1924 March

J Cookes Engineering Works 1991
Bank Cottage, Sliver Street

Mrs Fanny Bailey died on the 25th February 1924 at Westcliffe, which was originally confusingly reported as Cliff House, but by the middle of March her executors had sent out instructions to sell the household furniture and effects. Westcliffe, which is now demolished was the house that became Cookes Engineering works at the top of Bear Lane. It was built by her husband for their retirement. Mrs Bailey was buried in the family grave in the Congregational (now URC) churchyard.

There were more details of Miss Martha Huffer. She died on the same day as Mrs Bailey but her funeral took place in the Wesleyan Church, formerly on the High Street. Her death was first recorded as in Back Street but it now appears she was living at Bank Cottage in the road that is now called Silver Street. There was an announcement of the death of Isabelle Albone, 82, a former resident of Ashwell in Canning Town on 19th March.

At football Ashwell played a friendly against Henlow RAF, the airbase must have been very new then, but lost 1-0. Away at Weston they also lost 4-1.

The Village Hall was again very busy. After a year in operation a meeting was held to review all those who had appeared there. During this month the Men’s Club held one of their regular Whist Drives. The Letchworth Citizen’s Company entertained with ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. At the W.I. meeting there was a presentation to Miss Hyslop to thank her for 4½ years as Hon. Secretary. The lecturer booked had to cancel because of illness so Mrs W A Bray stepped in to give a demonstration of toffee-making.

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