1923 July

Methodist or Wesleyan Chapel formerly on the High Street

The Wesleyan Church, which used to stand on the High Street held its Anniversary Celebrations and made £7 or £8 which it donated to the school.

There seems to have been only two cricket matches in the month that were worth reporting. Playing away the1st XI lost to the Three Counties Mental Hospital but beat Hitchin Athletic at home.

The annual Feast, when the schools closed and the fair came, was held on the Rec. However the only comment the Crow could muster was that the ‘usual entertainments’ were provided.

The funeral took place of Mr Leopold Day, who we mentioned in last month’s column.   He died at the age of 79 and was buried in the same grave as his father who died 72 years previously in 1851.

Mr George N Shelton gained his full Pharmacy qualifications. He served his apprenticeship with Mr J R Burton owner of the long-established Chemists on the High Street a few doors along form the present one. Mr Burton and Mr Bridgman before him had concocted all sorts of wonderful elixirs on their premises which stretched down to Hodwell. I think Mr Shelton took over before it passed to a small chain and closed in the 1980s. Mr Shelton and his sister were great photographers and have donated to the museum many photographs of Ashwell taken in the early 20th century and some of our earliest colour slides from the 1960s.

After last month’s outing of the senior girls to Clacton on the 3rd July the younger County Council School girls went to London by the White Rose charabanc. They visit the zoo then toured the city seeing places of interest. Not to be missed out a third outing was organised for the infants. They went in Mr A Angell’s decorated wagon to Mr Bray’s field where were lit to make tea and there were plenty of games and races.

An advert announced next month’s big event: Ashwell Fete in the Bury and Elbrook house grounds with a mounted gymkhana and a hunter & cart show. This was the forerunner of our annual Ashwell Show on Bank Holiday Monday.

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