May 2019 Newsletter

Volunteers for History Project

The project is looking for volunteers to talk with Year 5 students at the primary school about their lives. You don’t have to have lived in Ipplepen all your life, but you should be over 50.

The children will work with you to write your biography, based on research with you.

The children are Class 5 at the primary school working with their teacher Miss Hext and Caroline Lodge (one of our History group members): they are 9-10 year olds.

The commitment would be the afternoons of Tuesday 14th May, Tuesday 11th June and Tuesday 25th June. Of those dates Tuesday 11th June is the most essential.

If you are interested please contact Caroline at or 07976 392 344.

Wedding Photos

As well as our documents and artefacts we have an extensive photographic archive which can be accessed on our website The archive covers many aspects of village life but we seem to be lacking much in the way of wedding photos. It is thanks to your generosity that we have so many photos already but if you have any photos of weddings in one of our Ipplepen churches they will be gratefully received. We can scan them and return them to you. Please contact

Ipplepen Shops

Continuing my series on Ipplepen Shops starting in North Street.

Number 4 North Street was the original village Post Office. William Bovey was sub postmaster in 1901. Subsequently the Post Office moved to Darley House on Church Path when Miss Westwood took it over and ran it until Joan and Phil Job took it on in 1945. They acquired the news agency from Cecil Chapman in 1958 and purchased Heppers Farm (Apsley House) around 1960 which they made into a Post Office. Joan and Phil also established a hairdressing business at the back of Apsley House, eventually selling it to Jackie Duke


The Newton Abbot Co-op came to Ipplepen in 1927 and stayed on the site of the current Post Office until moving to their present site swapping with David Marks who had previously taken over the Post Office.