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January 1902 Wavendon
The following is a statement of the accounts of the Wavendon Cricket Club for the past year:- Receipts. Balance in hand 1898, £3/3/1 and a farthing; two years interest on the same 3/3; member’s subscriptions, £½/-; donation, 2/6; discount on goods, 1/10; total, £4/12/8 and a farthing. Expenditure .- Riley & Co. for two bats, balls, &c., $1/17/-; stamps, &c., 1/3; journey to Salford, 3/-Collins for mending, ½; balance in hand, £2/10/3 and a farthing. The estimated value of appliances in hand is £3/7/-. The secretary, Mr. W. H. Bliss, regrets to say that members were very dilatory in paying their subscriptions, and hopes they will be more prompt in the future.
The Band of Hope had a most successful tea, followed by a magic-lantern Entertainment, on Wednesday, November 27. Mr. Starling most kindly came over from Moulsoe with his splendid lantern, and a most enjoyable evening was spent. The Band of Hope will re-commence their meetings on Tuesday early in January, and will get up the Service of Song, entitled, “Mother’s last words.”
Mr. Shaw, His Majesty’s Inspector, paid a surprise visit to our School on Monday, December 16, and seemed pleased with the progress made. Both Managers and Teachers welcome his visits, as he is so thorough and painstaking, and has the interest of education so much at heart. We always learn something from his visits and do our best to carry his practical suggestions into effect.
Our friend, Mr. R. H. Poynter, will give one of his popular temperance lectures in the School-Room on Wednesday, February 5. Mr. Poynter has a capital lantern which he will bring with him to illustrate his lecture.
The Rev. H.E. Gill preached two powerful sermons on behalf of S.P.G. on Sunday , December 16. The collections amounted to £1/8/8, which will be given in th next number of the MAGAZINE ; we are waiting for one or two missionary boxes to be sent in.
Burials Wavendon 1902
Dec 5 James Clarke, aged 78 years.
Dec 19 Frederick Osborne Mellowes Maycock, aged 50 years
February 1902 Wavendon
The annual Christmas Sunday School Tea and Treat was held on the day after Boxing Day. The entertainer who was expected from London, unfortunately did not come, but the interval of waiting was filled up with letting off crackers kindly provided by Mr. Broom. Afterwards Mrs. Phillpotts distributed the presents to the different classes according to marks.
Mr. Poynter will give his illustrated Lantern Lecture on Tuesday, March 18.
Mr. Milsom has commenced a series of 6 Lectures on Cottage Gardening in the School-room on Wednesdays at 7.15 sharp. Mr. Milsom is a very practical man and a first-rate lecturer, and we trust that the lectures will be well attended, especially as they are perfectly free, and if the attendance is poor will have to be discontinued.
On Tuesday, February 4, at 7 o’clock, our old friend, Mr. J. R. Weatherell, of Oxford, will give us one of his annual temperance addresses in the School-room. Notice of the meeting will be given out in Church and also the Chapels, and we trust there will be a large attendance.
Mrs. Rawes most kindly went round the parish again this year and collected the sum of £1/18/- for the purpose of providing an Entertainer for the Sunday School Treat. Mr. Lamb most kindly made up the deficiency and took great pains to secure the services of a first-rate conjuror and ventriloquist. The entertainment took place on Friday, January 17, and was the greatest success and was equally enjoyed by children and parents. Mr. Lamb presided in the unavoidable absence of the Rector and distributed a case of oranges to the children as they left.
Ash Wednesday.- There will be morning service at 11, also short service on Thursday evening at 7, with address by special preacher.
The total sum collected for S.P.G. last year amounted to £5/7/8 made up as follows:- Collection at meeting £1/6/9, Church collections £1/8/8, Boxes £2/11/10, Box from year 1899 5d. The Boxes for 1900 were £3/9/9.
No baptism, weddings or burials for Wavendon printed for this month.
March 1902 Wavendon
The preachers at the Lent Services on Thursdays, at 7 o’clock, are:- March 6, Rev. J. E. Hatch, Vicar of Lois, Weedon; March 13, Rev. Cecil Bramley, Rector of Maulden; March 20th, Rev. J. T. Athawes, Rector of Loughton. On Good Friday there will be Morning Service at 11. and Evening Service at 7. On Easter Day there will be an early celebration at 8 and a second celebration after the morning service. There will be no sermon at the morning service in order that as many as possible may be able to communicate.
Mrs. Akroyd and Miss Vibart arranged a most popular Concert in the School-Room on Monday, January 20th. The room was crowded to its utmost capacity. The programme was as follows:- Piano solo, “Norwegian Dance and Valse,” Miss Turner; song, Col. Burney; duet “You shan’t play in our yard,” the Misses Yerburgh; reading, Rev. R.C. Scott; dance Miss Audrey Akroyd; song Mr. Wilkinson; song “Beloved it is morn,” Mr. Bert Hill; recitation, “The usual way,” Miss Vibart; song “She’s one of the handy sort,” Mr. Pikesley; violin solo, Mr. A. E. Hebbes; song with banjo solo, “Work.” The receipts amounted to £5/16/5, out of which 7/- must be deducted for expenses. With this sum it is proposed to repair the School Clock, and if the funds admit repair the outside of the Alms Houses and buy another Lamp for the School. Mr. Emerton, of Salford has been asked to undertake the repairs to the clock.
