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Articles from 1899 (part 3)

The Marlborough Times, June 10th 1899:
Church Missionary Society: Sale of Work at Milton Lilbourne
The annual sale of work at Milton in connection with the Church Missionary Society took place on Wednesday last, under the most favourable auspices. This event, as carried out by Mrs GALE, who is a most zealous and self-sacrificing worker in the cause of Christianity, is an institution which has become historic. Whereas on previous occasions the elements have, as a rule, been adverse, on this, perfect meteorological conditions prevailed. It was 'Queen's Weather', skies with just a leavening of cloud, brilliant sunshine, trees and hedgerows at their best, and a pleasant breeze. Of a truth it seemed that the Almighty was smiling on the work being done in His name.

In a pleasant meadow adjacent to Havering House, two commodious marquees were erected. In one, the various stalls, laden with useful and artistic articles, and presided over by willing lady vendors, were arranged; in the other, a lecture and a meeting, as well as a Bible class, were held. It was an enlivening, and to those more immediately concerned, an inspiriting scene, as one entered the meadow and saw the crowd of people - ladies in dainty summer costumes, some, alas, in sombre attire, the badge of sorrow; men in cool, loose-fitting garments or in clerical garb; children, dainty and sweet, as children always look when in summer dress. And all around lay the open undulating country, with its spreading meadows, its elm-studded, may-flowered hedgerows, and Martinsell rearing its mighty bastion into the sunlit azure.

By half-past two o'clock, the advertised time for the opening, a goodly number of people had gathered from far and near. Archdeacon TIMS, from North West America, read the 2nd Psalm. This was followed by an eloquent and stirring prayer to God to bless the work, by the Rev. E.N. THWAITES, rector of Fisherton, Salisbury, who also spoke, eloquently though briefly, on behalf of the object of the sale. The doxology having been sung, trade commenced, and was brisk throughout the day at the various stalls, many would-be but procrastinating buyers finding they had been forestalled in their desire to obtain some article, or articles, which had appealed as much to their artistic as to their utilitarian natures.

There were nine stalls, presided over by the following ladies: - 1/Mrs PINNIGER, 2/the Misses REDMAN, 3/ Miss LEWIS and Miss PINNIGER, 4/Miss AGNES FERRIS and Miss BARNES, 5 & 6/Mrs MALCOLMSON and Miss BAKER, 7/Miss INGRAM and Miss BRACHER, 8/Mrs HENRY FERRIS, 9/Miss PETHYBRIDGE and Miss NEALE. It is interesting to note that the dainty articles of needlework, embroidery, crochet, drawn-work and knitting, etc, were worked by ladies resident in Milton and district.
In addition to the reverend gentlemen already mentioned, there were also present Rev. W.B. PITT (Lyddington), Rev. J.M. SAVERY (Froxfield), Rev. H.H.Y. GOLLEDGE (Rushall), Rev. A.G. LAWE (Fosbury), Rev. W.J. BRODRIBB (Wootton Rivers), and Rev. J. HARTLEY (Oare). The laity was represented by, among others, the Misses REDMAN (Froxfield), Miss WOOLCOTT (Manor House, Wanborough), Mrs WROTH and the Misses WROTH (Collingbourne), Miss FOOKES, Mrs KINGSTONE (Manor House, Marden), Miss BULLOCK (Pewsey), Mrs PUCKRIDGE, Miss MARTIN (Haybrook House), Mr & Mrs FERRIS (Milton Manor) and other well-known residents in the district.

At 6 o'clock visitors were still arriving, with the evident determination to do their best to help in ensuring success. A tour of the sale tent resulted in the listing of a few of the many sorts of articles for sale : shawls, cushions, toilet covers, d'oyleys, underclothing, knitted goods, embroidery and drawn-work, handsome table-covers, bric-a-brac, dolls and doll furniture, match holders, ash trays, tea-sets, inkstands, photo frames and easels in bamboo, ties, even cakes, eggs and flowers - lovely June rosebuds for the coat, to be fastened in by dainty fingers. Everyone was happy, buyers bought with a smile and readily-loosened purse-strings, and vendors did not seem particularly unhappy or careworn over their task of trying to effect 'quick returns'.

After an hour's buying and selling, a general movement was made towards the second tent. The Rev. E.N. THWAITES delivered an interesting, chatty, and at times witty lecture apropos of his 4 months' visit to India and Ceylon, which the lecturer illustrated with vivid descriptions of what he had seen, heard and witnessed during a journey of some 16,000 miles.....

[same issue]
Pewsey Board of Guardians/District Council
Canon BOUVERIE reported that, as desired by the Board, he, Mr STRATTON and Mr HUGHES had visited Milton and inspected the drainage, of which complaint has frequently been made by Miss PENRUDDOCKE. The committee were of opinion that there were only two feasible plans by which to alter the present bad state of the water at the cottages belonging to Miss PENRUDDOCKE. One would be an expensive scheme - to make a drain down the main street of Milton village. The other was to get the owners of the land opposite the cottages to allow the ditch to be made down the middle of the field. They thought the best course would be, if it were the wish of the council, for a deputation to wait upon Mr E.B. MERRIMAN and see if they could not make an arrangement with him to allow the ditch to be made in the centre of the field. It was absolutely necessary that something should be done. The water in the well at the cottages was not fit for pigs to drink. The Chairman observed that it seemed important to arrive at any satisfactory soltion by correspondence. Possibly, if a deputation talked the matter over with Mr MERRIMAN, it might be arranged. On the motion of the Rev. L. RIDLEY, seconded by Mr ROGERS, the suggestion of the committee was adopted, and Canon BOUVERIE and Mr STRATTON were appointed as the deputation.

