History Group Minutes September 2016


Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 44 members present and 4 visitors.
Apologies:  Wendy Beard, Patrick Garvey, Paula Stevens, Sam Boustead and Rodney Cruze.
The Minutes of the meeting in August 2016 had been circulated and it was agreed that they should be signed.
The Group were sad to hear that Richard Norrish of Riddon Farm had passed away. 
Matters Arising
Marcia Babington gave details of the planned walk around Tavistock on Saturday, 8th October.  The coach will leave Widecombe at 9.30am. Payment by the next meeting please.
The final arrangements were made for Widecombe Fair and a rota of stewards was arranged. There has been a good response to Sue Boustead’s request for filled jam jars and Aileen Carrett has painted 32 horseshoes for sale.  The Census Books have been temporarily mislaid and information was sought.  Help is needed on the Fair Field on the Monday, but not before 2.00pm.
Aileen and Peter Carrett held a coffee morning on 16th August which was very successful.  Thanks were expressed to them. 
History Group Events
Mike Wright gave a resume of the Peter Hirst walk which was very successful with lovely warm weather.  The route covered Bel Tor, Mel Tor, Simon’s Lake, Eastern Combe and the Widecombe 3 mile stone behind Oldsbrim.  There was a good turnout of History Group Members.
There is a walk around Moretonhampstead, led by Bill Hardiman, on Wednesday, 28th September. Meet at Greenhill, next to the Parish Church at 4.00pm.
Peter Carrett handed out menus and booking forms for the second History Group Lunch on Wednesday, 26th October.  Forms and payment to be handed in at the next meeting.  Cost depends on the number of courses, £9.50, £13.50 and £15.00, plus the £2 meeting fee. 12.30pm for 1.00pm.
History As It Happens
A George VI post box has been stolen from Natsworthy valley.  Another one was stolen from Stormsdown a few months ago. 
Terry French reported that walls had been rebuilt at Broadaford Bridge, Cator Bridge and Rakes Bridge.  This work was done by Paul Edworthy.
Several of the local cottage hospitals are threatened with closure, including Moretonhampstead and Ashburton.  There will be public consultation meetings taking place over the next few weeks.
Terry’s Teaser
This month’s teaser ”Where is Sentry Hill?”  It is the hill from Widecombe Church down towards the Rugglestone.  It is thought that it may have originally been “Sanctuary Hill”.  
Next month.  “Where is Vinny Ford?”
Digitising
The team have taken a few weeks off during the summer.  Work will recommence after Widecombe Fair.
Any Other Business
Roger Claxton said that he would be pleased to have suggestions for items for Project Time Open Forum. 
Project Time
Due to lack of time, there was no Project Time this month.
The meeting closed at 10.00pm.
Diary Dates:
Wednesday, 28th September.
  Dunstone Chapel, Soup Lunch and Cakes, 12.00-3.00pm.
Wednesday, 28th September.  Walk around Moretonhampstead with Bill Hardiman. 4.00pm.
Tuesday, 4th October.  Princetown History Group.  Ford Park Cemetery by Stephanie Ackland.
Wednesday, 5th October.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00-12.00.
Wednesday, 5th October.  Widecombe History Group. Andrew Thompson will be talking about ‘Tavistock v Taj Mahal, Significance of the town as a World Heritage Site. 
Saturday, 8th October.  Walk around Tavistock.  Coach leaves at 9.30 from Widecombe.  Tour at 2.00pm.
Wednesday, 26th October.  The second Widecombe History Group Lunch.  12.30pm for 1.00pm.

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