Extracts from

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News




relating to Broseley and District






Broseley Local History Society


6th January 1923


Great Annual Sale of Drapery Goods, Monday next and following days. Absolutely genuine. J. L. & E. T. Morgan (opposite the Church), Wellington.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Ald. D. L. Prestage presided.—Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable disease. He also reported a number of nuisances, when the usual orders were signed.—An application by Mr. Potham for a slaughter-house license was referred to the next meeting.—The surveyor reported the lamp had been removed to Fox Lane.—A discussion took place on a ratepayer who had not responded to a notice to cut his hedge. The clerk was eventually instructed to write him on the matter.—The surveyor’s expenditure for the month was reported at £153.—The Town Clerk reported a balance in hand on the general account of £143, and a debit balance on the water of £481—a better position than last year.—Speaking of the rate, the chairman said it was payable in advance.—The water engineer (Mr. Callear) reported that he had met Lord Forester’s agent at Posenhall, and had come to a satisfactory arrangement as to supply. He had also had the Posenhall pump put in working order. The amount of water supplied to Shifnal last quarter was 6,970,000 gallons, to Dawley 4,872,000 gallons, and to Wellington Rural area (No. 2) 237,000 gallons. He was instructed to have the water laid on to the mess room at Messrs. Maw and Co.’s works. He gave details of work done in the district during the month

“SOCIAL”.—Mr C. C. Bruff (Coalport) very kindly entertained the Church Sunday school children to a tea and “social” held on Tuesday at the Town Hall. He also distributed their Sunday school prizes. A very pleasant time was spent.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. — On Sunday the scholars were presented with their prizes according to merit for attendance during the year. The round O prizes were presented to Nancy Brown and Mary Shaw for regular attendance. Special carols were sung, and Mr. W Hall gave an address. Miss E. Owen presided at the organ.

SOCIAL CLUB.—Lord Forester, who was supported by Dr. Boon, presided at a “social” held at the club on Dec. 29, when a good time was enjoyed. Some good songs were rendered by Messrs. F. S. Francis, J. Ritchings, F. Bright, and W. Davies (accompanist). On the motion of Mr. Brooks, supported by the Rev. W. A. Warner (rector), a vote of thanks was accorded his worship for presiding.

SHIRLETT (Broseley).

SUDDEN DEATH.—The infant son of Mr. Douglas F. Watkins, butcher’s assistant, 48, Shirlett, Broseley died on Sunday, four hours after his premature birth.

27th January 1923


FAREWELL.—The Rev. C. R. Hollis (rector) preached his farewell sermon on Sunday evening at St. Mary Church, where he has been rector for two years. He has left this week and was inducted to the living of Bewdley.


¶ Genuine Sale of all Stock, including Boots and Shoes; just commenced for 14 days, at Dixon’s General Stores, High St. Iron-Bridge.

A NEW YEAR’S PARTY was held in connection with the Broseley Wesleyan Sun day School on Jan. 16. The Schoolroom had been very prettily decorated by the officers, teachers and friends of the school, and, at 5 the scholars and friends sat down to tea which was thoroughly enjoyed. After tea various games and competitions were indulged in, and during the evening Mr. F. Howells (Field House) kindly amused the children with some conjuring tricks. The annual prizes given for best attendance at school during the past year were then presented to the following scholars, Mr. F. Oakley (senior) making the presentation:— Round O prizes: Ernest Harris, Ernest Humphries, Leonard Morris. First prizes: Jimmie Harris, Fred Sutton, Fred Gough, Ivy Gough, Colin Jones, Annie Evans, Dennis Williams, Cissie Garbett, Gladys Perks, Mary Perks, Evelyn Leadbetter, Beattie Leadbetter, Gerald Oakley, Mary Garbett, Rene Leadbetter. Second prizes: Edie Meredith, Jack Aston, Charlie Shaw, Ethel Shaw, Lily Hatton, Arthur Evans, Willie Oakley, James Hatton, Willie Ashwood, Jack Sankey, Francis Oakley, Emmie Oakley, Annie Oakley, Edie Oakley, Willie Hatton. Third prizes: Frank Williams, Gladys Garbett, George Hatton, Tom Boden, Rosie Boden, Stan Jones, Amy Garbett, Fred Oakley, Walter Oakley, Arthur Oakley, Lily Brazier, Harry Hatton, Norman Oakley, Edie Humphries, Mary Childs, Daniel Boden, Jennie Childs, Rene Bennett, Ruth Ritchings, Joan Aston, Jessie Oakley, Connie Childs, Richie Childs, Vera Bennett, Ronald Aston. This concluded an enjoyable evening, a most happy time having been spent.

OLD FOLKS’ PARTY.—The annual Old Folks’ Party, given by the members and friends of the Wesleyan Church, was held in the schoolroom on Jan. 18. At tea, the old people numbered 63.— An entertainment was given after tea. Mr. R. Bunnagar presided, and spoke a few words of welcome. The following was the programme:—Pianoforte duet, Misses S. Jones and L. Hodgkinson; solos, Miss Wood; solos, Mr. Hodgkinson; duets, Messrs. Jones and Hodgkinson; recitation, Mrs. A. O. Jones; humorous songs, Mr. A. O. Jones; sketch, “Ventriloquism, and how not to do it”. Miss Aston, and Messrs. S. Blackford and A. O. Jones. Messrs. Oakleys and H. Ball kindly provided motors and conveyances for conveying those unable to walk to and from the schoolroom. Each guest was given a small present on leaving.

A WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE were held in the Town Hall on Wednesday for the purpose of raising a fund in payment of a set of whist tables recently obtained for the hall. There was a fair attendance. Miss Hamilton (The Dunge House) presented the prizes for the whist to the following: Ladies—1 Mrs. A. Aston (The Rock), 2 Mrs. H. Reynolds, consolation and longest at table Miss Bradeley. Gent’s— 1 Mr. R. A. Instone, 2 Mr. J. Preece, consolation and longest at table Mr. J. Downes. The M.C. for whist was Mr. E. C. S. White; and for the dance Mr. A. H. Wase. Lister’s Jazz Band supplied the music.

3rd February 1923


CAGE-BIRD SHOW.—With the purpose of raising funds in aid of the Homing Society at the Broseley Hand and Tankard a very successful cage-bird show was held on Saturday. The officers were:—Mr. H. H. Powell, steward; Mr. E. E. Austin, secretary; and Mr. J. Harrison, judge. Mr. F. R. Benbow, promoter of the event, rendered useful service. The prize-winners were:—Yorkshire canaries—1 A. Dewey (Iron-Bridge), 2 A. Pritchard (Broseley). Goldfinch or green linnet—1 P. Reeves (Broseley), 2 T. Seabury (Broseley), 3 A. Dewey (Iron-Bridge). Mule or any variety—1 W. Watson (Broseley), 2 Preece (Coalbrookdale), 3 and extra A. Nock (Broseley).

THE FOLLOWING is an extract from the “Reading Eagle”, America, dated Jan. 16:—”Mr. Stanley S. Davies, retired insurance manager, residing at Springmont, received congratulations on his 70th birthday anniversary. For many years lie was connected with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and in 1886 was made manager of the Reading district. He was born in Broseley, Shropshire, England, Jan. 16, 1853, and was the first of his family to come to this country. Mr. Davies was the pioneer manager of the Metropolitan in this city, and in the Reading district were included Pottsville, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Phillipsburg. All were made separate districts under his management. In 1902 his department led the state in insurance work and he was awarded a gold medal. The veteran was always a leader in anything which tended to better the community to which he resided. He was a member of the old Board of Trade, the Berkshire Country Club, an associate member of the Reading Press Club, and a member of the Historical Society of Berks County. He retired after giving 20 years of his time in managing the insurance work of his company in this section.”

SOCIAL CLUB.—The annual meeting was held on Jan. 26, when the president (Lord Forester) was in the chair. In a few remarks which he made, he said how pleased he was with the way in which the club had been conducted, and asked the secretary to read the accounts for 1922. There was a good balance in hand on the year’s working, and the balance sheet was adopted.—Messrs. J. A. Downes and D. L. Prestage were given a hearty vote of thanks for their services as auditors, also the committee, chairman of committee, Mr. J. Griffiths, and Dr. Boon for the very valuable services which they had rendered. The three retiring members of the committee (decided by ballot) were Messrs Edge, Evans and Ritchings, who where re-elected en bloc. A proposal that a very hearty vote of thanks be given to Lord Forester (president) was given with musical honours, and cheers were given for Lady Forester and Capt. Forester. The business part of the meeting being concluded, the members were entertained by some well-rendered items by the Broseley Quartet, and solos by Messrs. Harrison. etc.


GOOD RESULT.—The sum of £8 16s. has been acknowledged by St. Dunstan’s Hostel, an amount collected by carol singing by the members of Willey and Barrow Church choirs .

10th February 1923


DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday Ald. Prestage presided.—The Town Clerk reported that, after meeting all liabilities, there would be a debit of £404 8s. 6d against the Council. Mr. Fenn was asked to hurry up the collection of the rates.—The Sanitary inspector reported two cases of scarlet fever and one of diphtheria Orders were made to remedy several nuisances. A license was granted for a slaughterhouse in High Street and the water engineer was instructed to connect up the Harrington water thereto.— The Surveyor stated his expenditure for the month was £66 5s 2d.—Mr. Instone. Woodlands Farm, interviewed the Council as to the bad condition of Ball’s Lane and certain hedges in the district, which, in his opinion required cutting. The Chairman said the surveyor would attend to any matters that called for his attention.—The Water Engineer gave a report of work done in the district during the month. He was instructed to connect up the water to The Dunge. Several other applications for water supply were passed by the Council.—The Clerk submitted estimates for the ensuing year. It was stated that a penny rate brought in £40. It was decided to take £320 off the surveyor’s estimate for roads, which the chairman said, had very much improved in condition during the last year or two. The total to be raised by rate was £1,920, and it was unanimously decided to levy a general district rate of 4s, in the pound, a reduction of 6d. in the pound on last year, the water rate of 2s, 6d. to remain the same.


St. Mary’s Church, Jackfield. Preacher for Tomorrow (Sunday) is the newly appoin­ted Rector (Rev. G. L. Bourdillon, Buckland, Dover). Services 11 o’clock and 6-30 o’clock.

PRESENTATION TO THE RECTOR. — Dur­ing, two years as rector of Jackfield, the Rev. C. R. Hollis has endeared himself to every parishioner, and directly it was known that he had accepted the living of Ribbleford and Bewdley, the Church Council de­cided to organise a presentation, in which the whole village joined. On Wednesday the presentation took place in the Village Institute, which was comfortably filled. Mr. Hayward Davis presided, and made a very genial chairman. He was supported by Lord Forester and members of the Church Coun­cil. The Chairman apologised for the ab­sence of the Rev. C. B. Crowe (Coalbrook­dale) and Ald. D. L. Prestage (Broseley). He said it was a pleasure to be in the position he held on that pleasant occasion. When the news became known that they were going to lose the services of their rector, they unanimously agreed that they could not allow him to leave without giving him some token of the respect and esteem in which he was held. They all regretted his leaving for they knew what a splendid man he was—a man of high character, who was always willing to do his best for any good work in the parish. The chairman felt sure they would all agree with him that if there was one outstanding feature of Mr. Hollis’s character, it was his absolute sincerity. At the meetings of the Church Council, by his able conduct in the chair, he gained the re­spect and goodwill of his colleagues. Not only in the parish was he held in high es­teem, but also outside, as was shown by the number of people who had subscribed towards the presentation. They would have pleasant recollections of his period as rec­tor, and they all wished him good luck in his new parish, sincerely hoping he might be spared for many years to labour for the great cause he had so much at heart. (Ap­plause.) Lord Forester said he was glad to be present to join with them in wishing their rector God-speed. This was an aus­picious occasion. It was sad in a way, but they did not grudge Mr. Hollis his pre­ferment to a very important parish. They certainly wished him to carry on the good work of the church in the parish of which he was rector. He was pleased to join with his old friends of Jackfield in wishing their late rector God Speed and the best of luck. (Applause). Mr. W. H. Smith then present­ed the Rev. C. R. Hollis with a handsome Coalport China tea service (40 pieces), and an album containing the names of the sub­scribers. Mr. Smith, in the course of a happy speech, referred to the Rector’s good work in the parish, mentioning in particular his interest in the Sunday and day schools. The larger congregations and the credit balance on all accounts, mainly due to Mr. Hollis’s enthusiasm in the parish. (Ap­plause.) The Rev. C. R Hollis accepted the presentation amid much enthusiasm. He said he should never forget their extraor­dinary kindness, and also the other gifts he had received from certain sections. The kind words spoken of him he honestly felt were not deserving. — His stay had been far too short to carry out the fulfilment of his dreams in the extension of the church at Jackfield. They could not have given him a better or more beautiful present; it would remind him of his parishioners who followed that daily employment.  Their abiding friendship would always live for more than a mere memory. (Applause). Mr. W. Hud­son proposed a vote of thanks to the subscribers, and to Mr. Smith for making the presentation; he referred to the latter as the pioneer of churchworkers in the district. Mr H. Bowen seconded the motion, and concurred with Mr. Hudson’s remarks. On the motion of Mr G. S. Williams, supported by Mr. J. O. Perkins, a vote of thanks was accorded the chairman, who responded, and complimented the Church Council and Mr. J. Dodd, their energetic secretary. The meeting fittingly closed with the blessing.— The Rev. C. R. Hollis has received other presents—a gold ever-sharp Pencil from the staff at the school, and a silver-mounted walking stick from the children of the Sunday School. Miss Hollis also received Coalport jewel rings, from the mothers and Sun­day School, and Mrs. Hollis a Coalport China lettuce bowl from the Mothers’ Union and Women’s Fellowship.

17th February 1923


LICENSING SESSIONS, Tuesday (before Messrs. W. G. Dyas (mayor), F. R. Smith, J. H. A. Whitley, W. Bishop, W. Roberts, J. B. Barker and J. G. Beddoes).—A vote of sympathy with Ald. B. Maddox in his illness was passed.—Supt. Phillips reported that there were in the borough 56 fully-licensed houses, 23 beerhouses (on), two beerhouses  (off), and nine grocers’ licenses. There were also two registered clubs. The population was 13,712, which gave an average of 169 persons to each licensed house; eight licenses had been transferred. During 1922 six persons were proceeded against for drunkenness and five convicted; a decrease of six. Of this number four were residents and one non-resident. One licensed person had been proceeded against, and was ordered to pay costs, but with this exception, the houses had been conducted satisfactorily. The license of the Nelson Inn Beerhouse, Madeley, was referred for compensation, and the house was finally closed on 25th March, 1922. The Superintendent drew attention to the unsatisfactory state of a wall at the rear of the King’s Head Inn, Broseley. He suggested that the grant of the certificate in respect of this house should be withheld until the adjourned Licensing Meeting. This would give the owners of the property an opportunity to put the wall in order.— The Magistrates’ Clerk said the Bench objected to the renewal of the licenses of the Horse and Jockey, Iron-Bridge, and Hand and Tankard, Broseley, the notice of  objection to be heard at the Wenlock adjourned Licensing Meeting in March. The King’s Head, Broseley, license was provisionally renewed, and the other licenses in the borough were renewed.—The Mayor stated that the Bench were pleased with the report. Alteration in the hours of opening and closing would be dealt with at the adjourned meeting:—Henry Ward, scrap dealer, Bridgnorth, was charged with purchasing an automatic pistol without a firearms certificate. George E. Reynolds, labourer, Broseley, and Cecil Oakes, clerk, Broseley, were charged with selling an automatic pistol to a person otherwise than a firearms dealer.— Sergt. Smith (Bridgnorth) and Sergt. Lovett (Wenlock) proved the cases.—Defendants pleaded guilty, but said they had no idea that a certificate was required. Ward said he purchased the pistol to sell again, and make money. He did not know he was doing wrong.— Ward was fined 10s. and costs, and Oakes and Reynolds were ordered to pay the costs 4s. each.

