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February 2024

Recent Wildlife Highlights 2023 (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 16 February 2024 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU
£2 – £3

John Walters is a well-known wildlife illustrator and consultant with a passion for exploring the natural world through art, photography and video. In this talk John will illustrate the latest highlights regarding wildlife in…

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AGM 2024 and Paddle Steamer talk (IA Section)

Sat. 17 February 2024 at 11:00 am
Dolphin Hotel, Station Road
Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AL
£3 – £5

A talk “Challenges in Maintaining the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle” by John Megoran The Kingswear Castle was built by Philip & Sons of Dartmouth in 1924 for service on the River Dart, following sister…

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Of making many books there is no end: Devon bibliography past present and future

Tue. 20 February 2024 at 7:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free – £2.50

A Zoom talk presented by Ian Maxted – book historian and bibliographer. Ian Maxted was Devon's Local Studies Librarian, based in the Westcountry Studies Library, from 1977 to 2015 and has compiled the Devon…

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Annual Members’ Day 2024 (Botany Section)

Sat. 24 February 2024 at 11:00 am
Whiddon Down Village Hall, SX691925 EX20 2QT

The Section’s Annual Members’ Day will take place in Whiddon Down Village Hall. Whiddon Down is just off the A30, 7 miles east of Okehampton. The hall will be open from 10:30, and the…

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March 2024

John Foulston: Benefactor and architect of Regency Plymouth (History Section)

Wed. 6 March 2024 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)

A talk by Ursula Myers. John Foulston (1772–1840) was a London based architect who in 1810 won a competition to design Plymouth's Theatre Royal and Royal Hotel. Once he had relocated to Plymouth to…

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Decorating Exeter (Exeter Branch)

Wed. 6 March 2024 at 2:30 pm
The Mint Methodist Centre, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£3 – £5

Decorating Exeter with Aylwyn Bowen During the last few years permanent arrays of large, poster-style panels have appeared in Exeter city centre, most of them featuring a single historic Exeter building portrayed as a…

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The History of PECO and Pecorama (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 8 March 2024 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP
£3 – £4

A talk by Derek Boswell. PECO was founded in 1946 by Sidney and Claudine Pritchard. Sidney was a model train enthusiast who designed a coupling that he sold to Hornby. PECO started in Branscombe…

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Not only Lorna. What else did R. D. Blackmore write? (Lit & Art Section)

Wed. 13 March 2024 at 7:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)

A talk by Robin Wootton. To be given online via Zoom. Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) is today known almost exclusively for Lorna Doone, but he wrote at least twelve other novels, some of equal…

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Commercial Wharf, Plymouth – revelations of Plymouth trade (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 13 March 2024 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW
Free

A talk by Martin Read, full title “Commercial Wharf, Plymouth - revelations of Plymouth trade, fishing and victualling the navy in the 17th century”. A rescue dig on the waterfront in 2022 by Plymouth…

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A Cambrian Phosphatocopid (Geology Section)

Thu. 14 March 2024 at 7:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)

A Zoom talk by Rich Reynolds. There is no charge, but donations are welcome – see below. Full title: “An Exceptionally Well Preserved Phosphatocopid (Arthropoda: Phosphatocopida) from the Late Cambrian USA”. Phosphatocopids are small…

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Braunton Burrows and preparations for D Day (Bideford & N Devon Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2024 at 2:00 pm
Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Kingsley Road
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ
£3 – £5

A talk by Dave Edgcombe. Dave worked on countryside and coast issues across north Devon for 40 years prior to retirement in 2023, latterly as Project Officer within the North Devon Coast Area of…

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Talk on the work of The Barn Owl Trust, and AGM (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2024 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU
£2 – £3

Dr Mateo Ruiz will give a talk entitled “Restoring the balance: the work of The Barn Owl Trust”. Dr Ruiz will discuss the work of the Barn Owl Trust, a UK charity which aims…

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