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Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 20 January 1905 p8 Bad Language

At the Shirehall, Chesterton, on Saturday morning, Frederick Barrett, labourer, of Girton, was summoned for using bad language at Dry Drayton, on the 8th January. P.c.Lander said he saw the defendant at Dry Drayton on Sunday, January 8th. His pockets were bulky, and witness told defendant he should search him, under the Poaching Prevention Act. At this the defendant swore and used threatening language. Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and 6s. 6d. costs. He asked for time, but on being refused, paid the money.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 10 March 1905 p8 Presentation
An interesting presentation was made at the Edwardstone Schools recently, when Miss Peachey, who has passed the King’s Scholarship Examination, was the recipient of a clock on a china stand, with a pair of vases to match, and a silver jam dish. With the gift was an address from the Vicar, teachers, and scholars, wishing her success in her new sphere of work. Miss Peachey leaves to take a situation in Dry Drayton School, Cambridgeshire.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 March 1905 p7 Civil Dispute

Bailey v. Elliston. The plaintiff is a horse breaker at Dry Drayton, Cambs., and the defendant is a brewer at Fenstanton. Mr. O. Papworth was for the plaintiff, and Mr. Wheeler for the defendant.. The claim was for £5, for breaking in a young horse, which was at the rate of £1 per week for five weeks, and 5s 5d for four shoes. Plaintiff said there was no bargain, but made his usual charges. He did not agree to take £3. He sent for the mare, and took it home. It was very poor in condition, and was not a satisfactory animal at any time. Harry Bailey, plaintiff's son, said the animal was well fed, and he frequently rode and drove it. £1 per week was very cheap.—The defence was that the animal was returned to the defendant unbroken and spoilt, and it was afterwards broken by another man. Mr. Elliston said that when the horse was returned the plaintiff said it was not well broken. It was in good condition when he sent it to the plaintiff, but very poor when returned. He refused to pay £3, but would have paid £2 10s. The animal had since been well broken by another person, and was now quiet to ride and drive. Christopher Hardy, in the employ of Mr. Elliston, said the horse was in good condition when it went away, and when he brought it back it was a wreck. George Johnson, of Fenstanton, having given evidence. His Honor said he did not accept the plaintiffs view. He had never heard of a charge being made by the week. The plaintiff was entitled to be remunerated reasonably, and for his attempts to break it. He gave judgment for £2 2s.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 April 1905 p8. Rector's Will

The Will of the Rev Dr Francis Augustus Walker of (?) Cricklewood, NW and Rector of Dry Drayton Cambs from 1873-1880, has been proved at 24,315.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 21 April 1905 p8. Band of Hope

Band of Hope. Mr Collinson of Cambridge gave an interesting address on "The Old Man of the Sea" at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Tuesday evening. Mr A.J.Tebbit presided at the harmonium.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19 May 1905 p7 Cricket

Dry Drayton v Longstanton, Played on Saturday, resulting in a win for Dry Drayton by seven runs.

Dry Drayton
Walker b Townsend 2
S Hankin b Townsend 0
H Impey b Wilson 3
J Doggett b Wilson 8
E Hankin b Townsend 0
M Doggett b Wilson 0
Huddlestone b Wilson 4
Dilley run our 0
Parnel not out 0
Extras 10 total 27

Hard b Hankin 1
Resin run out 2
T Wilson b Hankin 10
Ellwood b Hankin 1
Townsend b Hankin 0
Rogers b Hankin 0
G Wilson b Walker 0
Crisp b Hankin 0
Pink b Walker 0
Jellings b Walker 1
Rignell not out 1
Extras 4 total 20


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 26 May 1905 page 8. Cricket

The Histon Institute Cricket team visited Dry Drayton on Saturday and scored an easy victory over the local team. Histon with their score of 108 for six wickets declared and dismissed Dry Drayton for 48.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 16 June 1905 p8. Lightless cyclists.
For riding bicycles without a light , Walter Impey, publican of Dry Drayton and Alfred Johnson bricklayer's labourer of Madingley, were each fined 5s at the Shirehall Chesterton on Saturday.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 23 June 1905 p8 The Chapel

The anniversary in connection with the Chapel has been held. The preacher was Mr. W. Coles, of Cottenham, and at the public tea on Thursday there were about 60 persons present. The Abstainers’ Cycle Union held an open-air meeting on the Green, songs, recitations, and speeches being contributed by Miss Legerton. Messrs. Collinson, Creek, Tebbit, and others. Later a public meeting was held in the Chapel, presided over by Mr C. Creek, of Toft, the speakers being Messrs. Jenkins, Woollard, Tebbit, Marsh, and Collis, all of Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 30 June 1905 p9. No dog license.

At the Shirehall, Chesterton on Saturday morning, Joseph Driver, farmer of Dry Drayton, summoned for keeping a dog without a license at Dry Drayton on the 20th June, was fined 15s.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 30 June 1905 p6. Working the Licensing Act.

Fourteen licenses extinguished in Cambridgeshire. What was termed the principal meeting of the Compensation Authority for the County of Cambridge, pursuant to the Licensing Rules, 1904, was held at the Shirehall, Chesterton, on Friday. The Committee met to consider the fifteen licences referred to them by the Licensing Justices of the various petty sessional divisions, in accordance with the provisions of the new Licensing Act. Mr. C. P. Allix (Deputy Chairman of Quarter Sessions) presided, and there were also present: Colonel W. H. Murrell, Professor Liveing, Rev. J. Rust, Messrs. J. O. Vinter, A. P. Humphry, A. K. Fordham, K. B. Jenyns, S. Howard, Captain C. W. Stanley, and Dr. J. H. C. Dalton.

ROSE AND CROWN, DRY DRAYTON. This was an on beerhouse, owned by Messrs. Hudson and occupied by Albert Harper. Mr. Hudson, who appeared for the owners, said he did not propose to offer any evidence as to the trade, which was only small. The argument that house should find a living for the tenant seemed to him to be unreasonable. Mr. Raikes, who appeared for the Justices, replied that if there were many houses in Cambridgeshire which did not support the tenants, it followed in his opinion that the county was over stocked with licences. Superintendent Webb said he thought the house was not required.

The Committee's Decision. Having heard all the cases, the Committee retired to consider their decision. They were absent for about an hour, and on their return the Chairman announced that in all the cases referred, with the exception of the Rod Lion, Comberton, the licences would be abolished, with the compensation that the law gave them the discretion to award. The licence of the Red Lion would be renewed. As to the day on which they would make the compensation payable, the Compensation Authority fixed the 1st of February next, that the licences granted provisionally would expire on February 1st That would hold good if they found it possible. It was announced that the Committee would probably meet next in October.