DEATH OF ALD. B. MADDOX, J.P. There passed away, early on Thursday, at the Lady Forester Hospital, Ald. B. Maddox, after a brief but painful illness, at the age of 57. A few weeks ago he caught a chill on the liver, and complications set in. He was removed to the hospital on Wednesday to undergo an operation the following day,  but passed away. He was in many respects a most remarkable man, and those who were more intimately connected with him were conscious of his more than average ability. He rapidly rose to the position of superintendent of the Refuge Assurance Co., and took an interest in all public matters; the poor he particularly looked after. He was chairman of Madeley District Council and Madeley Board of Guardians. No public business was too insignificant to escape his careful attention, and in larger matters he was an ardent worker and spared no energy; mainly through his indefatigable exertions, that the free traffic bridge was erected across the Severn in 1909. Deceased was a gifted speaker and could advance his views with telling effect. He was a useful supporter of the late Sir Henry, for whom he was local organiser. He was first elected a member of the Wenlock Town Council in 1896, and was raised to the Aldermanic bench in 1917. In 1908 he was appointed Mayor of the Borough of Wenlock, and was elected Justice of the Peace for the Borough of Wenlock in 1906. He was on all the important committees in the Iron-Bridge district. He was a member of the Foresters, and was a Freemason. He had taken a keen interest in football and had been a member of the S.F.A. In politics he was an ardent Liberal. He was connected with the local Primitive Methodist denomination, and was on the preachers’ plan. He was also supt. of the Sunday School. His widow and five grown-up children have the sympathy of the whole town in their sad bereavement. 

24th February 1923


¶ Thousands of Huge Bargains now being offered at J. B. Dickin & Co.’s Great Sale (now proceeding). Oakengates and Shifnal,

¶ Mr. N. G. Lees, Dentist, is in attendance at 3, Madeley Road, Iron-Bridge, daily from 10-7.

FUNERAL OF ALD. B. MADDOX.— The funeral of Ald. B. Maddox, whose death was reported in our last issue, took place on Monday at the Madeley Churchyard amid manifestations of sincere sorrow. There was a large and representative gathering, for deceased was beloved in the district. As the cortege entered the sacred edifice the organist (Mr. A. A. P. Onians) played “Blest are the departed”, and at the close of the impressive service, “O rest in the Lord.” The hymn, “Peace, perfect peace,” was feelingly Text Box: THE LATE ALD. MADDOX. 

sung in church, and at the rave, “O God our Help in ages past.” The Rev, E. Bulstrode Pryce (vicar) was assisted at the service by the Rev. E. Roberts (Iron-Bridge), Rev. Preb. C. B. Crowe (Coalbrookdale), and the Rev. W. R. Price (P.M. minister). The order of the procession was Supt. Phillips, Inspt. Barber and posse of police, Coun. W. G. Dyas (Mayor), Mr. F. W. Derry (town clerk), Lord Forester (ex-Mayor), Ald. D. L. Prestage (deputy Mayor), Ald. W. J. Legge, J. Nicklin, W. F. Bryan, Councillors W. Roberts, F. A. Bagnall, C. H. Parker, T. Tranter, C. Dimelow, T. Doughty, A. A. Exley, J. Davies, H. H. Wase, J. Raleigh, T. H. Thompson, T. Thomas, O. D. Murphy, W. Bishop; Messrs. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (Mayor’s clerk), J. S. Barker (Borough Treasurer), H. Herbert (sanitary inspector), F. Richards (borough surveyor), A. O. Callear (water engineer), J. Duckworth (rate-collector), F. S. Francis (school officer); Madeley Guardians, Mr. A. Rhodes (vice-chairman), Mrs. J. Simpson, Mrs. Milner, Rev. T. R. J. Fawkes, Messrs. W. Kerr, E. Fletcher, J. Stanley, F. Roberts, R. Bickers, W. Bishop and Dr. Carter; members of the Iron-Bridge St. Milburga Freemasons’ Lodge, who threw a sprig of acacia on the coffin after the ceremony, the contingent consisting of Messrs. W. Atkinson, W.M., J. T. Williams, J. C. Green, G. C. Law, T. Dorsett, H. R. Shaw, F. W. Derry, F. C. Howells, W. Bishop, A. O. Callear, J. Lambert, S. Hopley, J. O. Pointon and C. Dimelow; bearers (in coaches), Messrs. A. E. Evans, W. A. Woolley, R. Rickers, W. J. Crawford, A. J. Jones, J. Giles, B. J. Wilkinson and A. Corfield; hearse (containing body); mourners in coaches, Messrs. P. J. Maddox, B. C. Maddox, R. J. Maddox, V. C. Maddox (sons), and W. Maddox (brother), Messrs. E. Harris, S. Harris, W. Harris, J. Harris, and B. Wilkinson (brothers-in-law), Messrs. G. Hayward (uncle), W. Wright and W. Harris (nephews), Messrs. G. Hayward, jun., Archie Moore, W. Moore, (Langley) and Wm. Harris (Netherton); in motor car, Rev. W. R. Price, Rev. E. Roberts and Dr. Carter. Amongst others following were Messrs. J. B. Barker, J. B. Williams, W. Shepherd, T. Dorsett, Miss Fletcher (representing Boarding-Out Committee), Messrs. J. W. Fletcher, J. C. Green, G. Hopley (Workhouse Master), F. P. Mole and W. Edge (relieving-officers), F. Howells, W. H. Southouse,  C. Pountney, J. Roberts, C. H. Williams, A. Dixon, A. A. P. Onians, T. Pearce, H. P. Shaw, J. H. Pellowe, A. Lowe (representing S.F.A.), E. Woolger, P. Mason and T. Aston (representing Iron-Bridge F.C.), Lloyd, H. Evans, J. Pritchard, W. Pearce, T. Ward, A. R. Duckett, J. Price, W. Price, G. Hayward, J. Bush,  J. Lister, E. Dorricott, G. Ball, R. Jones, C. Skitt, T. A. Hulse, W. Beddoes, Adams, W. Richards, E. Poole, T. Ward, G. Pearce, E. Owen, Hall, W. Matthews, L. Dixon, A. Parrock, G. Norry, T. Pritchard, A. Bailey,  N. Fowler, G. Bailey Walker, H. Moore (Mytton), H. Corfield, C. Edwards and J. Lloyd (undertaker). Beautiful wreaths were sent by the following:- From its wife and children, in loving and affectionate memory; Sister Pattie and family (Rhymney, Mon.); Maggie, Ben and Harold (Wellington); Pollie and Brother Will and family (Ashton, Bolton); Edward and Sam Harris (brothers-in-law) and Bertha and family (Iron-Bridge); William Harris; John Harris; Aunt Myra (Manchester); Uncle George and George and Louie (Hayward, Iron-Bridge); Alice (niece), and Frank (Blackpool); Auntie, Archie and Lucy (Madeley Wood); Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Moore (Langley, Birmingham); Fanny and Will, Alice and Jack (Madeley Wood); From the members of the Iron-Bridge Primitive Methodist Church; Teachers and scholars of the Sunday School, in loving memory of our Superintendent; Mr. and Mrs. B. Wilkinson and Gwen (Iron-Bridge); Mr. and Mrs. Corfield, very dear friends (Shrewsbury)  Miss Ida and Charlie Corfield; Mr. Harold and Pem; Vice-Chairman and Members of the Madeley and District Board of Guardians; From the Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the Borough of Wenlock;  Officers and Nurses of the Poor Law Institution, Iron-Bridge; Members of the St. Milburga Lodge, No. 1120 ; From members of the Boarding-Out Committee of the Madeley Union; The Members and Officials of the Madeley Sanitary Authority; Ald. W. J. Legge (Madeley); Mr. and Mrs. Bishop Severn House, Iron-Bridge); Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Dixon and children, the Hawthorns; and Mrs. A. E. Evans; R. A. Jones and family (Iron-Bridge); Mr. and Mrs. Giles and Phyllis; From Misses E. and N. Jones; From Mr. and Mrs, Gerald G. P. Heywood (Tickwood Hall Much Wenlock); The Shropshire Football  Association; Mr.  Jack and Miss Morris (Coalbrookdale); Mr. and Mrs. Murphy (Wellington); Mr. and Mrs. Moore (Mytton, Shrewsbury).

24th February 1923


WESLEYAN CHURCH. — The Rev. J. E. Noble (Handsworth College) preached the choir sermons on Sunday. The congregations were good, and also the collections in aid of the choir fund. The choir gave an excellent rendering of the anthem, “Sun of my soul.” Master Fred Sutton gave a tasteful rendering of the solo, “O for the wings of a dove.”

R.A.O.B.—This lodge, recently formed at The Crown, is making satisfactory progress. Mr. W. Edge is the local secretary, and Mr. E. Oakley K.O.M. W.P., is chairman.

PARISH CHURCH.— After a brief illness the Rev. W. Warner (rector) renewed his duties on Sunday, when a large congregation attended the evening service at which the choir gave a good rendering of the anthem, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd”, Miss Watkis presided at the organ.


WHIST DRIVE.—A successful whist drive was held on Feb. 16 at the Institute in aid of a new Billiard table fund. Eighty played whist and the duties of M.C. were carried out admirably by Mr. J. D. Perkins and Mr. P. Price. The prize-winners were:—1 Mrs. A. Aston, 2 Miss J. Reynolds, consolation Miss J. Davis, travelling prize Mrs. E. Peake; 1 Mr A. Harrington, 2 Mr. P. Jones, consolation Mr. P. C. Rotherho, travelling prize Mr. A. Hughes. Refreshments were served by Mrs. W. Tranter, Mrs. J. D. Perkins, Mrs. H. Keats, Mrs. J. Hearn, and Mrs. A. Wilson.

PRESENTATION. — An interesting ceremony took place on Monday at Messrs. Maw and Co’s works, when Mr. George Bunnagar was the recipient of a testimonial in the form of an illuminated address and a wallet of Treasury notes. Mr. T. H. Harrington, as chairman, spoke of the long service that Mr. Bunnagar had rendered to the firm of Maw and Co., Ltd., Jackfield, viz., 65 years, which was truly a record, and of the esteem and respect in which he was held by employers, staff and workpeople. Mr. W. Jordan spoke of the happy relations that always had existed between Mr. Bunnagar and the workpeople, and Mr. A. Humphries spoke of the cordial relationship that existed between Mr. Bunnagar and the staff, and wished him good health and happiness to enjoy his well-earned rest. Mr. G. Wilde, one of the oldest workmen, in a feeling speech, made the presentation. Mr. G. Bunnagar very feelingly replied and spoke of the happy relationship that had always existed between the employers and himself, and how he in his position as foreman had always tried to do what was just and right. After an uninterrupted period of 65 years, he was compelled to give up his position, as in a month’s time he would reach the ripe age of 75 years. He impressed upon all present the necessity of co-operation to enable the works to he run successfully.


TOWN COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Councillor W. G. Dyas (Mayor) presided.—The Mayor referred to the loss the Council had sustained through the death of the late Ald. Maddox, who had been a member almost 30 years. He moved that the Council send their sincere sympathy to the widow and family, and that a record of their appreciation of Ald. Maddox’s 27 years’ valuable service be placed on the minute book.— Lord Forester seconded the resolution. — Ald. Cooke, Ald. Prestage, Ald. Bryan, Mr. Bishop and Mr. Thomas concurred in the Mayor’s remarks, and the resolution was carried in silence, the members standing. Mr. Derry, on behalf of the officials, associated himself with the resolution.— The Mayor referred to the presence of Ald. Davies who had had a serious illness, and hoped be would be spared many years with them.—Ald. Davies acknowledged the kind remarks.—The Mayor also welcomed the new Barrow member, Mr. Walker.—In respect of the new Coalport free footbridge, the clerk stated he had received a letter from the L. and N.W. Railway Company regarding the encroachment, stating that as it was a memorial bridge, the company did not propose to take any action in the matter.—In regard to the housing question, the Council decided to support the Ludlow Council’s resolution, and the Richmond (Surrey) Council’s proposition regarding the unemployment question—The clerk read a letter from the Salop County Council to the effect that they could not see their way to increase the representation for the Madeley electoral division, but if approached, they would consider a re-arrangement of the wards.—The Mayor moved that the accounts chargeable to the borough fund be paid, and that a borough rate of 2d, in the pound be levied, which was one penny less than last year.—Ald. Nicklin seconded the resolution, which was carried. — Mr. Bishop moved that a general district rate of 1s. 10d, be levied for the Barrow Ward.— Ald Davies seconded; carried.— Ald. Prestage moved a rate of 4s. in the pound, a drop of 6d., be levied for the Broseley Ward, and Ald. Nicklin seconded; carried.—Ald. Legge moved that a rate of 3s. 9d. be levied for the Madeley Ward a considerable reduction on last year, and Ald. Bryan seconded; carried.—On the motion of Ald. Cooke, a rate of 4s. 6d. in the pound was levied for the Madeley Ward.—Water rates of 2s. 6d. in the pound were levied for the Broseley, Madeley and Wenlock Wards.—Mr. Murphy was appointed a representative trustee under the scheme of the Charity Commissioners for the regulation of the Little Wenlock Charities. — The corporate seal was affixed to two contracts for the scavenging of the Madeley sanitary division, on the motion of Mr. Dimelow.—Ald. Cooke presented a report of the visitors to the Salop Mental Hospital. He said they had reduced the maintenance charge to patients from 28s. to 18s. 1d.—The report was adopted. Ald. Prestage presented the main roads report, which stated that he had been appointed chairman of the committee, in the place of Ald. Davies, who had resigned.— It was decided to resist Mr. Owen’s claim, regarding a stable they had pulled down to improve the road near the Free Bridge. — It was decided to appeal to the County Council for an extra grant of £1,600 for the upkeep of the main roads.—Tenders for tar were left to the surveyor, whose report was adopted.—They supported the appeal for powers to appoint overseers and assistant overseers.—Lord Forester referred to the action of the borough members on the County Council, who succeeded in turning down the English Bridge scheme, and he was thanked for the action he had taken in this matter.

3rd March 1923


CHURCH COUNCIL.—The Rev. W. Warner presided at the annual meeting of the Church Council on Monday, when the officials were re-elected for another year.

PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, before Councillor W. G. Dyas (Mayor), Lord Forester, Dr. Collins, Ald. Prestage, and Ald. J. Nicklin.—The Mayor referred to the great loss the Bench had sustained through the death of Ald. B. Maddox, and asked the clerk to convey their sympathy to the widow and family.—Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (clerk) and Supt. Phillips, on behalf of the police, associated themselves with the observations made.—The Mayor also asked the clerk to convey, their sympathy to Mr. R. Roberts, who lost his wife on Saturday. — Charles Lloyd, Cecil Garbett, Edgar Garbett, Jas. Gittens, Leonard Lowe, and Richard Preece, all Broseley youths, were charged with playing football on the highway at Willey.—P.C. Penney (Broseley) stated that when he was coming up the Willey drive in plain clothes on a Sunday afternoon he saw the defendants and others playing football on the highway near Willey Lodge.—Defendants pleaded guilty.—The Mayor said they would be let off this time by paying the costs, 4s., each, but the next time they would be severely dealt with. —Rex Kearn, Dean Farm, Broseley, was charged with using a motor-cycle without a silencer at Broseley.—P.C. Dodd (Jackfield) proved the case.—Defendant, who said he was not aware that he was liable, was fined 10s.— Arthur C. Walker, Inett Farm, Broseley, was charged with driving a motor-van without having a rear-light.—P.C. Weston (Little Wenlock) stated he saw defendant pass up and down the Wharfage at Iron-Bridge without having a rear-light.—Defendant said it was all right when he left home and he was not aware it was out.—Dismissed on payment of costs, 4s. —John Taylor, labourer, Broseley, was summoned for failing to send his son, John, regularly to school, and also for disobeying at attendance order in respect of his daughter.—Mr. Francis (school officer) said the girl had been absent 60 times out of 106, and he applied for an attendance order to be made on the boy.—The Bench made an attendance order on the boy with costs, and in respect of the girl defendant was fined 10s. —Several rate and Madeley Guardians cases were dealt with.


INDUCTION.—On Saturday the Rev. Gerald Leigh Bourdillon, of Dover, was instituted and inducted to the living of St. Mary’s, Jackfield, the service being well attended. Other clergy present were the Bishop of Hereford, Preb. E. B. Bartleet, R.D. (Much Wenlock), Preb. C. B. Crowe (Coalbrookdale), Rev. W. A. Warner (Broseley), and the Rev. C. S. Jackson (Willey). The choir was present and sang during the ceremony, “We love the place, O God”, Mr. G. Edge being at the organ. The Bishop of Hereford performed the institution, and the induction ceremony was carried out by Preb. E. B. Bartleet, R.D. The Bishop afterwards gave a telling address, in which he pointed out the duties of priest and people.


