsty Peake, Arthur Wrayford, Derek & Lyn Hext, Mo & Mike Wright, Ruth Parnell, John Kimber, Aileen Carrett, Joanna Radford.
The Minutes of the February meeting had been circulated and it was agreed that they should be signed.
Peter Rennells was welcomed back to the meeting after a period of illness.
Margaret Phipps asked if anyone would be willing to write up the talk this month as Joanna Radford was absent. Sophie Mount Thurston offered to do so.
History Group Lunch
This took place at Stover Golf Club and it was agreed that it was a big success. A vote of thanks was proposed to Peter Carrett for his organisation. The next lunch may be held on Wednesday, 26th October, at 12.30.
Visit to Britannia Naval College
Marcia Babington finalised arrangements for the visit to Britannia Naval College and Dartmouth on 23rd April. Meet in Widecombe Car Park at 10.00am and at 10.15am in Bovey Tracey.
Miho is organising a monthly fundraising meeting at Dunstone Chapel for soup, lunch & cakes. This will be on the third Wednesday of every month and a different charity will be supported each time.
The Friends of Widecombe School are holding a Bingo event on Friday, 22nd April.
On Saturday, 4th June, there will be an information day in Widecombe Church House for Moor Than Meets the Eye. The topics will be the North Hall dig and the Moor Mediaeval project.
History Group Barbecue
The History Group will be holding a Barbecue at Leusdon Hall on Saturday, 9th July, 4.00pm – 8.00pm. Cost will be £5 per person.
History Group Monthly Meeting
Roger Claxton told the Group that a regular time at the monthly meetings, about 15 minutes or so, would be set aside after the tea break for updates on the various projects that the Group are involved with.
After 15 years, Mary Pascoe would like to take a break from doing the teas at the Group Meetings. A vote of thanks was proposed to Mary and Wendy for all their hard work. Volunteers were sought to take on the responsibility of providing the refreshments and Rosemary Wrayford and Rose Mortimore offered to do so, with the help of other members of the Group.
History As It Happens
.At present the Church clock is working. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Congratulations to Kirsty Peake, who has won an Award for her work with Wolves. It is an Annual Award from the International Wolf Centre in Minnesota, USA, for education about Wolves. It is the first time in 30 years that it was been awarded outside the USA.
This month’s teaser is “Where is Southcombe Wells”? Southcombe Wells are near the top of Southcombe Hill on the left where the spring rises. This month’s teaser is “Where is Three Gates”.
Annual General Meeting.
The Group were reminded that Nomination Forms are available for anyone interested in joining the Committee at next month’s AGM. The existing Committee Members are all willing to stand again.
Any Other Business
More lead weights are needed. A date will be fixed to have a session making them.
David Ashman and Roger Claxton showed some old photos thought to have been taken on Widecombe Fair Day and a large group photo thought to have been taken on the day the Prince & Princess of Wales visited Huccaby Races in 1909.
The meeting closed at 9.50pm.
Wednesday, 20th April. Dunstone Chapel, Soup, Lunch and Cakes, 12.00-3.00pm.
Saturday, 23rd April. Visit to Britannia Naval College.
Tuesday, 3rd May. Princetown History Group. 7.30pm. “The Lighter Side of World War I” by Diana Lawer.
Wednesday, 4th May. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 4th May. Widecombe History Group. AGM and Presentation by Tracey Elliot-Reep.
Wednesday, 18th May. Dunstone Chapel, Soup, Lunch and Cakes, 12.00-3.00pm.
Wednesday, 1st June. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 1st June. Widecombe History Group. The World’s First National Park by Kirsty Peake.
Saturday, 4th June. Moor Then Meets The Eye. Information Day in Widecombe Church House.
Tuesday, 7th June. Princetown History Group. Carvings in Postbridge Church by Helen Wilson. Meet at 7.00pm at the Village Hall, Postbridge.
Saturday, 9th July. Widecombe History Group Barbecue at Leusdon Hall. 4.00pm to 8.00pm.
Wednesday, 26th October. The second Widecombe History Group Lunch. Details to follow.
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