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Cambridge Chronicle 30th January 1891 p4. Concert.

A children’s concert under the conduct of Mr. W.W.Crump was held in the school room. On Friday last. The attendance was fairly good, though probably many were prevented by the rather unfavourable weather. Owing to this cause the proceeds (which will be given to the childrens’ treat, were not so large as desired, but in all other respects the concert was a great success, the children rendering most of their items in the most pleasing manner, so as to gain several encores. The chair was taken by the Rev R.Covey MA (Curate in charge). Songs were contributed by Miss Patter, Messrs. H.Stearn, A.Stearn, W.W. Crump and W.Golding, and recitations by Messrs. W.W.Crump and W.C.Phyphers.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 26th February 1892 p8. Lecture

The last of a very successful series of five lectures entitled “Homely Talks” was given in the school room on Monday, the 15th inst, by Miss A. Kenealy. The “talks” were full of sound practical advice about the nursing of the sick, what to do in cases of accident, how to avoid infectious diseases, and many other kindred subjects. They were listened to with great interest by large numbers of the villagers, who especially admired the practical demonstrations, e.g. how to lift helpless people, bandaging etc. The lectures were provided free of cost by the Cambridgeshire County Council. Votes of thanks were passed unanimously to Miss Kenealy, and to her sister, who gave the last lecture owing to the former’s illness.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 25th March 1892 p4. Concert.

Last Friday evening, a concert was given in the school for the benefit of the choir fund. The attendance was very good, and the concert may well rank as one of the most successful ever given. The various items in a lengthy programme were all given in excellent style, and were well received, especially by the juvenile members of the audience. Among the members of the choir who rendered songs were Messrs Blunt, Dilley, Markham, A Stearn and H Stearn and White, while the ladies were represented by Misses Potter and Kidman and Mrs House. In addition to the local performers, very kind and able assistance was rendered by Messrs G.F. and T.M.Searle of Hockington, Mr. H.H.Heap, Mr. W.W. Crump and his brother, Mr. Charles Crump, a well known Birmingham vocalist whose songs met with great applause. The accompaniments were undertaken by Mr. F.J.House (who also played a pianoforte duet with Mr. Kidman), Miss Searle and Mrs Heap.

 

Cambridge Weekly News 15th September 1893. Failure of a farmer.

Last Thursday night’s Gazette contained notice of a receiving order which had been made in reference to the estate of F.Nash, Dry Drayton, Farmer. (Where was this?)

 

Cambridge Weekly News 16th February 1894 p1. The Failure of Frederick Nash.

Under the failure of Frederick Nash, a first and final dividend of 5 ⅞ in the pound has been declared. The debtor’s estimate of liabilities expected to rank for dividend was £1,230 10s 6d, but the net realisation only £86.5s 6d.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 16th February 1894 p8. Rev R.Winkfield appointed Rector.

The Rev Robert Winkfield, Vicar of Chettisham and Head Master of Ely Cathedral School, has been appointed rector of Dry Drayton. Mr. Winkfield is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He came out of Senior Optime in 1859 and proceeded to the MA degree in 1863. In 1861 he was ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Chichester and Priest in 1862. From 1864 to 1870 he was Head Master of St Paul's School, Stony Stratford, when he was appointed Head Master of Ely Cathedral School. Four years later he was presented to the Vicarage of Chettisham.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 4th May 1894 p8. Accident to boy Arthur Impey.

On Tuesday Arthur Impey, aged 9, of this village was running after his sister, and fell down breaking his thigh. He was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital, where he remains.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 12th October 1894 p8. Harvest Thanksgiving.