A Dress-cutting Class of 12 lessons, will be held in the School-Room on Mondays, at 6 p.m., commencing on April 7.
The Lectures on Cottage Gardening, delivered by Mr. Milsom, have been a thorough success as regards numbers and interest. The class has been one if not the most successful of any held in Wavendon.
Mr. J. R. Weatherill, of Oxford, gave his annual Temperance Address in the School-Room on Tuesday, February 4. There was only a very small attendance.
Mr. R. H. Poynter, of Bedford will deliver his most popular Lecture on Tuesday .March 18, at 7 o’clock, illustrated with a magnificent lantern. Subject “America and the Americans.” Collection at the close for the funds of the Bedfordshire United Temperance Council.
The Choir desire to thank all the kind friends who subscribed to the Choir Fund which Mr. Buxton distributed in the School-Room.
Burials Wavendon 1902
Feb. 9 Ann Higgs, aged 66 years
Feb. 17 William Holmes, aged 76 years.
Feb. 19 Caroline Stone, aged 67 years
April 1902 Wavendon
The Dressmaking Class, limited to 12 pupils and 10 lessons, will be held in the School-Room, on Mondays at 6 o’clock, commencing on Monday, April 7. The fee of 6d. for the entire course must be paid at the commencement.
Mr. I. Milsom, brought his most successful course of lectures on Cottage Gardening to a close on February 26 by a lecture on fruit preserving and bottling. The greatest interest was shown and there was an attendance of 50, and as a result we feel sure that the new system will be given a fair trial this season.
Our Postmistress, Mrs. George Hauley, to the great regret of the whole parish, has resigned. She and her late husband were always most kind, civil, and obliging, and the business largely increased. Our best wishes go with Mrs. Hauley in her new sphere. There are several applicants for the vacant post.
Our old friend, Mr. Richard Poynter of Bedford, paid us his annual visit on Tuesday, March 18. This time he delivered his most amusing and instructive lecture on “America and the American,” giving his own experiences of a six months’ visit and tour there. The room was quite full and the collection at the close, for the funds of the Bedfordshire Temperance Council, amounted to the sum of 11/8. The hope was expressed that Mr. Poynter would see his way to paying us two visits next winter.
Burials Wavendon 1902
Feb. 23 Thomas Butcher, aged 33 years
Mar. 18 Frederick Sweeting, aged 57 years
May 1902 Wavendon
The Church looked its best at the Easter Festival. The congregations were large and the services bright and hearty, and the communicants more numerous than for some years past. Our best thanks are due to Mrs. Akroyd for the lovely pot and cut flowers she kindly sent us, and also to the decorators for the good use they made of the abundant material.
The Easter Vestry took place on Friday, April 4. The Churchwardens were thanked for their services during the past year, and were re-appointed again. The Church Accounts showed a loss of £10, which it is hoped to be reduced to £5 when all the subscriptions are collected, and it was proposed that a Concert be held to paid off the remaining £5. Some discussion arose as to the letting of the Pightyle Allotments, and it was finally resolved- (1) That six months written notice be given on or before the 25th of March of a tenant’s intention to give up his ground. (2) That the tenants be informed of the vacancy when they paid their rents. (3) That notice of application be made in writing, and that the first applicant should have first consideration.
Mr. John de Fraine delivered his Lecture on the subject of “Funny Folks,” in the School-room, on Tuesday, April 8. The room was quite full and the lecture was much appreciated, and the hope was expressed that the lecturer would soon re-visit Wavendon. The collection at the close brought in 16/9, which was handed to the lecturer for his expenses.
During the last few weeks the Angel of Death has been very busy amongst us. The greatest sympathy was felt throughout the parish for Mrs. Jackman and her family in their trial.
The parish were very sorry to hear that Stourhead, Sir Henry Hoare’s fine seat in Wilts, was burnt out on Wednesday, April 16. The whole of the centre of the fine house was burnt and only the two wings consisting of the library and picture gallery were saved. Most of the pictures and most valuable furniture was fortunately saved. Great sympathy was felt throughout the parish for Sir Henry and Lady Hoare in their loss. Sir Henry and Lady Hoare had arranged to visit us at Whitsuntide, and we hope that this terrible fire may make no difference to their plans and that we shall see them amongst us again.
Baptism Wavendon 1902
May. 30 George, son of Joseph Charles and Kate Guest.
Marriage Wavendon 1902
May 29 Joseph Grifffin and Mary Ann Dennison.
Burials Wavendon 1902
April 14 Ann White, aged 85 years
April 18 Rebecca Yates, aged 76 years
April 18 Peter Jackman, aged 52 years
June 1902 Wavendon
On Wednesday, May 7, the children of the Band of Hope rendered the Service of Song, entitled- “Mother’s last words.” There was a very large attendance of the parents and others, and the rendering of the service was much appreciated. The collection at the end, in aid of the Band of Hope funds, amounted to the sum of 13/8.
Owing to the fire at Stourhead Sir Henry and Lady Hoare were unable to pay us their usual Whitsuntide visit, and, in the absence of Sir Henry, the Rector presided at the Old Fellows’ Club Dinner. The members of the Lodge desired the Chairman to write a letter to Sir Henry expressing their sympathy with him, and Lady Hoare in their loss. The members also expressed their sympathy with Mr. F.W. Down in his illness, and trusted he would soon be restored to health again.
