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2017 Meetings


Wednesday 8th February 7.30

Paul Rendell   on   The Tamar Valley


Wednesday 8th March 7.30

Dartmoor Search & Rescue

Carl Seaward


Wednesday 12th April 7.30

Bodmin Moor

Tom Soby

Bodmin Moor (Cornish: Goon Brenn) is a granite moorland in northeastern Cornwall, England. It is 208 square kilometres (80 sq mi) in size, and dates from the Carboniferous period of geological history. It includes Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall, and Rough Tor, a slightly lower peak. Many of Cornwall's rivers have their sources here. It has been inhabited since at least the Neolithic era, when primitive farmers started clearing trees and farming the land. They left their megalithic monuments, hut circles and cairns, and the Bronze Age culture that followed left further cairns, and more stone circles and stone rows. By medieval and modern times, nearly all the forest was gone and livestock rearing predominated.

The name Bodmin Moor is relatively recent, an Ordnance Survey invention of 1813. The upland area was formerly known as Fowey Moor after the River Fowey, which rises within it.


Wednesday 10th May 7.30

The Life and Times of Sir Thomas Denys (1477 - 1561)

Caroline Lloyd


Coat of arms of Denys Family The Tudor period (1485-1603) was one of the most exciting in British history. It was a turbulent time of change and upheaval, as reforms fuelled riots and rebellions.

 Caroline Lloyd will introduce you to some of the swashbuckling characters who lived in Devon during the long life of Sir Thomas Denys (Nine Times Sheriff of Devon) and who were lucky to get away with their life!


WEDNESDAY   JUNE 14th

SUBJECT

'The Dartmoor Conchies' ( the conscientious objectors of Dartmoor Prison)

SPEAKER      -    Simon Dell


WEDNESDAY  JULY 12TH
F Widgery, Moorland Scene

SUBJECT

" A WILD & WONDROUS REGION "    DARTMOOR in art from 1750 - 1920

 SPEAKER            -            PETER MASON


WEDNESDAY     SEPTEMBER 13TH 

SUBJECT

WEST COUNTRY THATCHING

SPEAKER    JAMES MARSHALL


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11TH

Subject

HISTORIC GATEWAY TO NORTH DARTMOOR

SPEAKER      ANDREW THOMPSON