Photograph of David Pinder

David Pinder – Chair

WLHS News, April 2016

The most recent news is that the Society now has a Facebook page, thanks to the good offices of Sue Carlyon. An easy way to find it is to go to our website’s home page and click on the Facebook icon just below the first paragraph.

Plans for our photoday on Saturday, May 14th are well advanced. Do come along and enjoy Peter Lugar’s remarkable collection of pictures. AND, if you’re a long-term parish resident with photos from the postwar era, do respond to our appeal to bring them along and have them scanned on the day.

You may well know of other people who would enjoy the pictures, and who might also have photos we could scan for the collection. If so, please encourage them to come along as well. Another attachment is the advert for the day, which you can print for them or send on by email.

You may be interested in several new downloadable documents that we have recently made available on the publications page of the Society’s website. In particular:

Robert Rowland has transcribed all the census returns from 1841 to 1901 – a major task that provides great raw material for exploring local social and economic change during most of the nineteenth century.

Sue Carlyon has produced a similarly important resource by transcribing burial records for St Werburgh’s from 1813 to 2004.  This is part of very detailed research she is undertaking into the family trees of many Wembury families.

I have produced a new document detailing all Wembury’s Listed structures and Ancient Monuments, plus the availability of a new, and very interesting, ‘Pastscape’ website. As this document is quite short and quick to print, it’s also attached to the mail.

The background to this is that there have recently been some significant changes to official listings of buildings, structures and sites considered to be of heritage significance. The news is all good – the number of protected buildings has increased, and we now have two Ancient Monuments instead of one.

We are at present liaising with Doug Packer to provide heritage input for the Neighbourhood Plan project he is steering.  Thinking of the medium and long-term future of the parish, this plan should be of great importance – a hundred years from now, local people may look back and view it as a milestone in Wembury’s history.  Despite this, Doug feels that current interest is lower than is ideal, and he has therefore asked me to encourage members to tune into the progress being made. You can reach the Neighbourhood Plan website via this link:

If you would like email updates, simply register your address via the Neighbourhood Plan website’s ‘contact’ facility. And at the bottom of the home page you will find the Facebook icon, which you can click to become a ‘follower’. Doug stresses that none of this would involve you in any commitment – it’s all about being informed.

That’s probably enough for now!

Best wishes