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Widecombe Group History Minutes
Meeting of the Widecombe History Group held at The Church House, Widecombe,
on Wednesday, 5th April 2017 at 7.30pm
Terry French was in the Chair. There were 40 members present and 3 visitors.
Apologies: Patrick Garvey, Rose Mortimore, Helen Barrow, Ruth Parnell, Ann Murphy, Peter Carrett, Peter & Kris Blood.
A special guest at the meeting was Ken Norrish who farmed, at one time, at Northway.
Aileen Carrett reported that Peter had had his operation and was recovering, although he can’t drive yet. She thanked the members of the group for all their support, best wishes and phone calls.
The Minutes of the meeting in March 2017 had been circulated. It was agreed that they should be signed.
Matters Arising Margaret Phipps reminded members that the closing date for bookings for the 20th Anniversary Dinner is Friday, 28th April. It will be held at the Café on the Green on 10th May. 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
Mike Wright outlined the programme for the walks at Brimpts on 26th April. Meet at 2.00pm but if a few people could be there earlier at 1.45pm, that would be helpful. If the weather is bad, please ring
Terry on 01364 652416 during the morning.
Judy Southcombe reported on the film evening, from which the proceeds were divided between the History Group and the Ladies’ Social Group. She was therefore pleased to donate £75 to the History Group.
History Group Events. Marcia Babington said she had a party of 16 for the visit to Lewtrenchard, so it was the last call for the remaining four places. Payment please at the next meeting. She is investigating a visit to the American Museum, date in August to be confirmed. Cost is likely to be £8 per head for the Museum plus the cost of the coach.
History As It Happens The heart defibrillator is now installed in the bus shelter and working. Dial 999 and you will be given the number of the lock.
A number of young farmers with Lloyd Mortimore cleared some drains and a quantity of earth from the Green and repaired the Church wall to try to prevent sheep jumping into the churchyard.
Margaret Phipps had seen a swallow on Widecombe Hil on 3rd Aprill. The Committee would welcome photographs of any ‘History as it Happens’ events to add to their records.
Moor Than Meets the Eye Geoffrey Fenton reported that there will be a meeting at the Church House next Wednesday, 12th April, from 3.00pm onwards. The proposed scheme for ‘Welcome to Widecombe’ will be displayed and the organisers are asking for constructive comments. Geoffrey thanked the History Group and David Ashman, in particular, for their input. £29,000 is available for work for the benefit of the village, which will include signage and leaflets.
Terry’s Teaser. “Where is Parkland Head?” Parkland Head is just above Poundsgate, by the telephone exchange, at the junction with the road to Leusdon Hall. This month’s teaser is “Where is Town Lane”.
Any Other Business Mary Pascoe mentioned that the Widecombe School will be celebrating their 85th Anniversary on its present site this year. She will be preparing a display for the School. She would be pleased to receive any old photos etc.
Nomination forms were distributed for the new committee to be elected at the AGM next month.
Margaret Phipps drew attention to the Group’s book which are for sale, she also said that 48 people had attended the Widecombe Fair Pint & Pasty event.
Miho reported that there is soup lunch at Dunstone Chapel next Wednesday, with the proceeds going to charity.
Roger said that digitising activities are taking a break to allow a backlog of checking to catch up. It will probably be resumed in early June.
Marcia had received a letter from Ann Widdicombe wishing the group well. Ann had donated a proportion of her book sales at the last meeting to the Group.
Sue Boustead said that she would be running the jam jar event again at Widecombe Fair. Please fill jam jars, wrap them up and give them to Sue. If anyone requires empty jars, Sue can probably help.
Rodney Cruze said that it was time to catalogue all the History Group items he is storing at Pitton and to get rid of some of it. He mentioned office desks and boards, amongst other items, which are taking up quite a bit of space.
Roger Claxton showed one of the website entries for those who died in WWI, that of John Irish. Each year 2014 to 2018, profiles of local men who died 100 years ago in the war are being added.
Roger then showed the Group, the plans for the Pigs’ House site, now renamed the Memorial Garden, together with some photos taken in 2013. The plans include a paved area, two seats, restored hedges and new fencing and a flower bed. Work needs to be undertaken on a small bridge to enable it to be accessible for all. The Pigs’ House itself may contain old interesting artefacts with a glass screen for security. The History Group Committee have pledged £8,000 towards the £15,000 cost and hope to raise the rest in grant money. Planning Permission will be needed for change of use.
Finally, Roger displayed a film of Clive Gunnell talking about the Tower at Scobitor.
Wednesday, 12th April. Dunstone Chapel, Charity Soup and Cake Lunch at 12.00-3.00pm.
Wednesday, 26th April. ‘Anthony Day’. Walk at Brimpts Tin Mine. 2.00pm.
Tuesday, 2nd May. Princetown History Group. Reverend Bray’s Inscribed Stones, a talk by Dr James Fox.
Wednesday, 3rd May. Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall. 10.00am – 12 noon.
Wednesday, 3rd May. Widecombe History Group. AGM and a talk by Simon Dell on Dartmoor’s Sett Makers Bankers.
Wednesday, 10th May. Widecombe History Group 20th Anniversary Dinner at the Café on the Green, 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
Wednesday, 24th May 2017. Visit to Lewtrenchard Manor. All day by coach.
August – date to be confirmed. Visit to the American Museum in Bath.
Bob Mann gave a talk on the life of Rev Sabine Baring Gould who he quoted as a “Man of Many Parts" Sabine Baring-Gould
English hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar
Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould of Lew Trenchard in Devon, England, was an Anglican priest, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. wikipedia.org
• Born: January 28, 1834, Exeter
• Died: January 2, 1924
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