Old Ledbury - World War One in Colwall Village

World War One in Colwall Village

World War One Colwall Village

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 08-08-1914
After the first Flower Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, which was such a complete success, early on that following (Monday) morning, five hampers, containing eggs, flowers, toys, picture books, sweets, etc., also the sum of 8s. 9d., representing the total of small sums which were handed in quite voluntarily were sent away. The Rev Campbell Theodophilus PAYNE, Vicar of St. Andrew's, New Kent Road, London. S.E., has sent a letter of acknowledgement, in which he says, "I should like your young people to see some of those who have received their gifts, the aged, sick children, and our very little folk who just love a toy. Please accept my grateful thanks for your kindness, and thank for me all those who sent."

Mrs HOLT NEEDHAM, Barton Court had most kindly arrange to have a garden meeting at Barton Court, on the 13th inst. In aid of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, one of the two great missionary societies of the Church, which was to have been addressed by the Rev Edwin Herbert GOMES, M.A., of Boraco. In consequence of the unrest caused by the war the meeting has had to be cancelled.

The Rev Geo. DYER, Superintendant Minister, Ledbury, occupied the pulpit at the above place of worship on Sunday morning and evening last. He preached two eloquent sermons. He made appropriate allusions to his impending departure for Rye in Kent, and to that being the last occasion on which he would address them as their superintendant minister. Mrs NORMAN, Lower House Farm, ably presided at the organ, and in the evening a solo was sweetly sang by Miss JACKSON, Malvern. The congregations were good and included many visitors. The collections were exceedingly good. They were for the chapel fund. After the evening service the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was administered, the new Communion vessels being used for the first time.

On Saturday the Loyal Perseverance and Bright Lodges of the Malvern District of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows held their annual fete and sports in a field adjoining the Horse and Groom Hotel, Colwall. Unfortunately the proceedings were interfered with by the weather, rain falling almost continuously throughout the afternoon and evening. Consequently the attendance was not so large as would have been the case had more favourable weather prevailed. The members assembled at New Court Corner, where the procession was formet. The members then marched in full regalia headed by the Colwall Brass Band (under the conductorship of Bandmaster F W Have??) round the village, returning to the sports field at 3 p.m. The programme of events provided were of an interesting character, and caused much amusement. Brother G WILLIAMS proved an able hon. secretary, and he was assisted by the following committee:- P.P.G.M. S. W. PUGH (Chairman). P.P.G.M. H. W. A???, P.P.G.M. M. J. POWELL, P.G.'s A. E. WHARTON, T. TYLER, H. A. HITCHINGS, T. BERRY, R. GARDINER, H. GOODWIN, and C. THOMAS, V. G. H. WHARTON, Brothers A. G. PARMEE, J. SWAITHE, C. HITCHINGS, G. MOORE, P. G., Miss A. CORFIELD, P.G., Miss F. KITE, P.G., Miss L. FREEMAN, P.G., and Mrs W. HOULDRIDGE. Tea was provided by the lady members of the committee.
The following were the prize winners:-
100 yards' Handicap (members of juvenile branch under 12). - P. JONES 1, H. LEWIS 2, ? HYDE 3.
120 yards' Handicap (members of the juvenile branch over 12). - W. HORTON 1, H. JONES 2.
120 yards' Handicap (girls of Colwall Schools). - Edith WALL 1, Mary HORTON 2, Ruth WARD 3.
100 yards Handicap (open). - R. TURNER 1, A. GOODWIN 2, R. JONES 3.
Threading the needle race for boys and girls of Colwall. - W. ROBERTS and Maggie BARTON 1, H. ROBERTS and Mary HOULDRIDGE 2, F. HYDE and Mildred HOULDRIDGE 3.
220 Yards' Handicap (members of Loyal Perseverance Lodge). - G. MAISEY 1, G. BARNETT 2, J. PHILLIPS 3.
80 Yards' Handicap (members of Bright Lodge). - Miss E. FREEMAN 1, Mrs THOMAS 2, Miss FREEMAN 3.
Quarter-mile Handicap. - A. GOODWIN 1, W. PHILLIPS 2, E. TURNER 3.
Egg and Spoon Race. - Mrs T. GOODWIN 1, Mrs T. TYLER 2, Mrs H WHARTON 3.
Half-mile Contract (open). - C. VOYCE 1, A. GOODWIN 2.
120 Yards' Sack Race (open). - A. ALLSFORD 1, C. NICHOLAS 2, W. HUISH 3.
Mile Handicap (open). - A. GOODWIN 1, C. VOYCE 2, J. VICARAGE 3.
Bowling for a live pig - H. BAILEY
The judges were: - Brother W. WILLIAMS, P.G., and Brother H. W. ALLEN, P.P.G.M. The handicappers and starters were: Brother S. PUGH, P.P.G.M., and Brother J. RICHARDS.
Dancing took place in the lodge room from 8p.m. to 11 p.m. The M.C.'s were Messrs. P. LEWIS and H. WHARTON. Music was supplied by the band. STRICKLANDS amusements were in attendance.

Kington Reporter Newspaper 15-08-1914
The monthly meeting of the Colwall Parish Council was held at the Workman's Hall, Colwall, on Wednesday night. Mr Fred BALLARD (Chairman), presided, and also present were Miss Julia HOLLAND, Messrs MONTAGUE TAYLOR, T A PEDLINGHAM, O N HOLT-NEEDHAM, G JOHNS, J PEDLINGHAM, H E HANSON, H W JONES, S W PUGH, A. G. ALLEN, W WEBB, together with the Clerk (Mr G H T FOSTER), Clerk's Assistant (Mr THOMAS), and the Building Inspector (Mr T J CAWSEY).
A plan of a temporary building at the British Camp, Colwall, for Mr Barry JACKSON, was passed unanimously (with the exception of Mr BALLARD), the building to be used for a hospital for disabled officers and men engaged in the war, the building to be removed when the purposes for which it is erected are at an end.
With reference to the Evendine Spring the Inspector reported that he forwarded a sample of the water, with others, to the County Medical Officer, Dr Gold, and the report was that they were all more or less bad.
The Chairman proposed, Mr A G ALLEN seconded, and it was carried, that the owners be called upon to connect with the public supply.
A letter was read from Mr M J POWELL resigning his position as a member of the Council, and regretting that he had not been able to assist to carry out the most important scheme, in the housing scheme, for the parish. He thanked the Chairman for his courtesy.
On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr ALLEN, the resignation was accepted with regret.
A letter was read from Captain Crawley, suggesting that he be allowed to enrol the names of men between 20 and 40 to act, as special constables in the event of anything untoward taking place in the parish, in view of the fact that there were suspicious characters prowling about, and that they must see to the safety of their homes. He further suggested that the Chief Constable of the county be communicated with, which he would undertake.
The Chairman said there was something to be said for the idea, and suggested that to put the thing in order it had better be introduced to the Chief Constable.
The Chairman urged the parishioners to take every care of the surplus crops of fruit and other things. He suggested preservation by evaporation, bottling, etc.
Mr MONTAGUE TAYLOR threw out a hint on the Canadian principle of evaporation of apples.
It was resolved to ask the Technical Committee of the County Council to start immediately a class of instruction in the preservation of fruits and vegetables by the process of bottling or other ways, and to write to Mr PORTER on the matter.
Miss HOLLAND asked permission to report upon the work of the voluntary aid detachment of the Red Cross Society. The hospital would require a sum of £30 to £40 per week in upkeep. Towards this Mr LAKE had offered ٧5 a week for six months. Mr HOLT-NEEDHAM, Mr J HOLT and Mr J W WILSON would give £100 each to the upkeep, and other sums have been promised.
Mr TAYLOR proposed, and Mr ALLEN seconded: "That the thanks of the Council be accorded to all who had gone from the village to protect the country; to Miss HOLLAND for the offer of her home, and to all who were ministering to the needs of their country."Carried with applause. The hospital was ready to open in 24 hours.

TOOMES - August 16, at Stone Cottage, Colwall, Eliza TOOMES aged 79 years.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 15-08-1914
Intercessions for our country and for His Majesty's forces will be offered at all services on Sunday next, and the sermons will deal with the duties of Christians in time of war.

The summer treat to the children attending the Wesleyan Sunday School, Colwall Green, came off in delightful weather on Wednesday evening, at the Lower House Farm. Mr. and Mrs. NORMAN and friends provided a bounteous tea, which was greatly enjoyed, and all sorts of outdoor games were carried on to the gratification of the children.

The Rector of Colwall (the Rev C HARRIS, D.D.), earnestly recommends all eligible men in Colwall to enlist either in the Regular Army or in the Territorials. He is an old Volunteer himself, and has put down his name at the War Office for active service abroad as chaplain, if his services are required.

The many friends, both in Worcester and Colwall, of Mr and Mrs John STALLARD, Redland, who have been rather anxious as to their safety on the Continent, will be glad to hear that a telegram was received from them on Wednesday morning, from the Riffelalp Hotel, near Zermat, Switzerland, stating that they were quite safe. Mr and Mrs STALLARD usually spend their summer holiday in Switzerland. They are accompanied by their two younger daughters and a friend. They propose returning when the congestion on the French railways, owing to the mobilisation, is not so severe.

After a long and painful illness which commenced about November of last year, Mrs Eliza TOOMBES, The Stone Cottage, near the station, passed away on Monday night last in her 80th year. She was born at a cottage near per present residence. This cottage, like many other picturesque cottages in Colwall, has been pulled down. Her late father was born in Colwall at the Church Cottage, more than a hundred years ago. In the house is a grandfather's clock and a warming pan, which were kept in the church tower for a dead year, on account of a dispute between her father and her uncle on the death of her grandfather. There is no family, but her husband, who is an invalid, and three step sisters, survive her. The funeral will be at the parish church on Saturday, at three o'clock.

Miss HOLLAND, at the Colwall Parish Council meeting, on Wednesday evening, gave an interesting report of what had been done by the Colwall Voluntary Aid Detachment of the Red Cross Society. Dr Mary WILLIAMS and herself went to London last Friday, and saw Sir A SLOGGATH and Colonel MACPHERSON, at the War Office, and informed them that they had entrusted the care of the sick and wounded to the Red Cross Society. Dr Mary WILLIAMS and herself then went to the headquarters of the Red Cross Society. There they were informed that Birmingham would be made a base hospital, but that Brand Lodge, as a clearing hospital with 30 beds, would be invaluable to them, especially if properly staffed and equipped. Dr. Mary WILLIAMS had great experience in military hospitals during the Ashanti campaign, and had been awarded a medal by the War Office. The Red Cross Society headquarters gladly accepted their offer. To start with they required medical stores, blankets, sheets, beds and bedding. After leaving the Red Cross Society's headquarters they went to a wholesale medical establishment, where Dr Mary WILLIAMS obtained the requisite medical dressings etc. At the meeting on Monday £400 had been promised if the hospital opened. This would enable them to keep it open for three months. The following had kindly promised the following subscriptions: Mr N O HOLT-NEEDHAM £100. Mr HOLT £100, Mr J W WILSON, M.P. £100 Mr A B LAKE £5 a week for six weeks, and there were many smaller amounts. £70 was subscribed for the preliminary expenses. All the beds had been promised. Promises of every kind had come in, such as half a day's work, help in cooking, scrubbing, etc.
Dr WILLIAMS was of opinion that they could open now at 24 hours notice. Should the hospital not be needed, nothing would be wasted, as the stores would be sent on to other Red Cross centres, and the amounts promised not called in. Three large motor cars in which the patients could be conveyed from Birmingham lying down, had been promised. Milk, eggs and fruit would be most acceptable, especially eggs, which were likely to reach famine prices. Sister EDWARDS, who was well known at Cradley, would take charge of the hospital. Miss KINSEL and Miss CRAWLEY would assist, and eight members of the Red Cross who held St. John's Ambulance certificates, had volunteered their services. Miss LAKE and Miss CHORLEY, had already commenced attending the Worcester Infirmary for training. Mrs ALLBRIGHT, Bromesberrow, had promised to help in every possible way, and Ledbury and Eastnor, as they were not doing anything independently, were throwing in their lot with Colwall. They were certain of sufficient funds for three months, but she wished to make it six. Everything had been done in strict accordance with the advice from headquarters of the Red Cross Society.
Mr MONTAGUE TAYLOR moved that their best thanks be accorded to Miss HOLLAND and to the 40 Territorials from Colwall, who had without the loss of a moment joined their respective regiments and had gone to defend their homes and country. Mr ALLEN seconded, and the motion was carried unanimously.
The Chairman stated that they all agreed that everybody ought to be doing some definite work.

