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NEWS FROM MILTON LILBOURNE, 1848-1909

Articles from 1883 (part 1)

The Marlborough Times, 6th January 1883:
Marriages. On the 3rd January, at the Parish Church, Milton Lilbourne, Wilts, by the Rev WILLIAM HENRY AWDRY, Rector of Ludgershall, STEPHEN BROWN DIXON of Pewsey, Wilts, to MARY AUGUSTA, eldest daughter of the Rev JOHN HENRY GALE, Vicar of Milton Lilbourne, and AUGUSTA his wife.


[same issue]
The marriage of MARY AUGUSTA, eldest daughter of the Rev. J.H. GALE, and S.B. DIXON Esq., of Pewsey, was celebrated in Milton Church on Wednesday January 3rd. The bride was given away by her father, and attended by her five sisters as bridesmaids. The service was read by the Rev. W.H. AWDRY. The choir sang a hymn at the beginning of the service, accompanied on the harmonium by Mrs WORTH, of Sharcott, who also played the Wedding March at the end of the service, with excellent effect. A very good peal of bells was rung as the bridal party left the church, and again as the bride and bridegroom started for Savernake station. The wedding guests consisted of members of the family. The church was filled by the Milton people, who all came out with good feeling towards one who had endeavoured to show an interest in their welfare during the whole of her life amongst them.
During the auspicious day there was open house keeping in the village, the leading families welcoming all comers, and in the evening the principal residents arranged a dance in a barn kindly lent by Mr WALDRON. The admirable way in which the barn was decorated by two young ladies deserves much praise, the band was good, and about 50 guests were present, whom the wedding party joined. On Thursday evening the band was again engaged for the labouring classes, who had a good old English merry-making in the same building. Among the many bridal presents was a gold watch, by which the parishioners testified their affection for the bride, with a pair of bracelets from the Choir.


The Marlborough Times, 13th January 1883:
In the account of the wedding festivities at this place last week, in which all classes vied in showing their regard for the beloved Vicar, and S.B. DIXON Esq. of Pewsey, several valuable presents from public bodies were mentioned. There were others presented to Mrs DIXON which were highly esteemed, as evidences of the good feeling shown by those amongst whom she laboured, and these included: a writing desk, fitted up in every particular, from the children of the school; a work-basket, completely furnished, from the Young Men's Sunday Evening Class, which was in Miss GALE'S charge; and a silver teapot, from the members of the Milton Friendly Society.


The Marlborough Times, 27th January 1883:
Pewsey
At the meeting of the Board of Guardians of the Pewsey Union, on Monday last, Mr S.B. DIXON, the clerk to the Union, was presented with a valuable silver inkstand on the occasion of his marriage with Miss M.A. GALE, the daughter of the Rev. J. HENRY GALE, of Milton, who has been for so many years the Chairman of the Board. The presentation was made by Mr W.J. ROWDEN, of Upavon, the Vice-Chairman of the Board, who alluded to the long period that Mr DIXON had been connected with the Board, and and also to the great services rendered to the Board by the Rev. J.H. GALE as their Chairman; and Mr DIXON in reply expressed the great gratification he felt in such a valuable and flattering recognition of his services. The inkstand, which was a very elegant one in chased silver, had the following inscription: "Presented by the Guardians of the Pewsey Union to STEPHEN B. DIXON Esq., on the occasion of his marriage with MARY AUGUSTA, daughter of the Rev. J.H. GALE, JP, Vicar of Milton. Christmas 1882." Mr DIXON was on the same day presented with a very handsome claret jug by the Master and Matron and Relieving Officers of the Union.

The Marlborough Times, 17th February 1883:
Pewsey
On Saturday last the whole of the Vale near Pewsey was, owing to the heavy rain, seriously flooded. The streets were covered in water to the depth of 3 and 4 feet. The water entered the houses and shops, damaging everything it came in contact with. The rains have caused a serious slip in the embankment about 200 yards east of the Pewsey railway station, rendering the line rather weak just at that point. An old inhabitant informs our correspondent that flood water has not reached such a height but once before during the preceding 50 years.


The Marlborough Times, 3rd March 1883:
Milton Gospel Temperance Mission
On Thursday evening last, a meeting in connection with this mission was held in the Wesleyan Chapel. There was a crowded but attentive audience. The speakers were Messrs KEEVIL of Wilsford, JOHN PRICE of Oare, ISAAC GIDDINGS of Honey Street, and JAS STRATTON of Pewsey ..... [speeches made] ... about a dozen persons came forward and donned the bit of blue. Refreshments were kindly provided for the friends coming from a distance.


[same issue]
Board school.
On Wednesday last, ALBERT A. REYNOLDS, pupil-teacher, having successfully completed his 4 years' apprenticeship in the above school, was presented with a massive inkstand by the managers, teachers and scholars, as a token of respect, with best wishes for his future success in life, he not wishing to continue in the arduous profession of teaching.

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