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Articles from 1887 (part 1)

The Marlborough Times, April 9th 1887
Milton Lilbourne Jubilee celebration.
A meeting of the inhabitants of the above village was held in the school room on Thursday last to take into consideration the best means to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. The Rev J.H. GALE presided, and it was unanimously adopted that a general feed should be given to the whole parish, rich and poor, and that all should have dinner and tea together in the meadow adjoining the Manor House. A committee was formed to work out the details, with power to add to their number, of the following gentlemen: Messrs KINGSTONE, Mr J. SOMERSET, Mr MARSH, Mr S. FERRIS, Mr REDMAN, Mr HAYWARD, Mr REYNOLDS, Mr GUILBERT, Mr SKINNER, and Mr J. LANE, secretary. Several gentlemen at once promised gifts in kind and others in money. Mr G. FERRIS promised an ox to be roasted whole. The Messrs KINGSTONE promised to brew the beer, and other gentlemen in the room promised to give various other things.


The Marlborough Times, June 11th 1887
The Milton Lilbourne Jubilee Committee have decided to hold their jubilee festival on Friday July 1st. Dinner and tea is to be provided for the whole of the parishioners in a barn and field kindly lent by G. FERRIS Esq., who has also kindly given a fat ox to be roasted whole. The following gentlemen have kindly contributed: C. PENRUDDOCKE Esq. of Compton Park, a fat sheep; W. & J. KINGSTONE Esqrs of Broomsgrove Farm, the beer; W. FOOKES Esq. of Fairfield House, Pewsey, fuel to roast the ox; Mr S. FERRIS of New Mill, flour for puddings etc.; Mr G. SKINNER, 25 gallons of bread; Miss L.G. PENRUDDOCKE and Mr MARSH, potatoes. The subscription list amounts to 50, which includes: 2 from T.W. WALDRON Esq., Eastridge, Ramsbury; 10s 6d from J. PLATT Esq., Hungerford; 10s 6d from P.M. PUCKRIDGE Esq., Pewsey. A committee of ladies has been formed to carry out the details of puddings, etc., and tea. A band will be in attendance and a variety of sports will be provided during the afternoon. The population of the parish is nearly 600.


The Marlborough Times, July 9th 1887:
Friday, 1st July, was the day dedicated to the celebration of the Jubilee of H.M. Queen Victoria, and from the manner in which it was observed by all classes it is to be hoped it will not be forgotten in ages yet to come. For some weeks past, preparations had been going on, so that everything should be done effectively, and that all classes feel that they had an interest in the celebration. A committee was first formed, and the parish divided out into sections, so that each member of this committee should have the charge of collecting contributions from all, both rich and poor, in his own particular district. Each one did his work effectively; and the smaller contributions of the poor were particularly valued, as it showed the feeling of loyalty extended to all classes, and did away with the idea of one class being feasted at the expense of the other.

During the earlier part of the week there were evident signs of what was to come from the skeleton frames of arches, poles and lines, stretched across the street; and on June 30th these were covered with flags, wreaths of flowers and evergreens, while loyal mottoes of every kind filled up the spaces between. The whole village was a mass of bunting and right well did it look. A second committee, of the softer sex, had been formed, as soon as the first preliminaries were decided on; and to them was entrusted the arrangement of the cooking department, and the supply of tea, cake, plum pudding, &c., and each in her own district did her duty well. By this means all difficulties were overcome, and quantities calculated.

On the evening of Thursday the great event of the coming day was foreshadowed in the arrival of the ox, dressed by the butcher whole and ready for the spit. This animal had been grazed and given in addition to many other things by Mr GEORGE FERRIS, and was conveyed to a monster furnace, which had been built at his expense for the cooking. The entire management of the cooking was entrusted to Mr TILLEY, of Marlborough College, who showed that the laws of gravitation were not neglected amongst other sciences at that seat of learning. During the process of spitting and adjusting so huge a mass so that it might be equipoised and roast properly vast crowds from all the country round were constantly pouring in, and so it continued from 11 o'clock pm, when the process began, till 1 o'clock pm on the following day when it was served up ready for distribution. The whole of the cooking apparatus was worked by machinery, and the ingenuity of the Messrs WHATLEY, of Pewsey, the engineers, was put to the proof and not found wanting.

At six o'clock am the church bells proclaimed the commencement of the day of Jubilee with their opening peal, and a little before 12 a procession was formed of the inhabitants, many of whom sported their club colours and badges, while all wore the medal specially struck for the occasion, and, preceded by the Beechingstoke Band, marched to church augmenting as they came. The church was well filled, the special service used, and the National Anthem sung by all at the conclusion.

At 1.30 the whole parish, excepting those who were disabled by age or sickness, met together in a meadow lent for the occasion by Mr FERRIS, where tables had been erected in two blocks, the whole of which were tastefully decorated, and covered with joints of every kind, vegetables, &c.; and in the centre between two blocks lay the mighty ox on a trolly wonderfully roasted. Messrs JEEVES, CHURCH and ROSE rendered good services as professional carvers, and grace having been sung the work of testing the roast ox began. About 700, all told, sat down, and the verdict was in favour of the meat and the cooking. The Marlborough College chef is an artiste, and the animal was really well done.

At the conclusion of the dinner Mr FERRIS, as chairman of the committee, gave the loyal toast, followed by Mr DIXON, of Pewsey, who proposed 'The British Empire', responded to by Mr PENRUDDOCKE, who had come up to Fifield for the occasion. One or two other local toasts were proposed, and then came the distribution of sixpences, one to every child in the parish under 12 years of age, which office fell to Miss PENRUDDOCKE. It was intended that these sixpences should have been of the new coinage; but as it seems there is something "rotten in the state of Mint-mark", this could not be.

During the afternoon various kinds of amusements had been provided, not forgetting "Punch and Judy", as well as cocoa-nut shies, merry-go-rounds, shooting-galleries, &c., and at 6 o'clock the tables were again spread for tea and cake. Some impromptu races for men and boys, a donkey race, tug-of-war, &c., kept all well-employed and happy, while various rings were formed as the evening advanced, and dancing was in full swing to the strains of the band, who seemed to play stronger and better the longer they performed. About 10 o'clock there was a good display of fireworks, the most conspicuous of which were some heavy rockets kindly given by Mr CARTER.

This concluded a day long to be remembered. Not one single hitch marred its enjoyment in any way. The committees had not only arranged but carried out their work to the full. Everything was provided in Milton, and as far as possible from material grown or manufactured in the parish. Everyone gave according to their means, and those who had nothing else gave their good behaviour. The ringers from Great Bedwyn paid a visit, and enlivened us up during the day; and all through the afternoon visitors from far and near poured in upon us, and we trust they found Milton kept up its character for hospitality, while Mr HAINES, of Easton, acted bombadier, with a very effective yacht gun.

One of the most effective parts of the whole was the little troop of children from Pewsey Union House, who had been specially sent for and carefully taken back on wheels, as they marched in with their flags. God knows whether some of them may not some day be rising men or women, and, we all hope, loyal subjects of the Crown. A salvo of rockets and boom of gun preceded "God save the Queen", sung by all. And so ended our Jubilee Day at Milton Lilbourne. What remained was cut up and distributed the next day. The sick and needy were not forgotten, and it is to be hoped the good effect on all may be lasting.

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