The Marlborough Times, June 24th 1899:
Pewsey Board of Guardians/District Council
It was reported that Canon BOUVERIE and Mr STRATTON had had an interview with Mr E.B. MERRIMAN, and asked him to allow a ditch being cut across a meadow for the purpose of taking certain drainage which at present contaminates the water of cottages belonging to Miss PENRUDDOCKE. A written reply was read from Mr MERRIMAN, declining to accede to the suggestion, on the ground that if carried out it would be ineffectual, but offering to allow the construction of a well on the property, on payment of a quit rent. Mr STRATTON remarked that it came to this - they were not an inch forward. Mr ETTWELL suggested that the advice of the County Medical Officer should be taken. On the motion of Canon BOUVERIE, it was decided to lay the whole matter before the Parish Council of Milton, for their observations. The clerk stated that if the proposed drain was for the purpose of the drainage of Milton, it was a special expense, and would come upon the parish of Milton; so that it was a doubtful case for the District Council to enter upon without the full knowledge of the parish, and the parishioners having an opportunity of discussing it.

The Marlborough Times, July 1st 1899:
Deaths: June 24th, at Milton, MARY, the wife of JOHN BENGER, aged 58 years.

The Marlborough Times, July 8th 1899:
Milton Parish Council
A quarterly meeting was held on Monday. Present: Mr C. REDMAN (Chairman), Mr C. STAGG (Vice-Chairman), Messrs H. FERRIS, POCOCK, SPACKMAN, VAUGHAN, WELLS and WAITE, and T. ELLIS (Clerk). The Chairman read a letter from the clerk of the District Council referring to a defective drain running by two cottages belonging to Miss PENRUDDOCKE at Little Salisbury, Milton, and enclosing the District Surveyor's report thereon, also a letter from Mr E. MERRIMAN to Canon BOUVERIE on the same subject, and requesting him (the Chairman) to bring the matter before the notice of the Parish Council for its opinion thereon. The clerk read the various documents and a lengthened discussion arose. Mr SPACKMAN was of the opinion that if the well was sunk below the rock, and the sides well steined, a good supply of pure water would be obtained. A similar case occurred, a few years ago, at Vine Cottages, where the well was only sunk as far as the rock, and only surface water drained into it; but after the well was lowered several feet, a good supply of wholesome water was obtained. The council was also of opinion that the surveyor's estimate for 100 yards of piping would be insufficient, supposing the well water to be contaminated from the ditch. The clerk was requested to send a letter to the District Council, explaining the views of the Parish Council, and submitting the following resolution: that this council, having fully discussed the question of the drainage at Little Salisbury Cottages, do advise the District Council to take no further action in the matter until the owner of the cottages has sunk the well lower and properly cemented the sides of the well to keep out all further drainage.

The Marlborough Times, 22nd July 1899:
Milton. Teachers' Outing.
The annual summer outing of the Marlborough Teachers' Association took place on Saturday last, when a party of about fifty local teachers journeyed to Milton. A short business meeting took place in the schoolroom, the chief object of discussion being the recent legislation upon half-time attendance in rural districts ......

....The party then proceeded to the Manor House, the residence of Mr
George FERRIS, who had kindly invited them to tea. Having graciously welcomed each individual, Mr FERRIS proceeded to give a short address upon what he described as his hobby, the fascinating subject of social history. He carefully brought out the development of the national life in the English nation, and the distinguishing characteristics of the people, their healthy independence, intrepidity and devotion to duty. He showed that the same spirit was evident in the Saxon folk-mote or shire-mote, as in our parish and district councils. The same daring led our forefathers in their coracles across the Channel, as helped the children of the present day to brave the tempests for the rescue of their fellows; and the same devotion to duty led Alfred's men and the followers of Harold to die around their standards, which leads the fireman of today to take his life in his hand upon some errand of mercy, to the winning of a Victoria Cross, or to refusing, as the stewardess of the 'Stella' did, to relinquish her post when others were perishing....

....A move was made to the spacious marquee, in which a most bountiful tea was provided. Subsequently Mr FERRIS spoke of the great pleasure it gave him and Miss FERRIS to have the teachers there as their guests. Having jocosely referred to his own schooldays, he proceeded to read Crabbe's description of the schoolmaster of his time, facetiously remarking that those must have been the days before compulsory education ..... the evening was most pleasantly passed with music and dancing on the lawn, and when the party broke up, with the singing of 'God save the Queen', it was universally acknowledged that no pleasanter outing had been enjoyed by the association.

The Marlborough Times, July 29th 1899:
To be let, from 29th September next, Sunnylands, Milton, 2 miles from Pewsey station, close to church, post and telegraph; very pleasantly-situated residence, containing entrance-hall, 2 good sitting-rooms and kitchen, 5 bedrooms and attics, garden, stabling for 3 horses, with or without 6 acres of pasture land; rent moderate. Apply MARK JEANS, Estate Agent, Marlborough.

The Marlborough Times, August 5th 1899:
Milton Lilbourne. Choir outing.
The members of the choir and a few friends had a trip to Southampton and the Isle of Wight on Saturday last..... [description]

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