Westerham Herald from Westerham, Kent, England on April 25, 1914 · 5
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Westerham Herald from Westerham, Kent, England · 5

Westerham, Kent, England
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Saturday, April 25, 1914
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sEVENOA KS BOARD 01 GUARDIANS AND RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. Thureday.—Present : Mrs. Pesree-Clark, Miss Bartlett, Mrs. Hodges, Miss Escombe, Col. C. 8. Col. Rogers, D. 8.0., J.P., Dr. w a nd, Dr. Wood, Dr. Boott, Maoism A. T. Bevan, J.P.. Guy Ewing, M. Moss, T. G. Dimas, F. J.P., F. Watson. E. Matthews, 8.8. Williams, F. J.Mesdows, T.Riohes, W.Westaeott. p a ine, J. Hodges, A. J. B. Rills, J. Allin, J. D a rk, R. Dark, T. E. Curtice and R. F. H o ll an d, with the clerk (Mr. F. R. Vibert). ELECTIONS. c i A. Williams was elected to the chair pro telm Mrs. Peace-Clark proposed the re-election of Mr. A. T. Bevan as chairman. Mr. Richards woo ded, and the motion was carried unani• somelY• Mr. Bevan, upon taking his seat, thanked the m bers most sincerely for electing him again. It is a very great honour, and he could assure ibes that it would be his endeavour to do his a li ty in the future as he had done in the past. Mr. Watson, in proposing the re-election of Mr. R. Dark as vice-chairman, remarked that that gentleman had taken a great deal of inin the work, and when the Chairman was absent he had filled the position in a very admirable way. Mr. Paine seconded, and this was also carried unanimously. mr. R. Dark thanked the members for the re newed confidence, and he hoped he would be of some service, especially when the Chairman was unable to attend. THANKS. M r s. Wiiford wrote on behalf of the Edenbridge Nursing Association, thanking the Board for their generous subscription of £4 4s, towards the Association's funds. AN OPINION ON GUARDIANS. A short time ago the Clerk had reason to write to Miss F. M. Lister (Sister Frances, late of Sevenoaks) with regard to a child brought into the Sevenoaks Union area from Buckinghamshire, through her instrumentality, without proper notice being given. As a result of the correspondence Sister Frances wrote threatening the Clerk with proceedings for libel. This was replied to on the instructions of the Board, and Sister Frances now wrote the following the observations causing considerable amusenient to the members : " I thank you for your letter. I am still advised to go further into the matter against the Guardians, who have directed you to write the libel, but really I do not feel inclined to do so. For one thing, it would mean worrying Lord Frederick, who naturally would take up the matter for me now Lady Frederick is dead, and then I do not see that I have anything to gain, for I have not the slightest regard for the Sevenoaks Guardians or their opinions. I only care for the opinion of people who are worthy of respect and esteem, and I am only more and more thankful that I severed my connection with Sevenoaks when I did, and so put myself out of contact with unsatisfactory and unscrupulous people. It may interest you to know that I have this week received letters of appreciation and gratitude from Head Educational Department, Cuardians, Magistrates and others round here, for help with the children in the parish and district. So I showed one very well-known and influential person your letter, who said : ' Take no notice, Guardians are a queer lot, and generally try to put their sins on other people, you will find. It is like their impudence and usual want of knowledge to have written you at all.' Therefore, I say, I shall take no notice whatever, as I feel convinced that you were directed to write by some who were annoyed at their own inefficiency." • MASTER'S REPORT. The Master reported the deaths in the House of William Pryer, 25, Shoreham; and William Rickvrood, 91, Shoreham. There were 184 inmates, and 114 casuals had been relieved. Two pigs were sold for £l3 2s. ed. Mr. Dinnis brought a quantity of books and papers for the inmates. Rural District Council. A meeting of the Rural District Council was held subsequently, when Mr. A. T. Bevan, J.P., and Mr. R. Dark were re-elected chairman and vice-chairman respectively. REPRESENTATIVE. Mr. John Dark was re-appointed representative of the Council on the Darenth Valley Main Sewerage Board. FORDCOMBE WATER. The Fordcombe Water Committee wrote stating that they proposed spending £2O on making their two reservoirs independent, in order that, one might be used while the other was being cleaned. The expenditure WaS approved. THE ROADS. Resolutions were received from the Tunbridge Mello Farmers' Club and from the Cowden Parish Council in reference to the upkeep of the roads, suggesting that the time had arrived for State aid in the maintenance of county and district roads, owing to heavy and swift motor traffic from outside the district. Mr. J. Dark and Mr. Watson said they would object to handing over any of