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August Meeting to chart Buckland’s links with Ontario

We are excited to welcome Jim Bowen to our August meeting, on Wednesday 18th at 7.30pm. Jim will be Zooming in from Canada to talk to us about the Courtice family, who emigrated from Buckland Brewer to Canada. You can attend this meeting virtually or in person. Members should have received the Zoom link by email. Guests should contact us using the form on the home page to receive the link. A small charge of £3 is payable for guests, who are most welcome. If you would like to attend in person, the Methodist Church will be streaming this talk on the screen and we would love to see you there.

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Next BBHG Meeting to be available in person or at home

We are gradually opening up our monthly meetings. Next Wednesday, 21 July, at 7.30pm (British Summer Time) Phil Badcott will be talking to us about The Devon Invasion of William Prince of Orange in 1688. Phil will be Zooming in from south Devon but the Methodist Church will be open from 7.15pm for all who want to come along and watch on the screen; those who want to watch from home on Zoom can do so. Non-members are welcome (entrance £3), either in person or virtually, please get in touch using the contact facility on the home page for details.

Although the legal requirements have been lifted, out of consideration for other members, many of whom are vulnerable or anxious, we hope that those attending will continue to wear masks (unless exempt) especially when not seated, use the hand sanitiser provided and maintain a social distance from those outside their household group or bubble. We will not be serving refreshments at this stage. We realise that this is not ‘back to normal’ but we hope you appreciate that we are moving in the right direction, whilst still considering the well-being of our members.

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Topical Talk for History Group

There is a change of programme for our May meeting, which is next week at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021. Our booked speaker was unable to speak virtually, so has been rescheduled for next year. Instead, our chairman, Janet Few, will be talking about the topical A Plague Upon all your Houses: epidemic disease and our ancestors.

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are acutely aware of our own responses to a virulent epidemic disease for which, initially, we had no effective method of prevention or cure. What epidemics impacted on the lives of our ancestors? How did they attempt to prevent or cure these diseases and how effective were these measures? How did governments and local authorities respond to these threats? This presentation examines the symptoms, prognoses and treatments for a number of well-known and less well-known epidemic diseases from the Black Death to the influenza of 1918. It mentions some of the relevant records and considers how our ancestors might have reacted.

This talk will be by Zoom again but please note that you can listen on your landline phone. All members should have been emailed the link. Guests are welcome for a £3 donation. Contact us via the Home Page to book.

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Buckland Brewer History Group Goes Virtual

As our members are currently on lock-down, we trialled a virtual meeting last night. Considering we are all still familiarising ourselves with the technology, it was very successful. A real bonus was that members who live too far away to attend our face-to-face meetings were able to join in, even though it was 6am for one of them.

After a general ‘how are you?’ chat we discussed how we might record our experiences of COVID-19 for posterity. Janet then gave a brief presentation about religion in Buckland Brewer.

We will be meeting online again next month, when Liz Shakespeare will be speaking about her research for the book Fever, which will be very topical.

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William Reed Commemorations

What a wonderful day today, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Methodism in our village, complete with the arrest of the open-air preachers, William Reed and Samuel Thorne, on the Village Green. All credit to the re-enactors, flower arrangers, caterers and everyone involved. It was wonderful to see the Remembrance Day poppies repurposed for the occasion.

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Meeting Wednesday 20 March

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 20 March, when Jim Lowe will be speaking about Exmoor’s Industrial Heritage. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Church Schoolroom. All are welcome.

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On Display at the Christmas Market

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We were pleased to be able to support the Christmas Market this year. Here is part of our stand, selling local books.

 

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Meeting October 19th Exmoor Farming Diaries

View from the church tower 4 2007 J FewThis month’s meeting will be Stuart Windsor talking about The Diaries of Tom Robins: a family history of hill farming on Exmoor. It should be very interesting to compare experiences there with what was happening in Buckland Brewer. We meet at 7.30pm in the Church Schoolroom as usual.
£2 members, £3 non-members Under 18s free.

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Forthcoming Events

The Former Workhouse in Buckland Brewer

Don’t forget our meeting on Wednesday 19th March at 7.30pm in the Church Schoolroom, when Sue Lycett will be talking about workhouses in North Devon.

David Blight’s slide show Buckland Brewer in the 1960s and 1970s was so popular that he is repeating it for those who were unable to be there. The first showing was very well received so make the most of your second chance on Saturday 29 March 2014 7.30pm Church Schoolroom, Buckland Brewer £3.

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House History and Buckland Leases

Eleven members gathered on Sunday to seek information about their Buckland Brewer homes. We enthusiastically searched censuses, land tax records, school admissions’ registers, books, leases, electoral rolls, gravestones and valuation office rolls. Everyone went away with a little more knowledge.

Some original documents relating to Buckland Brewer have been offered for sale recently. Unfortunately we do not know who has purchased them. If anyone has, or knows anyone who has, original  documents, such as deeds, leases, maps or rent lists that relate to Buckland’s history we would be very grateful if we could arrange to look at them or copy  them, at our expense. Thank you.

Now we look forward to our regular meeting on 19th February, when we will hear about Hartland Archives.

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