Programme of Events

Upcoming Events

Illustrated Talk “The Royal Borough of Dartmouth” by John Risdon

Date: 11 February 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

The World renowned river port of Britain, created through its geography and welded by kings, merchant traders and mariners for over a thousand years.

A.G.M. followed by Illustrated Talk “Development of the Railways” by Dennis Sheen

Date: 11 March 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

Our Annual General Meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk by our very own committee member Dennis Sheen.

Below you can find a programme of events scheduled for the remaining 2021-22 season, until Spring 2022.


Past Events

Just to get a flavour of the kind of events we have organised in the past, see our past events below.

Illustrated Talk ‘Lighting the Rock’ : the saga of the Eddystone Lighthouse by Ian Howes

Date: 14 January 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

The fascinating story of the Eddystone Lighthouse, located on the dangerous Eddystone Rocks, approximately 9 miles (14 km) south of Rame Head in Cornwall, England.

Eddystone Lighthouse

The first lighthouse on the rocks, completed in 1699, was the first in the world in open ocean.

The rocks lie in the open sea beyond Plymouth Sound, one of the most important naval harbours in England. They are normally submerged and were a great hazard to shipping.

Ian Howes dramatically presents the story of a successive number of lighthouses, describing the immense challenges to successive builders and tragedies along the way.

The talk will commence at 7.30pm.

Photo by Benjaminevans82 at English Wikipedia., Copyrighted free use, via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eddystonelighthouse.jpg

Illustrated Talk “Mayflower II of Brixham” by John Scotney

Date: 19 November 2021
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2
mayflower_ii

An illustrated talk by our very own committee member John Scotney who has written a book on the Mayflower II project.

The Mayflower II is a replica of the 17th century ship that took the first permanent settlers to America in 1620.

It was built at Upham’s Shipyard, Brixham, and in 1957 sailed to America in celebration of the arrival in the original Mayflower.

Photo by Paul Keleher – “Mayflower II” on flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3797175

Illustrated Talk “The Torquay Pageant of 1924” by David Hinchcliffe

Date: 22 October 2021
Location: Galmpton Village Institute

Guided Walking Tour of Cockington with John Risdon

Date: 9 October 2021
Location: Cockington Village

Meet outside Information Centre, Centre of Village for a 9.30 start. The walk will last 2.5 hours, including a refreshment break. £2 fee. Enquiries and booking contact John Risdon Johnrisdon@heritage-southdevon.co.uk / 01803 844102.

Course on The River Dart – Source to Mouth led by John Risdon commencing Friday 8th October 2021

Start date: 8 October 2021
End date: 19 November 2021
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £5 per session

Running October-November, commencing Friday 8th October for 7 Fridays. £5 per session. Places still available, contact John Risdon Johnrisdon@heritage-southdevon.co.uk / 01803 844102.

Illustrated talk: Galmpton, Heritage of a Devon Village by John Risdon

Date: 17 September 2021
Location: Galmpton Village Institute

This illustrated talk by our chairman John Risdon marks the return of the Galmpton and Churston District Local History Group. Please note there is limited seating for 50 people. Free admission for members and non-members.

Finishing with cream tea at The Manor Inn should you wish. £5 per head (this includes 2 scones). Please email johnrisdon@heritage-southdevon.co.uk or phone 01803 844102 / 07768 418417 to order.

Gooseberry Pie Fair

Date: 4 July 2021
Location: Manor Court Farm field

The History Group will have a limited presence at the Fair, hosting two guided walks around the village commencing at 2pm and 4pm. Pedestrian access only. Entrance fee £1.

Historical Stroll: Galmpton Creek, and all that lies within

Date: 5 June 2021
Location: Meet outside Galleon Stores/Galmpton Post Office

Finishing at 3.30pm with cream tea at The Manor Inn should you wish. £5 per head (this includes 2 scones). Please email johnrisdon@heritage-southdevon.co.uk or phone 01803 844102 / 07768 418417 to order.

POSTPONED: AGM followed by an illustrated talk on the Secrets of Berry Head

Date: 13 March 2020
Location: Galmpton Village Institute

Please note: this event has been postponed until further notice. More information to follow.