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Extracts from

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News

1937

 

 

relating to Brosel= ey and District

 

 

 

 

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Broseley Local History Society

2009


 

 


23rd January 1937

BROSELEY

UNITED BROTHERHOOD. — = The monthly meeting of the Men’s Own was held in the Town Hall on Sun day= . Mr. W. Batchelor, in acc= ordance with the rota, was chairman, and was supported by the chaplain (Rev. C. S. Jackson, rector of Broseley), and the Rev. J. Martin, of Darlington Street Chapel, Wolverhampton, who gave an addre= ss on “Putting Man into Manhood.” The chaplain read the lesson and led the meeting in prayers, owing to the absence of the special soloist, the musical part consisted of the singing of hymns from the Fellowship Hymnal, to the accompaniments of the organist and assistant, Mr. W .E. Davis and Mr. Denni= s Williams.

CORONATION CELEBRATIONS.—  A large and representative gatheri= ng of the residents of the district attended a public meeting in the Town Hall on Monday, called by the Borough Council, for the purpose of considering the s= teps to be taken to celebrate the forthcoming Coronation in  the Broseley Ward. Ald. Nicklin (as Chairman of the Ward Committee), presided, and was supported by the Members= of the District Council. Mr. Nicklin said that the Council had agreed to assist the fund to the extent of one penny in the pound in the rates, if needed. T= he meeting decided to follow the same lines as with the Silver Jubilee celebration, and an executive committee was elected, comprising the same pe= ople who acted on the previous occasion, with additional names. Mr. Nicklin was unanimously re-elected chairman, and Mr. A. J. Garbett was appointed secret= ary to the Executive Committee, with Mr. A. Wilkinson as assistant secretary. M= r. R. Nicklin (manager of Lloyds Bank, Broseley), was elected treasurer. Vario= us sub-committees were also elected. Representatives from Jackfield attended t= he meeting, and the Rev. F. J. R. Mason (rector of Jackfi= eld), said that they had already had a meeting in their district, and had decided= to proceed as they did for the Jubilee, and have a house-to-house collection. = His object in attending the meeting that evening was to learn what assistance w= ould be given to them by the District Council if they should need any help. He w= as assured by the chairman that the Borough Council would augment their fund if necessary.

LATE MISS J. J. MOORE.— The death occurred on Tuesday at Bournville, Birmingham, of Miss Jane Julia (Jennie) Moore, High Street, Broseley, after an = illness of one week, at the age of 70. Miss Moore had lived in Broseley the whole of her and was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Moore; w= ho formerly, lived at Cape St= reet. For the last 25 years she had made her home with her sister, Miss Mary Moor= e, stationer and newsagent, High Street. She had been ailing in health for some time. Early this year she went to Birmingham to visit a relative who was ill, and contracted a cold which eventually resulted in her death. She is survived by three sisters and four brothers. = The funeral takes place to-day (Saturday) at Birmingham, and the interment will be at Brandwood cemetery, where one of her sisters is buried.

COUNTY COURT MADELEY

Thursday.—Before Judge Samuel= .

Workman’s Claim Disallowed

An application was made by Samuel Jones, Speed’s = Lane, Broseley, for compensation under the Workmen’s Compensation Act, the respondent being Major A. Boswell, public works contractor, Wolverhampton.

Mr. E. G. H. Beresford (Birmingha= m), instructed by Messrs. Cooper, Woolley and Co., Bridgnorth, appeared for applicant, and the respondent was represented by Mr. Colin Coley, instructe= d by Messrs. T. Haynes Duffil and Son, Birmingham.

Mr. Beresford said that applicant was a tile presser by= trade, and until about four years ago was employed by = John Doughty and Son, Broseley, afterwards working at the Prestage Tile Works. He later became unemployed, but in March, 1935, he obtained employment with respondent, who was then a contractor at the Buildwas Power Station. On Sep= t. 12, 1935, while engaged in braking skips down a line, his left hand was bad= ly crushed. He lost part of his little finger, and the ring finger was also damaged. He was paid compensation until Dec. 26, 1935, when it ceased, and applicant later secured employment with John Doughty and Son, but owing to = his injury, he could not follow his original employment as a tile presser, and = was doing work of a labouring character.

Applicant said that he could not do the work as a tile presser to make his money, owing to his injured hand. In reply to Mr. Coley= , he agreed that he was employed by respondent as a general labourer.

John Farnell, manager to Me= ssrs. John Doughty and Son, said that Jones applied for work as a tile presser, a= nd was engaged as such, but he could not get through his work as efficiently as the others. He presumed it was due to his injured hand.

Arthur Thomas, foreman tile presser to Messrs. John Dou= ghty and Son, said that Jones could not do the work as a tile presser to make his money.

John Wm. Lee, manager to the respondent, said that Jone= s was engaged by his firm as a general labourer.

Mr. Coley said that when the accident happened Jones was employed as a general labourer. There was partial disability, but it did not prevent him from continuing work as such.

Evidence in support of this was given by Dr. Mackie (Wellington), and Dr. Freeman (Wolverhampton).

His Honour said that he was of opinion that applicant w= as fit to do a general labourer’s work, and under the circumstances he could= not give any monetary compensation. He would give a declaration of liability, b= ut on the general issue he found in favour of the respondent.

30th January 1937

JACKFIELD    

THE JACKFIELD PRIZE SILVER BAND held their annual meeti= ng on Monday at the Black Swan Inn, Mr. W. T. Hudson (chairman of the committee) presiding. One minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late Mr= . E. Shinton, who was a member of the committee.—The chairman  in opening the proceedings, congratulated the band on having had a successful season. In addition to cl= earing off the balance of £25, outstanding on the new uniform fund, the gene= ral account showed a balance in hand. The hon. secretary and treasurer (Mr. G. Stewart) presented the accounts for the past year, showing a credit balance= of £18 15s. 11d., which were considered satisfactory and adopted.—Ald. A. A. Exley was re-elected president f= or the ensuing year.  The committ= ee was re-elected en bloc, with one addition and Mr. W. Ellis again appointed bandmaster, and Mr. C. Hudson was; chosen as deputy bandmaster. Mr. A. Evans was re-elected as members’ representative on the committee. The remai= nder of the evening was devoted to harmony. Songs were contributed by Messrs. R.= Duce, E. Hudson, F= . Cross, G. Stewart and N.  Hudson: and banjo solos by Mr. .Walter Hudson. The rector (Rev. F J R Mason) also gave a humorous item.       Mr. Gerald Edge presided at = the piano.

TERRIBLE  SAD ‘CASE”

JACKFIELD MAN KILLED IN MADELEY ACCIDENT

LEAVES WIDOW AND ELEVEN

CHILDREN

“A terribly sad case”, said the Coroner (Mr= F W Derry) at an inquest at B= roseley Lady Forester = Hospital on Thursday into the deat= h of Charles Herbert Morris, of Werps Road, Jackfield, w= ho died in  t= he hospital on Tuesday from injuries received in a road accident.

Deceased, it was stated, who was aged about 52, leaves a widow and eleven children, six of whom are under 14 years old, and three un= der school age.

On Monday morning, at about 7-13, Morris, who was emplo= yed by the County -Council on road repairs at Cosford, near Shifnal, was pedal cyc= ling to work. When riding down High Street, Madeley, he was involved in a collis= ion with a motor milk van, owned and driven by Mr. E, Brown, milk retailer, of = 3, Park Street, Madeley.

Morris was badly injured, and after being attended, by = Dr. Mitchell, of Madeley, he was removed to the Broseley Hospital, where he died on Tuesday.

Only evidence of identification was taken when the inqu= est was opened on Thursday,

Leonard Charles Morris, son of the deceased, of 37, Railway St., Bridgnorth, identified the body, and the inquiry was then adjourned,

 The Coron= er, expressing his deep sympathy with the widow and relatives, said that it was= a terribly sad case, particularly because of the large family who were left.<= /p>

Inspector Machin (Iron-Brid= ge), on behalf of the police, associated himself with the coroner’s expressio= n.

6th February 1937

EARLY MORNING ROAD CRASH
AT MADELEY  

RESUMED INQUEST ON
JACKFIELD MAN

THE adjourned inquest into the death of Mr, Charles Her= bert Morris, County Council roadman, of the “General Gordon” (former= ly a licensed house), Werps Road, Jackfield, aged ab= out 52, who died in the Broseley Lady Forester Hospital on Jan. 26 from injuries received in a road accident in High Street, Madeley, the previous day, was = held on Tuesday at the Broseley Hospital by the borough coroner (Mr. F.  W, Derry).

Mr, E. C. S. White was foreman of the jury.

Mr. G. H. Butler, of Messrs, Ansell and Sherwin, Birmingham, appear= ed for Mr. Edward Brown, milk retailer, of 3, Park Street, Madeley, the owner-dri= ver of the motor-van which was involved in a collision with Morris’s cycle.<= /p>

Inspector Machin (Iron-Brid= ge) represented the police.

The inquest was opened last week, and after evidence of identification, was adjourned.

Mrs, Elsie May Morris, widow of deceased, stated that h= er husband was a Salop County Council road-man, and had been so employed for a= bout seven or eight years. He was working near Cosford waterworks at the time of= his death, and it was his practice to cycle to his work, He had to commence wor= k at 7-30 a.m. He left home at about a quarter to seven on the morning of the ac= cident. Her husband had been riding a bicycle since a boy, and had the reputation of being a careful rider.

Dr. J. G. Boon, medical officer of the Lady Forester Hospital, described= deceased’s injuries; which included a fracture of the base of the skull. Deceased was unconscious when admitted, and continued so up to the time of his death. It= was a hopeless case right from the first.

P.C. Bailey (Madeley) said the accident occurred at abo= ut 7-20 a.m. He gave measurements, etc., and produced a plan of the scene. He stated that the gradient of the road was 1 in 20 sloping in the direction of Cuckoo Oak, the direction in which deceased was travelling. The scene of the accident was on a gradual left-hand bend,

In reply to a question, witness said deceased would hav= e a good view; the bend in the road did not obscure the visibility in any way.<= /p>

Van Driver’s Evidence

Edward Brown, the driver of the motor-van, said he was driving his three-wheel commercial van along High Street, Madeley, from Cuc= koo Oak in the direction of Iron-Bridge. He estimated he was travelling at 14 m.p.h., and when he was near to Mr. Cartwright’s butcher’s shop= , he suddenly saw the pedal cyclist travelling towards him about 15 yards away; = he could not see any greater distance away than that. The cyclist had no light, and came straight on, not altering his course, and witness had no time to w= arn him. He did not think the cyclist saw him. Witness jammed on his brakes and shut the engine off as he saw deceased was heading straight for him, and the car had actually stopped at the time of impact.  The cyclist was travelling very fa= st and struck the van on the front on the off-side, and deceased’s head stru= ck the board at the front of the car over the wind screen. There was no other traffic about at the time,

Witness added that he had been driving the van since Ap= ril, 1936, and for 14 years a motor-cycle and combination, had never been involv= ed in an accident previously,

“Van on its Proper Side

Mrs. Phyllis Johnson, widow, 17, Station Road; Madeley,= who was on the pavement near the spot, said she first saw a small motor-vehicle coming from the direction of Cuckoo Oak. It was coming very slowly on its proper side of the road, She next saw the bicycle coming down High Street a= bout six yards away, and when she was turning to go down an entry she heard a lo= ud crash and saw that the cycle and van had come into collision. The van was s= till on its proper side and had lights on, but she could not say how many.

Frederick Cyril Cartwright, butcher, 38, High Street, M= adeley, who heard the crash, said that after the accident, the position of the van = was on its correct side of the road, and there were lights on the van,

Richard Gregory, 56, High Street, Madeley, who also hea= rd the crash, gave similar evidence.

The Coroner, in his summing up, said that after hearing= the evidence he considered that no blame could be attached to the driver of the motor-van, and he did not see any other verdict but “Accidental death= ”.

The jury returned a verdict accordingly.

Mr. Butler, on behalf of his client, expressed sympathy= with the widow and family.

Mr. White also expressed sympathy on behalf of the jury= .

The Coroner mentioned that he and the police had alread= y done so at the opening of the inquest.

The Funeral

The funeral took place on Saturday. The coffin was take= n from the mortuary at the Lady<= /st1:PlaceName> Forester Hospital by the bearers (Messrs. E. Hodge, W, Storey, G. Harrington, A. Rogers and N. Hughes) to the Broseley cemetery, where a service was conducted by the rect= or of Jackfield (Rev. F. J. R. Mason).

The family mourners included the widow, Leonard, Albert, Cecil, Jack and Harold (sons), Mr. William Morris, Claverley (brother), Mr.= and Mrs. Harold Jones. Bridgnorth (brother-in-law and siste= r-in-law); and Mrs. Jessie James, Endon (niece).

Deceased was a native of the Bridgnorth district, and h= ad only resided in Jackfield a comparatively short time. He served in the Great War.

 

BROSELEY

“LA REVUE SPLENDIDE”. — A revue, prod= uced by Mr. P. G. F. Jones, Wem, was presented by the patients of the King Edward Memorial Sanatorium, Shirlett, in the Dining Hall on Jan. 29. It was attend= ed by the resident doctor, Dr. Turner, the Matron and the majority of the pati= ents and staff. Those taking part were Mr. Jones, Mr. Sam Hall (Oswestry), Mr. H= arry Swinnerton (Shrewsbury), Miss Winnie Davies (Broseley), Miss Alice Wilcox (Red Lake), Miss Eva Doody (Hadley) and Miss Kathleen Ashle= y (Tilstock) and Miss Margaret Ashby (Shrewsbury) was at the piano. The many humorous items included a sketch written by Mr. Charles Davenport, a patien= t. During the intervals the audience was entertained by Sam Hall and his Harmo= nica Band. The “Maniacs” (which is what the company called themselve= s) opened with their signature tune, “The Fleet’s in Port Again.&#= 8221; The stage, curtains, etc., were erected by the stage manager, Mr. Joe Oliver (Oswestry) and his assistant, Mr. R. Powell (Ludlow). The footlights were made of to= ffee tins cut in half, and the sound effects were produced by an electric polish= er, numerous tin lids and peas in a tin.