The monthly meeting of the Colwall Parish Council was held on Wednesday. Those present were:- Mr F. BALLARD (CHAIRMAN), Miss HOLLAND, MESSRS. T. A. PEDLINGHAM, M. C. H. TAYLOR, J. PEDLINGHAM, G. JOHNS, A. G. ALLEN, L. W. PUGH, O. N. HOLT-NEEDHAM, H. E. HANSON, W. WEBB, and H. W. JONES.
The Council were formed into the Parochial Committee in order to consider plans which were presented by the Inspector (Mr T. J. CAWSEY), on behalf of Mr. Barry JACKSON, for a temporary building to be erected at the British Camp, for the purpose of providing a convalescent home for soldiers and sailors of the United Kingdom.
After discussion, it was decided to approve of the plans, on the motion of Mr. PUGH, seconded by Mr. JOHNS, providing that an undertaking was given that the building would be taken down when the purpose for which it was required had ceased. Mr. BALLARD was the only dissentient, and said such a proposal was the result of a silly panic. It was very foolish. Such a building was unnecessary.
Miss HOLLAND said that if the plans complied with the bye-laws they could not prevent Mr JACKSON doing what he wished with his own land.
Mr. TAYLOR said he thought their thanks were due to Mr JACKSON for what he proposed to do. (Hear, hear).
Mr. PUGH said the committee were not concerned with Mr. JACKSON's motives whether they were ridiculous or otherwise. They had to see that the plans complied with the bye-laws.
Mr. BALLARD said that was so, but he was not obliged to condone such proposals.
As the Inspector reported that the analysis of the Medical Officer in regard to the Evendine Spring was not satisfactory, it was decided to serve notices upon the owners of houses in the district to provide a proper domestic supply, for the inhabitants.
The resignation of Mr Martin POWELL was received and accepted with regret.
Capt. CRAWLEY, Colwall, wrote suggesting that as there was only one police officer in the district in view of the war, special constables ought to be appointed for the district, and if the Council were willing, he was prepared to take the responsibility of obtaining persons willing to serve.
The Chairman said the Council had power to appoint special constables, but he thought they ought to approach the Chief Constable of the county on the matter.
This was agreed to.

British Camp Hotel
Mr Barry JACKSON, who has generously offered to build a house at the British Camp for the reception of wounded soldiers, is the proprietor of the Repertory theatre, Birmingham. We understand that the house is to accommodate 15 beds and will be situated behind the British Camp hotel. The water at this spot is claimed to be the purest in England. The architect is Mr Delay AHEARNE, of Birmingham.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 22-08-1914
After a long illness borne with much Christian resignation and patience, Mr. Allen ROGERS, Millbourne, passed away on Saturday last. Although he never sought local honours, he took a great interest in local matters, was a kind neighbour, and in politics was a convinced and dependable Unionist. He was a member of the Bosbury Lodge of Oddfellows, .N .U. He owned property both in Colwall and in the adjoining parish of Mathon. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, at Colwall Parish Church. The Rector, the Rev. C. HARRIS, D.D., officiated, and the deceased's favourite hymn, "Sun of my soul. Thou Savour dear" was sung in the church. The coffin was of polished elm, with brass fittings. The in-scription on the breastplate was - "Allen ROGERS, died August 25th, 1914; aged 59 years." The undertakers were Messrs. C. PEDLINGHAM and Son. The mourners were -
Mr. Ernest ROGERS (son, who had obtained permission to attend from the Worcestershire Yeomanry, with which he is now serving). Mr. James P. EVANS (son-in-law), Perryditch, Leominster, Mr. Edward ROGERS (brother), Mr. S. ROGERS (brother), Mr. J. MEEKE (brother-in-Law), Newland and Mr. Albert MEEKE (nephew), Newland. The bearers, who were tenants or neighbours, were Messrs. G. WALL, C. MOSS, J. BARNETT, and J. SPENCER. Amongst the friends who attended were - Messrs. J. H. CONNOP, T. A. PEDLINGHAM, G. PATON, T. GRIFFITHS (West Malvern), H. PEDLINGHAM, A. T. WATERS, W. ALLEN, W. HARFORD, Miss TWYNAM, Mrs. MADDOX, Mrs. JOHNS, Miss. G. JOHNS, Misses CORFIELD (2), Mrs. ROBERTS, Mrs. KITE, Miss KITE, and others. The wreaths, which were very beautiful, were from the Widow, Ernest and Margaret, Annie, Jim, and Baby Olive, Jane and J. MEEKE, Albert, Olive, and George MEEKE, Mr. and Mrs. G. JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. JONES and Olive (Malvern), Mr and Mrs. T. A. PEDLINGHAM, Mr and Mrs H. PEDLINGHAM, Mr. and Mrs. JOHNS and family, Mrs. BAILEY, Mr. and Mrs. J. ROBERTS, Mrs. T. MILLER and Lizzie and Mr. C. MILLER, Mrs. KITE and family, Mr. and Mrs. BOURTON and family, Mr. Allen MASON, Mr. E. SMITH and Miss C. SMITH, Ellen and Gladys (Perryditch), George and Abley (Perryditch), Mrs. SMITH and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. PENFOLD, Alice ANDREWS, Mr. and Mrs. COULSON, Mr. and Mrs. WALL, Ada, and Maggie, and Mrs. MORGAN (Eardisland).

The late Major Arthur LAKE, of The Brook House, Colwall, late of 62nd (Wilts) Regiment, whose death took place on March 21st last, left property valued at £8,434 6s 10d gross.

Alfred W. GRUBB, a member of the Colwall Detachment of the Church Lads Brigade, on account of his smartness and intelligence, has been promoted to be a sergeant in the company.

The collection at the Parish Church next Sunday, will be for the Prince of Wales's Fund for the relief of distress. No words are needed to recommend this fund to the generosity of patriotic Englishman and Englishwomen.

Amongst those who have been recently enrolled in the National Reserve is Mr Alfred T. WATERS, Colwall Green. He served for 15 years and three months in the Artillery Volunteers, and was at one time a non-commissioned officer. For a considerable period he was a member of the Malvern Batter of Artillery Volunteers, both while it was a battery of garrison artillery and field artillery.

On Friday, Dr. Herbert JONES, the district medical officer of health, paid visits to the Hill Girls' and Infants' School, and the Colwall Boys' School, and individually examined the children. There was not a single unfavourable report at either school. - On Monday, Dr DRYBURGH GOLD, the medical schools officer of health, also inspected the schools with similar highly satisfactory results.

Until further notice, special services of intercession for our soldiers and sailors, and for our country and Empire will be held as follows:- Every Tuesday at the Elms Chapel, 8 a.m., Holy Communion: 7.30 p.m. evensong with intercessions. Every Thursday at the Parish Church:: 8 a.m., Holy Communion (Requiem Service); 4 p.m., evensong and intercessions. The Rector would be glad to have a list of the names of Colwall men who are serving at the front, in order that they may be remembered individually. Special intercessions or thanksgivings to be used at these services should be written down and handed in before the service begins.

The congregation of this increasing and progressive church is fortunate in having such a popular curate-in-charge as the Rev. W. E. JOHNSON B.A., and such energetic and capable church wardens as Mr W. H. LAWTON and Mr R. ? ALLEN. Last Sunday the offertories throughout the day were devoted to the Prince of Wales' Distress Fund. They reached the unexpected and liberal amount of over 20. It is to be hoped that the other churches in the diocese will emulate this splendid example. In the morning the sermon was preached by the Rev. W. E. JOHNSON and on the evening by the Rector, the Rev. Dr. HARRIS.

The High Education Sub-Committee of the Worcestershire County Council have recommended that a scholariship of £50 be renewed to Mr Hedley G. WATTS, of North Malvern for the third year at Christ Church College, Oxford. Mr WATTS is the only son of Mr. Jas. WATTS, for many years a former resident and parish churchwarden of Colwall, and whose devotion to public affairs and fine business aptitude while serving as churchwarden was greatly missed. This scholarship is held in conjunction with the open £80 scholarship in natural science, and a minor college foundation scholarship. Mr. Hedley WATTS has already passed in the Honours Schools in Moderation in Mathematics. He is an old Worcester Royal Grammar school boy. The scholarship for the present year has been awarded to Mr. Wm. A. YOUNG, of Sytchampton, Stourport, also a Worcester Royal Grammar School boy. These students have been called to military service. And the committee directed that they should take up the scholarships on their return from duty. (Applause).

Kington Reporter Newspaper 22-08-1914
There was a good attendance of members at the Elms Chapel on Monday afternoon, when the Rev. F W GOODBAN gave an appropriate and inspiring address on St Bartholomew, whose festival it was.

Mr F BALLARD presided at a lecture on fruit bottling, on Monday evening at the Workman's Hall, which was given by Mr A J MANNING, Horticultural Inspector for the County Council. There was an excellent attendance.

All the offertories at the Parish Church on Sunday last were devoted to the above fund. There was a most generous response, the amount at present being over £20, but the collection will be kept open until the end of the week to enable anyone who was not able to be present on Sunday to contribute.

As a result of an examination the Governors of the Walwyn Trust have awarded the Walwyn Scholarship for boys, of the value of £10 per annum, tenable for three years, to Richard J GWATKIN, of the Colwall Boys' School. There were seven candidates, five from the Colwall Boys' School and two from Malvern Schools. The successful candidate has had his entire training at the Colwall School. He belongs to Colwall families who have lived in the parish for 200 years. He is the second Walwyn Scholar. The first was Albert MITCHELL, who also received his education at the Colwall Boys' School. He holds the scholarship, and has been successful at King Edward VI. Grammar School Birmingham. The scholarship for girls, of the same value, has been awarded to Nora PALFREY, of the Colwall Valley Girls' School. There were five candidates, four from the Colwall Valley Girls' School, and one from the Colwall Hill Girls' School.

An interesting lecture was given on Wednesday evening in the Workman's Hall on "The European War : Its Causes and why England has intervened," by Mr H A ACWORTH, C.I.E. Mr HOLT-NEEDHAM took the chair in the presence of a crowded audience. A vote of thanks was proposed to the speaker for his full and interesting lecture, which dealt with the progress of European nations and their development since the seventeenth century. A collection was taken at the door on behalf of the Red Cross Society, and amounted to £3 11s 6d. During the counting of the collection Mr Arthur LAKE and Mr HOLT-NEEDHAM decided to see that any subsequent volunteer from the parish of Colwall should be given a good "send off." Mr NEEDHAM, who has had some military training himself, has this week end off five of his men for home service, to whom a money bounty was given by himself and Mr HOLT, and they each received from Mrs HOLT-NEEDHAM two shirts and two pairs of socks. Their employment on the estate will be kept open until their return.

On Sunday services at the church were of an intercessory character. The Rev F W GOODBAN (London) read the lessons. The sermon was on "Rightousness exalteth a nation," and was preached by the Rector, the Rev. Dr. HARRIS.

Mr. Allen ROGERS, of Millbourne, Colwall, passed away after a long illness on Saturday. He leaves a widow, a son, and two daughters. He has a son at present serving in the Worcestershire Yeomanry, and, like the great majority of the members of that gallant regiment, has volunteered for the front. The deceased was a property owner, both in Colwall and the adjoining parish of Mathon. Mr ROGERS was greatly respected in Colwall and district, and everyone will regret to hear of his death. - The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon, The Rector (Dr HARRIS) conducting the service. The coffin was borne to the graveside by the tenants. The following is a list of the floral tributes:- In loving memory from his loving wife, and Ernest and Margaret; in loving memory of dear father, from Annie, Jim and Baby Olive; in loving memory from his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and James MEEK; in loving memory of dear uncle, from Albert, Olive and George MEEK; in loving memory from Mr and Mrs H PEDLINGHAM; with deepest sympathy, from B and C PENFOLD; with loving sympathy and condolence, from Mr and Mrs C J JONES and Olive, Malvern; with deepest sympathy from George and Abley at Perryditch; from Eileen and Gladys, Perryditch; with deepest sympathy, from E and O SMITH; with loving sympathy from Mr and Mrs JOHNS and family; with much respect and sympathy, from Mr and Mrs T PEDLINGHAM; with much sympathy from Mr Allen MASON; with deep sympathy, from Mrs SMITH and family; with kind remembrances, Alice ANDREWS; with loving sympathy from Mr and Mrs C COULSON; with loving sympathy from Mr and Mrs BOURTON and family; with deepest sympathy from a friend; with deepest sympathy from Mr and Mrs G W JONES and family; a token of remembrance, from Mrs BAILEY; affectionate remembrance, from Mr and Mrs WALL, Ada and Maggie; with deepest sympathy, from Mrs MORGAN, Eardisland; in loving memory and with deep sympathy from Mrs T MILLS and Lizzie and Mr C MILLER, Ludlow; in affectionate remembrance from Mr and Mrs J ROBERTS.

