News Update - October 2016

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.

St. Nicholas Church held its 45th consecutive Flower Festival over the August Bank Holiday. The theme was Rural Art & Craft. Once again massive congratulations go to all eighteen exhibitors for their innovative depictions created within their flower arrangements. The funds raised from this Event amounted to £1,400 and will be used to maintain our beautiful Church. Many thanks to all members of the Community and other Parishes for their constant support, it is much appreciated. The following people were the prize draw winners for the Garden Chair plus vouchers:- David Hannaford, Chris Budge, Alison Barriball, Ruth Colwill, George Hannaford. Harvest thanksgiving service was held on Sunday 25th September with a lovely supper to follow. Members of the Church Council would like to express their thanks to everyone who generously gave gifts for the food bank, these items were delivered to the Launceston Food Bank on Monday morning. Written by Marion Perkin, Secretary to PCC

The inaugural meeting of Broadwoodwidger History Society was held at Lakeside on Monday 19th September when a good attendance were present. The first item on the agenda was the constitution which had been previously circulated and was adopted unanimously. The Officers elected for the coming year are: Chairman Mr D Tovey, Vice Chair Mr M Brown, Secretary Mrs J Hendry, Treasurer Mrs M Perkin, Mrs W Withers and Mrs A Worden completing the committee. Suggestions for future meetings and outings were proposed and a decision was taken to join the Devon History Society to enable the group to join with others for possible joint events. For the October meeting, a visit to Launceston Museum has been arranged, although unfortunately numbers will be restricted. The meeting ended with a short film showing the children of Broadwoodwidger primary school in 1989 burying the time capsule at Roadford. If you would like any information regarding the history society please email or telephone the secretary Mrs Hendry on 01566 784772

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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