1924 January

Theatre Club production in the Village Hall

Of interest this month is an advert for the Auction of Freehold property on the instructions of Mr J W Pack. I am not sure of the reason for this but it looks as if he was giving up his blacksmiths business which as you can see had been a great employer and service to Ashwell people. The properties on sale were:

  1. House, blacksmith’s and fitting shops, yard and outbuildings, High Street, blacksmith’s and engineer’s trade. This was next to the URC and came with vacant possession so he had already moved.
  2. Newly erected wheelwrights and carpenter’s shop, concrete floor, large yard and sheds in Swan Street.
  3. Large yard with timber and corrugated iron buildings, foul house and open shed, stabling for 6 horses, loose box etc at the Green, which is near the Lockup
  4. 12acres 3roods 16poles of Copyhold accommodation arable land with a large frontage to Baldock Road.
  5. Two adjacent freehold allotments or plots of land containing 1a1r19p with vacant possession.
  6. Freehold cottage and large garden, situate at West End.


Christmas Festivities carried on into the New Year. The Congregational Church Sunday School had their party and the children gave an entertainment called ‘The Happy Family’.

The village hall held a number of events. The Ashwell Choral & Dramatic Society used it to perform Aladdin, ‘a comic pantomime’ They gave an extra performance to raise money for the old people’s tea.

Early in the month the Village Hall was also the venue for the Ashwell W.I. Christmas party. The WI’s regular January meeting, also in village hall, was their AGM in which the years officials were appointed. This was rounded off with a talk on savings.

The 24th January was the first Anniversary of the Village Hall which judging by the activities carried on there was becoming a much loved village institution.

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