ROGERS - August 15, at Millbourne, Colwall, Allen ROGERS, aged 59 years.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 29-08-1914
A well-attended service was held at The Elms Chapel on Monday afternoon. An inspiriting and impressive address on the Apostle Martyr, St. Bartholomew, whose festival was being kept, was delivered by the Rev. F. W. GOODBAN.

The collections at the Parish Church on Sunday last for this fund exceeded £20. For the benefit of intending subscribers the fund will not be closed until the end of the week. The Rector preached, and the Rev. F. W. GOODBAN , M.A., vicar of St. Chad's, Nichol Square, London, assisted in the services. At the evening service selections from Handel's "Judas Maccabeus" were given to the great delight of those who love and appreciate music in its highest forms. Mr T. F. DAVIS organist presided at the organ with his usual ability.

Captain JINKS, who commands a very fine ship, paid a flying visit to his native parish on Wednesday. While recently sailing homeward in the Mediterranean, he received a wireless message that the German ships of war the Goeben and the Areutha?n, were in chase after his ship. This was the first intimation to them of the war. They put on full steam and after some time, Captain JINKS fortunately fell in with two British men-o'-war, who escorted his ship until she reached safe waters. Captain JINKS returned to duty on Thursday morning. His opinion is that Germany will be "smashed" in three months.

The Governors of the Walwyn Trust , on the results of a competitive examination, have awarded the Walwyn Scholarships for boys of the value of £10 per annum, tenable for three years to Richard J GWATKIN of the Colwall Boys' School (head teacher Mr A T WATERS, assistant teacher, Mr P. F. MCKENNA). There were seven candidates, five from the Colwall Boys' School and two from Malvern Schools. The successful candidate has had his entire training at the Colwall School. On both his father's and his mother's side, he belongs to old Colwall families, who have lived in the parish for at least two hundred years. He is the second Walwyn Scholar. The first was Albert MITCHELL, who also received his education at the Colwall Boys' School. He holds the scholarship at, and has been most successful at, King Edward VI Grammar School, Birmingham. The scholarship for girls, of the same value, has been awarded to Nora PALFREY, of the Colwall Valley Girls' School (head teacher, Miss E. A. SMITH). There were five candidates, four from the Colwall Valley Girls' School and one from the Colwall Hill Girls' School.

It was a happy thought on the part of Mr F. BALLARD, J.P., C.G., whose business acumen is well-known, to use every means to safeguard the local food supply. As the result of his suggestion at the last Parish council meeting, Mr A. J. MANNING, horticultural demonstrator to the Herefordshire County Council, attended at the Workman's Hall on Monday evening, to give a practical lesson on the bottling of fruit. Mr. Manning threw out many useful hints. The attendance consisted mostly of well-to-do people, and was most satisfactory, the large hall being three-parts full. Another lecture will be given next Thursday evening at eight o'clock, when it is hoped many of the artisan class will be present, and Mr. MANNING will then bring his own apparatus. He has invited the public to bring bottles of fruit, which he will sterilise free of charge.

A most able and scholarly lecture on the war, its cause and why England has intervened, was delivered at the Workman's Hall on Wednesday evening, by Mr. ACWORTH C.I.E., Malvern Mr. O. N. HOLT-NEEDHAM was a most capable chairman. The hall was packed with an influential and representative audience. At the close a vote of thanks was cordially accorded to the lecturer, on the motion of Mr. A. B. LAKE, seconded by Captain CRAWLEY. A collection was taken at the door towards the local branch of the Red Cross Society.

LEESON - August 20th, at Evendine, Colwall, William LEESON, aged 68 years.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 05-09-1914
Henry WOOD, of Colwall, was admitted to the Ledbury Hospital on Wednesday suffering from a broken leg. It appears that while in a hopfield he caught his foot in a cart wheel and was thrown to the ground, the wheel passing over his leg. At present the man is progressing satisfactorily.

There was an excellent practice under the direction of Dr Hamilton WILLIAMS yesterday, (Thursday) evening at New Court. The local branch is prepared for any contingencies which may arise.

Mr. and Mrs. John STALLARD, Redland, and their daughter, after a long return journey, marked by unaccustomed vicissitudes, have safely arrived home from Switzerland to the great satisfaction of their many friends and the inhabitants of Colwall generally.

At all their factories, including Colwall, Messrs. Schweppes Limited are doing their utmost to encourage recruiting. They will keep all places open, and in the case of those who have wives and children, the difference between Army pay and the wages previously earned will be made good each week. This arrangement, we are informed, will be continued until the war, whether it is long or short.

Mr. A. J. MANNING, Horticultural Demonstrator to the County Council, gave his second lecture on the above subject at the Workman's Hall, at 8 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) evening. Mr. F. BALLARD, J.P., C.C., presided. The attendance was fair. In sterilising it is essential that the boiler should have a false bottom to allow for the water at a temperature of 100 degrees Fahr. to freely circulate. Mr. S. JONES brought a bottle of Pershore plums and a bottle of Victorias. Mr. A. G. ALLEN supplied the remaining six bottles. While Mr. Manning was preparing the bottles the Chairman lucidly explained the process of drying pears and apples. Mr. ROBERTS, gas manager, handed round samples of dried pears in syrup for tasting. Slow bottling produces better colour, and prevents fruit cracking. The preserving of vegetables was also very clearly explained by Mr. MANNING.

The funeral of the late Mr. William LEESON. a parishioner who had earned general respect by his straightforward and industrious character, took place at the Parish Church on the Wednesday of last week. The Rector, Dr. Rev. C. HARRIS D.D., officiated. The undertakers were Messrs. C. PEDLINGHAM and Son. On the breastplate of the coffin was the inscription&;58; "William LEESON, died August 20th 1914, aged 68 years". The mourners were Mrs. LEESON, (widow), Mrs. DARBY (sister-in-law), Mr W. SMART, Mrs. R. WILLIAMS and Miss WILLIAMS. The bearers were Messrs. G. BISHOP, J. BARNETT, W. SMART and J. WILLIAMS. The wreaths were&;58; In living memory of my husband, from his beloved wife, cross, in deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs. W. SMART, cross, in loving memory from his sister-in-law. "Its but a little token simple though it be, but it comes from my heart unto thee", in kind remembrance, from Mr. and Mrs. J. WILLIAMS, with deep sympathy, from Mrs. F. WILLIAMS, with much sympathy, from Mr and Mrs. G. BISHOP, with deep sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. G. FIELD.

Amongst the names of the candidates for the Worcester Cathedral King's School, who have successfully passed the Higher Certificate Examination of the Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board, appears that of A. E. MAUND son of Mr. H. MAUND, headmaster of the Evesham Boys' National School, and the nephew and godson of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. WATERS, Gloversleigh, Colwall Green. He passed with distinction in Scripture, which includes a wide and accurate knowledge of the Greek Testament. He has already been awarded an exhibition at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and as the result of passing the Higher Certificate Examination, he has been recommended for the Dean PEALE Exhibition of the value of £40 per year. According to the code of the Board of Education, the passing of this examination has also qualified him as an assistant master, not only in elementary schools, but in secondary schools as well. His father, who is the present Junior Warden of the Abbot Litchfield Lodge of Freemasons, Evesham, was initiated at and has been a member of the Eastnor Lodge of Freemasons, Ledbury, for many years.

The summer treat of the boys, girls, middle school and infants school of the Sunday Schools in conjunction with St James's Parish Church was held on Saturday last. The festival commenced with a bright children's service in the Parish Church at 3 p.m. conducted by the Rev. F. W. GOODBAN, M. A., Vicar OF St. Chad's, Nicholl's Square, London. The Rector presided at the organ. There were special prayers for the Army, Navy, and wounded, and others. An adjournment was then made to Old Colwall, the grounds of which had been kindly lent by Mr. and Mrs. BINYON. Tea was served on the lawn in front of the massive yew hedge, for which Old Colwall is noted. After tea, cricket, rounders, swinging, racing and other games were carried on. Among those who were present and assisted were the Rector and Mrs. HARRIS, the Rev. F. W. GOODBAN, Miss CHORLEY, Miss RYAN, Miss STALLARD, Miss G. JOHNS, Miss BAILEY, Miss E. PLOWMAN, Miss B. CLEE, Miss L. CLEE, Miss FOULKES, Miss E. HANSON, Miss F. OAKLEY, Miss F. EVANS, MRS. C. PEDLINGHAM, Mrs WATERS, Mrs. BUTTON, Messrs. A. T. WATERS, A. E. MAUND, (Evesham), and F. GITTINS. It was a kindly thought, on the part of the Rector, to make sure that all the children whose fathers had joined the Colours, were present at the treat, and none enjoyed themselves as much as the two little boys whose father is with the Cameronians or Scottish Rifles at the seat of war. Before dispersing, all assembled on the lawn and were joined by Mrs. BINYON and Miss. BINYON - Mrs. BINYON expressed her pleasure at having them present and regretted that Mr. BINYON had been obliged to go to London. Hearty cheers were given for Mr and Mrs. BINYON, the Rector and Mrs. HARRIS, the teachers and helpers, the French, the Russians, the brave Belgians, and the Colwall men who had so willingly joined the colours. The singing of the National Anthem by the fresh and young voices was so hearty that it was distinctly heard on the Recreation Ground, more than a mile away, where a cricket match was in progress. Mr. W. PLOWMAN, kindly presented the buns, which were distributed on leaving, and Mrs. SEAR, Park Farm, gave the milk.

We understand that a new telephone exchange will be opened within the next week or two to include Bromesberrow and district, also work is now in hand to introduce a direct line to Colwall, which will do away with the absurdity now existing of having to telephone to Colwall via Worcester. Further improvements are coming along in new trunk lines to both Hereford and Gloucester. Town Crier

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 12-09-1914
The late Miss Kathleen BARNETT, who was born and brought up in Colwall, and lived with her mother, the late Mrs. BARNETT, for many years at Yew Tree Terrace, was interred at Colwall Churchyard, on Thursday afternoon last. Her age was 47 years.
Best wishes for many happy returns of the day to Mr. James CONNOP, Bagley, Colwall, on his attaining his 93rd birthday on Saturday last. A few weeks ago, Mr. and Mrs. CONNOP, who is 88, were visited by her sisters, the Misses SMITH, of Ledbury, who were respectively 89 and 85. The combined ages represented 355 years.

The results of the encouragement offered to young men in their employ to join the colours, by the patriotic firm of Messrs SCHWEPPES Ltd., are even better than reported last week. Not only do they make the difference good to married men with families between the army pay and their former wages, but the same privilege is extended to all single men, whether they have anyone dependent on them or not.

The hop crop this year is a very heavy one, and the picking will last some weeks. It began on Wednesday in last week and is now in full swing. The hops are of superior quality and very free from blight. In the extensive hop yards of Mr. D. A. G. BIRCHLEY, Brockbury Hall, there is a special crib for voluntary pickers, and the proceeds will be given to the Red Cross Society. Here the hops are not measured in the usual way by the bushel, but are put direct into the regulation size sacks. Many ladies and children are assisting in this deserving work.

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Jane GREEN, the wife of Mr. James GREEN, Herefordshire Beacon, who died at Ledbury Cottage Hospital, where an essential but critical operation had to be undergone, took place on Tuesday afternoon at Colwall Parish Church. The inscription on the breastplate on the coffin was - "Mary Jane GREEN, died September 4th, 1914, aged 53 years." The bearers were Messrs. W. SMART, W. WOODYATT, G. BISHOP and A. BOURTON. The Rector (the Rev. Dr. HARRIS) officiated. The mourners were Mr. James GREEN, husband, Mr. and Mrs. H. BALDWIN son-in-law and daughter), Miss GREEN, the Misses Gladys, Patronella, Doris and Eileen GREEN (daughters), Messrs. Charles, George, Jack and Cyril GREEN (sons). Master Reggie BALDWIN (grandson), Mr. B. EACOCK (brother), Miss EACOCK (sister), Mrs. CARTER, Miss K. MASON, Mrs. ROWLAND, Miss PHILLIPS, Mr. A. CARTER, and Mr. and Mrs. G. HANDY. The many beautiful wreaths were from - Her broken-hearted husband and children; her sorrowing son Charlie; from Petronella; from Gertrude and Harry; her broken-hearted son, Cyril; Dollie and Reg; mother, sisters Rhoda and Laura, and brother Alf; her loving brother and sister, Charlie and Ada; Bill and Dolly; Kate MASON and Emma ROWLAND; Mrs. H. COTTRELL and Mrs SHEEN; Alice and Mrs. PHILLIPS; Mrs. W. SMART and Mrs. W. YOUNG; Mrs. WOODYATT; Misses LONG and family; J. and F. HANDY; Minnie BURNETT; Miss L. J. WILLIAMS; Mira and Roland KING; John KING and Mr. and Mrs. C. KING; Mr. and Mrs. DEDICOTT.

