Our History group meeting this month is next Wednesday 18th October when Brian Nash will be talking about Torrington Past and Torrington Present. We shall be meeting at the Church Schoolroom at 7.30pm as usual. All are welcome. Members £2, non-members £3 and under 18s are free.
We have two events in November. Our regular meeting, including a brief AGM, is on Wednesday 15th November at 7.30pm but on this occasion we will be in the New Village Hall at Hillpark. Master Christopher will be in his guise as a seventeenth century barber surgeon, offering to cure all ills. Although this is not for the fainthearted, it is particularly suitable for bringing a friend, including older children and young people. We hope to attract a bumper audience.
Also in November is the event run by the Village Hall committee that we are assisting with. On Friday 17th November, member Liz Shakespeare will be talking about her latest book, The Postman Poet. This is the story of the life of Edward Capern, who delivered the post to Buckland Brewer and wrote many of his poems in the village whilst waiting for the return delivery. Liz will be accompanied by the talented folk musicians Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, who have set some of Capern’s poems to music. There will also be Buckland style food. Tickets will be available soon.
The speaker at our September meeting will be the very popular Peter Christie. His topic on this occasion is The Torrington Cemetery Scandal. We are meeting in the Church Schoolroom at the back of the parish church at 7.30pm as usual. I expect Peter will be bringing copies of his books to sell, so this will be a chance to start the Christmas shopping! All are welcome. Members £2, non-members £3, under 18s free.
We will be meeting next week on Wednesday 17 May at 7.30pm in the Church Schoolroom as usual. Our speaker will be local author Pamela Vass
who will be presenting the intriguing topic ‘The Lynmouth Floods – Act of God or Act of Man?’ This should be a really interesting insight into a notable North Devon event. All are welcome. Members £2, non-members £3, under 18s free.
We will be meeting next Wednesday, April 19th, in the Church schoolroom at 7.30pm as usual. Our own David Blight will be talking about the Hester Turner Charity, which helped needy folk in Buckland before the advent of the welfare state. The usual £2 members’ entrance fee will apply, £3 for non-members and under 18s free. All are welcome.
This is just a reminder that we will be meeting on Wednesday 15th March at 7.30pm in the Church Schoolroom as usual. Jim Lowe will be talking to us about his father’s World War 11 experiences on The Long Trail
. I am sure this will be interesting and maybe it will inspire us to record our own family’s stories. Members £2 non-members £3, under 18s free – all welcome.
By request, we are running one-to-one help sessions for members who are interested in tracing their family history. This can be for those who are just starting out, or those who have got stuck after many years of research. You do not have to have Buckland ancestry. We have designated Saturday March 4 for this activity but if this is inconvenient, we may be able to arrange an alternative day. These sessions will be in private houses, where the internet will (hopefully) be secure and we will have reference books to hand. We can also offer help for those unable to get to Buckland via a Skype session, although we will be working to UK time zones! Please get in touch by email
if you would like to arrange a time slot.
Our meeting on Wednesday 15 February will be a film recalling Devon memories of World War 2. This is the result of an interesting oral history project and there are many parallels with Buckland Brewer. We will be in the Church Schoolroom at 7.30pm as usual. Members £2, non-members £3, under 18s free. All are welcome.