1923 October

The last of the church and chapel Harvest Festivals was celebrated at St Mary’s with the money and produce collected taken to Addenbrooke’s.

The biggest worry in Ashwell this month was the rapid spread of Infectious diseases. The Infants School was closed due to measles and two cases of scarlet fever had been admitted to Royston Hospital but were now improving. Even the only football match reported this month was affected. The Juniors played Letchworth Reserves but they were severely hindered without their star player, H Bryant, who was in the Isolation Hospital and lost 3-0.

The Village Hall was still attracting a lot of use. An advertisement for Mr Dan Hall’s Concert Party promised an entertaining evening in the Village Hall. At the Men’s Club AGM a Debating class was planned -starting next month. The W.I. reported last month’s talk which was entitled ‘What to do till the doctor comes’ whilst in October Miss Church presented ‘Lacemaking, history and example’.

Also mentioned was the marriage of Mr Frederick Freeman, the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Edward Freeman, Park Farm Cottage, Ashwell to Miss Dorothy A Leppard of Westminster at St John the Evangelist, Westminster, London.

A little extra this month is the photograph of the Merchant Taylors School Choir who, a hundred years ago, represented the school at Hertford. Back row left is Albert Sheldrick and all the boys are named in his book ‘A Different World’.

Merchant Taylors School Choir 1923

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