The Rector of Colwall, (the Rev. Dr. HARRIS) not only anticipates a general want but immediately takes steps to supply it. That this is so was demonstrated on Sunday morning last, when a very large congregation assembled at 7.45 a.m. for a solemn requiem Eucharist for the repose of the souls of the brave soldiers and sailors of the King, who had laid down their lives for their country in the recent battles by sea and land. There were persons present from surrounding parishes and the communicants remembered 98. The service commenced with Beethoven's "Funeral March of a Hero" beautifully played on the organ by Mr. T. F. DAVIS, organist (who ably accompanied throughout) the congregation standing. The Introit was Psalm xxiii to chant 62. At the end, instead of the Gloria, was substituted "Grant them, O Lord, eternal rest, and let light perpetual shine upon them". The special epistle was the Thessalonians iv., 13 to 18. The sequence was the Dies Irne (hymn 358 omitting verses 2-7). The special gospel from St. John xi., 21 to 27. The offertory hymn was 231 "For ever with the Lord". The suggested private prayer at the offertory was the Russian Contakion or Anthem for the Dead from the Liturgies of the Greek Church, and is very beautiful. It is as follows - "Give rest, O Christ, to Thy servants with Thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Thou only art immortal, the Creator and Maker of man; and we are mortal, formed of this earth; and unto earth shall he return" for so did Thee ordain when Thou created me, saying "Dust though art, and unto dust shalt thou return." All we go down to the dust, and weeping o'er the grave we make our song, 'Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia' ". Before the consecration "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the Highest" and after the consecration, the Agnus Dei, were nicely rendered. During the Communion of the people, those who were not communicating knelt, and occupied themselves with private devotions, e.g. Psalm 90 and 130, adding "Grant O Lord, to the faithful departed, refreshment, light and peace; remission of sins, a merciful judgement, and everlasting felicity.; The final hymn was 399 "When our heads are bowed with woe". During the recessional the Nunc Dimittis was chanted, and the service concluded, with Handel's "Dead March" in Saul, played on the organ.

The patriotism of Colwall found normal expression at a largely attended meeting held under the auspices of the Ledbury Rural Recruiting Committee, of which Mr. A. R. ROWDEN is the indefatigable honorary secretary. The committee struck a happy idea when they decided to hold the meeting in the open air, and on this occasion the proceedings took place in the open space at the back of the Colwall Park Hotel. A platform had been erected and illumination was provided by several large lamps. The Union Jack was prominently displayed on the platform and surrounding buildings. To say that the meeting was enthusiastic does not convey an adequate expression of the enthusiasm of the audience. There were a good number of ladies in evidence, and the remarks they were heard to make to their male companions made it plain that the young women of Colwall are doing their best to stimulate recruiting. Rousing speeches were delivered by various local gentlemen, and it was obvious that their remarks created a great impression. So far recruiting in the Colwall district has been excellent, and there can be no doubt that before long Colwall will be able to make a favourable comparison in the matter of recruiting with places of even larger size. The musical portion of the proceedings proved very enjoyable and thanks are due to all those who lent their services in this way. At seven o'clock the Ledbury and Colwall Brass Bands assembled at the Horse and Groom Hotel, and afterwards paraded the village, playing patriotic airs en route.
Mr. O. N. HOLT-NEEDHAM presided, supported by the Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Arthur FANSHAWE, K.C.B., G.C.V.O., Captain CRAWLEY, Mr A. Roger ROWDEN, Mr Mostyn LLEWELLYN, and the Rev. Dr. HARRIS, (Rector of Colwall).
The National Anthem was played before the speeches commenced.
After the Chairman had briefly explained the objects of the meeting.
Sir Arthur FANSHAWE delivered a stirring address, full of hopefulness as to the future success of the allied forces, and roused the audience to great enthusiasm with his references and praise of the Navy.
Mr A. Rodger ROWDEN was the next speaker, and said that he felt proud of Colwall, as everyone else must feel proud, with the way the whole district had responded to the call to arms. He was delighted to find each morning a letter coming stating "Five recruits from Colwall, or six recruits from Colwall". (Loud applause). Referring to the census of the county which had been taken on the direct instructions of Colonel SCOBIE (the accredited recruiting officer for the county), one of the chief reasons for the taking of the census was to know the position of the men who for certain reasons could not join the forces for active service. Mr. ROWDEN fully explained the causes and reasons why Germany had thrown Europe into war, and urged every man who was physically fit and of the recognised age to join at once. If England did not come out on top in this gigantic struggle, then she would sink to the bottom, and the English race would be merely vassals of Germany. If the response was as it should be, he believed they would have 500,000 men under arms. (Applause). In conclusion, he strongly urged the men to come forward now and obtain the greatest of all medals " Germany 1914". (Loud and prolonged applause).
A good number stepped up to give in their names and were loudly cheered, as were also others up to 43 years of age, who volunteered for home defence. Captain CRAWLEY proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman, to the speakers, to the vocalists, and to the band for their valuable services. He referred in the highest terms to the excellent work of the Red Cross Society in Colwall. He said that his age precluded him from active service - he commenced his duty under the Duke of Wellington. (Applause). ' Every man ought to be proud to fight for this glorious Empire'.
Mr. Mostyn LLEWELYN briefly seconded the vote of thanks, which was accorded with acclamation.
During the evening the Ledbury Vocal Quartette - Messrs. H. B. WHYLD, F. A. HOBRO, J. BACHE, and J. W. TEAGUE - sang patriotic quartettes, duets and songs. Mr. HOBRO being the accompanist. The successful and most enthusiastic meeting concluded with the playing of the National Anthem by the band.

The monthly meeting was held at the Workman's Hall on Wednesday evening. There were present: Mr. Fred BALLARD (chairman), who presided, Messrs. M. C. H. TAYLOR, T. A. PEDLINGHAM, J. PEDLINGHAM, G. JOHNS, H. E. HANSON, A. G. ALLEN, F. H. RUDGARD AND W. WEBB, together with the Clerk (Mr. G. H. T. FOSTER) and the Clerk's Assistant (Mr THOMAS).
The report of the Library Committee was adopted.
The Lighting Committee recommended a reduction of seven public lamps, this being done in order to get the rate within the same compass as previously.
The report was adopted.
A letter was read from the Chief Constable of the county, stating that special constables were ready to be sworn in when appointed and required.
It was reported that two fruit bottling demonstrations had been held in response to the request made by the Council to the County Council.
The receipt and leaflets from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries on poultry feeding and of interest to allotment holders were announced, and it was stated that a free supply could be obtained from the Board on application.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 19-09-1914
The Herefordshire County Council have organised a Distress Committee, and the representatives on it for the Ledbury district are Mr. Fred BALLARD, J.P., C.C. and Mr. W. L. PRITCHETT. The committee, with funds at their disposal, will provide for 20 Belgian refugees who will be placed in different parts of the county.

Richard J. GWATKIN, Hartlands, Evendine, of the Colwall Boys' School, has been admitted as a pupil at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester; and Nora E. PALFREY, Colwall Green, of the Valley Girls' School, has become a pupil at the Worcester Secondary School for Girls. The scholarships are tenable for three years, but the Walwyn Governors have the power of extending the period in cases of exceptional ability or for other good reasons.

The Gas Committee of the Parish Council, with the laudable object of keeping the special lighting rate within 3d 3d. in the £, postponed the lighting of the public lamps from September 1st to Saturday next. Seven public lamps, which are not absolutely essential will be discontinued. These include lamps on the Mathon Road, one near CHADNEY's houses, another near Mr. W. H. JAMES' (builder), and one near the Colwall Green Post Office.

The following Colwall troopers with the Worcestershire Yeomanry were granted three days furlough last weekend: Messrs J. E. MARSHALL, Sam PEDLINGHAM, Ernest ROGERS and George WADLEY. All looked well and fit for active service. Mr. Harold M. A. POWELL, only son of Mr. Martin J. POWELL, has joined the Worcestershire Yeomanry. He was formerly a Sergeant in the Herefordshire Territorials, but resigned when he went to London. Mr. Edward HOLLAND also holds a commission in this regiment. All the local Yeomanry have volunteered for active service. Trooper SEAR (Park Farm) arrived home on Thursday evening.

The reality of war has been brought home by the presence in Colwall of a few Belgian refugees. Two are staying at the Ellmay Home and enjoying the hospitality of Miss LISSELL. A meeting convened by Mrs Fred BALLARD (Broadwood) was held on Friday, to organise aid for the Belgian refugees. Honorary collectors were appointed, and the money subscribed is to be applied towards buying clothes for the refugees. The response has been most gratifying, over £ 15 having been already subscribed. Plenty of voluntary help has been secured to make the garments.

We understand that Mr Philip HANMAN, son of the proprietor of the Colwall Park Hotel, has volunteered as an interpreter, and that his services have been accepted by the War Office. He has been given a commission as second lieutenant in the Army. - Local War News

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 26-09-1914
On Wednesday evening, there was an interesting gathering at the Workman's Hall, Colwall, the occasion being the annual distribution of shorthand certificates and prizes in connection with the Colwall Evening Classes, which are held under the auspices of the Herefordshire County Council. Mr. Fred BALLARD presided over a good attendance, and he was supported by Mrs. F. BALLARD, who kindly presented the certificates, Miss BOYD (hon secretary of the Colwall Classes), and Mr. H. H. WHYLD. E.C.T.S., and shorthand Instructor to the classes.

In opening the proceedings, the Chairman strongly emphasised the value of shorthand in the commercial houses of today. He could assure students that they would find the art a great aid to promotion in their future lives. Some years ago he took up the art and he could still write shorthand at the present day, but unfortunately after he had written it he experienced some difficulty in reading what he had put down. (Laughter). Even now he found what knowledge of shorthand he did possess useful to him when desirous of taking notes at the meetings he attended. Of course he had to introduce a few longhand words in taking his notes, but between the two he was able to get through very well. He thought that something seemed to get into the character of those gentlemen who were regularly writing shorthand, which certainly very largely improved the words people often spoke. Personally, he felt greatly indebted again and again to the gentlemen he had referred to who made him read in papers a great deal better than anything he said. (Hear, hear). Shorthand was equally valuable to ladies and he was pleased to see such a good number of them present that evening. They were greatly indebted to Miss BOYD, their hon secretary, who did everything she undertook in a thorough manner. (Applause). They were also indebted to Mr. WHYLD, who was an excellent teacher and very thorough in the instruction he imparted to students. (Applause). The classes had been very successful this year, and he (the speaker) hoped they would be even more successful next year. (Hear, hear). Also that they would be taken advantage of by a still larger number of people. The opportunity afforded them was certainly an exceptional one. The facilities were provided by the County Council and he saw no reason why the classes should not reach as high a level in Colwall as in any parish in the county. (Hear, hear). They should see that Colwall was not behind other parishes but rather ahead of them. Those present set a good example by their diligence and he hoped it would be followed by others. (Hear, hear and applause).

Miss BOYD presented the report for the past year, which was as follows:-
The results of the shorthand classes at Colwall at the end of last winter session were again highly satisfactory, both in the number of pupils and the successes gained in the examination. The number of pupils were the largest in the history of these classes and the percentages of passes at the examination held in April were also the highest on record. Out of 17 who sat, 14 passed (against 11 last year), three of these having gained first class certificates although they had no knowledge of shorthand at the commencement of the session. The regularity of the students at the classes were again a marked feature in these classes, several pupils making every possible attendance and a good number made over 90 per cent. All pupils who make 75 per cent or over of attendances and whose progress and conduct are satisfactory, are entitled to have the fees they have paid returned to them, so that really they receive their tuition free. No less than 18 students are entitled to and will receive this evening, the return of their fees. As a good number of students have already expressed their wish to join the shorthand classes, there is every prospect of the successes which have been gained in Colwall being maintained. There is no reason why many more should not take advantage of the opportunities that are thus offered for advancement in this most useful art. It is proposed to hold the classes in Colwall on Tuesdays and Thursdays as heretofore, further particulars of which will be duly announced. The report was unanimously adopted, and generally considered to be very satisfactory.

