The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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A sale of farm stock implements, etc., at Cainhoe, held last week, marked the retirement of Mr. Edward Crouch from active work. Cainhoe has been in the occupation of the Crouch Family since 1790, when James Crouch became tenant. He was succeeded by his son, also James, and he in turn by his son, Mr. Edward Crouch, in 1852, so that the late tenant held the farm for 63 years. Mr. Crouch always took a most active part in all parish and county affairs, until advancing age and increasing deafness caused him to relinquish one thing after another. He was Rector's Churchwarden for fifty years, and was succeeded about 18 months ago by Mr. John Maddams. He was a guardian of the poor for Clophill from 1855 until the R.D.C. was formed, and was a member of the council for a time. For thirty years he was Chairman of the Board, and was also the first Chairman of the R.D.C. He was also chairman of the Clophill Parish Council for some years although he was not an elected member of the Council. He was a manager of the Clophill Schools from 1871 until about three years ago. His energies were not all devoted to the parish of his birth. He owns a farm in Shillington (where his great grandfather was buried in 1745), and in 1870 was elected a member of the first Shillington School Board, and continued to hold office there for some considerable time. In order to assist the late Rector of Gravenhurst (the Rev. Mr. Wade) who was a very old man, he took over the office of Treasurer and Correspondent of the Gravenhurst Schools, where he did much to keep matters going successfully. When the first County Council for Bedfordshire was formed, Mr. Crouch was chosen as the member for Shillington, and sat through three councils. For about fifty years he was the most active trustee of the Clophill Charities, and held the office of Treasurer, to the great satisfaction of the recipients of the charities and an infinite amount of work for himself. During a long life (mr. Crouch attains his 91st birthday on the 17th of this month), there is no parochial office which he has not filled at one time or another, and his work has always been done most thoroughly and with a good will. He has as his reward the greatest respect and the warm affection of the people among whom his life has been spent, and for whom he has done so much. May he be spared for some time to enjoy his well-earned rest.
Messrs J. Lomas and F. Webb have enlisted in the Beds. Territorials.
We regret to record the death of Mrs. Sophia Peddar, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gudgin, of the Strand, Clophill, after a long illness.
The offertories at the Parish Church on Sunday amounting to £13 have been sent to the Belgian Relief Fund. It had been hoped that a home for a Belgian family could have been found here, but that is now improbable.
The Girl's Club, which did such good work last winter, is to resume, with Mrs. Matthews as President, next Monday. The first hour at each meeting will be given up to needlework on behalf of the Belgian refugees.
The Rev. A. Donaldson Perrott, the Diocesan Inspector, paid his annual visit to the School on Tuesday.
The Girl's Club resumed for the winter session on Monday evening when 35 members were present.
Three of the Boy Scouts - Alfred Jeffrey, Horace White, and William Sharman have joined the Beds. Territorials. A few weeks ago Ernest Eddy, also a Scout, joined, and it is likely that two or three other Scouts will join very shortly. Perhaps some of the young men of the village, who have not yet seen their way to join H. M.'s forces will copy their example.
Percy Eddy has joined the Beds. Territorials, making the total of Clophill Boy Scouts who have enlisted five.
The Rev. A. Donaldson Perrott, the Diocesan Inspector, reports as follows: Infant Department, Babies' Class: A bright and splendid class. Upper classes: I found very careful and sound teaching in both classes. There was a good deal of individual answering. I consider that the work has made excellent progress during the last twelve months - Mixed Department, written work: Class I. Abstract from Old and New Testament, 19 excellent, 3 very good, 1 good. Class.,Creed, Lord's Prayer, and Commandments, 16 excellent, 3 very good, 3 good. Viva Voce: As usual, the work of this school merits high praise all through. Great care is taken to make the teaching thorough and interesting; hence the gratifying result. I wish to specially to compliment the children in Class III. The singing is very well done, and a general tone of quiet reverence pervades this excellent school.