Within the Heritage Centre, displays and exhibits are being refreshed. One of the new themes for this year is ‘Bell Ringing in Whimple’. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks. If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer helper, steward or committee member we would like to invite you to join us

Recent Events
The Society has continued to flourish this year. New fund raising initiatives, Tea and Cake and Tea and Scone afternoons and the Village Day Barbecue have helped maintain our funds throughout the year. We are most grateful to all members who have helped to make these events such a financial success.
In addition we have been fortunate with donations especially from the friends of the late John Schofield. A Plane tree and plaque will planted in the Village Field in memory of John and his contributions to the Parish Council and the History Society.
The Committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank all members who so kindly volunteered to help with the Stewarding of The Heritage Centre during the past season.

This year’s wassail was blessed with reasonably dry weather. Just over 100 people turned up to enjoy the festivities. Mr. Ed Hitchcock started the evening with all his usual flamboyant style, humour and gusto and led the wassailing ceremonies as master of ceremonies with equal vigour. The Wassail King, Master Ben Heywood-Rose, and the Wassail Princess, Miss Adelaide Perry, performed their tasks with great confidence. Again, this year the Princess was chosen as a result of a competition held at the local school and through the Village News. The music was provided by Jim Causley and his friends, special thanks are also due to Jim who has always led the singing with great enthusiasm. Ceremonies were conducted at the Whimple Wonder tree at the Heritage Centre, Lower Woodhayes Orchard, courtesy of Mrs. M. Burrough, and Knowle Cross orchard courtesy of Mr. J and Miss M. Chard as well as at the tethering stone in the Village Square where past Chairman, Mr. R. J. Shepherd, was remembered for his contribution to The Whimple History Society. We were also grateful to Mrs. M. Burrough who kindly donated the cider and prepared the wassail cup that was used at all the sites, as well as the people who heated the wassail cup. Mr. Ray Horn yet again illuminated the wassail sites with his flaming torches and fires. We were also indebted to the members of the gun party under the leadership of Mr. Alan Smith for their help in awakening the trees.
The festivities continued at the Whimple Cricket Club with the traditional Wassail Supper kindly provided by Mrs. M. Wallis and her willing band of helpers. The Committee would like to express their thanks to her and her helpers for all their efforts. The Committee would also like to thank all members who provided apple cakes and soup for the feast, as well as all the people who entered into the spirit of the occasion. The supper was followed by the now traditional ‘impromptu’ folk session led by Jim Causley and a whole host of his friends. An excellent evening was had by all who attended both the procession and the supper. Thanks are also due to the Cricket Club for coping with such an influx of wassailers.

Saturday 1st July – The Unearth Whimple Performance
The Unearth Whimple Show was an outstanding success. A packed Victory Hall was treated to a potted history of some of the village’s more memorable events that have taken place since Roman Times. The issues dealt with ranged from ‘The Tales of Nurse Sheasby’ to the ‘Murder of P.C. Potter’. The show was compered by local folk singer Jim Causley, who wrote special songs for the event.
We were indebted to all of Kate Green’s team and our own Rob Davis and Sue Ayres as well as many researchers, volunteers etc., who contributed to making this such a memorable evening.
Tuesday 4th July -The Village Walking Treasure Hunt
The event was well attended on a pleasant summer’s evening. The winners of the Treasure Hunt were Mr. and Mrs. B. Bloomfield.
The winners of the latest Heritage Lottery Draw made on that night were-
1st prize £40.00 – Mr. B Love
2nd prize £20.00 – Lt. Col. D. R. Roberts
3rd prize £10.00 – Mrs. S. Wills

Sunday 22nd October – Apple pressing.
The Society had a day where members of the Society and the village could bring their apples along to be pressed into juice by our apple press and have tea/coffee and biscuits. Plenty of apples were pressed and a lot of juice was made. A big thank you is due to Alan Smith and his team for making it such a successful event.
Friday 27th October – Otter Auction talk.
David Sumner of Otter Auctions entertained over thirty members with a wide ranging talk about antiques and about items brought in by members.
The winners in the Heritage Lottery Draw were:-
1st Prize £40 – Mike Yeoman
2nd Prize £20 – Branco Love
3rd Prize £10 – Pauline O'Neill
Friday 17th November.-
Over 20 people enjoyed a very good talk on World War 1 Hospitals in Exeter by Dr. Julia Neville.

Edith Louise Marie Grout
The Society has benefitted from the will of the late Edith Grout. Edith was a founder member of the Society and a significant benefactor to the Society throughout her time in Whimple. As a tribute to her some of the funds have been used to purchase two bookshelves for the Green Room.