FLOOD. — On Thursday the river Severn rose rapidly and the water is higher than it has been for 20 years. The water is across the wharfage, and all the cellars are flooded. The Rowing Club Boathouse is also under water and numerous roads are impassable.  The low-lying portions of Jackfield are flooded, and some of the steps of the Memorial Bridge are hidden with water, whilst the new G.P.O. has not escaped. The land is inundated for miles. Owing to the flood in the Jackfield district a wall has collapsed, and on Thursday pedestrians were unable to use the Memorial bridge. Several of the cottages in this district are flooded and the residents reach their homes with considerable difficulty. The water on the Wharfage was many feet deep and cyclists in attempting to cross it come to grief, to the delight of the watching crowd.

10th March 1923


BARROW COUNCIL, Monday.—Councillor W. Bishop presided, and remarked he was pleased to see Ald. J. Davies once again at the meeting, and hoped he would soon be strong again. Mr. Herbert reported the district free from notifiable infectious disease, and reported a number of nuisances. The usual orders were made.— A letter was read from the Wellington Rural Council asking them to join in a new water scheme. The meeting decided before they joined them to see the details of the scheme.— The rate collector was instructed to hurry up with the collection of the rate,


CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. — On Sunday evening the Rev. A. J. Parker (newly-appointed minister) commenced his ministry. A collection was taken on behalf of church funds. Miss E. Owen presided at the organ

BURIAL BOARD.- Dr. G. D. Collins presided at the quarterly meeting on Wednesday. The clerk stated that there was a debit balance of £47. The Chairman remarked they had had a blank season, and people had refused to die.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.— Ald. D. L. Prestage presided. — It was reported there was a debit balance on the general and water accounts of £556. There was £472 to be collected, so there would be a debt of £80.—The collector presented a list of defaulters, and he was instructed to take the usual proceedings for the recovery of the rate. — Mr. Herbert reported one case of puerperal fever at Jackfield, and a case of ophthalmia. He also reported three cases of dysentery, and one case of scarlet fever, an imported case. He reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.—Mr. Richards (surveyor) reported that his expenditure for the month was £42 9s. 8d He also reported that he had cleaned out the cesspit at Foundry Lane, and suggested other improvements, which he was instructed to carry out.—For not complying with an order of the Council, it was decided to take proceedings against a ratepayer.—Mr. Doughty called attention to the condition of the free bridge.— The surveyor said it required resurfacing.—The surveyor said there was only one tender for scavenging of Mr. J. A. Lane, who stated he would do the work for 12 months for £40. —This was accepted, and also his tender for haulage of stone at 15s. per day. — The water engineer reported that he had carried out the water extension to the slaughter-house, also service had been completed, at the request of the Wrekin Brewery Co. to King’s Head, Broseley. He gave details of renewals carried out in the district, and stated that the average pumping to Posenhall. Reservoir was 18 hours per week, which kept the storage at a good level.

WHIST DRIVE.—On Wednesday, at the Town Hall, a whist drive was held in connection with the St. Dunstan’s championship, 86 taking part. Miss E. Jones presented the prizes to the following winners:— Ladies: 1 Mrs. Thomas (Bould), 2 Miss Hughes, 3 Miss Jenny Davies. Gents.: 1 Mr. S. Ashwood, 2 Mr. A. Harrington, 3 Mr. J. Mear; consolation, Mrs. Smitheman. Thirteen competitors qualified to go to the district meeting. On the motion of Mr. White, Miss Jones was thanked for her services. The duties of M.C.’s were successfully carried out by Messrs. E. C. S. White and P. Blackford, who were the local organisers.

17th March 1923


Tuesday—Before Mr. W. G. Dyes (Mayor), Ald. J. Davies, Mr. J. H. A. Whitley, and Ald. T. Cooke (who did not sit in the licensing matters).

LICENSE RENEWED:—Mr. H. S. Southorn applied for a renewal of the license of the King’s Head, Broseley: He stated that the wall at the back of the premises had been completed. Supt. Phillips said he was satisfied, and the Bench renewed the license.

ALTERATION OF HOURS. — Mr. Growcott, on behalf of the license holders in the Borough of Wenlock, applied for an alteration in the licensing from 6 to 10 p.m. instead of 5 to 9, and presented a petition signed by 63 license holders in favour of the application, which was granted.

REFERRED FOR COMPENSATION. —Inspector Barber, Iron-Bridge, objected to the renewal of the license of the Hand and Tankard, Broseley, on grounds of redundancy. He stated F. R. Benbow was the tenant, and the owners of the house were the Wrekin Brewery Co. Gross rental on the house was £16 10s. He said the sanitary arrangements were bad, and there were four licensed houses in the proximity, and if the license was refused no inconvenience would be caused to the public. P.S. Lovett (Much Wenlock) corroborated, and further stated that the house was in a bad state of repair, and there was better accommodation in the other houses. P.C. Penny (Broseley) stated that very little trade was being done at the house, which was well conducted. Benbow was in regular employment as a mechanic. The house was not required for the wants of the neighbourhood.— Mr. Gwynne (Wellington) applied for the renewal of the license of the Horse and Jockey, Madeley Wood, Iron-Bridge. Supt. Phillips objected to the renewal of the license on grounds of redundancy. Inspector Barber stated the house was leased to Messrs. Butler, Wolverhampton, and that Mr. J. Hancock was the tenant. He had visited the house and inspected the premises. It was an 1869 beer house, situate at Jockey Bank, Madeley Wood, Iron-Bridge. The gross rental was £26. The house was very damp and required repairing, otherwise the house was very clean. The sanitary arrangements were bad. There had been no conviction against the landlord. There were two other licensed houses in the immediate neighbourhood, and the house was not required, and there was better accommodation in the other houses. The trade was declining. P.S. Lovett (Wenlock) corroborated; P.C. Ewels (Iron-Bridge) stated that the business had fallen off of late. The house was well conducted, but there was better accommodation at the other houses. Mr. Gwynne made a strong appeal for the retention of the license. Mrs. Louisa Hancock, wife of the tenant (Jos. Hancock), stated they had been living at the house six years, but her husband had been in the licensing trade 17 years. They had never had a complaint against them. She had done a good trade there, but recently there was a falling off. The house was used by the local football club and a friendly society held meetings at the house. This was her only means of livelihood. Mr. Philip Stringer, surveyor, Tettenhall, said he had made a survey of the house, and the structure was good. Arthur Shenton (Wolverhampton), in the employ of Messrs. Butler, said quite a fair trade was being done at the house, which would be a very expensive house to schedule. The Bench referred both houses for compensation, a temporary provisional license being granted.

ORDER TO CUT TREES.— Thomas Henry Instone, publican, Broseley, was summoned by the Broseley Sanitary Committee for not cutting down his trees in compliance with an order of the Council. F. Richards (surveyor) stated the work had not been done according to notice, and he was asking for an order that the work should be carried out. The Bench made an order for the work to be done in 10 days.

24th March 1923


BOROUGH COUNCIL, Tuesday. Clr. W. G. Dyas (Mayor) presiding.—In the place of the late Ald. B. Maddox the Mayor nominated Clr. W. Roberts as his auditor.—The Clerk read a communication from the Ministry of Health, stating he had issued an order conferring on the Borough Council the power to appoint overseers and assistant overseers.—The Clerk added that he had not yet received the order, but understood it was being printed. The vestry would not be allowed to appoint overseers this month.—Ald. Cooke said it would place the vestry in a peculiar position, and he understood they must be appointed within a few days.—The Clerk observed there would be no overseers for a few days. It would necessitate a special meeting of the Council.—In reply to Ald. Prestage the Clerk stated that the vestries had been notified of the change.—The Clerk informed the meeting that the Ministry of Health had approved of the by-laws regarding slaughter-houses.— In the place of the late Ald. B. Maddox, Clr. W. Roberts was elected alderman and expressed his thanks. On the motion of Lord Forester it was decided to declare the seat vacant in the Madeley Ward.—Ald. Legge was appointed returning officer for the Madeley Ward.— Mr. Dimelow was elected on the Finance Committee and Mr. Barnett on the Parliamentary Committee.— General district rates were then levied for the various wards as follows:— Barrow, 1s. 10d. in the pound; Broseley, 4s.; Madeley, 3s. 9d.; and Much Wenlock, 4s. 6d. Water rates were levied, 2s. 6d. in the pound for Broseley, Madeley, and Wenlock.— Representative managers of the elementary schools were appointed as follow:—Barrow, Ald. J. Davies; Bourton. Mr. T. Morris; Broseley National and Broseley Wood. Dr. Collins; Coalbrookdale Boys’, Messrs. T. Doughty and F. Rich; Coalbrookdale Girls and Infants’, Miss E. F. Rowlands; Iron-Bridge, Mr. Bagnall; Jackfield, Mr. A. Exley; Madeley Wood Wesleyan, Mr. Bagnall; Madeley Church of England, Mr. H. Parker; Madeley Wesleyan, Mr. W. G. Dyas; Much Wenlock, Mr. C. Edwards; Little Wenlock, Mr. Murphy.


24th March 1923


FIRE.—On Saturday night a fire broke out at Willey Lodge. The local brigade was soon on the scene, and extinguished it before much damage was done. It appears a fire broke out in the chimney, and the sparks set fire to the thatched roof.

SPORTS.—At a meeting of the Sports Committee Lord Forester was elected president, Mr. L. Harris and Mr. J. Barnes secretaries, Mr. J. Watkins treasurer, and Mr. H. H. Powell chairman of a strong committee. It was decided to hold the sports meeting on Aug. 18.

31st  March 1923


VESTRY.—At the annual vestry on March 22, presided over by the Rev. W. A. Warner (rector), Dr. G. D. Collins and Mr. C. C. Bruff were elected churchwardens.

WESLEYAN CHAPEL.—The anniversary of this chapel was celebrated on Sunday, and excellent sermons were delivered by the Rev. T. A. Kelley of Whitchurch. Special music was rendered by the choir. Large congregations contributed towards the trust funds.

THE DEATH of Mr. Henry Doughty, of “Coneybury”, East Ham, as announced in another column will be received with regret by his large circle of friends at Broseley. His genial good humour, and kindness of heart endeared him to many. His remains were interred at the City of London Cemetery on the 22nd inst., where a large number of sorrowing friends had assembled, to pay their last tribute of respect to his memory. The service was conducted by Rev. J. Thomas (Baptist Minister) acting as deputy for Rev. Gwessin Jenkins, Lodge Chaplain, who was unable to attend through illness. A contingent from the Venerable Bede Lodge of Freemasons (East Ham) of which deceased was a member, attended and accorded the last rites at the graveside. The Atlantic Transport Co. and Messrs. F. Leyland and Co. were also represented in whose service he had been for over 30 years. He leaves a widow.

14th April 1923


ACCIDENT. — Mrs. Maiden, of Maypole Road, Broseley, was on April 6 crossing the street when she was knocked down accidentally by a youth, who was riding a bicycle. She was injured about her head, and was conveyed home in a motor-car and attended to by a doctor.


OPERETTA.—On Wednesday, at the Town Hall, the members of the Girls Friendly Society gave a successful performance of the operetta, entitled “Madam Muddle’s Dream”. The songs and dances were much enjoyed by a full house. The performance reflected considerable credit on Mrs. W. Davies for her efficient training. Annie Lloyd as “Madam Muddle” and Peggy Meredith as “Madam Stirabout” were excellent.  Before the curtain fell the Rev. W. Warner (rector) congratulated Mrs. Davies on the efficient manner in which she had trained the performers. Annie Lloyd presented Mrs. Davies with a lovely tea set and tray, to which all the members of the G.F.S. and associates had subscribed, and lovely bouquets were. Presented to “Madam Muddle” and “Madam Stirabout” by Margaret and Isobel Fox-Edwards. Miss Rhoda Price proved an efficient accompanist. The characters were sustained by the following:—Annie Lloyd, Emmie Oakley, Freda Meredith, Dolly Sneyd, Lizzie Anthony, Peggy Meredith, Mary Lears, Nancy Butler, Cissie Astor, Hilda Mason, Nancy Potts, Maggie Glazebrooke, Lily Evans, Edith Jones, Lena Evans, Gwen Butler, Evelyn Jones, Hettie Evans, Hilda Dodd, Rachel Hill, Eleanor Walker.

21st April 1923


CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On April 11 the ordination service of the Rev. A. J. Parker took place in the above church. The following took part: Wynard Warner (rector of Broseley),  Rev. Lincoln Jones (Moderator of West-Midland Province, Birmingham), Rev. W. A. Lewis of Shrewsbury. Mr. B. Griffen (Westcott Surrey), Mr. A. Marsh (Bridgnorth). J. Wilkes (Broseley). The chair was taken by the Rev. W. A. Lewis and addresses were given by the other ministers present. An anthem was rendered by the choir entitled “They that wait upon the Lord” the conductor of the choir being Mr. T. Denstone and the organist Miss E. Owen. The congregations were good.

CRICKET CLUB.—The meeting was held in the Victoria Institute      on April 12,  Dr. Boon presiding.— The secretary presented the accounts, and referring to the extra expenditure last year, and to the hard times for the players, he stated there was a balance on the right side. The report was adopted. Lord Forester was unanimously re-elected president, and all the vice-presidents were re-elected with the addition of the Rev. Warner. Messrs. L. Shaw, W. Thomas and O. Jones were elected on a strong committee. Other officers elected were: Captain (first team), Mr. T. Smith; vice-captains, Mr. H. Southorn and Mr. J. Bunnagar. Mr. P. Jones was unanimously elected hon. secretary and treasurer, and thanked for the work done in the past. The meeting terminated with a hearty vote of thanks to Dr. Boon for presiding.

BOWLING CLUB.— A meeting of the Lord Hill Bowling Club was held on Monday. The accounts for the past year were presented and passed, and it was decided again to join the Iron-Bridge League. Dr. Boon was unanimously re-elected president of the club for the ensuing season. Mr. W. Edwards was appointed captain, Mr. T. Fletcher vice-captain, and Master T. Marlow hon. secretary. A good number of members have joined, and it is intended to run a reserve team. Mr. W. Edwards was also appointed league representative.

28th April 1923


CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On Sunday the 83rd anniversary, services were celebrated, the preacher for the day being the pastor (Rev. A. J. Parker), who gave two appropriate sermons. An anthem was rendered by the choir, entitled, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness”. There was a fair congregation in the morning, and a good one in the evening. The conductor of the choir was Mr. T. Denstone, and the organist Miss E. Owen. Collections for the day were devoted to church funds.

FAIR.—Tuesday was the date of the statute pleasure fair, and a very poor affair it was. It consisted of only four stalls, and the residents (for there were no visitors) went out to see practically nothing,

TOWN HALL— A dance was on Wednesday held in this hall for the benefit of the caretaker, Mrs. Evans. Mr. S. Ashwood carried cut the duties of M.C. and Lister’s Jazz Band played lively dance music. The event was a success.

5th May 1923


PRESENTATIONS.— Mr. T. H. Harrington on Monday presided at an interesting ceremony held at Messrs. Maw and Co’s encaustic tile works, when presentations were made to Mr. Scott and Mr. G. Hurdley, who have been in the employ of the firm for uninterrupted periods of 55 and 51 years respectively.—The chairman spoke of their long service, and also of their very estimable qualities as fellow members of the staff. In fact, they were held in high esteem by the whole works (applause).—Mr. Reynolds, managing director, made the presentations, to Mr. Scott an oak clock and walking stick, and to Mr. Geo. Hurdley an illuminated address and a wallet of notes. Mr. Reynolds spoke of the great appreciation the directors held of the two gentlemen and how sorry they were to lose them. They had held a record of service that was most creditable to themselves, and the firm hoped they would live long to enjoy their retirement (applause). Mr. A. J. Humphries spoke very feelingly of the happy relationship that always existed in the office, and spoke of his personal gratitude to them. He wished them good health and hoped they would be long spared to enjoy their well-earned rest (applause).         Both recipients feelingly responded.           


FUNERAL.— The funeral of Mrs. Mary Caroline Gittings, wife of Mr. Wm. Gittings, Caughley, near Broseley who passed away suddenly on April 24, took place at Broseley Cemetery on April 28. The mourners were:— Husband, W. H. Gittings (son), George and wife, Ephraim and wife, Mrs. Nadin (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Pountney and son, Alice and Nell (granddaughters), James, Tom and George (cousins), Mrs. Meredith, Mrs. Perks. Wreaths were sent from:— Husband—In loving memory; Will, Milly and family—In loving memory; George, Lily and family—In loving memory; The Family—In loving memory of our dear mother; All at Rough Lane—In deepest sympathy; Mrs. Meredith and family (Hockley); Mrs. Perks and family (Hockley); All at Round House; cross, Mrs. Pountney and family (Hockley); bunch, Alice and Nell (grand-daughters); sheaf Mrs. Davies (“The Dog”).

CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL.— On April 25 a successful concert was given in the schoolroom, the room being crowded. The programme included recitations, solos, and action songs by the children, and sketches entitled “Women’s Rights and Men’s Wrongs” and “Under-New-Management” and humorous songs by the “Willey Knuts”. The chair was taken by the pastor, Rev. A. J. Parker. The following were responsible for the training of the children: Mrs. Thomas, Denstone, Miss Ethel Owen, Miss Effie Goodall and Miss Beatrice Corfield. The platform arrangements were capably carried out by Mr. F. Pace, and the decorations were kindly lent by Mr. J. Wilkes. The concert was also repeated on Thursday and Friday evenings. Mr. A. Marsh of Bridgnorth, took the chair on Thursday, and Mr. Madeley on Friday. The proceeds of the concert were devoted towards the renovation of the church. The piano for the occasion was kindly lent by Mrs. E. Owen.

ST. DUNSTAN’S The district whist drive in connection with the championship competition took place at the Town Hall on April 26. There were 84 competitors from Much Wenlock, Bourton, Madeley, Dawley, Coalbrookdale, Cressage and Broseley, and the following were the prize winners:—Ladies: 1, Mrs. W. Beddoes, Iron-Bridge (district champion); 2, Miss Williams, Dawley; 3, Mrs. Marston, Bourton; 4, Mrs. F. Jardoe, Atterley; 5, Miss E. Wilde, Broseley; 6, Miss B. Merrington, Dawley. Gents.: 1, Mr. G. Embrey, Broseley; 2, Mr. F. J. Fletcher, Dawley; 3, Mr. G: Hall, Cressage; 4, Mr. A. Aston, Broseley; 5, Mr. H. Green, Acton Burnell; 6, Mr. A. J. Garbett, Broseley. The prizes were distributed by Mrs. Bromwich, The Calcutts. After the drive a dance took place, which was largely attended. The organisers were Messrs. E. C. I. White and T. Blackford and the arrangements were successfully carried out. Mr. E. C. S. White was M.C. for the whist, and Mr. S. Ashwood for the dance. Mr. Lawrence Dixon’s Jazz Band supplied the music and Mrs. Evans catered for refreshments. Six competitors qualified for the county drive at Shrewsbury.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday. Ald. D. L. Prestage presided.—Mr. Herbert reported an additional case of scarlet fever in the district. He also reported a number of nuisances, and the usual orders were made.—The Clerk reported an adverse balance on the general and water rates accounts of £534, but this time last year the amount was £870. Mr. Fenn said the rate was practically all in. The collector presented a list of voids which was carefully gone through.— The Surveyor reported that his expenditure for the past month amounted to £140. The officer stated that the free bridge required re-surfacing, and the work would cost between £30 and £40. Mr. Davies said it was in a bad condition. It was contended that it was a borough matter, and the question was referred to the Borough Council.— A cheque for £50 was drawn in favour of the surveyor. The fire plug, he added, had been attended to. Mr. A. O. Callear (water engineer) presented a report of work done during the month. He stated that all the fire plugs in Broseley had been tested and examined, and now in working order.

12th May 1923


HOSPITAL COMMITTEE.— A meeting was held at the Institute on Tuesday. The hon. treasurer (Mr. W. T. Hudson) presented a statement of accounts, which showed that £22 was allocated to various charitable institutions last year. The following officials were appointed:—Chairman, Mr. W. T. Tranter; vice-chairman, Mr. H. Davies; hon. secretary, Mr. H. P. Bowen; hon. treasurer, Mr. W. T. Hudson; together with a strong committee. It was decided to hold a sacred concert and a church parade on behalf of the funds during July. A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the meeting.

INSTITUTE. — The committee are endeavouring to keep this Institute open. On Monday a pleasant event took place. A bowling green having been laid, and a local gentleman having presented a set of bowls, the former was declared opened by the rector (Rev. Bourdillon) who played the first game with Mr. J. Hearn, the latter winning by 3 points. The club is looking forward to a successful season, and matches will be arranged with teams, who will find the green one of the best in the district.

S.S.A:—The Sunday School Anniversary services in connection with the Wesleyan denomination were held on Sunday, and large congregations were present. The singing of the scholars and choir was excellent, and reflects considerable credit on the conductor, Mr. Poole, whilst Mr. Anderson presided at the organ with taste and ability. Mr. F. Fellows (Wellington) preached two appropriate sermons, and in the afternoon presided at a musical service at which he gave an interesting address. Collections were taken at’ all services in aid of the Sunday School fund.


19th May 1923




NOTICE is hereby given that the principal meeting to be held pursuant to the Licensing Rules, 1910, by the Compensation Authority for the above area will be held at the SHIREHALL, SHREWSBURY, on the 11th day of JUNE, 1923, at 10-30 a.m. And notice is hereby also given that the Compensation Authority will at the meeting be prepared to hear, with reference to the renewal of the licenses of the several premises specified in the subjoined list, all those persons to whom under the Act they are bound to give an opportunity of being heard; that is to say, the persons interested in any licensed premises in question, and unless it appears to the compensation authority unnecessary, any other person appearing to them to be interested in the question of the renewal of the license of those premises (including the Justices of the Licensing District).


Name & Situation of Premises Nature of License, Licensee,

Hand and Tankard, Francis Reginald, Broseley. Alehouse,  Benbow.

Dated 15th May, 1923.

(Signed) F. CROWTE,

Clerk of the Compensation Authority. Shirehall, Shrewsbury.

26 May 1924


BOROUGH COUNCIL, Wednesday, Councillor W. G. Dyes (Mayor) presiding.—A letter was read from Mr. W. Woof, assistant overseer and collector for the Wenlock parish, applying for an increase in his salary. The work, he stated, was now threefold more.— After some discussion, the question was, on the motion of Ald. Roberts, referred to the local authority.— A letter was read from the Ministry of Agriculture, asking the Council to establish an allotments committee.—The clerk, having read out the order, the Mayor thought they should apply for exemption. He was afraid that several of the gardens were not at present cultivated.— Ald. Prestage thought there was an allotment committee at Broseley.— Ald. Nicklin said they did not want them at Broseley.—Mr. Thomas said they could buy foodstuffs cheaper than they could grow them.—The Mayor replied that was only recently.—The clerk was instructed to apply for exemption, and state they were not required in the borough.—A letter was read from the County Council asking them to form a Housing Consumption Committee, and, after a report had been read from the Medical Officer on the matter, it was resolved, on the motion of Ald. Prestage, to refer the question to the local ward committee for their consideration. — The Mayor and Ald. Legge were appointed on the Madeley Ward War Charities Committee.— The Mayor said the next business was to order payment of accounts chargeable against the borough fund, and to levy a general borough rate.—The clerk said the bills amounted to £209.—Ald. Prestage moved the accounts be paid, and that a rate in the pound be levied.—In reply to Ald. Nicklin, the clerk stated that the recent municipal election in the Madeley Ward cost £56 7s. 10s. He added there were three extra polling stations.—The resolution was agreed to. — Ald. Legge was appointed a member of the Joint Committee under the South-West Salop United Districts (Medical Officer of Health) Order, 1918, in the place of the late Ald. Maddox.— The surveyor’s report was adopted, and he was instructed to re-surface the Free Bridge, and that the bridge be closed during the progress of the work.—Permission was given a Yorkshire Company to run an omnibus service in the borough.—It was decided not to revise the sanitary inspector’s salary for a period of 12 months.—The meeting expressed its sorrow at Mr. Symon’s (Inspector of Weights and Measures) sudden illness, and hoped for a speedy recovery.—The Mayor moved that the Council join the national scheme for disabled men.—Mr. Raleigh seconded the resolution, which was supported by Ald. Prestage, who was of opinion that it would probably affect their pensions.—Ald. Cooke said the matter required careful consideration, as they were up to the 5 per cent. proviso.—The motion was carried.— Ald. Cooke moved that the Council petition the G.W.R. Company to afford an improved railway service (including a Sunday service) to that portion of the borough served by the Severn Valley and Wellington and Craven Arms branches. He contended they were not being well served in the town, and maintained that they should go back to the pre-war service. They should have later trains both ways, as well as a Sunday service.—Ald. Roberts seconded the resolution. He thought it was time that the pre-war service should be restored, and the line opened up between Madeley and Shifnal. He considered the application a reasonable one, and one that should he supported.— Major Benson hoped they would not forget the service beyond Wenlock.—The motion was unanimously carried.—Alderman Roberts moved, and Ald. Nicklin seconded, that the Council approve the draft agreement with the Oakengates Urban District Council for the supply of water to a portion of the parish of Ketley, not exceeding 10,000 gallons per day, at a charge of 1s. 3d. per 1,000 gallons, subject to a minimum annual payment of £136 17s. 6d., also the draft agreement with Mr. W. H. Foster for the extension of the area of supply; carried.


2nd June 1923

LINLEY (Broseley).

FOR THE CHURCH CHOIR—A successful whist drive and dance were held on May 23 at the Social Room, Willey, in aid of the choir fund. Up­wards of 150 attended the function, and a very enjoyable time was spent. Mr. Welch made a capital M.C. for the whist, and Mr. G. Ashwood for the dance, whilst the music was supplied by Messrs. G. Edge and W. Barker. Miss E. Jackson kindly presented the prizes to the following:—Ladies—1 Miss Townsend, 2 Miss James, 3 Miss Tay­lor; consolation, Mrs. Street. Gents.-1 Mr. Instone, 2 Mr. Foster, 3 Mr. Gregory; consolation, Mr. Taylor. Guessing competitions: Miss Harkey, Mr. G. Ashwood, Mrs. Helens, Miss L. Powell and Mr. W. Rowe. The refreshments were splendidly looked after by the Misses Norgroves (2), Harvey, Shaw and D. Powell. During the interval Mr. Norgrove, on behalf of the parishioners and friends present­ed Mr. E. White (lay reader) with a gold wrist watch in recognition of his valuable and kind services rendered to the church.


CONCERT.—On May 23rd the mem­bers and candidates of the G.F.S. gave a successful concert in aid of the Ben­thall Clothing Club. The Vicar (Rev. W. A. Terry) gave out the items on the programme. Mrs. Terry, who trained the girls, presided at the piano.

9th June 1923


BURIAL BOARD—Dr. Collins presided at the quarterly meeting on Wednesday. The Chairman remarked that he had never seen the cemetery look so well, although the grass would want cutting soon.—It was reported that the fees received for 13 months were £14 9s. 6d., out of which the grave digger received £7 10s. It was pointed out that the reason double fees were charged to outsiders was because the relatives contributed nothing towards the rates.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.—Ald. D. L. Prestage presided.—Mr. Herbert reported one case of dysentery, the only infectious disease in the district. He also reported a number of nuisances, which were ordered to be abated.—A long discussion took place concerning a drainage nuisance at Hockley Bank, and the subject was deferred to the next meeting. In the meantime the officials were instructed to visit the place and make a report thereon.—It was reported there was a debit balance on the water and general account of £694 7s. 7d.—Mr. Thorn Pudsey (clerk) remarked they had received a road grant of £247. which reduced the debt to £447.—Mr. Fen said all the rate was in with two exceptions.—Mr. Richards (surveyor) reported that his, expenditure for the month was £51.—The water engineer (Mr. Callear) gave details of work carried out in the Broseley and Jackfield districts. He suggested alterations in position of sluice valves on the distribution mains at Jackfield, which were adopted. Mr. Callear stated that Posenhall reservoir had been kept at a good height throughout the month.

OBITUARY.—On June 1 Mrs. John Chilton passed suddenly away aged 72 years. She had not enjoyed good health for a considerable period. Mrs. Chilton was held in high esteem, and was generally well liked. Deceased was buried in the cemetery on Tuesday, and the funeral was attended by numerous friends. The Rev. W. Warner officiated.

16th June 1923


NOTICE is hereby given that the use of Free Bridge is restricted to Vehicles not exceeding EIGHT TONS IN WEIGHT when laden, as the Bridge is not constructed and is not suited for heavy traffic, and the user thereof by such vehicles may be attended with damage to the Bridge or danger to the public.

By Order of the Council.


Solicitor and Town Clerk. Town Clerk’s Office, Much Wenlock, Salop. 14th June, 1921

16th June 1923


BAND.—The annual meeting of the local silver prize band was held at the institute this week, and Mr. W. T. Hudson presided. The hon. treasurer, Mr. T. J. Hearn, presented the annual statement of accounts showing the year’s turnover was £228, with a profit of £101. The accounts were considered satisfactory and passed.—The secretary (Mr. C. Jones) remarked that last year was the best in the history of the band. A new set of silver-plated instruments had been purchased at a cost of £340, and most of the cost had been paid off. A professional conductor (Mr. H. Scott) had been introduced, with satisfactory results.—The officials elected for the year were:—President, Major D. L. Prestage, and several gentlemen were added to the list of vice-presidents; Bandmaster, Mr. J. Wylde; deputy, Mr. W. Ellis; secretary, Mr. C. Jones; treasurer, Mr. T. J. Hearn. The old committee was re-elected, and Mr Dodd was added in the place of Mr. J. Roe, who had left the district.—The Chairman appealed to the public to stand by the band, and urged the members of the band to attend regularly to practices.—The usual votes of thanks concluded the business.

CONCERT—The local Prize Silver Band gave a promenade concert on Sunday by the Free Bridge. Mr. J. Wilde ably conducted. A collection was made on behalf of the band fund.

FUNERAL—On the 3rd inst. there passed away a well-known figure in the person of Mrs. Isabella Burns, in her 78th year. Mrs. Burns was a staunch Wesleyan, and had been chapel keeper for a period of 39 years. She was of a most amiable disposition, and was held in high esteem. There was a very large following at her funeral on June 6 in the Broseley Cemetery. The Rev. J. B. Edward (Wesleyan) conducted the funeral rites in a most impressive manner. Many wreaths were contributed by friends


NEW FOOTBALL CLUB.—Mr. P. A. Dixon presided over a meeting of young football enthusiasts on Monday, when it was decided to form a new football club to be called “Broseley Swifts”. Mr. W. Powell, a keen sportsman, was appointed secretary, and the Chairman treasurer. A strong working committee was also elected, who will make preparations for the coming season. The club is a junior organisation.

23rd June 1923


CONCERT. — The Jackfield Silver. Prize Band gave an open-air concert on Sunday, and the well-played items were much appreciated by a large concourse of people. Mr. J. Wylde conducted in s usual able manner.

ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday, in excellent weather, the Wesleyan Sabbath School anniversary services were attended with much success, musically as well as financially. The Rev. W. Carvosso Carlyon (Hadley) occupied the pulpit at all the services and preached good sermons morning and evening and gave an excellent address in the afternoon. Special hymns were nicely rendered by the children and choir and reflected no little credit on the trainer and conductor, Mr. J. A. Hartshorne, whilst Mrs. Harris presided at the organ with taste and ability. The congregations were large and the collections on behalf of the Sunday School amounted to £23. At the chapel on Monday a successful musical service was given, when the children repeated their anniversary hymns under the direction of Mr. Hartshorne. The anthem, “Arise, shine, for thy light is come”, was particularly good. The able soloists were Mrs. L. Wase and Miss Willward. The Rev. G. H. White Madeley) presided, and gave a very instructive address. Mrs. Harris very efficiently presided at the organ. A collection was taken on behalf of the school funds.

30th June 1923


OBITUARY. — Mr. Michael Evans passed away on Monday at his residence, 145, Church Road, Jackfield. Mr. Evans, who was 72 years of age, was a regular Churchgoer, and for a period of 58 years he had been in the employ of Messrs. T. Doughty and Sons, brick and tile manufacturers. He was highly respected.

A WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE were held at the Rectory Grounds on Wednesday, kindly lent for the occasion. Mr. S. Ashwood was M.C. of the dance, and Mr. E C. S. White managed the whist drive Mrs. Bourdillion (rector’s wife) kindly presented the prizes to the following:- Ladies: 1 Miss M. Gallier, 2 Miss M. Rich, 3 Miss S. Jones. Gents.: 1 Mr. A. Dodd, 2 Mr. S. Ashwood, 3 Mr. D. Evans. There was a good company, and the proceeds were in aid of the local prize band, who supplied the music dancing.

