History Group Minutes April 2018

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     Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 4th April                                                                                            2018
Peter Carrett took the Chair. There were 37 members present, which included one visitor. 
Apologies: Paula Stephens, Arthur Wrayford, John & Judy Southcombe, Jo & Sid Pontin, Patrick Garvey, Alan Peake, John & Zena Lowe, Lyn & Derek Hext, Rodney & Wendy Cruze. 
The Minutes of the meeting in March 2018 had been circulated. It was agreed that, with one amendment, they should be signed.
Matters Arising
Pig House and Heritage Garden.  No work has been carried out recently but work will begin again soon.  The building will be completed first, then the stone walling and fencing.
Proposed New Village Hall.  Kris Blood has been attending Widecombe Village Hall Steering Group meetings on the Group’s behalf.  Discussions are continuing concerning History Group involvement and costs.  Chris Elliot reported that the committee are now working on the feasibility study and business case. A fund raising event is being held on Saturday, 28th April at Leusdon Hall, at 7.30pm.  This will take the form of a Quiz and Supper.  The History Group decided to put in a team of six, viz Alan Peake, Terry French, Margaret Phipps, Krissy and Peter Blood and Audrey Mortimore.
History As It Happens
There were two separate significant snowfalls during March, with roads blocked and isolated places cut off.  Widecombe School was closed for some days.  Apparently Devon was the wettest county in the country in March.  Newbridge has been damaged and is being repaired yet again.  A swallow has been seen at Stover and a curlew at Blackslade.  During the first snow episode a car ran into one of the stones by Widecombe Green.  It turned onto its side and moved the stone about a yard.  Works on Lizwell Bridge have been completed.  The Rugglestone Inn came second in a Countryfile competition to find the Best Country Pub in Britain.
Terry’s Teaser
Where is Lake Ford?  It is now under the road near Lake Farm, Poundsgate.  The stream runs from Tor down to Spitchwick Woods.  Next month’s Teaser is “Where is Coronation Cottage?”
Forthcoming Events
Stover lunch on Wednesday, 18th April. All completed forms and money by tonight.
The next Dunstone Charity Lunch is on Wednesday, 11th April.  From 12 noon. 
Lukesland Gardens on 24th April.  Twenty attendees are required for this trip but we are about five short.  The Committee agreed on this occasion to make up the shortfall if we were unable to find more people to go.  Self drive.  Meet at Lukesland at 2.30pm.
Coach trip to Oakham Treasures Museum, near Bristol on Wednesday, 23rd May. There are still some places on the coach.  Leave Widecombe at 9.00am and Bovey Tracey at 9.20am.  Return to Widecombe at about 6.00pm. Due to unforeseen circumstances the cost will be £26 pp.
Any Other Business
There is a new Data Protection law in place.  All History Group Members were asked to sign a slip giving the Group permission to store their contact information.
Group Members were also asked to submit nominations for the Committee ahead of next month’s AGM.
A former member of the History Group, Mr Fred Daw, died recently at the age of 101. He was born at Langworthy, lived at Tunhill and Cockingford Mill.
The digitising teams will recommence their work in the week beginning 16th April.  Ashburton Museum has given us a number of local documents.
David Ashman attended a meeting at Widecombe School.  The pupils are about to start a project on the medieval period and need artefacts and information.  This seems a good opportunity for cooperation between the History Group and the School.
Project Time
Roger showed us a very moving film – a commemoration of those who died in WWI.  This film was provided by Kirsty Peake and was made by one of her colleagues.
Richard Casey mention that the Tithe Map can now be viewed on a Devon County Council website, map.devon.gov.uk/dccviewer.  Roger showed us the site.  You can look at OS maps and the tithe map.
We then saw two bits of film taken by Roger’s son, Sam, from a drone, which showed two views of Widecombe.  It is legal to fly drones from private land on Dartmoor.
We finished with two views of the old Widecombe Village Sign from the 1930’s and one of the Well dated 1890. 
The meeting closed at 10.20pm.
Diary Dates
Wednesday 11th April. Dunstone Chapel Soup and Cake Lunch, 12 noon – 3pm
Tuesday, 1st May.  Princetown History Group. Archaeology of the Upper Tamar Valley by Peter Houghton.
Wednesday, 18th April. Lunch at Stover. 12-30 for 1-00 pm
Tuesday, 24th April.  Visit to Lukesland, Ivybridge. Meet there at 2.30pm
Saturday, 28th April.  Quiz and Supper in aid of the new Widecombe Village Hall. 7.30pm.
Wednesday, 2nd May.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00–12.00
Wednesday, 2nd May.  7.30pm. Widecombe History Group. AGM and talk by Brian Portch on Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge.
Wednesday, 23rd May.  Coach trip to Oakham Treasures Museum, near Bristol.
Thursday, 14th June. Visit to Hunts Cider.
Saturday, 23rd June. Anthony Picnic.  Two Crosses Car Park. 6pm
Wednesday, 25th July.  Nature Walk with Geoffrey Fenton. 


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