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Articles from 1893 part 3

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NEWS FROM MILTON LILBOURNE, 1848-1909

Articles from 1893 (part 3)

The Marlborough Times, August 12th 1893:
The new vicar, the Rev. FRANCIS CHARLES LONG SWEET, formerly curate of Winterborne Kingston, Dorset, was duly installed as vicar of this parish on Sunday last when he read himself in by reading the 39 articles of religion. The vicar gave a short address to his parishioners at the evening service. The vicarage is undergoing extensive repairs and consequently it will be some time before the newly-appointed vicar will be able to take up his residence in the parish.

The Marlborough Times, September 16th 1893:
An excellent movement.

Under the auspices of Miss LETITIA PENRUDDOCKE, a committee of ladies have been making a tour of inspection of the gardens of the cottages and of others in this village, and prizes have been awarded for various degrees of proficiency both in the flower and vegetable garden. For flower gardens only, prizes were awarded to Miss LEWIS, Miss CLARA SKINNER, Miss KIMBER; and Miss SOMERSET and Mrs CHARLES REYNOLDS were commended. For widows' gardens, Mrs ANN AMOR and MARY HEATH each received prizes. Gardens of the aged poor were also inspected, and THOMAS AMOR, JANE SMITH and MARY MARTIN received prizes. Two prizes given by Mr C. PENRUDDOCKE for the best butter made by cottagers were awarded to Mrs MARIA MARTIN and Mrs NELSON STAGG. The other prizes were: for the best outdoor grapes, Mrs J. HEAD; champion bee taker, CHARLES STAGG. Miss PENRUDDOCKE hopes another year to extend the sphere of her labours to the outlying districts of Fyfield, New Mill, Clench, Little Ann, Little Salisbury and Milkhouse Water.

The Marlborough Times, October 14th 1893:
An interesting ceremony took place here on Tuesday last when a double pink May tree was planted in commemoration of the Royal Wedding on some spare land facing Mr SKINNER'S shop. Miss PENRUDDOCKE had previously placed 3 seats on this land and the tree was planted in the intervening space. A goodly number of visitors responded to Miss PENRUDDOCKE'S invitation to be present, amongst them being Mr F. GALE (brother of the late Rev. J.H. GALE), Mrs DIXON, Mrs WARD, Mrs JEANS, Mrs KINGSTONE, Miss SOMERSET , Miss KIMBER and many others. Miss PENRUDDOCKE requested all to assist in planting the tree by each throwing in a little mould and after it had been 'well and duly' planted, the assembled company joined in singing the National Anthem. The school children were allowed to leave school half an hour earlier to witness the ceremony in order to hand down to future generations the celebration of planting the Royal May tree.

The Marlborough Times, November 11th 1893:
Royal May tree. Some mischievous person or persons having damaged this tree, Miss PENRUDDOCKE has had it boarded up, thus guarding it from further molestation.

The Marlborough Times, October 21st 1893:
The induction of the vicar was held on Tuesday evening ..... the Archdeacon read a mandate from the Bishop authorizing the Rev. F.C.L. SWEET to take office as vicar of this parish with all the duties and benefits accruing therefrom. A procession was then formed consisting of two churchwardens (Mr HAINES & Mr S. FERRIS), the Archdeacon and the Vicar. Proceeding to the South door, the key of the church was given to the Vicar by the Archdeacon with authority to take possession of the church and its belongings with the seal and other appurtenances thereof. The procession then went to the belfry where the Vicar tolled one of the bells and thus proclaimed himself the lawfully appointed vicar of this church. The ceremony of induction here ended. The Archdeacon preached a stirring and practical address explaining the ceremony of induction and the duties of both minister and people. Miss KIMBER ably presided at the harmonium and was well supported by the choir. The special hymns were heartly sung by the whole congregation and the impressive service will long be remembered by those present.

The Marlborough Times, December 2nd 1893:
Concert.
On Friday an excellent concert was given in Milton Lilbourne Board School in aid of a fund to supply a churchyard lamp to light the people to church on Sunday evenings - an excellent object, and a necessity in a country parish. The room was beautifully decorated with fine chrysanthemums and other flowers and ferns, lent by Mrs FERRIS of the Manor. The piano, a fine instrument, was lent by Mrs FERRIS. Mrs WARD kindly supplied refreshments to the performers who came from a distance. The doors were opened at 7 o'clock and the concert commenced at 7.30. The room was crowded, and no doubt a larger room would have been full. Mr RAVENHILL explained that his sister would be unable to attend, but at the last moment Mrs HENRY JEANS had consented to supply her place.