7th July 1923


THE _FUNERAL of Mr. Michael Evans of 145 Church Road, who, as briefly reported in last week’s issue, died on the 25th alt. aged 72, took place on the following Thursday at Broseley Cemetery. A short service was held at St Mary’s Church, conducted by the Rev. G. L. Bourdillon, (rector), who also impressively conducted the service at the graveside. Mr. Evans was held in great esteem and had worked for Messrs. John Doughty and Sons for upwards of 50 years. He was in his younger days clerk at St. Mary’s Church for 12 years, and also for some time supt. of the Sunday School. A large number of deceased’s fellow workers and friends attended the funeral, and the bearers were chosen from some of his oldest fellow workmen. Beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends including one from the workmen at Messrs. Doughty’s. At the Cemetery after the prayers of committal, the two youngest grandchildren of deceased, E. G. Evans and Violet Williams, cast flowers into the open grave. The Rector feelingly alluded to Mr. Evans’s connection with the Church and School in his discourse on Sunday.


CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On June 7 members of the sewing class held a successful “social” in the schoolroom, about 40 being present. Tea was provided; after which the Rev. A. J. Parker gave an address. Mrs. Parker (pastor’s wife) also recited, and members of the class rendered solos, quartets, and sketches. The evening concluded with various games.

THE SALE OF ROSES for Alexandra Day, held on June 16, realised £9 16s. The cost of the roses (made by crippled girls) and the percentage to headquarters, came to £2 16s. 10d., and £7 was sent to the local charities—£2; each to the Salop Infirmary, Eye and Ear Hospital, and the Broseley Hospital (Comforts Fund), and £1 to the Iron-Bridge Maternity Nursing Fund. All sent grateful thanks to those who helped in making the collection.

PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday.— Before Councillor W. G. Dyas (Mayor), Aldermen D. L. Prestage, J. Nicklin and W. Roberts.—The Mayor, before commencing the business, congratulated Supt. Barber on his promotion. He was sure Supt. Barber would help them in the future as he had done in the past.—Mr. Hughes (Shrewsbury) and Mr. Thorn Pudsey (magistrates’ clerk), associated themselves with the remarks of the) Bench.— Supt. Barber thanked the Bench and solicitors for their kind remarks and good expressions. He particularly thanked Mr Thorn-Pudsey for the help he had always given him. Joseph Thomas Rollins, Wolverhampton was charged with driving a motor-car in a manner dangerous to the public in Barrow Road, Broseley.— Mr. Allan G. Hughes (Shrewsbury) defended.—Ernest Arthur Higgs, blacksmith, Acton Burnell, stated that on June 2 about 6-30 he left Broseley with a horse and trap. As he was going down the Barrow Road near a sharp bend he noticed a car coming at a fast speed on the wrong side of the road. Witness was on his right side. Defendant was travelling at the rate of 30 miles an hour. He saw the car swerve across the road, and it went up a bank and then overturned. He jumped out of the trap and sent for assistance.— He was certain had the car been going slowly, there would have been no accident.— Sybil Pountney, married woman, living at Hockley, Broseley, said she left Broseley about 6 o’clock for Wenlock, and when she was going down the Barrow road the tyre of her push pram came of, and while she was putting the tyre on the motor-car passed her like a flash. She never heard the horn sound. She heard a lady shout when the car overturned.— P. C. Penney (Broseley) stated he soon went to the scene of the accident, and could plainly see that the car had travelled on the wrong side of the road.—Defendant stated that he was on the right side of the road, and that he blew his horn about 150 yards away. He was travelling slowly, going at the rate of 12 to 15 miles an hour. Directly he came to the extreme-point he turned the car to miss Higgs’ cart wheel, and the car overturned. He was an expert motorist.— Ernest William Taylor, Broseley, motor mechanic, stated the car was damaged, but the condition of the front spring would make steering difficult—The case was dismissed on payment of costs, £1 7s. 3d., but the Bench considered it was a proper case for the police to report.

7th July 1923


DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Alderman D. L. Prestage presiding. — The town clerk reported a debit balance of £741 18s 2d. on the two accounts after meeting cheques drawn that day.—The chairman said it was £120 better of than this time last year but the overdraft should be cleared off. The town clerk said that the liabilities had been met for four months of the current financial year but no rates had been collected to meet it. Mr. Fenn was at present away from home.—The clerk  was instructed to write to the collector asking him to proceed with the collection of the rates with all speed.— The sanitary inspector reported one death from phthisis in the district also a number of nuisances requiring abatement for which orders were made.— He stated there was at present no infectious disease in the ward.— A letter was read from Mrs. Allen, 21 Simpson’s Lane re an alleged nuisance, and the matter was left in Mr. Herbert’s hands.— The surveyor reported that his expenditure for the Month was £54. — He estimated the cost of laying a drain (six inches) at Hockley Bank to the existing main drain at £80, and the matter was deferred for this present. As to lighting for next season the surveyor was asked to get tenders for the August meeting of the Board.— The water engineer reported that the consumption of water by Shifnal for the past quarter was 7,020,000 gallons, by Dawley and Wellington Rural area No. 1, 5,123,001 gallons, and by Wellington Rural area No. 2, 216,000 gallons.— He stated the consumption had increased tremendously during the last fortnight  owing to the continued drought and it was causing him much trouble in  some of the very high parts of his  large area to keep the pipes fully charged, owing to the heavy draw off in the lower portions of the districts. He gave details of work carried out and estimated the cost of laying a new three inch cast iron main up the Wynde, Jackfield, at £51.—The engineer was instructed to have the old disused pipe main on the river side Jackfield, excavated and got up for further use in the district where in his opinion it was of good quality. — A letter was read from Councillor Doughty apologising for his absence from the meeting and stating he was confined to his house with a chill.

14th July 1923


SOCIAL CLUB. — At the invitation of Dr. and Mrs. Boon the members, wives and friends were on Saturday entertained to a whist drive and dance held on the lawn, and a very pleasant time was spent. Splendid prizes were also provided by Dr. and Mrs. Boon. Twenty-five tables were occupied for whist, and the prizes were won by the following:—Ladies, 1 Mrs. Rachel Hill, 2 Miss Jellicoe, 3 Mrs. E. N. Aston, extra, Miss Hood; gentlemen Mr. T. Goodall, 2 Mr. J. Burns, 3 Mr. S. Oliver. Mr. W. Roberts was an efficient M.C. for the whist whilst Mr. G. Whitmore looked after the dancers. Mr. Harrison’s band played for dancing. Mrs. Boon presented the prizes. Mr. Griffiths proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Boon for their generosity, and Mrs. Warner seconded; carried with enthusiasm. Replying Dr. Boon said he was pleased to see that they had all enjoyed themselves. Had it not been for the generosity of Lord Forester in placing those premises at their disposal for the Club, he would not have been able to do what he had done that day (applause). Mr. J. W. Price called for cheers for the popular Doctor and his wife, which were heartily given.

ACCIDENT.—While Mr. F. Fletcher (Coalbrookdale) on Sunday was returning from Linley Church (where he is organist) towards the Lady Forester Hospital with a friend on his motorcycle, he accidentally collided with a motor-car, and was knocked off his machine. He lost several teeth, and was badly injured about the head. After being attended to at the hospital, he was conveyed to his home in a motorcar. His friend escaped with a shaking up.

14th July 1923


THE STORM.—A severe thunderstorm visited this town on Thursday night, and was of many hours’ duration. A house was struck by lightning at Broseley and partly unroofed, whilst a tree was damaged at Marnwood. There was also damage done at Kemberton pits, interfering with the work.


BRIDGE COMMITTEE. — Mr. W. Taylor presided on July 5, when the secretary, Mr. O. Jones, presented a draft of the balance-sheet and subscription list, which showed a small balance on the right side. Messrs. T. J. Hearn and B. Tranter were appointed auditors and it was decided that the balance be given as an honorarium to the secretary. The committee was then disbanded.

STAFF OUTING. — On Saturday Messrs. Craven, Dunnill and Co., Ltd., gave the whole of their staff and employees a trip to New Brighton. The party left Iron-Bridge station at about 7 a.m. and, after a very enjoyable run to Birkenhead (saloons having been specially engaged); they took the ferry boat to Liverpool and then proceeded by overhead railway to Huckisson Dock. Arrangements had been made, by permission of the Cunard Steamship Co., to view the s.s. “Scythia”. After having inspected this fine liner they crossed over to New Brighton, where the firm entertained them to luncheon. Mr. Yates (chairman of the firm) presided and was supported by Mr. F. C. Howells (managing director), Mr. Schofield, and Mr. Edwards (directors), also Mr. T. W. Howells (works manager), Mr. J. A. Yorke (secretary) and several friends. After the loyal toast had been duly honoured Mr. Yorke proposed “The Chairman and Directors”, to which Mr. Edwards responded. “The Managing Director” was proposed by Mr. Scholfield and was received most heartily, the gathering rising and singing “For he’s a jolly good fellow”, accompanied by cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Howells. In responding, Mr. Howells specially referred to the valuable assistance he had always received from their secretary, Mr. Yorke, and also from Mr. A. Fletcher, their foreman, and Mr. T. W. Howells, his son. During the lunch, popular music was discoursed and the toasts were pleasingly interspersed with songs excellently rendered by Mr. W. Reynolds (the firm’s artist) and Mr. Yorke, their efforts being loudly applauded and encores demanded. The weather being fine, the afternoon and evening were spent in visiting various places of interest and amusement. The return journey was started at 10 p.m. and Iron-Bridge was reached about midnight. In addition to defraying the cost of the trip and luncheon, the firm supplemented the savings fund of the employees to the extent of five per cent. and gave everyone a day’s wages. The outing was declared by one and all to have been most enjoyable.

21st July 1923


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21st July 1923


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, before Councillor W. G. Dyas (Mayor), Ald. J. Davies, and Clr. J. H. A. Whitley.— The Mayor said he had a pleasing duty to make a little present to their late superintendent, Mr. Phillips, from the Bench. They did so to show their regard and esteem for him. He had done all in his power to help the Bench during his superintendency. He (the Chairman) wished him the best of health in his retirement and good luck, and, then asked the late superintendent to accept a Coalport china tea service.— Mr. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (Magistrates’ clerk) associated himself with the above remarks adding that he had always found the late Superintendent, very fair to the defendants in all his cases.—Mr. H. R. Phillips, on behalf of the solicitors, complimented the late superintendent on the manner in which he had always conducted the cases. (Applause.)—Mr. Phillips thanked the Bench very much or the kind present, which he should always appreciate. He also thanked them for their kind remarks and good wishes.

For making use of obscene language a Jackfield lad was bound over under the First Offenders Act in the sum of £5 and to pay the costs, and to be under the care of the Police Court Missioner six months.— Mary Ball, Sycamore Road, Broseley, applied for a maintenance order against her husband, William Ball.—The Bench made an order of 8s. per week.— John Kitson, collier, Dawley, was charged by the Madeley Guardians with neglecting to maintain his wife and family, who were inmates of the Madeley Poor-law Institution.—The relieving officer, Mr. Mole, stated that the arrears amounted to £9 14s.—The case was adjourned.— William Henry Hart, labourer, Jackfield, was charged with stealing 24 yard’s of wire netting, the property of Albert Norgroves, Rowton Farm, Linley, who identified the wire netting as his property, which he valued at 4.s.—Edward Poole, Jackfield, admitted that defendant gave him some wire netting.— P.C. Dodd (Jackfield) stated that defendant first denied the charge and then afterwards admitted with sorrow that he had taken the netting.—Defendant pleaded guilty.—The case was dismissed on payment of costs, but defendant was bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for six months and placed under the supervision of Ald. Nicklin.


THE STORM. During the severe thunderstorm on July 12, Mr, Davies, Hill Top Farm Madeley, had four sheep killed by lightning. Two houses at Broseley and Benthall were unroofed, whilst a tree at Marnwood was split in two. A valuable horse at. Kemberton was also killed.

28th July 1923


BOROUGH COUNCIL. Wednesday. Councillor W. G. Dyas (Mayor) presided.—The Wenlock District Council  commended that Mr. W. Woof be appointed assistant overseer at a salary £150 per annum.—Ald. Cooke proposed that the report of the District Council be adopted.—Carried unanimously.— The G.W.R. Co., replying to the Borough Council’s petition, stated that they could not run a Sunday service, but would be pleased to entertain any further suggestion.—Ald. Cooke remarked that they ought to press for a better service during the summer months, and suggested that they should be put on the tourist list. He moved that the town clerk should again communicate to this effect to the G.W.R. Co. — Ald. Davies seconded, and Ald. Roberts, supporting pleaded for a restoration of the Madeley branch service.— Councillors Dimelow and Thomas also supported the resolution, which was carried.— A letter was read from Mr. Hayward Davies, Broseley, on behalf of  the butchers of the borough, asking the Council to defer putting into operation the by-law with regard to the humane killer, which they maintained was not so satisfactory as their present methods.—It was subsequently decided to inform Mr. Davies they must carry out the order.—Ald. Prestage moved that the accounts chargeable against the borough fund be paid and that a borough rate of  1½d in the pound be levied. The net amount to be raised by the rate was £250.— Agreed.— Ald. Prestage was appointed to execute the powers and duties assigned to the Mayor with respect to municipal elections in November. On the motion of Ald. Prestage, it was decided to affix the Corporate seal to the Broseley burial grant.—On the motion of Ald. Roberts, it was decided to affix the Corporate seal to an indenture between the Corporation and the Oakengates relative to the supply of water.—Ald. Roberts also moved that they should affix the Corporate seal to an indenture between the Corporation and Mr. Wm. Henry Foster, relative to an extension of the area of supply.— Ald. Roberts presented the report and recommendation of the auditors on the accounts for the year ended 31st March last. The various balances of the several authorities in the bank in 1923 were as follow:— Barrow, credit balance £438; Broseley Sanitary Division, credit balance £180; Madeley, credit balance £1,773; Wenlock, credit balance £298; borough fund, credit balance £153. Most of the divisions had debit balances on the water accounts. They recommended that the outstanding rates in the Madeley and Broseley wards should be still further reduced and that effort should be made to collect them during the year they were levied.— The auditors complimented the town clerk and his staff on the excellent manner in which the accounts were kept.— Ald. Roberts moved that the report be adopted.—The Mayor, in seconding the motion, complimented the town clerk on the admirable manner in which he carried out his duties. They were in a better position than they were 12 months ago.— Ald. Nicklin said it was the best report he had heard from an auditor.—The report was adopted.—On the motion of Ald. Nicklin, a sub-committee was appointed to consider the recommendations contained in the report.—Ald. Roberts was complimented on his excellent report, which he acknowledged.—Ald. Prestage submitted the main roads report. It was resolved to pay accounts amounting to £809, and that the surveyor’s report be adopted. It was decided to accept the increased grant of from the County Council for the upkeep of the main roads in the borough.— The surveyor was instructed to fix extra signal posts in the borough and to remove the lamp at the bottom of Madeley Hill. J. H. A. Whitley presented the report of the visitors to the Salop Mental Hospital. This was adopted without comment.—Mr. Symons presented his annual report on weights and measures, for which he was thanked. — An application for increased salary was made by the surveyor.—The question was deferred for three months.—It was decided to grant Madeley District Council £15 for making provisional alteration at the municipal building for a rate collector’s office and to ask Madeley to pay the borough £5 a year.— Ald. Roberts moved that this Council should renew their grant of £20 to the Welfare Centre at Iron-Bridge, which was doing useful work in the district.— Ald. Nicklin seconded the motion.


JUVENILE SPORTS.—Sports organised by the local band committee for the school children, took place in ideal weather on Saturday, and were fairly well attended.  The band was present, and played for dancing, Mr. J. Wylde conducting. Mr. F. J. Brooks superintended the arrangements, and Mr C. Jones proved a most capable secretary. The officials were: Judges: Dr. Boon, Rev. G. L. Bourdillon, Messrs. T. Doughty, H. Davies, J. Jones and J. Hearn; starter, Mr. W E. Price. Mrs. Bourdillon presented the prizes, and votes of thanks were accorded her and also the Rector and Mr. Brooks.