Miss BOYD incidentally mentioned the fact that Mr. T. HAWKINS who as one of their students last winter had responded to the call of his country, and had joined the Army. In acknowledging his shorthand certificate which had been sent to him Mr. HAWKINS said "I think you will be glad to hear that I have received a certificate and 3s (attendance fee) all right to-day. I think I shall be accepted as a lance-corporal. They asked what schooling I had received, and I mentioned the evening classes and shorthand. There are only twelve wanted for each company of 200 men. "
This message was written in shorthand and it was considered very gratifying indeed that the classes should have been productive of such results.
A hearty round of applause was given for the former pupil, who had enlisted.

At this stage Mrs BALLARD presented the certificates to the successful students and money prizes to those who were entitled to the return of their fees for regular attendance.
The following was the prize list-
Speed Writing (advanced), 80 words per minute: Fred HALES, Mary WEST. Intermediate (or theory) : Myrtle KITE, Girlie HORTON, Tom L. HAWKINS. Elementary: Albert W. ALLEN, Evelyn PEDLINGHAM, Lucy HARRIS, William P. TAYLOR, Gertrude M. TOMBS, Phyllis K. INSALL, Marjorie MARSHALL, Willie HORTON, Gilbert J. MASON. Prizes for regular attendance: Lucy HARRIS, Gertrude M. TOMBS, Gilbert J. MASON, Girlie HORTON, William P. TAYLOR, Marjorie MARSHALL, Phyllis K. INSALL, Evelyn M. PEDLINGHAM, Albert W. ALLEN, Willie HORTON, Tom L. HAWKINS, Mary WEST, Fred C. KITE, Fred HALES, Evelyn ROBERSON, Horace LEWIS, Geo. HUGHES, George WILLIAMS.
At the conclusion of the presentation Mrs BALLARD addressed a few remarks to the students, in the course of which she remarked upon the success again achieved by the classes this year, a fact which spoke volumes for their diligence and perseverance. Thanks were due to Miss BOYD for the able way in which she kept the classes together. Also to Mr. WYLDE for his valuable tuition. It gave her great pleasure to attend their gathering that evening. There were present that evening those to whom she gave certificates last year and it was very nice to think that they had worked still harder during the past twelve months and gained higher certificates. (Hear, hear). Beginners who had got the elementary certificate would, if diligent and persevering, get an advanced one next year.

The Chairman moved a vote of thanks to Miss BOYD for the services she had rendered during the past year in the capacity of hon secretary. They were greatly indebted to her for the work she had done on behalf of the classes, a fact which
Miss BOYD briefly replied. She urged students to make the best of their time at the classes, then the results achieved would be even more satisfactory.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mrs BALLARD for presenting the certificates, and Mr BALLARD for presiding.
The motion was enthusiastically received, and Mr. and Mrs. BALLARD replied.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 26-09-1914
COLLIS - September 19, George COLLIS, of Colwall, aged 65 years.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 03-10-1914
The result of collections in Colwall, for purchasing material for making garments for the Belgian refugees was as follows: - Collected by Mrs. SMART £3 9s. 11d., Mrs. Percy LEWIS £1 11s. 6d., Mrs. J. PEDLINGHAM (Victoria House) £2 14s. 2d., Mrs. H. PEDLINGHAM £2 3s. 6d., Miss DRYSDALE £4 12s. 10d., Miss ARMSTRONG £2 5s. 3 1/2d., Mrs. TAYSOM £2 1s. 8d., Mrs. NORMAN (Lower House, Evendine) £1 10s., value of cloth and garments given, £7 - total, £29 11s. 10 1/2d. A large quantity of work is already in hand, but the committee would still be glad of more workers, and anyone willing to undertake sewing should apply to Miss BALLARD, The Winnings, or to Miss BOYD, South View, Crescent Road. It is hoped to exhibit the work when completed before sending it away. To Mrs. F. BALLARD (Broadwood) is due credit for the inception and organisation of the movement in Colwall in order to help our brave Allies, the Belgians. Mrs. BALLARD called together a number of ladies and formed a committee, of which she was appointed president, and both the workers and herself are to be congratulated on the gratifying success which has crowned their efforts.

The Rev. Richard THOMAS, formerly curate of St. John the Baptist's Church, Coventry, and the elder son of Mr. D. THOMAS, the popular stationmaster of Foregate Street Station, Worcester, has taken up Colonial ministerial work for a term of years in North Queensland. The Society of the Sacred Mission Quarterly Paper, which has just been published, states that "The Rev. Richard THOMAS, on his way to North Queensland, reports all well from Capetown after an anxious voyage." The fine ocean liner, in which he is making the voyage, and to which he was appointed S.P.G. chaplain for the voyage out, set sail only a few days before the declaration of war, and was fortunate not to have come across the now sunk cruiser, the Kaiser Wilhelm.

The Wesleyan Chapel on Colwall Green had been tastefully and profusely decorated with corn, flowers, fruit, and vegetables, by Mrs. Norman (Lower House Farm), assisted by Mrs. PALFREY and Miss N. PALFREY, for the thanksgiving services, which were held on Sunday morning and evening last. The new Superintendent Minister of Ledbury Circuit, the Rev. Paul ELLIS, conducted and preached at both services, and also conducted the Sacramental Service of the Lord's Supper after the evening service, when there was quite a large number of communicants, including some friends from Upper Colwall and many visitors. The subject of the morning's discourse was "Take no thought for the morrow." In which the rendering in the Revised was contrasted with the Authorised Version. The text of the evening's service was the very striking but uncommon one from Job, XII Chap., 7th, 8th, and 9th verses: "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee. Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?" The sermons were most appropriate and were listened to by overflowing congregations, which included many visitors to Malvern and its suburbs. The collections, which we are informed were excellent, were for the circuit funds. The singing was congregational and tuneful, and including special hymns for harvestide. Mrs. NORMAN presided with considerable ability at the organ.

On Tuesday, Mr. Joseph HUGHES, who was a native of Colwall, passed away at the age of 73 years, in the same cottage on Colwall Green in which his mother died, many years ago. In the prime of life, he migrated to London, and for very many years was employed in a large business undertaking in Wandsworth, S.W. Owing to failing health, he and his wife, who has been most attentive in her attendance on him during a very long and trying illness, left London and came to Colwall, and no doubt, the pure and invigorating air of his native place, lengthened the deceased's life. He was of a quiet and genial nature, but during the last few years owing to paralysis, has been quite helpless. The funeral will take place on Saturday. Mrs. George TAYLOR (Evendine), is a sister.

Mr. Arthur BRIERLEY, with his usual public spirit, gave the proceeds of his up-to-date Cinema performance at the Oddfellows' Hall, on Thursday evening of last week, after paying unavoidable expenses to the Red Cross Society. The donation amounted to two guineas. There was a full house and local gentlemen, as well as Mr. BRIERLEY himself, contributed to the vocal harmony of the evening. There were special war pictures. Mr. BRIERLEY is showing two splendid war pictures, entitled "The Capture of Louvain," and "With the Belgians in Arms."

HUGHES - September 29th, at The Green, Colwall, Joseph HUGHES, aged 73 years.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 17-10-1914
Mr. Ewart PEDLINGHAM, second son of Mr. John PEDLINGHAM, Victoria House, Colwall Green, has joined the Lord-Mayor of Birmingham's Battalion, and is now stationed at Sutton Coldfield. A younger brother, Mr. Sam PEDLINGHAM, is a trooper with the Worcestershire Yeomanry, stationed at Newbury, Berks.

Services were held at the Wyche Free Church on Sunday. In the morning Mr. W. J DAVIS, The Oaks, Malvern, preached an interesting sermon on the joy of harvest, selection three texts for his discourse. In the evening Mr. E. E. EVANS, Malvern, Preached a very able sermon on the text "Peace be unto you." The services were well attended, and the collections, which were for the chapel funds, realised a satisfactory sum. Miss SIMPSON presided at the organ in the morning, and Mrs. BREWER in the evening. The decorations, carried out under the superintendence of Miss Mary BALLARD, were beautiful and appropriate, and consisted of corn, flowers, fruit, vegetables, and one huge loaf. The fruit and vegetables were afterwards distributed to the poor in the parish.

One of the features of this season's hop-picking was the establishment of a Red Cross Crib, which Mr. D. A. G.BIRCHLEY, Brockbury Hall, the largest Colwall hop-grower, kindly provided in his hop gardens. Mrs. T. WALL, Evendine, was in charge of the crib, and secured the willing assistance of numerous lady pickers. The proceeds, which amounted to £6 0s 6d, will be devoted to the local fund of the Red Cross Society, of which the hon. secretary and treasurer is Mr. A. B. LAKE. A Malvern lady, who is an expert photographer, has taken and presented to the Society a number of photographs of the Red Cross crib. Alrwady nearly 140 has been sold, and the proceeds will be sent to the local funds later, Mrs. WALL and the ladies who assisted with the crib are to be congratulated on the success which have attended their labours for a most deserving object.

Mr. T. A. PEDLINGHAM presided over a meeting of the above committee on Wednesday evening. There were present also - Miss HOLLAND, Messrs. F. H. RUDGARD, H. E. DANSON, A. G. A----------, O ALLEN, G. JOHNS, H. W. JONES, J. PEDLINGHAM, W. WEBB. J. ARMSTRONG, together with the Clerk (Mr. G. H. T FOSTER), the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. T. J. GARVEY), and the Clerk's Assistant (Mr. THOMAS).
The Clerk read a letter from Mrs. --as refusing the £15 for wayleaves for laying a sewer through her land. She stated that her claim of £30 was not in excess of what she was justly entitled to. It was decided to clean out the ditches and --- in Hardwicke Meadow, which were formerly used for the sewage outfall, at a cost not exceeding £5. On the motion of Mr. A. G. ---, seconded by Mr. ARMSTRONG, it was agreed to pay 6d. compensation to the Rev. F. BRIGHT, for laying a new sewer over his land. A suitable shed and the necessary tools for the new sewage outfall works in the Ox Pasture were ordered. - A committee of inspection, consisting of the chairman, Messrs. BALLARD, JOHNS, and RUDGARD were appointed to report what fencing was required at these outfall works.

The Evening Classes Committee reported that the classes held during the last winter season in shorthand, ar---alance, and drawing were successful. They recommended that Mrs. E. BALLARD, Old ---- (correspondent), and Miss BOYD (secretary), of the shorthand classes, be re-appointed. Colwall had been included among the populous places in which it was desirable to continue evening classes during the coming winter. - On the motion of Miss HOLLAND, seconded by Mr. RUDGARD, a unanimous vote of thanks was accorded Mrs. E. BALLARD and Miss BOYD for their valuable services.
In answer to Mr. R. O. ALLEN, the Chairman explained the duties of the local committee formed in connection with the Prince of Wales's Relief Fund. Mr. T. ARMSTRONG and Miss BALLARD had been appointed hon. secretaries. The Library Committee reported that a new lamp would be placed on the road, opposite the library. It would not only light up the front of the library, but the approaches to it as well. A Sub-Committee consisting of Messrs. F. BALLARD, S. BALLARD, and A. G. ALLEN were appointed to see to the carrying out of the work.
The Chairman suggested that the trees planted by the Council should be pruned and attended to immediately. The suggestion was adopted, and Mr. T. A. PEDLINGHAM promised to superintend the work.
On the motion of Mr. T. A. PEDLINGHAM, seconded by Mr. RUDGARD, Mr. D. A. G. BIRCHLEY was appointed a Parish Councillor, in place of Mr. JENKINS who has removed to Abergavenny.

FARM FIRE About half-past one on Wednesday morning a fire broke out in the barn belonging to Barton Farm, Chances Pitch, of which the tenant is Mr. G. WADLEY. The fire was discovered by Walter WADLEY who is no relation whatever to Mr. G. WADLEY, the noise of the fire crackling awakening him from sleep. He at once gave the alarm, and Miss WADLEY, with great promptitude cycled into Ledbury; and the Ledbury Fire Brigade was summoned at 25 minutes to two. No time was lost, and the brigade, under the direction of Engineer LEWIS, soon arrived. There was a difficulty owing to the shortage of water, and the pool available was pumped dry by the engine. The captain of the Fire Brigade, Mr. E. H. HOPKINS, was present early. The work of the Brigade saved the walls of the barns, though the inside has been quite gutted, and the tiled roof has fallen in. A valuable rick of hay and a rick of corn were also saved, and the fire prevented from extending itself to other outbuildings. The frontage of the burnt building is 57 feet. Wheat and oats, the produce of 19 acres and of the estimated value of between £300 and £400, were completely destroyed. The fire was still smouldering at 9.30, but was under complete control. The farm buildings, which belong to Eastnor Castle Estate, and the crops are insured. The premises were insured in the Atlas Insurance Company, through Mr. GARROOD, of Ledbury.