their district roads to the County Council. Col. Williams said the County Council had recently refused to take over certain roads. What they ought to do was to make certain highways contnbutory roads. The Council thought that the resolution passed at tho iast meeting met the case. CONFERENCES. Dr. Ireland and Mr. R. Dark were appointed delegates to the Conference of Rural District Councils at the Guildhall, London, on June 17th and 18th. Messrs. Guy Ewing and F. Watson, with the surveyors, were appointed to attend the Housing and Town Planning Conference at Tunbridge :Wells on May 19th and 20th. Dr. Ireland was appointed delegate to the Prevention of Consumption Conference at Leeds, On July 7th and Bth. AGRICULTURAL RATES. The Clerk reported the receipt of a communication from the Local Government Board stating that the half yearly grant under the Agricultural Rates Act amount to £531 2s. 11d. EDENBRIDGE GAS BILL. Col. Williams, on behalf of the Edenbridge "Gas Company's Bill Committee, said they would remember that the committee reported that they hsd come to a satisfactory arrangement with the directors. They now found they would be likely to have trouble in carrying out their wishes in some respects. It was nothing to do with the directors but with the legal gentlemen. When two lawyers met they did not meet to agree, but to disagree. (Hear, hear.) He proposed that the committee be authorised to instruct counsel to oppose the Bill when before the committee of the House of Lords, failing agreement with the directors. It would serve to strengthen the hands of the o3mrnittee. Mr. Curtice seconded, but said he would not be so gentle with the direetors, under whose instructions the agents and lawyers acted. The resolution was passed THE HOME RULE QUESTION. GREAT PROTEST MEETING AT FOUR ELMS. There was a large au di ence i n the Villagel Ball at Four Elms on Wednesday, when a meetlog to protest against the passing of the Home lßule Bill was held. Supporters of the Union assembled from all the neighbouring districts, so that when Mr. H. Fandel-Phillips stepped 1 on to the platform to take the chair the•large new hall was filled with an audience of 300 people. Among those present, either on the platform supporting the chairman, or in the l body of the hall, were Mrs. H. Faudel-Phillips a l IViscount and Viscountess% Hardinge, c o L Bathurst, M.P., Mr. S. T. L. Maunders, Miss ' Ard, Mrs. Hind, Mrs. Styles, Mr. E. G. B. Meade-Waldo, Dr. Scott, Mr. E Newton-Taylor, Capt. Pym, Miss Colquhoun, Rev. R. A. Boyle, Mr. Wentworth Brown the Hon. P. Bowes- Lyon, Mr. T. Tidy, Col. Bonham Carter, Col. C. S. Williams, Mr. S. S. Williams and others. The Chairman announced that, as it was an Ulster meeting, it would follow the example of all Ulster meetings and begin with the singing ,of the hymn "0 God, our help in ages past." 1 The Chairman, in his opening remarks, said i that they were there that night to support loyal 'Ulster and loyal Ulstermen. Did it strike them ' as curious that they, as Kentish men and 1 women, were there to support their brothers , a ho were loyal to their country, king and flag? , Did it strike them what a dastardly act it was to drive away from the Union of the United Kingdom those men who wished nothing better than to serve their king and flag? That was what the Government were trying to do. He had wondered what the officers and men of his regiment (sth Lancers) were going to do. They knew, and Capt. Pym would bear him out, that they would not disobey orders, and they would not have known what to do. Bet very kindly the officers were given a " jolly good chance" They were told that they had got to resign their commissions or fight. The people must not believe that they disobeyed orders, because no single order was disobeyed. He well knew that the man who was the first to follow General Gough and resign his commission and his hope of pension was a man to whom that pension was his livelihood. Yet sooner than go and fight against loyal Ulstermen be would have given up everything. And who were the men on whose behalf they were wanted to fight? It was the Ancient Order of Hibernian'. They did not know much about them there. Thank God! they had not reached West Kent, and he hoped they never would. His wife came from Ireland, and had many relations there. They were packing up their things and sending them all away, because at the first sign of disorder the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernian, would help themselves to everything. What was happening in Belfast? If a soldier died in the barracks his comrades did not dare to take his funeral through the streets because "those dirty beasts of Nationalists" spat upon the flag. They were the men the Army were asked to fight for! He had received letters ' from Capt. Spender Clay, their member, and from Mr. Guy Ewing, president of the Cowden Unionist Association, regretting inability to be I present. The former said that he felt it his 'duty to be in the House of Commons. He did 'not