1923 June

Leopold Day c.1920

As usual there was a mixed bag of cricket results. At home Ashwell beat Stevenage CVI and Arlesey. They played Ickleford winning away by 114-49 and at home.

The 1st XI went to Henlow and were beaten by a massive 76 runs while the 2nd XI beat Henlow 2nd at home. Meanwhile the Reserves lost away at Holwell and the newspaper commentated with unusual criticism that they were uninspiring and poor.

The death was announced of Mr John Sheldrick at West End on 19th May at the age of 68 after suffering a painful throat affection He was a native of Thriplow but came to Ashwell 30 years ago and worked as a drayman for Messrs JR Page & Co. He leaves a widow with whom he had 9 sons and 3 daughters. Two of their sons died in war.

Mrs Burton, Foresters Cottages, Back Street was shocked by the sudden loss of her husband Mr John W Burton, aged 66.  He died of ‘a heart affection’. For 40 years he had been secretary of the Independent Order of Foresters and a Sub-Chief Ranger of the Bedfordshire Division. His funeral was attended by over 40 members.

On May 30th Mrs Mercy Lee, aged 81, passed away at Spring Head Cottages. She was the widow of John Lee.

Mr Leopold Day, the baker & confectioner of High Street died on 25th June at the age of 79 after being ill for only one day. He was affectionately called “Lil” and was very fond of sporting with dog and gun.

On a brighter note on the 11th June at St Mary’s Church the wedding took place between. Miss Jessie Day, youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs Charles Day to Mr R Blagg.

The schoolgirls had a very busy month which started by putting on an entertainment at the Village Hall which raised £3-5s for the hall. The girl’s school handiwork was highly commended and examples were selected to be sent to a county display in St Albans. On the 22nd June the older scholars of the County Council School were taken on an outing to Clacton. They left at 6.30am on Mr Cain’s charabanc “The White Heather” and were not expected back until 10.00 pm. The Girl Guides, who must have constituted many of the same girls, held a rally at Digswell House

Finally reports of two Women’s Institute meetings crept into this month’s newspapers. At the first there was a talk about Mozart followed by a trio playing some of his music. The June meeting in the village hall was attended by about 70 members. Mrs W A Fordham spoke on current events, followed by a demonstration of salad making and dressing with a flourish of Country Dancing to finish off.

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