History Group Minutes January 2016


Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 6th January 2016 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 38 members present.
Apologies: Anthony & Wendy Beard, Lyn & Derek Hext, Pat & Val Watson, Serena Walcot, Paula Stevens, Sid & Jo Pontin, Patrick Garvey, Ruth Parnell, Ann Murphy & Tim Whitten.
The Group were sorry to hear that Anthony Beard had not been well and was, at present, in hospital.  Best wishes were sent to him.          Freda Wilkinson had passed away in December and a minute’s silence was held in her memory.  Freda first came to the parish in the Land Army to Lizwell and, after her marriage to Clarry Wilkinson, farmed at Laughter Hole and at Babeny.  She was a noted local historian. The Minutes of the December meeting had been circulated and it was agreed that they should be signed.
Matters Arising
The History Group Christmas Tree gained third prize in the Christmas Tree competition, the winners being the Widecombe Bellringers.  Donations totalling £1200 were raised by the Church for the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital - £420 from the Christmas Tree exhibition and the remainder from the Christmas services. 
New Year Lunch
Peter Carrett distributed menus and forms for the History Group New Year Lunch. This will be held on Wednesday, 16th March, at Stover Golf Club. 12.30 for 1.00pm.  Three courses for £15 or two courses for £11.50. Peter will need the forms back by the next meeting please.
Visit to Britannia Naval College
Marcia is organising a trip to the Britannia Naval College on Saturday, 23rd April. 
Digitising
Digitising will be restarting after a Christmas break in the week commencing 11th January.
Japanese Tea Party
There will be a Japanese Tea Party at Dunstone Chapel on Wednesday, 17th February.  Proceeds in aid of Dunstone Chapel. 10.00am-3.00pm.
History As It Happens
The missing hand from the Church Clock has not yet been fixed.  The pound at Poundsgate has been tidied up and refurbished as part of the Moor Than Meets The Eye project.  The School and the School House now have solar panels.  Rebuilding work has started on Dunstone Cottage, following the fire which destroyed it last year.  December 2015 was the wettest December for over 100 years.
Terry’s Teaser
This month’s teaser is “Where is Horse Park Lane?”  It is the lane from Butts Cross to Primms Cottage.  Next month’s teaser is “Where is Wheelbarrow Farm?”
Any Other Business
Terry French pointed out that there was a very good article in the Devonshire Magazine about Higher Uppacott.  
The meeting closed at 7.50pm.
Following the meeting, the Group held a very successful New Year Party with an excellent bring and share supper, and punch supplied by Peter Rennells.  Many thanks, Peter.  Terry thanked the Group for all their support over the last year and proposed a get well toast to Anthony.  After the meal, the Group had an opportunity to examine a large map of the parish, dated 1886, donated by Mrs Cullen, of Leighon House.
Diary Dates:
Tuesday, 2nd February
. Princetown History Group. 7.30pm. The Riding for the Disabled Association, a talk by Lynn Pidgeon.
Wednesday, 3rd February.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 3rd February. Widecombe History Group. Armageddon: How Some Newspapers reported the Outbreak of the First World War. Robert Hesketh.
Wednesday, 17th February.  Japanese Tea Party at Dunstone Chapel.  10.00am–3.00pm. All proceeds in aid of Dunstone Chapel.
Tuesday, 1st March.  Princetown History Group. 7.30pm. Ticks on the Leat by Keith Ryan.
Wednesday, 2nd March.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 2nd March. Widecombe History Group.  How the Devon History Society Works by Phillippe Planet.
Wednesday, 16th March. History Group New Year Lunch at Stover Golf Club. 12.30 for 1.00pm
Saturday, 23rd April.  Visit to Britannia Naval College.
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