The Harvest Thanksgiving services were held in the parish church last Sunday, the offertories amounting to £4.15.6d being given to Addenbrookes Hospital. The church which was beautifully decorated was crowded to the doors at the evening service, several persons being unable to obtain admittance. The preacher the Rev F.A.Walker DD, a former rector of the parish, took for his text Ruth ii 8. “Hearest thou not my daughter? Go not to glean in another field” and in the course of an earnest and powerful sermon insisted on the duty of steadfast adherence to the church. Gifts of corn, fruit, flowers and vegetables were received from Messrs. Reynolds, Phyphers, Druce, Moffatt, Driver, Wing, Kidman and many other of the parishioners. The decorations were carried out by Mrs Metcalfe, assisted by many ladies of the parish. Presents of flowers and fruit were also sent by Mr H.Hurrell of Madingley.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 12th October 1894 p8. Mothers’ Meeting.

On Tuesday a meeting of the Mothers’ Union was held, ten new members being enrolled, the total number being thirty five. There was a service in the church at 3pm, when the rector addressed the members, laying stress on the influence of a mother upon a child’s character, and the duty of teaching children of quite tender years knowledge of Jesus and reverent habits of prayer. There was a tea provided for the mothers afterwards in the school room, which was much enjoyed.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 12th October 1894 p8. Inquest on Lydia Broakes

An inquest was held by Mr. A.J.Lyon, the County Coroner, at the Prince of Wales public house on Monday on the body of Lydia Broakes, aged 76, who was found dead in bed on Sunday morning. John Ofield, a farm labourer, brother to the deceased, said he called at her house Sunday morning, but as he could not make anyone hear, he broke into the house and found deceased lying dead on the bed. Deceased had complained to him of her side, which she said she had hurt by falling down a ladder. Sarah Broak, who lives next door to the deceased said she seemed alright the previous night and she thought she heard deceased moving about at midnight. Mr. R.E.Lewis, surgeon, of Willingham said by autopsy he found that the deceased’s heart was fatty, which caused syncope, the cause of death. The jury returned a verdict if “Death from natural causes”.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 23 November 1894 p8. Painting of church interior.

The interior surface of the chancel walls, which have been much injured by rain in former years, is being re-painted.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 23rd November 1894 p8. Parish Council

A parish meeting was held in the school room last Monday evening under the presidency of the Rector to consider the Parish Council Act. The Rector explained that the provisions of the Act so far as they affected the parish and the course of procedure to be adopted at the parish meeting in December, and a list of nominees for the Parish council was agreed upon.

 

Cambridge Weekly News 23rd November 1894 p4. Woodcarving Class.

We understand that a woodworking class for boys living in the village, has been started by the Rev R.Winkfield, supported by the County Council and the evening continuation scheme. Mr G.H.Barnsdale of Cambridge has acted as teacher. The lads have only had six lessons but have made very gratifying progress. The class is held every Wednesday evening from 7 till 9 and is said to be the first class of the sort started in this county.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 23rd November 1894 p8. Technical education.

The wood-carving class which is being held weekly in this parish in connection with the evening continuation school and technical education scheme of the County Council is arousing considerable interest in the village. A very able teacher has been secured in Mr. Barnsdale, who is evidently fond of his work and manages to communicate his enthusiasm to his pupils. Some very pretty specimens of carving are in the course of execution. If the young people of the village can be got to take a permanent interest in this “art training” it may prove to be a step of some improvement. There are weekly classes also for women in needlework, dress making and vocal music.

 

Cambridge Weekly News 14th December 1894. Concert.