SOCIAL CLUB— The annual general meeting was held at the club on Jan. 30. Owing to illness, many mem= bers were unable to be present, and there was only a moderate attendance. In the absence of the president (Lord Forester), the chair was taken by Dr. J. G. = Boon (chairman of committee). The secretary (Mr. R. B. Weekes), in presenting the financial statement, informed the meeting that, in consequence of the illne= ss of one of the auditors the accounts had not been audited. These were passed subject to audit. The Meeting confirmed the action of the committee in appointing Mr. R. Nicklin (of Lloyds Bank, as auditor in the place of Mr. R= . E. Piper, who has left the district. The three retiring members of the committ= ee, Messrs. J. Watkins, J. Tisdale and T. Goodall, were re-elected. In the plac= e of two members of the committee who had resigned, Messrs. A. Fielding and Matt= hew Davis were elected. Mr. J. Tisdale conducted the sale of newspapers and mag= azines.

WOMEN CONSERVATIVES. —= The annual meeting of the local branch of the Women’s Conservative Association, = was held on Wednesday at the Town Hall. There was a good attendance. Lady Norah More, of Barrow House, presided, and Mr. W. M. Ridgwel= l (Wrekin Division agent), and Mrs. H. P. Sykes (vice-chairman of the Wrekin = Women’s Association), attended. The statement of accounts for the past year, showin= g: a balance of £1 6s. 10d. in hand, was presented by Mrs. P. W. Parr (hon. treasurer), and passed. Lady Forester (Willey Park), was again elected president, and the following officers were re-elected; — Chairman, La= dy Norah More; vice-chairmen, Mrs G. Potts (Benthall House), and Mrs. Renwick = (The Grange); hon. treasurer, Mrs. P. Parr; hon. secretary, Mrs. A. Crawford; assistant secretary, Mrs. E, Walker. The committee was re-elected en bloc.<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  Refreshments were afterwards serve= d by Mrs. Jas. Evans.

TENNIS CLUB, DANCE.— h= e annual dance in connection with the Lawn Tennis Club, was held on Jan. 29 in the T= own. There was a large attendance, and the hall was tastefully decorated, while novelty prizes were distributed during the evening. The M.C. was Mr. alter = E. Davis, who also carried out the secretarial arra= ngements. The refreshment department was supervised by Mrs. T. W. Street and Mrs. J. Jones= , who were assisted by the lady members of the club: Mr. Street and Mr. Jones gave assis= tance as door stewards.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.—Bible Sunday w= as served as follows on Sunday. In the unavoidable absence of the Rev. Gwynn R= hys services were held in the morning at the Parish Church, the preacher being the Rev. C. S. Jackson. In the evening at the Baptist Church, the preacher was Mr. E. Gl= over. In the afternoon a service was held in the Congregational Church under the = chairmanship of Mr. R. N. Moore, Madeley. Addresses were given on the value of the Bible= by the Rev. T. Lloyd Morgan, Baptist minister, and the Rev. C. E. Wright, Congregational minister. Selections were given by the Broseley Handbell Ringers, under the conductorship of Mr. A. J. Garbett. Mrs. W. Williams was at the organ. Collections were taken at all services for Bible Society funds, and these, with subscriptions, amount to about £6.

DISTRICT C= OUNCIL

Wednesday, Ald. J. Nicklin presidin= g.

The town clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry), reporting on finance, stated that the general district account, after cheques being drawn that da= y to the amount of £149 6s. 2d., would show a d= ebit balance of £34 2s. 1d., but after the Febr= uary precept of £189 11s. 8d. was paid into the account, would show a cred= it balance of £155 9s. 7d. as against a debit balanc= e of £183 10s. 10d. at the corresponding period= last year. He reported that the collectors had paid a sum of £66 4s. 9d. into the water account during the past month and after cheques being dr= awn that day amounting to £13 1s., the account= would be in credit to the extent of £178 13s. 10d., as against a credit of £145 4s. 2d. last year.—= ; The chairman considered that their financial position was satisfactory.

The collector (Mr. A. G. Fenn), said that he had collected £171 19s. 8d. of the current half-yearR= 17;s water rate, and the gross outstandings amounted= to £138 11s. 7d. He stated that he had banked a further amount of £= ;16 4s. 2d. the previous day, which had increased the balan= ce mentioned by that sum.

Mr. C. Thomas, sanitary inspector, reported the distric= t free from notifiable diseases.

Mr. C. K. Jones suggested that before repairs to the Co= bwell road were carried out, there were properties where the drains should be fir= st connected up with the sewer, to save taking up the road again. The inspector was instructed to make inquiries as to these.

The surveyor reported that he had received a letter fro= m the Ministry of Transport in connection with the repairs being carried out on t= he short length of road near the railway bridge at Jackfield, requesting that = a kerbed footpath be made there, and also stating that the grant had not been cancel= led, and that he would be quite in order in proceeding with the work. He stated = that the kerbing had been provided for in his estimate of the cost, and the work= was being proceeded with.—  member remarked that the work alrea= dy done was a great improvement:

Mr. Parr mentioned the dangerous position in which some= buses parked in the Broseley Squ= are—especially at times when two buses were there together—when the children were co= ming from school. The clerk was instructed to write the County Council, suggesti= ng that a white line be put there showing the position at which buses would be allowed to park.

13th February 1937

LATE MRS E. POUNTNEY. —= ; The death occurred on Feb. 4 at the age of 79, after two weeks’ illness, = of Mrs. Elizabeth Pountney, at her home, 11, Fiery Fields. She was the widow of Mr. Alfred Pountney, town postman for over 30 years, who died 28 years ago. Mrs. Pountney was staunch member of the Church of England, and up to about seven years ago, when her sight began to fail, was a regular worshiper and communicant at the Parish Church. She was also one of the oldest members of the local women’s branch of= the Conservative and Unionist Association. The funeral took place on Monday at = the Parish Church, where a Service was conducted by the rector Rev. C. S. Jackson. The body wa= s conveyed on the church bier, and the attendants were Messrs. R. and J. Gallier, G. Meredith, sen= , W. Meredith, James Gallier, and J. Casey, all close neighbours. The mourners included Alfred, Arthur, Fred and Walter (sons), E= va and Florrie (daughters). Eva, and May Pountney, Dawley (grandchildren), Mrs. Fred Pountney, Dawley, and Mrs. Walter Pountney (daughters-in-law), Mr. W. W. Ward (son-in-law), Mr. Bert Pountney.   Iron-Bridge, and Mr: E. Hodge, Jackfield (nephews). Friends who attended were Mrs. John Edwa= rds, Mr. Cyril Edwards. Mr. F. Powell (ex-postman), Mr. John= Wollam, Mr. Harry Mason, Mr. Frank Benbow, and Mrs. Tom Bennett. The interment was in the cemetery in the grave= of her late husband. She is survived by five sons and four daughters. Beautiful floral tributes were sent by:- Alfred. Eva and L= ouisa, Arthur, Jessie and family: Fred and Lill: Florrie, Will and family: Walter, Sybil and family: E= va and May (grand-daughters): Vincent and Vivienne (great-grandchildren): cousin Nellie and Joe (Brierley Hill): all at Manchester: Mr. and Miss Exley (Rock House): Robert and Harry Parry (Brierley Hill): Mr. and Mrs. T. Edwards and= Cyril: Mr. and Mrs. Woollam: Mr. and Mrs. F. Powell: M= r. and Mrs. J. Powell: Mrs. Molyneux, Ivor and Walter:= Mr. Joe Dallier and family: Mr. and Mrs. J. Pope (Much Wenlock): Carrie and Lucy (Jackfield): W. and Mrs. T. Bennett: Mr. and Mrs. J. Casey and Georgie: Mr. and Mrs. Bert Meredith and Mr. Goodall (= Monewood): Mrs. Morris and Elsie: Mr. and Mrs. R. A. = Jones, junior: Mr. and Mrs. F. Benbow: Mr. and Mrs. Ro= gers: Elsie and Harry Beddowe Mr. and Mrs. G. Maiden:= Mr. and Mrs. Hillgroves (Wellington).

20th February 1937

 

40 YEARS AT THE POTTER’S WHEEL

A SHROPSHIRE CRAFTSMAN OF THE OLD SC= HOOL

M. R. ‘WHITMORE, BENTHALL, TO RETIRE

SEVENTY-FOUR-years-old Mr. H. Whitmore, of Benthall Lan= e, Benthall, which is in the ancient borough of Wenlock, who has been engaged = in the making of pottery—the oldest of the arts known to man-is shortly = to retire, but not until he has completed his work in connection, with the fashioning of Coronation souvenirs.

He is engaged at one of the oldest pottery works, the Benthall potteries, established over 200 years ago, and some of the present employees are third and fourth generation descendants            of Shropshire potters.

Although Mr. Whitmore is not a direct Salopian—he= was born at Bilston—he can be claimed as one of Shropshire’s potter= s, for he has been employed at the Benthall Potteries for 53 years, and for ov= er 40 years he has been at the potter’s wheel, one of the oldest of  the potter’s tools.

Professionally, he is styled as a “thrower”= , and when a JOURNAL representative called at the works this week, Mr. Whitmore h= ad just a lump of clay on the wheel and with his deft fingers was fashioning t= he, desired article—a Coronation beaker.

Fragile cups, bowls, exquisitely-shaped ornamental vase= s, tea-pots ready for the process of “baking” were on, his bench, = and they were all request. hand-made articles.

In conversation which followed, the JOURNAL representat= ive was informed that a number of special Coronation orders had been received f= or handmade souvenir cups and beakers, and it is on this work that Mr. Whitmor= e is at present engaged. He was on similar work for the Coronations of King Edwa= rd VII, and King George V.

An Expert

Although modern methods have been introduced, Mr. Whitm= ore is still engaged on the old treadle-worked wooden wheel, which was at the works long before his day. No one dare challenge him at “throwing” fo= r he is an expert in the shaping by the hands, and his work has gone to various parts of the British Empire and foreign countries.

An expert from Stockholm, when speaking on the subject in England recently, said, “The art wares so produced (by hand) have a touch of individuality, which gives them a wonderful charm which a. piece made in a mould never could attain.”

The comment is a tribute to the skill or such men as Mr. Whitmore.

BROSELEY

CINEMA SHOW.—In aid of Dame Agnes Hunt’s ap= peal for the building fund of the new Shropshire Orthopaedic Hospital, a cinema entertainment was given in the Town Hall on Feb. 12. The rector of Broseley sponsored the show, and made the arrangements. The pictures shown described the good work being carried out at the present hospi= tal, and the method of treatment of the various ailments, also the training give= n to patients in the respective workshops. The lady lecturer gave a concise hist= ory of the hospital since its formation. A collection, taken at the door, amoun= ted to nearly Messrs. J. G. Broadhurst and Chas. Davis gave assistance during t= he evening.

27th February 1937

JACKFIELD

LATE MRS. J. ROE.— The= death occurred on Saturday at the Old Post Office, Church Road, of Mrs. Fanny Roe, widow of Mr. John Roe= , at the age of 93, after a long period of infirmity. The oldest resident of the parish, Mrs. Roe was born in Jackfield, and had lived there all her life. H= er late husband died in 1909, and for the last 20 years she had lived with her daughter, Mrs. P. Price. She is survived by one son and two daughters, one = of whom lives in Canada= . The funeral took place on Wednesday. A service was held in the Parish Church by the rector (Rev. F. J. R. Mason), and the bearers were Messrs. W. H. Eva= ns, I. Cross, T. Evans, F. Birbeck, E. Hadley and J= . G. Bradeley. The family mourners were Master Norman Price (grandson), and Mr. A. Harper (nephew).

      &nb= sp;     BROSLEEY

LATE MR. W.H. LEWIS. —= The death occurred on Feb. 8 at 25, Porlock Road, Flixton, Manchester, of Mr William Henry Lewis, a former resident of Broseley, who later lived at Madeley, where he was employed by the Madeley Wood Company. The funeral took place at Broseley cemetery on Feb 12, the officiating clergyman being the R= ev. C. S. Jackson (Rector). The chief mourners were Mrs. M. H= eighway and Mrs Walter Evans (nieces), Mr Thos. Richards, Mr. Worth Richards, Mr Wa= lter Evans and Mr. Morton W. Heighway (nephews).

METHODIST CONVENTION. —= ; A convention of the Methodist Churches of the Madeley Circuit was held on Wednesday in t= he Methodist Church. At 4-15 p.m. a service was= held, when the sermon was preached by the Rev. G. E. Johnson, of Sheffield. This was followed by a tea in the Schoolroom, after which a tea-table cloth= was held, the subject being “Evangelism,” introduced by Mr. E. Wilk= es, of Iron-Bridge. Others taking part were Messrs. E. R. Gwynne. H. Evans, A. Evans, G. Walker, E. W. Smith and the Revs. R. H. Osbor= ne and G. E. Johnson. Later a public meeting was held in the church, at whi= ch the Rev. R. H. Osborne was the chairman, and the speaker was the Rev. G. E.= Johnson. The, combined choirs of the Madeley section, numbering about 100 voices, re= ndered selections, under the conductorship of Mr. Fred Aston, of Coalbrookdale, wi= th Mr. E. W. Smith, of Iron-Bridge, at the organ.

6th March 1937

THE BLIZZARD IN SHROPSHIRE

ROADS BLOC= KED, WIRES DOWN,

MOTORISTS STRANDED, ELECTRIC
SUPPLY FAILS IN SOME PARTS

SERVICES H= ELD BY CANDLE LIGHT

IMPASSABLE roads, with delay and inconvenience to traff= ic, hundreds of telephone wires and trees blown down, electricity pylons broken, causing light failure in many  parts so that lamps and candles had to be used in houses and for church services<= span style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'> .

This is the story which comes from various parts of Shropshire and adjoining counties as the result of = the week-end blizzard, which was the worst since the one on Feb. 24, four years ago.

Snowdrifts were 12ft. deep in some parts, while trees f= alling across the roads added the motorists difficultie= s.

In some minor roads the drifts stretched from hedge to = hedge, and some motorists, abandoning their cars, had to spend Sunday night in nea= rby towns or went home by train. Some of the cars on the high ground could be s= een almost buried in the drifts; some were dug or pulled out and the owners proceeded with difficulty. It was not surprising that there were many skids= and accidents on the roads.

Bus services in many parts had to be suspended, and tel= ephone communication was cut off in many cases by fallen wires.

Church services were completely disorganised, and in so= me cases abandoned as there were no congregations—only the vicar and organist, being present.

The snowfall followed heavy rain, with severe floods in= many parts.

With the thaw on Monday conditions rapidly became norma= l.

Below are given some the principal items of storm news — other items will be found under the various district headings.

Iron-Bridge

Considerable inconvenience was caused by the failure of= the electric light on Sunday, due to the violence of the blizzard in the Iron-Bridge district. Many inhabitants were only able to obtain light by the use of candles.

