January 2022 Newsletter

Back towards the end of last year a group of hardy souls braved the cold on a Saturday evening for the 10th St. Andrew’s Ipplepen Candlelit Procession. There was all the usual colour and music in the streets as magical lanterns depicting dragons, dinosaurs and penguins wove their way through the village. This annual event organised by the Ipplepen Local History Group brings the community together and heralds the start of the Christmas season. With the Christmas tree lit up and support provided by the Ipplepen Carnival Club with mulled wine and mince pies, it was a joyous occasion for a cold winter’s night. As well as the procession villagers entered the spirit of a ‘Window Wanderland’ where creative displays showed themes running from James Bond to Cinderella. If you like the Lanterns event, and I know that there are many who do, why not get involved this year and make it the best yet. Contact details can be found at www.ipplepenlocalhistory.org.uk
Prizes for the 2021 lanterns went to the Buick Baker family, Abby and Rosie Carpenter, Zara Hossack and Jenny, Rob, and Arthur Andrew. The overall trophy was won by the Buick Baker family. The creativity trophy sponsored by Jackie Edwards, Kingsteignton Town Cryer, went to George Webber for his Freddy the Phoenix. Top prizes for the Window and Garden Displays went to Julie Miskin for ‘Under the Sea’ and Linda Large for ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’
Ipplepen Local History Group thanks the Ipplepen Carnival Club, the Bellringers, the Marshals, the Church, the Judges, the Amenities group on the Parish Council for organising the tree in time for the event, Shirley Northwood, Anthony Cottle and Judy Dewhirst. Thanks also go to all those who sponsored prizes – Ipplepen WI, the House of Marbles, Jaspers Rickshaw, China Blue and Powderham Castle.
Our February talk
Another date for your diary is MONDAY FEBRUARY 21st when we are delighted to invite Alex Graeme to give a talk on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. Alex is the owner and guide at Unique Devon Tours, and he will be explaining the background to one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most loved Sherlock Holmes stories and, at the same time, establishing the Ipplepen connection to the tale. The talk will take place at the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.
John Marsh