December 2016 Newsletter

Lantern Procession
By the time that you receive this our annual Candlelit procession will have taken place. May I take the opportunity to pay tribute to all the people who have worked so hard to make this event a success and in particular to the efforts of Judy Dewhirst and Shirley Northwood.
Arthur French Memorial Prize
As you may have seen in the local press the trophy for the inaugural Arthur French Memorial Prize for local history was awarded to Meghan Connor who is in Year 4 of Ipplepen School. Other commendations went to Tessa Hooper, Evie Lawrance, Poppy Baker, Kate Mundy, Ben Hooper and Alicia Hallett. Congratulations go to all the pupils for their efforts and a special thank you to Headteacher Amanda Lacey for her constant support.
Quiz Evening
Our October quiz evening at the Village Hall proved a great success. Thanks go to our genial quizmaster John Broadbent for going to the trouble of preparing the questions and keeping the teams in order and to our committee member Barbara Cleasby for suggesting the idea and making it happen. The eventual winners were Team Enigma who just pipped the ‘plucky’ Marsh Harriers.
Ipplepen in the Second World War
In a previous article in the magazine I made reference to the reminiscences of the author John Fowles who stayed in Ipplepen during the Second World War. Following this article I checked in our archive for Second World War material and was a little surprised by how thin on the ground it was. Having spoken since to people in the village who have an interest in the period I would like to make an appeal on behalf of the History Group for any memories or artefacts that people might have of the wartime period in Ipplepen. In particular I am interested in memories of the Home Guard, evacuees, American soldiers, rationing and local bombing raids.

From the Archive
With winter finally coming in I thought I’d jog a few memories with this picture of the square during the famous big freeze of 1963.

John Marsh