On Thursday, June 19, our Choir hope to attend the Choral Festival at Great Brickhill.
On Friday, May 16, a Meeting was held in the School-room to consider how the parish should celebrate the Coronation. Mr. Bliss, Chairman of the Parish Council, presided. The meeting nominated a Committee, and it was resolved that collectors be sent round to invite subscriptions for a two-fold object, (1) to provide a meat tea for the whole parish, &c., (2) to provide funds for purchasing a recreation field.
The flag-staff has at last been set up and the flag waved from the Church Tower for the first time on Whitsun-Day. Mr. Sharn’s bill, fixing flagstaff, &c., £6/17/-; flag, Civil Service Stores, £1/0/6; total cost £7/17/6 made up as follows : - Sir Henry Hoare £1, Col. Burney £1, Mr. S. H. Akroyd £1, Mr. O. Leslie Stephen £1 /1s /-, Mr. M. Lamb £1, Rev. B. Phillpots 18/6 , Mr. N. Sturges 10/-, Mr. Sewell 10/-, Mr. Bliss 5/-. Miss. A. H. Hay 6/-, Mrs. Hay 5/-, Mr. H. Tetley 2/-.
No baptisms, marriages or burials printed this month for Wavendon
July 1902 Wavendon
The important post of village postmaster has been filled by the appointment of Mr. J. B. Joyce who used to reside at Wavendon some years since. Mr. Joyce desires to thank all those who signed the paper for his appointment and will do his best to serve the interests of the parish. The interior of the Post Office has been much improved and brought more up to date.
The Rector begs to say that the clerk, Mr. H. King, must receive at least 48 hours notice of weddings and funerals so that arrangements may be made.
The hon. Secretary and treasurer of the Cricket Club, Mr. Wilkie Bliss, desires to resign both offices, owing to the lack of interest taken by the members. He has the sum of £2/10/3d and a farthing in hand, besides the appliances, which he will be pleases to hand over.
The members of our Choir attended the Choral Festival at Great Brickhill on Wednesday, June 18.
The Rev. J. Harrison, of Ealing Parish Church, has kindly undertaken to act as locum tenens during July and the first Sunday in August.
We, in common with the whole Empire, grieved to hear of the sudden and very serious illness of King Edward. Our Coronation and Peace Festivities had been arranged for Saturday, June 28, and the bad news of the King’s illness reached us on Tuesday afternoon and the preparations were at once stopped. The Committee met on Friday morning, and as the accounts of the progress of the King were better it was resolved to hold the “Peace Rejoicings” on Saturday, provided the King’s progress was good. On Saturday we were all delighted to hear that the King was out of immediate danger and it was decided to carry the whole programme out, particularly as the King had so kindly and thoughtfully expressed a wish that the country festivities should be kept. A short intercessory service for the King was held in the Church at 2.30; at 3 a procession started from the centre of the village, headed by the Newport Pagnell Band and the gaily decorated bicycles and mail carts which were to compete later in the day, to Mr. N. Sturges’ field and barn which had been tastefully decorated by the Committee and friends. A splendid meat tea was then served at 3.30 in the barn for adults and in the field for school children. At the close of the tea the health of the King was proposed by the Rector and met with a most hearty response, the audience all joining in singing the National Anthem. Cheers were also given for Mr. and Mrs. N. Sturges for the use of their field and barn. After tea an adjournment was made for the Sports, which, with the band, dancing, and merry-go-round, and fireworks, brought a very pleasant day to a close about 10.30. The best thanks of the parish are due to Mr. N. Sturges for kindly lending his barn and field, and to Mr. Wilkie Bliss, the Secretary, also to the Committee and many friends and subscribers who contributed so largely to the success of the day. Mrs. Lamb kindly distributed the prizes after the sports to the successful competitors.
Ned Butcher, the gardener of Col. Burney, of the Towers, was laid to rest on May 23. He was a most faithful servant and hard working man and honest as the day, and we all miss his old familiar face-R.I.P.
Baptisms Wavendon 1902
Jun 1 Francis Ernest, son of Ernest John and Sarah Ann Garner
June 15 Stephen Wilfred, son of Stephen William and Edith Jennings
Burial Wavendon 1902
May 23 Edward Butcher, aged 67 years
August 1902 Wavendon
Accounts of Peace Fete
July 2 1902 W.H. Bliss Secretary and Treasurer
Mr. Emerton’s bill for repairs to the School Clock amounts to the sum of £7. The net amount of the Concert is £5/9/5. Leaving a balance to be raised of £1/10/7. Mr. Emerton has been paid the sum of £5/10/- on account, and promises to make a satisfactory job of the clock.
Baptism Wavendon 1902
July 6 Elsie Winifred Peace, daughter of Gertrude Wadsworth Bowler
September 1902 Wavendon
The Church Choir had their Annual Treat this year on Tuesday, July 29. The Rector arranged for the Choir to join the Excursion to Eastbourne. The excursion left Woburn Sands at 4.15 a.m., and arrived at Eastbourne at 8. The day was beautifully fine yet cool. An excellent meat breakfast was provided at 9.30 and a splendid tea at 4.45 a.m. The choir was delighted with Eastbourne. Paddling was freely indulged in, some took the steamer to Hastings, others went to Beachy Head, the Concerts on the beach and pier were much enjoyed, and altogether a most delightful time was spen, and although 13 and a half hours is an unusually long time for a day’s excursion it passed too quickly away. The return journey began at 9.30 p.m. and home sweet home was reached about 2 a.m., everybody having thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Coronation Day, August 9, was celebrated very quietly in the parish by the giving of a tea to all the children in the parish attending the Day and Sunday Schools. There was also a Cricket Match of married v. single.
