The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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The New Rector
The living of Clophill has been offered by Lord Lucas to the Rev. Cecil Lloyd Matthews, and accepted by him. The new Rector is the son of the late Rev. William Matthews, Vicar of Aberystwyth. He was educated at Monmouth Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford, taking his B.A. In 1902 and M.A. In 1909. In 1902-3 he held an Assistant Mastership at "The Limes" (Preparatory School), Shrewsbury, and from 1903-1907 was Assistant Master at King Edward VI School, Norwich. In 1904 he was ordained by Bishop Sheepshanks of Norwich, and held the curacy of St. Lawrence with St. Gregory until 1907. He was then appointed senior curate at Wooburn, Bucks, and had sole charge of the district church of St. mark, Bourne End. He resigned that appointment to take up the Rector of Clophill. Mr. Matthews is very keen on games. He played cricket for his school, and has also been of assistance to the local club at Wooburn, of which he is vice-captain. He also represented Keble College on the river for 2 years. Mr. Matthews hopes to be in residence at Clophill early in August.
The Wesleyan Sunday School Anniversary was held on Sunday. The preacher was Mr. H. S. Manning, of Bedford. Special hymns and anthems were rendered by the children and choir under Mr. W. Mallery. The festival was held in a meadow lent by Mr. Burgoine, and sports and games were indulged in until after dark. The public tea and children's tea were at 4:30.
On May 11 a concert in aid of the fund for the coronation celebration was given in the schools. The audience thoroughly appreciated the program, which is appended: Solo, "The Wolves," Miss Burton; song, "Somewhere," Mr. S. Wilsher; song, "The Gipsy's Warning," Miss Lark; song, "Beautiful Bed" (encored), Mr. Garner; recitation, "The little knowing boy," Mr. Harris; song, "Don't go down the mine, dad," Master L. Cunnington; recitation, "Karl, the Martyr," Mr. Cornwell; song, "Haul me back again" (encored), Mr. Blackburn; gramophone selection, Mr. Anderson; song, Mr. Wilsher; song, "My Juliet," Miss Barton; recitation, "Cure for love," Mr. Harris; song, "I'm unfortunate" (encored), Mr. Garner; duet, "The Zuyder Zee," Miss K. and Master L. Cunnington; song, "Tired," Miss Lack; recitation, "The boy stood on the burning deck," Master L. Cunnington; song, "Bridget MacCarthy" (encored), Mr. Blackburn; comic sketch, "Minding the Babies," Mr. Garner and Company; "God Save the King." Mr. Blackburn and Mr. Garner deserve thanks for organising the concert.
The Parish Council met in the Infant's School Room on Friday evening. Present: Mr. John Madam (Chairman). Messrs. Seabrook, J. Tatman, G. Chapman, E. Ashley, G. Welsh, L. Maudlin, S. Perkins sen. With Mr. F. Robinson (clerk). The Chairman said no answer had been received from the Post Master General to the request of the Council for a Sunday delivery of letters. A petition, signed by upwards of 150 ratepayers and householders against the proposed delivery on Sundays has been forwarded to the Post Master General. Nearly all the largest ratepayers signed the petition against Sunday delivery. A request from the small holders of Maulden was read asking support to an application to the County Council to make the new road a public highway. As this would entail a permanent charge upon ratepayers, it was resolved not to support the application.