The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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The Primitive Methodists held their annual camp meeting on Sunday, and owing to the rain most of the services were held in the Chapel. Contingents from Bedford and Luton gave short addresses, and several solos were sung. The weather was a disappointment to many, as this is recognised as the largest attended meeting in this district. Mr. E. King, of Dunstable, the preacher at the Wesleyan Chapel, asked the congregation to stand and sing the National Anthem instead of the vesper hymn, as an expression of loyalty.
Coronation Celebrations in Bedfordshire. Clophill
A large committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. E. Crouch, settled the broad lines on which the arrangements were carried out, and the details were left to a small Sub-Committee, with Mr. Maddams as Chairman. Mr. F. H. Robinson was a very capable and energetic Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, and to those two gentlemen the best thanks of all are due. All members of the Committee had a busy time on Thursday morning preparing for the feeding of the village in the afternoon. A ladies' committee had secured many willing helpers to attend to the preparation of the food, etc., and their efforts were entirely successful. The Rev. T. Collisson kindly officiated at the service in the Parish Church at 12.30. A special service for the day was used, and special hymns were sung. A short sermon on the meaning of coronation was followed by the singing of the National Anthem.
At 2 p.m. A cricket match, Ladies v. Gentlemen, was played, which ended in a draw, the ladies scoring 31 and the gentlemen 28 for 6 wickets. Stumps were then drawn, as the adults' tea hour had arrived. The children had tea at 3 p.m. in the beautiful grounds of the Rectory by permission of the incoming Rector, the Rev. C.L. Matthews. This was followed by a meat tea for adults, to which about 500 sat down. An excellent tea had been provided and the fullest justice was done to it. After tea three cheers were given for the King and Queen, and three more for Mr. Crouch. The company adjourned to the meadow, placed at the Committee's disposal by Mr. Maddams, for sports and games. A pretty exhibition of Morris dancing was the first item, and Mr. Robinson, who had trained the girls, must have been gratified by the manner in which they acquitted themselves. They were loudly cheered, and they deserved it. The dances were accompanied by a piano and violins. Miss. Ruth Cunnington was pianist, and Miss Handley and Messrs. F. Ashley, W. Matthews and L. Cunnington "fiddled." Sports for the children followed, and they p[roved very popular, and many interesting finishes were witnessed. After this there were races, etc., for adults, and these attracted many entries. The day closed with a vote of thanks to Mr. Maddams for kindly lending his field, and to the Committee for all their efforts to make the day a success, and the National Anthem was sung. The beacon fires were plainly seen from Badger Hill and the Woburn fire was magnificent. From the Barton Hills the southern sky was lit up and looked grand.
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.
At the close of the last evening school session ten of the students took the examination in Rural Arithmetic, held by the Midland Counties Union. Of these, Hubert Whittamore obtained first class; and Herbert Daniels, Charles Gudgin, Harry Parkinson, William Peat, and Horace White passed in the second class. On Monday, Mr. G. Shaw, H.M. Inspector of Drawing, paid a visit to the Mixed and Infant's Departments of Clophill School.
On Friday afternoon about 50 members of the Mother's meeting were invited by the Misses Horn to tea at the Rectory lawn, kindly lent by the Rev. C. L. Matthews, who will be in residence during the second week in August. After tea, Mrs. Cunnington, speaking for the motherers, asked Miss Horn to accept from them a comfortable lounge chair as a slight appreciation of the interest she has shown in their meetings for several years. Miss horn, who was completely taken by surprise, said that she did not know how to thank them sufficiently for their kind present. She very much valued the generous feeling which had prompted it. Songs were sung by Miss K. and Master L. Cunnington, and various outdoor games were indulged in until about 9.30, when the National Anthem was sung and the party separated.
On Monday morning, Mr. J. Slack, horticultural instructor to the county council, visited the School Gardens, and sprayed the "Factor" potatoes, which are being grown for experiment, and to show the value of spraying. Afterwards the potatoes growing on six of the boys' plots were treated, the other six being left unsprayed.