History Group Minutes March 2017


Meeting of the Widecombe History Group held at The Church House, Widecombe,

on Wednesday, 1st March 2017 at 7.30pm

Terry French was in the Chair. There were 38 members present and 5 visitors.

Apologies:  Patrick Garvey, Audrey Mortimore, Paula Stephens, Rodney Cruze, Helen Barrow, John Southcombe, Derek & Lyn Hext.

The Minutes of the meeting in February 2017 had been circulated. It was agreed that they should be signed.

Terrys Teaser.  “Where is Harefoot Cross?”  Haresfoot Cross is at the top of Widecombe Hill, at the junction of the main Haytor road with the minor road to Manaton. Next month’s teaser is “Where is Parkland Head?”

Widecombe History Group 20th Anniversary This will be held on 10th May 2017, this date being very close to the date of the first meeting in 1997.  It was decided to hold it at the Café on the Green, 7.00pm for 7.30pm.  Two course meal and coffee.  Booking forms will be available at the next meeting.  Many thanks to Margaret Phipps for researching the options.

‘Anthony Day’ Mike Wright reported that there would be two walks at Brimpts on 26th April, starting at 2.00pm.

History As It Happens The Churchyard wall has been realigned and rebuilt with the help of a contingent of local young men.   One of the Widecombe Bellringers, Ian Bowman, suffered an accident when ringing at Worcester Cathedral.  His foot got caught in a rope. He was injured and had to be lowered from the tower by rope by the Fire Brigade.  He is now at home and recovering quite well. 50 years ago, the Beard’s bus ran its last trip to Ashburton.  The BBC programme ‘Songs of Praise’ was filmed at Shallowford Farm, showing the children from London with the animals.

Moor Than Meets the Eye

The contract for the signage for Welcome to Widecombe has been awarded to a company Platform One.  They want to talk to the History Group to get information regarding photographs etc and would like a key contact from the Group to work with.  David Ashman agreed to do this. 

Local Events

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 15th March, at 7.00pm.  The main topic will be the Moor Than Meets the Eye project.

The Ladies Group will be showing the film A Summer Story at the Church House on Thursday, 9th March at 7.30pm.  This was filmed locally around Buckland and includes some local people.  The meeting is open to everyone (even men!).

The Dunstone Charity Lunch will be held on Wednesday, 8th March.  This month, the collection will be in aid of Harry Boston’s project in Borneo. 

Widecombe Fair will be holding a ‘Pint and Pasty’ event at the Old Inn on Friday, 10th March, as a thank you to all their helpers and to encourage new volunteers.

Any Other Business 

The 2017/2018 programme for the Widecombe History Group speakers was distributed. Thanks to Marcia for putting the programme together.

The Devonshire Association have sent their programme for 2017.

Peter Carrett said that it was time to think about the displays for Widecombe Fair.

Project Time  

Roger showed some interesting photos of the Pigs’ House, one dating from 1889 and another from the opposite direction dated 1920.  There was also a photo of part of the well and Manor Cottage dated 1924, when part of the cottage used to be an Ash House. A 1952 post card from Katherine Parr addressed to the ‘Wrugglestone’ mentioned that Scobetor was for sale.  Roger ended with a short film about Beatrice Chase made in the 1960s which included an interview with Peter Hicks.

Diary Dates

Wednesday, 8th March.  Dunstone Chapel, Charity Soup and Cake Lunch at 12.00-3.00pm.

Thursday, 9th March. Showing of the film ‘A Summer Story’.  Church House. 7.30pm.

Friday, 10th March. Pint and Pasty event held by Widecombe Fair at the Old Inn.

Wednesday, 15th March.  Annual Parish Meeting.  7.00pm in the Church House.

Tuesday, 4th April.  Princetown History Group. Dartmoor Mindscapes, a talk by Peter Knight.

Wednesday, 5th April.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00am – 12 noon.

Wednesday, 5th April.  Widecombe History Group.  Bob Mann – The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould, Man of Many Parts.

Wednesday, 26th April.  ‘Anthony Day’.  Walk at Brimpts Tin Mine. 2.00pm.

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

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