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.

Please join in by creating your own hand-held lantern and enjoy a walk (obeying social distancing) round the village admiring the pre-Christmas colour and sparkle. Even without a lantern you can share in this community occasion by decorating your garden with lights or go one further and have your own display. Everyone is invited to take a stroll round to appreciate the creativity for which Ipplepen is renowned.

Those of you who wish to create a garden installation will need to fill in an entry form. To enter your hand-held lantern photo please upload to Spotted Ipplepen using #lanterns.

As in previous years there will be prizes and they are to be awarded as follows:

  • Static Display (Installation) – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
  • Walking Display (hand-held lantern) – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
  • Creativity Trophy
  • Best overall for 2020



To round off my series about significant dates in Ipplepen from 1970 through to 2010 here are some prominent examples:

2000 The Millennium centre is developed

2000 Barnfield Stores closes

2001 Victor Elliott’s butcher’s shop closes

2007 The Village Library closes

2009 The Plough Inn closes

2010 The Roman Catholic Church is demolished and St. Mary’s close is developed

2010 The Hub starts


John Marsh