think that the majority of the people in the country realised how near we were to a massacre in Ulster a fortnight ago. The Government had ordered tbe concentration of 25,000 men, and had not their plans miscarried the consequences might have been disastrous. One could understand shedding the blood of a foreign invader, but he felt sure that the meeting would view with horror the use of the army to shoot down a loyal, prosperous and contented people, whose only crime was that they preferred to be governed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom instead of being handed over to the domination of people whom they had every reason to distrust. Mr. Maunders, who said that he had cancelled all his engag . ements owing to influenza, but could not forbear coming to Four Elms, delivered a trenchant and reasoned address on the peril that threatened the whole of Ireland from the Home Rule measure. There was no decrease of faith in the justice of their cause among loyal Irishmen, as the result of recent events, but rather an increase. Every impartial man or woman who read the history of the plot formed by members of the Ministry to crush out Ulster in a sea of blood would come to the conclusion that His Majesty's Ministers had been guilty of an act of high treason. Loyal I7latermen were prepared to die for their convictions. If the people of England were not prepared to support them in the time of crisis by every measure in their power then there might be dead men, women who were widows, children who were fatherless because of their lapathy and unpreparedness to take their part. ' He asked those present to sign the covenant , and to make it perfectly clear that if the Home I Rule Bill passed they would not feel them' selves bound by its enactments. The Ulstermen had done their part; they had made sacrifices greater than any made by English people for more than 150 years. They had done everything they could. If Englishmen believed they were right, he asked them no in the time of need to do their utmost to help them. They ' appealed not to their pockets, not to their ordinary sentiments, but to their sense of justice and lair play. As the Irish had stood by England in her time of need, now in the time of their need they appealed to her to stand by them and not to count the cost. • Miss Ard, a member of the Ulster Women's League, devoted her speech mainly to the effect 'of boycotting, and told in eloquent words the experiences of many who suffered from this 1 method of dealing with those who did not agree Iwith the United Irish League. People in England did not know what boycotting was. IThey did not know what it was not to be able to go to any shop and buy anything, to be fed through the post, to have police protection in 1 their houses for months and to work with a I policeman with loaded rifles on each side. If lit was so now, what would happen when Mr. 1 Redmond, the president of the United Irish League, had control of the police? Talk about I . safegua rds! She did not believe they could ' invent a safeguard that an Irishman could not Iwalk rou nd. She did not know about English. men, but she was sure about Irishmen. If . Ulster won then they would not have Home Rule, if Ulster lost, then they would not have Home Rule because they could not give anything to de ad men and women, and they would not take it alive. In conclusion, she moved a resolution in terms similar to that moved at the Hyde Park demonstration. Mr. Maunders seconded, and the motion was carried without • single dissentient. Lord Hardinge moved a vote of thanks to the speakers and the Chairman. As president of the Conservative Aasociation in the Division it gave him the greatest pleasure to do so. No one recognised more than he did the energetic work that had been done by the Chairman and by Mrs. Faudel-Phillips, and by their many loyal supporters in the district. He was pleased to have that opportunity of publicly thanking them for upholding those ideals which they all had so much at heart. A united kingdom, a united empire, and justice to all classes alike. Ever since the present Government had been in office they had clearly shown that they did not believe in one of those ideals. He was sure that if an appeal was taken, the Tonbridge Division would say that Ulster was right in its determination to temain in the Union. One of the speakers that evening had ieferred to the greatest asset of the Government—the lie. With due apologies he would liken them to the lawyer of whom it was said : " He lies first on one side, then on the other; and when he dies he lies still." (Laughter.) • Col. Bathurst seconded the resolution, which was carried unanimously. I The Chairman, in response, said that he could not refrain from mentioning the women of Four Elms, who had so nobly responded to the call ihis wife had made to work at the Working Parties for Ulster. They expected a few women to come, but he knew that on more than one occasion there had been over 30 women present. I The meeting