The evening serviced at Holy Trinity Coalbrookdale, was abandoned, while the service at St. Luke’s Church, Iron-Bridge, conducted by the Rev. Ll, Rees Davies, curate of Much Wenlock, was held by candle-light.

Much Wenlock

As was the case with the last blizzard, the high ground= round the town suffered badly in   = ;    Sunday’s storm. Road communication with Broseley was impossible until Monday morning, and the road to Broseley through Willey was blocked up to Tuesday morning. = The usual bus service to the Sanatorium on Sunday was cancelled.

During the storm on Sunday afternoon, Mr. E. Hands, a councillor of the Wenlock Ward, was proceeding from Wenlock to Broseley when his car developed a skid at the bottom of the Bell-hole Bank, and turned on= its side. Mr. Hands was pinned between the wheel and the door, and it was some = time before he was released, help being obtained through a passing pedestrian. M= r. Hands was taken to the Royal Salop Infirmary for examination, and later conveyed to the Orthopaed= ic Hospital at Oswestr= y for treatment for injuries to the back.

A milk lorry from Bradeley = Farm was being driven in Farley on Sunday morning by Mr. Reg. Wood, when the force of wind caused it to turn on its side. The driver escaped with bruises.

 

 

BROSELEY

DISTRICT COUNCIL—RATE FIXED

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Ald. J. Nicklin presided at the Council Meeting on Wedn= esday.

The town clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry), reporting on finance, stated that the general district account was in credit to the amount of £38 2s. 7d., and cheques being drawn that = day to the extent of £342 19s. 4d. would show the account in debit to a sum = of £304 16s. 9d., which, however, would be re= duced to £71 15s. 1d. after- paying in the March precep= t and another cheque for £43 in hand, as against a debit of £82 2s. 2d. at the corresponding period last year.  

He reported that the collectors had paid into the water= account during the past month a total amount of £94 18s. = 2d., and the account was in credit to the sum of £271 4s. 4d., but cheques to be drawn would reduce the credit balance considerably..

The collector (Mr. A. G. Fenn) reported that he had collected £190 18s. 10d. of the Current half yea= r’s water rate, and the nett o= utstandings amounted to £76 14s. 3d., which was about = the same amount as last year.

The sanitary inspector (Mr. C. Thomas) reported one cas= e of notifiable infections disease in the district.      

The Mayor reported an offer made by a resident in Jackf= ield to give to the Council a narrow strip of land about 60 yards in length on t= he road side near the Free Bridge, on condition that the Council would erect a= n unclimable fence there in place of the present old fe= nce. The surveyor explained that this would add an extra four feet to the width = of the road and the Council agreed to accept the offer.

The surveyor presented then tenders for scavenging for = the ensuing  year and the tender of  Mr G. A. Lane for the sum of £= ;80 was accepted

Arising out of various complaints made by the members o= f the bad state of foot paths in the district, the surveyor was instructed to giv= e attention to repairs to a path from = Swan Street to Workhouse Road, and the paths throu= gh the Red Church fields. Capt. E. D. Collins= promised to point out the bad state of the Rough Lane to the Willey Estates Company as this lane did not come under the control of the District Council.

The clerk reported that the Ministry had approved of th= e plan and tender for a house to be erected in Jackfield, and the Public Works Boa= rd had agreed to lend the money for a period of 10 years. Sanction of the loan= for the erection of the public convenience at the bottom end of Birch Row had a= lso been received, and the work was being proceeded with.

The water engineer (Mr. A. O. Call= ear) reported that be was experiencing much difficulty with the distribution ser= vice main between Jackfield Church and the Half= Moon Inn. Owing to movements of the road caused by the continued wet weather, th= ere had been four fractured mains during the last fortnight, and a further one = that day, and the water had again to be cut off. He estimated that there had bee= n a movement of two to three inches during the last three weeks and it was urge= nt that a new main be laid with two fire hydrants and a sluice value for a dis= tant of about 350 yards. He was instructed to proceed with the necessary work as quickly as possible.

The clerk submitted to the meeting his estimates of the proposed expenditure in the Broseley Ward for the coming year, amounting to £2,448. The principle items included highways £1,030: housing s= ubsides £237; public lighting £175; and sewerage £265. This sum is equivalent a rate of 6s. in the £, and it = was decided to recommend to the Borough &n= bsp;       Council that a rate of 6s. in the £ be fixed for the Broseley Ward in levying= the general rate, to which will have to be added the County Council rate and the additional amount to cover the expenditure of the Borough Council.

It was decided to increase the water rate 1s 9d. to 2s. in the £ for t= he coming year. The increase is made necessary to meet the expense of the new bore ho= le, new pumping station, plant, machinery, etc., at the Harrington Water Works.=

13th March 1937

SHROPSHIRE SOCIETY IN LOND= ON

LORD FORES= TER ELECTED PRESIDENT

THE annual meeting, of the Shropshire Society in London was held at Caxton Hall, London, on March 5, Major Sir Alexander Stonier, Bart., presided in the absence of the president, Lieut. General Si= r C. J. C. Grant.

Mr. Cyril J. Wosencroft (th= e hon. secretary) said he had received a letter from Sir Charles Grant, expressing= his sincere regret at being unable to be present. As most m= embers were aware, Sir. Charles had recently been appointed Commanding Offi= cer for Scotland, and he w= as in Scotland on military duties. Sir Charles had also asked him to convey to his success= or Lord Forester, his very sincere wishes for a happy year as president or the Society.

Mr. S. A. Williams proposed the adoption of the report = and accounts, which was Seconded by Mr. A. Dovaston= .

Mr. George Palmer (the hon. treasurer) said that the ac= counts showed the Society to be in a flourishing and progressive position, was due very largely to the excellent work put in by the secretary and the = committee. They commenced the year with a balance of £126 and ended with a balan= ce of £108. He went on to speak of the good work done by the Benevolent Fund.

The accounts Were adopted.

Mr. S. A. Williams proposed a vote of thanks to the ret= iring president, Lt. Gen. Sir C. J. C. Grant, paying tribute to his work in many directions and his interest in the Society. He also referred to his disting= uished military career, and said it was owing to military duties that he was unabl= e to be present that evening.

Mr. F. E. Price seconded the resolution which was carri= ed with acclamation.

Mr. D. M. Sutherland proposed a vote of thanks to the committees, secretary, hon, treasurer, and offi= cers of the Society. Mr. Kynaston seconded and this = was carried with acclimation.

The New President

The chairman then proposed the election of Lt. Col the Rt. Hon. Lord Forester as presid= ent, the motion being seconded by the Hon. Sir Hal Colebatch= ( Agent General for Western Aus= tralia). In the course of his speech they all realised it was going to be a very important year. The Coronation ceremonies would attract, visitors from all parts of the world, amongst whom would be many o= ld Salopians. The Society could do a great deal towards contributing to the entertainment and enjoyment of those visitors, and he w= as sure they would all, individually and collectively, regard it as a privileg= e to do the best they could in that respect. They were under a deep debt of gratitude to Lord and Lady Forester in undertaking a task which would not be altogether a light one. He could assure them that they could rely confident= ly on the help and support of the committee and all the members of the Society= .

The resolution was carried with acclamation and Lord Fo= rester was then decorated with the insignia of office and took the chair.

 Lord Fore= ster, responding, said he would like to thank the members for the great honour th= ey had done him. He hoped he would be able to carry out the duties of presiden= t to their satisfaction.  Certainly= , any Society to do with Shropshire had his mo= st heartfelt interest and support.

A distinguished list of vice-presidents was elected, an= d then Mr. E. Clark proposed the re-election of the general committee and said that the amount of work they had done was astonishing.          This was carried.

Mr. Tom E. Davies proposed the re election of Mr. Cyril= Wosencroft as hon., secret= ary, and paid high tribute to his work. The motion was carried with applause. Replyi= ng, Mr. Cyril J. Wosencroft said they could, he tho= ught, congratulate themselves on having another very successful year. During the period they had lost by resignation or death 25 members, but against that t= hey had elected 24 new members, so they stood  very much as they were. To = elect 24 new members during the year was, he supposed, quite good, but in view of their losses it was not quite good enough, and they could do better if they= had the co-operation of members. Members could help the committee tremendously = to further the interests of the Society, and if they were going to be really successful it was essential that everyone should co-operate, which he felt = sure they would do.

Since the last annual meeting the committee had decided= to introduce, associate members. That meant that the sons and daughters of mem= bers of the Shropshire Society in L= ondon under 22 years, of age would be admitted to the = Society at reduced Subscription rates, namely 5s. per an= num.. They hoped to obtain a large number of associate members during the coming year.

In conclusion, the secretary expressed appreciation of = the work of his assistant, Miss Cripps.

He added that the committee would appreciate any sugges= tions from the members for improving the Society or for the perfecting of any, of= the rules or methods which were already in existence.

Mr. George Palmer was re-elected hon. treasurer of the Society; and Mr. E. G. Douglas. Evans hon. auditor,

Mr. F. C. Hoyle proposed the re-election of the hon. correspondents of the society, who, he said, numbered nine and represented = the principal towns in the county. They were very grateful to those gentle men = for the services they rendered to the Society from time to time. Miss A. Woosnam seconded the resolution, which was carried.

Mr. Wosencroft reminded mem= bers of the annual banquet of the Society which was to be held at the Mayfair Hotel= , Berkeley Square, W., in April, and expressed the hope that they would all attend. He said that in this Coronation year they wanted a really splendid banquet, a worthy foreru= nner of the brilliant festivities that would follow it. They would again this ye= ar have a re-union al the Shrewsbury Flower Show; and any members who could get down to Shrewsbury<= /st1:place> on that occasion would have a delightful time.

Mr. Wosencroft concluded by= moving a vote of thanks to Sir Alexander Stanier for t= aking the chair. Lord Forester seconded.

Afterwards the newly-elected President and Lady Forester received members and friends in the Grand Hall, where dancing followed until midnight.

During an interval in the dancing Lord Forester express= ed on behalf of his wife and himself, his great pleasure to be among them. He tha= nked the committee for all they had done to make the evening such a success.

 

BROSELEY

MOTHERING SUNDAY was observed at the Parish Church on Sunday, commencing with Corporate Communion at-8 a.m. for the Mothers’ Union, at which there were about 40 communicants. The Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector), was the celebrant. Festal evensong with holy baptis= m, was held at 6-30, when about 50 members of the Mothers’ Union met at the Rectory, and dressed in white cape and black dresses, and in the charge of = Mrs. J. G. Broadhurst (enrolling member), and Mrs. W. J. Street, (hon. secretary= ), with banner bearers (Mesdames B. Jones, W. Pounthey and H. Ward), marched in proces= sion to the church, headed by the cross bearer, Mr. Gerald Oakley, and the recto= r. At the south entrance they were met by the surpliced choir, who led them to their seats, singing a processional hymn. At the chr= istening service the infant was presented with a Coronation Bible, the gift of the mothers. Special hymns were sung by the mothers’ choir, including the vesper hymn, and the choir led the singing of other appropriate hymns, under the conductorship of the choirmaster, Mr. Ronald York, who was also at the organ. The Rev. C. S Jackson conducted the service, and also: Preached.  The collection was for church expe= nses,

ADJOURNED GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.

This meeting for the Borough of Wenlock was held in the= Town Hall on Tuesday, before Alderman J. Nicklin (chairman), Alderman T. H. Thompson  (Deputy Mayor), and = Mr. J. Barker.  

Mr. G. Espley, Wellington, made application on behalf = of 48 licensed victuallers in the Borough for a modification of the hours on Sund= ays from 12.30 p.m. to 2-30 p.m., to 12, noon to 2 p.m. He was supported by a l= arge number of licensees from the Iron-Bridge and Madeley districts, who were present in court. He suggested that the alteration would give licensees lon= ger leisure hours in the afternoon in which to get out and enjoy themselves, an= d further, that it would bring the opening hours into conformity with those of other d= istricts around. — Mr J. Whittaker, of The Tontine Hotel, Iron-Bridge, spoke in favour of the application, and considered it would be better for the custom= ers as well as the licensees. — Supt. Ridgway (Bridgnorth) said it would = be, much better to have uniform hours, and the alteration would be in conformit= y, with the hours in the surrounding area. He, stat= ed that there was no objection by the public. — The Justices granted the= application, and decided for the alteration to commence on Sunday March 21.

20th March 1937

JACKFIELD

COALFORD METHODIST CHURCH. —In aid of the church funds, on Sunday, after evening service, a concert was given in the Schoolroom. In the absence of M= r. T. Jones, Dawley, Mr. T. Wright presided. The programme consisted of tenor solos by Mr. Edward Hudson, violin solos by Mr. M. Humphries, Iron-Bridge, banjo solos by Mr. Walter Hudson, recitations by= Miss D. Pearce, Iron-Bridge, and selections by members of the Jackfield Prize Si= lver Band. Mr. Walter Hudson also provided the pianoforte accompaniments. Mr. Ge= orge Stewart was responsible for the arrangements.

BENTHALL

FINED AT CHESTER. — John Raleigh (3= 5), of Benthall, was fined £3 and ordered to pay £1 5s. special costs, at Chester on Wednesday, for drivin= g a light goods van without due care and attention near = Chester on Feb. 9. It was stated that a= s a result of his failure to observe signals given by another driver he almost collided with a car in which Mr. Justice du Parcq and Mr. Justice Lawrence were returning from Chester Assizes to their lodging a= t Christleton Bank.—Defendant, in evidence, said = his van was not running too well that evening. He was travelling slowly on his = correct side of the road. When the big limousine pulled out in front of him he was = under the impression that the driver was overtaking other traffic, and he (witnes= s) followed. He did not see the signal given by the driver of the judges’ car. Defendant added he was scheduled as a first-class driver during the wa= r.

      &nb= sp;     BROSELEY

    = ;   C. AND U ASSOCIATION

In connection with the annual general meeting of the lo= cal men’s branch, a smoking concert and social evening were held on Monda= y. In the absence of the chairman of the branch, Ald. J. Nicklin took the chai= r.

Mr. J. Floyer-Benthall, Ben= thall Hall, was elected president, and Dr. Boon and Mr Hugh Welsh (Willey Old Hal= l), as vice-presidents. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:—Chairman, Mr. E. H. Shorting; vice-chairman, Mr. J. G. Broadhur= st; hon. treasurer, Mr. W. S. Instone; hon. secreta= ry, Mr. W. R. Pountney. The committee was re-elected en bloc, with the addition of three extra names.

