The History Group is once again taking part in the annual village Christmas Tree competition. We decided to follow up on the theme of our guy and use one of the Christmas songs written by Edward Capern as the carol on which to base our tree. Our ‘Song of the Waits’ tree features feathers to represent quills and Christmas stamps as decorations, in honour of the Postman Poet. There are some spectacular entries in the competition, do go and take a look if you are local.
Our November meeting and brief AGM will take place on Wednesday 15 November at 7.30pm in a different venue from usual – we will be meeting at Buckland’s new village hall in Hillpark. The main entertainment will be barber surgeon, Master Christopher, operating in true seventeenth century style. This entertaining and informative session is one that may well appeal to families and friends, particularly any young folk who are Horrible Histories fans (recommended minimum age is 10). Better still, anyone under 18 can attend free of charge. Members £2, non-members £3 as usual.
We would like to introduce the History Group’s contribution to the village ‘guy’ competition, in commemoration of 5th November. Meet Edward Capern, Buckland’s own Postman Poet. If you would like to learn more of Edward, do come along to the ‘event’ in the new Village Hall on 17 November. Liz Shakespeare will be reading from her book about Edward’s life and telling us more of the background. Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll will be playing some of Edward’s songs and setting other poems to music. There will also be Buckland style food. Tickets are now on sale in the village.
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 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.