Events

THE LUSTLEIGH SOCIETY
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2021

PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO COVID-19 THE 2021 TALKS PROGRAMME HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLY SCALED DOWN

 

From now on, and in line with the Government’s recovery ‘road map’, we are hoping it will be possible to start using the Village Hall again for face to face meetings. On the basis that this is possible, we have arranged the following meetings, all of which will start at the usual time of 7.30 P.M. so please do make a note of them in your diaries:

Wednesday, 26th May: The River Bovey from source to the Teign (Speaker: John Risdon)

 Although one of the shortest rivers in Britain at around 13 miles, it is infinitely varied and has a significant influence on its surrounding catchment area and communities. This illustrated talk will be a celebration of one of Devon’s most beautiful and fascinating areas.

Wednesday, 8th September: The history of a Devon Town House (Speaker: Dr Ian Mortimer)

Dr Mortimer lives in Mearsdon House in Moretonhampstead. Looking into its history, he has found out more than he imagined possible. Past residents have ranged from a murderous medieval priest to an imprisoned Baptist clergyman, along with many other interesting characters. The lives of these people and the long history of the house will unfold as their stories are revealed.

Wednesday, 20th October: The story of the Eddystone Lighthouse (Speaker: Nigel Overton)

Situated some nine miles southwest of Rame Head in Cornwall, the Eddystone Rocks have always been a treacherous hazard for ships in the approaches to the English Channel and the port of Plymouth. Our speaker is the City and Maritime Heritage Curator at Plymouth Museums, and promises a fascinating insight to the secrets and history of the Lighthouse.

Wednesday, 1st December: Annual General Meeting and Entertainment. Further details will follow in due course.

 

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.
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PAST EVENTS:

Wednesday 24th February 2021, 7.30 p.m. ON YOU TUBE

“From Lustleigh to the World and Back Again” Speaker Steve Price

Local filmmaker Steve Price presents a unique insight into the trials and tribulations of touring the world with classic rock group Queen over the last 6 years, playing over 200 shows to over 3.5 million people in 42 different countries. Steve takes us backstage and explains the enormous logistical endeavours and creative processes that make up one of the worlds’ biggest touring rock productions of the last decade, as well as outlining the wider ups and downs of touring life in general.

TUESDAY 30th MARCH 2021 at 7.30pm, ON ZOOM
Devon’s Greatest Export: Woollen Cloth, Speaker Dr. Todd Gray.
 
Woollen cloth was Devon’s most significant export for hundreds of years. It was largely finished and then funnelled through Exeter until 1800 to markets principally in Spain, Portugal, the Low Countries, Italy and France. The recent discovery of a cloth book of the 1760s has revealed the vibrancy and range of this cloth. This illustrated lecture uses the 2,475 samples to bring alive an industry which was once the heart of Devon’s economy.

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.