The nominations of the officers, delegates and representatives of the association for 1937 were accepted: Mr. C. T. Harris= on was elected from the local branch committee to serve with the respective br= anch officers on the Divisional Executive Committee of the association, and Mess= rs. W. R. Pountney, F. Oakley and W. W. Ward were elected as representatives to serve on the Wrekin Fete Committee.

The chairman announced an apology from the Member, Col. J. Baldwin-Webb, for being unable to be present. The remainder of the eveni= ng was spent in harmony, and the entertainers, who had been brought over by Mr= . Ridgwell, the agent, were Mr. Co= xon and Mr. Taylor, Wellington, who gave songs and humorous items, with Mr. Ridgwell at the piano.

Mr. Ridgwell gave a brief a= ddress.

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AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY

The Society gave its tenth season’s annual perfor= mances in the Town Hall on Thursday and Friday, presenting “The Ghost Train,= ” a drama in three acts. Mr. R. Steventon, Wellington, was th= e producer, and the high standard of acting was fully maintained.          

The: cast was as follows Mr. Norman Ball., Dr. S. Hoy, = Mrs. Charles Davis, Mr. J. B. Dixon, Miss M. Oswell,= Miss A. Lloyd, Mr. Walter E. Davies,  Miss Louie Garbett, Mr. Jam= es Aston, Mr. Matt Davis, Mr. S. Sargeant and Mr. J. Harris.

Mr. W. E. = Davis, Miss. L. Garbett and. Mr. Norman Ball gave excellent performances, and were well supported, by the other members of the cast,= the teamwork being good throughout.

At the intervals Miss Nellie Thompson, Much Wenlock, pl= ayed on the pianoforte. The stage effects were carried out by Messrs. C. Davis, J. Harris, Mrs Walter Davis, Miss Woodland and Masters K. Davis and F. Roberts. Other helpers behind the scenes were Miss Freda Roberts (prompter), Messrs.= G. Gittings and. H. Harris (stage mangers). Mr J. Braddon, Oakengates assistance with the “make-u= p” and was also responsible for the scenery, while Mr. A. O. Jones and Mr. C. Davis were door Stewards.

27th March 1937

MUCH WENLOCK

Lily Gallier (married woman= ), High Street, Broseley, was charged with stealing a pair of leather gauntlet glov= es, valued at 8s., from a cloak-room at the Town Hall, Broseley, Jan. 27, the property Of Miss Sybil Ruth Harvett. Defendant pleaded “Not guilty.” — Miss Harvett= of 23, King Street, Broseley, said she went to a dance at the Town Hall on the above date, arri= ving there at about 8-30. She went to the cloakroom, where she left her coat, wi= th the gloves in the pocket. The gloves were in the pocket at 10 p.m. When she went to go home at about 11 o’clock, however, she found the gloves we= re missing. She reported the matter to the caretaker, and also to the police t= he next day. She identified the pair which were handed to her as her property, but = said she had not done the repairs which were now on them. Some days after wards a Mrs. Edwards came into the shop where she worked with her mother, and witne= ss saw the gloves on her hands. She afterwards went across to Mrs. EdwardsR= 17; house, and asked her if she could see the gloves, which she definitely recognised as her property. Mrs. Edwards eventually gave her them back, and= witness handed them to the police. She asked Mrs. Edwards where she had had them fr= om, and she replied that she had had them from Mrs. Gallie= r. — Defendant, questioning witness queried the correctness of the times given by her, as she said she (defendant), left for home at 9-15 on this evening.—Sarah Ann Edwards (married woman), of 31, King Street, Brose= ley, spoke of having visited Mrs. Gallier on Feb. 6.= She was wearing at the time a pair of old fur backed gloves.  She mentioned to Mrs. Gallier that her gloves appeared to be in a mess, and= that she would have to get another pair before she went on her next visit to Manchester. Mrs. <= span class=3DSpellE>Gallier said, “Don’t = bother, I’ve got a pair which will suit you.” She went upstairs and fet= ched the pair of gauntlet, gloves, gave them to her, and witness thanked her. She gave defendant nothing for the gloves, and she stated in reply to Mr. Barke= r, that she was related to the defendant. — P.-C. Ogilvie said that after searching for the gloves in vain, he interviewed Miss = Harvett on March 12, when she handed them to him. On the following day he interview= ed the defendant in the presence of her husband, Inspector. Machin accompanying him asked about the gloves, defendant said, “I don’= ;t know anything about the gloves. I found them outside Mr. White’s shop= . I did not take them,” and said she had mentioned the finding of the glo= ves to Mrs. Perks, of Benthall. He then informed Mrs. Gall= ier that he had the gloves. She recognised them, but said she did not steal the= m. She then made a statement, saying that she found the gloves in High Street, Broseley, on Feb. 19, at about 1-20 a.m., when coming from a dance at the T= own Hall. Defendant said that Mrs. Edwards had said to her; “Have you got= a pair of gloves to lend me?” and she lent her those she said she found. She did not report the finding of them to the police, because they were not expensive. — Alice Helena Perks, of Benthall, said that no one had me= ntioned anything to her about gloves, or the finding of a pair of gloves.— After retirement, the chairman said the Justi= ces considered the case proved against defendant, and they had taken a lenient view of the matter. She was placed on probation under the First Offenders’ Act, u= nder the probationary officer, Mrs. March, and was ordered to pay the costs of 1= 9s.

An application for the recovery of possession of a hous= e and premises at 8, Barratt’s Hill, Broseley, by Ellen Watkins, of 5, Queen Street, Broseley, from George Tonkiss, 74, Abbey Foreg= ate, Shrewsbury, was heard, and an order made for one month.

3rd April 1937

BROSELEY

CRICKET CLUB DANCE.— T= he annual carnival dance was held in the Town Hall on Easter Monday. Mr. P. Jo= nes was M.C., and Hal Jones’s Dance Band, Wellington, provided the music. Prizes = were won by Mr. A. Evans (Jackfield), and Miss Potts, in an elimination dance, a= nd by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hall in a spot waltz dance. In a competition for a cake, Miss Clark, Old Park, was successfu= l. Mrs. Jones (Wesley House), and other helpers were in charge of the refreshments, and Mr. J. Brown was door steward. The arrangements were carr= ied out by the Bev. C. S. Jackson, Mr. Matt. Davis (treasur= er), and Mr. J. B. Dixon (secretary of the club).

PARISH CHURCH.—On Good Friday evening the augment= ed by members of ‘other’ choirs in the district; gave an excellent performance of Stainer’s “Crucifixi= on,” the rector (Rev. C. S. Jackson= ), presiding. The soloists Were Mr. T. H. Thompson, Much Wenlock (bass); Mr. Herbert Evans (bass), Mr: F. S. Francis (tenor), and Mr. W. E. Price (tenor= ), with Mr. Ronald  = Yorke, Madeley (organist); at the organ. A collection was taken for the memorial garden and the churchyard funds. East= er Sunday services consisted of celebrations of Holy Communion at 6, 7 and 8 a= .m., the rector (Rev. C. S. Jackson), being the celebrant. Choral Eucharist was = held at 10-45 a.m., which was attended by Lord and Lady Forester (Mayor and Mayoress of Wenlock). At evensong the choir sang the = anthem, “Now is Christ risen” (John E. West)= , the bass solo being taken by Mr. Herbert Evans. The collections throughout the = day were for the rector’s Easter offerings.

THE MARRIAGE took place at the Methodist Church on East= er’ Monday of Miss Edith: Malines Oakley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Oakley,= 22, high Street, and Mr. Walter Raymond Batchelor, = elder son of the late Mr. G. W. R. Batchelor and Mrs.= J. Bryan, Woodlands Road, Broseley Wood. Both are well known in the district, = Miss Oakley having been formerly a Sunday school teacher at the Methodist Church, and for some time engaged on the nursing staff at the Iron-Bridge Infirmary, While Mr. Batchelor has been for some time head= of the laboratory at the, works of Messrs. Craven Dunhill and Co., Ltd., Jackf= ield, and a late secretary of the Broseley United Brotherhood. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. R. H. Osborne, Methodist minister. The service was c= horal, with Mrs. Arthur Harris at the organ. The bride, who was given away by her = father, was dressed in pink crepe-de-chine, a pink veil, with a wreath of orange bl= ossom, and pink gloves and shoes. She carried a bouquet of white tulips and fern. = She was attended by Miss A. Morris, Willey, chief bridesmaid, her cousin, and M= iss V. Bryan, stepsister of the bridegroom, who wore powder blue crepe dresses,=    with veils of blue and silver leaves, and silver shoes, and carried bouquets of pink tulips and fern. The best man was Mr. Arthur Batchelor, of the Royal= Air Force, brother of the bridegroom. A reception was held at the Methodist Sun= day schoolroom, and later the happy couple left to take up residence at their n= ew home in Coalbrookdale, the bride wearing a light tweed coat over a bottle g= reen tunic, with a fawn hat and shoes and gloves to tone. They received gifts fr= om the Methodist Sunday school scholars; the choir and members of the Crusader= s’ Club, the nursing, staff of the Iron-Bridge Infirmary, the staff of Messrs.= Craven, Dunnill and Co., Ltd., and the managing director.

BROSELEY

A PRETTY WEDDING took place at the Congregational Churc= h on Saturday, the Rev. C. E. Wright, minister officiating, between Miss Alice Beatrice Corfield, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Corfield, Broseley Wood, and Mr. William Henry Boden, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Boden, Madeley Wood. Mrs. W. Williams was at the organ. The bride, who was given away by h= er father, wore an ankle-length dress of ivory satin, with a wreath and a veil= and carried a bouquet of Madonna lilies and carnations. Three bridesmaids were = in attendance. The chief bridesmaid, Miss Margaret Corfield, cousin of the bri= de, wore a dress of blue crepe-de-Chine, with a silver headdress, and carried a bouquet of pink tulips and maidenhair fern: and the Misses Kathleen and Phy= llis Roden (sisters of the bridegroom), were wearing dresses of taffeta blue, wi= th headdresses to match, and had bouquets of pink tulips with maidenhair fern,= the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. Dennis Boden, brother of the bridegroom, was b= est man. At the reception, which was held in the schoolroom, over 40 guests were present. Mr. and Mrs. Boden will live at Cobwell Road, Broseley Wood.

DISTRICT COUNCIL Wednesday, AU. J. Nicklin presiding.

Reporting on finance, the town clerk stated that on the general district account, after cheques being drawn that day to the sum of £123 1s. 3d., the credit balance would be £15 14s. 8d. The water account, after cheq= ues being drawn to the amount of £301 15s. Pd., would be in debit 15s., and taking the two accounts together, the debit = would be £28 0s. 4d., as against a credit last y= ear. He explained that the adverse balance was due to expenses in opposing the Wolverhampton Corporation’s Water Bill, and increased expenditure on = road repairs during the past year. — The chairman, commenting on their financial position, said they would have to go very carefully in their expe= nditure during the coming year, as they had no reserve to draw upon.

The collector A. G. Fenn, r= eported that of the last half-year’s Water rate, the net= t outstandings were £7 18s. 8d., which low = figure was stated to be a record.—The meeting decided to continue the practi= se of issuing summonses during the last month of each current half-year’s rates against defaulting ratepayers.

Mr. E. H. H. Shorting reported a complaint of the condi= tion of the footpath, on the steep part in the Dingle, and the surveyor was instructed to have it repaired with a heavier material than ashes, which was soon washed away during heavy rains.

Mr. T. W. Howells mentioned the awkward position in whi= ch a lamp standard had been left in the middle of the pavement in Church Street, after the recent improvements carried out by the County Council, and the clerk promised to c= ommunicate with the county surveyor in the matter.

The sanitary inspector reported on the progress of the erection of the public convenience near Birch Row, and a cheque for £= 100 was -drawn in favour of the contractor.

Mr. A. O. Callear (water en= gineer), reported that all water rents had been paid, and there were no outstanding arrears. He stated that the new pipes to carry out the repairs to the water main at Jackfield had arrived, and it was decided to lay the pipe line on t= he upper road at a lesser depth than the original service, to give easier acce= ss in the event of further repairs being needed through the general movement of the landslide there.

17th April 1937

JACKFIELD

OLD FOLKS’ PARTY.—Upwards of 30 of the old = folks of the parish spent an enjoyable evening on April 8, at St. Mary’s Ha= ll, Where they were entertained to their annual party, which was made possible = from funds obtained by the parish choir of carol singers; when touring the distr= ict last Christmas time. Eighteen meals were also sent out to the homes of the = old people who were unable to attend.—Mr. Hayward Davis (Broseley), and M= r. J. W. Harrison arranged the catering, and the meals were served by lady mem= bers of the Parish Church. The rector (Rev. F. J. R. = Mason), presided. Afterwards the company was entertained to= an excellent miscellaneous concert, contributed by the following:— Pianoforte duet, by Mrs. F. J. Mason and Mrs. F. Clay; songs by Miss Kathle= en Hudson, Mr. R. Duce (Dawley), Mr. Harrison (Mad= eley), and Mrs. E. Hadley; step dancing by Messrs. N. Hudson and T. Green; and piano-accordion selections by Mr. R. Cowdell (Madeley). One of the chief items of the evening was a ventriloquial sketch, introducing three characters, entitled “Poor Old Jenny,” written and performed by the rector. Mr. B. N. Moore of Madeley, sent a parcel of books, which were distributed, and each also received a present of a parcel of tea for the women, and tobacco for the men, which we= re provided out of the funds. At the close Mr. J. W. Harrison thanked Mr. Isaac Cross for his assistance in making the arrangements, and the rector express= ed thanks to the organisers and the artistes. Mr. Lawrence Hearn carried out t= he secretarial duties, and Miss Ethel: Perkins provided the pianoforte accompa= niments. It was decided to reduce the age from 62 years to 60 years and upwards for = next year’s party.

LATE MRS. G. LEWIS.—The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Lew= is (widow of Mr. George Lewis), whose death occurred on the previous Thursday after a short illness at her home, The Cottage, took place on Saturday. A service was held at the P= arish Church, the rector = (Rev. F. J. R. Mason) officiating. The family mourners were Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Le= wis (son and daughter-in-law); Mr and Mrs. A. Colley (son-in-law and daughter);= Mr. G. W. Hall (adopted son); Mrs. R. Hall (daughter-in-law); Mr. W. Hurdley (brother); Miss D. Hall (granddaughter); Mr. = G. Lewis (grandson); Messrs. F. Yates, U. Heighway= and T. Duckett (nephews) and the Misses G. and N. <= span class=3DSpellE>Heighway (nieces). The bearers were friends and neigh= bours. There were many floral tributes, which included one from Messrs. Maw and Co= ., Ltd., where Mrs. Lewis had been employed for forty years.

