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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Starcross History has a super place on TRAIL

The map for the sculpture trail in Teignmouth has just been finalised. Starcross History has a magnificent plot where everyone on the Number 2 Stagecoach bus will be able to see Kattanga, our War Horse as he watches the galloping pollution of the oceans
Map of Teignmouth Sculpture TRAIL 2018
Map of Teignmouth Sculpture TRAIL 2018
Many thanks once again to
 Lara's dress shop in Teignmouth (opposite the Number 2 bus stop to Newton Abbot)
for yet another 2 sacksful of coathangers for Kattanga. Kattanga is pleased to see enough coathangers to finish his legs. Here he is with:
 an octopus made from material which includes a buoy and a beach umbrella,
a crab made from material which includes a washing basket and a coathanger, and
Kattanga is pleased to see enough coathangers to finish his legs
Kattanga is pleased to see enough coathangers to finish his legs
squid made from material  which includes polythene bags. Turtles, sadly, think that polythene bags ARE squid or jellyfish and they eat them... and die. Here's the heartbreaking truth from the Marine Conservation Society
If you're inspired to write a poem about this, or any of the scupltures as they appear on this year's Teignmouth Recycled Art In the Landscape sculpture trail, a website  has been set up to publish your original poems. It's Poems for TRAIL2018 



Friday, 6 July 2018

Starcross Preschool make Fantastic Sea Creatures

Starcross Preschool this morning made 2 sea creatures from 2 lifebelt holders which had been dumped in the sea. Teignbridge District Council resorts office kindly let us have these pieces of beach debris.
The children are aware that lifesaving equipment is vital and they were disgusted when shown that it gets vandalised like this. The imagination of these 2 to 4 year-old was fantastic! They designed an octopus and a phantasmagorical plastic-eating crab. The lifebelt holders need to be drilled now so that their sculptures can be secured with cable-ties. Starcross Preschool will bring the creatures to Teignmouth seafront on July 18th which is the INSTALLATION DATE for this sculpture on the Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape sculpture trail
The preschool also fixed more CDs to more blue scaffolding net to create more ocean for the whole sculpture which is called 
The 2 lifebelt holders with other beach debris
The 2 lifebelt holders with other beach debris

Monday, 2 July 2018

Thankyou Starcross Primary School for Kattanga's fabulous tail

Kattanga the War Horse is delighted with his fabulous tail made by the children at Starcross Primary School
Kattanga the War Horse has a tail
Kattanga the War Horse has a tail
Kattanga's legs will be filled out with coathangers kindly donated by Lara's - the women's clothing shop opposite the Number 2 Bus drop-off point in the centre of Teignmouth. Then he'll be ready to go onto the sculpture trail in Teignmouth by July 18th - which is the start-date for the installations!
If you are down on Teignmouth seafront when Kattanga the War Horse watches the galloping pollution of the oceans is being installed, we might need a bit of help. Cheers

Friday, 29 June 2018

Who lived in your house in 1939?

The Find my past website allows you to type your street name to discover who lived in your house (and nearby houses) in 1939
Click THIS LINK
to see who lived in Well Street at that time

Thankyou Teignbridge Resorts

Look what a colourful collection we have of plastic sea debris: a big blue trawlernet, 2 lifebuoy holders, a giant buoy and some beach brollies.
Many thanks to Teignbridge Resorts department. Kattanga, our War Horse, will be able to watch the galloping pollution of the oceans when this lot is secured in place around him.
The resorts staff work hard all the time to collect all plastic debris and so prevent it from polluting the sea. It can be waste from the resorts' businesses, or waste from the public wastebins. Sometimes, plastic waste is collected from the beach and often, plastic waste is retrieved from the sea. It's a sad fact that lots of plastic waste similar to this will continue to find its way into the oceans.

Disguarded beach brollies
Disguarded beach brollies
 Colourful plastic becomes colourful waste which will make our sculpture eye-catching

2 lifebelt holders, a buoy and a trawlernet
2 lifebelt holders, a buoy and a trawlernet
How many heavy plastic buoys break loose every day all over the world? How many of them float around the oceans? When they fill with water, they sink to the bottom. The 5 visible rafts of plastic in the 5 great oceans are only a fraction of what lies hidden out there.
Buoy and lifebelt holders
Buoy and lifebelt holders
The resorts staff explained that lifebelt holders like these are commonly found in the sea.
This begs the questions:
  • Who would destroy a lifebelt station? 
  • Who would deliberately break lifesaving equipment. 
  • What is their motive? 
  • Do they want people to drown tragically? 
  • Are they always so drunk that they don't understand what they are doing? 

