August 2017 Newsletter

AGM and Talk
We had a very good attendance last month for our AGM and talk at the Village Hall. Amongst the usual business the committee were drumming up support for our proposed trip to Morwellham Quay on Thursday September 21st. You can see details about this elsewhere in this month’s magazine but please get in contact if you’re interested because places are limited.
Paul Rendell, our guest speaker, is sometimes known as ‘Dartmoor Paul’ and it was clear why he has earned this title because his subject knowledge was so thorough and wide-ranging. His chosen topic was ‘Curious Dartmoor’ and if there was a unifying theme to his address it was that much of what we see on Dartmoor is a man-made landscape. This is not to detract from the obvious natural beauty but as Mr. Rendell was able to explain and illustrate Dartmoor has been more a working environment than a tourist attraction for most of the last thousand years. So we have the tin mining, the granite tramway, the lime kilns, the powder mills and the starch factory. Remains of this ‘curious’ past are to be found all over the moor and in the most unlikely places so we thank our speaker for guiding us through and whetting our appetites for our next visit to the moor.
Photographs at the Hub
We know you all love old photos of the village. Maybe you have a few of your own that you would be happy to share. They need not be black and white. We are looking for photos both old and new to add to the Village Archive. Come along to the Breakfast and a Bargain Saturday Mornings at the Hub where we will have selections from our archive and an opportunity to have your own photos scanned and returned to you.
The results of the ‘favourite Ipplepen photograph’ from our Village Show stall will appear in next month’s magazine.
John Marsh