1913 June

On the 26th June the much anticipated Ashwell Garden Fete and Bazaar was held at the Bury. The Tennis Club were involved organising a grand tournament with large prizes. The Congregational Sunday School had their Anniversary and school treat. Two other happy events were the weddings of Priscilla Worboys with George Payne and Gertrude Christy with Frederick Ablett.

There was a Benefit Smoking Concert at the Bushel & Strike for Benjamin Waldock. He was only 12 years old but already employed at Fordham’s Brewery. About 16 months previous he had caught influenza which had turned into paralysis. The sum of £8 was raised.

An unusual subject to come up was about Workhouse Clothes. Mr W.A. Fordham asked about system of clothing for workhouse inmates on leaving. It seems that an inmate had taken discharge and gone to work in Ashwell still wearing the workhouse uniform. The rules were that an inmate’s clothing was kept after admission and re-issued on leaving if suitable. In this case the man had slipped by porter to make his escape early on Thursday morning.

Ballooning was making the news again with two sightings in the month. They were said to be piloted by members of the Hurlingham Club and the Hon C S Rolls was in one. However unless there was another famous C S Rolls my researches say that he died in a flying accident at Bournemouth in 1910. – So perhaps you can’t believe everything you read in the papers.

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