BROSELEY

CONSERVATIVE DANCE

A grand dance, organised by the committee of the local branches, to choose “Miss Broseley,” who will compete in the fi= nal dance, to be held at Wellingto= n, when “Miss Wrekin” will be chosen, was held in the Town Hall on April 9. The hall had been tastefully decorated for the occasion by Mr. W. = B. Pountney (caretaker), and Mr. W. W. Ward. A company of about 80 attended, a= nd Mr. P. W. Parr carried out the duties of M.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Coxon (Wellington), acted= as judges in the competition, and were introduced by Mr. W. M. Ridgwell, agent for the division. During the course of the evening five of the lady dancers were selected, who, following a “Paul Jones” dance, par= aded the hall, and the final choice fell upon Miss Marriot Onions, of Barratt= 217;s Hill Farm, and Mrs. Coxon performed the ceremon= y of “sashing” her. Miss Onions has previously appear= ed as “Miss Broseley” at a Shrewsbury Carnival, and also as “Carnival Queen= ” at one of the Iron-Bridge carnivals.

Spot dance prizes were won by Mr. S. Heighway and his partner. Miss S. Watson, the prizes for which w= ere presented by Lady Norah More (Barrow House), chairman of the women’s branch. Refreshments were served by Miss Potts (The Deanery), assist= ed by Mesdames J. G. Broadhurst., Renwick and P. Archer. The door stewards were Mr. J. G. Broadhurst., Mr. W. W. Ward and Mr. Renwick (The Grange), and the secretarial duties were carried out by Mr. W. R. Pountney (secretary of the= men’s branch).

DEATH OF ALD. W. J. LEGGE

WENLOCK BOROUGH COUNCIL’S OLDEST MEMBER

A LEADING FIGURE OF INDUSTRY IN MADELEY DISTRICT

The death occurred on Saturday of Ald. William John Legge, of Upper House, Madeley, at the age of 86..

The son of the late Mr. George Leg= ge, of the same address, Ald. Legge was one of the leading figures of industry in the district, being a roofing tile manufactu= rer for most of his life. He was also a director of Maw and Co., Jackfield (encaustic and glazed tile manufacturers), and chairman of the directors up= to three years ago, and he served the directorate until his death. He was also= a director of the Neway Manufacturing Co., of Coa= lport, and chairman of the directors of the local Gas Company until it was taken o= ver by the Severn Valley Corporation.

Wenlock Boro= ugh Council’s Oldest Member.

Ald. Legge was the oldest m= ember of the Wenlock Borough Council, having first been elected in 1887. He was rais= ed to the aidermanic bench in 1904, the same year = being made a Justice of the Peace for the borough. For many years he was chairman= of the Madeley Sanitary Authority and retained his membership of the Council u= ntil his death.

Always of a retiring disposition he refused honours frequently offered him, declining the office of Mayor of the borough and th= at of the freedom of the borough.

Members of his family have a fine record of public serv= ice. His brother-in-law, the late Ald. A. B. Dyas, w= as also a member of the council for 49 years, and his nephew, Ald. W. G. Dyas. O.B.E., has served t= he same local body for 33 years.

As a Churchman Mr. Legge lo= ng he remembered for generous gifts. He was. a sidesman at St. Michael’s Church, Madeley, for many years and a churchwarden f= or over 30 years. The renovation of the church from 1911 to 1914 owes much to = his liberality as a leading benefactor. &n= bsp;          His generous donation toward the building of Madeley’s Old Age Pensioners’ Rest Room will always he remembered, his n= ame being on one of its foundation stones,—Mr. Legge was a manager and treasurer of the C. of E. elementary schools, Madeley.

He responded to the late Duke of Cambridge’s appe= al for the Royal Salop Infirmary with a gift of £1.000

In the realm of sport he was well known as a cricketer, playing many years for the Madeley club, and for the county. In the hunting field he was a keen follower of the Albrighton = and Wheatland Hounds. He was also interested in the Shro= pshire beagles.

A lifelong Conservative, he was vice-President of the W= rekin Conservative and Unionist Association. He was a member of the Anstice Memorial Hall committee.

24th April 1937

BROSELEY

CORONATION WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. — A successful whist drive and dance were held in the Town Hall on Wednesday in aid of the Coronation celebration funds. The event was organis= ed by the dance committee, and Mr. Walter E. Davis carried out the secretarial duties. The whist was held in the Conservative room and the dance in the Ha= ll, both being gaily decorated with emblems and Coronation colours by the male = members of the Committee. Mr. E. H. H. Shorting carried out the duties of M.C. for = whist, with the assistance of Messrs T. W. Howells and W. T. Street as stewards, and Mesda= mes J. G. Broadhurst, T. W. Howells and J. Nicklin also gave valuable help. The prize-winners were:—1 Mrs. H. Seabury, 2 Mrs. S. Roberts, 3 Mrs. John Hill; 1 Mrs. T. Instone (playing as gentleman),= 2 Mrs. Jos. Jones (as gentleman), 3 Mr. E. C. S. White. A prize of an iced ca= ke for the lucky number was won by Mr. T. W. Howells. In a competition for a f= owl Miss Clare Davies was successful. Lady Norah More, of Barrow House, present= ed the prizes and was accorded a vote of thanks. Over 120 attended the dance, = for which the joint M.C’s. were Mr. James Rob= erts and Mr. J. B. Dixon. The programme included spot-light and novelty dances a= nd novelties were also handed round. Spot dance prizes were won by Mr. K. Gainham and Miss Josephine Ritch= ings, Mr. T. Tranter and Miss Doris Jones, the prizes being presented by Mrs. Broadhurst and Mrs. T. W. Howells. The refreshment department was in the ch= arge of the ladies of the committee. The dance committee secretary at the close thanked the helpers and all who had supported the effort. Messrs. J. G. Broadhurst, Jos. Jones and Arthur Harris gave assistance as door stewards.<= /p>

POLICE COURT

Tuesday, before Ald. J. Nicklin (Ch= airman), Col. G. G. Heywood, Ald. T. H. Thompson (deputy Mayor), and Messrs. E. J. E= xley and C. W. Edwards.

Before commencing the business of the court, the chairm= an made reference to the great loss the Bench had sustained in the death of Al= d. W. J. Legge, of Madeley. He said that he was on= e of the oldest magistrates in the borough, having held office since 1904, and as a magistrate had given most valuable help= in the discharge of their duties. Capt. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey associated himself = with the chairman’s re- marks, as also did Inspector J. H. Machin on behalf of the police. At the express wish of the court it was decided to send a letter of condolence to the relatives.

Herbert Davies, 42, King St., Broseley (miner); Frank Halley, 60, Bridgnorth Road, Broseley (labourer); and George F. Newbound, 17, Woodlands Road, Broseley (painter), were each charged with riding a cycle on the footpath leading from Quarry Road, Broseley, to Bridge Road, Benthall, = while proceeding to work on April 5. Defendants, who did not appear, sent letters= asking to be excused attendance as they would have to lose time from work.—P= .C. Ogilvie (Broseley) proved the charges, and each of the defendants was fined 10s. including costs. The Bench hoped this would= act as a warning to cyclists.

BROSELEY

DEATH of MR. G. BALL

The death occurred on Thursday at the age of 67, of Mr. George Ball, at his home, 1, Dark Lane, after an illness of about two weeks.

Mr. Ball was widely known throughout the districts of Broseley. Iron-Bridge, Coalbrookdale and Madeley, principally through his occupation as foreman fitter to the Harrington Joint Water Works, by which = body he had been employed for the last thirty years.

A native of Jackfield, he came to Broseley at the time = of his marriage 46 years ago. Mr. Ball was an important member of the Methodist Church, where he was a most regular worshipper, and for many years he had held the offices of trustee and chapel steward. He was also a member of the United Brotherhood and for many years = was a member of the Fire Brigade.

He is survived by a widow, two sons (Harry and Norman) = and an only daughter (Mrs. Fred Aston, Strethill, Coalbrookdale).

1st May 1937

WENLOCK WATER SCHEME

PUBLIC INQ= UIRY INTO £15,650 PROJECT

SHIFNAL AND DAWLEY COUNCILS VIEWS

A PROTECT by Wenlock Town. Council to in= stall new waterworks at an estimated cost of £15,650 formed the subject of a Ministry of Health inquiry at Iron-Bridge on Tuesday, into an application by the Corporation for sanction to a loan for the amount mentioned.

The Inspector of the Ministry who held the inquiry was.= Mr. G. Carlyle, M.C., A.M.Inst. C.E., and the case for the Corporation was conducted by Mr. F. W. Derry (Town Cleric).

 Mr. H. Revell sen., appeared as = clerk to Shifnal Rural Council, and Mr. Revell Phillips,= jun. appeared in a similar capacity for Dawley Urban Council, while Mr. E. Darlow (deputy clerk to Wolverhampton Town Council) w= as also present, but intimated that he did not appear to oppose the applicatio= n of Wenlock <= st1:PlaceType w:st=3D"on">Town Council..=

The Town Clerk of Wenlock, after giving details as to e= stimated population, etc., said that the proposed water undertaking, affected the Madeley and Broseley sanitary divisions, of the borough and a small part of= the Barrow division. The product of a 1d. rate in the Madeley and Broseley areas was £117.= The general rate for Madeley was 13s. 7d. with a water rate= of 1s. 6d., while the general rate for Brose= ley was 13s. 4d., with a 2s. wat= er rate.

The new works proposed to be erected would be situated = on a site selected by. Professor Boulton, adjoining Harrington—Beckbury road and about half-a= -mile from the present Harrington pumping station, and the Corporation had entered into a provisional contract to purchase one acre of land for the purpose fr= om Major Foster.

Continuing, the Town Clerk said the period of loan aske= d for was 30 years. Annual loan charges were estimated at £850, equivalent = to a rate of. 7d., and the proposed works would be ch= arged on the Madeley and Broseley Wards.

Growth of Water Undertaking 

In order that the Inspector might appreciate the growth= of the undertaking, the Town Clerk mentioned that in 1913 the total quantity of water pumped was 84,808,000 galls., and last yea= r it rose to 169½ million gallons. The area of supply for the year was as= follows:— Madeley, 71,658,000 gallons; Broseley and part of Barrow, 19,000;000: Shifn= al, 30,260,000; Dawley, 33,833,000; part of Wellington rural area, 5,204,000; p= art of Oakengates in urban area, 2,761,000; and the Apley Estate Bridgnorth, 6,= 760,000.

The Town Clerk intimated that Shifnal Rural Council had, recently commenced their own water supply scheme and had given notice to te= rminate their agreement with the Wenlock Corporation, but, the Town Clerk added, any relief which might be anticipated as a result of the withdrawal of Shifnal, would be more than counter-balanced by the anticipated as a result of the withdrawal of Shifnal, would be more than counter-balanced by the anticipat= ed increase in the borough’s requirements and those of outside authoriti= es who had agreements with the Corporation for the supply of water.

Principal: Grounds for Application

The principal grounds on which the = application for sanction to a loan were made were:—the necessity of implem= enting the present supply; the necessity of providing an efficient works to ensure= a. good supply; and that the yield from the present works had decreased in the last= few years.

Great Housing Activity

Dealing with the growing needs of the area, the Town Cl= erk mentioned that the Council had erected 157 houses besides granting assistan= ce to private enterprise; a further 32 houses had just been completed, and 130 more were in course of erection, and a contract for an additional 27 houses= had been provisionally accepted. Further, in order to complete the Corporation&= #8217;s overcrowding and slum clearance schemes it would be necessary to erect an additional 124 houses, making a grand total of 470 houses, of which about 3= 13 had still to be connected, to the main water supply.

Also a new intermediate school, to accommodate 450 scho= lars, had recently been opened; the public assistance institution had been conver= ted into a hospital, and the estimated consumption of water was 2,000,000 gallo= ns per year; while recently the Corporation had executed two sewage disposal schemes at Madeley and Iron-Bridge, and the Ministry of Health, had also instructed the Corporation to submit a similar scheme for a considerable pa= rt of the Broseley Ward.

With regard to the supply to adjoining authorities, the= Town Clerk mentioned that Dawley Urban Council had asked for- an increased suppl= y, while the supplies to Oakengates Urban Council and Wellington Rural Council= had also increased.

The Ministry of Health, Salop County Council, and Welli= ngton Rural Council were pressing, the Corporation to provide- a supply of water = to an area, known as New Works, but having regard to the difficulties under wh= ich the Corporation was at present working and the demands on their resources, = they had had to refuse, but the Ministry and the authorities mentioned had been informed that the Corporation would favourably consider the matter when they were in a position to do so.

In conclusion, the Town Clerk said that the Corporation= felt that it was absolutely imperative that they should have a modern and well-equipped works, to ensure a maximum supply of water in the minimum per= iod of time. The present works had become inefficient and inadequate to meet present needs.

Evidence as to the need for a new waterworks undertakin= g was given by Professor W. S. Boulton (Birmingham Universi= ty) and Major A. H. S. Waters (consulting-. engineer).

In reply to Mr. Revell Phil= lips, sen., Prof. Boulton said = that the new works would not, in his opinion, interfere with any existing water interests in the area. It would not affect the districts of Badger, Beckbury or the Grindle S= prings..

Major Waters expressed similar opinion. With regard to = the scheme he said it was necessary that it should be carried, out as expeditio= usly as possible. During recent years the yield from the present source of supply had decreased. Major Waters added that in deciding that the existing source should not be further exploited, but that a new source should be developed,= the Council had borne in mind the fact that the existing source must be kept in full commission until the completion of the new works. On completion, the u= se of the existing well and pumping station would be discontinued though they would be kept in readiness in case of emergency.

In reply to Mr. Phillips (jun.), Major Waters said that= he could not speak as to any additional cost for supplying water at the present juncture.

Dr. Gepp, medical officer, = said he welcomed the guarantee for an adequate supply of water.

Shifnal Council’s View

Mr. Phillips (sen.) said th= at he did not appear on behalf of Shifnal Rural Council in any contentious frame = of mind, but rather to help with regard to the proposed new works by the Corporation, he said his opinion led him to the conclusion that if carried = out, they were likely to interfere with the supply at Beckb= ury. Shifnal Rural Council had launched a water supply scheme, which was but completed, and during the summer they would be in a position to supply thei= r own area and they would have a surplus whereby they could supply Dawley if nece= ssary. With that end in view the Council informed the Ministry, after the inquiry = that they proposed to enlarge their pumping main. By being able to do that, he a= sked the Inspector to take into consideration the question, as to, whether it wo= uld not be better for that step to be taken and so relieve the borough of Wenlo= ck of undue expenditure. Shifnal Rural Council wished to help, he said.

