Welcombe Historical Society
Coast Friends of the Bees
Anyone interested in Beekeeping is very welcome to come along to our meetings. We meet a couple of times a year and our aim is to support Beekeepers who wish to keep bees in as natural way as possible, primarily for the purpose of increasing the bee population in the area.
If you are interested in starting Beekeeping, do get booked in if you haven't already done the course. Contact The Yarner Trust on 01288 331692 or look on their website at www.yarnertrust.org
For more information and/or to let us know if you intend to come phone Sue 331700 or Jim 331389.
Please Click this Link to see the video we took of us catching the swarm.
A few links you might find interesting:
Sue & Jim's blog http://suejimsnaturalbeekeeping.blogspot.co.uk
Phil Chandler's site with link to the biobees forum www.biobees.com
Friends of the bees www.friendsofthebees.org
The Yarner Trust (for Top Bar courses with Phil Chandler) www.yarnertrust.org
These evenings are open to any youngsters ages 9 – 15 from Welcombe and the surrounding hamlets who enjoy playing skittles, table tennis, pool, card games and table football. For the last couple of months they have enjoyed playing ball games outside as well. The sessions run from 7pm until 9pm at the Village Hall.
Next evening is Saturday 9th November
If you know of anyone in the age bracket of 9-15 years who would like to attend,
Please contact Joyce on 331273 or Diana on 331252.
Welcombe Lunch Club is held twice a month at the Village Hall with a three course
meal. Anyone is welcome to come along but please let us know in advance for the catering. If you wish to know more, or want to know the dates, please call Sheila Wade 01288 331391 or Lisa on 01288 331794
& Meddon WI.
Calling all you LADIES. Young at Heart, Old in Body- Old in heart, young in body, whatever shape or form!
Your WI (Women's Institute for those who need to guess) needs you! Well, would like you to join, and what a better time to join than now 15 months for the price of 12.
You don't even have to join, for the small sum of £3.50 each time you could come for up to 3 times just to see if you like us and what we do, we're not all ogres some of us aren't even that old and mostly we have a jolly good time. You could contact Sheila Wade 01288 331391 (Chair), Lesley Wall (Secretary), or Lisa Wade 01288 331794 for a more informal approach.
A branch of the Women’s Institute was formed here in Welcombe on the 8th December 1932. The elected committee at that time were Mrs. Wheeler, President, Mrs. Clark Vice-president, Mrs. Bond Teasurer, Miss Clark Secretary, Mrs. Dennis, Mrs. E. Oke and Miss Ward being the remaining Committee members. For unknown reasons (does anyone know why?) this WI was dissolved a year later and on the same evening the United Womens Guild was formed.
On the 22nd March 1934 the Meddon & Welcombe WI was formed and has continued from strength to strength since that time.
Bellringers meet at the Church at 7.30 to 9.00pm on Monday evenings. Our latest
recruits are Kirstie Rosser and Mick Dollimore who are catching up with the
rest very fast, so if you are interested please do call and join us. David
Conway, Steven Yeomans and Howard Pankhurst are currently teaching
the learners. Denis O'Dell regularly tolls the '5 minute bell' you may have heard on Sunday mornings when we do not ring more than that. There are other ringers in the village who are not ringing regularly at the moment, but who I am sure will start again once we get to ringing regularly. If you are interested in learning this ancient and
fascinating hobby, contact:
Howard Pankhurst 01288 331273 or David Conway 01288 331574
Spinners & Weavers
This well established group meets most Mondays at Meddon Village Hall throughout the year. Their shared inerests include spinning, weaving, natural and synthetic dyeing and feltmaking. They organise an interesting programme of visiting tutors, share their skills and exhibit and demonstrate locally. If you would like to join them please contact Pauline on 01288 331523.
The Stitch & Chat Group
This informal group meets on Wednesday mornings 10am to noon at the village hall and welcomes new members with an interest in any forms of stitching. Patchwork and quilting, embroidery and knitting are just some of the crafts that the members share. Contacts for further information:
Bobby Macer 01237441304
Juliet Barrett 01237440032
The Skittles Club season runs from September to March. The club is part of the Bideford League and teams of six play in the skittle alley at the village hall. The men play on Mondays and the ladies play at home on Thursdays with away matches often on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Click here for some interesting old pictures and complete census information for Welcombe 1841 to 1901
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