Aldington) and Wickhamford
PRESENTATION AND ENTERTAINMENTS
There was a very pleasant gathering in the Old School on February 7th, when a handsome marble
clock was presented to Mr. W. Mustoe. It bore the following inscription, "Presented to Mr. W. Mustoe
in recognition of his services as clerk and hon. organist in the parishes of Badsey and Wickhamford
from 1892-1898." The work of collecting the funds was undertaken by Mrs. Sladden, Mrs. Wood,
Mrs. Warner, Miss Savory, Miss M. Jones, Miss E. Jones,and Mr. John Mason (Wickhamford).
The two entertainments which have taken place during the past month on behalf of the Bell Fund were in every way most successful. For the entertainment on February 3rd (held in Mr. Sladden's barn by his kind permission) all the provisions for the supper were most kindly and generously given by parishioners and others, which added £3 5s. 4d. to the funds. All the arrangements were ably carried out by Mrs. and Miss Savory, Mrs. H. Keen, Mrs. Warner, Miss Bell, Miss Horsman, Miss M. Jones, Miss L. Knight, Mrs. Sparrow. Mr. H. Keen, Mr. W. Keen, Mr. J. Agg, to all of whom we are greatly indebted for all the trouble they took. Mr. G. Bell was a good M. C. The entertainment in the Old School on February 17th produced the sum of £7 for the Bell Fund.
LECTURE AND SLIDE SHOW
The Vicar gave a lecture in the Old School on March 21st, which was illustrated
by numerous views shewn by the oxy-hydrogen limelight. Mr.
J. G. Wood very kindly managed the lantern. The subject of the lecture was "The Planting of
Christianity in Britain." The audience was small,
and the receipts did not pay the expenses for two cylinders of gas from Birmingham, hire of piano,
and carriage of slides lent by a friend in Oxford. There was a deficit of three shillings and sixpence,
which was paid by the Vicar.
BAND OF HOPE
A meeting of children and others was held in the Old School on March 9th, to establish a Juvenile, Branch of the Church of
England Temperance Society. Meetings have been also held on March 16th, 23rd, and 30th. The
Vicar presided on each occasion, and was assisted
by Mr. Thomas Hall. The object of the society is to encourage the members in the habit of abstaining
from intoxicating drinks. No child is allowed to join the society without its parents' consent. A
very good start has been made, 52 children having already joined, and we appeal to the parents to do
all in their power to encourage the children to keep their pledge.
School Examination:- The Diocesan Inspector (Canon Houghton) visited our Schools on March
14th, and expressed himself very satisfied with the good tone and, general efficiency of the Schools.
Mixed Department :- Due allowance being made for interruptions caused by sickness, which obliged the School to be closed for a fortnight, the result of the examination as well as the tone and order of the School are very creditable to Mr. McDonald and his staff. The master has maintained the higher standard of the original syllabus by presenting standards ii. and iii. in the middle division, and standard iv. with standards v. vi. and vii. in the upper division. Of the 42 thus presented, in the upper division 24 were only in standard iv., and most of these (notably Rosa Ewins) wrote excellent answers on paper. The oral answers also in this and the other divisions displayed the readiness and intelligence which are the fruits of good teaching and training. Highly commended; standard vii., May Cull and Joseph Knight; standard vi., Mary Addis ; standard iv., Rosa Ewins, and many others more or less good.
Infants :- Mrs. Mason is to be congratulated upon her successful efforts to give simple explanations of the Lord's Prayer and other parts of the lessons prepared to her little scholars, who answered intelligently. This useful nursery department quite deserves its place in Class I.
The Churchwardens have decided to have the spoutings and other outside work of the Church painted. This is a very necessary work in order to preserve the fabric in proper order. A bier for carrying the dead at funerals is also shortly to be provided. This has been a great want for a very long time. This work will involve a considerable outlay, and we trust that members of the congregation will remember these extra expenses when giving their alms for Church expenses, out of which the cost will be defrayed. While speaking of the dead may we ask as a special favour that parishioners, who have friends lying in the Churchyard, will not put artificial flowers on the graves. Real flowers are greatly to be desired, because they are symbolical of the Resurrection of the Dead. Sham flowers are meaningless and quite out of place in an English Churchyard.
