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107 Years Ago - Religion - Societies

To give an impression of what life was like in Clophill 107 years ago sources from 1911 have been transcribed and interpreted.

Church Missionary Society

"On Sunday the annual C.M.S. Sermons were preached in the Parish Church by the Rev. A.C.Clarke, who has spent 15 years working for the Society in the Punjab and is home on furlough. The offertories, amounting to £7 18s. 10d., were devoted to the Society.

On Monday evening a meeting was held in the Parish Room. The Rector, who presided, said that the life of the church in a parish might well be judged by the amount of help given to missionary enterprise. Mr. Clarke gave an interesting description of the life and habits of the people among whom he had worked and also of the town of Amritsar where he lived. Although the town is an ancient one, with walls and gates, western civilisation is making headway, and there are shops where you can buy cycles, gramophones and sewing machines. He made an earnest appeal to all to help forward missionary work to the utmost of their ability."

Saturday, October 28 1911. Ampthill News

British and Foreign Bible Society

On Feb. 8 the annual meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society was held in the Parish Room. The Rev. T. Cullisson presided; and the deputation from the Society was Rev. Elias George. The collection was quite up to the average of the last few years."

Saturday, February 18th. 1911. Ampthill News

Girl's Friendly Society

"On Tuesday the members of the Clophill Girl's Friendly Society, with the Associates, Miss Milligan and Miss Robinson, attended the festival at Houghton Conquest, where a very enjoyable afternoon was spent in the Rectory Grounds. Tea was served in the Old Schoolroom, and was followed by a service in the Parish Church."

Saturday, July 8th 1911. Ampthill News