[apologies for the language in this item - the words used are as appeared in the newspaper article of the time. Ed] On Tuesday evening a most successful concert was given in the school room, where an impromptu stage had been erected and tastefully decorated. The Rector, Rev R.Winkfield, presided and the room was crowded by a large and enthusiastic audience. The programme commenced with a delightful violin duet by Miss B.Winkfield and Mr H Winkfield, accompanied on the piano by Mr Winkfield. This was followed by “The song that reached my heart” by Miss Stevenson. A comic song (in costume) by Mr. Pike, “The dandy coloured coon,” was well received and loudly encored. The Rev J.Jarvis then read an amusing selection from “Three men in a boat”. A bright and effective banjo solo was the given by Mr. G Winkfield and was greatly appreciated. Miss Mortlock sang a pretty song entitled “Happiness”. Mr. G.T.Elder sang “Our ‘appy little ‘ome” and caused roars of laughter by his comical demeanor, and in response to an encore sang the well known parody “On the steamboat”. A pleasing ballad was then rendered by Miss Barton, which was enthusiastically applauded. Mr. G.Winkfield sang “The Alabama Coon” and a pleasing feature of the song was the chorus sung behind the scenes. Miss B.Winkfield opened the second part of the programme with a pianoforte solo “La Cyarne”, which was re-demanded, Miss Mortlock re-appeared and sang “I do as they do in England”, which was well received, and Mr. G.T.Elder sang a comic song entitled “By the sea”. The next item was a nigger duet, cleverly rendered by the Messrs. G.Winkfield and Pike, who were also recalled. Mr. Stevenson having sung, Mr. G.Winkfield gave Eugene Stratton’s well known song “Yer cant love me Charley”. Miss Barton “The Miller and the Maid”and the programme was concluded by Mr. Elder.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 14th December 1894 p8. Concert.

On Thursday last the village was entertained by a very successful concert, attended by a numerous and appreciative audience. The performers were the members and friends of the Rector’s family and the ladies from the neighbourhood. The Rev J.Jervis gave two admirable readings. Several songs were beautifully sung by Mrs Stevenson, Miss Mortlock and Miss Banton. Mr. Pike, Mr. Elderand Mr. G.Winkfield fairly delighted the audience by the clever and amusing rendering of a variety of songs in costume. The proceeds of the concert were given to the Church Repairs Fund.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 22nd March 1895 p8. Church defence.

A largely attended meeting for the purpose of organising a Church Defence Committee in this parish was held in the parochial schools on Monday. The chair was occupied by the Rector, the Rev R.Winkfield, who briefly opened the proceedings and introduced the Rev J.Watkins Rector of Willingham and Rural Dean. Mr. Watkins, in the course of a very able and interesting speech, dwelt on the necessity of forming parish committees and stated that in his own parish it was customary to hold frequent meetings for the purpose of discussion and mutual support; while advocating an active crusade against liberationists he deprecated and course of conduct which might embitter the social relations of neighbours. He also gave a short account of the history of tithe and glebe. The Rev T.A.Lacey, Vicar of Madingley, next addressed the meeting. He asserted that to himself at any rate the term disestablishment was meaningless and signified nothing! Disendowment, on the other hand, meant the robbing of ~God and should be strenuously resisted by all Christians, churchmen and dissenters alike. The Chairman, in proposing a vote of thanks to the speakers, urged all present to join the ranks of the defenders of the Church and sign at once the petition which he held in his hand and which protested against the nefarious measure now before Parliament . The vote was seconded by Mr. C.M.Laing MA, BCL, Organising Secretary for the Church Defence of the Archdeaconry of Oxford, and at the conclusion of the meeting a large number signed the petition.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 11th October 1895 p8. Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Services were held in the church on Sunday last. The special preacher at evensong was the Rev J.H.Gray, Fellow and Dean of Queens College Cambridge, and the collections, amounting to £4.05 21/2 d were given to Addenbrookes Hospital and partly to the fund for the repair of the church. The decorations of the church were produce, large gifts of flowers, fruit and vegetables, having been received from the resident parishioners. The services, which were of a bright and hearty character, were well attended. In the afternoon there was a flower service for children, and an address was given by the Rector. The flowers bought by the children were laid upon the alter and were afterwards sent to the children in Addenbrookes Hospital.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 24th April 1896 p4. Vestry Meeting and Parish Council.