WHIST DRIVE On Thursday the first whist drive of the season was held at the Hill Institute. The proceeds were devoted to the local Red Cross funds. There were 70 players present.
Mr. PENFOLD proposed a vote of thanks to Miss BOYD for attending to present the prizes, which were as follows:-
Ladies: Miss STOKES (173 POINTS), 1: Mrs. W. GRUNDY (172), 2; Mrs. A. E. PENFOLD (171) 3; Gentlemen: Mr. SOMERVILLE (187 POINTS) 1; Mr. J. BOX (182) 2; Mr P. McKENNON (175)

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 17-10-1914
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 1914

Sir George BULLOUGH's ROYAL CANAL, 5 years
Sir Peter WALKER's RECORDER, 5 years
Mr. E. ELGRE's, UNCLE DALE, 3 years
Mr. L. B. BEAUCHAMP's VELLUM, 5 years
Mr. L. B. BEAUCHAMP's B. and S., aged
Mr. H. G. R. PRIOR's JACK POT, 6 years
Mr. D. HARRISON's FASHION, 5 years
Captain D. HUGHES MORGAN's SWING, 6 years
Sir. T. DEWAR's FORTURA, 4 years
Lady Esme GORDON's TOPSY'S BABY, 6 years
* Mr. T. F. HOPPER's LOCK MAREE, 4 years

Mr. S. MOORE's STARGROVE, 5 years
Mr. T. H. BROOKS' THE RUSSIAN, 6 years
* Mr. C. H. MARSHALL's TIM'S CUCKOO. 5 years
* Mr. G. C. POOLE's BRIDGE IV., aged
* Entered by telegram and not yet confirmed.

Captain P. BARNETT's SANDBIRD, 4 years
Mr. R. BYRNE's SEA KID, aged
Mr. R. BYRNE's THE LAIRD, 5 years
Mr. David FABER's BENE, 6 years
* Mr. T. F. HEPPER's TARSANT, 6 years
Captain HICKLING's WARFARE, 6 years
Mr. W. LEA's FORTUNE BAY, aged
Mr. J. W. PULLEN's SORBET, aged

* Mr. E. I. WOODLAND's COMIQUE, aged
Captain P. BARNETT's TREBIZOND, 4 years
Mr. David FABER's BLACKWATCH II., aged
Mr. David FABER's BENE, 6 years
Mr. J. BAYLIS' KOLO, aged
* Mr. T. CHRISTY's NIMROD VI., aged.
* Entered by telegram and not yet confirmed.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 24-10-1914
Many residents of Colwall will notice with much regret the name of Mr. Gustavus W. M. CUSTANCE, surgeon, in the list of officers who are supposed to have been lost with the cruiser Hawke. Mr. CUSTANCE was the youngest son of the Rev. G. M. CUSTANCE, formerly Rector of Colwall, who with Mrs. CUSTANCE now resides on the South Coast. Local War News

General and deep sympathy is felt throughout Colwall with the Rev. G. M. CUSTANCE (a former popular Rector of Colwall) and Mrs. CUSTANCE, and the family, in the death of their youngest son, Mr Gustavus W. M. CUSTANCE, who was the surgeon of the British cruiser Hawke, and who went down with that vessel when torpedoed last Thursday in the North Sea. He was of a cheery and frank disposition, and a great favourite with all classes. He was very fond of the parish in which he was born, and of which his father and grandfather had been rectors for a period of nearily (sic) a hundred years. After a successful course at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, he entered the Navy as a surgeon, eventually becoming an officer on the Hawke. About three years ago he and his mother, Mrs. CUSTANCE, much to the delight of their many friends, spent a short holiday at Colwall, staying at Stoneleigh. The Rev. G. M. CUSTANCE and Mrs. CUSTANCE have resided for some time at Bognor, Sussex. A requiem Eucharist for the repose of the soul of Dr. CUSTANCE, son of the Rev. G. M. CUNSTANCE will be celebrated at Colwall Parish Church at 8 a.m., next Sunday morning.

The harvest festival was held on Sunday at the Parish Church, when there were large congregations at each service. There were celebrations of the Holy Communion at 7 (choral), 8, 10 (choral), and mid-day. At morning prayer at 11 the Rector preached from the words "Give us this day our daily bread." In the afternoon there was a flower, fruit, egg and toy service, at which the offerings were very liberal. The Rector gave an address on the sevenfold corporal acts of mercy. The offerings at this service, as well as the collection, were given to the local fund for the Belgian and French refugees. At Evensong there was a procession and an anthem, and the Rector was again the preacher. The collections were divided between the Clevedon Convalescent Home (which for years has been a great boon to Colwall convalescents), and the Agricultural Benevolent Society. The church was tastefully decorated with corn, flowers, fruit, and vegetables, under the direction of Mrs HARRIS (The Rectory). A loaf of bread, which had been baked in a mould representing corn and a corn sheaf was much admired.

The death of Mr. Timothy GOODE, carpenter and joiner, Railway Terrace, occurred with startling suddenness on Thursday, just before mid-day, Mr. LAWRENCE, farmer, South Hyde, Mathon, requiring his services, the deceased went for his tools, and near The Stone got into a float belonging to Mr. LAWRENCE, in order to proceed to Mathon. When opposite Brighton Villa, Mr Harry PEDLINGHAM noticed that there was something wrong, and called the driver's attention to it. He at once stopped, and found that Mr. GOODE was dead. He was taken back immediately to his residence. For the last year or so he has not enjoyed good health, and Dr. ELSWORTH had attended him quite recently. The cause of death was heart trouble. The deceased was native of Redmarley, and came with his family to live at Colwall about 25 years ago. He was 63 years of age. He leaves a widow, a son, who is a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police, and two daughters one of whom resides abroad, and the other Mrs. HITCHINGS, in Wales. Much sympathy is felt for them in their sudden bereavement. The deceased was a competent artisan, and generally respected.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 31-10-1914
GOODE - October 22, at Railway Terrace Colwall, Timothy GOODE, aged 63.

HANCOX - October 25, at the Police Station Colwall, Harriet HANCOX, aged 73.

KING- October 22, at Hill Top, Colwall, Josiah KING, aged 84.

At this exhibition, held at the Shirehall, Hereford, Mr. A. G. ALLEN, Vale View, Crescent Road, was awarded the prize for the best basket for agricultural purposes.

Troopers Harold M. A. POWELL, G. WADLEY, and Honest A. ROGERS, from Newbury headquarters, looking remarkably well and fit, paid a three days' visit home the end of last week.
Private Wallace WOOD, from Northampton, who was allowed leave to attend his uncle's funeral, was home from Saturday to Tuesday.

The fireworks epidemic has assumed a more virulent turn this year than usual. The loud sounding detonators, which are let off on the public roads or near them, are a source of great danger, especially to horses. The Parish Council has on several occasions protested against the withdrawal of the police officer, especially during the evening and night, from duty in Colwall, which has now a population of 2,010.

On Thursday evening the Grand Master of the Malvern District, Bro. DAVIES (St. Andrew's Lodge, Malvern), officially visited the Perseverance Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, M.U., and delivered an able address. He was accompanied by P.G. HINTON (West Malvern), who is a candidate for the Deputy Provincial Grand Master's chair. Immediate Prov. G.M. R. O. ALLEN was also present, and addressed the brethren. N.G. H. HITCHINGS presided and there were present; V.G. George WILLIAMS, Elect Secretary G. TYLER, P.P.G.M.'s M. J. POWELL and H. W. ALLEN (Per Secretary).

Although Mrs. Harriet HANCOX, the foster-mother of Mrs. KNIGHT, the wife of our respected police officer, P.C. KNIGHT, had lived in Colwall, with her adopted daughter, for three years only, yet by her unassuming manner and her remarkable industry, she had earned great respect. Until latterly, she enjoyed very good health, but on Saturday week she was attacked with hemorrhage of the brain and although everything was done that was possible by Dr. ELSWORTH, the case having been hopeless from the first, she succumbed on Sunday morning last at the age of 73 years. She was a native of Herefordshire, having been born in the parish of Dorstone. For 30 years she lived at Monnington-on-Wye, near Hereford and here, on Wednesday, she was laid to rest, in a grave adjoining that of her late husband, Mr. John HANCOX. The Rector, the Rev. WOODRUFF, officiated. The mourners were; P.C. KNIGHT and Mrs. KNIGHT, and her former neighbours. Wreaths were sent from P.C. and Mrs. KNIGHT, from Frances and Little John, Mrs. COTTRELL (Barton Villa), Mr. and Mrs. SHEEN (Barton Villa), Mr. and Mrs. T. COTTRELL (Broadley Cottage), and Mrs. MARCHANT (Monnington). The deceased had one son, who was a soldier in India, and the anxiety at her age caused by the war and his risk if called to the front, may have had something to do with her attack.

The harvest festival at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Upper Colwall, commenced on Thursday evening of last week. The Rev. W. E. JOHNSON, B.A., intoned the service, and the sermon was reached by the Rev. G. K. M. GREEN, M.A., Vicar of Malvern Wells. The anthem, which was particularly well rendered, was "He watereth the hills." Miss BOYD most ably presided at the organ. The services were continued on Sunday. There was a celebration of Holy Communion at 8 o'clock, morning prayer at 11, and evensong at 6.30. The Rev. W. E. JOHNSON, B.A., took all the services and preached. There were processions morning and evening. The anthem, which is a popular one, was repeated at both services. The congregations were large, and the collections were divided between the Agricultural Benevolent Society and the General Hospital, Hereford. The decorations, which were particularly fine this year, were carried out under the superintendence of Mrs. W. H. LAWTON, Glenwood. At both services sympathetic references were made by the Rev. W. E. JOHNSON, to the death of Dr. Gustavus CUSTANCE. On Monday the fruit and bread were given to the sick and aged of the district.

A link with the Colwall of the past has been severed by the death of Mr. Josiah KING, at the advanced age of 84 years, of Hill Top, the first houses on the Colwall side of the Wych Cutting. He was confined to his bed only a few days. His medical attendant was Dr. Hamilton WILLIANS. The funeral took place on Tuesday, at the Parish Church, the Rev. W. E. JOHNSON, B.A., officiating. The funeral arrangements were admirably carried out by Mr. Wm. JAMES, Upper Colwall. The mourners included the eight children of the deceased, and were Mr. Thomas KING (son), Mr. Charles KING (son), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph KING (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. Wm. KING (son), Mrs. Wm. BOWERS (daughter, Redan Inn, North Malvern), Mrs. Wm. JONES (Malvern Link), Mrs. F. DAY (Malvern Wells), and Mrs. G. TIPPING (Newtown, Malvern) daughters; Messrs W. BOWERS, W. JONES and F. DAY (sons-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. DAVIS (grandson by law and granddaughter), Miss Cicely KING (granddaughter), and Mrs. ALDRIDGE (friend). There were 16 beautiful wreaths. Last April Mr. and Mrs. KING celebrated the 60th anniversary of their marriage. Mrs. KING, who, notwithstanding her age, is brisk and active, and possesses a wonderfully clear and retentative memory.

On Sunday morning last, a solemn requiem eucharist at 8 o'clock, was celebrated at the Parish Church for the repose of the soul of Dr. Gustavus W. M. CUSTANCE, youngest son of the Rev. G. M. CUSTANCE, formerly Rector of Colwall. The celebrant was the Rector, the Rev. Dr. HARRIS. The service commenced with Handel's "Dead March" in Saul, as an organ voluntary. Miss E. A. SMITH ably presided at the organ.
The hymns were "On the resurrection morning" and the Guild Hymn, "Shepherd Divine, our want's relieve." The closing voluntary was Mendelssohn's "O Rest in thy Lord." An interesting fact alluded to by the Rector was that when young, Dr. CUSTANCE was a regular server at the altar of Colwall Parish Church, and it was a work which he dearly loved.

