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A transcript of the minute book for 1911.
A meeting of the Parish Council was held in the Infant's Schoolroom on January 5th 1911 when there were present Mr J. Maddams (Chairman) Mr W. E. Seabrook (Vice chairman) Tatman, Chapman, Welch and Maudlin. The Clerk read the minutes of the last meeting which were passed and signed. A letter was read from the clerk to the Rural District Council in answer to Mr Cunnington's letter re cleaning out the main stream of the river, saying "that it was considered too late in the year to do the work, and the matter was adjourned." It was left over to be brought forward again about May. A circular notice was read from the War Office to the effect that the Army manoeuvres would take place around the district from July 15th and continue for 3 months.
A letter was also read from the Postmaster at Ampthill saying that it was the desire of the Postmaster General that Sub-Postmasters should have a weekly half-holiday and it was proposed to close the Clophill Post Office at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and that during that time that the office is closed telegrams would be delivered at Silsoe office for Clophill and then delivered within 3 miles radius free, and to places more than 3 miles, at a rate of 3d per mile, or part of a mile. It was proposed by Mr Tatman, seconded by Mr Chapman and carried unanimously that the Clerk should reply to this giving the consent of the Council. A suggestion was then made by Mr Maddams that a Sunday morning delivery and despatch be given to Clophill, but it was proposed by Mr Seabrook and seconded by Mr Maudlin that this matter be deferred until the next meeting.
Accounts were then passed and satisfaction was shewn with regard to the account for Telegraph guarantee which is only 7s 1d for the last year against £1 8s 8d for the previous year.
Mr Tatman on behalf of the Footpath Committee reported that the path to the Old Church had been repaired and is now satisfactory. The path across Hunter's Meadow has been inspected and found in a bad state and the Clerk was asked to see Mr Argles about some gravel or other material for the repairs necessary and then the work is to be carried out at once.
It was proposed by Mr Tatman, seconded by Mr Welch and carried unanimously that the path in Sheppards Close be cut down the side to make it a little wider and more passable, this to be attended to at once by the Footpath committee. This report was passed in favour.
It was proposed by Mr Welch, seconded by Mr Maudlin and carried unanimously that the Clerk write the Postmaster asking for a letter box to be fixed in Back Street for the convenience of the residents in that part.
The Annual Parish Council meeting was held in the Infant's Schoolroom on Monday the 27th March 1911 at 7:30 in the evening, when there was only 12 persons present. The chair was taken by Mr J. Maddams who presented his Charity accounts for the past year. Mr Crouch who was present proposed that they be passed and this was unanimously carried. Mr Crouch also proposed a vote of thanks to the Trustees for their services for the year, to which Mr Seabrook responded. The accounts presented were as follows:- (See tables)
It was proposed by Mr Crouch, seconded by Mr Geo Lincoln that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to the parish Council for all they had done in the past year.
Mr Geo. Chapman said that as the Coronation of the King was drawing near, something should be done with regard to the proceedings to be taken in the village, and he proposed a general meeting be held in the Schoolroom on Wednesday, April 5th to make arrangements and appoint a committee, this was seconded by Mr Seabrook. Mr Maddams then proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Crouch for attending the meeting, which was seconded by Mr B Stimson.
Coal Charity to March 27th 1911
|By balance from 1910||1||17||10 ½||Franklin, Coal Bill||22||11||3|
|Allotment Rents||20||13||6||Poor Rates at 2s||2||15||0|
|Lord Lucas' Annual Gift||4||0||0||Balance||2||5||1 ½|
|J. Woodcraft, 1 years rent of land of Sand Pit||1||0||0|
|£||27||11||4 ½||£||27||11||4 ½|
|Allotment rents to Mich||18||10||0||Cheque book||2||0|
|Saml. Gaylor. Yrs rent of house and land||12||0||0||2 ½ year Poor Rates @ 2/-||15||0|
|Interest on India Stock||7||6||8||Insurance of Gaylors Prems to Mar 25th 1912||1||4||0|
|Lord Lucas sporting rights to Feb. 1912||10||0||Lord Lucas Corn Rent 4 qrs due Mich 1910||1||6||5|
|Balance from 1909||4||5||0||Women cleaning school||2||0|
|130 men and women received 4/-||26||0||0|
|J. Whittamore repairs to Gaylors Premises||3||17||6|
|Balance from 1910||9||5||7 ½||2. Rates on Richardson and Rielly||10||0|
|Allotments to Mich 1911||18||10||0||Poor rate on land||15||0|
|G. Chapman, rent of Cottage||4||5||0||Lord Lucas 1 yr Corn Rent||16||11|
|J. P. Izzard. do.||3||15||0||Water Rate, A Roberts||4||0|
|Saml. Richardson do.||2||15||0||Insurance to L'day 1912||1||4||0|
|Geo. Rielly 6 months do.||1||7||6||Land Tax||1||5||6|
|Lord Lucas sporting rights to Feb 1st 1912||10||0||Use of Schoolroom||2||0|
|130 Clothing tickets @ 3/6||22||15||0|
|School Library and Picture Trust||6||0||0|
|2 Poor rate on Cottages||1||0||0|
|J. Whittamore repairing do.||1||13||6|
|Perkins, cleaning grips.||5||0|
|Eddy and Willison cleaning ditch||16||0|
|£||40||8||1 ½||£||40||8||1 ½|
The Annual Parish Council meeting was held in the Infant's Schoolroom on Monday April 10th 1911 at 7:30, when there were present, Messrs Maddams, Seabrook, Tatman, Cunnington, Welch, Chapman, Ashley, Perkins, and Maudlin. Mr Maddams was unanimously elected chairman for the coming year, and Mr Seabrook vice chairman.
