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Articles from 1897 (part 1)

The Marlborough Times, January 30th 1897:
Collection in the parish for Indian Famine Relief.

The Marlborough Times, February 20th 1897:
Concert.
.... It is not often that a village is privileged to have on a concert programme the names of such soprano singers as Miss BAUMGARTEN, Miss GALE, Mrs H. JEANS and Mrs SWEET, though Miss GALE was unfortunately prevented by a cold from singing .... Mr J. AWDRY in his song 'Dance with me' and recitation of 'The Moonrakers' fairly brought the house down ....

Part One:
Pianoforte solo - Miss C. BAUMGARTEN
Glee, 'Oh hush there my baby' - choir
Song, 'The Queen's shillings' - Dr RAYMENT
Song, 'Needles and pins' - Mrs SWEET
Humorous song, 'When I was a boy at school' - Mr RAVENHILL
Duet, 'I don't want to play in your yard' – LILY & ETHEL FORD
Song, 'My Arab steed' - Mrs H. JEANS
Reading , 'The revenge' - Mr M. JEANS
Song, 'Masks and faces' - Miss BAUMGARTEN
Comic song, 'Dance with me' - Mr J. AWDRY

Part Two:
Dialogue, 'The backward child' - Misses SWEET
Song, 'The soldiers of the Queen' - Dr RAYMENT
Song, 'Thady O'Flynn' - Mrs H. JEANS
Song, 'The parrot' - Rev C.F. SWEET
Violin solo, 'Cappriccio' - Miss E.F. SWEET
Recitation, 'The Moonrakers' - Mr J. AWDRY
Song, 'Kathleen Mavourneen' - Miss BAUMGARTEN
Comic song, 'Delaney's chicken' - Mr RAVENHILL
Glee (in character), 'Old King Cole' - choir
'God save the Queen'

The Marlborough Times, April 10th 1897:
To the Editor
Sir - In reading the papers we see proposals of many different ways in which to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of our beloved Queen. What shall the proposal be in our little village of Milton Lilbourne ? I cannot imagine a more fitting one than that of a new organ in our parish church, a fund for which has been open for a long time, but progresses very slowly. Our forefathers have shown much zeal in building our fine old church with a nice ring of bells, but the small American organ is quite inadequate for the size of the church.

Cannot we all put our shoulders to the wheel, with a little more of the spirit of King David of old (I Chronicles, chapter 29) and of Hiram, King of Tyre (II Chronicles, chapter 2), and fillip the subscription list, so that there may be an organ worthy not only of the commemoration of the peaceful and prosperous reign of the Queen, but also of beautifying the house of the King of Kings, thus making a two-fold memorial; for what is there on earth that lifts up the soul nearer heaven than the tunes of a nice organ? And what would be more pleasing, on the Jubilee Day, than to hear such tones, leading our thanksgiving service?
It would be a memorial that might stir up our souls, and the souls of our children, and our children's children, and lead us with them to think of the 60 years' peaceful reign of our good Queen and Empress.
Yours etc.
A Life-Long Chorister, Milton Lilbourne, April 6th 1897

The Marlborough Times, April 17th 1897:
Diamond Jubilee
Sirs –
Will you allow me through your columns to inform 'Life-Long Chorister', whose letter on the above subject I was much pleased to see in your issue of April 10th, that the organ for which he pleads so eloquently is now in course of construction, and will, I hope, be finished before the autumn. It has, however, always been intended that it should be erected in memory of the late Vicar Rev J.H. GALE, so that we cannot make it a memorial to the Diamond Jubilee, as he suggests. At the same time I hope that this Jubilee Year will see the full sum we require collected. At present we have about £110 promised; and in order to have the organ complete with its full number of stops we require another £45. I have not yet made any appeal for subscriptions to persons not interested in the parish; but Mr GALE was so widely known and respected that I feel that there may be many of his old friends who would like to join us in raising this memorial to him - some have already volunteered to do so - and I need hardly say that I should be very glad to receive and acknowledge any donations they may send. I am sure I may count on one from 'A Life-Long Chorister' (if he has not yet given it), and if he will undertake the work of collecting from others I shall be very pleased if he would communicate with me.
Yours etc.,
C.F.L. SWEET, Vicar of Milton Lilbourne
Milton Vicarage April 14th 1897