A meeting of those interested in the Reading Room was held in the Old School on Tuesday, Sept. 27th. There was a very small attendance, which is greatly to be regretted as there was important business to be considered in connection with this very useful organization for the benefit of the parishioners. Mr. E. Crisp, who has long acted as a most energetic hon. sec., presented a balance sheet for the past season, and we regret to have to record that there is a deficit in the accounts. The reason of this deficit is that so few persons joined the Reading Room last season or took any interest in it, hence the amount received from subscriptions was comparatively small. We are very anxious to make the room more useful during the coming winter, and some suggestions were made for this purpose. It was proposed that the age at which members are admitted should be raised, and that the amount of the subscription should be slightly increased. An adjourned meeting will be held in the Old School on Monday, October 3rd, at 7.30 p.m., when the following questions will be further discussed :-
(1) Do the parishioners desire the Reading Room to be continued?
(2) How can it be made more attractive to the older men?
(3) Is it advisable to raise the age of admission or increase the subscription paid?
We earnestly invite the male parishioners to attend this meeting and give their views. It would be a very great pity to give up the room, but unless it can be made generally more useful it seems useless to continue it. We would point out that the members have the use of the school on very advantageous terms. They pay no rent and no taxes, and they received last season the sum of £2 5s. towards their funds for sub-letting the room for the basket-making class, and the meetings of the Parish Council. Any donations towards paying off the deficit on the accounts will be thankfully received by Mr. E. Crisp.
Only a few persons have at present expressed a desire to become members of this club. If any
others wish to join it, the Vicar would be glad to
receive their names at once. He would give any further information on the subject to anyone who
cares to enquire.
THE CHURCH ORGANIST
There is, we believe, a feeling amongst some of the Parishioners who attend the Church that some attempt should be made to provide a stipend for the Organist. Mr. W. Mustoe very kindly played the organ for 7 years without any remuneration, and the present Organist has done the same up to the present time. But the duties of the Organist involve a great deal of time and trouble. He has to prepare himself, to attend all the services and practices when music is sung, and cannot be absent from his post without providing an efficient substitute. We hope that our readers will not think us unreasonable in asking them to show their appreciation of his services by providing some stipend, even if it is ever so small. We understand that there was a time when an Organist was paid to come over from Evesham, and what could be done in the past surely could be done again, We propose to open a fund for the Organist stipend, and the Vicar will be very glad to receive any subscriptions for the fund. He will be very glad to give 10s. a year if other Parishioners will give something.
GIFT OF LAND TO THE VICARAGE
The Parishioners may like to know, and it is certainly worthy of being put on record for the
benefit of posterity, that the authorities of Christ
Church Oxford (the Patrons of the Living) have purchased from Messrs. Lords Trustees a piece of
land, which, they have very liberally presented to the living of Badsey. The quantity of the purchased
land is two roods, thirty perches, situated with frontage to the main road, at the west end of the field
known as the Stockey, and adjoining the fence in front of the Vicarage.
A happy suggestion was made by Mr. Savory, that a prize should be offered to the children of our day schools, for the best essay written by the children, in order to encourage original thought and composition. The subject selected was "The Harvest," and essays were written by 17 children. The first prize (given by Mr. Savory) was awarded to Douglas McDonald, the second prize (given by the Vicar), to Arthur Summerton, and the third prize (given by Mrs. Savory), to George Collet.
MEN ONLY MEETINGS
It is proposed to hold a meeting for men only at the Vicarage Parish Room on Monday, December 12th,
at 7.30 p.m. The object is to gather the
men together to have a friendly discussion on some subject of common interest. The Vicar will open
the meeting with a short paper on "Some points of interest in the history of our parish." He invites
discussion after the paper. If this meeting is successful it is proposed to have such meetings for
men only regularly.