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The Ampthill News

No. 2,254.

MARCH 1911.


Saturday March 4th 1911

On February 22 the members of the Unionist Association to the number of 53 met at a dinner at the Compasses Inn. Mr. Crouch, of Cainhoe, presided, and among those present were the Rev. T. Collisson, Captain Powell, Mr John Maddams, and all the members of the Committee. After dinner the usual loyal toasts were drunk, and the Rev. T. Collisson proposed the health of the veteran chairman, who has always been one of the staunchest supporters of the Unionist cause. The toast was received with musical honours. Mr. Crouch having relied in a capital speech, the party adjourned to the school where a meeting was held. Pending the arrival of Major Glyn, Messrs. Bannister, Lowings and Blackburn entertained the company with some good songs. The gallant Major arrived about 9 o'clock, and gave one of his spirited addresses. The dinner was well served by Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, and the success of the evening must have been most gratifying to the committee who so ably organised it.

Saturday March 11th. 1911

PETTY SESSIONS Thursday, March 9th, 1911.

Before Mr. E. J. Jekyll (in the chair) Captain Hunter, Major Webster, Mr. Howard Spensley, and Mr. W. P. Gordon.

George Dunham, of Clophill, insurance agent, was summoned for using obscene language to the annoyance of certain persons a Clophill on February 10. - Mr. W. L. Jones appeared for defendant. - P.C. Teale gave evidence.

For the defence it was stated that defendant was on his own premises, some distance from the highway, when he used the language, and Mr. Jones said he was in a position to prove that there were only two persons on the highway at that time, and neither of them heard any bad language. - The Bench dismissed the case.

The annual meeting of the Cricket Club was held in the Parish Room on Tuesday evening Mr. W. E. Seabrook, the captain, presided. The accounts showed a satisfactory balance in hand. The best thanks of the Club were accorded to Mrs. Blackburn, who so kindly arranged a concert on behalf of the funds. Lord Lucas was re-elected Patron, and Mr, Crouch, President. Of the Vice-Presidents two have left the village since last season. The other two, Mr. Powell and Mr. Seabrook, were re-elected, and it was decided to invite Major Glyn and and the Hon. G.D. Coleridge to become Vice- Presidents. Mr Seabrook was re-elected captain, and Mr. T. Izzard, vice-captain. It was resolved to arrange 14 matches, if possible, with clubs of the neighbouring villages.

Saturday, March 18th. 1911.

On Tuesday a wedding party arrived at the Church but no clergyman turned up to perform the ceremony.

On Wednesday morning a very pretty wedding was celebrated in the Parish Church by the Rev. T. Collisson, Rector of Gravenhurst. The contracting parties were Miss Lillian Whittamore, eldest daughter of Mr. James Whittamore of Clophill and Mr. James Drage, of Hatton, Warwickshire. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a cream silk dress with hat to match. She was attended by her sister, Miss Florrie Whittamore, and Miss P. Drage, sister of the bridegroom. They were attired in navy blue costumes with white colours and large black hats, trimmed with small roses. Mr. J. George Whittamore proved an efficient best man. Later in the day the happy pair left for Hatton, Warwickshire, where they will stay until the 23rd, when they leave for Canada.

A tooth-cleaning competition has been started among the school children. The idea originated with the late Rector. He communicated with Dr. Butcher, who heartily approved of the plan. Children were invited to enter, and a small entrance fee was charged. For three half-pence each entrant received a tooth brush and a box of tooth powder. Later on the teeth of the children will be inspected by Dr. Butcher, and prizes will be awarded to those who have taken the best care of their teeth. The money for brushes, etc., and for prizes is due to the generosity of Mrs. Whitelaw Reid: 73 of the children have entered and the competition started on Tuesday.

Saturday, March 25th. 1911

On Tuesday afternoon, in Maulden Parish Church, eleven candidates from Clophill received the rite of confirmation at the hands of Bishop Hodges. The young people were prepared by the Rev. T. Collisson, Rector of Gravenhurst, who presented at the service. Although nearly 10 weeks have elapsed since the departure of the Rev. H. R. Meyer, no one has yet been appointed to succeed him.