Yelverton & District Local History Society

 Site last updated - March 29th 2017

WELCOME TO
YELVERTON & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

 

FULL DETAILS OF OUR 2017 PROGRAMME ARE NOW ON THE EVENTS PAGE

(Our Gallery Page contains summaries of our past events)

 NEW MEMBERS & FRIENDS WELCOME

The Society was formed over thirty years ago, in 1982, by a group of people who believed there was a need to study the fascinating history of the villages nestling on the Yelverton side of Dartmoor, and to make an effort to record as much of that history as possible while the places existed free of development and the people remembered the past.

The first meeting was held at 7.30pm on 17th November 1982 in the Conference Room at the Devon Tors under the chairmanship of David German. Twenty people attended the meeting. The villages covered by the Y. & D.L.H.S. were (and still are) Buckland Monachorum, Clearbrook, Crapstone, Dousland, Horrabridge, Meavy, Milton Combe, Sampford Spiney, Sheepstor, Walkhampton and Yelverton.

Today, the Society has around 140 members, a programme of walks and talks throughout the year, (see our Gallery page for reports on past events) and an illustrated journal - published periodically when contributions from members & friends allow.

A number of noted members have published work independently of the Society, Pauline Hemery (now Pauline Hamilton-Leggett), Alan Rowe, Tom Greeves, Elisabeth Stanbrook and Jenny Sanders to name a few, but we as members of the society have gained much by association with their efforts.

Some photos from previous events are depicted below and there are more on the Gallery page. Your views on any of these events that you have attended or ideas for the future are most welcome. Feedback is a gift - please feel free to email us (see Contacts page for detail)

Ridding Down undergoing change

                          

 

    

     

   

 

                                                                       

LATEST NEWS :

 

Following on from our AGM, we welcomed for the first time, Elisabeth Stanbrook, who gave an evocative talk on the history of the Bishop Rock Lighthouse. A summary of this IS NOW  on the Gallery Page.

NEXT EVENT:

  • Tuesday April 19th
  • "A factious place of backsides and dungheaps: The Life and Times of 17th century Moretonians"
  • A talk by Bill Hardiman
  • Meavy Parish Hall 7.30pm
  • Non members 4

For further details of our complete 2017 programme please go to the Events Page. PLEASE NOTE the September/ October dates have had to be exchanged (a difference to the membership cards).

NEW JOURNAL APPEAL

We would like to publish a new journal sometime this or next year. This will be very dependent on receiving enough articles for publication. Short stories of historic interest, items of research & photographs all welcome. We need our members help in making this possible.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Some back copies of previous journals are still available (see Publications Page) at our events or directly from the Chairman.

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

Membership rates have been increased for the first time since 2001 and are now effective from January 2017 as follows:  6 single, 10 family. This still represents exceptional value entitling members to attend all our talks & most of our summer events free of charge. Forms for new members are available at our talks or direct from the Membership Secretary - please email the Chairman from our Contacts page for details.