At our February meeting, member Brian O’Leary will be talking to us about Oakum and Stones, Bread and Water: responses to vagrancy in South West England 1800-1918. The poor and vagrants have always been with us and we look forward to an interesting account of how they were treated at this time. Do join us. Non-members are welcome. We meet at 7.30pm in Buckland Brewer Church Schoolroom. See our events page for directions.
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On 4 February 1925, Buckland Brewer WI was formed. Exactly 90 years later, members and former members gathered to celebrate. Some wore costumes of the 1920s, tea was served, birthday cake was cut and William came to play for a rendition of Jerusalem.
A dozen members have spent the day researching some of the world war one servicemen from Buckland Brewer. Four more servicemen were claimed for investigating and volunteers made good progress with finding out about their chosen men. Following a general introduction from Janet, Dave presented a case study of his grandfather Charles Vanstone, illustrating the wealth of material that might be found. We discovered those who were invalided out due to ill health, those who were confined to barracks for disobeying orders and those who should appear on the war memorial but do not.
Thanks go to Dave for generously sharing his documents and to Brenda and Lyn for the warming soup. The latter was much needed as, on the coldest day of the winter so far, the schoolroom heaters weren’t quite man enough. All agreed that we had enjoyed the day but that the next one would be when the weather was warmer!
As this blog post appears, some of our members will be meeting to discuss the community project to investigate the first world war servicemen from Buckland Brewer. We are aware that some of our far flung members are also taking part in this project and are unable to attend the workshop. We have therefore recorded the presentation, that will introduce the workshop, for the benefit of those members. This is our first attempt at something like this so please bear with us! The presentation is available here.
We have now received permission to use this image of a sampler worked by Ann Marsh of Buckland Brewer in 1788. The sampler found its way to Sydney, Australia. Ann’s story can be found here.
Items for our February newsletter are welcome these can be anything from short snippets to full blown articles. The deadline for this issue is 10th February but there are always future issues. Please think if you have anything that you can contribute. We already have some interesting items lined up for February.
We shall be holding a workshop for World War 1 Project volunteers on 31 January 2015 from 10.00am – 4.00pm, in the church schoolroom. This will be free of charge, tea and coffee provided. Soup will be available, in return for a donation, for those wishing to stay over lunch. The same introductory presentation will be given at 10.15am and 2.00pm, the rest of the day will be an opportunity for guided research. Drop in and out or stay all day. Full details will be sent to volunteers who are unable to attend.
We will be holding another of our popular members’ evenings on Wednesday 21st January at 7.30pm in the church schoolroom. There will be several short contributions about the Buckland Brewer of the past and other historical matters. There will also be documents, photographs and other items to study. Please bring historical artefacts, documents and photographs to share with others. Members and non-members welcome, under 18s free.
On Wednesday 7 January Janet Few will be giving a presentation to Buckland Brewer Women’s Institute at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. She will be talking about the scrapbook of the village that was complied by the WI in 1965 and inviting present day members to help to recreate a similar portrait of the parish for the year 2015. Visitors (male and female!) are welcome, for a small charge.