March 2019 Newsletter

Talk to the WI

I enjoyed my talk to the WI last month. I know from the response on Facebook and in this magazine that many of you love our old photographs and we are always pleased to take the opportunity to share some of these memories with you. You certainly do not have to have lived in Ipplepen a long time to appreciate village history. I know that there are a number of relative newcomers who simply enjoy local history and want to know more about the area. We are always happy to welcome anyone who wants to help with the archive in any way so feel free to contact us.

Ipplepen Shops

I promised in last month’s edition to celebrate some of Ipplepen’s well remembered shops so here are a few more from the archive.

‘Webbers Nursery’

This business was based at Croft House but then moved to Park Hill. The site then became Harris’s Garage run for many years by Alf, Reg and Bill together with Minnie Harris and her son Douglas, as a general motor garage. They also provided a taxi service. Later owners were Mike Wright and Andy Bowman.

Number 4 Bridge Street

There was a shop here known as ‘Cowlings’ run by Susie and her sister Mary selling haberdashery, ironmongery, sweets and bric-a-brac. It was taken over by Ernie Medland who ran it for a number of years until Joan Job took it over and called it ‘Bits and Bobs’ selling it on in 1982.

John Marsh