Conference Between Authorities Suggested.

Mr Phillips (jun.) said he had been, instructed by Dawl= ey Council to make a request that the position should be fully explored, and t= hat time should be given for Dawley Council to confer with Wenlock and Shifnal authorities. Dawley had been offered a supply of water by Shifnal at a chea= per rate, and he thought a conference of the authorities concerned would be helpful. = The existing agreements could then be considered fully.

Mr. Marshall, of Messrs. Wilcox, R= aikes and Marshall, consulting engineers, Birmingham, gave details of the Shifnal scheme. He said that when the scheme was comple= te there would be, after Shifnal had been supplied, a surplus of 182,000 gallo= ns a day available to an outside authority if necessary.

In reply to the Town Clerk of Wenlock, Mr. Marshall agr= eed with the remark of Major-Waters that the present works of the Wenlock Corporation were inefficient and inadequate. When the inquiry was held in connection with the Shifnal scheme no mention was then made of supplying Dawley.

The Rev, R. A. Giles (chairman of: Shifnal Rural Counci= l) said that the parishioners in the neighbourhood were anxious about the spri= ngs as a result of the proposal of Wenlock Corporation. He added that his Counc= il had passed a unanimous resolution in favour of a conference being called of= the authorities concerned and he understood Dawley Council had passed a similar resolution in the hope of getting co-operation. It was thought that it migh= t be possible to explore means whereby, the three authorities might co-operate. = A suggestion had been put forward that the water undertakings would at no distant date b= e included in regional areas, and he thought therefore that, the question of co-operat= ion was of great importance.

The Inspector: The question you have raised will get sp= ecial prominence in my report.

The inquiry was then closed and the Inspector afterwards visited the site of the proposed new works.

BROSELEY

THE WEDDING took place on Monday at All Saints’, Halifax, Yorks, with Mr. D. Wood, A.R.C.O. (org= anist of the Parish Church, Heckmondwike, Yorks.) at = the organ and the Lord Bishop of W= akefield (Dr. J. B. Seaton), the Rev. G. S. Jackson (Rector of Broseley), and the Re= v. J. C. Longbottom (Vicar of Heckmondwike) officiating, of Miss Constance Ray Birch, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Birch, Eastwood, Lawrence Road, Halifax, and the Rev. John James Broadhurst, B.A., only son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Broadhurst, Padman House, Broseley. The bride wore a dress of whi= te satin beaute with sleeves heavily embroidered w= ith small pearl beads, a silver plaited lame coronet and a silver embroidered n= et veil lent by her sister, Mrs. Leonard Whelen. S= he carried a sheaf of pink lancifolium lilies. Mrs. Leonard Whelen (sister of the bride) was matron= of honour, and Miss Oline May Greenwood was brides= maid. They wore green satin poult trimmed with cyclam= en, with plaited coronets of the same material, and had sheaves of shaded cycla= men carnations. The young attendants were Miss Shirley Ray Pagett and Miss Ruth Ann Longbottorn, and they wore green georgette dresses with green velvet ribbon and floral headdresses. They car= ried Victorian nosegays of shaded cyclamen carnations. The bride was given away = by her father, the best man was Capt.. George Black= burn, J.P., and the groomsmen were Mr. Leonard Whelen (Master of Ceremonies), Mr. A. M. Moore, BA., Mr= . W. D. Birch and Mr. Trevor Howells. After a reception the bride and, bridegroo= m left for the south of Eng= land, the bride wearing a navy three-piece, trimmed with arctic fox, and a petersham hat to tone.

BROSELEY

THE MARRIAGE was solemnised on Saturday at the parish <= st1:place w:st=3D"on">Church of Miss Sarah Watson, youngest daught= er of the late Mr. and Mrs Arthur Watson, of 30 the Delph, and Mr Stephen Heighway, third son of Mr and Mr= s. Heighway, of the Bird-in-Hand, Iron-Bridge. The Rev. = C. S. Jackson (Rector) officiated. Given away by her brother (Mr William Watson),= the bride was attired in a white satin blouse and grey tailor-made costume with shoes and hat to match, and she carried a bouquet of white carnations. Her bridesmaid was Muss Edith Heighway, youngest si= ster of the bridegroom, who wore a pink crépe= -de-Chine blouse and a grey tailor-made costume and carried a bouquet of pink carnati= ons. Mr E. Heighway, of Coalbrookdale, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man. A reception was afterwards held at their new house “Stephencroft,” Smith Bank, Broseley, and later they left for Birmingham, where the honeymoon was spent. The bride received many presents from her fe= llow workers at the Southorn, Broseley Tobacco Pipe Works, where she has been employed since the age of 14 years, and the bridegroom was the recipient of= a present from his workmates at the Coalbrookdale Iron Works.

8th May 1937

JACKFIELD

THE JACKFIELD PRIZE SILVER Band gave its first open-air concert of the season on Sunday at the Free Bridge. An excellent programme consisting of marches, selections and a euphonium so= lo by Bandsman Percy Jones was given under the conductorship of Bandmaster W. Ellis. A collection was taken under special permit for the Band’s fun= ds.

BROSELEY

WOMEN CONSERVATIVES. —= The members of the Broseley women’s branch of the Conservative and Unioni= st Association enjoyed a very interesting evening at the Town Hall on Wednesda= y. A lantern lecture was given by Miss Jenkinson on = “Madeira”, and Lady Nora More presided.

DISTRICT COUNCIL

Wednesday, Ald, A. A. Exley (vice-chairman) presiding.

The Town Clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry), reporting on finance,= said that the General District Account, after paying in the May precept, would b= e in credit to the extent of £144 9s. 2d., as a= gainst a credit balance of £124 14s. 3d. at the correspo= nding period of last year. After cheques being drawn that day, the Water Account would show a debit of £63 4s. 11d., as against a credit balance of £145 9s. 2d. last yea= r. He explained that the adverse balance was partly due to the payment of char= ges in connection with the opposition of the Wolverhampton Corporation Water Bi= ll, but it would right itself as the year went on.

The sanitary inspector’s report showed the distri= ct free from notifiable diseases.

Arising out of a complaint received respecting the depo= siting of tin cans and other rubbish on pasture land adjoining the King Street council houses to the d= anger of cutting the feet of cattle, the housing agent was instructed to warn the tenants.

15th May 1937

WILLEY (Broseley)

CORONATION CELEBRATIONS. = 212;Linley, Willey, Barrow and Posenhall parishes joined together for the celebrations = and Willey was made the centre. The programme was as follows— 2-30 p.m., = service at Willey= Church. conducted by the rector (R= ev. W. G. Beale); Punch and Judy show for children; six-a-side football competitio= n; clay pigeon shooting competition; hidden treasurer hunts, one for ladies and one for children; tug-of-war for ladies;&n= bsp; blindfold wheelbarrow race for ladies and gentlemen over 50 years of= age (prize, a leg of mutton, given by Mr. T. Chatham). In the evening a concert= was given in the Social Club by the Dawley Men’s Own choir, during which = His Majesty’s speech was broadcast. The health of the King was drunk by a= ll present, proposed by Mr. Hugh Welsh, Willey Old Hall. From 4 to 6 p.m. all = the parishioners who were able to attend were entertained to tea which was arra= nged by Mrs. Welsh, assisted by a band of helpers. All arrangements were carried= out by a committee under the chairmanship of Mr Welsh.

22nd May 1937

BROSELEY

THE MARRIAGE took place on, Saturday at the Parish Church, the officiating clergyman being the Bev. C. S. Jackson (rector of Broseley), between Miss Joan Mary Boden, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Boden, Fazakerley, Liverpool, and grand-daughte= r of Mrs. and the late Mr. George Boden, Chapel Road, Broseley, and Mr. Henry Ve= nn, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Venn, Jackfield, formerly of ‘The Tumbling Sailors.” Miss Boden is well-known in the district having, in her capacity of a Post Office clerk, served in the Upp= ington, Cleobury Mortimer, Jackfield, and Broseley Post Offices. The bride was given away by her father and wore a navy blue costume with a hat and shoes to match. She carried a Coronation prayer book. She was attended by her sister, Miss Jean Boden, Liverpool, who was dressed in a brown costume and a hat to match. The best man was Mr. Victor Pearce, Buildwas, brother-in-law of the bridegroom. A reception was = held at the house of the bride’s grandmother, and later the happy couple l= eft for Liverpool.

CORONATION CELEBRATIONS.— As a grand finale to the rejoicings in the town, a dance was held in The Square = on Whit Monday. The music was supplied by a local jazz band in comic dress, un= der the direction of Mr. Sidney Colley and at 11 p.m., the proceedings closed w= ith the National Anthem.

DEATH OF MRS. W. EDGE—The death occurred on Thurs= day at the Broseley Lady Forester Hospital, after an illness of a few months of Mr= s. Ethel Edge, wife of Mr. William Edge, Church View, registrar of births, dea= ths and marriages for the Borough of Wenlock and Relieving Officer for the district. Mrs. Edge was the youngest daughter of the late Mrs. and Mr. John Dixon (a former registrar for the Broseley district), of the Delph, Broseley. A member of the Church of England, s= he was up to the last 12 months, staunch worker and worshipper at the Parish Church. In connection with the various offices held by Mr. Edge, she was brought in= to close touch with many of the poor in the district, with whom she showed gre= at sympathy. She also found pleasure in giving help to the blind and Dr. Barnardo’s institutions. The funeral takes place to-day (Saturday). A service will be held in the Parish Church at 3 p.m. and the interment in the cemetery.

BRITISH LEGION DINNER

To celebrate the Coronation a dinner was held on May 14= in connection with the British Legion. The arrangements were carried out by a = sub-committee of the local branch, consisting of Mr. W. J. Ritchings= (chairman), Mr. H. H. Wase and Mr. T. Goodall (secretary). The president, Lt.-Col. Lord Forester, presided. Apologies wer= e received from Major Rowland Hunt, Col. G. G. P. Heywood, Capt. E. D. Collins, Mr. J.= Floyer, Benthall, Dr. T. Hoy, Inspt. Machin (Iron-Bridge), and Mr. H. W. Gough (chairman of the Iro= n-Bridge branch of the Legion). After the loyal toast, proposed by Lord Forester, had been honoured,. a very enjoyable evening was spent in toasts and harmony.

The Rev. C. S. Jackson proposed the toast of the “= ;Navy, Army and Air Force,” which was replied to by Capt. Boon. The toast of= the evening, “The British Legion,” was submitted by Ald. Nicklin an= d responded to by Mr. J. A. Madeley. Mr. J. R. Nicklin proposed the toast of “Our President,” which was drunk with musical honours. Lord Forester repli= ed and gave a description of his impressions of the Coronation ceremony at Wes= tminster Abbey.

Mr. E. Heighway, Dawley, ga= ve humorous songs, impersonations, monologues, and solos on a musical saw and spoons, w= hile songs were also contributed by Messrs. F. S. Francis and R. Picken, with Mr. Matt. Davis at the pianoforte. The toast of the artistes was prop= osed by Mr. W. E. Davis and responded to by Mr. F. S. Francis, and Mr. W. J. Ritchings submitted the toast of “Our-Hostess&#= 8221;, which was replied to on behalf of Mrs. Smith, by Mr. Frank Davis.

JACKFIELD

A DANCE, organised by the St= . Mary’s Hall entertainments committee in aid of the Parish Church Sunday School chi= ldren’s outing fund was held on Whit Monday in the St: Mary’s Hall. The M.C’s. were Messrs. Norman Hudson and George Th= omas. Spot dance prizes were won by Mr. A. Bryan (Broseley) and Miss Phyllis Huds= on, and in a competition for a carton of eggs Miss Olive Hudson was successful.= The prizes were presented by Mrs. H. Preece (Coalpo= rt), and Mrs. T. J. Hearn respectively. The refreshment department was in the ch= arge of Mesdames G. S. Williams, J. T. Perkins, E. Green, and E. Poole. The secretarial duties were carried out by Mr. Lawrence Hearn. The effort reali= sed over £7.

BAND CONCERT. — On Whi= t Sunday evening, by permission of Mr. E. J. Exley, J.P., the Jackfield Prize Silver Band gave a concert in the grounds of the Rock House. Under the direction of Bandmaster W. Ellis an interesting programme, which included a euphonium so= lo by Bandsman P. Jones, was carried through. A collection was taken for the B= and’s funds.

JACKFIELD (with Coalport)

CORONATION CELEBRATIONS

The sports, postponed on Coronation Day owing to the wet condition of the field, were held on Saturday in fine weather. At 5 p.m. the children of the parish assembled near the Free Bridge, where a long procession was formed. Headed by the Jackfield Prize Silver Ba= nd, under the conductorship of Bandmaster W. Ellis, and marshalled by Mr. J. Pumford (vice-chairman of the committee), it marched = to the sports field near the Tuckles Farm, lent by Mr.= T. Roberts. The band played selections during the evening. The judging was undertaken by the hon. secretary, Mr. T. C. Gibbs, assisted by Messrs. W. Storey and A. Rogers.    The starters were Messrs. J. Mumford and E. Sykes, and stewards of the course w= ere Messrs. Cox, W. H. Poole and I. Cross.

The prize-winners were as follows:-= Pillow fighting, ages 9 to 11 1, H. Maiden; 2, E. Welsh. Ditto, 11 to 14: 1, T. Bird; 2, D. Jones.  Tug-of-war, men: 1, P. Preece’s team; 2, T. W. Evans’ team. Ditt= o, women: 1, Mrs. J. Hatton’s team; 2, Mrs. J. Pumf= ord’s team. Ditto, boys: 1, Harold Storey’s team; 2, W. Leach’s team. Musical chairs, men: 1, P. Preece; 2, A. Rogers. Ditto, women: 1, Mrs. L. Langford; 2, Miss M. Harrison. Ditto, girls: 1, C. Welsh; 2, I. Evans. Ditto, children under 9: 1, Miss Rogers; 2, Miss E. Wal= l. Three-legged Race, men: 1, R. Poole and C. Williams; 2. L. Langford and H. Handley. Ditto, women: 1, Misses Audrey Ellis and Mary Harrison; 2, Mrs. T. Green and Miss Ethel Perkins. Ditto, boys: 1, C. Rogers and S. Gilbert; 2, = T. Rogers and C. Groves. Ditto, girls: 1, Misses J. Bright and O. Arnold; 2, M= iss J. Bradley and N. Phillips. Egg and spoon race, men: 1, T. Green;. P. Preece. Ditto, women= : 1, Mrs. T. Green 2, Mrs. J. Pumford. Ditto, boys: = 1, Eddie Wylde; 2, P. Jones. Ditto’, girls: = D. Leach; 2, I. Groves. Flat race, boys under 9: 1, F. Ga= llier; 2, D. Johnson; 3, Eric Hughes. Ditto, girls under 9: 1, L. Colley; 2, H. Ev= ans; 3, V. Hadley.

