Bucks Standard 31 May 1912


Thomas Wilks, dealer, Shenley, v. John Souster, farmer, Hill Farm, Haversham. Claim £5 6s. of commission. There was a counter claim of £4 5s. for the sale of hay. Mr. Allinson, for plaintiff, said Mr. Glanley for defendant. Mr Allison said the parties met in Leighton Buzzard market, when the plaintiff told the defendant about a farm being to let. Defendant promised him £10 if he got it through him. Plaintiff’s information afterwards being incorrect, it was contended that defendant still offered him the £10 if he found him a vacant farm. A few week later after this conversation plaintiff acquainted defendant with the fact that a Mr. Scott had died at Hill Farm, Haversham, and advised him to see the agent, who had lived at Leighton. The exors. Kept the farm on for twelve months, and the defendant eventually became the tenant. Plaintiff went over to have a day’s rabbit shooting, and reminded defendant of his promise, when the latter told him he was short of cash, and asked him if he could do with some straw. Plaintiff replied, “Oh yes, that’s a good as money to me,” Defendant offered him five tons at £2 a ton, and plaintiff and his son afterwards fetched 12 cwt. In five lots. The following winter, defendant put him off, and finally refused to let him have any more. Plaintiff bore out this statement. Mr. Glanley denied the claim entirely, and submitted that the defendant took the farm entirely on his own responsibility. Judgement was given for the defendant.

Harvest Festival. Very bright and hearty were the services of thanksgiving for the safe ingathering of another harvest held here, last Sunday. Despite the stormy afternoon and evening the attendances were good, especially at night. The church looked her best, and, as someone kindly remarked, “More lovely than ever.” And indeed, the decorations were most graceful. Thanks to the many kind donors of rich corn, fruit, flowers and vegetables (bread also, and eggs) and the artistic skill which wove them all into such harmonious order, a most happy effect was produced: and hearty thanks are accorded to those who helped either with gifts, or labours of love, for all were much appreciated. The services were at 8.30 (Holy Communion), 11. and 6. The musical portion of the service was nicely rendered, the evening anthem being “Now thank we all our God.” The collections throughout the day were for the Northampton Hospital as always, and the amount sent up was £6 3/-.

Wolverton Express 11th December 1925


An enjoyable concert was given on Wednesday last in the village school for the purpose of raising funds for the purchase of a pianette for the infants. The schoolroom held a crowded audience, Miss Cox, the headmistress, presiding. A lengthy programme was given in excellent manner by schoolchildren assisted by a number of friends who gave very helpful and appreciated service. Miss Kathleen Baker (New Bradwell), assistant mistress at the school, who organised the concert, skilfully rendered pianoforte solos. Songs were nicely given by Major A. Smith and Mrs. Hubert Coker (Wolverton), who also appeared in duets. Miss May Jennings (New Bradwell) added two solos at the piano, Miss Freda Emmerton (New Bradwell) recitations, Miss Freda Howes and Miss Lily Clifton (New Bradwell) dialogues, and Miss Ivy Gear (New Bradwell) humorous songs and bone solo. The infants scholars gave the play “Rumplestiltskin” in which the character parts were taken by Muriel North, Betty Barby, Willie Clarke, Reggie Winsor, and Francis Gammage. Also a dramatic recitation “The Elf and the Toadstool” by Nancy Partridge, Arthur North, and Bertha Lane; and a dramatic picture by Vera Gammage, and Sidney Clarke. The infants concluded with and action song “The Golden Boat” Donations to the pianette fund have been received by Miss Baker from Major Harnett, and Mr. Meacham. The concert should have been repeated on Friday evening, but was cancelled owing to the weather.

