January 2021 Newsletter


As many of you will recall we pulled out all the stops last year to put on a variation of our Lanterns parade. We were overwhelmed by your response and the range and creativity of the displays have provided us with plenty of food for thought for this year’s event. Just to recap prizes were awarded as follows.

First prize in the Garden Displays went to the Lawrance family for Amelia Earhart’s plane, second prize to the Andrews family for Dragon Training and third place was awarded to the Mundy family for Loch Doon Nessie. Highly commended went to the Moon Shot.

In the newly created Windows section, the first prize went to the Roberts Family for Monsters at Mountfield. In second place was Kirsty at White Cottage for her Black Cats and in third came the Saunders family for their Saunders surprise. Highly commended were the Parsons family for Step in Time.

We still had our Lanterns awards and first prize here went to the Woodland Wanderers led by Jenny Thompson. In second place came Marlin with Katrin Woodford and in third place we had Buzz! & Going Nuts by the Maloney family. The highly commended in this section were the Pratt family for their Angry Birds.

The winner of last year’s Jackie Edwards award for Creativity went to Ipplepen School for their Lantern Display.

The trophy for Best Overall went to the Lawrance family for Amelia Earhart’s plane – once seen, never forgotten.

The Local History Group would like to thank all those who donated prizes – Powderham Castle, Fermoys, China Blue, Ipplepen Women’s Institute and Jaspers.

Of course, the event could not take place without the sterling efforts of Judy Dewhirst and Shirley Northwood and once again we extend our thanks to the Carnival Club for supporting us and for providing us with the inspiration to carry on in difficult circumstances.

Looking forward to 2021

We do have a set of talks booked for the coming year and we will be doing our best to make these happen if possible. The planned programme is Alex Graeme in February on the Hound of the Baskervilles, Colin Vosper in July on the Devon Marble Industry and Todd Gray in October on Uncle Tom Cobley.

You have seen just what the Local History Group can do and many of you enjoy our weekly photos on social media so why not contact us and join the group at www.ipplepenlocalhistory.org.uk.