At the Easter Vestry held on the 9th inst, Mr. Thos Reynolds and Mr. D.G.James were appointed Churchwardens, The offertory accounts were presented, showing a deficiency on church expenses of £4.6.5d. A voluntary rate of 4d in the pound in aid of the school was afterwards agreed to.

 

Drayton Clerical Society. At a meeting of this society, held at Hardwick Rectory on Thursday the 16th inst, a paper was read by Canon Bulstrode, of Stoke Rectory, Ipswich, on “The attitude of the agricultural labourer to the church” The Canon, who has had much experience on this subject, said that he did not think there was any antagonism amongst the labourers against the church or the clergy except: 1) where the clergy man had made himself personally unpopular, (2) where dissent was strong and the antagonism fostered by leading dissenters, or (3) where political or dissenting leaders emphasise the discontent of the labourer with his lot and associate the clergyman with the farmer or the upper classes, whom they regard as their oppressors. In consequence with the last point it was wise for the clergy not to stand too much aloof from the political endeavours of the labourer to better his lot in life. The want of such sympathy between the clergy and his people was often the cause of what might be called an “intelligent” indifference to the church i.e. an indifference for which there was a special cause As regard the widely spread unintelligent indifference, viz that which arose from carelessness on all religious matters, this was to some extent caused by the failure of the church, both in services and teaching, to lay hold of the minds of the people with a distinct religious force and make them understand their position as members of a great spiritual society. The corrective would seem to be (1) in giving to our services a bright character by calling in the aid of music and careful maintenance of an expressive and teaching ritual, (2) by the extensive adoption of ex tempore teaching on of usual methods by which public speakers engage attention and secure the adoption of their views. Of the written essay it might be said with Robert Browning “ice makes no conflagration”. (3) by uniform adoption of evening services. The new system in churches was bad. A multiplication of parochial visits and readings was apt to assume a mechanical character and be productive of little else but statistics and it would be well for the clergy to admit that the faith which they preached would accept the light of modern knowledge. Free religion in free churches, bright and expressive services with an educational ritual and, above all, clear distinctive preaching and organisations drawing people into them. Here would be found the methods by which a working labouring democracy might be brought to Christ and his church. A discussion ensued in which doubts were expressed as to the wisdom of the clergy taking any part in politics.

 

Parish Council. The first meeting of the newly elected Parish council was held in the Town Hall last week. All the members were present with the exception of Mr. C.D.Robinson, who was too ill to attend. After making the declaration the Council proceeded to elect the Chairman. Two candidates were proposed Mr. F.Kirby, the late Chairman, and Mr. E.Papworth. The former was elected. The other officers appointed were: Vice Chairman Mr. W.Thoday; Clerk Mr. G.Robinson; Overseers Messrs. F.Asplinand W.Robinson; Surveyors Messrs. I.Hemington and J.Chapman. It was resolved that the meetings be open to the public.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 27th November 1896 p8. Generous gifts.

Mow that winter is upon us the poorer inhabitants of this village will appreciate the generosity of the squire (Mr. F.Cricp MP) who has instituted a weekly distribution of a cwt of coal to poor widows and other needy parishioners. Mr. Crisp also distributed last week a number of rabbits.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 5th February 1897 p4. Postal arrangements

The inhabitants of this and other villages hope that earlier delivery of letters etc. will soon take place.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 5th March 1897 p8. Sunday School.

The scholars attending the church schools were on Monday provided with a tea by Mr. and Mrs. James, of Church Farm. The children met at 5 o’clock and after tea a few outdoor games were enjoyed till dusk. They then gave some of their school songs and recitations in capital style. Oranges were distributed by Miss James and after hearty cheers had been given for Mr. and Mrs. James, the children dispersed.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 28th May 1897 p8. The Queen’s Birthday.

The villagers were awakened early on Monday morning by the merry ringing of the bells in honour of the Queen’s Birthday. The Royal Standard was hoisted on the Church Tower.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 28th May 1897 p8. Jubilee

Jubilee. The inhabitants are wondering what is going to be done in celebration of the Jubilee. We understand that it has been mentioned at a parish council meeting.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 4th June 1897 p8. Levee, Mr. Fred Crisp JP presented at court.