The story continued in the Cambridge Independent Press on Friday 10 November 1905 , p5. Reduction of licences in Cambs - cost of compensation. The Justices forming the Compensation Authority for Cambridgeshire under the Licensing Act of 1904 met at the Shirehall, Chesterton, on Friday, for the purpose of awarding compensation to the persons interested in fourteen houses, in respect of which the renewals of licences were refused the principal meeting of the Authority last June. Mr. A J. Lyon appeared in respect of the “Rose and Crown," Dry Drayton, and £115 was asked for the loss of this beer on licence by the owners and £l5 the tenant, Albert Harper. Mr. Lyon said that the average trade for the last five years had been 49 barrels per year during 1904 it was 39 barrels. Mr. Moyes said that the premises were freehold. The house was an ante-1869 beerhouse, and its value with the licence was £500, and without £8O. He allowed for the alterations necessary to convert it into a private house, when it would be worth about £3 per year. Evidence was also given by Mr. Hudson and the tenant. (The Justices) eventually made the following offers: Rose and Crown, Dry Drayton, £2OO for owners and ' £2O for the tenant; (the Dry Drayton award was accepted).


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 July 1905 p8. Cricket
OAKINGTON. Cricket. —The Oakington Rovers Cricket Club played a cricket match against the Dry Drayton Cricket Club at Dry Drayton this week. Oakington were victorious by 11 runs. The visitors had not their best team in the field, while Drayton had a first-class team, the game being played on their chief feast day. There was some good play on both sides. On the visitors’ side, Langram and Deliar bowled well, and Golding fielded excellently.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 18 August 1905. p1 Sale of Scotland Farm
Near Cambridge. Announcement of sale of the Dry Drayton Estate, Freehold. Situate fronting the Main Road from Cambridge to St. Neots, about 5 miles from the centre of the Town of Cambridge and 15 miles from St. Neots, in the Parish of Dry Drayton, and adjoining the Madingley Hall Estate, comprising The Scotland Farm, with superior farmhouse, excellent homestead, and pair of cottages, Situate near the Main Road, in the occupation of Mr. Maclaren. “The Church View Farm” with good farmhouse, homestead and pair of cottages, situate adjoining the Village of Dry Drayton, as let to Mr. John Rose. 5 cottages In the Village of Dry Drayton, and plantations, grass and arable lands. The whole containing an Area of about 705 Acres, All Let, and producing a Yearly Rental of £452. Messrs. J. Carter Jonas & Sons are instructed to offer the Estate for sale by public auction at the Lion Hotel, Cambridge, on Saturday, September 23rd, 1905, in one lot. Particulars, Plans and Conditions of Sale may shortly be obtained of Wm. P. Theakston, Esq., Land Agent, Huntingdon, and of Messrs. J. Carter Jonas A Sons, Auctioneers, Land Agents and Surveyors, Sun Fire and Life Offices, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 25 August 1905 p8. Damaging Growing Oats.
At the Shirehall, Chesterton, on Saturday morning, James Steam, labourer, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for committing wilful damage to a field of oats by walking through them on August 11th. William Driver, farm labourer, of Dry Drayton, said he saw the defendant walking through the oats belonging to his father, Joseph Driver. The damage done would be about 5s. The defendant denied that the damage done was so much as that.—Defendant was fined Is., and ordered to pay the damage, 5s.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 13 October 1905 p8. Dry Drayton Harvest Festival
The preacher at the harvest thanksgiving services at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Childerley Gate, was the Rev J W Green of Eversden. On the following Thursday the harvest festival tea was held, when a large company attended. Afterwards a public meeting was held, presided over by Mr.W. Houghton, of Childerley Gate. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. T. H. Barlow, Messrs. J. Worboys and A. J. Tebbit. Solos were sung by Miss Tyzack and Rev. T. H. Barlow. The proceeds, which were exceptionally high, were devoted to paying the cost of renovation of the Chapel. A vote of thanks to all helpers and the Doxology closed a most successful meeting.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 November 1905 p8. Band of Hope.
The County Band of Hope agent (Mr. Collinson), paid a visit to this Society on Tuesday evening, and delivered a helpful address on "A Glass of Water." Mr. A. J, Tebbit presided at the harmonium.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 22 December 1905 p6. Cambridge County Court.
The following was among the cases which came before His Honor Judge Wheeler at the December sitting of the Cambridge County Court on Wednesday. An Old Debt. The first case was one in which Mrs. Bailey, wife of Charles Bailey, publican, of Dry Drayton, and her son, Harry Bailey, claimed damages for wrongful distraint. Mr. Vinter appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. A. V. Clements for the judgment creditors, Messrs. Jones and Son, solicitors, of Colchester. Mr. Vinter explained that the firm of solicitors put in a distress for non-payment of an account for professional services rendered to Charles Bailey. The plaintiff’s case was that goods had been distrained on, which were not the property of the debtor. Some of the goods were claimed by the wife, and some by the son. Mr. Clements pointed out that the marriage of the plaintiff and Mrs. Bailey took place in 1876. Mr. Vinter: I know my friend will say that the marriage was before the Married Women’s Property Act. His Honor: Is the wife’s claim seriously persisted in? The right passes to the husband in the absence of settlement. Mr. Vinter: I can’t seriously persist in the claim. I don’t think the articles are legally her’s, Harry Bailey, one of the plaintiffs, said he lived with his father at Dry Drayton, and carried on business as a horse breaker. When he was a lad, and was employed in a racing stable in Newmarket, his father got into difficulties, and he (plaintiff) found £7 to help him. His Honor; How came you, a lad of 13, to have £7? The witness explained that there were plenty of opportunities of raising a few pounds in racing stables. They got £1 for every winner. Mr. Clements mentioned that the reason there had been such a long interval between the time the debt was incurred and the time these proceedings were taken was that Messrs. Jones and Son lost sight of the man who was in their debt, Charles Bailey. His Honor held that the plaintiff, Harry Bailey, was acting as agent for his father in regard to some the transactions that took place. Judgment went against the plaintiff, Mrs. Bailey, in respect of her claim, against the son in regard to part of his claim, and for the son in respect of the remainder.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 5th January 1906 p8 Oakington, Charge of Game Trespass.

At the Shirehall, Chesterton, on Saturday morning, Frederick Barrett (24), labourer, Girton, John Nightingale (32), bricklayer, Girton, Frederick Wilson (35), labourer, Dry Drayton, were summoned for trespassing in pursuit of conies on land in the occupation of Isaac Cock, at Westwick, on the 21st December. They all pleaded guilty. The prosecutor said that having heard the defendants had been seen to enter the covert, he went down one side, and his foreman went down the other. Witness came upon the defendants standing over some nets. He began to pick up the nets, whereupon one of the men rushed at him with an iron spud, and threatened to strike him. He knew all the defendants, so he gave up the nets. Defendants then ran further into the covert, but it was so thick that they could not get out that way. They therefore came back, and ran away the way they came in. Wilson said they were all out of work. He did not know what to do to get a little bread for his children. Defendants were fined 5s., the costs £l 0s. 6d. to be divided between them. They paid the money.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 16th February 1906 p8. Game Trespass.

