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On Tuesday morning at the School, the Rector presented the gardening prizes provided through the generosity of Mrs Whitelaw Reid, Miss Horn and the Rector. The recipients were Sam Titmas, Charles Gudgin, Cecil Sharman, Alfred Jeffery, Lionel Cunnington, Richard Warwick, Percy Eddy, Henry Negus, Percy White, Cyril Matthews, Arthur Peck and Percy Garner. Each boy received a copy of Udale's "Handy Book of Pruning grafting and budding" and a Cox's Orange Pippin apple tree. In presenting the prizes, Mr Meyer said this would be his farewell visit to the school, although he would not be leaving the village for a few day's yet. He impressed upon the children the duty of living, not for themselves but for God and their country. He hoped that they would make the best use of the many advantages they had, and grow up to be a credit to the village, and to their country. He also paid a warm tribute to the zeal and devotion of the teaching staff in their efforts for the welfare of the children. Mr. Cunningham, on behalf of the children and the staff, thanked the Rector for the deep and kindly interest he had always shown in the schools. He hoped that Mr. and Mrs. Meyer would have every happiness in their new home at Watton, and that they would sometimes remember those they left behind at Clophill. Thanks were also accorded to the givers of the prizes. The children sang "What can I do for England?" and "Jesus bids us shine," and the proceedings terminated with "God save the King."
PRESENTATION TO THE REV. H. R. MEYER
The Rev. H. R. Meyer, who is leaving the village today to take up the Rectory of Watton-at-Stone, Herts., was on Friday evening presented by the parishioners with a silver salver suitably inscribed. The presentation was made by Mr. Crouch, of Cainhoe, and the schoolroom was full of people. Mr. Crouch said it was a matter of regret to all that Mr. and Mrs. Meyer were leaving. Mr. Meyer, during nearly 11 years, had won the respect, esteem and affection of all the parish. Mrs. Meyer had come somewhat later; but she had made herself one of the people, and by her charming manner had endeared herself to all, but especially to the women. Mr Meyer had not come as a total stranger when he succeeded their revered friend the Rev. G. Bosenquet. They knew his father and mother to be a good man and a good woman, and therefore had no apprehensions that things would not go on well. Their hopes had been realised, for the Rector entered into his work with spirit and the parish had benefited by his work. The children always had a warm place in Mr. Meyer's heart; and many improvements had been made in the schools to add to their comfort. By his interest in the Reading Room, Cricket club, etc., he had kept in touch with the young men of the place. The old tithe barn had been converted into a beautiful Church Room through the Rector's efforts, and very useful it has been. The avenue of elms in the Churchyard had been cut down, owing to their being unsafe, and the Churchyard
has been replanted and beautified mostly at Mr. Meyer's own expense. He had given much time and trouble to settling the question of the approach to the Old Church, and at last had succeeded in arriving at a settlement, which would procure a good road at a very trifling cost to the parish. He had been extremely good at visiting, and in fact had not neglected any duty. Mr. Meyer was a man of strong feeling and strong mind; and he was as "straight as a gunstick." In his religious views he was broad-minded and liberal, and had won the respect and esteem of the Dissenters in the parish. In the name of the meeting he asked Mr. and Mrs. Meyer to accept the salver, wishing them every happiness in their new home; where, he hoped, they would long be spared to their duty, and prove a blessing to Watton as they had been to Clophill.
Mr. Meyer said he felt more embarrassed than ever before while listening to Mr. Crouch's praise of himself. He had felt more and more uncomfortable that day as 7 o'clock approached, and at the last he felt almost inclined to bolt. Besides the feeling of embarrassment there was a feeling of deep humility that he had fallen far short of all the kind things said of him, and that there was such a wide gap between what he had done and what he had wished to do. No one could help liking Clophill, because the people were so kind. He should value their kind present for itself, but more for the kind thought that promoted it. With all his shortcomings, he had tried to do his duty and to be of use to his people. On behalf of Mrs. Meyer and himself, he thanked them from the bottom of his heart for all their kindness.
The salver, which was a superb specimen of the craftsman's art was supplied by the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, London, and bore the inscription: "Presented to the Rev. Horace Rollo and Mrs. Meyer in token in token of the sincere esteem and affection in which they are held by the people of Clophill. January, 1911."
Miss Robinson, on behalf of the Girls' Friendly Society, then presented Mrs. Meyer with a very handsome handbag, at the same time thanking her for the deep interest she had always shown in the members and their work. Mrs. Meyer thanked the members warmly for their present which she would value much and use constantly.
After the presentation the Rector and Mrs. Meyer entertained the Sunday school teachers, members of the Church choir, and other Church workers, to the number of 66, in the Parish Room. Light refreshments were served and games and dances were indulged in until about 11 p.m., when the party join hands and sang "Auld Lang Syne."
On Sunday the Rector preached his farewell sermons. In the evening the church was crowded. Preaching from II. Cor. Xiii. 11. Mr. Meyer said that in bidding farewell to Clophill he could not do better than ask them to remember and live up to St. Paul's words. "Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace," and that then "the God of love and peace shall be with you." After the blessing, the Rector proceeded to the door of the Church and bade a personal farewell to each member of the congregation.