closed with the singing of the National Anthem. Edenbridge Parish Council. The annual meeting of the Edenbridge Pariah Council was held at the Institute, Edenbridge, on Monday. Present: Messrs. F. Playfoot, R. Merchant, C. Cheal, G. Tester, E. Wallis, P. W. Langridge, J. W. Stixiciz. T. A. Cordery, and J. W. Baddiley (Clerk). Mr. E. Wallis was elected to the chair pro tern. On the proposition of Mr. Wallis, seconded by Mr. Cheal, Mr. Playfoot was unanimously reelected chairman. On taking his seat, with thanks for the renewed expression of confidence in him, he proposed Mr. Cheal as vice-chairman. Mr. Blackman seconded, and the resolution was carried unanimously. Messrs. R. Seal, P. W. TAngridge, and 11 Blackman were re-appointed overseers. The committees were all reappointed, with Mr. Tester in place of Mr. Ashby on the Sewage Farm Committee; while Mr. Ashby' name was also removed from the Footpaths Committee. ' that after - - the bills The Clerk reported . paying presented there would remain a balance of £2 us. 2d. in the general account; and on the Lighting Account. £7 us. 3d. The Council ordered precepts to be issued for £5O for general expenses, and £3O for lighting, followed by two further precepts of £3O and £6O for the latter purpose. Mr. Steddy said that there was no report from the Committee in respect to the proposal to spend not more than £lO upon Marsh Green recreation ground. He would like to point out, however, That if a proper job could sot be made of the work for that amount, the Committee would not spend anything. He proposed that die Committee should have power to spend the sum of £lO, providing they got a guarantee from somebody substantial that they would keep it. up when the work was done. This resolution found no seconder. Mr. Blackman propooed that the Marsh Green Committee should call in several prominent residents to discuss what could be done in the matter. Mr. Steddy seconded. Mr. Cheal said that something should be done to the ground, for there were holes over it. Mr. Steddy said that if a child broke its leg the Council would be responsible. Mr. Wallis: No, no. The resolution was passed after some further discussion. "Judas Maccabieus " at Edenbridge. FINE PERFORMANCE BY THE CHORAL SGCIETY. The Edenbridge Choral Society is to be heartily congratulated upon the splendid performance, in the Oddfellows' Hall, on Wednesday, of Handel's fine oratorio "Judas Maccabeus." Although one of Handel's lesser known works, the music is none the less pleasing than his other compositions, and the fact that it is not more frequently performed may lay in the difficulties that have to be surmounted. For this reason the Society and its able conductor, Mr. W. E. Weaver, are to be given all the greater credit, especially as in conducting Mr. Weaver did so under stress of personal worry in the health of his daughter, in which he had the sympathy of the audience. The soloists were all in fine form. Madame Alice Phillips, the soprano, was in excellent voice, and Mr. Arthur Kellet, the tenor, greatly pleased his audience. Mr. John Prout, baritone, had heavy work, and he acquitted himself splendidly, being exceptionally good in the recitative " Enough, to Heaven and leave the rest," and the following air. All the choruses were exceedingly well rendered, and were really above criticism, the attack being as near perfect as it is possible for an amateur choir to attain. At the conclusion of the performance, amid a scene of some enthusiasm, bouquets were presented to Madame Phillips and Mrs. Bottle, the pianist. FOUR ELMS. VESTRY.—At the Easter Vestry held on Friday last, the Vicar, the Rev. S. W. Wheatley,' presiding, Mrs. Styles was re-appointed Vicar's warden, and Mr. Reuben Whitebread people's warden. The sidesmen were also re-appointed,' and Mr. H. Faudel-Phillips added to the list.— ' After the presentation of the church accounts, the Vicar thanked the Vestry, as representing the congregation, for the most generous Easter offering, which amounted to £43 3s.—The following resolution was unanimously passed : "That this meeting of parishioners assembled , for the Easter Vestry desire to iecord their deep sense of the loss of the late Mrs. S. H. Faudel-Phillips, one of the earliest and most generous friends and supporters of this Church ; and parish, and they would convey to her son and other members of her family their deep i sympathy with them in their bereavement." CLEVERLYS' AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERS, OXTED. THE PROMPTEST REPAIRERS. AGENTS FOR FORD CARS. FULL PARTICULARS & DEMONSTRATION ON REQUEST. OR GOODS SUPPLIED IV ifTeltl. LONDON- HEAD OFFICE •• 1, LONG ACRE, W.C. Woms : 33, ORMOND YARD, W.C. " ELIJAH " AT LIMPSFIELD. AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE. With the pleasant recollection of last year's performance of the "Messiah " still in their memory it was not surprising that the friends of the Limpsfield Choral Society assembled in large numbers at the Missionary Home on Tuesday