History Group Minutes December 2017

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                                     Minutes of the Widecombe History Group was held at the Church House, Widecombe, on                                                                                                                       Wednesday, 6th December 2017.
Peter Carrett took the chair. There were 29  members present.
Apologies : Pat Everett, Jill Rogers, Flash Southcombe, Sue Booty, Wendy Beard, Paula Stephens, Rodney Cruze, Mike & Mo Wright, Terry French.
Minutes of the November meeting were approved and signed.
Pighouse and Heritage Garden. The Dig arranged for 9/10th Nov was completed on the 9th when the cobbles were uncovered and found to be in good condition, a few other items were found, Judy had taken them to wash and they would then be given to Andy Crabb  to analyse. There had been a site meeting with Nigel Pratt and Jo Rumble DNP, their views were taken on board and Nigel suggested no stock proof fencing around the site. Roger reported that WHG now had planning approval, with conditions, for the project. The funding was good with Dartmoor Community Fund grant up to £10,000 and MTMTE Parish Scapes grant  £8,000. Work could now start on the site.
ABC Dialect book. Ann reported good sales of the book, 210 to date. DNP had taken 50, A mention on Radio Devon brought interest from all parts of Devon , Dartmoor Magazine did a preview in their Winter edition and the DNPA are to do a press release. Ann asked for helpers for the Christmas Market and thanked everyone who has helped with sales , £1800 has been taken to date.
Peter Hurst Walk. Committee decided that these walks would now be replaced with an “ Anthony Picnic “ and had arranged for Saturday 23rd June 2018 meeting at Two Crosses carpark, bring your own picnic, Peter and Aileen Carrett offered to provide tea and coffee.
Terry,s Teaser last month was “Hutholes”, the site of a medieval village in Dockwell Lane. No teaser this month.
History as it happens .  The rubbing posts around the village are noe all in place. One Beech tree on Sentry Hill fell in high winds on Remembrance Sunday.
Notices.  Peter Carrett reminded those who were going to Carols Down the Line the next evening to bring a torch and meet at the station at 6-45pm for coffee and mincepies.  An invitation by MTMTE to an exhibition, Dartmoor:A “Wild and Wonderous Region” at the Royal Albert Memorial and Arts Museum, Exeter. Wed 10th Jan. Committee had completed the Widecombe Village hall survey.  A book was placed on the table for members to log ideas for walks, talks and outings . The WHG Christmas tree was ready to go in the Church on Friday.
Diary Dates.
Saturday 10 th – Thursday 21st December. Widecombe Church Christmas Tree Festival
Wednesday 13 th December. Dunstone Chapel, Charity Soup and cake Lunch 12-00 – 3-00pm
Carol Services:
Widecombe Church on Sun 17th Dec. Dunstone Chapel on Tues Dec 19th. Poundsgate Chapel on Thurs Dec 21st.    Leusdon Church  Wed 27th Dec.
Leusdon Memorial Hall. NO Coffee Morning in January, the next one on Wed 7th February, 10-00-12-00
Date of WHG next meeting.  Wednesday 10th January2018, The New Year Party, Bring and Share.
WHG February Meeting Wednesday 7th.  Speaker: Robert Hesketh – Armageddon and 1918; The Last Hundred Years.
Project time. Roger showed slides to include:  The Hennafoot Stone or(Hendisstone) which is on the boundary of Widecombe Town Manor and Dunstone and Blackslade Manors. The Shovelstone which is also marking the same boundary but higher up the hill, all shown on the Court Role map 1880 of those Manors.    Slides also shown were of the Radcliffe girls in Brook lane 1909 and a later comparison.  View of kiosk and village 1956. People waiting for the arrival of the Prince of Wales 1909. A yew and oak tree growing together outside the Church house. The church House thatched 1895. A stone placed on the Village Green marked GR V1 1937 which was now embedded in the Beech Tree. Charabancs in Widecombe.

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