The following is a statement of the receipts and expenditure in connection with the Coronation Tea:-
W. H. Bliss, Secretary and Treasurer
It is proposed to use the balance by giving the four Alms House ladies 2/- each to make amends for their disappointment in not being invited to the tea.
Sir Henry and Lady Hoare paid us their long promised visit and brought with them the young Squire. All who knew Sir Henry’s father were struck with the resemblance of the young Squire in look and manner to his grandfather. Lady Hoare went round the Alms Houses and all the Hoare Este Cottages, and was much gratified with the sympathy shown them in their loss by the Stourhead fire.
The collections on Sunday, July 27, amounted to the sum of 15/-, which was forwarded to the Treasurer of the Diocesan Spiritual Help Society.
The Church Harvest Festival will most probably be held on the 3rd Sunday in September, and the preacher will be the Rev. E. B. Hartley, Vicar of S. Luke’s, Hackney. There will be an early Celebration as well as one after the Morning Service; Children’s Service at 3; and Evening Service at 6. The collections (as usual) will be for the Bedford Infirmary and Hunstanton Convalescent Home. Offerings of fruit, vegetables and flowers, will be thankfully received, and the fruit and vegetables after the services will be sent to the poor parish of Emmanuel, Lambeth.
Jim Tomlin who sang twice in his place in the Church Choir on Sunday, August 17, met with an accident on Monday morning and died in a few hours. He was only 11 years old and a favourite with everyone, and we trust has joined the choirs above in singing the Redeemer’s praise. The funeral was in London and the choir sent a wreath in token of sympathy.
Baptism Wavendon 1902
July 27 Reginald son of Joseph and Annie White
October 1902 Wavendon
The Technical Education Committee have consented to the following classes being held viz., poultry Keeping Class, fee 1d., (at Woburn Sands);Wood Carving Class, fee 1d., and Horticulture free. The dates of the classes are not yet fixed.
We are pleased that Percy Buxton succeeded in winning one of the County Council Scholarships tenable for 3 years. Percy Buxton also succeeded in carrying off the form prize at Bedford Modern School.
The inside of the School during the School holidays was re-painted and decorated, and the Feoffees have re-painted the outside of the Almshouses.
Temperance Sermons will be preached on Sunday, October 19, and collections made for the Oxford Branch of C. E. T.S.
The services on Sunday, October 5, will be taken by the Rev. W. Davies of Blackheath.
Baptism Wavendon 1902
Aug. 24 Edward William Augustus, son of Edward William and Mary Jane Dolling.
Burials Wavendon 1902
Aug. 20 Benjamin Payne, aged 77 years.
Aug. 21 James Joseph Taylor, aged 62 years.
Aug. 25 Jim Tomlin (at Finchley) aged 10 years.
November 1902 Wavendon
The Harvest Festival was held on Sunday, September 28, and was a great success. The Rev. E. B. Hartley preached two most excellent and practical sermons to very good congregations. The communicants numbered 33. The collections amounted to £7/9/7 which were sent to the Bedford County Hospital and the Hunstanton Convalescent Home. We had a splendid lot of fruit and vegetables which were sent to the poor parish of Emmanuel, Lambeth, and for which the Vicar, the Rev. C. R. Lily, desires to thank the parish. The pulpit looked exceedingly well and was very lightly and tastefully done by Miss Maud Bliss; Miss K. Readman charmingly decorated the pillars with asparagus and sunflowers which made a charming effect; Miss Thomason, assisted by Mrs. Gilpin and Miss Amelia Thorne, decorated the altar and sanctuary and made a most pleasing effect with two trellis screens decorated with corn and flowers; the screen was beautifully decorated with corn and old man’s beard and flowers, and was crowned with a cross of scarlet dahlias, the work of the Misses Leslie Stephen and Miss Brook; the font was done by Mrs. Rawes with her accustomed skill; Mr. Hartley and Mrs. Negus most tastefully decorated the windows with vegetables and flowers. All the services during the day were very bright and hearty. The Choir formed a procession up the Church. Our best thanks to all those who helped to make the Church so beautiful, also to all those who kindly sent offerings of fruit, vegetables and flowers, amongst whom the following:- Mrs. Akroyd, Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Greenfield, Mrs. Hands, Mrs. Negus, Mrs. Buxton, Mrs. Goodall, Mrs. E. Butcher, Messrs. Purser, Chappell, E. Hammond, H. Jackman, T. Garner, F. Holmes, T. Bowler, J. Facer, T. Butcher, W. Johnson, J. Tooley, Coaley, N. Sturges and W. Sturges.
The Carving Class re-commenced on September 29 and several fresh members have joined. Mr. Milsom hopes to give six Lectures on Cottage Gardening, commencing in January.
The Rector preached two sermons on the subject of Temperance on Sunday, October 19, and the collections which amounted to the sum of £1/ 2/ 9 were sent to the Oxford Diocesan Branch of C.E.T.S.