HOSPITAL  SUNDAY.—On Sunday afternoon a procession was formed by ex-service men, friendly society members and, for the first time in the district, the local Girl Guides who looked exceedingly smart in their neat uniforms. Headed by the Jackfield Silver Band, conducted by Mr. J. Wilde, they marched to church which was well filled. Amongst those present wane the Mayor and Councillors Wase and Bagnall, Mr. Gerald Edge presided at the organ. The service was conducted by the Rev. G. Parmiter (Dawley Parva), the lesson read by the local Wesleyan Minister. Rev. B. Edwards (Iron-Bridge), and a powerful sermon pleading for co-operation, preached by the Rev. W. A. Warner, Rector of Broseley. During the service Mr. Travis Pitchford sang “The Lord is My Shepherd”. A collection was taken for the hospitals. After service the procession marched to the Free Bridge for dispersal. In the evening a sacred concert was help in the Institute grounds. Jackfield band played selections, which were greatly appreciated. The combined Church and Chapel choirs, conducted by Mr. A. Slat, rendered. “Flockton Green”, “Roses of the Soul” and “Doughal Head” whilst Mr. Travis Pitchford delighted the large audience with “Dawn of Hope”, “The Road that leads to You” and “The Toilers”. Mr. Gerald Bilge was the accompanist. The total collections during the day exceeded £20 which reflects great credit upon the committee of which Mr. W. T. Tranter is chairman, Mr. Hayward Davis, vice-chairman, Mr. H. P. Bowen, hon. sec., Mr. W. T. Hudson, hon. treasurer, and upon the boys and girls who worked hard during the day with their collecting boxes.

4th August 1923



SATURDAY, AUGUST 18th, 1923.




3 PONY RACES (Open to Borough of Wenlock).

Entries close Saturday, August 11th. Application Forms to J. BURNS, Hockley, Broseley.

4th August 1923


A SMOKING CONCERT for the benefit of the Broseley Wood football club was held on July 27, at the head quarters, King’s Head. Mr. R. Lloyd presided, and some excellent songs were contributed by local talent.

CONCERT.—On the Social Club lawn on Sunday the Jackfield Prize Silver band gave a very fine concert before a large concourse of people. Mr. Till conducted, and gave two cornet solos, which were highly appreciated. A collection was taken on behalf of the band funds.         

DISTRICT, COUNCIL, Wednesday, Alderman D. L. Prestage presiding.— Mr. Herbert reported that there was no infectious disease in the ward. He gave a list of inspections for which orders were signed.—The Town Clerk reported a debit balance of £750 5s. 10d.—Mr. Fenn was instructed to push on with the collection of the rate.—A cheque was drawn for £50 in favour of the surveyor, to meet the current month’s expenses.—Mr. Davies said the surveyor was making an excellent job of the Free Bridge, and Mr. Richards said the same was not yet completed. He submitted estimates for lighting, and it was decided to commence to light the lamps on October 16, and finish on March 15.—Mr. Callear reported that outside authorities had taken 367,000 gallons of water more for the past month than for the corresponding period of last year. He stated that the consumption of water by Broseley was 283,000 gallons per week, and gave details of work carried out.— Alderman Prestage said he thought there was less wastage of water existing in Broseley than he could remember for some time.

ODDFELLOWS’ CENTENARY.— It is just 100 years ago when the Loyal “Rose of Sharon” Lodge of Oddfellows was formed here, the first in Shropshire, and the members celebrated its centenary on Saturday. The proceedings opened with a substantial tea at the Town Hall, given to the juveniles. A procession was subsequently formed at the headquarters, the Pheasant Hotel, and in full regalia, paraded the town in this order:— Mr. W. Taylor on horseback; flag; Jackfield Silver Band; Rev. W. Warner (rector), Dr. J. C. Boon; juveniles’ dispensation; district officers, Messrs. E. Dorricott, Prov. G.M. (South Shropshire District), F. A. Oakley, W.P.G.M. W. Francis, J.P.P.G.M., J. White (Dorset), P.P.G.M., D. Chester; Prov. treasurer, and W. Meyrick, Prov. C.S., J. Collis and A. Edwards; lady delegates ; male delegates; “Crown”; Oddfellows; Foresters; and R.A.O.B. On returning, the procession halted whilst the oldest member, Mr. J. Jones, placed a wreath on the War Memorial. The procession proceeded to All Saints’ Church, where divine service was held. The church was well filled and the service was hearty. It began with the singing of the National Anthem, and the hymn, “O God our Help in ages past.” Ald. J. Nicklin read the lesson, and the choir gave an excellent rendering of the anthem. “O taste and see”, Miss Watkis presiding at the organ. The Rev. W. Warner gave a suitable address. A collection was taken for the orphan gift fund, amounting to £6 9s. 3d. The service over, a move was made to Dr. Boon’s grounds, when a brief meeting was presided over by Mr. E. Dorricott, P.P.G.M. He said he was pleased to be present and to welcome the members of the Foresters’ Court and R.A.O.B. members. In wishing the club every success he asked them to keep up the glorious traditions of the friendly societies. Mr. Chester then presented P.P.G.M. jewels to Messrs. J. Stasey, A. Pepper and W. Francis, and also P.G.M. jewels to Messrs. H. H. Wase and J. Wylde. Mr. J. W. White (Dorset) then proposed “Success to ‘Rose of Sharon’ Lodge.”  Responding, Mr. J. Wylde said there was a membership of the lodge of 250 members, and with approved members the total was 350. He had been a member for 45 years, and Mr. Jones for 57 years. Mr. Pepper suitably submitted the health of “Kindred Societies,” and this was humorously acknowledged by Ald. J. Nicklin. Dr. Boon proposed a vote of thanks to the choir, rector, quartet party, and bell ringers which was carried with applause.  Mr. Richings proposed thanks to Dr and Mrs Boon for throwing their grounds open to them, a motion that was carried with cheers. Dr. Boon acknowledged the compliment. During the evening the Broseley quartet party (Messrs. A. J. Garbett, W. A. Garbett. F. S. Francis and J. W. Price) rendered selections in fine style, whilst selections by the Jackfield Band were also enjoyed. Juvenile sports concluded a successful gathering. Mr. L. G. Harris carried out the duties of secretary in a highly satisfactory manner.


UNITED F.C.—A grand smoking concert took place on July 27. The accounts were presented and passed. The following officers were elected for next season: —President, Councillor J. T. Williams; vice-presidents, Major F. T. Turner and Mr. C. F. Wadlow; chairman of committee, Mr. R. Lloyd; vice-chairman, Mr. J. Roper; captain, Mr. P. Hall; vice-captain, Mr. A. Evans; secretary, Mr. T. Goodall; treasurer, Mr. H. S. Southorn. A successful season is anticipated.


Petty sessions: John R. B. Freeman, Broseley, was charged with driving a motor-cycle on the Wellington Road at Coalbrookdale to the danger of the public. — Mr. G. H. Espley defended.—Rowland L. Morgan (Horsehay) said he was riding on his bicycle, going to the County School when near the Institute he collided with defendant’s bicycle, which was on the wrong side. He never heard defendant’s horn, but witness rang his bell. There was no room to pass. He was slightly hurt.—Sidney Harold Darrall (Horsehay) corroborated.— P. C. Allmark also gave evidence. — Walter Lloyd (13) said he saw the boys coming down the Institute Bank, and also saw defendant coming up on his wrong side and heard him blow his horn. He was riding slowly.—Defendant said he was 18, and was employed by Bates and Hunt, Wellington, whither he was going. He heard no bell; he was on the wrong side of the road, but went carefully round the corner:— The case was dismissed. Charles Griffin, farmer, Tuckies, Jackfield, was charged with selling one pint of milk deficient 13.5 per cent in fat.—P.C. Dodd (Jackfield) stated that in company with P.C. Penny he saw defendant selling milk from two cans at Jackfield. Witness asked him for a pint of new milk, and paid 2½d. for it, and then told him he wanted it for the analyst. Witness then divided the milk into 3 parts, He then read out the analyst’s report which was to the effect as stated above.—Defendant said the milk was pure from the cows that morning. People were always praising his milk. He was 69 years old and it was his first time in the court. He had never had any complaints about his milk.—The case was dismissed, but the magistrates said they considered it a proper case for the police to report. — Thomas Edwards, labourer, Broseley and Alfred Frost, labourer, Iron-Bridge, were charged with stealing 7 pint bottles of beer, value 3s. 6d., the property of Thomas Holmes, The Crown, Broseley.—The landlord stated that he went out to the back of the house, when he saw the defendants rush out of the cellar. He shouted to them and went after them. He got hold of Edwards, who had 3 bottles in his possession. Witness went into the cellar and found that 7 bottles were missing.—William Evans, and Henry Hill, Broseley, stated they saw the defendants in the Crown.— P.C. Penny also gave evidence.—Defendants pleaded guilty, and were each fined £2.

18th August 1923


TERRITORIALS HONOURED.— Iron-Bridge Territorials returned from camp on Sunday in glorious array. They had proved themselves to be the best platoon out of 190 in camp, and had won the Prince of Wales’s shield, which is surmounted with the Prince of Wales’s feathers and the motto, “Ich Dien”, and bears the inscription— “Presented by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, K.G. Aug., 1923”. For this victory considerable credit is due to the excellent work of Co.-Sergt.-Major Johnson and Platoon-Sergt. J. Jones in bringing the men to such perfection. The thronged streets were gaily decorated with flags and festoons, and the Jackfield Prize Silver Band met the platoon at the railway station and marched them through the town to the Armoury. The men had a fine welcome home. As the train steamed into the station the church bells pealed out. The platoon commander, Lieut. W. N. L. Richardson, led the men through the crowded town, with Co.-Sergt.-Major A. Johnson carrying the shield. On arrival at the Armoury, Lieut. Richardson dismissed the men and thanked the crowd for giving the platoon such a grand reception. They ought to be proud of them. It was a great honour, not only to Co.-Sergt.-Major Johnson, but also to Iron-Bridge. He complimented Co.-Sergt.-Major Johnson and also Sergt. Jones for the work they had put in. They had won the blue ribbon of the division. He thanked them for their support, which, he hoped, would he continued. The Rev. E. Roberts (rector) remarked that they were proud of their platoon at Iron-Bridge. — They had done their duty well. They had won the shield, and he hoped they would win it again. Three cheers were then heartily given the platoon, and the playing of the National Anthem concluded the little ceremony. Each member of the platoon was the recipient of a silver medal.


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, before Ald. J. Nicklin (chairman), Major Heywood, and Ald. W. Roberts. — Alice Jones, Waterloo Street, Iron-Bridge, applied for an ejectment order against her son in Cyril, She had offered him a house in Broseley, which he said was not large enough for his furniture. — Defendant was ordered to leave the house in 21 days.

25th August 1923


DANCE. — In connection with the local friendly societies, a very successful dance took place in the Town Hall after the sports. It was well attended, and Messrs. G. Whitmore and J. Gainham officiated as M.C,’s, whilst Mr. Harrison’s band supplied the music.

GOOD PERFORMANCES: At the Worcester Athletic sports on Saturday A. J. Rowbray (Broseley), won the 200 yards off scratch, and was second in the 220 yards, He also won the mile off scratch, and the two miles, giving one of the competitors 600 yards’ start.


1st September 1923


CONCERT.—On Sunday, at the new Memorial Bridge, the local prize silver band gave a delightful concert, under the able direction of Mr. J. Wylde. A big crowd subscribed to the funds of the band.

GOOD RESULTS.— A meeting of the hospital committee was held at the Institute on Tuesday, presided over by Mr. W. T. Tranter. The hon. treasurer presented a statement of accounts; which shewed a balance in hand of nearly £29. The chairman remarked that they could congratulate themselves upon the result of their efforts. He was sure it was very gratifying to all of them and he desired to thank all who had helped, especially the Jackfield Prize Band, the collectors (Messrs. L. Preston and C. Hughes), and the combined choirs for their services given voluntary, and to Messrs. Ed. Ball and P. Price for their handsome gift. The following amounts were then allocated: Shrewsbury Royal Infirmary £5 5s., Shrewsbury Eye and Ear Hospital £5 5s., Wolverhampton Hospital £5 5s., Broseley Hospital £3 3s., Iron-Bridge Dispensary £3 3s., Maternity Fund £2 2s. A vote of thanks was heartily accorded the chairman, hon. sec. (Mr. H. P. Bowen) and hon. treas. (Mr. W. T. Hudson).


GARDEN FETE. By the very kind permission of Lord Forester, a successful garden fete was held on Wednesday in Willey Hall grounds, but in consequence of the unpropitious character of the weather the event actually took place in Willey Hall, and it was largely attended, the proceeds being in aid of the church mission, diocesan funds and sport funds.

Amongst those present at the opening were Lord and Lady Forester, Major Rowland Hunt, Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell, Miss Lily Mabel  Kenyon Slaney, Major and Mrs. Crichton Browne, Rev. C. S. Jackson (Willey), Rev. B. Roberts and Mrs. Roberts (Iron-Bridge), Rev. W. N. and Mrs. Terry (Benthall), Clr. W. Bishop, Viscountess Boyne, Lord and Lady Dartmouth; Col. the Hon. F. Forester, Mrs. Simpson, Col, and Mrs. Harwood, Mrs. Whittaker and party; Dr. Boon and Mr. Welsh, the indefatigable secretary.

The opening ceremony took place in the crowded entrance hall. Lord Forester (said it was a very pleasing duty to introduce Lady Viscountess Boyne. Lady Boyne said she felt it a very great honour to be asked to open the fete. She was always pleased to help in anyway she could. She was sorry for those who had organised this fete that they should have such a wet day, but they had such a good gathering that she hoped they would make a nice sum of money for the deserving objects. The Rev. C. S. Jackson moved that a vote of thanks be accorded Lady Boyne for her kind services that day. He hoped the new spirit in church life would grow. He had found out that the country people knew more than the townspeople gave them credit for (applause). Mr. Rouse Boughton seconded the motion, which was carried with acclamation. Lady Boyne having acknowledged the compliment, Mr. J. Penson proposed a vote of thanks to Lord and Lady Forester for allowing the use of the hall for the fete (applause).  Mr. Welsh, in seconding the motion, referred to the active part Lord and Lady Forester had personally taken in the arrangements of the fete. Lord Forester suitably replied. — The sale of work took place in the Conservatory, the heavily laden stalls being in the charge of Mrs. Rouse Boughton (china), Miss Hunt, Miss McNicol, and Miss Maxwell (fancy goods), and members of the sewing meeting (useful articles). There were several side shows. Wireless concerts took place in the servants’ hall and hoop-las, bran-tubs, cocoa-nut throwing in the out-building. There was also the hidden treasure. A public tea was held in the dining hall.

‘The Jackfield Prize Silver Band occupied the balcony, and under the able direction of Mr. J. Wylde    gave fine programme of music. Dancing was indulged in, and in spite of the miserable weather a happy time was spent. The takings amounted to about £120.

8th September 1923


TRIP.— Rhyl was the place fixed for the Church choir’s outing, whither the members journeyed on Saturday by special train. Places of interest were visited, whilst the cinema was not neglected. A thoroughly happy time was spent.

OBITUARY.—After a few weeks’ illness, the death of Mr. Arthur E. Gittings occurred on Saturday at his parents’ residence in Quarry Road. Deceased, who was 18 years of age, was a promising youth, and was generally respected. The funeral took place on Tuesday at the cemetery, and was largely attended. The Rev. W. A. Warner (rector) officiated.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Alderman Prestage presiding.— The town clerk reported a debit balance of £507 on the two accounts and the collector was instructed to close both general district and water rates before the next meeting, and to take proceedings where necessary. — Mr. Herbert reported one case of overcrowding.—The surveyor stated his estimate for carrying out the drainage at Harris’s Green was £15, and at Longmoor Meadows £35. The first named was deferred, but the surveyor was instructed to carry out the latter. He was also instructed to interview Major Cooke, (engineer, Ministry of Transport), and ascertain certain particulars re the Iron-Bridge to Broseley road prior to the next meeting. — The water engineer stated that Posenhall reservoir had been kept at a good average height, and the average pumping was 22 hours per week. He gave details of work carried out, and stated that Ketley Bank, in the Oakengates Urban District area, was now fully supplied with Harrington water.— An application from Mr. C.R. Jones, Benthall, for service to his property was granted.

15th  September 1923


HOSPITAL FUNDS.—In aid of the above funds a smoking concert was held at the New Inn clubroom and was well attended. Mr. Lane presided and made a few appropriate remarks. Those taking part in a good programme were:—Mrs. Fergusson, Messrs. Clinton, Minton, J. Gittings, G. Goodall, F. Watkins, H. Fewtrail, and the band, Messrs. H. Blood, Geo. and J. Harrison.


