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Programmes from prior years


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  • Meet Tommy Atkins at the Watermark

  • Ugborough Bell Restoration Project with Francis Douglas

  • Christmas meeting with the Old Gaffers Shanty Crew

  • Tin and Bronze a talk by Nigel Grist Dartmoor Guide and local Photographer

  • Events Postponed due to Covid



  • Meet Tommy Atkins at the Watermark

  • Ugborough Bell Restoration Project with Francis Douglas

  • Christmas meeting with the Old Gaffers Shanty Crew

  • Tin and Bronze a talk by Nigel Grist Dartmoor Guide and local Photographer

  • Lt Col Tony Clark OBE  -  Dartmoor's contribution to National Defence

  • The History of Lawsons  

  • History of Wembury Coastline with Terry Calcott

  • History of Flete by Bob Perrin



  • Plymouth Photographers – the Weird & the Wonderful – Robin Blythe-Lord

  • Toll Houses of Devon – Tim Jenkinson

  • Historical Plymouth Songs & Tales – Win Scutt

  • Prehistoric, Roman & Early Medieval Discoveries at Ipplepen – Derek Gore (University of Exeter)

  • Britain on Film – Rural Life – an Archive Film Presentation

  • Brixham & Mayflower 2 – Gordon Partridge

  • History of the River Yealm – Terry Calcott


  • Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster – Roger Barrett

  • Lighthouse Ladies.  Gordon Partridge will talk about Grace Darling and other less known women who were associated  with the Lights.

  • Christmas Traditions Around the World – Robert Hesketh

  • MI6 in West Cornwall during WW2 and into the Cold War  years.  Michael Griffiths

  • Sheila Hancox will talk on the History of Ivybridge and its  relation to the 4 Parishes of Ugborough, Ermington, Harford  and Cornwood.​

  • The Kingdom of Dumnonia [the archaeology and history of  the South-West after the Roman period] with Derek Gore.

  • Piers of the South West with Tim Phillips Author of British Seaside Piers

  • The History of the Ugborough Bells - Merryl Docker


  • The Vikings in Devon – Professor Derek Gore of Exeter University

  • Salcombe During WW2 with Roger Barrett

  • The History of Stowford Papermill by our member Sheila Hancox

  • Langdon Court - Robin Blythe-Lord

  • Dr Susan Andrews will present a talk on Church Houses

  • Talk on the Ugborough Work House


  • The Roman army in Devon – John Allan

  • The History of Mountbatten – Robin Blythe-Lord

  • Scobell RM of Sevastopol, an Ugborough Royal Marine in the Crimea

  • A talk by Tom Madock

  • My family and fishing in Brixham with Gordon Partridge

  •  Devon Inns with Robert Hesketh

  •  Plymouth Sound ~ View from a Kayak by Terry Calcutt


  • Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England: How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago by Authors Roy and Lesley Adkins

  • Roof Bosses with Sue Andrew in Ugborough Church

  • Film Night: The Bedford Boys

  • The History of Dartmoor Farming by local author Colin Pearse

  • Tom Greaves Photographing Dartmoor in the 1860s and 1870s

  • Summer visit to Mothecombe House



  • Armageddon 1914: How some Devon newspapers reported the outbreak of war – with Robert Hesketh

  • The Dockyard School 1840-1914. With our own Historian Taff Jones

  • Members Only Christmas Event in The Billiard Room at Flete House with Girls Night Out 

  • Film Night: The Evacuation of Slapton with archive footage and interviews.

  • Stonehenge and the South Hams - The strange case of Little Dartmouth Farm – by Martin Tingle

  • Dr Ian Hodgins – Victorian Health in Plymouth



  • Devon Place Names presented by Robert Hesketh

  • Torre Abbey then and now - with Keeper Gordon Partridge

  • Our Christmas Meeting at Flete House with entertainment from Valerie Belsey

  • Dartmoor Pubs by Paul Rendell

  • The Archaeology of Moorland Ugborough by Dr Tom Greeves.