The Annual Meeting on behalf of Foreign Missions of the Church will be held in the School Room, on Wednesday, November 19, at 7.30. The Rev. E. S. Thorne, a coloured clergyman from the Diocese of Barbadoes, will address the meeting, and a collection will be made at the close for the funds of S.P.G. Would missionary box collectors try and return their boxes to the Rector by Tuesday, November 18 ?
The Band of Hope will meet again very shortly, and it is proposed to get up another Service of Song.
No Baptisms, marriages, or burials printed for this month for Wavendon.
December 1902 Wavendon
During Advent short Thursday evening services will be held in Church at 7 o’clock, with addresses by the following Clergy:-
Dec. 4 Rev. A. Ennor, Rector of Broughton.
Dec 11 Rev. J. Chevalier Rector of Gt. Horwood.
Dec. 18 Rev. H. W. Smith Woolstone
There will be two celebrations of the Holy Communion on Christmas Day, one at 8 and one after the morning service. A short service, with Carols, in the afternoon. The offertories on Christmas Day will be for Waifs and Strays.
It is hoped to have the Band of Hope tea before Christmas, and the Rev. J. Starling has promised to give us a lantern exhibition afterwards.
The Rev. F. F. Field, Diocesan Inspector, visited our School on October 28, and examined it in religious knowledge. His report is as follows:- “This school generally did well in the examination. I was especially pleased with the oldest group of children, who answered excellently. Much pain had evidently been bestowed on them. Several of the infants answered very well, the rest seemed to lack animation. The children are taught private prayers. The Bishop’s Prize was won by Lily Buxton, and a certificate was given to Lily Gristwood. I wish also to commend Groups I and II, John Holmes, Alice Holmes, Dorothy Butcher, Elsie Watts, Fred Ford, Albert Stimpson, Emma George, Tom Chambers, Walter Devereux, and Edith Field. Group111 - Violet Garner, and Rose Ploughman. Infants- Harold Garner, Walter Garner, May Underwood, Ana Devereux, Arthur Underwood, and Kate Field.”
The Annual Meeting for the S.P.G was held in the School-room, on Wednesday, November 19. The Rector was unable to be present, and in consequence the Missionary boxes were not collected and opened, but they will be attended to at an early opportunity, and the result recorded in next month’s MAGAZINE. The Rev. F. F. Field, Rector of Woughton, District Secretary, and the Rev. E. S. Thorne, a coloured Missionary from Barbadoes, addressed the meeting, which was very well attended. Mr. Field who took the chair, spoke a few impressive words, especially dwelling on the importance of meaning what we say when we utter “Thy Kingdom come” in the Lord’s Prayer, words which imply Missionary effort. He then introduced the Missionary, Mr. Thorne, to the meeting. This gentleman gave a most interesting and able address on the history of the Church in the Island of Barbadoes, from the time of James I, showing how by the devoted lives of successive Missionaries the S.P.G. had cared for the souls of both white and coloured men in the Island, and that the Church there was not only self-supporting but actually assisted in sending Missionaries to the negroes of Africa. The meeting gave him a very attentive hearing and a very hearty vote of thanks to both the Missionary and the Chairman.
No Baptisms, marriages, or burials printed for this month for Wavendon.
January 1905 Wavendon
On December 8 a most successful Concert, followed by a play, entitled “The Little Sentinel,” was most kindly promoted by Mr. Lethbridge Stone and the Misses Yerburgh. There was an afternoon performance, at 3 o’clock, which was well patronized by most of the elite of the neighbourhood. The programme was opened by a piano solo by Mrs. F. Verney which was much appreciated; Mrs. Verney also most kindly acted as accompanist. Mr. Lethbridge Stone gave an excellent rendering of “Bedelia” (encored) and other songs. Miss Yerburgh sang very sweetly “The birds go North again” and “Dawn.” Miss Barrow (Aspley Guise) gave two delightful violin solos, “Madrigala” and “Polonaise,” which were encored. Duets by Miss Dorothy Yerburgh and Mr. L. Stone convulsed the audience with laughter. Miss Verney’s songs, “An old hunting song” and “The happy farmer,” were splendidly rendered and heartily received. Mr. Ettrick Maltby contributed “For all Eternity” and “Off to Philadelphia,” with much spirit. Miss Yates sang “Tatters very effectively. The Rev. R. C. F. Scott, who always pleases his audience by his quaint style and humour, gave two capital readings. “The Little Sentinel” was splendidly rendered and gave the greatest pleasure to the audience. Mr. Ettrick Maltby took the part of “Wheedleton Coaxer,” Mr. Lethbridge Stone was “Capt. Clarence Coasting ton (of the Dragoons),” Mr. Ingram was splendid as “Tim (a young farmer), “ Miss Yerburgh was “Letty Hawthorne (proprietress of farm),” Miss Dorothy Yerburgh was “May her friend.” The Rector (who presided in the afternoon) and Col. Burney (in the evening) both thanked the performers for their services. The receipts amounted to the sum of £12/13/8 made up as follows:- Afternoon door £1/10/-, evening door £3/9/-, tea and programmes £1/19/8, tickets sold £5/15/-. The expenses amounted to £1/1/- leaving the balance of £11/12/8, which has been place in deposit at Messrs. Barclay’s Bank to the credit of the Wavendon School Account.
