March 2021 Newsletter

Beating the Bounds
The tradition of Beating the Bounds stems from a time when people prayed for a blessing on their crops. The period before Ascension Day (the 5th Thursday after Easter) called ‘Rogation’ involved an annual procession or ’perambulation’ around the parish boundary. In the days before good maps,

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February 2021 Newsletter


It will come as no surprise to anyone but again we are required to report that an event has had to be cancelled. We had booked Alex Graeme for a talk at the Village hall on Monday February 22nd on the subject of the ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’.

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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.

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December 2020 Newsletter


For their Local History project this year pupils from all classes produced work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ipplepen Primary school moving to its present site on Biltor Road. We were fortunate to be given a zoom presentation of this work by all the classes with representatives explaining what they had learnt about the changes from 1970 to the present day.

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November 2020 Newsletter


In the poster elsewhere in the magazine you can read about our plans for the 10th Annual Ipplepen Lanterns Festival on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th. Of course this year is set to be different, but we hope just as enjoyable.

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October 2020 Newsletter



We can start preparing now for our ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’ celebration on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th. You can add some brightness and sparkle to the village by illuminating Ipplepen with garden installations, lights,

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September 2020 Newsletter

The Lanterns Display

We have decided to go ahead with our Annual St. Andrew’s Eve Lantern Festival on Saturday November 28th. It will not take the form of a procession and nor will it be ending in the Church. What we are planning though is another community event supporting everyone through this difficult year and bringing a bit of brightness and sparkle to the village in November just prior to the Christmas season.

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August 2020 Newsletter

Lanterns Procession

It is still warm and sunny outside so why am I starting with this theme? Well the reality is that if you are planning events you must start early. This would be true in any year but of course this year is not a normal year by any stretch of the imagination.

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July 2020 Newsletter


Like other organisations our AGM which was scheduled for July is having to be conducted online. Normally at these meetings I start setting out our plans for future events. Whilst accepting that nothing can be set in stone at present, we have decided to make our plans anyway and have provisionally booked Todd Gray for October this year,

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June 2020 Newsletter

The Village Pump: William Field

From time to time I get asked about the origins of our village pump in Fore Street and William Field to whom it is dedicated.

At the time of his death in 1868 William Field had not spent that much time in Ipplepen.

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