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 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 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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May Newsletter


We were scheduled to have our VE day Celebrations this month. VE day stands for Victory in Europe and since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the event the government had moved the early May Day Bank Holiday to Friday May 8th.

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April Newsletter

Talk at Village Hall

We were delighted to welcome the Reverend Nicholas Pearkes to Ipplepen at the end of February. In front of a good audience the Reverend Pearkes entertained and informed us with his customary good humour. Unusually we were granted two talks for the price of one.

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March Newsletter

Local Talks and Events

We are a thriving Local History Group putting on talks and events for Ipplepen as well as promoting the village through our website and social media platforms such as Facebook.

We are, of course, far from alone in our endeavours.

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February Newsletter

Our first talk of the New Year is scheduled to take place on MONDAY FEBRUARY 24th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Our guest speaker is the Rev. Nicholas Pearkes, former rector of Littlehempston. Now retired the Rev. Pearkes has a good reputation as a speaker for local history groups.

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January Newsletter

Our lanterns procession ushered in the Christmas period bringing colour and sparkle to a cold winter’s evening. It’s a wonderful community occasion uniting old and young and shows off the best of Ipplepen. Just to recap the prizes were awarded as follows.
The Child’s prize was won by Tallulah Zehal for her Elephant.

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December Newsletter

We had a good audience for our October talk where Dr. Todd Gray updated us on all the issues surrounding the catastrophic fire in Cathedral Yard, Exeter, which resulted in the complete destruction of the Clarence Hotel. The talk started off more like a news report as Dr.

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