evening, when a performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah " was given. The large hall at the Home, kindly lent by the Rev. H. Summerhayes, was filled to overflowing, and everyone of the audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Mendelssohn's grand work. At the interval, and also at the close, the vocalists were accorded great receptions. The oratorio is so well known that any detailed criticism is not desirable. Sufficient be it to say that every soloist, and those that took part in the performances, acquitted himself or herself well. Mr. F. W. Metcalfe possesses a full baritone, and all his solos were well rendered, while the Rev. G. H. Marten, whose tenor voice is heard to the greatest advantage in works of this sort, delighted his audience, particularly with "If with all your hearts," and "Then shall the righteous shine forth" Miss Winifred Mills and Miss M. Streeten were also good. The double quartette, " He shall give his angels charge,' was beautifully sung by Miss M. Streeten, Miss Streeten, Miss Wykes. Miss M. Lee, Mr. L. H. Williams, Mr. Gray, Mr. Streeten, and Mr. D. Matthews. The quartet for female voices, " Holy, Holy, Holy," was given in excellent style by Mrs. MacKinnon, Mrs. Parsons, Miss E. Pye, and Miss C. Mills. The choruses were one and all rendered with that clearness of enunciation that went so far as to make the previous concert a success, whVe precision and attack left nothing to be desired. Mrs. A. H. Leaf, the conductor, is to be sincerely congratulated. I The net proceeds of the concert are to be divided between the St. John's Church Organ Fund and the Staffhurst Wood Mission Room. and-4 CROCKHAM HILL. BA ND oe HOPZ.—An entertainment by members of the Band of Hope was given in aid of the funds of Dr. Barnardo's Home, on Wednesday and Thursday in last week, in the schoolroom, and proved a great success in every respect. The entertainment reflected great credit, not only on the children, but also on those responsible for their training, the programme being performed without a hitch. "The Dainty Domestics," by some of the older girls of the Band, made one (in the words of a cor respondent) feel quite proud of the village that could produce such a sample of good, pure, healthy maidenhood. The younger members also showed clearly the advantage of careful training in the " Raindrop " and the " Cuckoo," both of which were well rendered by the smallest members of the Band. Another feature that deserves special commendation was the recitations of the young lad Phillips. The i Vicar (Rev. C. A. Stubbs) proved an excellent stage manager. About £8 was realised. ACCESSORY RING-64 OXTED, and State Requirements, THE LAUNDRY, WESTERHAM, • HAS SET UP • • A NEW STANDARD •• FOR WHAT I . • , : • LAUNDRY WORK . SHOULD BE. HAND-WORK 'Phone 37 Westaritaat. IS A SPECIALITY. EDENBRIDOE. WEDDING.—A pretty wedding took place at the Parish Church on Saturday, when Miss A. Maynaed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. ' Maynard, of High qtreet, was married to Mr. Frederick Nye, youngest son of Mr. and Mn. Nye, of Hazted. The bride was given away by her father, and the ceremony was performed by the Vicar, the Rev. H. Somers-Cocks. UNFORTUNATE OCCURRENCE. 31ius Lilian Churches, youngest daughter of Mr. A. Churches, of Haxted, met with an unfortunate accident on Sunday. She approached a chained dog on the farm and patted it on its head. It jumped and bit her aide, drawing out the stitches from a wound caused by an operation some six months ago. It was found necessary to remove her to Tunbridge Wells Hospital, for which the Hon. P. Bowes-Lyon kindly lent his car. We are pleased to hear that she is progressing satisfactorily. A BROKEN LEG.—When returning home from the Choral Society concert on Wednesday, Mr. H. B. Turney slipped off the kerb in High Street, and fractured his leg jurst above the knee cap. He was taken into his house, and attended by Dr, Newington, but it was later found necessary to remove him to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. A RECORD SALE.—Messrs. Fox and Manwaring held the most successful sale for some years in the Town Farm Field, kindly lent by Mr. E. Cheal, on Friday. Buyers were present from all over England, and some wonderfully 'good prices were realised, all the lots, with the exception of three, being sold. With a record entry, this must also form another record. There were 1.500 head of sheep that met with a ready sale, tags going up to 50s, 6d. Cattle made tremendous prices, one heifer in calf fetching £l7 ss. Store bu.Uocks made up to RIB, TELEPHONE: BEVENOAKS, 263. 1 5 1K110 Ikllllll% AND REPAIRING BY EXPERIENCED LONDON TUNERS. ESTIMATES FREE. BANDS, 3 to 30 Performers, PROVIDED FOR GARDEN PARTIES, - BALLS, DANCES, ETC. - TRAYLEN & PHILLIPS, (Proprietors, H. MORLEY, PHILLIPS & CO., LTD.) 889 LONDON ROAD, • SEVENOAKS. THE WESTERIIASI HERALD, SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 1914;

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