Wolverton Express 16th April 1926


Farm Sale

An unreserved sale of live stock and grass keeping was conducted by Gambell, Newport Pagnell and Olney, at Little Linford on Friday. The sale was by the instructions of Mr. Geo. Tayler who has decided to give up his farm at Little Linford which he has occupied for many years. The stock formed one of the best collections brought forward in the neighbourhood this year and attracted a large company. Sheep sold very well but at the lower prices prevailing whilst an excellent lot of cattle made good prices. There were a few lots of haymaking machines, £40 being big for a bull size elevator and gear by Roberts, and £10 for a Blackstone horse rake. The sheep – Oxford Down ewes and their lambs made from 76/- to 113/- each, Border Leicester ewes and their lambs 103/-, cross-bred grass tegs 30/- and Oxfrod Down ewe tegs 83/-. There were 300 sheep and lambs and the principal purchasers were Messrs Gamage (Bletchley), Turney (Leighton Buzzard), Allingham (Hitchen), Sawbridge (Hanslope), W. Fleet (Newport Pagnell), and J. Hedge (Ridgemont). There were 105 head of cattle all of which had been wintered out on the grass; 2½ and 3-year-old shorthorn bullocks made form £21.10s.0d. to £26 15s. 0d, 2 to 2½-year-ld shorthorn Hereford cross heifers from £21. 15s. 0d to £25, shorthorn Hereford cross heifers from £23. 10s 0d. to £27. 5s 0. The principal purchasers were Messrs. A. J. Osborne (Olney), W. Stewart (Weston Underwood), N. Payne (Willen), W. Hobs (Newport Pagnell) G. Whitworth (Wellingborough), W. Weeks (Tryingham), Turner, J. Hedges, W. Fleet, R. Pettitt (Newport Pagnell. A four-year-old shire mare in foal made 23gns., keeping, over 300 acres, made from 42/- to 76/- per acre.

Wolverton Express 18 June 1926


An alarm of fire was received by the Wolverton Works Fire Brigade on Monday afternoon at 5.15. The Brigade made a quick turn-out, and proceeded to Haversham, where a fire was found in the roof of a cottage occupied by Mr. Birt. Rain was falling at the time. It appears that a fire broke out in the chimney and had lasted since noon. The occupier adopted various methods to try to put it out, but was unsuccessful. Eventually he climbed to the roof and upon removing a few slates there was a burst of flame. Upon arrival at the cottage the Brigade, under the charge of Second Officer Felts set to work on the roof with the hose, water being obtained from pond in a neighbouring field. The outbreak was speedily extinguished, and the brigade retuned home shortly after six o’clock.

Bucks Standard 21 August 1926



For four long hours on Saturday afternoon last members of the New Bradwell branch of the British Legion made holiday on the banks of the river Ouse at Haversham. It was the oocasion of the first fishing competition organised for the pleasure of the members of the branch, and In glorious sunshine a company of 90 anglers spent it most enjoyable afternoon. Fishing took place In a fine two miles stretch of water by kind permission of Major A. Smith (President of the Branch) and (Capt. Price Jones, of Haversham Manor. There were 87 rods in all. Sport was not of the best. And with the fish off their feed and declining to be tempted by the dainty bait which was offered them then were no big catches. The heaviest basket only turned the scale at 8¼ozs., and there were several fishermen who failed to get a bite. But the comparitive absence of sport in no way marred the pleasure of the afternoon. In fact, the Legionaires hailed with delight the promise of another afternoon In the river in a fortnight's time if the nccessary arrangements can be made. The cometitors were conveyed across by boat kindly loaned by Mr. Billingham. Fishing commenced at 2.30 and continued till 6.30, and when the business of weighing in had been concluded it was found that the following had taken the prizes: 1st. £1. Mr. Richardson 8¼ozs.; 2nd. 10/-. Mr. Smith 8 ozs., 3rd. 5/-. Mr. Allen 7½ozs.; 4th. 2/6, Mr Hemming, 7¼ozs. Mr. P. Styles, vice-chairman ot the branch, presented the prizes.

Wolverton Express 10 September 1926


Potato Growing Competition. Such a competition which took place at the Greyhound Inn, Haversham, on Saturday was the first of its kind there and in addition to the potato show it was decided by the manager of the hostelry and the committee of the Potato Club to hold a sale of fruit, flowers, vegetables,cakes, bread, etc., on behalf of the funds of the Northampton Hospital. There was a ready response of gifts from all the inhabitants of the village and practically all the residents together with several visitors were purchasers at the subsequent sale. In many cases, goods after being bought were returned for re-sale. As the result of the good prices obtained, the sum of £6.7s.6d. was raised which is a creditable result for so small a village. The P.R.H.A. potato club competition was for the weight of potatoes from three roots in succession from any one row, and was open to competitors within a radius of three miles of the Inn. The winners were 1 R. Bricknell, 21 lbs. 2ozs (King Edwards); 2 G. A. Trimmer 13 lbs. 12ozs. (Edzell Blue); 3 L. Hartup 11 lbs. 14ozs. (King Edwards). The Committee making arrangements were: Messrs. G. A. Trimmer, F. Rose, T. Holliss, G. Dunkley and J. Bough.

Bucks Standard 4 October 1926


Agricultral Successes. Cap. H. Price Jones of Haversham Manor, was an exhibitor at Blakesley Agricultral Show on Thursday week. He won the first prize for a pair of heifers showing no broad teeth, and in the hunter and light horse classes he was placed second for hack of hunter-like type and action: reserve for heavy hunter: and second prize for hunter over 4 and under 7 years the property of a tenant farmer in the in the Grafton Hunt.

