August 2016 Newsletter

On Monday July 4th we enjoyed a very well attended AGM at the Village Hall. We have 53 fully paid-up members but as we continue to stress it is not necessary to be a member to attend our meetings. As many you will know from our website and our Facebook page we are a friendly and welcoming group and we are always looking for new recruits.
The main event of the AGM evening was the talk given by Simon Hughes from AC Archaeology. Simon has been involved in the excavations at St. Andrew’s Medical Centre this year and before when the bungalow which occupies the current site was demolished in 1995. As many of you who have visited the Health Centre will know some very impressive medieval tiles were discovered there twenty years ago and even though the dig was never as thorough as the archaeologists would have liked there was sufficient evidence to confirm the site as part of the the priory which existed in Ipplepen between the mid-twelfth and mid-sixteenth centuries. Several interesting pottery pieces and floor tiles were unearthed, the designs of which have been incorporated into the gates of the Health Centre. During the most recent dig which went a long way to confirming the outline and scale of the priory, there was the intriguing discovery of a well preserved Roman brooch. When you put this together with the finds at Dainton the evidence is beginning to stack up regarding some sort of Roman connection with the Ipplepen area. Simon had also been involved with the excavation work prior to the completion of the South Devon link road and once again he was able to confirm clear evidence of Roman occupation of the Aller Brake area during the second and third centuries AD.
As several people have confirmed to me last month’s magazine picture depicted a very quiet East Street in 1920 taken from Penrae and looking towards Causeway Cottages.
With the carnival on its way I thought we might celebrate this well-loved village event with a carnival photo from our archive.

John Marsh