The cleaning out of the main stream of the river was again brought forward, but this was left over to be brought up again about June. It was proposed by Mr Chapman that the Clerk write to the Postmaster at Ampthill to ask for a Sunday delivery and despatch be given to Clophill, this was seconded by Mr Cunnington and those in favour
were Messrs Maudlin, Welch, Ashley and Seabrook, those against, Messrs Tatman and Perkins, so that the clerk was instructed to proceed with this matter.
Mr Maddams then brought forward the state of footpath from the to old Church to the Haynes Road and it was proposed by Mr Perkins, seconded by Mr Seabrook that the same Footpaths Committee be asked to view this path and have the necessary work done.
The question of repairs to the footpath in Hunters meadow was brought forward and the footpaths committee were asked to purchase 2 loads of gravel and 3 loads of sand and have the work done.
Mr Ernest Appleby and Mr Saml Perkins Junr. Were elected Overseers for the coming year, proposed by Mr Tatman, seconded by Mr Chapman and unanimously carried. Mr Chapman remarked on the dangerous state of the road leading to the Old church, owing to the ditch belonging to Mr Hanuell being cleaned out and the dirt thrown on the side of the road, and it was proposed by Mr Tatman, seconded by Mr Maudlin that the Clerk see Mr Argle and ask him to write Mr Hanuell about this.
It was proposed by Mr Perkins, seconded by Mr Chapman that the Assistant Overseer's salary be increased by 17/6 per annum and he to pay his own premium for the guarantee bond.
A meeting of the Parish Council was held in the Infants School on Friday the 12th May at 7:30. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. The members present were Messrs Maddams, (Chairman) Seabrook (Vice Chairman), Chapman, Tatman, Perkins, Welch, Maudlin and Ashley.
The question of the state of the side of the Old Church road against Mr Hanuell's property was brought forward, and the clerk informed that Mr Argles had written Mr Hanuell.
A letter was read from Mr P.D. Underwood, one of the small holders on Great Farm Maulden, asking if the Parish Council would pass a resolution and send to the District Council in favour of the new road across Great Farm being dedicated to the use of the public as a public highway. Mr Seabrook proposed and Mr Chapman seconded that the council have nothing to do in the matter and those on favour were Messrs. Maudlin, Tatman, Welch and Ashley and against this proposition was Mr Perkins and the clerk was instructed to take no steps in the matter.
The question of cleaning out the main stream of the river was again brought forward and it was thought advisable for this to be brought up again in July if there should be a meeting, if not the Clerk was asked to write to the Rural District Council.
A meeting of the Parish Council was held in the Infants School on Thursday the 21st September 1911 at 7:30. The were present Mr Maddams, (Chairman) Mr W.E. Seabrook (Vice Chairman), and Messrs. G. Chapman, L. Maudlin, A. Welch, J. Tatman, and S. Perkins. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.
The question was brought forward with regard to making a remuneration to the Assistant Overseer for collecting the special rate and Mr Welch proposed that £2 be given for the work, this was seconded by Mr Perkins, and those in favour were Messrs. Seabrook, Maudlin, Tatman and against was Mr G. Chapman, so that the Assistant Overseer was granted that sum.
A letter was read from the Clerk to the Rural District Council saying that it was decided to clean out the main stream of the river and that a Committee had been empowered to act.
The question of cleaning out the side brooks was brought forward and the Clerk was instructed to see Mr Argles as the agent for the largest property owners and ask him to have these cleaned out. This was proposed by Mr Tatman, seconded by Mr Chapman and carried unanimously.
A letter was then read from the Postmaster General saying that he regretted that the Council's request for a Sunday delivery and despatch could not be complied with as a petition had been received asking that it be not established and therefore, the petition submitted by the Council did not represent the views of all the inhabitants, generally.
This is how this part of the meeting was reported in the 'Ampthill News' :- "The Postmaster-General wrote respecting a Sunday delivery of letters, as a strong protest had been sent with a petition signed by two-thirds of the parishioners against a Sunday delivery.
Mr. Chapman said he had obtained a hundred signatures for delivery, and he said if it had not been for the inclusion of Maulden Hall End the numbers would have been equal. Mr. Maudlin also protested against the parishioners of Maulden interfering in Clophill Parish business."
The question of appointing another Overseer in the place of Mr S. Perkins Junr. Who was dangerously ill and not expected to recover. It was proposed by Mr Maddams, seconded by Mr Chapman and carried unanimously that the Clerk should write to the Clerk of the Guardians to know if it be necessary to appoint another Overseer, and if so Mr W.E. Seabrook should be appointed to serve.
The Clerk was instructed to purchase two letter files for the use of the Parish Council and the Overseers.
A meeting of the Parish Council was held in the Infants School on Thursday the 5th October at 7:30. There were present Mr J. Maddams (Chairman) Mr W.E. Seabrook (Vice Chairman) Messrs. J. Tatman, H. Ashley, A. Welch and G Chapman. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.
The question of cleaning out the side streams was again brought forward and the clerk reported he had seen Mr Argles who would go into the matter.
The new basis of the County Rate was then laid before the Council and the chairman said he had enquired into the figures and found they were £60 higher than the last basis for this parish. It was decided that no objection would be made.
The notice from the District Auditor saying that he had fixed Thursday 26th Oct for auditing the accounts of the Parish Council was laid before the Council.