At the Shirehall, Chesterton, on Saturday morning, Edward Barrett (21), of East-road lodging-house; Sydney Pleasance (20), of 57, Fitzroy-street; and Robert Daynes (20), of 4, Stone-street, all described as labourers, were summoned for trespassing on land in the occupation of B. A. Buttress, farmer, of Dry Drayton, on January 30th. They pleaded guilty, and Mr. S. J. Miller appeared for the prosecutor, who said he saw the defendants crouching over some rabbit holes. When they saw him they ran away, and witness followed them in a trap and overtook them. They did not deny the offence, but they gave names and addresses which were afterwards found to be false. The defendants were further charged with having given wrong names and addresses, and they were fined 5s. 6d. each, inclusive of costs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 16th March 1906 p8 Band of Hope.

An interesting entertainment was given in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, in connection with the Band of Hope, on Tuesday, when the following programme was gone through: Recitation, Miss Legerton; song, Miss French; duet, Misses Slater; recitation Miss Legerton; song, Miss French; duet. Misses Slater; recitation, Miss Legerton; duet, Misses Slater; song, Miss French. The chair was taken by Mr. A. J. Tebbit.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 30th March 1906 p8. Neighbours’ Quarrels.

At the Shirehall, Chesterton, on Saturday morning, Maria Anable, single woman, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for using abusive and insulting language to Rebecca Stearn at Dry Drayton, on the 8th March. She pleaded not guilty. The complainant said on the 8th March the defendant called her names and threw stones at her house. Defendant said she had stolen something of her’s. The defendant denied that she had used any insulting language. Kate Dilley said she lived next door to the complainant. She heard defendant calling the plaintiff names. Defendant called witness "old carroty down." Defendant sent up to the Magistrates a piece of paper, on which was written the bad language which she said the complainant’s husband had used to her. Defendant was ordered to pay the costs, 10s 6d., and to be bound over to be of good behaviour. She said she would rather go to prison than suffer for what she had not done. The Chairman (Lieut. Col. Hurrell): We shall have to fine you if you don’t. Eventually the defendant agreed to bound over.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 22nd June 1906 p1. Sale

Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 5 miles from Cambridge and 3 miles from Oakington Station on the Cambridge and Huntingdon Line. Sale of a Freehold and small part copyhold property. Tithe-Free, known as Proctor's Farm, in the Parish of Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire containing 148a. 2r. 35p. With farmhouse, Homestead, and 3 cottages, The whole being now in the occupation of Messrs. Charles and Philip Papworth on yearly Michaelmas Tenancy; together with £292 10s consolidated stock and £330 consolidated B Stock in the Cambridge University Town Gas Light Company. Messrs Bidwell and Sons are instructed by the Executors of the Rev Francis Proctor, deceased, to offer the above property for sale by auction at the Red Lion Hotel Cambridge on Saturday July 21st 1906 at 4pm punctually.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 22nd June 1906 p7. Civil Court Case

Huntingdon County Court. Wednesday. Before His Honor Judge Wheeler, K.C. McLaren v Roberts: a Dry Drayton case. This was a remitted action. The plaintiff was Catherine Dixon McLaren, late of Dry Drayton, Cambs., but now of Dunblane, Scotland, the defendant Joseph Roberts, of Eynesbury, near St. Neots. The plaintiff complained that the defendant detained five Stirks belonging her, and she claimed their return or their value and £25 damages for their detention. In the alternative the plaintiff claimed £I00 damages. Mr. Raikes was counsel for the plaintiff instructed by Messrs. Maule and Son, and Mr G.D.Keogh was for the defence. The defendant denied the detention, and said that what he did was with the plaintiff's leave and licence. Mr Raikes said that Mr.McLaren was the occupier of a farm at Dry Drayton, and toward the close of last year he was taken ill, and died on the 25th November in embarrassed circumstances. Amongst other debts was a sum of £50 owing to Messrs. Hatfield, chemical manure manufacturers, of Liverpool, whose agent was Mr. Roberts, the defendant. On the 29th November, four days after the death, Mrs. McLaren received a telegram from Mr Roberts to say that he would come over and see her. He came the same night, and his object was to obtain payment of the outstanding account of £50. Defendant asked what stock was on the farm and suggested that he should be allowed to take away these animals. Eventually she consented to the animals going, and defendant promised that if there was any difficulty he would return them on demand. Defendant gave form of receipt for five cattle—£48 in settlement of Hatfield's account. The plaintiff supported the above statement in her evidence, and, in cross-examination, she showed that Mr. Theakston, the agent, suggested that this action should brought. She admitted that £47 was more than the cattle were worth. There was £30 due for rent, Mr. Theakston distrained for it. She did not allow the animals to go so that one creditor might obtain preference over another. Miss Peace, the plaintiff's sister, also gave evidence, stating that her sister was very unwilling for the cattle to go until she had seen her advisers. This was the plaintiffs case. Joseph Roberts, the defendant, said he live at Eynesbury Fields Farm, and was agent for Messrs. Roberts. He said the conversation he had with the plaintiff was substantially as she had said, but nothing was said about returning the cattle. The real value of the cattle was about £35. Cross-examined: He had settled several accounts in the same way. Plaintiff owed him money on another account. It often happened that they sought something against a doubtful account. He received commission on the £35 which the animals realised, when sold at St. Neots Market by auction the same day. He received a letter demanding the return of the cattle, which he sent on to Messrs Hatfields, and they replied that they would deal with it. He told the plaintiff that the cattle would be sold the next day. Mrs. McLaren, in reply to questions, said she did not know what was going to be done with the cattle. She was not told that they were going to be sold. His Honor gave judgement for the plaintiff with costs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 27th July 1906 p1. Sale
Tomorrow, Saturday, Oakington, Dry Drayton, and Swavesey, Cambs. Valuable Freehold Property (including) at Dry Drayton - Freehold House, lately known as "The Rose and Crown,” with Cottage adjoining, and 2 Cottages, the whole containing about half an acre. To be sold by auction, by Messrs. Grain, Moyes and Wisby, At the Lion Hotel, Petty Cury, Cambridge, on Saturday, July 28th, 1906, at 4-30 o‘clock precisely, by direction of Hudson’s Cambridge and Pampisford Breweries Company, Ltd., on account of the Licences having been suppressed. Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be obtained of Messrs. Lyon and Son, Solicitors, 22, St. Andrew’s Street; or of Messrs. Grain, Moyes and Wisbey, Phoenix Fire Insurance Offices, 66, St. Andrew’s Street, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 18th January 1907 p8. Mortality etc.