The funeral of the late Mr. Timothy GOODE, Railway Terrace, an obituary notice of whom appeared in our last week's issue, took place on Monday at the Parish Church. The Rev. Dr. HARRIS (Rector) officiated. Lyte's beautiful hymn "Abide with me, fast falls the eventide" was sung after the lesson in church, the Rector accompanying on the organ. The coffin was of polished elm, with brass fittings. Messrs. C. PEDLINGHAM and Son carried out the funeral arrangements. The bearers were Messrs. A. BOURTON, M. J. POWELL, C. SPILSBURY, T. COTTRELL, C. BALDWIN, G. BISHOP, J. POWELL, and W. SMART. The mourners were Mrs. GOODE (widow), Mr. Harry GOODE, London (son), Mrs. Harry GOODE, London (daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. HITCHINGS, Mountain Ash (son-in law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. John GOODE, Colwall (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. DEVEREUX, Redmarley (sister), Mrs. SPIERS, Newent (sister-in-law), Mrs. George GOODE, Colwall (sister-in-law), Mrs. HODGETTS, Newent (niece), Mr. and Mrs. Arthur GOODE, Colwall (nephew and niece-in-law), Mrs. DAVIS, Tewkesbury (sister in-law), Private Wallace WOOD (nephew), and Ernest SUTER, Colwall (nephew). Miss TWYNAM, Mrs. J. SMART, Mr. WATERS, and others attended also at the church. Beautiful floral tributes were sent by the following;- In ever-loving memory, from his sorrowing widow and daughters and son-in-law, Annie and Emily and Jack. "Never shall thy memory fade. Rest in Peace"; in loving memory from his loving son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Alice of London; in loving memory from his brother John and sister-in-law, Emily, of Colwall. "Rest in Peace"; in loving memory of my dear brother, from his sister Ann, Redmarley. "Rest in Peace" in fond remembrance of my dear brother from his sister Polly, of Newent; in loving memory of my dear brother in-law, from his affectionate sister-in-law, Mary GOODE and also from James TOMKINS, of Colwall. "In the midst of life, we are in death" in loving memory, from his loving niece Lizzie HODGETTS, Newent; in loving memory of our dear uncle, from Arthur and May, of Colwall; In loving memory, from his loving sister-in-law, Mary Ann DAVIS, of Tewkesbury, and also from his nephews Wallace and Ernie, of Colwall; in kind remembrance, from Mr. J. H. CONNOP, of Colwall; with deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs. James SMART, of Colwall; with deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. G. R. LAWRENCE, of Mathon; in memory and deep sympathy, from May, of Colwall, R.I.P.; from Mr. W. J. WEBB, Lugwardine "Jesu, mercy. R.I.P."; in sincerest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. BOURTON and family, of Colwall; in fond remembrance, from Mr. and Mrs. KITE and family, of Colwall; with deep sympathy, from Mrs. A. ROGERS and family, and Mr. Ted ROGERS, of Colwall; with sincere sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. T. BERRY and Mrs. G. HITCHINGSON, of Colwall. "Rest in Peace"; with kind remembrance and deepest sympathy, from C. A. WIGLEY, of Malvern.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 07 11 1914
The offertory at the recent children's Flower Service at the Parish Church, amounted to 11s. 7d., and has been subscribed to the Belgian Refugees Fund.

Mr. Harry MALT, The Stone, is prepared to shave and hair dress the local Territorials free of charge, and has offered his services gratuitously at the Brand Lodge Red Cross Hospital.

Victor J. CORBETT, the younger son of Mrs. CORBETT, and an old pupil of the Colwall Boys' School, has been appointed a naval signaller. He has volunteered for torpedo service in the North Sea.

Many Colwall parishioners will be pleased to learn that the Rev. W. J. H. WRIGHT, B.A., is now Vicar of Northleigh, near Witney, Oxfordshire. The living, which is in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, is worth £200 a year with a Vicarage. The rev. gentleman was for some time an assistant master at The Elms Preparatory School, and also acted as curate at Colwall Parish Church.

Miss LAKE (Brook House) and Miss CHORLEY (The Haven), who have a good knowledge of the French language, were able to render valuable services last week-end in nursing a number of wounded Belgian soldiers at present in Worcester Infirmary. They have now returned to Brand Lodge, where their services are needed in nursing another batch of wounded soldiers.

The regretted death of Master Richard O. JONES recalls the fact that for more than thirty years with but one exception it has not been necessary to write the word "deceased" after the name of any pupil attending Colwall Boys' School. The girls of the Valley Girls' School have still a more remarkable record, for during that long period there has been no deaths.

On Tuesday evening 30 patients for treatment at Brand Lodge Red Cross Hospital arrived at Great Malvern Station. Mr. MONROE and a detachment with stretchers from Schweppes factory were present, but their services were not required, although one or two of the soldiers had to be carried to the motors in waiting. Some of the patients were fighting as late as Thursday and Friday, and were wounded by either shrapnel or bullet. The wounded represent at least 20 English, Welsh, or Scotch Regiments.
The Matron is Sister EDWARDES, of Cradley, and a more capable superintendent could not be found. The nursing staff comprises Sisters KISSEL, CRAWLEY, BURBAGE, HUTCHINSON, Miss WELBERG (Swedish Masseuse), and 20 Colwall ladies, who are probationary nurses, and members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. The equipment, which is provided by Cradley, Colwall, and Ledbury, has given great satisfaction.

The annual jumble sale in aid of several parochial objects was held on Thursday afternoon at the Workman's Hall, and proved a great success. The receipts amounted to £27 9s. 2½d. and the net surplus will be £26 2s. 6d. The stall-holders were as follows:- Confectionery, Mrs. LAWTON, Miss Winifred FETCH. Bric-n-Brac: Rev. W. E. JOHNSON, Miss H. MEAKIN, and Miss K. STALLARD. Boots: Mrs. S. BALLARD, Mrs. RAYMOND, and Miss Anita BALLARD. Men's Clothes: Mrs. P. A. PEDLINGHAM, Mrs. W. H. JAMES, Miss SMITH (Burley), Mrs. NORMAN, Mrs. H. E. HANSON and Miss GRIFFIN. Hats: Mrs. MASON, - DAVIS, Mrs. TAYLOR, Miss ORGEE, and Miss HADLEY. Books: Mrs. D. A. G. BIRCHLEY, Miss BIRCHLEY, and Miss D. BEAUCHAMP. Women's Clothes: MRS. G. W. PLOWMAN, Mrs. H. PEDLINGHAM, Miss E. PLOWMAN, Miss BASKERVILLE, Miss M. BRAY, and Miss STEPHENS. Blouses: Miss A. BALLARD and Mrs. HOLDS. Children's Clothes: Mrs. CHORLEY, Miss SIZELAND, Mrs. ALSFORD, Miss SUTTON, and Miss WYNN. Ironmongery and Household Sundries: Miss BOYD (for Miss CHORLEY, detained by Red Cross Society work), Mrs. WATERS, Miss G. JOHNS, Mr. TALBOT and Miss CLARKE. Tea Room: Mrs. E. BALLARD (for Miss LAKE, detained by Red Cross Society work), Mrs. STALLARD and Miss Kathleen STALLARD. Messrs T. A. PEDLINGHAM (churchwarden), and Mr. G. W. PLOWMAN (sidesman), were at the door.

A party of soldiers from the front paid a brief visit to Ledbury on Thursday. One or two of them were in the firing line as recently as a week ago, and at present they are recruiting their health at Brand Lodge, Colwall, kindly placed at their disposal by Miss Julia HOLLAND. The party included a Highlander.

Much sympathy is felt with Mr. and Mrs. A. JONES, Yew Tree Inn, Colwall Green, in the death of their elder son, Richard ORGEE JONES, aged 10 years, which took place at Worcester Infirmary on Sunday morning. The boy suffered from appendicitis, and his condition became so critical on Saturday morning that Dr. ELSWORTH advised his removal to Worcester Infirmary for an operation. He was conveyed there by motor car, being accompanied by Nurse MADDOX and Mrs. SPILSBURY. Everything possible was done at the Infirmary, but he died as stated. Deceased was a bright, amiable, little lad, very energetic in anything he undertook, and a regular attendant at the Parish Church, being one of the younger choristers. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Parish Church, the Rector (the Rev. Dr. HARRIS) officiated. The surplice choir attended, being headed by the cross, which was carried by Mr. Reginald PEDLINGHAM (a cousin). The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. C. PEDLINGHAM and Son. The coffin was of polished elm, with nickel-plated fittings and engraved plate. The inscription on the plate was

"Richard ORGEE JONES, died November 1st, 1914; aged 10 years."

The hearse was supplied by Mr. W. DAVIS, Malvern. The bearers were Messrs. W. HARFORD, H. HITCHINGS, G. MOORE, and J. MOORE. The mourners were:-
Mr. A. JONES (father). Mr. Harvey H. ORGEE (brother), Miss. E. ORGEE (sister), Mrs. GARRETT (sister). Mr. R. JONES, Pershore (uncle), Mr. T. PEDLINGHAM (uncle), Mr. and Mrs. C. PEDLINGHAM (uncle and aunt), Mr. A. PEDLINGHAM, (uncle), Mr. J. PEDLINGHAM (uncle), and Mr. and Mrs. H. PEDLINGHAM (uncle and aunt). The hymn sung in the church was "There's a friend for little children." Mr. JACKMAN presided at the organ. The hymn at the graveside was Dr. R. F. LITTLEDALE's "In Paradise reposing, by life's eternal well." Amongst the friends present were Mrs. MADDOX, Mrs. SPILSBURY, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. WATERS, Miss Twynam, Mrs. BRAKE, Mrs. W. BOWERS, Mrs. BICKERSTAFFE, Miss TAYLOR, Miss WILLIAMS, Mrs. OLIVER, Mrs. SUMMERS, Mr. F. F. MCKENNA, Miss A. C. MADDOX, and the scholars of the Boy's School.

Beautiful floral tributes were sent by the following:-
To our darling angel, from his sorrowing dad and mam. "Though lost to sight, To memory ever dear."
To my dear Brother Dick, from his lonely Tommy.
With deepest sympathy for our dear brother, from Harvey and May.
To dear little Dick, with sincere sympathy, from Emmie.
In ever-loving memory of our darling Dick, from Nora and Bill. "There's a Friend for little children."
With love and deepest sympathy for our dear little nephew, from Uncle Dick, Auntie Aggie, and children.
With sincere sympathy, from Uncle and Auntie at Chevenham.
With loving sympathy, from Uncle Charlie, Auntie Ada, and cousins at Joyce's Cottage.
With deepest sympathy, from Uncle and Aunt at Bryn Bella.
Good-bye Dick, from Godfather and Godmother, Uncle Jack, and Auntie Polly and cousins at Victoria House.
In fond rememberance of dear Dick, from Uncle Harry, Aunt Sarah, and cousins.
In fond remembrance of a little Band of Hope, boy, who was always in his place and will be much missed by Miss Ada BALLARD, The Winnings, Colwall. He was a good lad.
From Mr. and Mrs. A. T. WATERS, Gloversleigh, in loving memory of Richard C. JONES, a little lad full of promise, and a high appreciation of duty, and with sincerest sympathy for his bereaved parents. "In heaven there angels do always behold the face of my Father."
From the Rector, the teachers, and the scholars of Colwall Boys' School. With affection and deep regret.
In memory of dear Dick, M. J. and T. COTTRELL.
In loving memory, from Mr. J. CONNOP, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus."
To dear little Dick with deepest sympathy, from Winnie, Ada and Mrs. BOWERS.
In affectionate remembrance of dear little Dick, from E. WILLIAMS. "Loving Jesu, gentle Lamb, In Thy gracious hands, I am."
In affectionate memory, from Mrs. BALDWIN and family. "Jesus called a little child."
With deep sympathy from Alice TAYLOR.
With sincere sympathy, from the Members of the Yew Tree Air Rifle Club.
In loving remembrance, from Orby and Jack.
From Ronald LEWIS.
In loving memory of our little Schoolmate, Dick.
From Charlie GOODWIN. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."
In loving memory of a dear playmate, from Reggie BALDWIN.
"Tender Shepherd, Thou has stilled,
Now Thy little lamb's brief weeping,
Oh how peaceful, pale and mild,
In it's narrow bed 'tis sleeping,
And no sigh of anguish sore
Heaves that Little bosom more."
In fond remembrance of my little playmate Dick from Charles DALLEY. "Peace, perfect peace."
In loving memory, from Cei and Les.
From Maud, with deep regret. R. I. P.
In loving remembrance, from Harold and George.
In loving remembrance of our little schoolmate Dick, from Jack GOODWIN. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."
To my dear little playfellow, from Clifford TUDGE.
A token of kind regard, from Percy ALLEN.
In affectionate remembrance, from Willie LANE.
In loving remembrance of dear Dick, from Hector DALLEY.

