May Newsletter 2022

Coffee Morning
Many thanks to all of you who turned up to our coffee morning in March. It was lovely to see so many of you. We are often required to work in isolation cataloguing the documents in our archive and the photographs on our website, but we do maintain a strong presence on social media and appreciate all the feedback that we receive.
The coffee morning provided an opportunity to meet with friends, both old and new, and to share our enthusiasm for this priceless archive that we have. The money raised will go to replenishing the specialist storage boxes required for storing documents, and to update our website. We were so pleased with the response that we plan to make it an annual event.

Professor Stephen Rippon
Elsewhere in the magazine you will see an advert for Professor Stephen Rippon’s talk at the Village Hall on Monday May 9th. I know that many of you have followed the archaeological dig since it started, both as helpers and participants in the actual dig.
The original excavation dates to 2010 and it is no exaggeration to say that the finds in our village have transformed our views of the Roman presence in Devon. The dig ended in 2020 and many of you might have visited the exhibition at Torquay Museum entitled ‘Ipplepen – New Discoveries on the Edge of the Roman Empire’ in that same year.
Archaeology moves on and it takes time to process and verify the finds on a dig and to subject them to academic scrutiny. Professor Rippon wants to share with you where we are now and what conclusions can be drawn.

Beating the Bounds and the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
The Local History Group have been asked to produce a display in the Village Hall over the period of the Jubilee celebrations. I am sure that many of you would like to see the ways in which the village has marked previous Jubilees as well as how Beating the Bounds looked in quite different eras. We look forward to seeing you there.

John Marsh

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