The Alms House, vacant through the death of Mrs. Rainbow, has been given by the Trustees to Sarah Sear, after having been previously offered to Mrs. E. Butcher and Mrs. Ben Payne who both declined it. Mrs. Goodall has left the parish and her house will shortly be offered by the Trustees to a very old and respected inhabitant of the parish, Mrs. William Facer, who has lately returned from the Woburn Convalescent Hospital.
No baptisms, marriages or burials printed for Wavendon this month.
February 1905 Wavendon
Mr. R. H. Poynter will give another of his most popular lantern lectures in the Schoolroom, at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, February 15. We trust that the room will be as well filled as usual. Admission will be free, and a collection at the end for the funds of the Bedfordshire United Temperance Council. All are invited to attend.
Temple’s Kinematograph proposes to visit us again this year and to give an entertainment in the School-room some evening between February 6 and 12. The subject will be the Russian War and Siege of Port Arthur. The instrument is of the newest kind.
During the Christmas holidays a new system of ventilation has been put into the School. The system adopted is Stott’s of Oldham, and it appears as if it would be a success.
On Tuesday, January 17, Mr. J. R. Weatherill of Oxford, gave his Annual Temperance Address in the Schoolroom. Unfortunately the attendance was not good. He spoke strongly of the need of Temperance teaching in the Schools, and mentioned the important fact that last year 15,000 Doctors signed a memorial to the Education Department asking them to enforce the teaching of Temperance in the Schools, and that a Deputation of Doctors presented the memorial to the Board.
The Sunday School Annual Tea and Treat was held on Wednesday, December 28, after tea there was a splendid exhibition of conjuring and shadow-graphy which was very clever. Mrs. Rawes most kindly collected from kind friends towards the expenses of the conjuror. The following kindly contributed:- Col. Burney, Miss Burney, Mr. Broom, Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, Mr. Wilkie Bliss, Miss Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Buxton, Mr. T. Burgess, Mrs. Crawley, Mr. Capon, Mrs. Gilpin, Mr. and Mrs. George, Mr. H. King, Mr. lamb, Mr. Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. Phillpotts., Mr. and Mrs. Purser, Mr. Phillip, Mr. Packwood, Mrs. Rawes, Miss Readman, Mr. Thorne, Miss Thomason, Mr. Tetley, Mr. and Mrs. N. Sturges, Mr. E. Sturges, Mrs. Spratley, Mrs. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Whibley, Mr. and Mrs. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Watts. The total sum collected was £3/1/6. After the entertainment the prizes were distributed by Mrs. Phillpotts. Mr. Bliss most kindly presented the children with apples and Mrs. Phillpotts oranges.
The Missionary Boxes for S.P.G were unusually good this year, the following are the names and sums collected:- Mrs. N. Sturges 8/6, Kathleen Gilpin 6/3, Mary Hauley 6/0 ¼, Miss Thomason 4/7 ½, Miss Bliss 4/3 ¾, Amelia Thorne 4/2 ¼ ,
Mrs. George Holmes 6/-, Nemo 2/10, Sarah Butcher 1/5 ½, total of boxes £2/4/2 ¼. Collections in Church came to £1/1/7 making a total of £3/5/9 ¼, which was sent to the Secretary, the Rev. F. F. Field.
Miss Francis Ann Hoare was suddenly called to her rest at the ripe age of 83 years just before Christmas, and the funeral was at Wavendon, on Tuesday, December 27. Some of the oldest inhabitants remembered her when as a young woman she lived at Wavendon House, 50 years or more ago, and she and her sister used to teach in the Sunday School. In her younger days she was a capital horsewoman, and is one of the heroines in an old local hunting song. One or two of the old men can remember how she used to walk beside them as they ploughed. It is wonderful how the memory of her and her sister’s work in the parish still remains after so many years.
We were all very sorry to hear of Sir Henry and Lady Hoare’s anxiety at Christmas about the young Squire, who has out grown his strength and was very ill, but has now taken a turn for the better, and has just left with his father for a month’s change in Egypt.
Burial Wavendon 1905
Dec 27 Frances Ann Hoare, aged 83 years.
March 1905 Wavendon
On Ash Wednesday, March 8, morning service at 11. During Lent short service, with an address, on Thursdays at 7 o’clock, with special preachers : -
Thursday, March 9, the Rev. H.W. Smith, Rector of Woolston.
March 16, Rev. C. Bromley, Rector of Maulden
March 23, Rev. J. L. Starling, Rector of Moulsoe.
March 30, Rev. W.S. Eaton, Rector of Walton
It is hoped that all will make an effort to attend these services.
The School-room was crowded on Wednesday, February 15, to hear out old friend, Mr. R. H. Poynter, lecture on Temperance, and a most enjoyable time was spent. The collection at the end, for the funds of the Beds United Temperance Council, amounted to 7/3, which was handed over to Mr. Poynter the Secretary. Mr. Poynter suggests that next time a small charge should be made for admission.
We have to thank the Misses Verney very much for all the trouble they have taken with our Parochial Library. Fresh lists of books have been made, useless ones destroyed, and new ones purchased. Miss Verney and friends kindly contributed the sum of over £4 towards this worthy object. Miss A. Thorne has most kindly consented to be Librarian and to give out and receive the books, and we hope the library will be a continuous success.
Four lectures on Veterinary Science will be held in the School-room on Fridays, commencing Friday, March 10, at 6.30. Fee 1d. a time or 3d. the course. The lecturer is on the staff of the Bucks County Council, and the lectures are interesting and practical and of interests to all keepers of animals, and we trust as many as can will attends as 25 hearers have to be guaranteed.
