History Group Minutes May 2018


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                            Meeting of the Widecombe History Group was held at The Church House, Widecombe, on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
Peter Carrett was in the Chair. There were 38 members present and three visitors.   
Apologies: Margaret Phipps, Rose Mortimore, Wendy & Rodney Cruze, Larraine Ashman, Serena Walcot, John Kimber, Sid & Jo Pontin, Ann Murphy, Patrick Garvey.
The Minutes of the meeting in April 2018 had been circulated. It was agreed that they should be signed.
Matters Arising
Pig House and Heritage Garden.  Roger Claxton reported on progress on the Pig’s House.  The building work is almost complete, apart from the stone wall and fencing at the back and against the road.  The next phase will be the hard surface in keeping with the pig house but also suitable for disabled access.  Discussions are taking place with the Dartmoor National Park about what material to use. Possibilities are reclaimed granite cobbles or flat granite slabs. The noticeboard has been ordered and there will be a Moor Than Meets the Eye board.  Heritage planting will be carried out and artefacts placed.  A rubbing post, seating (granite and wood) and the bridge will be installed. 
Proposed New Village Hall.  Kris Blood reported that the feasibility study has been delayed slightly but will be completed soon.  The AGM will be held shortly.  The visit to Lukesland Gardens took place on 24th April.  Unfortunately the weather was damp but the successful visit was enjoyed by all.  Lukesland Gardens have just won an award from The Dartmoor Association which prompted Wendy Beard to bring another one in to the meeting to show the Group.  It was presented to Anthony Beard in 2004 by the The Dartmoor Association and inscription reads “Anthony Beard for sharing his Dartmoor wisdom, empathy and wit”.  A team from the History Group took part in a Quiz to raise funds for the Proposed New Village Hall.  They came third equal.  The event raised £415.
History As It Happens
At the Green Man Festival in Bovey Tracey, the Town Council have fixed a plaque on the Green Man’s staff “in Memory of Anthony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe”.  Wendy Beard was there to present it.   The red telephone box has been removed from Dunstone by BT.
Terry’s Teaser. 
“Where is Coronation Cottage?”  It is on the road between Leusdon Church and the River Dart.  It was built for Mr Bamsey, gamekeeper at Spitchwick.  Next month’s teaser is “Where is Blackslade Ford?”
Forthcoming Events
The next Dunstone Charity Lunch is on Wednesday, 9th May.  From 12 noon. 
Rose Mortimore is organising a visit to Hunts Cider on 14th June.  A board was circulating for names.  Coach trip to Oakham Treasures Museum, near Bristol on Wednesday, 23rd May. There are plenty of places on the coach.  Leave Widecombe at 9.00am and Bovey Tracey at 9.20am.  Return to Widecombe at about 6.00pm. The cost will be £26 pp.
Dartmoor National Park’s History Day is on Saturday, 19th May.  9.30am-4.15pm. Margaret Phipps and Peter Rennells would like to go.  There is one further place available.  There will be an Elizabethan event at Buckland Church to celebrate the completion of the renovation of the rood screen.  There is a concert in the evening. 
Any Other Business
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Archives
Kris Blood has taken over care of the archives from Richard Wells.  Many thanks to Richard to his work in setting up the storage of the documents.
Kris explained that the archive consists of physical documents, books, photos, postcards, scrap books, parish maps. Some documents had been donated by Gladys Mann.  She had found some interesting snippets which she read to us.  These included an unspecified happening at Widecombe Fair in the 1940s, described by the Vicar as shocking, and a description of the Home Guard exercise which was foiled by the telephone not being answered in the Poundsgate exchange.  If anyone would like to borrow anything from the archive, please contact Kris.
Project Time
The first photo Roger showed us was the red telephone box which has been removed from Dunstone.  Then we saw a photo of a pony with a moustache which Roger came across on the moor.  It may be a Gypsy Vanner pony and has probably been abandoned.  There followed various photos of the Widecombe Village Sign which prompted a discussion on whether and when the old village sign was moved.   The new village sign was designed by Lady Sayer and built by Tom Nosworthy.  Granite from the old sign was used in the new one.
The meeting closed at 10.15pm.
Diary Dates
Wednesday 9th May. Dunstone Chapel Soup and Cake Lunch, 12 noon – 3pm
Wednesday, 23rd May.  Coach trip to Oakham Treasures Museum, near Bristol.
Tuesday, 5th June.  Princetown History Group. Hound Tor Medieval Village with Andrew Crabb.  Meet 7.00pm at Hound Tor.
Wednesday, 6th June.  Coffee Morning at Leusdon Memorial Hall.  10.00–12.00
Wednesday, 6th June.  7.30pm. Widecombe History Group. The Joy of Archives by Felicity Goodall.
Thursday 14th. June Self drive visit to Hunts Cider, Stoke Gabriel.
Saturday, 23rd June. Anthony Picnic.  Two Crosses Car Park. 6pm
Wednesday, 25th July.  Nature Walk with Geoffrey Fenton


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