Wolverton Express 10th October 1926


Farm Sale

There was a capital attendance at a farm sale at Little Linford on Tuesday, when an important dispersal took place of dairy cattle, stores and fat beast, agricultural implements, steam ploughing and threshing tackle, by instruction from Mr. Geo. Tayler, J.P. who is leaving the farm, the incoming tenants being Messrs. Duncombe Bros., who made extensive purchases. The auctioneer was Mr. P. C. Gambell, of Newport Pagnell and Olney, and the other chief buyers included Messrs. G. Brett and J. Nicholls (Filgrave) Giles Randall, H.W. Gardner, and H. J. Dover (Moulsoe), C. H. Weston (Moorend Yardley), Geo. Taylor (Radbourne), H. Brazier (Grandborough), W. Weston, T. G. Hineman, Whiting Bros., J. B. Whiting, S. B. Smith (Woolston).

The chief prices were: Hen-roost on wheels £5.10s.; Albion binder, sheet, Ect., £18.10s; wagon complete £13; cattle float, £24; 15-tined cultivator and seed box, £5 5s; Bedfordshire corn drill, £10.10s.0d;two sheep cribs, £3 15s. 0d; horse rake, £3 10s 0d; set of steam ploughing tackle, comprising pair of ploughing engines, four-furrow balance plough, cultivator, drag, harrows, water cart, and living van, £165; set of threshing tackle, comprising traction engine and threshing drum, £245, Messrs. Whiting Bros.; chaff-cutter, £33; clover huller, £30; tractor, £40; petrol engine, £19; combined mill, £8; portable saw-bench and saw, £8; saw-bench, £6. 10s. 0d; drilling machine, £3; set of endless chain pulleys, £2. 7s. 6; Shorthorn cows due to calve 16th October, £26. 15s. 0; 18th October £33. 10. 0d; 16th October £31. 10s. 0d;18th October £33; 21st October £35; 30th October £33, 21st October and 15th October £27 each; 10th October £23; roan calf at foot £26. 10s 0, red 4th November £26. 10. 0d; four shorthorn bullocks 2½ years, included by permission, made £23 each, fat shorthorn heifers £26. 5s. 0d, and £23. 5s. 0d. Horses brown cart gelding “Captain” 6 years, 25gns., ditto, “Prince”, 6 years 25gns.

Wolverton Express 18 June 1954


The death has taken place at Christchurch near Bournemouth, of the Rev. Samuel Hilton, who was Rector of Haversham for about 16 years until the end of the last war.

Mr. Hilton was also Clerk to the Parish Council for a number of years, and during the war represented the parish on the Newport Pagnell Rural District Council.

His death occurred on his 74th birthday on 10th June.

Cremation took place on Monday. A service was held at St. Mary’s Church, Haversham, on Wednesday, conducted by the Rector (the Rev. H. B. Richardson), following which the ashes were interred in the grave of the former Rector’s father.

Wolverton Express 13 August 1965

Good neighbour at Little Linford

Mrs Florence Alice Brown who died at her home New Cottages, Little Linford, last Friday, was known as "a real good neighbour" in the village that has been her home for the past 20 years. Her many friends visited her often during her long illness and attended her funeral at Haversham Church on Tuesday.

Mrs. Brown was 78. and had lived in several other parts of North Bucks since her marriage. Her husband. Mr. Walter Brown, a farm worker, died 13 years ago. She leaves two sons and three daughters.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. W. H. Simmons, of Loughton, and the family mourners were; Mr. and Mrs. L. Brown (son and daughter-in-law): Mr. Beckett Brown (son); Mrs. J. Drew, Mr. and Mrs. S. Becker (son-in-law and daughters); Miss Brenda Brown (daughter); Mrs. B. Arthurton, Mr. and Mrs. A. Abel (brother-in-law and sisters); Mr. M. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. P. McMasters, Mrs. K. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Moore, Mrs. B. Pacey, Mr. D. Cousins (grandchildren); Miss A. Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. H, Burrell, Mr. and Mrs. H. Cairn, Mrs. G. Hancock, Mrs. L. Fields, Mrs E. Cook, Mrs. A. Stephenson, Mrs. I. Goodger, Mrs. A. Poynter (friends).

Mr. J. Drew (son-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. B. Tebbett (grandchildren). Mr. and Mrs. R. Brown (nephew and niece) were unable to attend.