We had a very companionable evening. Chris Saunders very kindly loaned us an Oral Project DVD on the Ottery St. Mary Brickworks. The interviewee was Mr Jeff Woodley who was manager at the works until its closure. The Group found it very interesting, Mr Woodley had wonderful old photos, he detailed the machinery and showed the method of making Sand Faced Hand Made Bricks.
One interesting fact was that the bricks used to build the 1930s houses in the area of Burnthouse Lane in Exeter. They also made roof tiles, land drains and hanging tiles.
Thank you Chris for making this available to the Group.
Now to business, Geoff's suggestion for a visit to Fursdon sounds very interesting, but as we have a full program and the house closes at the end of August, we will plan this visit for June next year. This link will tell you more: Fursdon House.
Jenny and George are working hard on the Power Point presentation of the Battle at Fenny Mead, they are adding some very realistic sound effects!!
We confirmed details of the Escot Talk, a raffle, tea, coffee and biscuits for our next meeting on 13th Sep. We will meet in the Church at 7:00, John Michael will need the screen and a extension lead.
The October meeting on the 11th will be with Chris Wakefield in the Church on Village boundaries, arrangements the same as above.
David suggested we hold a "Bring and Share" evening to show what members are working on and to offer help and advice where needed. This will be our November meeting, 8th Nov.
We were joined in the bar by a wonderful cat called Felix, he slept happily with us throughout the evening.