The prizes were presented by Mrs: T. C. Gibbs.

BROSELEY

LATE MR. A. PREECE. — = The death occurred on Sunday at his home, 16, Hockley Bank, of Mr. Albert Preece, at the age of 73 after about four weeks’ illness. He was a native of Broseley and died in the house where he had liv= ed the whole of his life. Up to the time of his retirement from his work as a = waggoner he had been in the employ of the Broseley Ti= leries Co., Ltd., for over 58 years.   <= /span>From his youth he had been a member of the Modern Masons’ Friendly Society= . He is survived by three daughters and four sons. His wife died eleven years ago. The funeral took place on Tuesday and a service= was held at the Parish Church by the Rev. = C. S. Jackson (Rector     ). T= he bearers were neighbours— Messrs. J Burns, T. Evans, G. Meredith sen, W.Meredith, E. Harts= horne and W. Harrison. The chief mourners were= Mr. and Mrs. G. Harratt, Nort= hampton, Mr. and Mrs A. Preece, No= rthampton, Mr. and Mrs G. Miles, Spee= ds Lane, Mr. C. Preece,  Homer, Mr. T. = Preece, Northampton, Mrs. H. Davies, Birmingham, a= nd Mr. R. Preece, Broseley (sons and daughters and son= s-in-law and daughter-in-law); Miss Elizabeth Dudley (sister-in-law), Mr. T. Miles (= brother-in-law), Messrs. B. J. Sidney and Stanley Dallier (nephews), Mr. C. Boden and Wilfred Roden (nephew and grand-nephew), Mr. F. Harrah, Northampton and Mr. G. Meredith, jun.

JACKFIELD HOSPITAL COMMITTEE. — A meeting was held in St. Mary’s Hall on Monday, Mr. Hayward Davis (chairman) presiding to allocate the available funds to the hospitals= and other institution This was done us follows:— Shropshire Sanatorium £3 3s.; Royal Salop Infirmary £2 2s.; Shropshire Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital £2 2s.; Iron-Bridge= Dispensary £2 2s.; St. John Ambulance Brigade 1= 0s. 6d.; Shropshire Orthopedic Hospital £2 12s. 9d. The secretarial duties were carried out by Mr. J. Dodd and Mr. Lawrence Hearn is hon. treasurer.

LATE MRS. = W. EDGE

The funeral of Mrs. Ethel Edge, whose death was recorde= d in last week’s issue, took place on Saturday at the Parish Church. An impressive service was conducted by the rector of Broseley (Rev. C. S. Jackson). The choir led the singing of the hymns “Bless’d are the pure in heart” and “How bright these glorious spirits shine.” The organist Mr. Ronald York also played the “Dead Marc= h” in “Saul.” The cortege left the church, pre= ceded by the choir, with Mr. E. C. S. White (diocesan lay reader) as cross bearer= , to the chanting of the “Nunc Dimittis,” and escorted the procession to the east gate of the churchyard, en route for Broseley cemetery. The body was conveyed on the draped church bier, attende= d by friends and choristers, Messrs. P. E. Hartshorne, W. E. Price, C. Davis, W. Oakley, Albert Meredith and L. Harris (registrar of Shifnal district). The family mourners were Mr. W. Edge (widower), Messrs. P. A. Dixon and A. N. D= ixon (brothers); Mr. J. Smith, Bucknell (brother-in-= law); Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Edge, Card= iff (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Miss Irene M.. Dixon (niece); Messrs.= Leslie, Roy and John B. Dixon and Eddie Smith, Sol= ihull, Birmingham (nephews).

Among those present were Ald. J. Nicklin, Ald. R. A. Rh= odes (Dawley), Mr. J. Thompson, representing Ald. J. H. Thompson, Deputy Mayor (= Much .Wenlock), Mr. W. E. Davis, Mr. E. S. Owen (Madeley), Mr. E. H. H. Shorting, Mr. W. S. Instone, (churchwardens) and Mr. W. A= ndrews (hon. treasurer of the Parish Church), Mr. J. R. Nicklin (Lloyds Bank), Mr.= J. S. Griffin, Mr. E.. H. Stanley, assistant to Mr F. Mole, (relieving officer, Dawley), Mr. G. Ellis, representing the Master, Matron and staff of The Beeches, Iron-Bridge, Mrs. A. H. Thorn-Pudsey (Broseley Hall), Miss M. Potts (The Deanery), Mrs. D. L. Prestage, Mrs. E. R. Instone= , Mrs. J. G. Broadhurst, Mrs. E. C. S. White, Mrs. W. T. Street, Mrs. Oliver, Mrs. Stoner, Mrs. P. E. Hartshorne, Mrs. J. Eaton, Miss P. Eaton, Mrs. Albe= rt Jones (Church Street), Miss Edith Jones, Miss E. Wilkes, Mrs. G. Taylor, Mr= s. Jas. Colley, Mrs. W. Taylor, Mrs. M. Molyneux, Miss L. Burnett, Miss Annie Bagley, Mr. and Miss. F. J. Brooks (Ivy House), Mr and Mrs. Walter Hartshor= ne, Pumford (formerly works manager of  the Broseley Gas Co.), Messrs. T. Francis, H. Mason, C. Edwards, N. Ball, H. Roberts, E. Harris and P.C. Bett= s.

Later in the afternoon and on Sunday morning the Parish Church bell ringers rang half-muffled peals the bells.

Beautiful flowers were sent by—Bill; Will and Lil= lie; Amy and Jack; Louie; Arthur, Ada and family; Arthur, G= ert and family; Mary and Sis; Eddie and Peggy; Marguerite and Vinen; Mrs. Kitson (Much Wenlock); Mr. and Mrs. Thorn- Pudsey; the Misses Potts; Mrs. D. L. Prestige; Mr. and Mrs. J. Nicklin; sta= ff of Messrs. Thorn-Pudsey and Derry, and Mrs. Harris; Mr. and Mrs. L. Harris = and Patrick; Mr. and Mrs. Hopley and staff; Mr. and= Mrs. Seabury; Mrs. and the Misses Davis; Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Brooks; Mr. and Mrs.= Walter Davis; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Price; Mr. and Mrs, W. Andrews; Mrs. N. Smith and family (Forester Arms); Mr. and Mrs. Betts; Mr. and Will Oakley; Hilda and Bill; Mr and Percy Hartshorne; Mr. and Mr., Broadhurst; Mr. and Mrs. C. Instone; Mr., Mrs. and Miss Eaton; all at 22 and 9A, = Church Street; Mrs. and Miss Gov field; Eva and Florrie Ponntney; Mr. Walter Pountney.

5th June 1937

BROSELEY

BAPTIST CHAPEL. — The = Sunday school anniversary was held on Sunday. The service in the morning was taken= by the Rev. T. Lloyd Morgan (pastor). A musical service was held in the aftern= oon, when Mr. E. Correll (treasurer), presided, and = an address was given by Pastor E. Evans, Oakengates. The church was filled to overflowing for the evening service, when a sermon was delivered by Pastor = E. Evans. During the day hymns were sung by the children, who had been trained= by Mr. Harry Evans, Sunday school superintendent. Solos were given by Miss Pay= ne (Wellington), and Master George Mason, and recitations by scholars, Mary Deavall, Ivy Hall, Ethel Russell, Reta Pritchard, and Joan Edge. The singing was conducted by Mr. Leonard Wase, and Mr. Ronald Burns was at the organ. The collections throughout the day, which were for Sunday school funds, amounte= d to £8 4s. The collectors at the evening service were Messrs. T. Goodall = and F. Oakley.

BROSELEY DOMINO LEAGUE

The presentation of the Col. Baldwin-Webb silver challe= nge cup took place, at Iron-Bridge on Monday. The chairman of the league commit= tee, Mr. J. Plant, who presided, was introduced by Mr. E. Wilde, who congratulat= ed the Bird-in-Hand team on its success. The cup was presented to the captain,= Mr. A. Stanley, of the winning team, by the league secretary. Mr. Fred Watson. = The health of the winning team was drunk from the cup, and a social evening followed..

Songs were contributed by Messrs. J. Goodall, F. Watson= , E. Wilde, J. Potts, J. Parkinson, E. Tristan, and A. Drew= ball; a duet by Messrs. J. Gooddall and Potts; and a pianoforte solo by Mr. W. Heighway; who also pr= ovided the accompaniments, assisted by Mr. J. Goodall, comedian and banjoist.

POLICE COURT

Tuesday, before Ald. J. Nicklin (Pr= esiding), Col. G. G. P. Heywood, Messrs. E. J. Exley and J. S. Barker.

Percy William Parr, of 54, High Street, Broseley, coal merchant, was charged, under the Borough of Wenlock by-laws, with failing to carry a correct weighing instrument on a vehicle on which coal was being carried for sale or delivery, on May 21, at Broseley; under the Weights and Measures Act there was a further charge of possessing for use for trade all= unstamped weighing instrument, at the same time and place. Mr. W. F. Blakemore, of Bridgnorth, appeared for defendant, and pleaded guilty on his behalf. ̵= 2; Mr. Harold Birchanall, Inspector of Weights and Measures, Shrewsbury, conducted the prosecution, and gave an outline of the charges adding that defendant had not committed a fraud, but had not exercised sufficient care = as a man in his position should have done. — James D. Beveridge, assistant inspector, of Weights and Measures, stated that he stopped defend= ant when he was delivering coal near the Square, Broseley, and examined the sca= les on the lorry. He found that the lead plug attached bore the rejected stamp.= He asked defendant if he knew the scales had been rejected, and he replied he = was not aware of it, and explained that his usual scales, which were a new pair, had been left in the yard, having fallen off the lorry and broken; the old scales on the lorry he had brought to use while the other scales were being= repaired. Later the inspector went to Iron-Bridge Station and examined the weights, w= hich had been left in the truck there, and these were found to be correct. The rejected scales were afterwards tested, and found to be a little incorrect = in the favour of the purchaser of the coal.—Mr. Bir= chanall giving evidence, stated that Mr. Parr was registered in 1929 as a coal deal= er, and was supplied with copies of the by-laws. October, 1935, was the last occasion when coal scales belonging to defendant were rejected. In reply to= Mr. Blakemore, he could not say if the scales now in question were rejected bef= ore they came into defendant’s possession, but they were identical with t= he machine rejected at the date mentioned.—Mr. Blakemore, addressing the Bench, = said the scales were not the ones rejected in 1935. The scales came into his cli= ent’s possession a number of years ago, but as they were so heavy and unwieldy, h= e did not make use of them, but used a more modern pattern instead, and only brou= ght the old scales into use on two occasions during that week, owing to the breakage of his usual machine. He explained that the weights were inadverte= ntly left in the truck at the Station during the coal strike rush. He pleaded th= at no customer had been prejudiced, and as his client had a clean record, he a= sked the Bench to dismiss the cases on payment of costs.—The Bench imposed= a fine of 10s. in each case. They emphasised that = there had not been the slightest intention to defraud the purchaser, but there had been carelessness on the part of the defendant.        

Arnold Betts, 13, Lambourne Road, Erdingto= n, Birmingham, trave= ller, was charged with driving a car on the footpath at Madeley Road, Iron-Bridge, at 7-40 = p.m., on May 18. Defendant pleaded guilty under extenuating circumstances. — P.-C. Boardman (Iron-Bridge), stated that he saw defendant’s car stationary on the hill, and then start to turn when two cars were approachi= ng, and in turning it mounted the pavement. When he questioned defendant, he replied that he had missed the road to Broseley, and in turning round he ha= d to mount the pavement to avoid the two cars approaching. — Defendant sta= ted that when in the act of turning he saw two cars travelling parallel and rac= ing to get up the hill, and he had to mount the pavement to prevent an accident.—The Bench imposed a fine of 5s., including costs.

BROSELEY

FORMER RESIDENT’S DEATH. — The death occurred suddenly on Monday at her home, Brose-Lea, Ash Grove, Werrington, near Stoke-on Trent, of Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Amy Smith= , wife of Mr. John Smith and second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dixon, formerly of The Delph, High Street, Broseley. She had been in failing health for several w= eeks, but was sufficiently well to attend the funeral at Broseley of her youngest sister, Mrs. Ethel Edge, whose death occurred eleven days previously. She leaves a husband and an only child. The funeral took place on Thursday. The service was held at Caverswall Parish Church by the Rev. = Evans, curate-in-charge of Werrington Church-with-Caverswall. The mourners included the widower and Mr.= Edgar Smith (son), Solihull, Birming= ham; Mr. P. A. Dixon and Mr. A. N. Dixon (brothers), Broseley. Messrs. R. E. Jones, D. Hurst, P. Bates and F. Carmel], Ash Grove.

DISTRICT COUNCIL

Wednesday, Ald. A. A. Exley (vice chairman) presiding.<= /p>

The Town Clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry), reporting on finance, stated that the May precept of £204 had been paid into the general district account, which stood in credit to the sum of £125 8s. 9d., a= nd, after cheques being drawn that day to the amount of, £64 5s. 4d., the account would still be in credit to the exten= t of £61 3s. 5d., as against a credit of £= ;55 19s. 5d. at the corresponding period last year. = He reported that the collectors had paid £87 7s. 11d. into the water account dining the past month, which account stood in debit to the am= ount of £31 5s. 7d., and, with cheques being drawn that day, includ= ing the contribution to the Harrington Joint Water Committee, the debit would h= e increased to about £117, as against a credit balance of £64 last year.

Mr. Fenn (collector) stated= that he had collected £101 1s. of the current half-year’s water rate, o= f £42 6s, 7d. was not paid into the account before May= 31, and the water account would thus be better off to that extent on the date of the meeting.

