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Articles from 1897 part 2

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NEWS FROM MILTON LILBOURNE, 1848-1909

Articles from 1897 (part 2)

The Marlborough Times, June 19th 1897:
19th anniversary of the Milton Friendly Society. 250 members and friends sat down to dinner provided by Mrs VAUGHAN of the New Inn, New Mill.

The Marlborough Times, June 26th 1897:
The Jubilee celebrations commenced here on Sunday morning by an early peal of bells, followed by the singing of the National Anthem from the top of the church tower by the choir and others. The idea was very effective, and a great number of loyal parishioners turned out to hear the noble strains. Two special thanksgiving services with appropriate sermons were given by the Vicar to full congregations, both morning and evening. The National Anthem was sung at the commencement of both services.

Though the general Jubilee rejoicings are not to take place here until Tuesday July 6th, the inhabitants had caught the holiday spirit on Tuesday, and so tried to make a show of rejoicing. The day was ushered in very early by a merry peal from the bells, and many of the horses were gaily decorated with flags and other devices. Miss PENRUDDOCKE gave a tea to the members and friends of the Band of Hope in a meadow kindly lent by Mr G. SKINNER. The eventful day ended with a monster bonfire, built by Messrs SPACKMAN, HISCOCK & co., on a prominent part of Milton Hill. At 10 o'clock the great pile was fired amidst the enthusiasm of a large number of people who had been conveyed thither in waggons, kindly lent by Mr C. REDMAN. The National Anthem was sung around the fire and lusty cheers were given for 'Our noble Queen', for the Vicar, for Mr G. FERRIS, Mrs FERRIS etc. The greatest excitement prevailed and never before has Milton Hill resounded with such cheering, merriment and song as on the never-to-be forgotten night of June 22nd 1897.

The Marlborough Times, July 3rd 1897:
Milton Lilbourne - the Diamond Jubilee commemoration.
Our report of the above in last week's issue omitted to add that the faggots for the bonfire were fetched by Mr DEW, who sent his waggon and men, a matter of some moment in a busy time. Messrs S. REYNOLDS and A. STRATTON each gave their workers the wherewithal to enable them to honour 'the lady in the black dress' as a contemporary aptly puts it (may God bless her). In the evening Mr W.E. WELLS gave his workers a supper of the olden type consisting of roast beef etc., plum pudding and nut brown ale. Some 35 men sat down, whilst Mrs WELLS, with kindly forethought, sent a share of the good cheer to more than one old worker unable to be present. Tobacco and snuff followed the feast, and after the toast of the day and singing the National Anthem. The company adjourned to the outside, where they footed it right merrily till a late hour.

The Marlborough Times, July 10th 1897:
Milton Lilbourne - the Diamond Jubilee Commemoration.
The last of the Diamond Jubilee commemorations in the district took place here on Tuesday last. At one time, there was all the appearance of a right royal celebration, but from one cause or another the affair dwindled down to rather small pretensions. As many of the farmers had already entertained their employees, the subscription list did not fill very satisfactory, the consequence being that the celebration had to take the form of tea for all the villagers and a bread and cheese supper. At 5 o'clock , upwards of 400 people, including children, sat down to a substantial tea.

After all had joined in the singing of the National Anthem, sports of varied character took place, followed by rides on Jennings' steam horses, the wherewithal having been provided for the children by Mr G. FERRIS presenting each child with a threepenny piece. At intervals sweets and nuts, given by Mr W.J. KINGSTONE of Broomsgrove, and other kind friends, were scrambled for the children. The Easton Band was in attendance, and everything passed off in a quiet manner. Several of the houses were decorated, notably the Vicarage, Mr GUILBERTíS, the Post Office, and Mr FORDíS. Messrs Wadsworth & Co. of Devizes gave 20 dozen of aereated waters. A word of praise is due to Mrs JEANS of King Hall for her superintendence of the tea arrangements, and also for Mr JEANS for placing his meadow at the disposal of the Jubilee Committee.

The Marlborough Times, August 14th 1897
Thunderstorm - damage by lightning.
On Sunday last a severe shock of lightning and thunder was experienced in Milton at about 3pm . The lightning struck a large elm tree standing in Mr REYNOLDS' (of Upper Farm) meadow. There were, at the time, a valuable four-year old cart horse and a pony standing under that tree. The cart horse was struck by the lightning and was unable to stand for some time, and it is still in a very precarious state. The pony escaped unhurt.

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