The first item was a pianoforte duet 'The Mikado', well played by Mrs SWEET and Miss THOMPSON. Dr RAYMENT sang 'O'er the blue Atlantio' in good style and was followed by the Rev. C.F. SWEET with 'The merry old maid'. Mrs S.B. DIXON of Pewsey then sang 'What ever the wind may blow'. Mrs S.B. DIXON is so well known as a talented singer that it is unnecessary to add that her song was much appreciated. The choir sang 'The booklet', a glee by Hatton in which parts were well sustained. Mrs HENRY JEANS gave 'Waiting' and received an encore, to which she replied with 'Love were enough'. Mr GODDING gave that pretty song 'My friend' and Mrs SWEET sang 'Tell her I love her so', and received a vociferous encore. This lady has a particularly melodious voice and she kindly responded to the encore. Mr RAVENHILL brought the first part to a close with 'The muddle puddle porter', and being recalled sang 'Kicklebury Brown'.

The second part, nearly every item of which was encored, commenced with 'Oh dear, what can the matter be' by the choir. The Rev. C.F. SWEET sang 'The German fatherland', and responding to the encore he rendered 'He did and he didn't know why'. Mrs GODDING followed with 'The blue Alsatian mountains'. Mrs HENRY JEANS was again recalled for 'Bid me to love', and the Rev. C.F. SWEET gave some popular airs on the cornet. Mrs SWEET contributed another song 'Sweet Mignonette'. Dr RAYMENT gave 'The postillion', and 'Zuyder Zee' for an encore. Mrs S.B. DIXON sang in good style 'When Jim comes home from the sea', and on being encored sang that pretty little song 'No Sir'. Mr RAVENHILL amused the audience with 'Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow', and for an encore sang 'See me dance the polka'. The accompanists were Mrs S.B. DIXON, Mrs SWEET and Mrs GODDING, and all did their work admirably. Before 'God save the Queen' the Rev. C.F. SWEET thanked the performers and hoped the audience was pleased. The concert was one of the most successful held in Milton for a long time past.

The Marlborough Times, December 9th 1893:
An extension to the churchyard being necessary, and Mr HENRY SOMERSET, who owns adjoining property having offered to sell a plot of about 45 perches, meetings have been held to endeavour to obtain funds by voluntary subscription rather than under the expensive process of a Burial Board, and the vicar who is good enough to act as secretary wrote to the various owners of property, and they mostly all fell in with the scheme and agreed to contribute liberally. It was felt doubtful whether the Savernake Estate could join, but Mr WOOLCOTT having obtained the sanction of the court said it was able to do so and that it would to the full carry out the duties of ownership and promised a handsome subscription.

The Marlborough Times, December 16th 1893:
An inn blown down at Milton
At 12.30 pm a powerful gust of wind blew the side wall off the New Inn, near Milton, and afterwards lifted the roof off and carried it into an adjoining field, the premises being completely wrecked. The landlady of the inn is Mrs VAUGHAN, whose daughter lives with her. A party of sportsmen, comprising Messrs H.J. CHAMBERS of Marlborough, G. FALL Jnr of Burbage Wharf and T. HYLAND had just entered the building and were on the point of sitting down to lunch when the upper part of the side wall collapsed and crashed into the bedrooms over their heads. Mrs VAUGHAN, realizing the danger, advised them to get out at once, and at the same time she and her daughter ran out and were fortunate in escaping the falling debris, a considerable quantity of which fell just as they were passing out of the door.

The fury of the storm was terrible, and it was evident that the wind would make short work of the tottering house now that it had got under the roof. The visitors made an effort to secure it by means of ropes, but while they were in the act of throwing these over, the hurricane lifted the roof completely off the building and carried it some 30 or 40 yards away where it fell into a field. Happily, no-one was injured. But the house became a total wreck and the occupants were forced to seek shelter elsewhere in the midst of the pitiless storm.

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