We notice that among the the presentations to the Prince of Wales at the levee held at St. James Palace on Monday, is the name of Mr. Fred Crisp JP, on his appointment as Deputy Lieutenant of the County.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 18th June 1897 p8. Evening Continuation School.

The following is the Government Report: Boys School – the attendance at this school has somewhat declined, but good order gas been maintained and very fair progress made. Girls School this school gas been well attended and taught, needlework deserves praise and the higher grant may also be recommended for vocal work.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 18th June 1897 p8. The Great Jubilee.

The first meeting was held on Monday evening in the school room, to arrange about the commemoration of the Jubilee. It was decided to give the villagers a meat tea at 4 o’clock with sports etc, for the evening’s amusement.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 25th June 1897 p8. The Great Jubilee.

The rejoicing took place on Tuesday. Bells rang a merry peal from 6 to 7 am. The morning was dull for some little time, but the weather during the day was magnificent. The sports began with a cricket match, played in the views between the married and the single, the former winning the game. A meat tea was served at 4 o’clock in the big shed on the Church Farm Estate. 230 sat down to tea at the large tables running the entire length of the building, which is about 90 feet by 36. The tables were decked with flowers and the building was decorated with flowers, flags, and evergreens. The motto “One Kingdom”, with the portrait of the Queen surmounted by a large crown with the letters VR, was conspicuously placed in the centre. After the tea, Jubilee mugs and medals were distributed to all the children. The National Anthem and the Jubilee Hymn “Oh King of Kings” was very heartily sung. Cheers were given for Mr. and Mrs. F.Crisp, Mr. and Mrs. James and all the kind helpers. Sports followed at 6 o’clock. The Thanksgiving Services at the church, on Sunday were most heartily rendered, the National Anthem being sung at the close of the evening service.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 9th July 1897 p8. Feast Week.

We have had a goodly number of visitors this week for the feast especially on Sunday. On Tuesday two cricket matches were played . One between Dry Drayton and Madingley, played in the views, was won by the home team by an innings and ten runs. The other between Dry Drayton boys and Oakington boys, also resulted in favour of Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 30th July 1897 p4. In Memoriam, Mrs. C.H.Smith.

During the last month a brass tablet by Gaffin, Regent Street, has been affixed to the South wall in the parish church to the memory of Mrs. Smith, with the following inscription: - “Sacred to the memory of Constance Margaret, widow of William Smith, formerly Rector of Dry Drayton, daughter of William Rose of Wolston Heath, Warwickshire. Died at Greatham Moor, 20th January 1896 aged 76 years. Matri Carissimoe Filii Maerentes”.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 17th September 1897 p8. Holiday given to men of Mr. Crisp.

Mr. Fred Crisp gave the men in his employ at Girton, Dry Drayton, Moor Barns and Hardwick their usual harvest supper on Saturday evening last. About 100 were present. After supper all the men enjoyed themselves over their pipes, some capital songs were given and later on dancing was indulged in . Mr. Crisp, who was present a portion of the time, presented each one with a new florin. The party dispersed about 12 o’clock.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 1st October 1897 p4. Harvest Thanksgiving.

The harvest thanksgiving services were held on Sunday. The church was decorated effectively and there were many offerings of corn, fruit, vegetables, and flowers . The choral celebration of Holy Communion was exceptionally well rendered. In the afternoon there was a flower service, at which the children went up to the alter and presented flowers, to be given afterwards to the children in Addenbrookes Hospital . The Rector gave the address. At 6.30 pm there was a crowded congregation. The sermon was preached by the Rector and after the sermon the choir faced the alter and sang the Te Deum of Thanksgiving. The recessional was “Onward Christian Soldiers” to Sullivan's music. The offertories were as follows: - At 9am for the alter fund 5s 7d, 11.45 am, for repair of church £2.0.1d; 6.30pm for Addenbrookes Hospital £3.05 1½ d. At the evening service alone 239 coins were collected.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 31st December 1897 p8. Christmas Gifts.

