The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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Marriage of the Rev. C. L. Matthews
A wedding of considerable local interest was celebrated on 26th ult. At All Saints' Church, Hereford, by the Revs. R. A. Treherne (Vicar of Wooburn, Bucks.) The bride was Miss Ennis Beddoe, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Beddoe, of Hereford; and the bridegroom, the Rev. Cecil Lloyd Matthews, only son of the late Rev. William Matthews (Vicar of Aberystwyth), and Mrs. Matthews, S. Davids, Bourne End. Mr. Matthews, during his Church work at Bourne End, has rendered much useful work at local concerts, being a talented 'cello player; and for the Bourne End regatta his services as umpire and judge have been valuable. Chiefly instrumental in inaugurating the "Nihil" Boat Club, Mr. Matthews, a few days prior to his marriage had the satisfaction of being in the winning boat, which carried off the Bourne End Grand Challenge Bowl for the third year in succession, - "Nihil" having never been beaten. All his friends in the neighborhood of Bourne End offer to Mr. Matthews their warmest congratulations on his preferment to the Rectory of Clophill, and wish him and his bride long life and happiness. The bride, given away by her father, looked charming in an ivory "Liberty" satin underskirt, with chiffon tunic, embroidered with pearls and mother-of-pearl sequins, the bodice being trimmed with Limerick lace.
In March the School Managers, acting on the initiative of the late Rector, the Rev. H. R. Meyer, offered prizes to the children who took the greatest care of their teeth. Dr. Butcher, the School Medical Officer, gave the scheme his heartiest support and kindly offered to award the prizes. The children who wished to compete were asked to contribute 1 1/2d, for which each entrant received a toothbrush and a supply of powder. 72 children entered, and the prizes were awarded as follows; Class I, 1 Charles Matthews, 2 Edith Garner, 3 Jack Bone. Class II., 7 to 10, 1 Fred Fadden, 2 Stella Kendall, 3 Gladys Matthews: Class III., 10 to 12, 1 Arthur Harris, 2 Gladys White, 3 Florence Webb: Class IV., over 12, 1 Kate Gobey, 2 Constance Titmas, 3 Percy Webb. Consolation prizes were recommended in each class, and a special prize for the most perfect set of teeth went to Nellie Vittery. Dr. Butcher said the competition had been a great success, and hoped they would continue. It was due to the generosity of Mrs. Whitelaw Reid that the Managers were able to start the competition and the best thanks of all were due to her, to the Rev. H. R. Meyer, and Dr. Butcher, who had all contributed to the success of the first competition of its kind in the country.
The Rev. C. L. Matthews entered into residence at the Rectory on the 10th inst., and officiated at the services in St. Mary's Church on Sunday. His institution and induction are postponed until the return of the Bishop of Ely.
Miss Ruth E. Cunnington has been successful in passing the Oxford Senior Local Examination held in July.
At last the long drought is over, and the farmers, market gardeners and many others have been made glad by a "good rain." The quantity registered in Clophill on Sunday night and Monday was 1.4 inches. The harvest was practically finished by the end of last week before the rain. The meadows are already beginning to look green again, and the root crops will benefit enormously.