The World War 1 exhibition will be scaled down and will focus on village life in Whimple at that time. There will be a commemorative folder telling the story of all the men on the War Memorial.
A painting of the Westcountry locomotive ‘Whimple – 34025’ will be the centre piece of a revised Railway display.
Another of the late Brian Nickolls’ models ‘The House that Moved’ has been loaned to us for the season.
Within the Heritage Centre, displays and exhibits have been refreshed. The Whiteway Gallery has under going some changes and new pictures of the factory site and the production of Whiteway's products are now exhibited. We have a new Metal Detecting display. For 2000 years travellers have past through our parish at Hand and Pen. Many artefacts have been deposited over that time and we have the pleasure of displaying some of the finds unearthed by The East Devon Metal Detecting Group.
We also have a related event happening on Tuesday 31st May at Rull Farm from 11.00 a.m. This will be a family friendly metal detecting day. Bring your children and grandchildren along and join the experts. You might be amazed at what you find, for more information call Sue Ayres on 01404 823082. Toilet facilities and refreshments will be on hand.

Recent Events
The Society has continued to flourish this year. New fund raising initiatives, Tea and Cake and Tea and Scone afternoons and the Village Day Barbecue have helped maintain our funds throughout the year. We are most grateful to all members who have helped to make these events such a financial success.
In addition we have been fortunate with donations especially from the friends of the late John Schofield. A Plane tree and plaque will planted in the Village Field in memory of John and his contributions to the Parish Council and the History Society.
The completion of a lean-to store adjacent to the wall of the Heritage Centre has freed up space in the previous store to allow us to use it as a function room for our tea and cake afternoons etc.
The Committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank all members who so kindly volunteered to help with the Stewarding of The Heritage Centre during the past season.

Friday 28th October – Auction of Pledges and Promises
The Committee is pleased to report that the Auction of Pledges and Promises again proved to be successful. The total raised was about £1,400 a remarkable effort by all those involved, considering the economic climate. The money raised will help towards the annual running cost of The Heritage Centre.

The Richard W. Webber Wing was opened on Saturday 2nd May 2016 by Mrs. M. Webber in a low key ceremony at her request.


Annual Subscription
Members are reminded that the yearly subscription will become due on the 1st January 2016. These remain at £17.00 per couple and the single at £10.00.

The Pomona Book
We have a very old and interesting book on display in the Centre. There is a display screen showing much of the contents. However, Adam Montague has produced a most interesting write up on the book and you can read it by following this link,

The Treasurer would like to remind all members that memberships are now due. The cost is £17.00 per couple and £10.00 per single. The Committee would like to point out that the disparity in the subscriptions is traditional and has been in operation for many years, it is basically a discount to encourage couples to join the Society. At the 2014 A.G.M. a motion was passed unanimously that in 2015 the subscription for a couple should rise to £17.00 but the single subscription would remain at £10.00. Subscriptions should be sent to: The Treasurer, and placed in the Heritage Centre Post box. Cheques should be made payable to: Whimple History Society.
The Society has negotiated with the Inland Revenue to be able to reclaim Gift Aid on annual subscriptions, for those persons registered for the Gift Aid Scheme. Members who complete an Annual Tax Return are therefore asked to include relevant details of their subscription in their return. Paragraph Q15A of the Return is applicable.

Stewarding of the Heritage Centre
Stewarding 2016
The Committee would like to thank all members who helped out with the stewarding over the Centre during the previous season. Stewards will be invited to an evening of wine and nibbles at the Centre towards the end of February as a thank you to them for all their efforts throughout the last season.

Opening Times
The Heritage Centre will reopen on Saturday 1st April 2017. It will be open every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and every Wednesday from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. until Saturday 30th September. On Saturdays, we desperately require stewards for each of the two sessions from 9.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. and from 12.45 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. In recent years we have been grateful to Mr. I. Hardcastle and Mr. D. Rastall who did the stewarding on Wednesday afternoons. If you could help on Wednesdays it would give these two members a welcome break from time to time. If you can manage to fill some of the dates mentioned above, could you either phone the Centre during opening hours (tel: 01404 822499) or Mrs. J. Discombe on 01404 823614. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Anyone can be a steward, the induction process is most painless and only lasts a few minutes. Please note that local knowledge is not a requirement for Stewarding.

Fund raising 2017
As most of you are aware the annual running costs for the Heritage Centre are between £2,000 and £ 3,000 per annum. In a year when we have income from the Auction we probably just about break even. However, in other years we ‘leak’ funds thereby decreasing our reserves, the Committee is looking for ideas from our members as to how we can supplement our income. Next year we are hoping to run some more activities such as afternoon teas, cake stalls etc. If you have an idea or would like to run a fund raising event for the Society we would be pleased to hear from you. We try not use membership fees to cover the cost of running the Centre.

Future programme
If any member has any suggestions for either next year’s Exhibition or any of the talks could they please contact the Secretary on 01404 822244 or the Curator on 01404822221 or e-mail the Society at

Can You Help?
The History Society is looking for someone to help out with the running of the Heritage Centre, Would you be interested in planning and helping out with the preparation of new displays? Are there subjects about the village and its history which you would like to see in the Heritage Centre? Each year we aim to have a specific new theme as well as changing some of the content of the existing displays. We need to start planning now for next year's exhibits so your assistance and imagination would be of great help to the Society. In addition our exhibits need care and attention just like anything else and if you could spare the time to help with this conservation we would be delighted to welcome you to our volunteer group. Full guidance will be given initially and help is always available from the Curator and committee members. If you would like to support your village Heritage Centre in this way please ring Alan Smith on 822977 to get more information.

Prizes for Raffles
Over the years members have been very generous in providing prizes for the raffles held at the Society's events throughout the year. Once more the Committee is making an appeal for prizes for the events of the next twelve months. If you have an item suitable as a prize please give it to a member of the Committee OT hand it over at the Raffle Stall at a future event.
The Society has been well provided with prizes in the past and has never had to buy any. Thank you to all who have given in the past, it is appreciated.

Junior Membership
Following the success of our joint efforts with the local Primary School with the Wassailing Princess competition and the School Exhibition it has been decided that as from the 1st January 2011 to offer free membership to local school children. In fact the local Primary School has been invited to run a competition to produce a junior membership card.

Gift Aid Scheme  -  Annual Subscription
The Society has negotiated with the Inland Revenue to be able to reclaim Gift Aid on annual subscriptions, for those persons registered for the Gift Aid Scheme. Members who complete an Annual Tax Return are therefore asked to include relevant details of their subscription in their return. Paragraph Q15 A of the Return is applicable.

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