History Group Minutes July 2017


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Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on                                                       Wednesday, 5th July 2017
Peter Carrett took the Chair. There were 39 members present.
Apologies:  Richard Wells, Peter & Kris Blood, Patrick Garvey, Paul Stephens, Ruth Parnell, Rodney Cruze, John & Zena Lowe.
The Minutes of the meeting in June 2017 had been circulated and it was agreed that they should be signed.
Matters Arising. 
Moor Than Meets the Eye.  Phase I of the Welcome to Widecombe project has been completed and displays boards are now installed in the shops and the church.
Memorial Garden. Roger reported that a meeting would be held shortly with the owners to resolve and finalise two issues.
Alphabet Book. Two quotations have been received for printing the Alphabet Book.  Funding is being sought.
Forthcoming Events.
Dartmoor Search & Rescue.  Marcia Babington reminded members about the visit on Saturday, 22nd July.  Meet there, for a 10.30am start.
Fish & Chips with Peter & Aileen on Tuesday, 18th July, at 7.30pm.  Peter gave out directions to his home at Liverton.
Lunch at Stover.  Peter Carrett has booked the lunch at Stover for Wednesday, 25th October.  Further details to follow.
Charity Lunch at Dunstone Chapel.  This month’s lunch will be held on Wednesday, 12th July.  12 noon to 3.00pm.
Concert at Leusdon Church. The Ashburton Singers and the Widecombe Singers will be giving a Concert at Leusdon Church on Saturday, 15th July at 7.30pm.  Cost is £6.
North Hall Dig. Peter Rennells reported that there will be a dig of trial pits on 18th and 19th July.  Volunteers are needed.
Carols Down the Line.  Peter Carrett has booked 20 places for Carols Down the Line on Thursday, 7th December.
History As It Happens
Moor Than Meets the Eye information boards have been placed in the shops and the Church.  A former local resident, Sally Hicks-Beach has walked from John O’ Groats to Lands End, completed unaided.  This took her 78 days.  She is now fund raising for local charities. The work restoring the Ten Commandment stones at Buckland Beacon has been completed.
Terry’s Teaser.  “Where is Stout’s Cottage?”  Stout’s Cottage is on the Widecombe Valley road by the milestone.  This month’s teaser is “Where is Rowden Gate?”.
Any Other Business
The History Group has been chosen as Widecombe Fair’s Charity of the year.  This entitles us to a stand as well as space in the Heritage Tent.  Volunteers will be needed on the day. 
The Group have produced a booklet entitled “The Wag’s Walk around Widecombe” detailing Anthony’s walk around the village. This is now awaiting the second draft.  Another leaflet to be produced will be about items of interest just outside the village.  Both of these will be sold with funds going to the History Group.
The July 2017 Newsletter has been produced by Kirsty Peake.  Many thanks to Kirsty.
Peter Rennells wished to thank Dawn Nosworthy for her donation of six hard backed volumes, first editions, on the History of World War I.  These had been of great use to Peter and the other researchers by pinpointing dates of battles.  These volumes are now stored in Dunstone Chapel.
Peter also told the Group that, following the research on WWI, we now have information on 45 people involved.  We have some information on where they were before they went to war and, for some of them, when they came back.  Peter is going to tell us about one person at each monthly meeting and he started with Ernest Beard, a relative of Anthony.  Ernest’s mother was Gertrude Leaman.  There is no record of him at Widecombe School but he married Lucy in Exeter.  He was a farm labourer but lost his tribunal when he claimed exemption from serving. He is shown in the Census as living in Cator in 1881 at the age of 2, and again in 1891 at the age of 12.  In 1911, at the age of 32, was living in Jordan Mill and had a son born in 1907.  There is no detail on his war service and although there is a possibility that he transferred to the Coastguard.
Project Time
Roger began by showing us photos of the newly restored Ten Commandment stones, and also of the other stone on Buckland Beacon depicting George V’s silver jubilee in 1935.  At that time Buckland Beacon was one of a chain of beacons across the country to celebrate the jubilee. He then showed us photos of the proof copy of the Alphabet Book and mention was made of the CD of Anthony Beard reading it. Pat Watson provided photos of the continuing work at Lizwell Bridge and also of Buckland Church rood screen which has been restored and repainted.  The last photos were of a book entitled The Worthies of Devon written in 1810 by John Prince which quoted text from the Vicar of Widecombe, George Lyde, on the day of the storm in 1638.  This text included graphic accounts of the injuries suffered by the parishioners.
The meeting closed at 9.50 pm.
Diary Dates
Wednesday, 12th July.
  Dunstone Chapel, Charity Soup and Cake Lunch at 12.00-3.00pm.
Saturday, 15th July. Concert at Leusdon Church.  7.30pm.
Tuesday 18th July   Fish & Chips with Peter and Aileen Carrett at Sussex, Liverton. 7.30pm
Tuesday, 18th and Wednesday, 19th July.  Dig at North Hall.
Saturday, 22nd July. Visit to the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Group. 10.30am to 12.00 noon.
Tuesday, 1st August.  Princetown History Group. History of Dartmoor Ponies, Joss Hibbs.
Wednesday, 2nd August.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00am – 12 noon.
Wednesday, 2nd August.  7.30pm. Widecombe History Group. Canals of the Westcountry and Overseas.  Colin Vosper.
Tuesday, 12th September.  Widecombe Fair.
Wednesday, 25th October. Lunch at Stover Golf Club.
Thursday, 7th December.  Carols Down the Line.  7.00 – 9.30pm. Coast £12.


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