lorralorra blue trawlernet
lorralorra blue trawlernet
Lost fishing gear, such as our trawlernet made from nylon fibre, are a permanent, vast and deadly feature of the oceans today. The usual size of a trawlernet is the size of a football pitch, and as high as a house.
This diagram of a pelagic trawl from Greenpeace demonstrates the method

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Oceans, Tentacles and Kattanga's Tail

The children of Starcross Primary School worked very enthusiastically all day today and completed the oceans, lots of  Sid Squid and Oz Octopus's tentacles and Kattanga (the coathanger horse)'s tail.
The sculpture Kattanga the coathanger horse watches the galloping pollution of the 5 oceans will go on the Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape sculpture trail in July
Oceans, Tentacles and Kattanga's Tail
Oceans, Tentacles and Kattanga's Tail
The children think that Kattanga resembles Joey; Michael Morpurgo's War Horse. The stage production of War Horse comes to Plymouth from August 29th to September 15th

Monday, 25 June 2018

William VIGURS/VIGERS/VIGOSS

Hello, I am researching my family tree and it has brought me to Starcross in the 1700/1800 to the family of William Vigurs/Vigers/Vigoss- multiple spellings of the name.

I was wondering if you could help me with some information. I am assuming that Starcross was primarily agricultural  during the 1700s and early 1800s?

Also I was wondering if you had any information on the VIGURS family?

Thanks for your help

Kind regards Lesley Morgan ( nee VIGURS)
Could this be the person?
A reference, dated 1767, to a William Vigurs is in Law, Crime and English Society ed Norma Landau. pub. Press Syndicate of Cambridge University The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
        
P.P.
          (1817) VII, p. 426. P.R.O., H.O. 42/163, Stanley Mailer to Sidmouth, 18 April 1817;
         for the prosecution of a justice for making convictions on the evidence of a ‘plucked’ loaf,
            see KB1/17 (Part II), unlabelled bundle, affidavit of William Vigurs  et al.
             on complaint
              against Thomas Miller Esq., 7 February 1767.
in a discussion about stipendary magistrates dealing with 'plucked' bread

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Scuplture Workshops in Starcross Primary School

Further workshops will be held in Starcross Primary School, for this year's entry on the Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape sculpture trail
The children will make:
  • tentacles
 for Oz Octopus and the Sid Squids
Oz Octopus, a bit of trawler net and a purple crab
Oz Octopus, a bit of trawler net and a purple crab









 

Sid Squids
2 Sid Squids
  • the oceans from blue scaffolding netting and CDs
  • A beautiful tail for Kattanga; the coathanger horse
 Here's the latest picture of Kattanga (with Jackson the Great Dane). Kattanga will watch the galloping pollution of the 5 Gyres. Many thanks to Lara's; the women's clothing shop in Teignmouth; for enough coathangers to now sculpt Kattanga's Shaun-the-Sheep legs. 
Kattanga awaits his beautiful tail and smartlegs
Kattanga awaits his beautiful tail and smartlegs



Saturday, 23 June 2018

Starcross History at the Village Féte

Many thanks to The Prop Factory for the loan of their wonderful vintage fairground games, bunting and signs today. This enabled Starcross History to add a slice of old-fashioned fun to the many attractions at the Starcross Summer Spectacular on the sportsfield.
Hook the Duck, Frog Gobble, Beat the Buzzer, throwing games
Hook the Duck, Frog Gobble, Beat the Buzzer, throwing games

Hook the Duck
Hook the Duck

Rope and beanbag throwing games
Rope and beanbag throwing games
The history group also ran a workshop. Tentacles  were made for Sid Squid, who will be part of the Starcross History entry on the 2018 Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape sculpture trail. Assorted plastic rubbish was threaded onto videotapes.
Sid Squid waits for more tentacles
Sid Squid waits for more tentacles

A tentacle for Sid Squid
A tentacle for Sid Squid


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

History Trail Quiz Sheet


 
The history group are to have an informal meet tonight in a private house to discuss:
a) various aims and activities
b) financial considerations and insurance limitations
c) recruitment of new members

They hope to put together a village History Trail quiz sheet, provisionally based on place names and their origins.
 
Here's a list of street names in Starcross from Geographic.org
Each street name links through to a photograph and map

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Old Railway Photos

Many thanks to Gordon White for these photolinks
Starcross Pumping Station and Water Tower
31st May 1975

BR Western Region Warship Class
Diesel HydraulicD814 Dragon 1962
 


Vennings Railway Hotel Aug 21 1920
2015
1978
Class 31 Diesel 31420 July 1981
King Edward 2nd May 14th 1932
June 1961
1978
1978
1978
1880
Brunel Atmospheric Tower Starcross 1963
Dawlish Warren Halt
The Warren Halt, Dawlish
16th June 1959
1847
June 1959
1949
When the atmospheric tower was a coal yard