Through the liberality of Mr. Fred Crisp, the usual parcels of grocery were distributed to the people in his employ this Christmas.


Cambridge Chronicle 31st December 1897 p8. Mail Cart.

The first run of the new mail cart takes place on New Year’s Day. Letters arrive at 5.30 and are delivered about an hour later. The mail returns in the evening about 8.40.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 14 January 1898 p3 Embezzlement

David Shipp 43 shoemaker of Dry Drayton charged with embezzling around three pounds from the Ancient Order of Shepherds at Dry Drayton on or around 31 Dec 1896. He was a Lodge Secretary. Convicted and sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with hard labour.


Cambridge Chronicle 21st January 1898 p4. The influenza

The influenza has made its appearance in this village and several persons are down with it.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 21st January 1898 p4. Telegraph Communication.

The telegram poles and wire were placed between the “Five Bells” and the Post Office here last week and will no doubt soon be in working order.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 28th January p5. Telegram Communication.

The telegraph is now in working order here. The office opened on Wednesday.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 1st April 1898 p4. Measles

The Schools were closed on Monday owing to the prevalence of measles.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 1st April 1898 p4. Coals.

During the winter months coals have very kindly been given weekly to the widows in this parish by Mr. Fred Crisp.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 15th April 1898 p4. Indications of Spring

The first swallow was seen here on Monday.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 15th April 1898 p4. Bicycle accident.

Two gentlemen riding a tandem bicycle met with a serious accident on Easter Monday afternoon. In coming down the hill from the Rectory they lost control of their machine which came to grief after they had turned a sharp corner, dashing against a wooden fence in front of some cottages. One was picked up in an unconscious state and it was at first feared that life was extinct but after stimulants had been administered he recovered. They were taken into a cottage close at hand where their injuries were attended to by the inmates. It transpired that they came from Bedford. The machine was very much damaged.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 27th May 1898 p4. The Queen’s Birthday

Bells were rung early on Tuesday morning in honour of the Queen’s Birthday, and the Royal Standard floated from the church tower.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 27th May 1898 p4. Cricket Club.

The Club has been the recipient of a cheque for £1 kindly given by the member for the division.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 8th July 1898 p4. The Feast.

This has been Feast Week and the usual attractions have been offered. On Tuesday a cricket match against Oakington was won by the visitors and, in the married v single match on Wednesday, the married men were victors. The usual stall in the High Street was supplemented by a cocoa nut shy. On each night dancing was kept up until 12 o’clock. The men engaged on the farms were granted half a day on Tuesday.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 16th September 1898 p8. Wedding.

The marriage of Mr. Willie Humm, Cambridge, and Miss Agnes Ardley, second daughter of Mr. John Ardley, of Dry Drayton, was solemnised at the parish church on Thursday 8th inst, at 2 o’clock. The five bridesmaids, the Misses Ardley (4) and Miss Humm, were dressed in white with light green sashes. The service was directed by the Rev R.Winkfield (Rector). The bride was given away by her father, who also played the wedding march. At 5.30 the bride and bridegroom left for Hunstanton on their cycles, making a stay at Haddenham the first evening. They reached Hunstanton on the Friday evening. Many useful presents were received.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 30th September 1898 p4. Horkey, Mr F.Crisp

On Saturday the men in the employ of Mr. F.Crisp, numbering about 100 in all, engaged on the Scotland Farm, Church Farm Catch All (Dry Drayton), Moor Barns (Madingley) and Stud Farm (Girton) were entertained to supper. The bill of fare comprised roast and boiled beef, mutton, plum pudding, beer, ginger beer, and after supper, pipes were served all round. Mr. Crisp was present during the evening, and after a capital address presented each lad and man with a new half crown. Mr. and Mrs. James of Church Farm were also present. The party broke up just before midnight with hearty cheers for Mr. Crisp.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 7th October 1898 p8. Harvest Festival.

