The 72nd Meet took place this past weekend. It has been 37 years since Letterboxing's first Meet at the Forest Inn near Hexworthy. A Dartmoor pub which has since closed, but up for sale for just a £1!
The bi-annual gathering now calls Lee Moor Village Hall home. I did attend. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces, and purchase the new catalogue.
The introduction to the new book of clues offers an update on Godfrey Swinscow - the 'father' of modern Letterboxing. In the 1980s as the burgeoning hobby threatened to incur the wrath of the National Park, it was 'God' who stepped in and created the 100 club and the concept of registering boxes. Godfrey - who celebrated his 96th birthday on Sunday - now resides in a Devon residential home with his wife, Anne. He still has an interest in Letterboxing, albeit by only enjoying looking at stamps brought in by his visitors. It was fantastic to hear how Godfrey is doing, as it has been so long since the last update.
With charity walks bought, Letterboxing routes must now be planned for the Lyd Valley, Cox Tor and Mel Tor areas.