June Online Meeting – details now available

Our June meeting, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th, will be online again. Mark Norman of The Folklore Podcast will be talking about The Folklore of Thomas a Becket and his local murderers. Contact us at bucklandbrewerhistorygroup@hotmail.co.uk if you would like details of how to join in. There is a £3 admission charge for non-members.

Mark is an author and the master of all things Folklore. Here is a copy of his latest book. We are looking forward to a fascinating talk.

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Fever – a topical virtual meeting for BBHG

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Last night we held our second virtual meeting. Liz Shakespeare told us the fascinating story of the research that she did when writing her book Fever, which is set at the time of the 1871 Scarlet Fever outbreak in nearby Littleham. Interestingly, we did not seem to have a spike in Burials in Buckland Brewer at that time. Liz’s book can be purchased from her website.

We shall be continuing our virtual meetings for the time being. Visitors are most welcome. Please keep an eye on our programme for details.

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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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February Meeting – Devon Festivals

On Wednesday 19 February, Robert Hesketh will be visiting us to talk about Devon Festivals. We meet at 7.30pm in Buckland Brewer Church Schoolroom. £3 admission for visitors, under 18s free. We’d love you to come along.

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Season’s Greetings

We would like to send all those who share our love of Buckland Brewer’s history every good wish for the holiday season and 2020.

This is our contribution to the parish’s nativity scene competition, based on St. Francis of Assisi’s first nativity. There are some stunning entries. If you are local, please do come and view them in the church.

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Christmas Meeting 18 December

Our December meeting is next Wednesday, 18th, in the Church Schoolroom at 7.30pm as usual. Liz Shakespeare will be talking to us about ‘A Devon Christmas’, so we know we are in for a great evening. Please do bring friends and neighbours. Refreshments will be of a seasonal nature. Liz will be bringing a few copies of her books – a great last minute Christmas shopping opportunity!

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Meeting and AGM 20 November

Our AGM is fast approaching and will precede an excellent speaker at our 20 November meeting. Stuart Windsor will be making a return visit, this time to talk about ‘The hunt for George Thomas Kirby: a family mystery or When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’ We will begin at 7.30pm in the Church Schoolroom as usual.

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History Group Meeting – Slides of old Buckland Brewer 16 October

Our monthly meeting is on Wednesday 16 October at 7.30pm in the Church Schoolroom as usual. David Blight will be showing slides of old Buckland. Do come along and spot your friends and neighbours, or even yourselves, in their youth. All are welcome.

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Reminiscences Workshop

Just a reminder that there will be a Reminiscences Workshop in Buckland Brewer Methodist Schoolroom tomorrow Thursday 10 October from 2-4pm. Sophie Hatch from The Plough will be encouraging us to remember people, places and events using photographs, conversation, music and poetry. There will be cake! All are welcome.

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Heritage Open Days 14 & 15 September

As part of the Heritage Open Days, Buckland Brewer Methodist Church will be open from 10.00-3.00 on Saturday 14 September and 12.00-3.00 Sunday 15 September. There is a vast amount of material on display, not just relating to Buckland Brewer but to the Bideford Methodist Circuit in General. No charge but donations are always welcome. There will be refreshments in the parish church hall. This is just a small fraction of the goodies on offer.

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