Events

THE LUSTLEIGH SOCIETY
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2020

Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held in the Village Hall TQ13 9AA at 7.30 pm.
Refreshments from 7.00 pm.

Most talks will be illustrated. Visitors Very Welcome

WEDNESDAY 22nd JANUARY at 7.30pm
Railways Round Dartmoor
Speaker: Bernard Mills
The content of Bernard’s talk will be based on his new book and will include details of a trip taken on the Moretonhampstead Branch with Lustleigh included.

WEDNESDAY 26th FEBRUARY at 7.30pm
Lionel Bennett’s Lustleigh “Nature Diary”
Speaker: Shaun Russell, Colin and Viv Brooks
Dr Shaun Russell will talk about Lionel Bennett’s Nature Diary written between 1915 and 1965. Colin and Viv will support him by reflecting on the lives of the Bennett’s in and around Lustleigh.

WEDNESDAY 18th MARCH at 7.30pm
The Restoration of Castle Drogo
Speaker: Paula Clark
Paula Clarke has been the Community Involvement Manager for Castle Drogo for the past 13 years. Join her to hear the latest news about the past seven years of building restoration work to protect the castle against an army of Dartmoor wind and rain.

WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL at 7.30pm
The history of a Devon Town House
Speaker: Dr Ian Mortimer
Ian Mortimer lives in Mearsden House in Cross St, Moreton. Looking into the history he found out more than he ever imagined was possible.
Residents of the house ranged from a murderous medieval priest to an imprisoned Baptist clergyman plus many other interesting characters. The story of these people and the long history of the house itself will unfold as the stories are revealed.

WEDNESDAY 20th MAY at 7.30pm
The River Bovey from source to the Teign
Speaker: John Risdon
Although one of the shortest rivers in Britain at around 13 miles, its variety and influence on the surrounding catchment and communities, is beyond measure. This illustrated talk is a journey of celebration across one of Devon’s most beautiful and fascinating areas, down the Bovey!

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FRIDAY 19th JUNE
Visit to Fursdon House, East Devon
One of Devon’s oldest family homes, Fursdon House has a lengthy and interesting history.
(Details to follow)

WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY 14:30
Guided tour of Castle Drogo following up on the talk by Paula Clark
(Details to follow)

AUGUST – NO MEETING

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WEDNESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm
Lost Devon: Forgotten stories from Devon’s past.
Speaker: Felicity Goodall

WEDNESDAY 28th OCTOBER at 7.30pm
Romans in Devon: Ipplepen: the impact of Rome on a native community in South West Britain
Speaker: Chris Smart
This will present a review of ten years of excavation at Ipplepen and show how life in this rural community persisted through the Iron Age, Roman and early medieval period. This will be set within the context of the impact of the Roman Empire, and its demise, in South West Britain.

WEDNESDAY 25th NOVEMBER at 7.30pm
SHORT AGM – FOLLOWED BY EVENING OF FESTIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Following a short AGM, enjoy a little seasonal fare and entertainment.
(Details to follow)

DECEMBER NO MEETING


The Lustleigh Society is open to all, residents and visitors alike with an interest in the local history of this Devon village and the surrounding area. We organise talks, visits and record the changing character of the locality. The current annual subscription is £7.50 and includes access to all meetings unless otherwise shown. Non-members are welcome to any meetings and are charged £3.00 on each occasion. Members are given priority on visits.