1923 January

The Police House (now demolished) Alice House and the Wheelwrights Shop (also demolished)
Mens Club Billiard Room in the Village Hall
Village Hall Interior 1930s

The new village hall at West End was proving its worth with a busy programme of events throughout the month.
On the 28th December, the hall was the place to be for the spectacular W.I. Christmas Party. It was immensely popular with over 200 attending all wanting to see the new hall. The main entertainment was a play put on by schoolgirls, followed up by general dancing.
The W.I. regular meeting for January was also held in the village hall, and it was to become their regular venue for many years. A new committee was elected and a sketch by members finished off the evening.
The Choral Society likewise took advantage of the Hall. They started with an evening’s entertainment called “Christmas in the Olden Times” which raised £11.22 ½ p towards the cost of an Old People’s Tea. This was attended by about 70 people and afterwards the Choral Society had their own social.
The Men’s Club, for which parts of the hall had been specifically designed, also started to have regular evening meetings on a Monday.

On the football pitch in Division III the Reserves, at home to Walsworth, were beaten by the large margin of 7-0. Another tragedy occurred in Division II when the 1st XI lost 3-1 to Preston after the team captain and 2 men arrived late for the start. They regained a little respect in the next match by beating Walkern 1-0 at home.

The retirement was announced of P.C. Pitcher after 26 years of approved service. He worked on the railway for many years until joining police in January 1897. He became the Ashwell Village Bobby in 1919. Those were the days when Ashwell had its own policeman. Then the police house stood on the corner of High Street and Hodwell where there is just a seat now.

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