November Magazine Article

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THE ROMAN CONQUEST AND THE SETTLEMENT OF DEVON – DEREK GORE, EXETER UNIVERSITY

VILLAGE HALL WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31st 7.30pm.

MEMBERS FREE

NON-MEMBERS £4

REFRESHMENTS AND RAFFLE.

Derek lives in Dawlish and is one of the leading specialists on Roman Devon. He has earned a reputation as one of the most popular and enthusiastic speakers on the local history circuit and for this talk he will be making specific reference to the Ipplepen dig.

WW1 Display at St. Andrew’s

We have reconstituted our Local History Group WW1 display in St. Andrew’s Church for the Armistice commemoration. Many thanks go to Mary Quick and Barbara Farrow for all their hard work preparing the poppies.

From the Archive

We often find a few gems when sorting out materials from our archive. A couple of programmes describing festivities in Ipplepen were particularly intriguing.

One from June 22nd 1911 was produced to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. Events started at 8a.m. when the National Anthem was sung on the Church Tower and ended at 10p.m. with a bonfire on Great Bilter lit by Mr. W. Maddicott, jun. Before that there had been a Display of Fireworks given by A.S. Graham, Esq.; of Great Ambrook. Sports events earlier had included a Needle Threading competition for Girls 12-16 for which the first prize was a teapot. Boys 11-14 could compete in the Bun Eating contest for a first prize of a coronation knife.

Another programme from 1935 was to celebrate the silver jubilee of the King and Queen. Events kicked off at 9a.m.  with the unfurling of the Flag on the Church Tower and ended once again at 10p.m. with the Bonfire at BILTERS. Sporting events were no less esoteric with a Lady and Poodle race for Under 16s and a Potato Picking race for Men (in water).

Sadly I have yet to find any photographs of these events but they do point to a rather enterprising past. The prizes on offer at the 1911 event which included chairs and oak cabinets would suggest a degree of sponsorship – Mr. Graham at Great Ambrook perhaps?

DON’T FORGET THE LANTERNS ARE BACK ON THE 24th OF NOVEMBER. CHECK THE ADVERT IN THIS MAGAZINE.

John Marsh


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