[same issue]
Sir - Your correspondent 'A Life-Long Chorister' in your last issue, cannot think of a more fitting memorial than an organ in our parish church. If, as your correspondent says, the fund has been opened a long time, and it progresses slowly, I am afraid that it shows our villagers take but little interest in it seeing that our Vicar has done his best in every way to raise the money. Your correspondent considers the small American organ inadequate. Permit me to say that it was a harmonium when purchased at the restoration of the church, and if 'A Life-Long Chorister' has been a resident sufficiently long to remember the old order of things, he or she will recall a church filled with hearty singing, quite adequate to its size.

Now, Sir, will you kindly allow me to say a more general memorial to this unique and beneficient reign would be a church clock? This is not my suggestion, but a remark heard in some quarters, and is a long-felt want. Tradition informs us there was one in former days, and I believe the old clock, hammer and spring are still in the bell loft. This would interest all parties.
I am, Sir, yours obliged
A loyalist

The Marlborough Times, April 24th 1897:
Parish council.
The first meeting of the new council was held on the 15th inst. Present were: Messrs C. REDMAN, W.J. KINGSTONE, E. WELLS, H.J. FORD, F.W. BARRETT, H. SPACKMAN, J. HEAD, C. STAGG and T. ELLIS (Clerk). The members having signed the declaration of office, the clerk said the first business was to elect a chairman and a vice-chairman. Mr FORD proposed, and Mr WELLS seconded, the re-election of Mr C. REDMAN as chairman. This was carried unanimously. Mr W.J. KINGSTONE was also re-elected to fill the vice-chair. Both these gentlemen briefly returned thanks for their re-elections.

The Clerk read the cash statement for the past year. Election expenses were £4 11s 9d, audit stamp 5s, postage 7d; total expenditure £4 17s 4d. The appointment of overseers for the ensuing year then took place, and after some discussion it was resolved to appoint Mr BARRETT & Mr GUILBERT. The Clerk read a circular from the county council respecting parish records and documents, and on the proposition of Mr FORD, the Clerk was instructed to ascertain if any such books or documents were in existence. A hearty vote of thanks to the Clerk for his excellent services during the past year, proposed by Mr W.J. KINGSTONE, brought the meeting to a close.

[same issue]
Deaths: April 14th at Upper Farm, Milton, EMMA, the beloved wife of SHADRACH REYNOLDS, in her 65th year. Her end was peace.

In memoriam: In loving memory of CHARLES SPACKMAN, died March 28th 1895 aged 25 years. His end was peace.

The Marlborough Times, April 31st 1897:
Church Missionary Society
Milton Lilbourne, Pewsey
A sale of work and useful articles will (DV) be held in a tent at Mrs GALE’S Havering House on Wednesday May 26th 1897 at 2.30. Public meeting at 6. Including exhibition of curios in the garden with 'Chinese Receptions'.

The Marlborough Times, June 12th 1897:
Serious accident to Mr Mark JEANS.
A general feeling of regret has been aroused by the intelligence that a serious accident happened to Mr MARK JEANS, of King Hall, Milton, whilst returning from Devizes Market on Thursday last week. It appears that he was riding a young pony, and when he had got within a comparatively short distance of his home, the animal bolted. Mr JEANS lost the stirrups, and fell from the pony just as it was entering the grounds of his residence. He was pitched on his head on some stone-work, and sustained a very severe scalp wound, besides other injuries. He was carried indoors and the services of Mr COLMAN were called in. For a short time Mr JEANS made satisfactory progress, but then, unhappily, he had a relapse, and for several days he was in a condition which caused great anxiety to his friends. Under the care of Mr COLMAN, and his successor Dr MANNERS, he has, however, since improved, and it is hoped that he will speedily recover from the effects of the accident.

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