The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
Including historical descriptions, maps and statistical analysis.
The Rev. J. J. Browne, late curate of Battersea, who officiated in Clophill church during the month of June, has been appointed Vicar of Gedney, Drove End, Lincolnshire, a parish bordering on the Wash.
The adjourned vestry meeting was held in the parish room on August 31. Mr. Crouch, in the name of the meeting, extended a hearty welcome to the new Rector, the Rev. C. L. Matthews, and his wife, and hoped they would be very happy. Mr Matthews thanked Mr. Crouch for his kindly welcome and said he hoped that all work connected with the parish would go on smoothly, and that god's blessing would rest on it. At the Rector's request Mr. Crouch consented to continue to act as the Rector's churchwarden. Mrs. Goodall presented the results of the the Parish Room.
The 112th anniversary of the Girls' Church Sunday School was celebrated on Sunday. The elder girls, as is usual, repeated the Church Catechism, and recited it well. The Rector gave a very interesting address. The offertory was devoted to the Sunday School Fund.
On Saturday, at 2:30, a pretty wedding took place at St. Mary's Church. The bride was the eldest daughter of Mr. George Stimson, of Great Lane, and the bridegroom, Mr. W. Doggett of Jaques Lane. The bride was given away by her father, and wore a dress of grey voile, and a hat to match. Miss Beatrice Stimson, only sister of bride, and Miss E. Doggett, were bridesmaids. Mr. A. Braybrooks, uncle of the bride, was best man. The presents included the following: - Mother of bride, bed spread, carving knife and fork; father, an eight-day clock; Mr. C. Stimson (uncle), set of large and small knives; Mrs. McNeil, silver plated tea tray; Miss Braybrooks, wine decanters; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, of Elstree, plated tea tray and service; Miss Fyge, Elstree, sets of large and small dessert spoons, fish fork, etc.; Miss K. Harwood, Elstree, hearth rug; Miss Field, table spoons, Etc.; Miss Tuffnail, chair; Mr Hall, chair; Mr. A . and H. Doggett, lamp; Mrs. G. Huckle, set of glasses, bread board, etc.; Miss Ames, Hampstead, pair of pictures; Mrs. Anscott, Hampstead, set of china.
The Primitive Methodist harvest thanksgiving services were conducted on Sunday by the Rev. S. A. Fox, of Shefford, morning and evening. The afternoon service was taken by Mr. E. Putley, of the dargles. Special hymns were sung by the choir. Mr. J. H. Smith presided at the organ. Mr. W. Matthews and Mr. Taylor assisted with violins. The chapel was prettily decorated by the leading members of the Society. On Tuesday a public tea was well attended, and a sale of the gifts was held by Mr. Garner at 7 p.m. A service of song, entitled "The Harvest Home," was given by the Choir. The Chairman was Mr. E. Putley, and the connective readings were given by the Rev. W. Leadbetter, of Bedford. The proceeds of the sale of gifts and the collections were for the trust Fund.
The Rev. F. B. Doubleday, formally curate of Clophill, has paid a visit to the village during the past week, and has had a warm welcome from his old friends.
We regret to record the death of Mr. Samuel Perkins, junior, one of the best know and most highly respected inhabitants of the the village. He had been suffering for some months from an internal complaint, which during the past four or five weeks has made rapid progress. His sufferings have been borne most patiently, and uncomplainingly, and he passed peacefully away on Monday evening. He leaves a wife and one little boy to mourn the loss of an excellent husband and father. The utmost sympathy is felt throughout the parish for the bereaved family.
The Parish Council met in the Infant's Schoolroom, on September 21st , at 7.30 p.m. Present; Mr. John Madams (chairman), and Messers. W. J. Sebrooke, J. Tatman, W. Welch, G. Chapman, L. Maudlin, S. Perkins sen., and the Clerk (Mr. F. J. Robinson). Mr. Welch proposed that £2 be given for the extra work in collecting the Special Rate. Mr. Chapman proposed that it be £3. Mr. Welch's proposition was carried. The District Council wrote respecting the condition of the Mill stream back brooks etc. As some had already been cleaned out it was agreed that notices be sent calling upon all the owners or holders to complete the work. The Postmaster-General wrote respecting a Sunday delivery of letters, as a strong protest had been sent with a petition signed by two-thirds of the parishioners against a Sunday delivery. Mr. Chapman said he had obtained a hundred signatures for delivery, and he said if it had not been for the inclusion of Maulden Hall End the numbers would have been equal. Mr. Maudlin also protested against the parishioners of Maulden interfering in Clophill Parish business. Attention was called to the very serious illness of the overseer, Mr. S. Perkins junior., as he was unable to fulfil the duties of overseer, Mr, S. Perkins senior proposed Mr J. W Seabrook of Beadlow, as overseer. Carried unanimously.
The Church harvest festival was held on Friday and Sunday. The Church had been very tastefully decorated by Mrs. Matthews, the Misses Horn, Miss M. Goodall, the Misses Seabrook, the Misses Borroughs, Mrs Cunnington, Miss Mossman, Miss F. Gudgin, Miss a Bushby and Miss M. Sharman. Mr. Tatman also rendered valuable assistance. There was a celebration of Holy Communion on Friday at 10.00 a.m. And the evening service was at 7, and drew a large congregation. The service was fully choral, and was sung by the Rector the Rev. C. L. Matthews. The Rev. C. Bromley, of Maulden, read the lessons, and the Rev. W. C. Browne of, Haynes also assisted. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis was sung to Reade in C, and the anthem was Stainer's, "Ye shall dwell in the Land." The musical portion of the service was very well rendered by the choir, and the well-known harvest hymns were heartily joined in by the whole congregation. The Rector preached a capital sermon on "The reapers are the angels." The congregation on Sunday evening was the largest seen in the church for some years, and seats had to be placed in the aisles to accommodate some. The anthem and Reade's service were repeated, and the Rector preached on "While the earth remaineth seed time and harvest shall not fail." The offertories, which amounted to £6 14s., were divided between the County hospital (two-thirds) and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Society (one-third).