1923 November

Methodist or Wesleyan Chapel formerly on the High Street
Part of Prospect Terrace, Back Street
The Clubroom now restaurant at the Bushel and Strike where the dances were held

Men’s Club debates big issues

At the meeting of the Ashwell Rural District Council it was reported that school attendance was commendably high. At Ashwell the average was 94.8% and at Hinxworth CC school it was even better at 98.2%.

George Sharpe died at the age of 81 at West End though he lived in Prospect Terrace. Prospect Terrace is now 25 to 37 Back Street but I am not sure which house he lived in.

There was a Jumble Sale, that stalwart of fund-raising, for the never-ending cause – the Church Tower Restoration Fund. It was held in the ‘Gardeners Lane Club Room’ which is the hall at the back of the Bushel and Strike.
In the Wesley Guild Sunday School Room there was social event with games and the only football match Ashwell played was a draw at home against Baldock Social.

The Men’s Club Debating Society was well underway and managed to cram 5 discussions into the month all on major topics. Town life v Country life; The tongue, the pen, or the sword which is the mightiest? Has the introduction of machinery increased unemployment? What are the duties of a villager towards the inhabitants of his village? And a discussion on the superiority of either the English, Scots, Irish or Welsh to which thankfully no decision was made. If this was not enough for the Men’s Club there was also a lantern lecture on London’s Underground.

Other activities at the village hall included a Whist drive, a concert by Mr Dan Hall and the British Legion Annual dinner.

On Armistice Sunday the morning service in the church included 2 mins silence. Then in the afternoon there was a parade to the War Memorial and another service there.

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