Harvest thanksgiving services were held in this parish church last Sunday. The church was nicely decorated for the occasion with flowers, fruit and vegetables. Besides the usual morning and evening services , there was a flower service for children in the afternoon . Special harvest hymns and psalms were used throughout the day, and the sermons were preached by the Rector (Rev R.Winkfield). The morning offertory was given to church expenses and that of the evening to Addenbrookes Hospital.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 30th December 1898 p8. Seasonable Gifts.

All the employees of Mr. Fred Crisp were treated to the usual Christmas gifts again this year. The presents consisted of packets of grocery, containing 1 lb. each of plumbs, currants, prunes, peel and spice, and a very pretty ornamental tin of biscuits. Coals have also been distributed weekly, through the kindness of Mr. Crisp, to the widows of the Parish for some time.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 6th January 1899 p4. The New Year.

The bells of the parish church rang a joyous peal to usher in the New Year.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 6th January 1899 p4. Reading Room

The reading room continues to be well patronised by the young men of the village and is well supplied with papers and periodicals at the expense of Mr. Crisp.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 7th April 1899 p4. Vestry Meeting.

The Easter Vestry meeting was held on Tuesday. The Church Wardens appointed were Mr. D.G.James, Rector’s Church Warden and Mr. Joseph Driver, Parish Warden. The offertory accounts were presented, showing a total of £40.13s collected during the year. There was a deficit on the item of church expenses of £10.2s, towards which £5 was given in the course of the morning and £1.5s at the meeting. The Rector announced that Mr. Tolliday’s bill for the repair of the church had now been paid off, but that a further expense must be incurred in order to preserve the tower, which was cracked. A voluntary rate of 4d in the pound was made in support of the school.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 16th June 1899 p5. Cricket Club.

The member for West Cambs, Mr. Raymond Green, has very kindly forwarded £1 to this club.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 30th June 1899 p8. Mothers’ Union.

The annual meeting of this Union took place in the parish church at 3 o’clock, on Tuesday afternoon. An address was given by the Rev Dr. Walker, a former Rector. After the service tea was served on the rectory lawn at which the Rector, The Rev R.Winkfield, and the Rev Dr. Walker were present. The members afterwards strolled round the extensive gardens and grounds.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 7th July 1899 p4. The Feast.

The Feast was celebrated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday a cricket match, Dry Drayton v Oakington was won by the visitors, but on the following day the Dry Drayton team beat Caldecote. Tea for the cricketers was supplied by Mr. Barber of the Queens Head. Amusements were plentiful, dancing was indulged in each evening at the Queens Head, and altogether the youngsters and villagers had the jolliest time they have experienced of late.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 28th July 1899 p4. The Harvest.

Oats have been cut in this parish, and the harvest will soon be in full swing. Some good crops of wheat are to be seen.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 28th July 1899 p4. Water Supply.

Owing to the drought the water supply has been short. The water from the village pump not being very good, people have to trust to the adjacent ponds for a supply.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 28th July 1899 p4. School Treat.

The children had their summer treat on Monday. The day was beautifully fine, and after tea the youngsters enjoyed their various games at the Rectory. Several school songs were rendered and about 8 o’clock all dispersed after giving hearty cheers for the Rector and teachers.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 28th July 1899 p4. The ChurchTower.

An examination of the foundation of the church tower revealed the fact that the structure required strengthening and Messrs. Redding and Son, Cambridge, are now engaged upon the work. A large amount of concrete has been put in near the base of the tower and buttresses and two stay bars pierce the four feet walls. The bells have not been rung now for some time, owing to a crack in the west wall of the tower.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 4th August 1899 p4. Cricket

The Club here and a team from Swavesey engaged in a match on the cricket ground on Wednesday the 26th ult, when the visitors were defeated . A good tea was provided afterwards by Mr. Barber of the Queen’s Head. The visiting team left at ten o’clock for home.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 4th August p4. The Harvest.