It is recorded that no fewer than nine adult persons have been buried in the churchyard during the last seven months, all inhabitants of the village. This is a very heavy death roll for such small place.
Entertainment. An entertainment given in the chapel by members and friends from the St. Peter’s-street Primitive Methodist Church, Cambridge, proved very successful, and drew a good company of the villagers. The proceeds were given to the Local Preachers’ Aid Fund. The chair was taken by Mr. A. J. Tebbit. Songs were contributed by Mrs. Kerry, Mrs. Hayden, and Master S. Stubbens ; and recitations by Miss Smith, Miss Gillings, and Mr. W. Stubbens.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 29th March 1907 p8 Dog license Exemption.
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday an objection was made by the police to an exemption from dog license duty to Arthur John Tebbit, farm bailiff, of Dry Drayton, on the grounds that the dog was not of a breed capable of being used for attending sheep or cattle. It was stated that the defendant had destroyed the dog, and the objection was upheld.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 5th April 1907 p8 Parish Meeting and Primitive Chapel

Parish Meeting. On Tuesday evening the Parish Meeting was held for the purpose of electing the new Parish Council. Ten persons were nominated, and as no arrangement could be come to for withdrawals, a poll will have to take place.
Primitive Chapel. The anniversary was celebrated on Sunday and Monday. Mr. H. C. White, Cambridge, was the preacher for the Sunday, and good numbers attended. On Easter Monday a public tea was provided, when about 70 persons sat down to the tables, and in the evening the Chapel was nicely filled: Altogether this anniversary has been one of the most successful enjoyed for many years.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 26th April 1907 p8. Parish Council Election.

The election of members of the Parish Council took place on Monday, a poll having been demanded at the Parish Meeting. The result was as follows: B. Buttress 33. P. Papworth 29, Rev. R. Winkfield 27, W. Anable 26, A. J. Tebbit 25, and W. Impey 22. Not elected: W. Berridge 21, J. Markham 15, F. Walker 15.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7th June 1907 p6. Motor car driver fined for reckless driving.

At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, before Professor G. D. Liveing (in the chair), W. A. Macfarlane-Grieve, W. W. Clear, and the Mayor (G, Stace, Esq.), Alexander Fulton (24), motor car driver, of George-street, Cambridge, was summoned for driving a motor car in a manner dangerous to the public, at Dry Drayton, on May I7th. He pleaded not guilty. Mrs. Burkitt, of Grange-road, said on the day in question she motored from Bedford to Cambridge. When near Dry Drayton her chauffeur drove the car near the edge of the road to let two cyclists pass. The cyclists, however, went on to the grass track at the side of the road, and a motor car went by at a terrific rate, striking witness’s car. Mr. Joseph Harry Ward, student, of Hardwick, one of the cyclists, said that the first car they met gave them room, but if they had not gone on to the grass they would have been run over by the second car, driven by defendant. Mr. William Gill, student, of 9, Tennis Court road, corroborated. Deputy-Chief Constable Webb said he saw defendant, and told him about the complaint. Defendant said he saw the lady, and to spare her the dust, he tried to get in front of her car. He thought her car was driven to the side of the road to let him pass. He did not see the cyclists until he was passing the car. The owner of the car, Mr. Ralph Dubs, said the car was 50-h.p., and was being driven slightly faster than the one belonging to defendant The dust prevented them seeing the cyclists until they were close upon them. The Magistrates convicted, and defendant was fined £5. Mrs. Burkitt explained that she gave evidence because she did not think that all motorists should be classed as "road bullies”— Deputy-Chief Constable Webb wished to thank Mrs. Burkitt publicly for coming forward in the case.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28th June 1907 p5 Obituary of the late Stephen Chivers of Histon. Extract
"The extent of the business may be gathered from few figures. There are over a thousand hands regularly employed by the firm, the number being increased by some hundreds during the fruit season. The factory covers an area of several acres They have farms at Impington, Aldreth, Stretham, Wilburton, Dry Drayton and Haslingfield, chiefly for fruit growing. In the fruit season they make a hundred tons of jam daily, and last year no less than 1,200 tons of strawberry and raspberry jam alone were made. There are also turned out huge quantities of tinned fruits and specialities for which Chivers’ have made a name. But need not go into further detail here. Enough has been given to show the great business which has grown up from that small start which the lata Mr. Stephen Chivers gave it years ago, and the enterprise and business capacity of his sons, of whom are left now Mr. John Chivers, the managing director of the firm, and Mr. Stephen Chivers, jnr, who is associated with him in the conduct of the business."


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19th July 1907 p3 Police in the village
The quarterly meeting of the Standing Joint Committee for the County of Cambridge took place in the Aldermen’s Parlour at the Guildhall, Cambridge, on Saturday. {extract} Plea for more supervision at Dry Drayton. Alderman Frohock subsequently expressed his sorrow that the Chief Constable had not seen his way clear to place a constable at Dry Drayton. Village constables had a great deal of ground to cover, and, unfortunately for Dry Drayton, it was more or less non-resident, and to his knowledge there was a very great deal of petty thieving going on there. The idea of the police was to prevent crime, and he had felt for a long time that they needed a little more police supervision in that village. The Chairman said that the Committee had to leave the matter of the distribution of the police force entirely in the hands of the Chief Constable. Alderman Frohock said he had taken the opportunity of calling the Chief Constable's attention to the matter, and he sincerely hoped he would see his way clear to place a constable in the village. Boxworth and Madingley were the nearest places at which there were constables, and there were two villages between. Mr. Vinter pointed out that would be impossible to have a constable for each village. There were 57 outposts for 137 parishes. Councillor Cook remarked that as far as Chesterton was concerned there had been a great deal of improvement, and the Chief Constable was to be congratulated on the way in which the duties had been carried out.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 26th July 1907 p8. Death of an Octogenarian.
The death of Mr. James Shipp, of Dry Drayton, occurred on Wednesday at the advanced age of 87. Mr. Shipp had lived in the parish all his life, and was a staunch Nonconformist and Liberal. He had been a member of the Strict Baptists for over sixty years, and had been connected with the Ancient Order of Shepherds for a similar length of time. His son, Mr. David Shipp, lives at Dry Drayton, and there are two daughters in London. The funeral takes place at Dry Drayton to-morrow (Saturday).