Ena Northcott
In addition we have also been left a bequest from the estate of the late Ena Northctt. Ena was a long time member and supporter of the Society.

Annual Subscription
Members are reminded that the yearly subscription will become due on the 1st January 2016. These remain at £17.00 per couple and the single at £10.00.

The Pomona Book
We have a very old and interesting book on display in the Centre. There is a display screen showing much of the contents. However, Adam Montague has produced a most interesting write up on the book and you can read it by following this link,

The Treasurer would like to remind all members that memberships are now due. The cost is £17.00 per couple and £10.00 per single. The Committee would like to point out that the disparity in the subscriptions is traditional and has been in operation for many years, it is basically a discount to encourage couples to join the Society. At the 2014 A.G.M. a motion was passed unanimously that in 2015 the subscription for a couple should rise to £17.00 but the single subscription would remain at £10.00. Subscriptions should be sent to: The Treasurer, and placed in the Heritage Centre Post box. Cheques should be made payable to: Whimple History Society.
The Society has negotiated with the Inland Revenue to be able to reclaim Gift Aid on annual subscriptions, for those persons registered for the Gift Aid Scheme. Members who complete an Annual Tax Return are therefore asked to include relevant details of their subscription in their return. Paragraph Q15A of the Return is applicable.

Stewarding of the Heritage Centre
Stewarding 2017
The Committee would like to thank all members who helped out with the stewarding over the Centre during the previous season. Stewards will be invited to an evening of wine and nibbles at the Centre towards the end of February as a thank you to them for all their efforts throughout the last season.

Opening Times
The Heritage Centre will reopen on Saturday 1st April 2017. It will be open every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. until Saturday 30th September. On Saturdays, we desperately require stewards for each of the two sessions from 10.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. and from 12.45 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you could help on Wednesdays it would greatly appreciated. If you are willing to do some stewarding you can either phone the Centre during opening hours (tel: 01404 822499) or Mrs. J. Discombe on 01404 823614. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Anyone can be a steward, the induction process is most painless and only lasts a few minutes.
Please note that
local knowledge is not a requirement for Stewarding.

Fund raising 2017
As most of you are aware the annual running costs for the Heritage Centre are between £2,000 and £ 3,000 per annum. In a year when we have income from the Auction we probably just about break even. However, in other years we ‘leak’ funds thereby decreasing our reserves, the Committee is looking for ideas from our members as to how we can supplement our income. Next year we are hoping to run some more activities such as afternoon teas, cake stalls etc. If you have an idea or would like to run a fund raising event for the Society we would be pleased to hear from you. We try not use membership fees to cover the cost of running the Centre.

Future programme
If any member has any suggestions for either next year’s Exhibition or any of the talks could they please contact the Secretary on 01404 822244 or the Curator on 01404822221 or e-mail the Society at

Can You Help?
The History Society is looking for someone to help out with the running of the Heritage Centre, Would you be interested in planning and helping out with the preparation of new displays? Are there subjects about the village and its history which you would like to see in the Heritage Centre? Each year we aim to have a specific new theme as well as changing some of the content of the existing displays. We need to start planning now for next year's exhibits so your assistance and imagination would be of great help to the Society. In addition our exhibits need care and attention just like anything else and if you could spare the time to help with this conservation we would be delighted to welcome you to our volunteer group. Full guidance will be given initially and help is always available from the Curator and committee members. If you would like to support your village Heritage Centre in this way please ring Alan Smith on 822977 to get more information.

Prizes for Raffles
Over the years members have been very generous in providing prizes for the raffles held at the Society's events throughout the year. Once more the Committee is making an appeal for prizes for the events of the next twelve months. If you have an item suitable as a prize please give it to a member of the Committee OT hand it over at the Raffle Stall at a future event.
The Society has been well provided with prizes in the past and has never had to buy any. Thank you to all who have given in the past, it is appreciated.

Junior Membership
Following the success of our joint efforts with the local Primary School with the Wassailing Princess competition and the School Exhibition it has been decided that as from the 1st January 2011 to offer free membership to local school children. In fact the local Primary School has been invited to run a competition to produce a junior membership card.

Gift Aid Scheme  -  Annual Subscription
The Society has negotiated with the Inland Revenue to be able to reclaim Gift Aid on annual subscriptions, for those persons registered for the Gift Aid Scheme. Members who complete an Annual Tax Return are therefore asked to include relevant details of their subscription in their return. Paragraph Q15 A of the Return is applicable.

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