History Group Minutes July 2016


Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 6th July 2016 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 37 members present and 2 visitors.
Apologies:  Wendy Beard, Patrick Garvey, Ruth Parnell, Pat & Val Watson, John & Zena Lowe, Arthur Wrayford, Derek & Lyn Hext, Laraine Ashman, Miho Rennells, Ann Murphy, Roger & Ann Claxton.
The Minutes of the AGM held in May were agreed and signed.
The Minutes of the meeting in June 2016 had been circulated. There were two minor amendments and it was then agreed that they should be signed.
Matters Arising
Widecombe Church organised a Flower Festival to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday on Saturday, 11th June, and through the following week. Four History Group members decorating one of the windows – Mary Pascoe, Margaret Phipps, Miho Rennells and Ann Claxton.  Thanks were expressed to them.
History Group Events
On 13th July at 10.00am Simon Dell will lead a walk round Princetown.  The walk will include the church, prison museum and possibly the French and American cemeteries.
The History Group will be holding a Barbecue, organised by Peter Carrett, at Leusdon Hall on Saturday, 9th July.  Volunteers were sought to bring cake and draw prizes.
The speaker at the October meeting is Andrew Thompson on the topic of Tavistock-v-Taj Mahal.  On the following Saturday, 8th October, he will be leading a walk around Tavistock.
Preparations are being made for the Peter Hirst Memorial Walk on 29th August.  We will meet at Beltor and visit, Meltor, Dr Blackhall’s Drive, Simon’s Lake, Eastern Combe and Oldsbrim Cross. 
Local Events
On Tuesday, 9th August, there will be a Family Fun Day on Widecombe Green in aid of Leusdon Church. 10.00am to 4.00pm. 
Newsletter
Kirsty Peake has produced the newsletter.  This has been circulated by email and copies were available at the meeting.  She was congratulated on a very interesting document and thanked for all her hard work.
Moor Than Meets the Eye
Andy Crabb has been meeting various businesses and individuals around the village and gathering information for the boards to be set up in Widecombe.
North Hall Dig
A very successful dig at North Hall took place in the week commencing 27th June.  Peter Rennells reported that there were at least 20 diggers every day, with 200 visitors during the week and 330 on the Open Day.  A party of 20 Americans visited as well as a group of Widecombe Schoolchildren.  A fireplace, a cobbled yard and various small items were found.  North Hall is a unique Manor as it has a moat and fortifications. This was the third dig, all three funded by different organisations, and unfortunately this funding has now come to an end.  Further funding is being sought.
Peter said that he had 30 ring binders of information about North Hall and its occupants.  The Group need to consider what to do with all this information.
Fund Raising
Sue Boustead reminded members that she is collecting filled and wrapped jam jars for sale at Widecombe Fair.
History As It Happens
Moor Than Meets the Eye
are organising a bird count on Dartmoor.  This is the first time that one has been carried out.
On Thursday, 23rd June 2016, a Referendum was held in the UK to vote on whether to stay in the European Union.  After a hard fought campaign, 52% of the population voted to come out.  There followed a period of political turmoil. 
1st July 2016 was the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Terry’s Teaser
This month’s teaser ”Where is Cokers Hill?”  It is by Cator Green, where you turn right to go into Cator.
“Where is the ‘One Miol Stone’, otherwise known as the One Mile Stone?”
Any Other Business
Kirsty Peake asked if anyone recalled a Philip Wyse who lived at Parke Cottage in the Second World War. He had visited Parke Cottage recently. 
Rodney Cruze is in discussion with the suppliers of Super Broadband about the siting of poles.  It seems there had been some confusion over maps.  
Project Time
David Ashman had compiled an exhibit concerning the Battle of the Somme and had researched how many people on our Roll of Honour had fought there.  He found seven men and filled in details of where they came from and where fought.  Very many thanks to David for doing this work.
The meeting closed at 9.45pm.
Diary Dates:
Saturday, 9th July
.  Widecombe History Group Barbecue at Leusdon Hall.  4.00pm to 8.00pm.
Wednesday, 13th July.  Walk round Princetown with Simon Dell.  Meet at 10.00am at the Fox Tor Café.
Wednesday, 27th July.  Dunstone Chapel, Soup Lunch and Cakes, 12.00-3.00pm. In aid of the Devon Air Ambulance.
Tuesday, 2nd August.  Princetown History Group.  666 by Gordon Paton.
Wednesday, 3rd August.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 3rd August.  Widecombe History Group.  Lost Devon by Felicity Goodall.
Tuesday, 9th August.  Family Fun Day on Widecombe Green in aid of Leusdon Church. 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 24th August.  Dunstone Chapel, Soup Lunch and Cakes, 12.00-3.00pm.
Monday, 29th August.  Peter Hirst Memorial Walk. Meet at Beltor at 2.00pm.
Tuesday, 6th September.  Princetown History Group.  John Fitz of Tavistock, by Tom Greeves.
Wednesday, 7th September.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 7th September.  Widecombe History Group.  Bill Hardiman – A factious place of backsides and dung heaps, the life and times of 17th Century Moretonians.
Wednesday, 28th September.  Walk around Moretonhampstead with Bill Hardiman. 6.00pm.l
Wednesday, 26th October.  The second Widecombe History Group Lunch.  12.30pm.

 

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