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History Group Minutes November 2016


Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on                              Wednesday, 2nd November 2016 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 43 members present.
Apologies:  Patrick Garvey, Sid & Jo Pontin, Val Watson, Paula Stephens, Ann Murphy, Ruth Parnell, Rodney Cruze, Rosemary Mortimore, Zena Lowe, Miho Rennells, David Ashman.
The Minutes of the meeting in October 2016 had been circulated. After adding apologies from Judy Southcombe  it was agreed that the minutes should be signed.
Matters Arising
The second History Group Lunch on Wednesday, 26th October, was enjoyed by everyone.  It was decided to have another one before Christmas and the date was fixed for 21st December.  Peter Carrett distributed menus and requested that monies should be paid by the next meeting.  Many thanks to Peter and Aileen for organising these lunches. 
World War I
The event at Buckland Village Hall was successful.  Peter Rennells, David Ashman and John Kimber put on a display. 
Peter Rennells reported to the meeting that the Roll of Honour is nearing completion.  The names have been inscribed and the framing is underway.  There are 43 names on the Roll of Honour and it is the culmination of three years’ work.  It is going to be dedicated at the Remembrance Day Service at St Pancras, Widecombe, on Sunday, 13th November.  In the course of preparing this Roll of Honour, the three researchers worked on a full history of each man and a book is going to be produced with all this information.  Peter anticipates that more names may be found, for example there were 60 men in the Second World War Home Guard and it seems likely that some of them may have been servicemen in the First World War. Unfortunately, these Home Guard records cannot be accessed until 2045, one hundred years after the end of the Second World War.
Peter, David and John were thanked for the incredible amount of work they had put in on this project.
Geoffrey Fenton informed the group that there would be an informal gathering in Widecombe Square at 10.50 on 11th November to observe the two minutes silence.  The Remembrance Service itself is on Sunday, 13th November.
History Group Events
The walk around Tavistock on Saturday, 8th October, was well attended and proved really interesting.  Thanks to Marcia Babington for the organisation. 
Marcia is also organising a visit to Lewtrenchard Manor on Wednesday 24th May 2017.  So far she has 17 names.  Maximum 20.  Deposit is due now.
There is a Group visit to Kents Cavern on Wednesday, 16th November.  Meet there at 2.00pm.  Optional Cream Tea.
History As It Happens
The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter was destroyed by a fire which started on 28th October and took nearly three days to put out.  Several other properties around it were also destroyed. The Royal Clarence was built in 1769 and forms part of a historic area in the heart of Exeter dating from medieval times.  The Hotel was subsequently completely demolished.
Geoffrey Fenton was asked to bless a new boundary stone which has been placed on the side of Rippon Tor.  It has an ‘A’ for Ashburton on one side and ‘I’ for Ilsington on the other.  There are another eight of these boundary stones missing. 
Filming for ‘The Darkness of the Moor’ is taking place locally at present.  So far they have used Uppacott and Brimpts, together with other moorland areas.  One of two local people have been used as extras.
Water in the local reservoirs is at a very low level at present.  It is now possible to walk over the bridge which was submerged at Fernworthy Reservoir.
Terry’s Teaser
“Where is Northway Bridge?” It is at the bottom of Widecombe Hill.  Next month’s teaser is “Where is Bill Leaman’s Hill?”
Any Other Business
A reminder that there is a change of date for the Leusdon Coffee Morning.  Instead of the usual December date, the big Christmas Fair will be on Wednesday 30th November.
Margaret Phipps asked if anyone had photos of Widecombe Fair.  The Committee need some for next year’s programme.
Kirsty Peake will be producing the next newsletter soon, despite being in the United States at the time.  Please let her have items by email.
The next Dunstone Charity Lunch will be on Wednesday, 23rd November, at Dunstone Chapel.  From 12.00 noon.
The Widecombe Fair Dinner will be held at The Café on the Green on Friday, 25th November.  Contact Margaret Phipps for tickets.
There will be a Christmas Tree competition again in Widecombe Church this December.  The History Group will be doing an entry which is being prepared by Mary Pascoe, Margaret Phipps, Miho Rennells and Wendy Beard.
Project Time Roger Claxton showed some very interesting items.  A photo of the new Roll of Honour and some photos of North Hall archaeological dig.   Also two short Pathe films, one of snow on Dartmoor in 1955 and another of a Dartmoor Prison Mutiny in 1932 when “400 prisoners ran amok”. 
Diary Dates:
Wednesday, 16th November.  Visit to Kents Cavern.  Meet there at 2.00pm.
Wednesday, 23rd November.  Dunstone Chapel, Soup Lunch and Cakes, 12.00-3.00pm.
Friday, 25th November.  Widecombe Fair Dinner. Café hon the Green.  7.30pm for 8.00pm.
Wednesday, 30th November.  Grand Christmas Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00-12.00.
Tuesday, 6th December.  Princetown History Group.  AGM and Christmas Meeting.
Wednesday, 7th December.  Widecombe History Group. Tom Greeves – Dartmoor by the Sea, the Archaeology of the Isles of Scilly.
17th – 19th December.  Christmas Tree Exhibition at Widecombe Church.
Wednesday, 21st December.  The Widecombe History Group Christmas Lunch at Stover Golf Club.
Wednesday, 24th May 2017.  Visit to Lewtrenchard Manor.  All day by coach

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