1923 December

Charles Walkden
Charles Walkden at his Herb processing works in Station Road - Philosophers Gate

Little to report this month although I am sure that there were many distractions going on in the village with the build up to Christmas.

Not even any football results! On a festive theme the Choral and Dramatic Society advertised ‘Aladdin’ a Pantomime was in production but you would have to wait until January to see it in the village hall.

At the Women’s Institute meeting the main item on the agenda was Mrs C Harradine’s lecture on millinery making in which she gave members several useful hints.

The Men’s Club had a full programme throughout the month. It held a debate on ‘Ambition –a blessing or curse?’, a lecture illustrated with lantern slides on ‘Fleet Street’ and a Speech Night.

On a more serious note and something we have not heard much about in peaceful Ashwell a case concerning some young lads causing mischief came up before the Royston Petty Sessions court.

Edward Chandler, 10, Edward White, 12, and Frances Dilley, 11, were summoned for wilful damage to glass on 15 November. Mr Charles Walkden had found 2 panes of glass in one of his poultry houses broken. Damning evidence of 50 or 60 pieces of hard chalk were scattered nearby. All three admitted guilt. It appears that three smaller boys were also involved but they were deemed too far away to have hit poultry house. Mr Walkden asked for the boys to only be given a warning (advice) which I presume meant no actual conviction but he was awarded payment of costs and damages. This came to 5s 10d or 29p for each boy.

Charles Walkden lived at Cliff House in Kingsland Way but his main premises were at Philosophers Gate so this is perhaps where the hens were kept.

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