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Articles from 1908

The Marlborough Times, January 4th 1908:
A 'Penny Reading' was given in the school room on Friday evening last when there were 63 persons present and a pleasant time was spent. The Rev. HANBURY BARNES of Burton, who is at present in charge of the parish, gave two capital recitations, and Miss BARNES much gratified the audience with her violin solos. Mrs LEAROYD read twice, with her accustomed power, and the youngest performer was Miss MARGARET PUCKRIDGE, who recited 'Admirals All' in quite promising style. Miss CLARKE'S two songs gave much pleasure, and amongst other local performers were Miss DAISY FORD, WM DEADMAN, HARRY LAY and E. DAY. Miss LILY FORD played the accompaniments and Mr M.A. MERCER gave selections on the gramophone. At the end of the entertainment, Mr B.C. SCAMMELL thanked the performers for their kind services and congratulated Mr P.M. PUCKRIDGE upon having arranged such a good programme. It is hoped to have a similar performance before long.

[same issue]
Bellringers' supper at Milton
The annual supper in connection with the Milton bellringers took place in the schoolroom on Tuesday evening. The invitation to supper was also extended to the adult members of the choir. There were also present the two churchwardens, Mr MAIDMENT (West Wick), Mr MARSH (Easton Royal), Mr G. SPENCER, Mr PEPLER, Mr FORD, Mr CARTER, Mr F. STAGG, Mr J. LANE, Mr J.W. LANE, and others. The supper was splendidly cooked by Mr & Mrs C. REYNOLDS and gave great satisfaction. Mrs H. FERRIS, Mrs HARRY FERRIS, Mrs PUCKRIDGE, Miss L. FERRIS, Miss PARSONS and Mrs V. FORD were the 'ladies in waiting'. Mr P.M. PUCKRIDGE occupied the chair. After supper the loyal toast was loyally honoured with the National Anthem.

The Chairman next proposed the toast of the evening, 'Success to the Milton bellringers'. Mr PUCKRIDGE said this was the 5th anniversary on which the members had met together, and great credit was due to them for the very efficient manner they had performed their duties during the past year. There had been a great improvement in the Sunday ringing during the last few years and he hoped it would still continue to improve. Mr PUCKRIDGE then referred to the loss the parish had sustained by the removal of Mr & Mrs MATHEWS, both of whom had taken such a keen interest in the bellringers and had always been present at their annual supper. The Chairman also referred to the absence of Mr C. STAGG, the foreman of the bellringers for so many years. A word of thanks was also accorded the choirmen present. Mr PUCKRIDGE coupled with the toast their energetic captain Mr T.H.S. FERRIS. The toast was drunk with acclamation and musical honours.

Mr FERRIS in responding thanked them all for the kind reception accorded him, and said that this was the fifth time he had responded to the toast and hoped it would continue to the fiftieth time. Mr FERRIS thanked the bellringers for the excellency of the ringing during the past year. The bells had been rung on every Sunday and sometimes at great inconvenience to the men themselves, and he was greatly indebted to them for standing by him as they had done. A better set of ringers could not be found in any village for 10, 15 or 20 miles around. Owing to many calls for subscriptions this year the amount collected was not quite to high as the previous year, but Mr FERRIS had succeeded in collecting 7 3s 6d, which would be sufficient to give the men 1 2s 6d each. The Chairman then handed the amounts to the recipients at the call of their captain, Mr T.H.S. FERRIS.

The Chairman proposed the health of the friends who had contributed towards the expenses of the supper and of the visitors. Mr MAIDMENT briefly returned thanks. The toast of 'The Ladies' was responded to, in a maiden speech by Mr G. SPENCER.The company then formed themselves into a smoking concert, and harmony, conviviality and 'smoke' constituted the order of the evening. The following gentlemen contributed one or more songs: M.W. HILLER, Mr PUCKRIDGE, Mr FORD, Mr PEPLER, Mr W. DEADMAN, Mr A. HEAD, Mr J. HEATH, Mr E. WAITE and Mr W. WAITE. The meeting then concluded with all singing "Auld Lang Syne" and the National Anthem, the ringers adjoining to the belfry to ring out the old year 1907 and ring in the new year 1908.

The Marlborough Times, January 18th 1908:
Deaths: GILFORD - January 15th at Fyfield Farm, Milton, SARAH JANE, the dearly beloved daughter of Mr & Mrs ALFRED GILFORD, aged 22 years.

[same issue]
The late MISS GILFORD.
The funeral of Miss GILFORD, of Fyfield Farm, took place at the churchyard on Saturday. Many residents of Pewsey, Milton and the district were at the graveside to pay their last token of respect to the deceased's memory. There were numerous floral tributes, amongst them being from 'Father, Mother and Sisters', 'Brother STEPHEN and wife and family', Hon. F.P. BOUVERIE and all at Fyfield House, Mrs DIXON and Miss SAMUELLS, Fyfield Manor, Mr & Mrs HUNKLER, Pewsey, Mr & Mrs WELLS, Totteridge, Mrs BRYDEN and Mr & Mrs PLANTE, Pewsey, Miss WAITE, London, Mrs DUDLEY, London, Mr & Mrs GIDDINGS, Hilcot, Mr & Mrs KEEN, Marlborough, Mrs STILE and Mrs BALDWIN, London, Mr & Mrs MORTON, Newbury, Miss MORTON, Miss MARTIN, Chisenbury, Mrs GODDARD, Pewsey, Misses KING, Pewsey, Miss BEVAN, Pewsey, Mr & Mrs P. KING, Pewsey, Mrs HUDSMITH, Southsea, Miss NELMES, Gloucester, and Dr MARTIN, Milton.

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