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Articles from 1887 part 2

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Articles from 1887 (part 2)

The Marlborough Times, June 18th 1887:
Supposed death from the effects of the sun
A man named ARTHUR PEARCE, a horse dealer, 64, residing in Littleworth in the parish of Milton, was found dead near his cottage on Tuesday last. It is supposed Pearce laid down to rest and fell asleep, and the effects of the sun's rays caused his death. An inquest has since been held on the body by Mr F.J. SYLVESTER.


[same date]
The members of the Milton Friendly Society held their annual festival as usual on Trinity Tuesday. The members, numbering nearly 100, assembled at the Bruce's Arms Inn at 9.30 am and after transacting business proceeded to the parish church for the usual club service. The musical portion of the service was most heartily rendered by the choir assisted by a few friends, Rev W.H. WEEKS presiding at the harmonium.

At 2 o'clock the club sat down to an excellent dinner provided by Mr & Mrs WINDSOR PEARCE of the Bruce's Arms. The chair was taken by the Rev J.H. GALE, who was supported by the following honorary members and friends: Mr G. FERRIS, Dr CLARKE, Rev J. HARRISON, Messrs W. & J. KINGSTONE, Mr H. HAYWARD, Mr C. REDMAN, Mr WELLS, Mr S. FERRIS, Mr REYNOLDS, Mr FORD, Mr GUILBERT, Mr D. HAINES, Mr DAINTON, Mr SKINNER, and Mr SPACKMAN. After the removal of the cloth, the Hon. Secretary Mr J. LANE gave his annual statement of the affairs of the club, from which it appears that the club is in a most prosperous state, having 96 members and a balance of 288 1s 10d to carry forward.

At 4 pm the members of the club with their wives proceeded at the kind invitation of Mrs FERRIS to the Manor House to partake of tea, which was bountifully supplied by the ladies present. After resting a while, the club marched back to the headquarters, calling en route at a few houses to give them the opportunity of hearing the band. A vast concourse of people had by this time collected at 'The Gammon', and dancing and other games were indulged in until the band struck up 'God save the Queen', when the vast assembly quietly dispersed.


The Marlborough Times, October 15th 1887:
Marriages: October 12th at Milton Lilbourne, by the Rev J.H. GALE, TOM JONES, son of ABNER TRIMNELL (late of Poulshot, Wilts) to ELIZABETH E. (BESSIE), only daughter of GEORGE WELLS, Totteridge Farm, Milton.


The Marlborough Times, October 22nd 1887:
Harvest thanksgiving service at Milton .... the church was decorated with corn, flowers and fruit. A collection of 5 4s 0d was raised for Savernake Cottage Hospital.


The Marlborough Times, December 24th 1887:
A most successful musical entertainment was given in the schoolroom on Tuesday December 13th. Under the auspices of Miss F. GALE a varied and attractive programme had been prepared, and with the Rev W.H. WEEKES for conductor, and the members of the Milton choir, assisted by their friends, for performers, it was most creditably performed.

The proceedings opened with a spirited performance of 'The march of the Trojans' by the band, who in this as well as in their other selections showed signs of careful practice, although some unsteadiness was perceptible in repeating a gavotte, entitled 'Queenie', when it was encored. Solos were sung by Mrs
S.B. DIXON, Miss F. GALE, Mr W.H. PUCKRIDGE and Mr T. FERRIS. Mrs DIXON sang 'An old garden', but hardly seemed in such voice as usual; at her second attempt, however, she scored a distinct success with 'Some other day', which was eagerly redemanded. Miss GALE contributed a very pretty song by Cramer entitled 'Fisherman answer me', and Mr PUCKRIDGE gained an encore for Molloy's 'Postillion'. In the part songs the singing was very good, MacFarren's difficult 'You stole my love' being given much effect. There was, however, one exception, the singing of 'Sweet to live among the mountains' being ragged and incomplete, and in fact greater delicacy of touch would have been an improvement all through. Mr WEEKES gave an effective piano solo, which was encored. An especial word of praise must be given to Miss KIMBER who played second violin in the band, accompanied a song, played in a duet on the piano and also performed a solo (which had to be repeated) on a quaint little instrument called the Gigilira.

Altogether a most enjoyable evening was passed, and after 'God save the Queen' had been sung the entertainment was brought to a close by a vote of thanks to the performers most humorously proposed by Mr GEORGE FERRIS. Subjoined is the programme:

Part One: Overture: 'March of the Trojans' (band)
Song: 'Old dog Tray' (Mr T. FERRIS)
Glee: 'You stole my love'
Song: 'An old garden' (Mrs S.B. DIXON)
Duet (piano): 'Guillaume Tell' (Mrs S.B. DIXON & Miss KIMBER)
Song: 'The owl' (Mr W. PUCKRIDGE)
Solo (gigilira): 'Waltz' (Miss KIMBER)
Glee: 'Monarch winter'
Part song: 'Sweet to live'

Part Two
: Gavotte: 'Queenie' (band)
Song: 'Fisherman answer me' (Miss F. GALE)
Part song: 'Cock robin'
Song: 'The postillion' (Mr W. PUCKRIDGE)
Solo piano:'Scherzo' (Rev W.H. WEEKES)
Song: Mrs S.B. DIXON
Waltz: 'My Queen' (band)
Glee:'Calm be thy slumbers'
'God save the Queen'

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