1923 May

Herbert George Fordham
Edward George Fordham

On the 3rd May a very successful Bazaar was held for that bottomless well of church monies – the Tower Restoration Fund. More than £75 was raised.

The Cricket season had taken over from football with a full fixture list. The Reserves played  Baldock Albion, losing away by 78-43 runs and at home by 70-50 runs. The Ashwell 1st XI had more success beating St Ippolyts and the Stevenage Club & Institute. On Whit-Monday the visit by Letchworth was cancelled so an impromptu match was quickly arranged between the local married and single men.

Choral Society and the Merchant Taylors School Boys Choir competed in the Hertford Music Festival. Class I adjudicated by Dr Vaughan Williams, and the Choral society came 1st. They repeated their success in Class II, gained the highest marks (50) for sight reading and a certificate. Both Ashwell choirs sang in final concert.

A letter was sent to the Royston Crow from H George Fordham of Odsey on the subject of the Merino breed of sheep. He had seen  the first three reports about the introduction of the breed in the early 19th century and more records and prizes from the Herts Agricultural Society. Two of his ancestors, Edward George Fordham of Ashwell Bury and George George Fordham of Odsey House won prizes from the Merino Society between 1814 and 1816 for best ram and ewes. A portrait believed to be the1816 prize ram still exists. Unfortunately the breed, which came originally from Spain did not fare well in the English Climate but it has prospered in Australia.

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