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. There will be further details in next month’s magazine.

Now when was that built?

Some of the older buildings in the village have whole files recording their history but when it comes to new developments there are plenty of photographs but not much in the way of documentary evidence. Here is a list of some dates from 1970 onwards mapping out some of the many changes to the village over this period. The 50s and 60s saw a splurge of building in the village incorporating Cooke Drive, Barn Park Close, Court gate Close, Luscombe Close and Clampitt Close amongst others. Mayfair Road was another still not quite completed by 1970.

1970 The Primary school moved from the Methodist Church to Biltor Road.

1974 The Roman Catholic Church was built on the site of the present-day St. Mary’s Close.

1978 Pick and Park was developed.

1981 Ipplepen Bowling Club opened

1984 The Dornafield Drive East estate was started

1986 The Danish Bakery moved across into the Spar shop (the current Co-op)

1986 The Cricket Club moved from the Playing Fields to Moor Road

1986/87 Caunters Close developed

1987 The Glebe was built

1988 The Crokers Way development started

1990 Wheelie Bins were introduced

I will add the period post 1990 next month.

Photographic Archive

We have spent some of the lockdown period updating the photographic archive. Many of these are shared on social media and will be familiar to you but some of the photographs from the 1948 Carnival provide an excellent slice of social history. You can enjoy these photos at any time on

John Marsh