News Update - November 2016

We have included some autumn photos taken in the woods where the community event was held back in May. Hope you enjoy the lovely colours.


17 members of the History Society enjoyed a visit on the 23rd October to Lawrence House, Launceston. A Georgian house built in 1753, owned by the National Trust and leased to the Town Council who use it to house the town museum and as a Civic Centre. After a talk in the Mayor’s Parlour on the museum by the curator, members toured the house and enjoyed the themed rooms over three floors and even a walk in the garden which has some lovely views. Thank you to staff at the museum for their welcome and assistance.


On Sunday the 4th December a special service of rededication will be held at St Nicholas for the work carried out on the church in the last two to three years. One of the original bosses removed fifty years ago when the death watch beetle was discovered, has been returned to the church by Rev Carter’s daughter and this will also be rededicated. (All new bosses were made because of the beetle damage) The united benefice service with the Archdeacon of Plymouth, the Ven. Ian Chandler starts at 10 am and it is hoped that as many as possible will be able to attend this service. This lovely church has been here for hundreds of years and with these repairs may continue for many more.


We are pleased to hear our web site is being read in Australia, in fact it was a family member of the vicar who was at Broadwoodwidger fifty years ago who got in touch to tell us. This was the era when the Church roof was found to be riddled with death watch beetle. In a leaflet produced at the time seeking funding, Rev Carter explained “The original cost for the work was £3,700, raised by our own efforts, loans and grants. Despite competition from four chapels, the small and widely scattered congregation has pledged itself to raise £300 each year for the next six years. Unfortunately the roof damage was much greater than anticipated, when the plaster ceiling was cleared and the beetle infestation scraped away the roof collapsed. The new cost was £10,600” he went on to explain that “the roof timbers were covered in polythene sheeting and unless sufficient money is raised the rapid deterioration will result in utter dereliction”. This leaflet was sent to every parish in the diocese to try to help raise the money. After much hard work, this money was raised and fifty years ago on Friday 10th June 1966 a service of Re-dedication was held when the Bishop of Plymouth attended. Remembering this piece of “history” may be a good time to mention the newly established History Society, which is seeking anyone who may have photos of past times that can be copied or wish to tell of their memories of Broadwoodwidger, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email using the contact page on this site.

Welcome to Broadwoodwidger

A large rural Parish in the beautiful rolling countryside of West Devon, with glorious views of Dartmoor and nearby Cornwall. Distinctive for its many hidden hamlets and farms that nestle tucked away throughout the parish. Alongside its many rivers, hills and valleys, one of which the River Wolf meanders gently, having been dammed in recent times to provide 750 acres of water stored for the large conurbations of Devon. Many outdoor activities surround the reservoir including wind surfing, boating and fishing whilst providing peaceful rural walks for the whole family to enjoy.

The A30 dual carriageway skirts one end of the parish, giving excellent road links to the South West region as a whole (albeit with a little noise)! The neighbouring parishes of Ashwater, St Giles on the Heath, and Lifton offer a range of services and points of interest for residents and visitors alike. Although the last 30 years has made a telling difference to this parish with the reservoir and the road, it has brought a vibrancy and new way of life for residents new and old in these challenging times. But above all it makes this parish a welcoming, friendly and memory-making destination.

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