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 13th September 1907 p8. Another Dog Case.
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions, on Saturday, Fredk. Walker, carpenter and farmer, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for allowing a dog to be on the highway without wearing a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed thereon at Dry Drayton on September 1st. Defendant did not appear. PC Jaggard gave evidence, and a fine of 2s.6d. and costs was imposed.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 18th October 1907 p8 Lad’s Foolish Trick.
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions, on Saturday, a lad named Frederick William Wilson, labourer, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for interrupting the free passage of the highway, at Dry Drayton, on Oct. 1st. He pleaded not guilty. Mr. Joseph Driver stated that on Oct. 1st he was going from one farm to another in a cart. A cart was being driven towards witness, and when they drew near, the defendant jumped up from the bottom of the cart and made a noise, frightening witness’s pony. Sidney Osborn, labourer, of Dry Drayton, said the defendant kicked the side of the cart. Defendant was convicted, and discharged with a caution.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 8th November 1907 p7. Dog Licence Case.
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, Sidney Parcell, 20, labourer, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence at Dry Drayton on October 24th. He pleaded guilty. PC Jaggard, stationed at Madingley, gave evidence. Defendant said he bought the dog from a man who told him he had got an exemption for the dog at Huntingdon, and he thought it was all right. The Chairman pointed out that the exemption became void when the dog was transferred to another county. Defendant would be fined and costs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 January 1908 p5. Housing

Chesterton Rural District Council The Local Government wrote for a report on the character of the housing accommodation at Fen Ditton and Dry Drayton. Dr. Anningson presented a report. It was decided to send a copy to the Local Government Board.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 February 1908 p2. Working lame horses.

A Dry Drayton publican was the defendant in two R.S.P.C A. prosecutions at the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions held at the Shirehall, Chesterton, before Lieut.-Col. W. Harrell (who presided), W. Durnford. W. A. Macfarlane Grieve, E. Parish, E. H. Thornhill and H. H. Wiles, on Saturday. In the first case Edgar Porter, aged 17, labourer, of 35, Benson street, Chesterton, and Alfred Parcell, aged 48, publican, of the Five Bells, Dry Drayton, were summoned, the former for working and the latter for causing to be worked, a horse in unfit state at Oakington on January 23rd. Porter pleaded guilty and Parcell not guilty. Inspector Dooner, the local officer of the R.S.P.C.A., stated that while on the Oakington road on the day in question he saw Porter driving at a walk a bay horse attached to a light spring cart. The animal was going lame, and witness stopped and spoke to the driver, who remarked that the horse had been lame for two months. He added that it was the same horse that witness had stopped for being lame a month before, and it had been at work ever since. On examining the horse witness found that it was in fair bodily condition, but was lame on the off fore leg. the tendon of which was swollen. On its back and shoulder there were several sores, ranging in size from a two shilling piece to a five shilling piece. He caused the animal to be removed from the cart, and afterwards at Oakington Station saw Parcell, who said he could not afford to keep the horse in the stable, but he would not work it again. It was an aged horse. P.S. Walker gave corroborative evidence, and Parcell said that the horse had two odd feet, one being contracted, and although it walked lame he had been assured by a veterinary that it was not in pain.

In the second case the defendants were Joseph Hensley, aged 53, labourer, and Alfred Parcell, aged 48. publican, both of the “Five Bells,” Dry Drayton, both pleading not guilty. Inspector Dooner said that shortly after stopping the other horse he and Sergeant Walker met Hensley driving two horses attached to a cart laden with bricks. The horse in front, acting as chain horse, was going along very uneasily. and witness stopped Hensley and examined the animal. It was a brown horse in good body condition, but on the near side shoulder there was a wound, measuring four inches by three and a half inches. The collar had not been eased, and it was pressing on the wound, from which matter was discharging and adhering to the collar. Hensley said that he scraped the matter off the collar the previous night, and he had often wondered that the horse could work at all. Witness advised the man to detach the horse from the cart, and afterwards saw Parcell, who said that the sore had only been on the shoulder about a week, and he had been dressing it every day. He added that he was rather pressed for horses or he would not have worked it. P.S. Walker also gave evidence, and Parcell called Mr. Runciman, veterinary surgeon, who said that he examined both the horses in question on the previous day. The bay horse had a contracted foot, which was a malformation, and the lameness was a mechanical one, and caused the animal no pain. There were some old places on the horse, but they were not at all painful. The brown horse had two little places about the size of a split pea, but there had been no raw surface. He considered that both horses could have been worked without pain. Parcell said he had worked the brown horse ten months, and its condition was just the same now as when he first had it. At the request of the defendant, the magistrates agreed to view the horses, which were outside the court, and this procedure was witnessed by an interested crowd. On their return into court, the Chairman announced that the magistrates had decided to convict in each case. In the first case Porter was fined Is., and Parcell 10s. and 10s. 6d costs, and in the second case the fines were: Hensley Is., and Parcell 10s. and 9s. 6d. costs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 14 February 1908 p5. Three Horseshoes

Licensing meetings, Cambridge Division. The annual Licensing meeting for the Cambridge Division was held the Shirehall, Chesterton on Saturday morning. Lt Col H.W. Hurrell presided, and the other Justices present were: Professor O. D. Liveing, Sir Edward Candy, J. O. Vinter, E. Few, W Clear. W. A. Macfarlane Grieve. E. Parish, H. H. Wiles. W. Durnford, and J. D. Penrose Esq. With reference to the “ Three Horse Shoes,” Dry Drayton, PC Jaggard stated that he visited the house and found a man name Saunders there. He was drunk and resting on the table asleep. Deputy-Chief Constable Webb, in reply to Mr. Heal, said that Saunders was a stranger to the village. Mr. Heal intimated that would caution the landlady.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 21 February 1908 p8. Game Trespass.
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, before Lieutenant Colonel H.W.Hurrell (in tho chair). Colonel Caldwell, Canon Pemberton and W. W. Clear, Esq., Charles Pridgeon, 22, and Herbert Neal, 25, butchers, of Oakington, were summoned for trespassing in search of game on land in the occupation of Charles Papworth, at Dry Drayton on February 5th. Mr. E. Vinter appeared for the prosecution. Defendants pleaded not guilty. Thomas Ezra Lander, head gamekeeper for the lessees of the shooting on the estate Madingley and Dry Drayton, stated that on Wednesday he was on the Dry Drayton portion of the shooting in a plantation, when he saw the two men. They had guns, and were beating the bushes towards him. Two pheasants flew out of the hedge, and both fired twice at them. He saw one of the pheasants fall to the ground. He went out the defendants, who started walking away, and called out to them to stop, which they did. He asked them what game they called it, and Pridgeon, after some hesitation, said they were after pigeons. Witness told them there was not a pigeon to be seen, and asked them if they called pheasants long-tailed pigeons. Defendants had no right on the ground.—Pridgeon denied firing off his gun, and the other man said he shot at a pigeon.—The Magistrates convicted and fined defendants 10s. each and 7s. 3d, each costs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 6 March 1908 p4. THE LICENSING BILL.

