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.
We have just uploaded a transcript of the 1781 land tax returns for Buckland Brewer to the website. This lists proprietors and occupiers of properties in the parish that had land attached; small cottages with only a garden plot do not usually appear. We hope to add transcripts of more returns in the future.
We are excited to announce that our History Group Christmas Tree was awarded joint first place, together with the Primary School, in the Christmas Tree competition. Our ‘ornaments’ were old photographs of former Buckland residents, in seasonal frames, with appropriate Christmassy illustrations on the reverse. Many thanks to all who helped, those who voted and to the PCC for organising the display.