1922 July

Edward King Fordham at Harrow School

A rather uneventful month unless you played cricket or spent your time going to garden fetes but strangely there was no mention of the annual feast.

At The Bury a fete organised by the Joint Committee of Ashwell Village Hall Provisional Council and Ashwell W.I for Village Hall funds was a great success. There was Morris dancing, children dancing, a Punch & Judy show, many stalls and the Letchworth Town Band put in an appearance. The whole event raised proceeds of £102 and a gift of £7 from the dancing class. An anniversary that was celebrated in the month was for the Wesleyan Sunday School.

The cricket teams were very busy. Ashwell beat Weston by 26 runs, St Ippolyts by 11 runs and Arlesey by 18 runs. However they were well beaten by Hinxworth and the reserve match against Arlesey was rained off.

There was an announcement that the marriage had been arranged between Mr Horace Marsh of Farleigh, Kent, and Miss Edith Haylock of Ashwell.

Two deaths occurred far away of people related to Ashwell. Mrs Edith Kate Murray died in London aged 40 after a long illness. She was the 5th daughter of late Mr James Pack, the Ashwell blacksmith.
Mr Edward King Fordham the eldest son of the late Mr Edward Snow Fordham of Elbrook House died at the Pavilion Theatre Weymouth. He was educated at Harrow and gained a BA from Trinity College Cambridge in 1902. As early as 1903 he was shown as ‘being in the dramatic profession’ He served with the Royal Army Service Corps during the War and returned home to Ashwell in 1919 as heir to his father’s estate. However it appears he could not keep away from acting. The tragic incident occurred on stage at the theatre when he fell backwards and died immediately,

East Herts Archaeological Society visited Therfield and noted a vague connection to Ashwell of an un-named friend of Aetheric, Bishop of Dorchester (1016-34), who advised the Bishop of a flight to London of the ‘Danish Bully’, so arranging for the Bishop to buy and donate Therfield to Ramsey Abbey and Barley Church.

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