Snowy start to 2018

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A brave goose on the ponds. He/she is with its mate they usually visit this time of year and hatch their eggs on the island and then move off in June July time when the goslings are fit to fly. The second photo was taken by the ponds looking towards Broadwood Church in the distance, not seen by many from this view point!

Photos by Anne Worden

This Months Events

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April 2018

With the miserable weather continuing, here are a few events to cheer us up! The History Society meeting this month on Monday 16th April is a presentation by Dr Todd Grey on “Ancient Bench Ends of Broadwoodwidger and Devon” This meeting will be held partly in St Nicholas Church which boasts some fine bench ends dating from the 1500’s, the meeting will be continued in the Hub and followed with Tea and biscuits. Non-members very welcome at £4 and members at £2.

On Saturday 28th April the regular coffee morning at the hub, will be hosted by members of St Nicholas Church and I am sure there will be stalls etc at the event. The last coffee morning on Easter Saturday saw a large attendance who enjoyed Hot Cross Buns and a lovely draw of Easter eggs, this was run by the W.I. and on a cold and wet morning was really enjoyed by those attending.

Monday 30th April the fifth Monday in the month, the History Society are hosting an extra meeting as due to adverse weather conditions on the day of the previous presentation, the Rexon Cross section had to be deferred. “A History of Rexon Cross Chapel” and memories from some former members of Downicary Chapel will be held on this evening. If you have any memories of any of the Chapels or photos that we may copy we would be delighted to hear from you or pop along to this event.

Still some time to go but we would like to announce that our Coffee morning in aid of this site will be held on Saturday 26th May from 10 am to 12 noon. More details to follow.

The main fund raising event for the Hub for 2018 is to be held on Sunday 27th May from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. OPEN GARDENS. We are delighted to hear that Carol and Christopher Budge of East Kitcham Farm, Linda and Derek Banbury, Frankaborough Farm, Irene and Ron Jordan, Siesta and Sherry and David Tovey, The Old Vicarage are very kindly opening their gardens. Cream Teas will be available at the Community Hub. There are more details on this event in the coming events and we will be keeping you up to date closer to the time.

Enjoy the April showers and we will all look forward to the May flowers (especially on the 27th May!) If you have any events you would like added to this site or any comments, please contact Anne 01566784295 or Jane 01409211319 or email this site.

Womens Institute

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1st February 2018

Broadwoodwidger W.I. held an Open Craft afternoon on Saturday January 20th when various crafts were on offer. These included Weaving Looms for braiding, Knitting Nancy, a Lucet, Flower Arranging, a type of Decoupage on Candles, Lace Making, Rag Rugs and Lamp Shade making, with some of the demonstrations by W.I. members. Tea, coffee and a tempting arrangement of homemade biscuits were being served throughout the afternoon.

A lot of people attended and had a go at the different crafts, with hopefully some potential new members. Anyone interested in joining can come along to any meeting, which is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at Broadwoodwidger Community Hub, in the village. All are welcome, new members needed. The programme for the year is on this website on the W.I. page. The W.I. is celebrating its 70th Birthday later this year.

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Local History Group

February 2018

A good attendance enjoyed a talk by Dr Catherine Bowness on “The Arundell Sisters” at the January meeting. Subscriptions were paid for the year and we were again delighted to welcome some new members. The February meeting on the 19th features “Stories and songs of Dartmoor” by “Dartmoor Bill” Murray. Start is 7 pm at the Hub £2 for members and £4 non-members (to include tea/coffee) you are very welcome to join us in what promises to be a very jolly evening. Our meeting on the 19th March is a presentation of the research carried out on the four Chapels in the Parish in the last few months, this should be quite enlightening hearing the history of buildings which in the past drew large attendances and now all barring one is closed.

You don’t have to be a history buff to join us, we are a friendly crowd of people enjoying a varied programme of talks and in the summer visits, so why not come along to one of the above meetings.

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