The late fine weather has bought the corn on very rapidly and the harvest is now in full swing. The wheat is some of the finest in Cambridgeshire.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 11th August 1899 p4. School holidays

The schools were closed on Monday last for six weeks for the harvest holidays.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 11th August 1899 p4. Thunderstorm.

Last Friday a very heavy thunderstorm passed over this village between 5 and 6 o’clock in the afternoon. Rain fell heavily and hailstones of large size fell during the progress of the storm. No damage is reported.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 11th August 1899 p4. sudden death

On Thursday afternoon Mr. Uriah Silk was suddenly taken ill and died before medical assistance could be rendered. Deceased had been at work in his harvest field near his house during the morning. He had been ailing and under medical treatment for some little time. He was in his 70th year.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 15th August 1899 p4. Thunderstorm

A severe storm passed over this district on Tuesday afternoon, commencing at 4 o’clock and lasting about an hour. Torrents of rain fell and hailstones of immense size during the progress of the storm . Some men returning on the Scotland Road noticed that the lightning had fired some wheat in Rectory Field and they extinguished the flames. Some trees were shattered but no further damage has been notified.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 29th September 1899 98. Harvest Festival.

Harvest Thanksgiving services were held at the parish church last Sunday, when the building was very prettily decorated. The services were at 8, 11, 3 (flower service) and 6.30. There was a full congregation in the evening and the service was most hearty . Special psalms and hymns were used. The offertories , which amounted to £3 4s 6d were divided between Addenbrookes Hospital and the church fabric fund.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 6th October 1899 p4. Robbery.

During the hours of 11 and 12, it is supposed the house inhabited by John Huddlestone, close to the Queen’s Head, was entered and about £3 taken. The old man, who works of the road, left home about 6 o’clock and was asked by some stranger for a match to light his pipe. It is not known whether this is the man wanted or not, but it is a singular thing that the robber, whoever he was, left a pipe behind him in the house. A good deal of sympathy is felt for Huddlestone as the money taken was probably put by to pay the rent for the year. The police were quickly made acquainted with the robbery.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 20th October 1899 p4. Cricket Club.

The members of the cricket club celebrated the close of the season by a friendly game last Saturday, followed by supper at the Queen’s Head Inn. The host, Mr. Barber, provided a most excellent repast which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. After supper a smoking concert was held at which many other inhabitants of the village were present. A very pleasant and interesting evening was spent. After payment of expenses a credit balance is carried forward for the next season.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 24th November 1899 p8. Children’s Concert.

A pleasing entertainment was given in the school room last Friday evening by the children attending the schools. A number of recitations, action songs, and exercises were given to quite a full audience , many being parents of the children who performed. Songs were now given by the mistresses themselves and were heartily applauded. It must have been most gratifying to Miss Parry Jones and Miss Edith Jones to find that their efforts were so highly appreciated. The Rev C.R.Winkfield, Rector, who kindly lent piano proposed a vote of thanks at the conclusion of the concert .

 

Cambridge Chronicle 15th December 1899 p4. Missionary work in Kaffraria

A very interesting address was given by the Rev C.E.Walker, vicar of March, in the School Room here on Tuesday evening on the above subject. The subject was illustrated by a series of magic lantern views giving a good idea of the mountain scenery, the rivers, the natives and their customs, together with views of some of the native clergy and churches. The room was well filled and the lecturer was most attentively listened to throughout. A collection was made during the singing of the missionary hymn. “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains” . The Rector (Rev R.Winkfield) proposed a vote of thanks to the lecturer, and afterwards pronounced the Benediction.

 

 

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