The Ipplepen Local History Group are pleased to announce that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add the Ipplepen War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The War Memorial is now listed at Grade II.
This is the final part of the Group’s commitment given to the village last year to commemorate the start of the First World War.
The first part was to have the memorial cleaned and refurbished. The owners, Ipplepen Parish Council, having given their backing & approval, applications were made to Devon Remembers, The Ipplepen Community Fund and to County Councillor Alistair Dewhirst for funds which would enable us to pay for the work to be carried out. Fortunately all our applications were successful and the work was carried out in July 2014.
The second part was to have the Memorial re-dedicated, this was done at an inter-denominational ceremony on August 3rd 2014. Representatives of both St. Andrews Church and the Methodist Church carried out this very moving ceremony. The Parish Council, The Royal British Legion together with several other organisations were well represented as were the local villagers. The ceremony ended with a very enjoyable cream tea which was provided by the Village Hub which is situated behind the Methodist Church.
The final part was to apply to English Heritage to have the Memorial Listed. The Parish Council were asked as the custodians, approval sought and given from The Royal British Legion. Credit should be given to Shirley Northwood in the preparation of the many documents required, English Heritage also required photographs of the Memorial and surrounding area which were provided by the Group Chairman John Eastley.
Ipplepen has a real car parking problem and the War Memorial is situated in the village square which makes it very vulnerable. Villagers can now be assured that this poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by local people is safe.
The original documents may be viewed from our web site at: www.ipplepenarchive.co.uk
For further information contact John Eastley Tel: 01803 8143337 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Eastley, Chairman, Ipplepen Local History Group