Opinions may differ as to the merits or demerits of the new Licensing Bill, bat no one can deny the ability with which it was introduced. Mr. Asquith explained it in a speech of perfect lucidity and great argumentative powers. He stated that it had two main purposes, (1) a reduction in the excessive facilities for the sale of intoxicating drinks, and (2) the gradual, but complete, recovery by the State of its dominion over a monopoly which it had allowed to slide out of its control. It is hard to quarrel with either of these objects. The first is effected by the first clause of the Bill, which provides for the compulsory reduction of on-licenses on a uniform scale based mainly on a ratio between licenses and population, the basis being the number of inhabitants to the acre. The scale is as follows:—(a) Two persons or less per acre, not more than one on-license for every 100 persons; (b) between 2 and 25 persons per acre, one on-license for every 500 persons; (c) between 25 and 50 persons per acre, one for every 600 persons; (d) between 50 and 75 persons per acre, one for every 700 persons; (e) between 75 and 100 per acre, one for every 800 persons; f) 100 to 200 per acre, one for every 900 persons; (g) over 200 persons per acre, one for every 1,000 inhabitants.

The area of Cambridge is 3,233 acres, and the population at the last census was 38,379. There are therefore nearly 12 inhabitants per acre, and the scale to be adapted is (b), or one on-license to every 500 inhabitants. The number of on-licenaes the Borough will therefore have to be reduced from 229 to 77, a decrease of 152. Cambridge is remarkable at once for its large area and its large number of public houses. Its large area puts it in a rural district scale, but the excessive number of louses necessitates a drastic reduction.

Most of the rural parishes will come under scale (a). Thus Soham has 12,946 acres of land and 4,230 population. It will thus be allowed 1 public house to every 100 inhabitants, or 11 licenses. At present it has 32, so that 21 will have to go. Cottenham has 7,217 acres with a population of 2,393. Its quota of public houses is 6, and the present number is 22, necessary reduction 16. In Willingham the scale is the same, and the houses will be reduced from 14 to 5. A little village like Dry Drayton, with a population of 323, has 5 houses. These will be reduced to 2, because it is not proposed to allow one house to have monopoly in any area.

Mr. Asquith estimates that his scale will result in the abolition of from 30,000 to 32,000 licenses, or about one-third of the whole, surely not an excessive proportion. As for the machinery for effecting their purpose, the Government followed the same plan as in the Small Holdings Act. Every licensing authority must by a certain date frame a scheme for carrying out the reduction within a period of 14 years. Schemes may be revised from time to time, and all of them must be submitted to a Central Licensing Commission of three persons, in whom the Compensation Fund will be vested. The selection of licenses for extinction remains entirely in the hands of the licensing authority. The Compensation Fund is to be levied from the whole of England and Wales, and the maximum amount is to be raised. The annual value of a license is to be the sum by which the actual annual value of the licensed premises under Schedule A of the income tax exceeds the amount which the Commissioners of Inland Revenue determine to be the annual value of the premises if unlicensed. Tenants will have their share of the compensation money increased. The time limit is to be 14 years, at the expiration of which the community will recover "complete dominion over licenses and unfettered freedom of dealing with them,” and in that recovered freedom is to be included "the power of the locality by a popular vote to deal either way of prohibition or reduction with the state of things for the future.”

Such are the means by which the two main objects of the Bill are carried out. There remain some minor details. Cambridge will have a new appeal authority. At present it is the Cambs. Quarter Sessions. Hereafter it is to be the Recorder with four justices chosen by the whole body of justices. At St. Ives, Huntingdon, Wisbech, and similar towns, it will be the Mayor and four justices appointed in the same way, but a member of the Appeal Committee may not be a member of the Licensing Committee. The law as to clubs is rendered more stringent. The Bill has been criticised on this point, but an examination of the text shows that it goes farther than was at first thought, but this is so important a point that it must be reserved for future consideration. The desire for Sunday closing is met by the provision that outside London no public house shall be open more than one hour in the middle of the day or two hours in the evening. The limit for bona fide travellers is raised to six miles. The questions of children in licensed premises and barmaids are left to the local authority. There is to be local option as to new licenses. Such is a bare outline of a very bold and comprehensive measure. The Bill runs to 47 Clauses with three Schedules. It invites obstruction at every point, and the friends of temperance must be up and doing if it is to pass into law.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 20 March 1908 p8. Housing
At the fortnightly meeting the Chesterton Board of Guardians, held at the Workhouse, Old Chesterton, yesterday morning......
Housing at Dry Drayton and Fen Ditton. It appeared from the report of the Medical Officer that twenty-four houses at Dry Drayton and eight at Fen Ditton were injurious to health and unfit for human habitation, and the Sanitary Committee recommended that notices be served requiring them to be repaired, and failing that, proceedings be taken to prohibit the use thereof. Dr. Anningson said that some of the houses were repairable, but a few were totally unfit for habitation. After some discussion the report was adopted.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 April 1908 p8. Parish Council.

