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Articles from 1888 (part 1)

The Marlborough Times, February 18th 1888:
Pewsey Petty Sessions
[summary] Messrs KINGSTONE summoned HENRY OSBORNE for damaging underwood. Mr JOHN KINGSTONE said he was a farmer at Broomsgrove, in the parish of Milton, and he noticed that some of the underwood had been maliciously cut. The damage done was to the value of 6d. The defence was that he did it innocently. Convicted and fined 1s 6d, damage 6d, and costs 8s, or in default 7 days.

The Marlborough Times, May 5th 1888:
Deaths: at Vine Cottage, Milton, HANNAH, widow of the late BENJAMIN REYNOLDS, aged 76.

The Marlborough Times, May 19th 1888:
The Milton Lilbourne Friendly Club will hold its annual festival on Trinity Tuesday. All members are requested to meet at the Club Room, "Bruce's Arms" Inn , at 9 am for church parade. The Beechingstoke Brass Band will be in attendance. J. LANE , Secretary.

The Marlborough Times, June 9th 1888:
Carriage accident.
On Wednesday afternoon, a gentleman was driving into Pewsey from Manningford with three ladies when, as they were coming down the hill near the gas-house, the horse took fright and dashed along at a great pace. One of the young ladies, a Miss LEWIS of Milton, either jumped or fell into the road close to the gas-house and was badly hurt. She was picked up in an unconscious state, and taken into the house of Mr & Mrs SELFE. After a couple of hours she was removed to the Phoenix Hotel, where Dr CLARKE attended her. We are glad to hear that the patient is progressing satisfactorily.

[same issue]
On Saturday night about ten o'clock as two young men named CULLEY were returning to their home at Clench Common, they discovered that an outhouse attached to a cottage in the occupation of HENRY WILLIAMS was on fire. They immediately gave an alarm, and with the aid of a few buckets of water, and through the exertions of the neighbours, the fire was quickly got under. Had it not been thus timely discovered, the fire would probably have destroyed the whole row of cottages.

[same issue]
Club Festival.
From time immemorial the name of the "Gammon Revels" was known far and wide, and great was the renown of the nam who could boast the blue ribbon for "tapping the claret" at the "Gammon Revels". But time changes all things, and what was then considered manly sport would now be classed as brutality. Hence the "Gammon Revels" have long since passed away, and in these more enlightened times have given place to a more profitable and useful form of revelling in the shape of the annual feast of the Milton Friendly Society, which is held on Trinity Tuesday, the week in which the "Revels" were held. This club was established in 1878, and has steadily increased in numbers and funds, until it has become one of the best clubs in the county of Wilts. On Tuesday the members proceeded from the Bruce's Arms (formerly the "Gammon") to church where a special service was held by the Rev. J.H. GALE. At two o'clock the members sat down to a first class dinner provided by Mr WINDSOR PEARCE. The following gentlemen also dined with the club: Rev. J.H. GALE, Dr CLARKE, Messrs W.& J. KINGSTONE, Mr REDMAN, Mr HAYWARD (Clench), Mr WELLS, Mr H. WELLS (Totteridge), Mr FERRIS, Mr S. FERRIS (New Mill), Mr GILBERT, Mr FORD, Mr REYNOLDS, Mr SPACKMAN, Mr DAINTON, etc. About 150 in all were present at dinner.

At its conclusion the chairman (Rev. J.H. GALE), proposed the toast of 'the Queen', which was royally responded to. The Secretary then made his annual report, and congratulated the members on the continued and increasing prosperity of the club. Though they had suffered from the long and severe winter just past, by a large number of sick members, yet he was pleased to say they had been able to deposit £30, and that they now had a balance of £320 (cheers). Twelve new members had been admitted during the year, only one death had occurred, and two members had left, leaving 101 members on the books of the club (cheers). He thanked the stewards for the able way in which they had performed their duties during the past year, and also expressed the thanks of the club to Dr CLARKE for his efficient and prompt attention to the wants of the sick members (cheers). The Secretary thanked the Hon. members for their attendance and support, and he trusted the club would always be conducted in such a manner as to command their respect and esteem (cheers). In conclusion he begged to tender the thanks of the club to Mr & Mrs WINDSOR PEARCE for the excellent dinner they had provided for them that day, and he need only mention that not one single complaint had ever been made during the eight years that Mr PEARCE had provided the dinner, which was in itself commendation enough (loud cheers).

Dr CLARKE, on rising, said that he was indeed gratified by the way they had received his name. He always had endeavoured to give his best attention to every sick member. He was glad to learn from the Secretary's report and the balance sheet that the club was in such a flourishing condition, and his only wish was that it would continue to prosper (cheers). Mr WINDSOR PEARCE said it gave him great pleasure to know they appreciated the dinner he set before them. He had always tried to do his best, and should endeavour to give as much satisfaction in the future as he had done in the past (cheers).
Dr Clarke then called for three cheers for the Secretary, for the business-like manner in which he had conducted the affairs of the club.

For many years past it has been the practice for the club to have tea at the Manor House, but this year Mrs FERRIS was obliged to forego the accustomed treat through enforced absence from home at this season, and it was therefore expected the tea would have to be abandoned on this occasion. The ladies of the parish, however, formed themselves into a tea committee, and discussed the situation with the satisfactory result that the tea was continued through the great liberality of Mrs J. HAYWARD, who threw open her lawn for the accommodation of the club. Members and their wives were admitted by ticket, and about 170 sat down. The Rev. J.H. GALE expressed the thanks of the club to Mrs HAYWARD and the ladies for their kind invitation to tea. He regretted the enforced absence through illness of Mrs FERRIS, Mr G. FERRIS, and Mr D. HAINES, all of whom for so many years had taken a deep interest in the club. He congratulated the members on their good behaviour on this and previous years, and trusted they would still continue to maintain the good character they had always received (loud cheers, and three cheers for Mrs HAYWARD and the ladies).

The club then returned to their headquarters where a large concourse of people had assembled to welcome them. The band enlivened the proceedings with dance music, and everything for a time was jollity and pleasure until a sharp and heavy shower of rain scattered the pleasure-seekers in all directions. The club then adjourned to their supper room. At 10 o'clock the band played the National Anthem, when one became aware of the fact that the annual club festival for 1888 was a thing of the past.

[same issue]
Cricket. Collingbourne Kingston v. Milton Rangers.
This match was played at Collingbourne on Tuesday last, and resulted in a victory for the home team……for the visitors Messrs S. PUCKERIDGE, J. KINGSTON and J. FERRIS batted well.

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