Our November meeting will begin with a short AGM (last year’s was 13 minutes!) after which member and well-known local author, Liz Shakespeare, will talk to us about her Littleham Oral History project ‘The Memory be Green’. She will have copies of her books on sale.
We will also have copies of our new Buckland Brewer book available. These are selling fast so if you want to be sure of a copy for yourself, or as a Christmas gift, do let us know quickly.
We are excited to announce the launch of our book ‘Buckland Brewer 1800-1970: a rural parish and its people’.
This attractively produced book aims to paint a picture of life in rural north Devon parish between the years 1800 and 1970. Here you can learn about occupations, education and faith in the parish. Some chapters tell the stories of individual properties, others focus on farming accidents, emigration and the impact of the World Wars. Many chapters include personal memories or extracts from contemporary newspapers. Interspersed between the chapters are transcriptions of documents and other snippets that add to the book’s appeal.
There will be no regular history group meeting in October. Instead, you are invited to come to the Methodist Church in Buckland Brewer at any time between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 8 October and view an exhibition of information about Buckland Brewer. At 2pm there will be a short talk about rural life in Buckland Brewer and of course there will be the opportunity to purchase copies of the book. It is a paperback with 216 pages and 100 illustrations. The price is £15.99. he talk will be repeated on Zoom at 7.30pm on 8 October. Get in touch with us for the link. Fifty people had a hand in the book’s creation and we thank them all. Thanks also to Buckland Brewer Parish Council and Bideford Bridge Trust, who gave some financial support. T
This month’s meeting will be in the Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st September. Dave Watson will be talking about Medical Officer of Health Reports. These are fascinating documents, giving details of local public health matters such as epidemic diseases, housing conditions, water supplies and much more. Dave has been looking at those for Buckland Brewer and surrounding areas so there will be plenty to learn about conditions in the area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Guests are welcome at £3 per person. If you want to join us on Zoom please get in touch for the link.
Advance notice that our October meeting will be our book launch on Saturday 8 October. As well as an exhibition and talk during the day, the talk will be repeated on Zoom in the evening at 7.30pm.
John Bradbeer will be in the Methodist Church to talk to us about the Buckland Tithe Map on Wednesday 17 August at 7.30pm. This will be a fascinating talk, providing an insight into life in Buckland Brewer in the 1840s. John has recently contributed articles to our newsletter and has also written an article about the tithe apportionments for our forthcoming book.
It will be possible to tune in via Zoom if you request the link. Non-members are very welcome, in person or online, £3 per person.
We are in for a treat next week as our speaker is Helen Shields, ably assisted by Auntie Kate. Helen will be talking about the village of Sticklepath, near Okehampton, its Quaker heritage and the establishment of Finch’s Foundry.
I was lovely to have such a lively meeting in the Methodist Church last month and we hope you will come along on Wednesday 20th at 7.30pm to listen to Helen’s talk. Helen will be presenting remotely, so anyone who has to Zoom in should have no problems with the audio. If you need the Zoom link, please contact us no later than Wednesday morning.
We are welcoming local historian and author Peter Christie to this month’s meeting. His topic is Bideford in the Second World War. We know that we are in for an excellent evening, with stories of the Home Guard, evacuees, POWs, the home front and much more. Peter will be bringing copies of his books for us to purchase, including his new one on the Second World War. All are welcome to join us in the Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 May. There is a small charge of £3 for non-members (under 18s free).
Our meeting on Wednesday 20 April will see us welcoming Kate Harrison of Bideford and District Community Archive, to tell us about all the wonderful resources that they hold. Kate will be delivering her talk via Zoom but all are welcome to Buckland Brewer Methodist Church to view the talk there. Guests, attending in person or virtually, are welcome for £3 per person. The talk will start at 7.30pm. Do get in touch using the contact box on the home page if you would like details of how to join on Zoom.
Our meeting on Wednesday 16 March is in the Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Jim Lowe will be speaking about the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. This story of early European settlement in North America has local connections. There is also an option to listen in via Zoom. Get in touch for details.