1924 April

Booklet by Dr Palmer on Rev Willowes of Meldreth

At the annual parish meeting there were discussions on the Education charities for Ashwell, the state of the road in Odwell (before all roads were made up the pothole problem was probably a lot worse) and the accumulation of wayside rubbish, especially broken glass. At this time there were no bin collections so everyone was responsible for disposing of their own waste. The parish council proposed a ‘Tip’ in Church Pit near Kingsland Way. I am not sure where this was but there is a field called the Tip on the west of Kingsland Way halfway to Slip End – a long way to take your rubbish with no vehicle! At the subsequent Parish Council meeting the Charities trustees were re-appointed and it was agreed to put up a noticeboard at the Tip.

Early in April the W.I. held a Whist Drive for the Red Cross which raised £8-14s-2d. The main event in their regular meeting was a talk on the music of Haydn. Members of the Wesleyan Church sang a Cantata which raised £1-13s-3d for their own funds. The only football match reported in the month was a friendly against Cambridge’s Barnwell United, which came to a 2 all draw.

On four consecutive weeks Dr W.M. Palmer came to lecture, with lantern slides, on ‘Richard Willowes, Vicar of Meldreth 1692 -1736.’ The Rev Willowes was a popular man who built a new vicarage in Meldreth and kept all the parish accounts neatly and correctly. Dr Palmer published a little book of his lecture and toured around the area giving lectures and promoting it.

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