No baptisms, marriages or burials printed for Wavendon this month.
April 1905 Wavendon
The special preacher on Thursday, April 6, will be the Rev. J. Shelton, and on Thursday, April 13, the Rev. J. Chevalier, Rector of Great Horwood. During Holy Week Morning Service on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, at 11. On Good Friday services at 11 and 6. On Easter Day Celebration at 8 and also after the Morning Service. The collections on Easter Day (as usual) will be for the Churchwarden’s Fund which badly needs support.
The Lectures on Veterinary Science, in the School Room, by Mr. Joseph Healey, have been a most pronounced success. The lectures were most interesting and instructive, and the lecturer had not only a thorough grasp of his subject but also the capacity of imparting it.
To the great regret of the whole parish the Misses Thomason, of the Cedars, have left us. Miss Thomason for 12 years has taken care of the sanctuary, and for a number of years Miss Carrie Thomason was a Sunday School Teacher, and both have been foremost in all Church work in the parish. The Misses Thomason have resided in the parish for the past 16 years, and their leaving us is a great loss to the Church and parish. Miss Thomason will shortly be married to Mr. G. Humphreys, of Brogborough Park. The ceremony will take place soon after Easter at Willen Church, and we are sure many of her old Wavendon friends will be present to wish the bride and bridegroom many years of wedded bliss.
We are very sorry to lose Mr. and Mrs. Lamb who are returning to Bedford after 5 years residence in Wavendon. Mr. and Mrs. Lamb have always been most kind and helpful in the parish and will be missed by many. We shall often hope to see Mr. Lamb over, and hope he will change his season ticket from Woburn Sands to Bedford to from Bedford to Woburn Sands.
On Thursday, March 16, Seba Cox, for the past 6 years stockman to Mr. William Sturges, was laid to rest. He was much respected by all who knew him as a thoroughly honest God-fearing Christian man and a pattern for others to follow, and the greatest sympathy is felt for his widow and children.-R.I.P.
Baptism Wavendon 1905
Mar. 5 John Thomas, son of John Thomas and Mary Louisa Burgess
Burial Wavendon 1905
Mar. 16 Seba Cox, aged 41 years
May 1905 Wavendon
We are pleased to welcome to the parish Mr. and Mrs. Willis who have come to reside at “The Cedars.” (now the Old Manor) We are also very pleased to welcome Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Tetley, late of Aspley Guise, who have come to the new home they have built just outside Wavendon, named “The Close.” Mr. Tetley has been a regular worshipper at our Church for 7 years, and Mrs. Tetley is well-known for the keen interest she has taken in our local Nursing Association, and we are very pleased that they have come to reside amongst us.
Mrs. Wandby, of St. Ibbs, Hitchin, has taken the Rectory on a long lease, and from what we hear we feel sure she will take a great interest in the parish. Mrs. Wandby will not arrive till June.
We are very sorry to lose Mr. and Mrs. Fredk. Verney after their stay of four months amongst us, during which they made hosts of friends amongst all classes. Before leaving they gave a tea to most of the widows in the parish which was much appreciated. The Misses Verney also gave a tea and social evening to their girls’ sewing class and the young people much enjoyed themselves.
Miss Nancy Yerburgh, of Wavendon Lodge, is to be married to Mr. Granville Bevan, at St. Paul’s, Knightsbridge, on Thursday, May 18, at 2.30. Miss Yerburgh is immensely popular amongst a large circle of friends in the neighbourhood and elsewhere, and had the wedding been at Wavendon, or Salford, either Church could not have held half those who would have liked to be present.
Miss Alice Thomason’s marriage to Mr. George Humphreys, of Brogborough Park, will take place at Willen, on May 3.
Burials Wavendon 1905
April 1 John Butcher, aged 39 years.
April 17 Elizabeth Brandon, aged 83 years.
No June articles or baptisms, marriages or burials published for any parish.
July 1905 Wavendon
The ventilation of the Church has always been very defective and the atmosphere oppressive. The Churchwardens have kindly taken the matter up and a new wire door is to be fixed in the porch, to be kept open during the week, and two of the windows of the clerestory are to be made to open and shut so as to allow the foul air to escape instead of remaining in the Church from year to year, and some minor improvements are to be made in the present ventilators. There will be a special collection to pay for the cost of this improvement, and the Churchwardens feel sure that the members of the congregation will support them liberally.
Great sympathy was felt with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cook in the loss of their daughter, Grace, who was taken from them at the early age of 18. She had been a member of the Choir until she went to Bedford, and also a member of the elder girls’ class, and was a great favourite. The members of the Choir attended the funeral and sang the psalm and two of her favourite hymns very sweetly. Grace was a pattern to all in the ancient way she bore the weariness and suffering of her last illness, and was devoutly nursed by her family. - R.I.P
No baptisms, marriages or burials printed for Wavendon this month
August 1905 Wavendon
S. Mary’s Choir Trip - On Wednesday, July 12, the Choir had their annual trip, this year to Ramsgate, joining Mr. J. Pikesley’s Excursion for the purpose. The Choir party numbering 30 with friends, were provided with four reserved compartments, and arrived at Ramsgate about 9 a.m., after a very interesting journey through the Kent hop-fields and fruit gardens, and were at once taken to breakfast which was very acceptable and refreshing. Ramsgate proved to be a very attractive place with its harbour crowded with pretty yachts, many of which took part in the Regatta which happened to be taking place. The morning was enjoyably spent in watching the yachts get away and in looking round the town and beach. After a good dinner some of the party took the electric tram to Broadstairs, others to Margate, while others paddled, all thoroughly enjoying themselves. After tea Pegwell Bay was visited in brakes-a very pleasant drive. All were well satisfied and in the best of spirits for the return journey, leaving Ramsgate at 9.15 p.m., reaching home at about 2 a.m. without mishap whatever to mar the day’s pleasure which was increased by the beautiful weather which favoured the excursion. Our best thanks are due to the Rector for providing us with such a splendid trip.
