We looking forward to what we hope will be an exciting year for the history group. We have a full programme of talks arranged, all is on track for the publication of our book and we hope we can organise additional events as well.
Our first meeting of 2022 is at 7.30pm GMT on Wednesday 19 January and will take place in person, with a Zoom link for those who are unable to attend, or who are uneasy about doing so. Get in touch via the box on the home page for the link. Non-members are welcome.
As is traditional, this will be a Members’ Contributions meeting and members will bring and share, items, memories or stories with an agricultural theme. If you don’t have anything to share, then just come along and enjoy the contributions of others.
This is also the start of a new subscription year, please do think about joining us.
Our meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15 December will be an historical look at toys and childhood. We will be Zooming this out but providing there are no further changes to the COVID regulations, we hope that many of you will feel able to attend in person. There is a rumour that there will be refreshments, which we can’t share via Zoom. We will let you know if this situation changes. Virtual and in-person guests are welcome at £3 per person.
Next week, 7.30pm on Wednesday 17 November, is our AGM. We will meet in the Methodist Church once again and we encourage you to attend in a COVID safe manner. The Church does ask that masks are worn unless you are exempt. The very brief AGM will be followed by Dave Watson talking about the lives of some of Buckland’s clergymen and ministers. We are assured that some ‘characters’ have had the care of souls in our parish in the past.
For our next meeting on Wednesday 20 October at 7.30pm Mike Teare will be talking to us about ‘Shamwickshire and history of the wharves East-the-Water’. We had intended that Mike would address us in person but given the current high levels of COVID in the village it does not seem responsible to either expect a speaker to attend in person, or to encourage our members, many of whom are it the higher risk categories, to gather together in a group for a couple of hours. We are very sorry if this is a disappointment but we feel that it is a decision that had to be made. Please get in touch using the contact details on the home page if you’d like to join in as a guest. There is a small charge for this.
You can also discover more about about the East-the Water wharves by visiting the Way of the Wharveswebsite.
At this month’s meeting ceramic artist, Maggie Curtis, will be speaking about the research behind the wonderful ‘Trade Maps’ Bideford Port Memorial that she created. These celebrate Bideford’s role as one of the most important ports in the country in the seventeenth century. Maggie is also the author of the book ‘Bideford Trade Maps’.
Maggie will be speaking in person in the Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. If you are able to attend in person and are comfortable doing this, we would encourage you to do so, with a mind to the COVID safety of yourself and others. We are planning to stream this out as usual and we have taken steps to improve the sound quality, compared to our first attempt. All members should have received the Zoom link by email. Visitors are welcome, in person or online, a small fee of £3 is payable. Please get in touch using the contact box on the home page for details.
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.
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.
We’ve been busy behind the scenes and are very excited to announce that we are taking the first steps to a return to face-to-face meetings. Thanks to the Methodist Church, we will, in future, have a way of members attending our meetings both in person or online, whether the speaker is in Buckland Brewer or elsewhere in the world. We are proud to be one of the first groups of our kind to be able to offer hybrid meetings of this sort. As soon as the regulations allow indoor meetings of more than six, we are looking forward to welcoming back those who were unable to join us via Zoom, as well as being able to continue to involve those from away who have loyally joined in our online meetings.
We rescheduled this month’s meeting in the hope that we might be able to begin this straight away but sadly, with the extension of restrictions on indoor gatherings, we can’t start yet. So please don’t turn up in person until further notice; in any case we may have to have a booking system if social distancing is still required.
Instead, as a test, our speaker this month, David Blight, will speak from the Methodist Church but apart from Dave Watson who will act as technician, the rest of us will still be at home. We hope you will bear with us while we climb the steep learning curve familiarising ourselves with the technology. David is going to talk to us about the Buckland Brewer Band of Hope, which was very active in the parish for many years, so it promises to be a very interesting meeting. The online meeting will start at 7.30pm British Summer Time on Wednesday 23 June. Guests are welcome for the nominal sum of £3, please get in touch if you would like to join us.
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.
Our April meeting will be by Zoom again, although we hope that we might be able to accommodate some in-person attendees before too long. At 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st April we have the pleasure of listening to our own Liz Shakespeare, who will be talking about the research behind her latest book Song of the Skylark, which is of course set in Buckland Brewer. There will be plenty of information about C19th agricultural history and the Bible Christian church. For details of Liz’s books see her website. The good news is that you can now dial in and listen to the meeting on a landline or mobile phone, without using Zoom. We welcome visitors in return for a small donation. Contact us using the form on the home page for details.