The annual meeting of the Parish Council was held on Tuesday evening. The Rev. R.Winkfield was again unanimously elected chairman, and Mr. J. Frohock and Mr. P. Papworth overseers. A discussion then took place with reference to the proposed fire engine, it being finally decided that a committee should investigate the matter and report to the next meeting. The Council were asked to nominate persons for the trust of the charity land. Four names were proposed, but as three only were required, the voting decided the election as follows Mr. J. M. Brooks, Mr. W. Silk, and Mr. A. J. C. Tebbit.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 April 1908 p8. Primitive Methodist Chapel.
The Primitive Methodists celebrated their chapel anniversary and new organ opening on Easter Sunday and Monday. On Sunday Miss Legerton, of Cambridge, came over to perform the ceremony of unlocking the organ. Miss Legerton was presented with a bouquet and little address by Miss Ruby Tebbit, and in an admirable speech she offered words of encouragement and praise to the workers. She then unlocked the organ, and asked Miss Nixon (the organist for the day) to play a voluntary, which was ably rendered. After the singing of a hymn of praise, the service commenced. Mr W. H. Tebbit, of the Pastors’ College, preached on “Jubal, the early Musician," and again in the evening on the Resurrection. On Monday a public tea was provided, to which about 50 persons sat down, and in the evening a meeting was held, addressed by the Rev. T. H. Barlow, of Cambridge, Mr. J. Worboys, Toft, and Mr. Tebbit, of the Pastors* College. Mr. W. C. Banham was chairman. Miss Matthews sang two solos, and two appropriate recitations were given by Mr. C. Tebbit, of Toft The proceeds of the two days were given to the fund of the new organ, and at the close the officials found themselves in a happy position in this respect, nearly £1 beyond the actual cost of the instrument being contributed.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 5 June 1908 p8. Housing
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, Charles Papworth, farmer, of Oakington, was summoned on a complaint that a dwelling-house at Dry Drayton, of which he is the owner, is in a state so dangerous or injurious to health as to be unfit for human habitation. Mr. O. Papworth appeared for the defence, and Mr. J. F. Symonds for the Chesterton Rural District Council. Mr. Symonds said he understood now it was contended that defendant did not own a cottage at Dry Drayton occupied a Mr. Pratt. On that he would ask that the case should be adjourned. The Magistrates adjourned the case for month.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 July 1908 p1. Sale.
To let at Michaelmas next, The Rectory and Edinburgh Farms, Dry Drayton, consisting of Farmhouse, 2 Homesteads, and about 400 Acres of Land.—For Rent and further particulars apply, Messrs. J. Carter Jonas and Sons, Land Agents, Sun Fire and Life Offices, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28 August 1908 p8. Carriage without a License.
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, Joseph Driver, farmer, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for keeping a carriage without a license, at Dry Drayton, on June 23rd. Mr. W. J. Guest, officer of the Inland Revenue, appeared to prosecute. Mr. Percy Sadler, Waterbeach, officer of the Inland Revenue, stated that when he saw the defendant about the matter he claimed exemption because he used the vehicle for business purposes.—The Magistrates imposed a fine of 15s. and costs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 6 November 1908 p5, diseases of animals
In the report of the proceedings of the County Council - Diseases of animals. The report of the Executive Committee showed that anthrax had been declared at three places in the County during the quarter, a pig on the premises of Mr. Mark Meeks ( Gamlingay), a steer belonging to Mr. Jacob Frohock on his farm at Dry Drayton, and four sheep, part of flock of 260, belonging to Mr. W. J. Wedd, at Little Chishall.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 18 December 1908 p8, Wilful Damage.
At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, Herbert James Stearn and Stephen Huddlestone, labourers, of Dry Drayton, were summoned for wilful damage to growing clover, the property of Jacob Frohock, at Dry Drayton, on Dec. 5th. They denied the offence. Mr. S. J. Miller, who appeared for the prosecution, said that the defendants were seen on the previous Saturday, at about 10.45 p.m., digging at a rabbit burrow in the complainant’s field. Stearn was carrying a spade. The damage to the clover was estimated at Is. Francis Joseph Thompson, gamekeeper, in the employ of the complainant, gave evidence as to seeing the defendants digging the hole. Reginald Francis Thompson, gamekeeper, of Lolworth, stated that the ground was not disturbed when he went round the field about 5pm. on the Saturday in question, but the next morning found that a rabbit burrow had been dug out. Defendants, who maintained that they were not seen digging the hole, were fined 6d. each.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 22 January 1909 p5. Political meeting
Mr. Montagu’s first meeting on Wednesday evening was at Dry Drayton, where a gathering was presided over by Mr. John Chivers. Mr Chivers remarked upon the fact that the first time he presumed to address an audience of any kind was in Dry Drayton, and it was something like twenty years since he had the pleasure of meeting an audience in that village at a political meeting. Since then many change had taken place, and one of the greatest change from the local political point of view was that about three years ago they returned Mr Montagu as their representative in Parliament (Applause.) They had all followed Mr Montagu’s progress, and he was sure they were proud to be represented by a man of his position and ability, and congratulated him on the position to which he had already attained in the political world. (Applause.) The Government which came into power three years ago had made a wonderfully good start. They had put into working a Small Holdings and Allotment Act, which he thought would be the greatest blessing to the agricultural districts. (Applause). Already large acts of land had been secured by the County Council and let out at reasonable rents to small holders in Cambridgeshire. Another matter of great interest at the present time was the Old Age Pensions Act. (Applause). For many years they had been thinking about that question, and they had had promises in this direction, but the present Government has made old age pensions a reality. He though that legislation of the class which had been attempted and carried through the Government should earn for them the gratitude of the electors, and he was sure that whenever the next general election took place the people of the West Cambs. division would return Mr Montagu by a largely increased majority. (Applause.) Mr. Montagu, who was cordially received, spoke at some length on the work of the Government, and asked whether, even if the Government did nothing more during their lifetime, they had not done enough during the last three years to earn the gratitude of the people all over the Empire. (Hear, hear.) He did not believe that there was such a thing as gratitude for past favours. At any rate there ought to be gratitude for good government, because if people had been making good laws the chances were that they would soon be doing so in the future (Hear, hear.) With regard to Old Age Pensions, Mr. Montagu claimed that not only would those who received them be benefited by the Act, but that the benefit would be enormously far reaching to other people who never received a pension. It would benefit not only the ratepayers, but also the independence, courage, and strength of the people. (Applause). On the subject of smallholdings, Mr. Montagu admitted that the progress being made was slow, but pointed out that there were, under the Act in Cambridgeshire, after only a few months working, more small holders than there were in the whole of England under any previous Acts. (Applause.) The Agricultural Holdings Act was not as good as he would have liked it to have been, but it protected farmers from bad landlords who would, under the Act, be brought up as far as possible on a level with the good landlords. (Applause.) Farmers and wages. A Questioner asked Mr. Montagu whether he would endeavour to bring in a Bill which would prevent farmers from stopping a shilling from the working men’s wages in the winter, when it was needed most. Mr. Montagu was afraid that that could not be done. Wages must go up and down with good and bad times, but he hoped no farmer ever reduced his men’s wages when there was no need. The interrogator assured the Member that that was the case. A farmer in the audience demanded to know who lowered the wages this winter, and the labourer replied, "Several". Mr. Montagu said he was not there to discuss personal quarrels, but political questions. The only remedy he could suggest was not legislation, but the formation of a trades union among agricultural labourers. (Applause) Mr. Montagu then left for his second meeting, and Mr. A. G. Watson, of Cambridge, gave a vigorous address. Speaking of Mr. Montagu's work, he predicted that if he was preserved in health the Member for West Cambs. would make his mark deep in the political history during the next quarter of a century. He declared that there had been a perfect harvest of legislation for the man at the bottom during the last three years.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19 March 1909 p3 Licensing
The adjourned Licensing Sessions for the Cambridge Petty Sessional Division of the County took place at the Shirehall. Chesterton. on Saturday......
Queen's Head Dry Drayton. Deputy Chief Constable Webb stated that this beer-house was owned by the Star Brewery Co., and was in the occupation of Francis Joseph Thompson, who had been there 11 years. The rent was £4 per annum, and the rates and license £6, were paid by the tenant. The rateable value was £14 gross, and £l2 nett. The average yearly trade for the past four years was 42, barrels. There was a Shepherds’ Club attached to the house. The population of Dry Drayton was 323, including 80 school children. There were five licensed houses, which gave an average of one to 65 inhabitants. The house was referred for compensation.
Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 03 December 1909 p6 recorded the award of the County compensation authority - Star Brewery, owners, £190, tenant F.J.Thompson £20.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 9 April 1909 p7 Parish Constables
Appointment of Parish Constables for Cambridge and Bottisham Divisions. At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, the following parish constables were appointed .... Walter Silk, Arthur Frohock, Bernard Buttress, and Arthur Tebbit were nominated for Dry Drayton. Deputy-Chief Constable Webb objected to these names. Silk, he said, was not physically fit, Frohock was not keen. Buttress was exempt, and Tebbit was ineligible. He thought that the present constable, W. Anable, should be appointed. The Magistrates adjourned the appointments