  • Bob Perrin presents Ugborough: The History behind our History

  • Valerie Belsey returns with Green Lanes and Highway History



  • The Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549 Dr Elizabeth Tingle

  • Dartmoor, National Park, Historical Treasure…Clive Ashford

  • Christmas Night with Adam Hart-Davis 

  • The Eddystone Story with our friend Gordon Partridge

  • Remembrance and The Great War in Devon by Dr Todd Gray

  • Green Lanes  in the South  Hams Local Author Valerie Belsey

  • Rewriting History – A Talk in Ugborough Church With Dr Ian Mortimer

  • A Visit to Devonport Dockyard



  • The Royal Albert Bridge in Saltash in it’s 150th Anniversary Year - By local author Thomas Bowden

  • 204th Anniversary of Trafalgar Day

  • Tars & Tarts with Roy & Lesley Adkins

  • Christmas Night with Adam Hart-Davis at Fowlescombe Farm

  • Days of Future Past – A Year in the Life of Ugborough Merryl presents the Ugborough Parish Millennium Book now in its 10th year

  • Medieval History Night

  • Gordon Partridge returns with Lighthouse Myths & Mysteries

  • Old Murders in Devon presented by Simon Dell

  • Visit to Devon Rural Archive at Shilstone Barton





  • Dowsing in Ugborough by local dowser Tony Heath

  • Amyas Crump - a talk on 'Brunel, not just his railway

  • Our Christmas Meeting at Fowlescombe Farm

  • Martin Dyer - report on the recent Heritage Appraisal

  • George Nicolle returns to Ugborough with 'Forgotten Trades'

  • Gordon Partridge presents 'Lighthouse Myths and Mysteries...'

  • Stacey Dyer from the South West Image Bank

  • Our Summer Visit - A guided tour around Morwellham Quay

  • A Stroll around Filham Silver Mine led by David Roe.



  • Merrill talks about our Tithe Map

  • Welcome return of George Nicolle to talk about our Local Tradesmen

  • Traditional Stortelling with Clive Fairweather - Christmas at Fowlescombe 

  • The Dartmoor Prison Riot - Another fascinating presentation by Simon Dell

  • Bob Perrin presents Ugborough: The History behind our History

  • The Eddystone and Start Stories - Presented by Gordon Partridge.



  • My Life as an Historical Writer presented by Julian Stockwin

  • Sweetstone: A Traditional Farm in a Century of Change by Dr Jaqueline Sarsby

  • Reading Handwritten Texts: Interpreting local old manuscripts guided by Susan Laithwaite Devon County Archivist

  • Tracks, Turnpikes and Toll-houses by Michael Vyner

  • Blacksmiths in South Devon by George Nicolle

  • Policing the Peninsula: Simon Dell Police

  • Hedgerows and Roundhouses with Stephen Holley



  • The Moorland Avon presented by Mike Perriam

  • Mount Edgcumbe by Mrs Margaret Manley

  • Christmas Meeting with Music at Fowlescombe

  • Prehistory of the South Hams by Win Scutt

  • Smugglers:Traders of the Night by Geoffrey Newman

  • Elayne Hoskins of The South West Film and TV Archive

  • Summer Holidays in the South Hams presented by Mrs Ray Freeman.

  • The Archaeology of Ugborough Moor guided by Paul Rendell



  • Where did the Pilgrims go? Mrs Margaret Manley

  • The Industrial Archaeology of the Tamar Estuary by Len Copley

  • Reclaiming the Myths of Dartmoor. An evening of story, song and music at Fowlescombe

  • A Journey along the South Devon Coast presented by John Risdon

  • Aspects of History from the South Devon Coastline - Simon Garner of the National Trust.

  • The Moorland Erme by Mike Perriam

  • The Restoration of Burgh Island and its Art Deco Hotel by Tony Porter.

  • The Modbury Town Walk guide Phil Andrews of Modbury History Society

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