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday: Councillor W. G. Dyas (Mayor), Col. Heywood, Ald. W. Roberts, Messrs. F. G. Beddoes, W. Bishop; H. Parker, and J.Barker. — George Edward Potts, farm pupil, Broseley, was charged with driving a motor-cycle at Broseley in a manner that was dangerous to the public, and also with driving a motor-cycle without a license. Mr. H. R. Phillips, (Shifnal) defended.—Thomas Clee, gardener, Broseley, stated he was riding a bicycle down the street at Broseley on the right  side until he came to the Hospital, as he had  to cross to go on the Coalport road. He saw motorcycle on the bend, and defendant ran into him,  and damaged  his bicycle. Potts was on his wrong side, and witness never heard him blow his horn.—James Edward Brittain, Broseley, said he was sitting on the Foresters Arm wall when the accident occurred. He estimated Potts’ speed was 15 to 20 miles an hour.—Walter Lewis, wagoner, Broseley, estimated defendant’s speed at 30 miles an hour.—Roland Woolley (Horsehay), Harry Hackford (Broseley), William Henry Lewis (Broseley), and Bert Gallier (Broseley), also gave evidence.—P.C. Dodd (Jackfield) said Mr. Clee pointed to witness where the motorcycle had skidded outside the Broseley Hospital Gates. Later on he interviewed Mr. Potts regarding the accident when he made a statement that the accident happened through the hesitation of Mr. Clee. Mr. Phillips pleaded guilty of having no license, but asked the Bench to give the defendant the benefit of the doubt in the case of the accident—The Mayor said the case would be dismissed on payment of £3 11s. 6d. costs.—P.C. Dodd proved the charge of having no driving license, and inspector Barber stated defendant had been previously cautioned about his license.—Defendant was fined 5s.—Richard Simmons, Sycamore Road, Broseley, was charged with riding a motor-cycle without having an excise license.—Defendant said that it was not his bicycle, he was repairing it. P.C. Penny (Broseley) stated that the owner did not authorise anyone to use it.- Defendant was fined 5s.

22nd September 1923


 SCHOOL TREAT. — The annual Church Sunday School treat was held on Saturday. The children, with the vicar (Rev. W. A. Terry) and Mrs. Terry and the teachers, had tea in the schoolroom after which all adjourned to a field kindly lent by Mrs. Walkinshaw, where a variety of games was indulged in. Afterwards the children returned to the schoolroom, where they were given presents and buns. The following kindly assisted at the tea and in entertaining the children:- Mrs Simmonds. Miss A.  Jenks, Miss E. Davis, Miss J. Davis, Miss M. Foster, Mr. R. Whitmore, Mr. W. Cross, Mr: I. Shepherd, and Mr. J. Barber.

POTATO AND FLORAL SHOW.—The annual floral and potato show was held on Saturday and Monday in the New Inns yard, which was tastefully adorned for the occasion. The quality of the potatoes and vegetables was of a very high standard, and the kidney beans were excellent. There was also a splendid lot of wild flowers. The arrangements were most ably carried out by a strong committee, of which Mr. R. Whitmore was chairman, Mr. R. Clinton treasurer, and Mr. T. Minton secretary. The judges were Mr. W. J. Crawford (Severn House) and Mr. H. Wase: The prize-winners were: — Potatoes: Weight-1 E. Jakeway. 2 Hayward Davies, 3 G. Goodall, 4 H. Humphries. 5 Frank Humphries, 6 F. Williams. Quality-1 E. Jakeway, 2 Arthur Davies, 3 Hayward Davies, 4 T. Perks, 5 F. Humphries, 6 F. Williams. Seed- 1 E. Jakeway, 2 F. Williams, 3 F. Humphries, 4 G. Overhead. 5 I. Minton, 6 J. Green, -extra F. Walkins. Round (any variety) — 1 G. Taylor, 2 C. Davies, 3 I. Minton, 4 T. Corfield, extra R. Taylor. Kidney (any variety)-1 P. Humphries, 2 G. Taylor, 3 G. Lane, 4 W. Cross. Onions- 1 W. Beddow, 2 T. Corfield. Parsnips- 1 C. Davies, 2 F. Clinton, 3 W. Beddow, Kidney beans- 1 W. Beddow. 2 Arch. Davies, 3 I. Minton. Eschalots- 1 E. Jakeway, 2 C. Davies, 3 G. Taylor. Wild flowers- 1 Gladys Taylor, 2 A. Cartwright, 3 Alice Corfield, special prizes Reggie Boden, Eva Potter and B. Cartwright.—Votes of thanks were accorded to Mr. and Miss Lane, Messrs. C. Galters, Herriman, J. Madeley, Jackson, Mrs. Norry, Mrs. Griffiths, Mrs. T. Minton, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, for their able assistance at the show, which was a thorough success.—After the show the annual meeting of the society was held, when the officials were appointed as under: — Chairman, Mr, R. Whitmore; treasurer, Mr. R. Clinton; secretary, T. Minton;  assistant secretary, Mr. E. Jakeway; committee, Messrs. F. Watkins, W. Cross, G. Lane, J. Johnson, G. Goodall, P. Taylor, and W. Cartwright.

6th October 1923


A RUMMAGE SALE was held on Saturday by the Wesleyans in the Schoolroom, and was well attended. A brisk business was done.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.— On Sunday the Congregationalists held their choir sermons, the special preachers being the Rev. A. J. Parker. Mrs. A. J. Parker, and Mr. J. Jones. Solos were capably rendered by Miss B. Corfield, Miss M. Hartshorne, and Master D. Oakley. The choir also gave a good rendering of the anthems, “Dayspring” and O Lord, bow down, under the direction of Mr. T. Denstone with Miss E. Owen accompanying at the organ. The proceeds were devoted to choir funds.

THE WEDDING of Mr. Evan. Gwynne of the “Vineyard’’, to Miss E. Olive Shaw, of Broseley, took place at the Wesleyan Chapel on Monday, the Rev. Bicknor Edwards officiating. Miss Millward presided at the organ, and played wedding music from Lohengrin, and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March”. The hymn “O perfect love” concluded the service. Upwards of 60 guests sat down to the wedding breakfast in the Wesleyan School, kindly lent by the trustees for the purpose. Mr. R. Gwynne (Wellington) acted as best man, and the bridesmaids were Miss M. Shaw (cousin) and Miss Harrison. The mother gave the bride away, in the absence of the father and brother, who are in Australia. The newly-married couple left later in the day for Rhyl, where the honeymoon is being spent.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. Prestage presiding.—The Town Clerk reported a debit balance on the two accounts, after meeting liabilities that day, of £233.—The Chairman said  that was £170 better than last year, but the overdraft must be cleared off altogether. — A list of rate defaulters was gone through and discussed and the collector was instructed to give a few days’ grace and then take proceedings.—The Surveyor reported his expenditure for the month was £45 9s. 2d. He had taken the six-inch drain out at Longmoor Meadow and substituted one of 12 inches diameter. He had also met Major Cooke (Ministry of Transport), re the Iron Bridge road.— The town clerk was instructed to write to the Ministry there on.—The surveyor was asked to instruct the roadmen to clear metal off any fireplugs that were covered in the district. — Mr. Callear said that Posenhall reservoir had been kept at a good height throughout the month, and two new services had been carried out. He gave details of repairs done to existing supplies and the consumption of water by out-side authorities for the past quarter. — Mr. Herbert reported one case of diphtheria and gave a list of nuisances that required abatement in the district.— The Council fixed the positions of the lamps to be lighted in the town and Jackfield during ensuing season.

13th October 1923


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday before Lord Forester (chairman), Col. Heywood. Ald. J. Oakes and Mr. J. H. A. Whitley.—Robert. Alexander, motor-driver, Hope Cottage, Birmingham, was charged with driving a motor-lorry in a manner dangerous to the public on Sept. 5th. He was also charged with being drunk when in charge of the motor-lorry at the same time and place.—Mrs. Harriett Wylde, Foresters Arms, Broseley, stated that on Sept. 5 a young man came to the door and asked for two pints of beer which she refused as it was closing time. She saw the man get off the lorry. He had had too much to drink and was not fit to drive.—James Edward Brittain, Cemetery Road, Broseley, said he was in the Foresters Arm having tea and was  two men by the motor, trying to drive it. Defendant who was one of the men was not in a fit condition to drive the motor-lorry —William Hill, Rudgwood Cottage, Broseley, said he was working near the Dean Cottage when a motor-lorry passed him at the rate of 35 to 40 miles an hour. It was going at a zig-zag manner. The next moment he saw- the same lorry in Mr. Grierson’s yard.—Edward D. Collins, Linley House, said about 5 he was standing on his lawn and heard a car dash by at great speed and then he heard a crash. He went outside and saw a lorry across the road. One man got out, and the other was lying in the car. The defendant was fetched out and put to lie down in a ditch. He was incapable. Witness rang up the police. Defendant was very drunk.— Thomas Grierson, Linley Green, Broseley said he assisted to get the defendant out, who was drunk.—P.C. Hopley stated that in company with P.C. Dutton he went to Linley and found that a lorry had run up a bank. They tracked the lorry which had been going in a snake fashion. He saw the two men and asked for the driver. Alexander stepped forward and said he was the driver. He was very drunk and made a statement to witness. Witness then gave the distances. Defend ant denied he was drunk, but admitted he had had a drink. He also denied he was going at an excessive speed.— William McGrea stated the defendant was not drunk and was not driving dangerously. The car turned over when they swerved to avoid three children, who were on the road.—Lord Forester said defendant was guilty of both offences. The public must be        protected. Defendant would be fined £2 for being drunk, and £8 on the other charges. In default two months. The license mould be endorsed and suspended till June 1924.

NO PRISONERS.—There were no prisoners for trial at the Borough Quarter Sessions on Wednesday. The jurors were consequently notified not to attend.


SINGING COMPETITION.—A singing competition took place on Monday at the Social Club under the presidency of Dr. Boon. Mr. F. Davies won the first prize for the best comic song and Mr. Brittain the one for sentimental song. Several entered the competition.

20th October 1923


SUDDEN DEATH.—Samuel Snead (75), a labourer, 89, Bower Yard, was on Monday night found dead in bed by his nephew’s wife, Mrs. Jane Fletcher. For 18 months he had suffered with giddiness in the head, but was never medically attended. Consequently, Mr. A. Thorn-Pudsey (borough coroner) held an enquiry on Tuesday at the police station, and he brought in a verdict of “natural causes”, to wit, heart failure.

27th October 1923


FOR THE BLIND SOLDIERS. — The sum of £12 has been sent to St. Dunstan’s Hostel, as the result of the kindness of a local lady, who sold flowers from her garden in aid of this good cause. Her good-heartedness has been acknowledged by the authority, and the ladies who assisted in the sale are to be congratulated.

THE SCHOOLS.— A whist drive and dance were, on Oct. 9, held in the Town Hall, the proceeds being in aid of the Schools. There was a large company, and a most enjoyable time was spent. Listers’ Jazz band supplied the music, and the arrangements were carried out by the officials at the schools.


PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, before Messrs. W. G. Dyas (Mayor), W. Roberts, J. B. Barker, H. Parker, and W. Bishop.— The license of the Boat Inn, Jackfield, was temporarily transferred to Sarah Hodge.—Inspector Barber pointed out that the husband was at work.

3rd November 1923


KING EDWARD VII SANATORIUM. — On Wednesday evening a party connected with the Shrewsbury Lodges of the R.A.O.B., G.L.E., journeyed out to the above sanatorium to give a pleasant diversion to the inmates in the shape of a musical entertainment. The party arrived at Shirlet from Shrewsbury shortly before 8 p.m., and were received by Dr. Turner amid cheers of the assembled company. Without loss of time the entertainment was proceeded with; and the various numbers were much appreciated. A miscellaneous programme was well carried through, songs being given by Messrs. J. Simmonds, A. Ward, and O. Ward, humorous items by Messrs. J. N. Winning and L. B. Jones—the mimic number, “The Farm Yard”, by Mr. L. B. Jones fairly bringing “down the house”, who also gave a clever imitation of a gramophone. Another selection, “Dandies of the Army”, by Messrs. Winning and Jones was also well received Mr O. Ayres gave two excellently manipulated items on the dulcimer. Mr J. H. Webb was the accompanist on the piano. A vote of thanks was heartily accorded to the performers, which was supported by the audience with great enthusiasm.


Lest We forget.

SNEYD—In ever-loving memory of our dear and only son, Arthur Sneyd, M.G.C., 2, Carver’s Road, Broseley, Shropshire; gave his life freely November 4th, 1918. “Splendid you passed, the great surrender made, Into the light that never more shall fade; All you had hoped for, all you had you gave, To save mankind, yourself you scorned to save”.



A RUMMAGE SALE was held on Wednesday in the Congregational Schoolroom. There was a good attendance, and the effort was quite a success. The proceeds were in aid of the church expenses.

OBITUARY.— After a brief illness Mr. Peter Stephan has passed away at the age of 74. He was well known. He was a Liberal of the old type, and for many years was connected with the Madeley Wood Wesleyan Society. He had been in the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co., Jackfield, for ever 50 years. Mr. Stephan was buried on Saturday in the Broseley cemetery, when there was a large following of relatives and friends. The Rev. W. A. Warner (rector) officiated. Among the beautiful wreaths sent was one from the teachers and scholars of Madeley Wood Wesleyan Sunday School, of which deceased had been superintendent.

ALL SAINTS’.—On Thursday (All Saints’ Day) a special service was held here, when the Rev. C. S. Jackson (Willey) preached an appropriate sermon. There was a good attendance. Miss Watkis presided at the organ.


WRIST DRIVE.—The third of the series of whist drives organised by the local band for new instrument fund, was held on Oct 26, and was very well attended. Messrs. J. D. Perkins and G. Britton were capable M.C.’s. Mrs. T. Oakes presented the prizes to the following:— Ladies: Miss Embrey, Miss Oakes, and Mr. M. Gallier; gents.: Mr. Lewis, Mr. Dorset and Mr. A. Aston. The buffet was in charge of the following ladies: Mesdames Hughes, Gallier, Britton and Gittins.

3rd November 1923


HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICES were held at the nicely-decorated Congregational Church on Sunday and were well attended, The Rev. A. J. Parker preached at each service. The choir gave a good rendering of the anthem, “I will extol Thee”. Miss M. Hartshorne capitally rendered the “Harvester’s Song”. Mrs. M. Williams presided at the organ. Collections were taken in aid of the church funds.

CHURCH PARADE.—The first annual church parade of the Broseley “L”Oste Brown” Lodge of the R.A.O.B. on Sunday was a great success. A procession to the well-filled Parish Church, was headed by the Jackfield Prize Silver Band, and included the Broseley, Wenlock, Iron-Bridge, and Dawley lodges of Buffaloes, Oddfellows, Foresters, and Fire Brigade, marshalled by Messrs, J. Burns, E. Francis, H. Humphries, and D. Boden. The Rev. W. A. Warner (rector) preached a practical sermon which he referred to the good work done by the R.A.O.B. and friendly societies. The choir led the singing, which was of a hearty character. Miss Watkis presided at the organ. Collections were taken en route and in the church for charitable institutions, and amounted to £9. The arrangements were perfectly carried out by a committee, of which Mr. B. Lauraine was chairman, Mr. T. Holmes treasurer, and Messrs. J. A. Madeley and T. Minton secretaries.

GOOD RESULT.— The result of the house-to-house collections on behalf of the National Children’s Home and Orphanage amounted to £7 10s., £1 in advance of last year’s amount. This has been forwarded to the home by the local secretary, Miss A. M. Jones.

SINGING COMPETITION. — A singing competition took place at the “social” on Oct. 26. Mr. T. I. Griffiths presided, and he was supported by Dr. Boon and the Rev. W. A. Warner (rector). The successful competitors were: 1 T. Meredith, 2 A. Brittain, 3. F. J. Brooks (recitation). Proposed by Dr. Boon and supported by Rev. W. Warner, a vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman.