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 14 May 1909 p8, School.
Dry Drayton School.— The Scripture report for this School has just been received, and states that the tone and order of the School are very good. Infants and Standard 1., Rep. very good. Catechism very good, Bible work very good. Seniors, essay work very good, Bible work well known.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 21 May 1909 p8, Too Much of a Good Thing.
At the Cambs Divisional Bench on Saturday, Augustus Giovette (39), of Dry Drayton, milk seller, was fined 10s. and costs for being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and trolley at Chesterton on May 10th. Defendant said he had taken more spirits than was good for him.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 30 July 1909 p5. Report of County Council Meeting
Educational. Arising out of the report of the Education Committee was an estimate of £1,296 10s. for the erection a school at Childerley Gate. Alderman Frohock objected to such a sum being spent in a district like that. The committee would find when the school was built that so much accommodation was not wanted. £1,000 would be thrown away, and they would be crippling a school at Dry Drayton that was in good order. He moved that the committee be requested to re-consider their report. Councillor Dr. Ellis seconded. Alderman Hurrell said an infants school would supply pretty well all the wants that would be required there, Councillor Orlebar said that would be of no use. Eventually the amendment was carried by 25 votes to 15.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 September 1909 p8. Straying Horses.
At the Cambridge Divisional Petty Sessions on Saturday, Alfred Parcell, farmer and publican, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for allowing six horses to stray on the highway at Oakington. He pleaded guilty, but added that he was about to drive the horses down to his meadows. P.S. Chevill said that at 6 o'clock on Sunday morning be saw six horses belonging to the defendant straying on the Huntingdon-road at Oakington. The horses crossed the road several times. He saw defendant coming down the road driving two cows, and he admitted that the horses belonged to him. Witness said, You can’t look after them a mile away.” He replied, “I let them go on to the road while I took the cows home to milk them, and l am now going to drive them down to the field with the cows. I thought they would not hurt.” Defendant assured the Bench that be did not let the horses out with the intention of allowing them to stray. The Deputy Chief Constable stated that defendant had been summoned three times for similar offences, and he had made the same excuse every time. Defendant, who asked the Bench not to be hard on him, assuring them that he had to work hard for his living, was fined 5s. in respect of each horse, with 8s. 6d. costs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 8 October 1909 p8. Harvest Festival.
On Sunday, September 26th, harvest festival sermons were preached at the Primitive Methodist Chapel by Mr. Mark Wyatt, of Chittering. The celebrations were continued on Thursday. In the afternoon there was a cricket match with the friends from St. Peter’s-street Primitive Methodist Church, Cambridge, resulting in victory for Cambridge. Then followed a public tea, to which about forty sat down, and in the evening a public meeting was held, and addresses , were, given by Messrs. W. Doggett, of Oakington, the Rev, W. H. Tebbit, of Upton Cross, and the Rev. A. E. Goodall, of Cambridge. Mr. A. J. Tebbit presided. The decorations were tastefully and effectively carried out.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19 November 1909 p8. Sleeping Van Broken Into.
Walter Henry Mitchell (30). carman, no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a pocket-knife, razor, enamelled mug. clock. overcoat, towel, pair of overalls, handkerchief, soap, thread, and a leather strap, value 18s., the property of Peter Harvey, at Dry Drayton, on November 8th. Peter Harvey of Chrishall, Essex, formerly employed at Mr. Goode’s ploughing factory at Elmdon, said that on November 8th he was in charge of the living van which went with the ploughing tackle. The van was then at Dry Drayton. Witness left the van locked up on Friday, October 29th, and when he went back on Monday, November 8th, he missed the articles produced, from the van. Walter Cranwell, engine-driver, employed by Mr. Goode, of Elmdon, stated that he had been working on the Huntingdon Road, in the parish of Dry Drayton. When he returned to the van on November 8th he found everything in a confusion. There was flour on the table, as if. someone had been making a pudding. PC Mansfield, stationed at Chesterton, said that on Monday. November 8th, in consequence of the report of a robbery, he went along the Trumpington-road. Near the Hauxton Mill Bridge witness saw the prisoner, going in the direction of London. He was wearing the overalls produced. Witness asked him which way he came from, and he replied. “From Cambridge.” Witness asked him where he got the coat which he had on his back, and he said, ‘‘Out of a van off the Huntingdon-road.” He stated that there was an iron bar lying beside the van, and he burst the lock off. Witness, brought him to the County Police Station, and found the articles produced on him. In answer to the charge he said. “All right.” Defendant chose to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded guilty. He said he was on the road and broke into the van thinking there would be something to eat. He took the things with the object of selling them to get food. Supt. Webb mentioned that since leaving the Army two years ago, the defendant had lost several situations because of drunkenness. He was wanted in London on another charge. Prisoner denied having been dismissed through drunkenness. Sentence of two months’ imprisonment in the third division was passed.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 December 1909 p3. Education Committee
Dry Drayton Parochial School The Elementary Education Sub Committee considered the statutory notice issued by the managers of the Dry Drayton Parochial School of their intention to enlarge the school building and resolved that in the event of the managers proceeding with the proposed enlargement, it is desirable that it be so carried out as to be treated alternatively, either as an enlargement of one of the existing rooms, or the addition of a new room. by the use of a folding partition of the modern type and construction; thus enabling the school to be carried on by two or three teachers as may be deemed necessary or sufficient from time to time. The Sub-Committee subsequently considered a plan submitted by the managers, and resolved that it be submitted to the Board of Education for approval.

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 31 December 1909 p8. Share-out Club.

Between twenty and thirty members of the Black Horse Inn Share-out Club sat down to a capital supper on Friday December 17th when the catering of Host and Hostess, Mr. and Mrs. W. Impey, gave every satisfaction. Each member received 2s. 3d. The club has been fortunate in not having much sickness. It was decided to re-start the club the first Friday in January. Votes of thanks were passed to the host and hostess, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and Messrs. J. and J. E. Phillips, Ltd. The rest of the evening was devoted to music. The chair was taken by Mr. G Chapman, and several capital songs were contributed by Messrs. G. Cook, A. Radford, G. Bean, D. Shipp, E. N. Smith and C. Anable.



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