A requiem eucharist was celebrated by the Rector on Wednesday morning at the Elms Chapel, at which relatives, friends, members of the choir, and some of the teachers and scholars of the Boys' School were present.

Mr. and Mrs. A. JONES desire to return their grateful thanks for the many kind messages of sympathy which they have received in their great bereavement, and for the beautiful floral wreaths sent.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 14 11 1914
HILL - November 6, at Evendine, Colwall, Emily HILL, aged 32.

The monthly meeting of the above body was held at the Workman's Hall, Colwall, on Wednesday evening. Mr. T. A. PEDLINGHAM presided, and there were also present
Messrs. F. BALLARD, F. RUDGARD, G. JOHNS, R. O. ALLEN, A. G. ALLEN, O. N. HOLT-NEEDHAM, M. C. H. TAYLOR, H. F. HANSON, J. ARMSTRONG, together with the Clerk (Mr. G. H. T. FOSTER), the Clerk's Assistant (Mr. THOMAS) and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. T. J. CAWSEY).

Plans for two cottages were submitted on behalf of Mr GRUNDY, the Wyche.
The plans, which complied with the bye-laws, were passed.

The Inspector reported that there were no cases of infectious diseases.
The Chairman reported that Mr. RUDGARD and himself had inspected the fences at the sewage disposal works and they recommended that about 15 yards required laying and ditching. The cost would be from £2 to £2 10s. It was decided that the work should be done, and that the committee previously appointed should arrange for it to be carried out.
It was suggested by Mr. BALLARD that Scotch firs should be put at the sewage works.
It was reported that there had been applications of land for gardens at the sewage disposal works, and it was agreed to leave the matter of letting part of the ground and planting the other part, in the hands of the committee.

A meeting of the
followed, over which Mr. F. BALLARD presided.
The Chairman said he had received a visit from one of the agents of the Great Western Railway with reference to excursion tickets to Colwall. He told him (the chairman) that special week-end bookings, which now applied to Malvern, had been extended to Colwall. Accordingly they would be able to tell their friends that from certain stations to Colwall such facilities would be available. He (Mr. BALLARD) suggested that it would be a great advantage to Colwall if the 4.40 p.m. train from Hereford could stop at Colwall but the company could not see their way to do this at present. He thought, however, it would be well to thank the company for having given them better facilities, and he would move a resolution to that effect.
Mr. R. O. ALLEN seconded, and it was agreed to.

The Chairman said that Colwall station was about 400 feet above sea level, and was in fact on a level with the spire of Malvern Abbey. He was going to suggest that the Great Western Railway should be approached with a view to this fact being posted on their notice boards at the station. Such might have the effect of attracting people to the neighbourhood.
The Chairman's suggestion was adopted, and it was agreed to write the company in regard to the matter.

The library report was read and adopted.


Colwall Green Girls School took part in the Watkins Doll Dressing Competition. Although there were hundreds of girls from schools all over England competiting, (sic) the third prize has been won by Vera BULLOCK, one of the girls in our school. The prize was 5s. The school mistress was complimented upon the excellence of the needlework done in the school.

The following wreaths sent at the funeral of the late Richard C. JONES, of Colwall, were omitted from the list published in our last issue: -
From Mr. and Mrs. BISHOP and family, New Meadow, with sincere sympathy, "He shall gather the lambs in His arms"; from Mr. and Mrs. HORTON, in affectionate remembrance, "The gift of God is eternal life"; "In Loving rememberance (sic) of Dick. " from Fred HYDE, a floral tribute from Horace LEWIS.

Upon starting work on Wednesday morning at the Purlieu Lane lime kilns, belonging to the Colwall Park Granite Company, an employee, named BRIMMELL, found Richard WOODYATT, a rag and bone collector, of West Malvern, lying unconscious near one of the kilns. His head was hanging over the kiln, but the fire had sunk, and the lime had fallen in. Dr. FINDLAY, of West Malvern, was called, and upon his advice P. C. KNIGHT removed the man to the Ledbury Workhouse Infirmary in a trap. WODYATT recovered consciousness before arriving at Ledbury, and was able to leave the trap without assistance. It is surmised that he was overcome by the fumes from the kiln, and his removal was none too timely.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Emily HILL, wife of Mr. H. Hill, New Meadow Cottages, Evendine, and a daughter of Mr. Isaac MOORE, Yew Tree Terrace, took place on Wednesday afternoon at the parish church. The Rector (Dr. HARRIS) officiated. The mourners were: Mr. H. HILL (husband), Mr. I. MOORE (father), Mr. J. MOORE (brother), Mrs. W. BOWERS (sister), Mr. and Mrs. DAW (brother-in-law and sister), Miss BOWERS (niece), Mrs. M. PACKER (sister-in-law), Mrs. JAMES (cousin), Mrs. C. MOORE (cousin), Mrs. J. BARNETT and Mrs. H. BALDWIN. Messrs. C. PEDLINGHAM and Son were the undertakers. The bearers were Messrs. T. BRATT, G. BISHOP, J. BARNETT, J. BARNETT, (sic) W. SMART, J. WILLIAMS, J. WILLIS and J. POWELL. The hymn sung in church was " Art thou weary, art thou languid&;63; " Among those present were: Miss TWYNAM, the Misses CORFIELD, Mrs. HOULDRIDGE, Mr. T. GOODWIN, Mr. F. GITTINS and others. Beautiful floral tributes were sent by the Husband, Father and Mother, Alice and Frank; Lottie, Bessie, Winnie and Ada; Annie; Charlie, Susie and family; A and G. A. MOORE; Jack and Bert; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SMART; Mrs. C. BALDWIN; and the Yew Tree Rifle Club.

The annual sermons on behalf of Foreign Missions were preached on Sunday morning and evening last at the Wesleyan Chapel, Colwall Green, by the Rev. Mr. POTTS, Newent, the memory of whose father, who 18 years ago was the superintendent minister at Ledbury, is still fresh, and regarded with reverence at Colwall. After the evening service an intercessory service was held for those engaged in the war, and to petition for peace.
On Thursday evening the annual meeting was held. Mr. C. NORMAN (Lower House), presiding. After opening by singing and prayer, the Rev. Paul ELLIS, Superintendent Minister, read the report, which was of a very satisfactory character. The financial condition was not yet free from anxiety. The speaker paid a high tribute to the literary abilities and culture, as well as ministerial gifts, of one who belonged to their circuit, and who on Saturday was sailing for China. He referred to the Rev. W. J. BRAY, M.A., B.D. The Chairman, in his opening speech, also referred to the Rev. W. J. BRAY, and to the great interest they would take in his career. He pleaded that the work of foreign missions should not suffer financially by the many calls of the present time. The Rev. Paul ELLIS then gave a most interesting account of 16 years spent in the West Indian Islands, from the Island of St. Thomas to Jamacia,(sic) in Demerara, and in British Honduras. He related his personal experiences, which were of a highly interesting character.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 21-11-1914
FINANCIAL RESULT - The sum of £6 has been subscribed towards the Domestic Servants Red Cross Fund, by the domestic servants of Colwall.

DANCING - The first of a series of dancing classes to be held fortnightly at the Hill Institute commenced last Thursday evening. There were 33 present. The M.C.'s were Mr. A. E. PENFOLD and Mr. C. NORMAN. Miss Gladys BISHOP is the pianist, and she will have the occasional assistance of her sister, Miss Lily BISHOP, A.L.C.M. Half the proceeds are to be given to the local Belgian Refugees Fund.

PATRIOTIC MARCH - This march, and the subsequent meeting on Thursday at the Assembly Room, Malvern, were a great success. Colwall contributed its share. Private B. SPILSBURY, of the 8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, and Gunner G. BARNETT, of the New Worcester Battery of the Royal Field Artillery, were present. With the National Reserves were Mr. A. J. MANTON, formerly a Sergeant in the Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers, and Mr. A. T. WATERS, formerly of the Malvern Battery of the Worcestershire Artillery. The new Upper Colwall Company of Boy Scouts, looking particularly smart, and numbering about 20, were also present, under their enthusiastic Scoutmistress, Miss Scanlan GLENDOWER.

TEMPERANCE MISSION - As the result of a temperance mission at Colwall, conducted by Miss A. SLACK, vice-president of the British Women's Temperance Association, a branch of that association has been formed for Colwall. Already there are 33 members of the branch. The first meeting of the Mission was held on Saturday afternoon at "The Winnings," by kind invitation of Mrs. BALLARD. The Rector (Dr. HARRIS) presided, and there were 50 ladies present, in addition to the Rev. H. RUSSELL (Malvern), and Mr. E. BALLARD. The first public meeting at the Workman's Hall was presided over by Mr. J. W. WILSON, M.P. In an able address he alluded to the economic questions raised by the war, and pointed out the necessity for total abstinence.
The second public meeting was held on Wednesday evening at the Hill Institute, the curate (Rev. W. E. JOHNSON) presiding.
The third and last meeting was held at the Workman's Hall on Friday evening. In the absence of the Dean of Hereford, the Rector presided and made an admirable speech. Miss SLACK also gave a striking address. Replying to a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. E. BALLARD, Miss SLACK spoke of her enjoyable visit to delightful Colwall, and of her stay with Mrs. BALLARD. Miss Ada BALLARD acted as hon. secretary, and a voluntary choir rendered excellent service. Miss Doris MANTON made an efficient accompanist.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 28 11 1914
Sir Charles MACARA, father-in-law of Mr. Fred BALLARD of Colwall, has resigned the position of President of the Federation of Master Cotton Spinners as a consequence of a resolution of the General Committee, declaring that no member was entitled to express any views affecting the interests of the Federation in the Press without first submitting them to the committee. Sir Charles in resigning, has written: "I have no intention of surrendering my right to act or speak at a time of crisis in any way which my long experience leads me to believe for the interests of the nation."

A Requiem Eucharist for the late Earl ROBERTS took place at the Parish Church on Sunday, the Rector being the celebrant. At the young people's service in the morning, a brief but interesting sketch of the life of Earl ROBERTS was given. At morning prayer an able sermon, embodying a biographical account of Earl ROBERTS as a soldier, patriot and Christian, was delivered. After the singing of the last hymn, the Rector played Handel's "Dead March in Saul" on the organ, the congregation standing. The evening service was of a memorial character.

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer THURSFIELD, Lea House, Kidderminster, have three sons now on active service, viz:Paymaster R. S. THURSFIELD, R. N., on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, at Portsmouth; Captain J. H. THURSFIELD 6th South Staffordshire Regiment; and Lieutenant A. C. THURSFIELD, R. N., in command of Torpedo boat 113. Five of their cousins are also serving in the Royal Navy, viz., one Commander, two Lieutenants, a Surgeon, and a Naval Cadet. Captain THURSFIELD is Town Clerk of Kidderminster, and in his absence his father has been appointed Deputy Town Clerk of Kidderminster, a position he generously undertook to fill without remuneration. Mrs. John STALLARD, Redland, Colwall, is an aunt to the first three gentlemen mentioned.

The annual meeting of the Worcester and Malvern Teachers' Guild was held at the Lyttelton Rooms, Malvern, on Saturday afternoon. The new Vicar of Malvern (Rev. A. LINZEE GILES), described the beauties of the grand old Priory Church to an interested party. Tea was afterwards provided, through the generosity of the President, Mr. A. WESTON PRIESTLEY the County Director of Education.
At the business meeting which followed, Mr. A. WESTON PRIESTLEY was re-elected president; Mr. A. T. WATERS (Colwall) was re-elected hon. auditor, and a member of the committee.
The President delivered a delightful and scientific address on "The Study of Education," and in the discussion which followed, Miss SEVERN BURROW, and Messrs. A. T. WATERS, J. CAMPBELL (Worcester), E. W. HARRIS (Malvern), H. G. HEALEYS and others took part.
At the close the President was heartily thanked for his address. Two guineas were voted as a donation towards the new central building for the headquarters of the Guild in London.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 05 12 1914
November 29th at All Saints Church, East Bersted (by the Rev. F. T. EVERSHED), P.E. ANDERSON-MORSHEAD, Corporal 47th Brigade R.F.A., second son of J. Y. ANDERSON-MORSHEAD, of the Middle Temple of Lueways, Salcombe Regis to Evangeline Corrie, daughter of the late Rev. G. CUSTANCE, late rector of Colwall.

WOODYATT - November 29th, at Jubilee Drive, Colwall, Mary WOODYATT, aged 57.

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