Our next meeting is on Wednesday 18 November at 7.30pm GMT via Zoom. A very short AGM will be followed by a talk by Janet Few on Education in Buckland Brewer. All members will be sent the link. Non-members are very welcome to join us for the nominal charge of £3, payable by BACS. Please contact us using the contact box on the home page for further details.
Our next virtual meeting is on Wednesday 21st October at 7.30pm. Our own Dave Watson will be sharing some of the World War II experiences of his North Devon ancestors, so we know it will be interesting. Visitors are welcome. £3 payable by BACS. Do contact us via the home page if you would like to join us.
Liz Shakespeare’s new book Song of the Skylark, comes out this week. It is set in Buckland Brewer and based on a true story; you will recognize many of the names and places. Liz will be speaking to us about the research behind the book next year.
Our next virtual meeting will be on Wednesday 16 September at 7.30pm. Paul Scott will be talking to us; his topic is ‘From Slums to Suburbia: the story of a Barnstaple family’. All history group members should have received the link to join the meeting. We welcome guests. There is a meeting fee of £3 for non-members. Do get in touch if you would like to join us.
Our August meeting will be online again. Kim Baldacchino will be talking about her study of the parish of Bratton Clovelly and we will be able to draw some interesting comparisons with Buckland Brewer. Members should have received the meeting link. Visitors are most welcome, we just ask for £3 to be paid via BACS. Kim’s website show just how much work she has done on this mid-Devon parish.
Our next meeting, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15 July, will be a virtual one again. We are pleased to have well-known local historian, Peter Christie, to speak to us, courtesy of Zoom. His topic this time is Bideford’s First Policeman. All members should have received an email with the meeting link. We welcome non-members to our meetings, in return for a small BACS donation. Please contact us using the form on the home page if you would like to join in.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.