Marriages Wavendon 1905
April 27 At St. Paul’s, Knightbridge, Granville Bevan and Annie Royden Yerburgh
May 4 At Willen, George Humphreys and Alice Jane Thomason
Burial Wavendon 1905
June 3 Grace Cook, aged 18 years
September 1905 Wavendon
The Rev. E. Otway Herbert, who was in charge of the parish during the Rector’s holiday, much enjoyed meeting his Wavendon friends again, and hopes to come again next summer.
Owing to most of the harvest being gathered in, it is hoped to hold the Harvest Festival on one of the Sundays towards the end of the month.
On Saturday, August 19, Miss Susannah Lewsey, the oldest inhabitant of the parish and the last of her family was laid to rest with her kindred. The old lady had reached nearly the age of 96 years, and had not failed much till the last six months when she took to her bed. She was devotedly watched and tended by her old friend, Mrs. Odell and her grand-daughter Edith Odell, who watched over her as if she had been her own mother. Greatest respect was shown and several friends sent beautiful flowers.
Marriage Wavendon 1905
Aug. 6 John Henry Guess and Selina Tooley
Burial Wavendon 1905
Aug. 19 Susannah Lewsey, aged 95 years.
October 1905 Wavendon
On Sunday, September 10, collections were made in the Church for the Oxford Diocesan Spiritual help Society, in response to the Bishop’s pastoral Letter. The sum of £2/4/9 was collected and forwarded to the treasurer. We are pleased to say that the response to the appeal was better than it has been for years.
On November 6 Mr. Roger Prosser, on behalf of the Bucks County Council, will commence a Course of Lectures on Agriculture, which will be of practical interest to farmers and allotment holders. Further particulars of the course will be given in next month’s MAGAZINE.
Marriage Wavendon 1905
Sept 17 George Alfred Bowler and Annie Bernese Wilkinson
Burials Wavendon 1905
Aug. 23 Charles Jackson, aged 38 years.
Aug. 26 Elizabeth Bowler, aged 69 years.
November 1905 Wavendon
Mr. Roger Prosser, Bucks County Council lecturer, will commence his course of lectures on Agriculture on Monday, November 6, at 7 p.m., in the Schoolroom. The subject of the first lecture is “The use of artificial manures: what they will do and what they want.” All interested in agriculture are invited to attend. The fee is 1d per lecture.
Miss Leslie Stephen gave her farewell tea to the members of the Sewing and Bible Class on Thursday, October 5. They came to tea at 4 o’clock. Much amusement was caused by a cake with a ring, thimble and threepenny-bit inside. After tea there was dancing and games, Miss Burney and Miss Marie Stephen playing the piano. A most pleasant evening was spent. The girls showed their appreciation of Miss Burney’s kindly playing for them by loud applause when she left. The class is much appreciated by the girls, as is Miss Stephen’s and her family’s kindness, and much genuine regret is felt at their leaving for London.
Mr. William Smith has most kindly offered to hold a Bible Class for lads and young men, on Sundays, at his house at 2.30, commencing on Sunday, November 5, and would be glad of the names of any who would like to join. Mr. Smith is accustomed to and very fond of work amongst lads and young men and his class is sure to be popular.
The Rev. F. F. Field, Diocesan Inspector, will test the children in Religious Knowledge on Thursday, November 9.
The Rector visited the Day School on Wednesday, October 18, and presented the County Council merit Certificates to the five children who had not missed one attendance last year. The children’s names are Mary Holmes, Amy Jackson, Daisy White, Agnes Claridge, and Effie White. The attendance in our district is the highest in the County.
Lily Buxton has passed sixth in her class of the first division of the Junior Oxford Local Examination, which is most creditable to her.
Mrs. Buxton, Miss Smith, and Miss E. Buxton have each obtained a first class Certificate from the Beds County Council for drawing, and also a first class Certificate for brush painting, beside each gaining a prize for brush painting and drawing. The Woburn Sands Class, which they attended, was the best in the whole County in these subjects.
The Harvest Festival Services, on Sunday, October 1, were a great success. The Church was beautifully decorated. Canon Foakes-Jackson preached two most excellent and thoughtful sermons, and the Rev. J. L. Starling gave the children a capital address. The collections amounted to £5/1/1 which sum was sent to the Bedford County Hospital and Hunstanton Convalescent Home. Our best thanks to all who helped, and also for the gifts of fruit and vegetables which were more than last year and were gratefully received by the poor parish of Emmanuel, Kennington, whose Vicar wrote a letter of grateful thanks.
Burial Wavendon 1905
Sept. 23 Alice White, aged 42 years.
No articles printed or baptisms, marriages and burials printed for December 1905