Exbourne Local History Group
Programme 2017 - 2018
Exbourne Local History Group
Programme of Speakers 2017/18
18th April “Horse Logging” Mike and Eleanor Paddock
Mike Paddock was the first apprentice at British Horse Loggers CT and has worked at Highgrove for HRH Prince Charles and also in the USA using heavy horses for logging. His talk will cover the use of real horsepower in farming, using slides to illustrate the different tasks for which horses have been used over the years, not only on the farm but also in many aspects of everyday life.
16th May A Day Visit to Morwellham Quay.
Set in spectacular landscape in the Tamar Valley, Morwellham Quay is a ‘lost’ Victorian village, port and copper mine. Watch demonstrations and listen to talks giving fascinating insights about the people who lived and worked there.
6th June A Special Visit to Locks Park Farm, Hatherleigh
Dr Robert Wolton, will take us on a walk round the farm. Locks Park has a diverse mixture of habitats ranging from culm pasture to mixed woodlands that the owners manage in a sustainable way that encourages wildlife of all kinds - from the largest of animals to the smallest of insects. A particular feature of the farm is its hedgerows and also its wild flowers. (Date chosen as best flora and fauna.)
18th July “The Manor of Hatherleigh”
The Lord of the Manor of Hatherleigh will be the guest speaker at our July meeting. Deborah Laing-Trengrove, who inherited the title from her father in 1989, will give an illustrated talk on the manor and borough, tracing its origins from the tenth century to the present day.
17th Sept House Research Exhibition
The second project on house histories in Exbourne is gathering pace and the latest research will be on show at our exhibition. Please note this is a Sunday afternoon.
17th Oct “Water from the Moor” Paul Rendell
We get a lot of rain on Dartmoor and this flows into river, leats and reservoirs. This talk will look at the history of taking water from the moors including Burrator and Meldon Reservoirs, the Plymouth and the Devonport Leats as well a river or two!
21st Nov.“Dartmoor Life in the First World War” Peter F. Mason
Peter will give a talk looking at the impact of the War on the people of Dartmoor. How life continued as normal for many, how farming changed and women came to work on farms. It covers the recruitment marches, returning wounded soldiers and the impact on the area of the Conscientious Objectors housed in Dartmoor Prison.
19th Dec Our Christmas Celebration
Our members dinner, this year, will be held at the The Railway, North Tawton
16th Jan “Saving Castle Drogo” Paula Clarke
Paula, Community Engagement Officer for the National Trust at Castle Drogo, will give a whistle-stop tour of the history behind the last castle to be built in England and the major conservation work currently underway to save it from an army of wind and rain. Paula has been part of the Castle Drogo team for 12 years and has a background in community projects and volunteer involvement.
20th Feb “Peat, Powder and Power” – Tom Soby
Tom will give a fascinating talk about the history of peat cutting, the manufacture of gunpowder and the many types of power used and created on Dartmoor.
21st Mar The Annual General Meeting
Following the AGM there will be a short talk about the Museum of Dartmoor Life, by the recently appointed manager of Mrs.Keri Quertier. She will explain about its exhibits and resources, as well as the plans for its future.