Considerable interest was aroused in Highley and district on Saturday by the appearance on the river of a hydro-glider. The designer of this ingenious craft is Mr. Walter F. W. Davies, of Dudley. As its name implies it is designed to glide across the top of the water at great speed and does not take more than a few inches of water. Saturday’s experiment was the third of its kind. On the first occasion a successful trip was made from Stourport to Arley. Later it came as far as Bridgnorth. Saturday’s trip was intended to extend as far as Shrewsbury, but within five miles of their goal they were defeated by the elements. A delightful trip was experienced by the privileged occupants of the craft until, a few miles beyond Iron-Bridge, they “glided” into flooded waters. The pilot and designer, Mr. Davies, stated in the course of an interview with our representative, that he “taxied” to find the course of the river, and having found it and got well away, they ran into a hurricane with the result that the boat and its occupants were driven ashore. In this position they had to anchor for the night. After a little adjustments on Sunday morning it was deemed advisable to go homewards. All went well on the return journey until Iron-Bridge was reached, when the currents went awry, with the result that the craft crashed into the bridge. Matters were adjusted in a short time; away went the boat and a successful trip was made as far as Bridgnorth, and here a stay was made for the night. On Monday morning the boat left Bridgnorth full sail ahead, but unhappily the ferry crossing at Potter’s Loade, near Highley, proved to be its undoing. At this point there is a rope across the river, and although the designer and pilot, Mr. Davies, was aware of the fact, the conditions of the river rendered a collision unavoidable. The three occupants had an unexpected immersion, but they were not daunted. They swam after their upturned craft and clung to it, drifting along to the bank of the river. At the cottage close by were held out the hands of the Good Samaritan, and the passengers soon crossed the ferry. A taxi was in readiness to convey them homewards, and, to use the words of the designer and inventor of this novel form of navigation, “the whole concern behaved exquisitely.” The passengers aboard were Mr. W. F. W. Davies (designer and pilot), Mr. F. Brookes (engineer of Oldhill), Mr. A. L. Fisher (cinema photographer of Pathe Freres, London), and Mr. Sidney Bray (Dudley.)

10th November 1923


CHOIR SERMONS.—Sunday was set apart for the choir at All Saints’ Church, when the Rev. W. Warner (rector) preached an excellent sermon in the morning. There was no sermon at night, the evening being devoted to music. The singing of the choir, under the direction of Mr. W. Davies, was excellent. The anthems, “I was glad”, “What are these?” and “O Gladsome Light”, were well rendered. The quartet party sang “The Radiant Morn” and “Abide with me”. Mr. F. S. Francis gave an artistic rendering of “Waft ye angels,” and Mr. J. W. Price sang with success “My Hope”. Miss Watkins most ably presided at the organ. There were large congregations at each service. Collections were taken in aid of the choir fund.

PETTY SESSIONS Tuesday.-Before Councillor W. G. Dyas (Mayor), Dr. G. W. Collins, Ald. J. Nicklin, and W. Roberts.—The license of the Lion Hotel was transferred to A. Oswell. William Sumner, Geo. Francis, H. Lewis, and Geo. Ed. Bowen, all Jackfield and Coalport lads, were charged with throwing stones. P.C. Powell stated that on Oct 28th he saw the defendants throw stones against the Coalport Bridge. —Defendants pleaded guilty, and expressed their sorrow.—They were told they were liable to a penalty of £5, but this time they would be let off on payment of 4s. costs each.— John Rowlands, Benthall, was charged with riding a bicycle without a light.—P.C. Dodd stated defendant was riding without a light between two other cyclists.—Defendant was fined 10s.—John Aston, labourer, Broseley, was charged with a contravention of the Vaccination Act.—W. Edge, vaccination officer, stated the child was nearly 12 months old, and had not been vaccinated, although he had sent the defendant the usual notices. He did not wish to press the case.—Defendant said he had never refused, and was willing to have his child vaccinated.—An order was made for the child to be vaccinated in 14 days.,

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday, Ald. Prestage presiding.—Mr. Herbert reported one ease of opthalmia, and two of dysentery since the last meeting. He had disinfected one case of diphtheria. He reported several nuisances for which orders were signed.—The town clerk reported a small balance of £8 on the two accounts. — Mr. Fenn stated there was only £8 10s. 8d. arrears outstanding and he was instructed to take out summonses against the defaulters.—The chairman asked the collector to get out the new rate as soon as possible.—The surveyor reported his expenditures for the month was £25 11s. 8d.—He had carried out certain improvements near Hair Pin Bend, and now required 40 yards of posts and rails, which were sanctioned. He was congratulated on certain repair work which he had carried out.— Councillor Doughty drew attention to the state of the road near Half Moon, Jackfield, caused by the recent flood of the river, and the surveyor promised to see to the matter. In answer to the chairman he said the snowplough was ready for work when required —Mr. Callear (water engineer), reported he had carried out the necessary repairs on the seven inch pumping main to Posenhall, and also on the three inch distribution mains at Jackfield. The average pumping during the month to Broseley reservoir was 19 hours per week.—Applications for three new services were sanctioned.

17th November 1923


INSTITUTE FUND. — On behalf of this fund a whist drive was held on Wednesday at the institute. It was well attended. Mr. Hayward Davis (chairman of the committee) was a very capable M.C. On the motion of the Rev. G. C. Bourdillon (rector) a vote of thanks was accorded to all present and also to the officials. Mr. William Price presented the prizes to the winners, who were:—Ladies: 1, Mrs. B. Harris; 2, Miss Rich; 3, Miss B. Clarke. Gents: 1, Mr. H. Dorsett; 2, Mr B. Evans; 3, Mr. C. V. Davies.

IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN.—Relatives and friends on Sunday laid flowers at the beautiful war memorial at Messrs. Maw and Co.’s encaustic tile works.

ARMISTICE DAY.—An open-air memorial service was on Sunday held by the war memorial bridge, conducted by the Rev. C. S. Bourdillon (rector). A procession was formed, headed by the local band. The choir was present and led the singing. The two minutes’ silence was here observed, and the rector gave a brief but telling address.

NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL FUND.— A. successful “social” was held in connection with the above in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on Monday, Rev. J. J. Credland officiating. Songs and recitations were rendered by Misses P. Colley, E. Wright E. Stokes, D. Jones, F. Poole, and J. Cleobury, a dialogue and sketch were given by Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Jones, Miss D. Aston, and Mr. S. Blackford; Mr. J. Poole presided at the organ. Refreshments were served by the members of the committee. A silver collection was taken, £1 18s. being raised and handed over to the secretary (Mr. J. Stokes) towards the above fund.


ARMISTICE DAY was on Sunday commemorated in all the places of worship, and the two minutes’ silence was observed. There was special singing, and appropriate addresses were given. The services were all well attended.

UNITED FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. — The annual meeting of these societies was held on Nov. 9, Mr. J. Watkins presiding over a large company. The secretary (Mr. T. Minton) told the meeting what money they had raised for the hospitals. A large amount was allocated to the Forester Hospital Christmas Comforts Fund. The Pheasant Hotel Flower Show had subscribed £21 to the Hospital fund, and the New Inn Flower Show £14. The hospital parade was a great success. It was mentioned that some members of the Committee had been members since the formation, 30 years ago, and Mr. Watkins had been chairman most of the time. The Committee were accorded votes of thanks for their excellent cervices, and so was the chairman, who was re-elected. The whole of the officers were also re-elected.

WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE.— The Broseley Victoria Institute held its annual whist drive and dance on Monday, when the Town Hall was crowded. The whist prizes were presented to the following winners by Miss Potts:—Ladies: 1, Mrs. E. Taylor; 2, Miss M. Scott; 3, Mrs. P. Blackford; 4, Miss R. Hill. Gents.: 1, Mr. J. Roberts; 2, Mrs. Smithman; 3, Mr. T. Roberts; 4, Mr. C. Meredith. The music for the dance was supplied by Mr. Garling’s orchestra (Bridgnorth). The M.C. for the whist was Mr. J. Nicklin, and for the dance, Mr. C. Ashby. Mr. T. Jones was an able secretary.

8th December 1923


BURIAL BOARD.—The annual meeting was held on Wednesday.—Ald. Prestage proposed the re-election of Dr. Collins as chairman for the ensuing year —Mr. Davies seconded the proposition which was carried.—The Chairman said that Mr. Francis had asked him to consider an increase in his salary, which at present was £15 and fees which generally ran to £5. He had to do a great deal of work. He said there was an interment every week.—After a deal of discussion Ald. Nicklin proposed his salary be raised to £20 a year.—Mr. Ware seconded the motion, which was carried —The Clerk reminded the Board that they were £51 on the wrong side.—The Chairman said that it would perhaps be interesting to know that he found from the record book that the first burial in the churchyard was in 1547.—The question of raising the burial fees to those outside the parish was discussed, and adjourned to the next meeting.

DISTRICT COUNCIL, Wednesday.— This being the annual meeting, Ald. Nicklin said he had the greatest pleasure in proposing that Ald. Prestage should take the chair for another year, They could not do better.—Mr. Exley seconded the proposition, which was unanimously carried.—Ald. Prestage returned thanks.—Dr. Collins moved that Ald. Nicklin be elected vice-chairman.—Mr. Ware seconded; carried — Ald. Nicklin. responded.—Mr. Herbert reported one case of ophthalmia in the district. He also reported a number of inspections under the Housing Act.—The Standing Committees were re-elected.—Mr. Callear (water engineer) reported two breaks on the seven-inch pumping main and one on the distribution main at Jackfield. The pumping to Posenhall had been well kept up, the reservoir being at a good average level. He gave details of old pipes taken out and new work inserted in place thereof in parts of the district.—Petrol advertisements on the road were condemned by the Council, and the surveyor was asked to look up the law on the matter. —The surveyor was instructed to see the ash contractor in respect of several ashpits which were neglected.—The surveyor told the meeting that his expenditure for the month was £32.—The unemployment question was briefly discussed, and the surveyor was asked to get out a scheme.—Mr. Fenn stated that the rate was collected with few exceptions.—A debit balance on the two accounts was reported.

15th December 1923


GUARDIANS. Dec. 7, Mr R. A. Rhodes presiding. — A letter was read from the Dawley Urban Council asking consent of the Guardians to the payment of out-relief to able-bodied then from the district through the Council, so that all recipients could be engaged on useful work in the district. Reference was made to a levelling scheme, which had been considered by the Council, and which would lend itself readily to such an arrangement.—The chairman explained the reason of this letter from  the Dawley Urban Council. There were 201 cases who had out-relief from this Board through being out of work, and the only money returned was £11. The scheme was merely to save this Board from paying money out which they never should. —The Rev. T. R. J. Fawkes supported the resolution, and he hoped the Guardians would favourably consider it.—A letter was read from the Minister of Health agreeing to the scheme. — The clerk then read the Wellington Guardians’ scheme.—The Chairman explained that this was special work they were asking these men to do to help them to carry on during the five weeks’ suspension at the Labour Exchange. — Col. Heywood said he would support the scheme. — In reply to Mr. Davies, the chairman remarked that there were more out of work at Dawley than Madeley.— In answer to a question by Mr. Davies, the chairman said that the surveyor was going to superintend the scheme.—Mr. Yates asked if the Dawley Council would reap any benefit by this scheme.—The chairman replied in the negative. The only advantage they would have was the levelling of the ground.—The Chairman moved that they adopt the scheme for three months, subject to the sanction of the Ministry of Health.—Col. Heywood seconded, and the motion was unanimously carried. — Mr. W. Edge gave a satisfactory report of the boarded-out children in the Broseley and Benthall districts.—The following tenders were accepted Hair-cutting and shaving, Mr. H. Walker, Iron-Bridge; coffins, Mr.  Roper, Madeley; milk,  Poynton, Iron-Bridge; coal, Messrs,  Oakley, Broseley; meat, Mrs. Davis, Broseley; bread for Madeley and the house, Mr. Owen, Madeley; for Wenlock and Broseley, Mr. Rowe, Broseley. — It was decided to thank the Boarding-out Committee for the good work they were doing, on the proposition of the chairman. The visitors, Messrs. Kerr and Roberts, had paid a surprise visit to the house, and found everything very comfortable. They recommended another daily paper. — It was decided to give the inmates the usual Christmas fare. — The Board thanked the Dale Works Committee for their subscription of five guineas,


WESLEYAN CHAPEL. The choir sermons were held on Sunday, and at each service the choir, under the direction of Mr. J. A. Hartshorne, rendered special music. The pulpit was occupied by the Rev. J. Parker, who preached two able sermons. There were good congregations, and collections were taken in aid of the, choir fund.

CONCERT. — At the Wesleyan Chapel on Wednesday an augmented, choir, gave a first-class concert for the choir funds. A good audience was presided over by the Rev. J. J. Credland. The first portion was a choral work, “Jonah”. The choruses were very efficiently rendered, reflecting credit on the able conductor, Mr. J. A. Hartshorne, whilst Mrs. N. Williams displayed ability at the organ as accompanist. The soloists sang well and their efforts were much appreciated; they were—Miss Swift (soprano), Hadley); tenor, Mr. F. Francis, Broseley; and bass, Mr. W. Davies, Broseley. The second half of the programme comprised miscellaneous items, viz., solos by Miss Swift, Mr. W. Davies and Mr. Francis. An anthem by the choir, “The Lord gave the word”, was well given, as also were two glees.

22nd December 1923


INSTITUTE.—In aid of a billiard table for the Institute a successful whist drive was on Wednesday held at the Institute. It was largely attended, aril Mr. H. Davies made an excellent M.C. Miss B. Clarke, the Rectory, Jackfield kindly presented the prizes, and she was thanked for her kind services. Prizewinners:—Ladies-1 Miss M. Gallier, 2 Mr: A. Aston (playing as lady), 3 Miss Yarrow; gents—1 Mr. R. Sutton, 2 Mr. A. Harrington, 3 Mr. G. Edge.

29th December 1923


R.A.O.B.—The anniversary of this lodge was celebrated on Dec. 19 by a dinner, capably served up at the Crown by Mr. T. Holmes. Mr. Leslie Brown (Shifnal) presided. Upwards of 80 sat down and did full justice to the repast. Toast and song occupied the remainder of the evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed. There were presentations made during the evening.

TOWN HALL.—There was a well-attended dance on Wednesday. Mr. H. Southorn was quite an affable M.C. and the music was supplied by Mr. Harrison’s band. The proceeds were in aid of the Broseley Wood F.C.

CAROL SERVICE.—A large number attended the midnight carol service at the church on Christmas Eve. Precisely at 12 o’clock the choir walked up the aisle singing “Christians, awake!” The Rev. W. Warner gave a very interesting address, which was listened to with rapt attention.—The usual services were held on Christmas Day.


SUPPER AND PRESENTATION.—On the occasion of the departure of Mr. Keates to take up a position with Messrs. Minton and Hollins of Stoke, a very successful evening was spent at the Half-Moon Hotel by the staff of Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd. After an excellent supper, provided by the host (Mr. W. Davis), Mr. Keates was presented with a silver mounted ebony walking stick and case of pipes by the chairman, Mr. C. Reynolds (managing director of Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd.), who, in a short speech, spoke very highly of the character and abilities of Mr. Keates, and wished him every success in his new sphere. Mr. Keates thanked those present for the esteem they had shown him by asking him to spend the evening with them, and also for the gifts, which would remind him in future of the pleasant time he had had amongst them. The rest of the evening was spent in harmony, and items were rendered by Messrs. J. W. Price, W. A. Burton, C. Rowe, T. Sharman, T. Minton, F. Neames and H. Keates, who were ably accompanied by Mr. W. Wase. Humorous recitations by Mr. J. S. Maw were well received


THE DEATH occurred on Dec. 21 of Mr. John Lloyd Instone, of 83, Portland Road, Edgbaston. Mr. Instone, who was seventy-one years of age, and was a native of Benthall, had been chairman of the Birmingham and Midland Counties Grocers’ Association, and was president in 1898. He had also been a vice-president of the Birmingham and District Off-License Holders’ Protection and Benevolent Association, and honorary treasurer of the Birmingham Grocers’ Association; and for many years was vicar’s warden at the Immanuel Church, Broad Street. For a long time he was a vice-president of St. Thomas’s Ward Conservative Association, and an active supporter of the Working Men’s Club.

SALE OF WORK.—A successful sate of work was held in the schoolroom on the 19th inst. on behalf of the Mary Sumner Memorial (foundress of the Mothers’ Union). The function was declared open by Mrs. G. G. P. Heywood (Tickwood Hall), and the Vicar, before calling upon her, spoke of the object of the sale and thanked the members of the Mothers’ Union for their work, also the members of the G.F.S., who had also contributed. Mrs. Heywood, who explained the object of the memorial, was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Winnie, the little daughter of Mr. G. Bright.