The sanitary inspector (Mr. C. Thomas) reported the dis= trict free from notifiable diseases. — A letter= was received complaining of rubbish being deposited on land close to the Brosel= ey Wood Mission hall premises, and the inspector was instructed to inquire into the matter and, if necessary, arrange for a warning notice to be fixed ther= e.

The surveyor (Mr. F. Richards) gave particulars of his expenditure in labour, etc., for the past month amounting to £21 3s. = 7d.

A complaint was received from ratepayers in the Quarry = Road district that no ashes could be collected from their premises or coal deliv= ered by vehicles to their houses  &nbs= p;        owing to the posts erected at each end of the footpath on the Quarry Bank.—= The surveyor was instructed to report as to the advisability of removing one se= t of posts to a lower position down the bank in question.

The Water Engineer (Mr. A. O. Call= ear) gave particulars of the repairs, and extensions carried out in the district during the past month.— He was instructed = to make arranged merits for the laying on of the water supply to the public convenience at  the end of Bir= ch Row, now nearing completion.

The clerk reported that the Ministry had approved the t= ender for the erection of a house on a piece of land at the Holly Grove, Jackfiel= d, arid he stated that he was now arranging for the contract to be signed and = also for the loan to meet the cost.

The Clerk submitted a letter from the Chief Constable o= f the county, as supervisor to the county committee, in connection with the precautions to be taken in the event of air raids, asking for the names of = the stations selected in the district. It was suggested at the meeting that the Broseley social club would be the most suitable building for the purpose, a= nd it was decided to communicate with the secretary of the club on the matter, asking for permission to allow the council architect and surveyor to make an inspection of the premises.

JACKFIELD

WOMEN CONSERVATIVES. —= A joint effort by the members of the Coalport and Jackfield branches of the Women&#= 8217;s Conservative and Unionist Association, was successfully organised in aid of the Lady Yale Memorial, when a concert was held at the Coffee Room, Coalport, on May 26. Mrs. Pre= ece and Mrs. Hearn presided, supported by members of the joint committees. The artistes included the Jackfield “Cheerful Chirpers”—Mr. E. Fox (Dawley), Mr. P. Davies, Mrs. Phillipson, M= r. R. Duce, and Mr. Roy Harper, of Madeley; compere, Mr. F. Jeffrey, Madeley. Mrs. Bowen and Mrs. Davies, Coalport, were the win= ners of a special competition. Refreshments were provided by the Coalport and Jackfield branches, the members of the catering committee being Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Barber. Miss Smyth (women’s organise= r), spoke of the subject of the concert, and thanked the artistes and the compa= ny preset for their support.

12th June 1937

JACKFIELD

LATE MR. E. PEAKE

The death occurred on June 1 of Mr. Ernest Peake, at his home, 86, Lloyds Head, at the age of 37, after a long and painful illness. He was a native of Weston, Shifnal, but h= ad lived in this neighbourhood for many years. Up to the time of his illness he had been in the employ of the Broseley Gas Company for over 13 years. He wa= s a member of Coalford Methodist Chapel, a Sunday school teacher, a member of t= he I.O.O.F. Friendly Society, “Lord Frederick” Lodge, Shifnal.

The funeral took place on Saturday at Broseley cemetery= . The bearers were Messrs. A. and E. Pritchard, J. Cox, R. Colley, S. Jones, W. H. Poole, I. Cross and J. Dodd. A service w= as held in the cemetery chapel by the Rev. R. H. Osborne, Methodist minister, = who spoke very highly of the good work Mr. Peake ha= d done for the church. The family mourners included Alf, Harry, Joe and Arthur (brothers), Alice<= /st1:City>, Nellie and Edie (sisters), Ethel, Kath and Kitty (sisters-in-law), Jim. Noel, Syd, Harry, Will and George (brothers-in-law), Enoch (uncle) and Hugh (nephew).

On Sunday a memorial service was held at Coalford Metho= dist Chapel by the Rev. R. H. Osborne.

10th July 1937

JACKFIELD

A RUMMAGE SALE was held on Saturday in St. Mary’s= Hall, in aid of the Parish Church Sunday School outing fund. The effort realised = over £3, to which has to be added the proceeds of a competition for a port= able wireless set. The stallholders and other helpers were the Misses Ethel Perk= ins and Audrey Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Thomas, Mr. Roy Greg= son, Mr. N. Hudson, Mr. C. Hughes (door steward) and Mr. Lawrence Hearn, who was also responsible for the arrangements.

BAND CONCERT. — The Ja= ckfield Prize Silver Band gave a concert on Sunday evening at the Salthouse, under the direction of Bandmaster W. Ellis. A collection was taken for the = Band’s fund.

BROSELEY

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. ̵= 2;Sunday school anniversary services were held on Sunday. The preacher was Mr. E. Mi= lls, Wolverhampton, who delivered sermons in = the morning and evening and an address at a musical service in the afternoon. A= nniversary hymns were sung by the choir and the children throughout the day, under the conductorship of Mr. Herbert Evans, formerly choirmaster of the Parish Church, who had also trained the singers, and Mrs. W. L. Williams was at the organ.= The soloists were Miss E. Goodall (soprano, Broseley), and Mr. Herbert Evans (tenor). A continuation service- was held on Monday, after a public tea in = the Schoolroom, which was served by the ladies’ committee. The pastor (Re= v. C. E. Wright); presided at the service; and an address was given by Mr. R. = N. Moore, Madeley. The singing of the previous day was repeated, a solo being given by Mr. Herbert Evans. The Collections throughout the services amounte= d to over £8, which, as well as other donation, will be devoted to Sunday school funds.

THE WEDDING took place at the Parish Church on Saturday, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector= of Broseley), of. Miss Doris Mary Jones, elder daughter of Mrs. M. and the late Mr. T. H. Jones, of Wesley House, Duke Street, Broseley, and Mr. Thomas Hen= ry Tranter, elder son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Tranter, of Court Street, Madel= ey. The service was choral, and the choir led the hymns. Mr. Ronald Yorke (Madeley), tile Broseley Parish Church organist (co= usin of the bridegroom), was at the organ, and played appropriate music. The bride, who was given away by her eldest brother, Mr. Fran= cis Hy. Jones, was atti= red in white satin beaute with short train and embroid= ered veil (lent by her sister. Mrs. T. Hyde of Ellesmere = Port), and carried a bouquet of red roses and were a gold bangle, a gift of the bridegroom. She was attended by her sister, Mrs. T. Hyde, as matron of hono= ur, and her bridesmaid was Miss Amy Mitchell, of Southpo= rt, cousin of the bridegroom. Both wore dresses of mauve moiré taffeta a= nd carried bouquets of mauve and pink sweet peas. Their headdresses were of ma= uve net and silver leaves, with shoes and mittens to tone. They also wore initi= al bracelets, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. James Tranter, of Madeley, the bridegroom’s brother, was best Man.       A rec= eption was afterwards held, attended by upwards of 40 guests. Mr. and Mrs. Tranter left later in the day for Douglas, I.O.M= ., where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride’s going away dress was a bottle green suit with shoes, hat and bag to tone. Both are well known in t= he district, being in the employ of the Iron-Bridge Co-operative Stores, the b= ride as manageress of the confectionery department, and the bridegroom as manage= r of the grocery department. Among the numerous presents was a handsome occasion= al table from the staff of the Co- operative Society.

DISTBICT COUNCIL Wednesday, Ald. J.= Nicklin presiding.

The town clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry), reporting on finance, stated that the June and July precepts had been paid into  the general account, which stood in credit to the sum of £469 11s. 9d., against which cheques being drawn that day would leave a credit of £326 19s. = 9d., as against a credit balance of £331 5s. at the corresponding period last year. He stated that = the collectors had paid a total sum of £131 7s. 8d. i= nto the water account during the past month, which had reduced the dealt to £= 20 13s. 6d., and with one cheque only being = drawn that day, the debit (balance would be £23 1s. 2d., as against a credit balance of £225 15s. 2d. at the same time last year.

Mr. A. G. Fenn (collector), reported that he had collected £130 6s. 10d. of t= he current half-year’s water rate leaving gross outstanding= s of £203 13s. 2d.

The sanitary inspector (Mr. C. Thomas), reported the district free from notifiable dise= ases.

The surveyor (Mr. F. Richards), reported that the repai= rs to the road from the Free Bridge to the hairpin bend, Jackfield, at the cost of over £700, were now practically completed, and he was complimented by= the members on the excellent job which had been carried out.—Replying to = Mr. Shorting, the surveyor said the repairs to the Cobwell Road —Bridge R= oad, were now about to be done.

The question of air raids precautionary measures was fu= rther discussed, and Mr. Collins reported on inspection, together with Mr. T. W. Howells, of the Social Club premises, saying they would make an excellent p= lace for a first-aid post, while a disused malthouse= at Delphside could be used as storage for gas masks, etc= . If permission could be obtained from the Social Club, these premises, together with the hospital, would cover their requirements. He said that the gas instruction would be carried out through the police authorities and the Bri= tish Legion branch, and he also referred to other arrangements which had been ma= de. Mr Collins and the other members of the Air Raids Precautions Committee, were thanked for their work and report, and= the clerk was instructed to report accordingly to the county authority.

Mr. W. L. Davis raised the question of a public playing= field for the district, and suggested that, it being Coronation year, it would be= an ideal opportunity to do something for Broseley while a grant for these purp= oses was obtainable. After discussion, it was decided to write the trustees of t= he Bathurst Playing Fields, asking them if they could see their way clear to h= and over the field to the public authority during Coronation year, when a grant could be obtained.

17th July 1937

JACKFIELD

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL annual summer outing took place on Saturday, when 8O scholars and teachers, with several parents and friends, making a party of about 140, in the charge of the Rector (the Rev. F. J. B. Mason), paid a visit to Llandudno. The journey was made via Llangollen and = Corwen.  &n= bsp;       The Rector presided at tea, and the return journey was made via Rhyl, Ch= ester and Prees Heath.          The outing was organised by the St. Mary’s Hall Entertainments Committee = and the arrangements were carried out by Mr. Lawrence Hearn, assisted by Mr. Is= aac Cross.

 

BROSELEY

THE MOTHERS’ UNION summer outing took place on Tu= esday, and the resort chosen this year was Llandudno The party, numbering 57 membe= rs, was in the charge of Mrs. G.  = Broadhurst, the enrolling member, who was responsible for the= arrangements. The route taken was via Llangollen and the Horse Shoe Pass. At tea, the par= ty was joined by the Rector of Broseley (the Rev. S. Jackson), who presided. T= he return journey was via Mold, Wrexham and Ellesm= ere.

 

THE WEDDING took place on Saturday at the Methodist Church, the Rev. R. H. Osborne officiating, between Miss Winifred Ledger, only daug= hter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan F Ledger, Pulborough, Suss= ex, formerly residents of Broseley and Welling ion, and Mr. John Stephen Jones second so= n of Mr. and the late Mrs Thomas Jones, Dawley, also formerly residents of Brose= ley. The bride who was given away by her father wore a pink georgette dress, wit= h hat and shoes to tone, and long white gloves. She carried a show bouquet of pink and white carnations and fern. Her bridesmaid her cousin, Miss Enid Davis, = Benthall Cottage, who was dressed in pale green floral crepe-dc-Chine, will a Leghorn hat, and carried a showier bouquet of sweet peas. She wore a silver bangle,= the gift of the bridegroom, Mr. Treherne, Rhyl, groomsman. The service was choral and the organ= ist was Mrs. Harris.  A reception = was held in the Methodist schoolroom, and later the happy couple left for Cheltenham the bride wearing a green tweed costume,= with a hat and shoes to match. They on their return, take up residence at Madele= y.

LATE MRS. H. COLLIER. —= ; The death occurred on Sunday, at the age of 79, after a few weeks’ illnes= s, of Mrs. Rebecca Collier, widow of Mr. Herbert Collier, of Manchester district, a former railway o= fficial, at her residence in Queen = Street. Mrs. Collier was a native of Broseley, and the younger daughter of the late= Mr. George Davis, brick and tile manufacturer, Broseley. Since returning to Broseley she had been a member of the local branch of the Mothers’ Union. Mrs. Collier leaves no family, two sons and a daughter having predeceased her. One son died last year, and the other was killed in the Great War. The funeral took place on Wednesday. A service was held in the Parish Church by the rector (Rev. C. S. Jackson). The family mourners included:R= 12; Mrs. G. Collier (daughter-in-law), and Mr. E. Collier (grandson), St. Albans; Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Francis (Willey), Mr= . P. L. Francis. Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Davis, and Miss M. D= avis (nephews and nieces). Others present were:—= ; Mr. and Mrs. C. Davis, Mrs H. Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Stoner, Mr. W. Andrews,= Mr. J. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Jones, and many members of the Mothers’ Union, including Mrs. J. G. Broadhurst (enrolling m= ember).

METHODIST GARDEN PARTY

In connection with the Methodist Church a successful garden party and gift day were held on Wednesday in the ground= s of Field House and Hurstlea by kind permission of = Mrs. F. C. Howells and Mr. and Mrs. T. Wilfred Howells.

The Rev. R. H. Osborne (Methodist minister) presided at= the opening, ceremony, which was performed by Lady Forester, who was supported = by Mrs. J. G. Boon and Mrs F. Howell’s. A vote of thanks was accorded Lady Forester, Mrs F. C. Howells and Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Howells on the prepositi= on of Mr. A. O. Jones (secretary), and Mr. C. B. Jones, in seconding, made app= reciative reference to the great interest the Forester family for generations had tak= en in their church. At the close of the ceremony little Miss Doreen Pace prese= nted a bouquet to Lady Forester, and Mrs. F. C. Howells also received one from l= ittle Miss Vera Colley.

Afternoon teas were served on the lawn of Field House by Mesdames J. Casey, A. Harris and C. Thomas, assisted by the members of the ladies’ committee, and the refreshment buffet was in the charge of Meadames R. E. Gwynne, A. O. Jones, N. Ball, Garnett = Evens and Miss Edna Williams. Ices were served by Miss Annie Evans and Miss N. Sankey, and the sweets stall was in the charge of Mrs= . J. A. Hartshorne and Mrs. Jas Davies.

At 6 p.m_ the presentation = of gifts by member scholars and friends was conducted by the Rev. R. H. Osborne, and= the amount received was £54 0s 10d.

In the evening the Jackfield Prize Silver Band played selections under the conductorship of Deputy Band master Cecil Hudson, and = they also played for dancing on the lawn of Field House from 8 to 10-30 p.m, Mr. Percy Jones being M.C. There were numerous attractions, entertainments and competitions.

In a cake competition organised by Mrs. A. O. Jones and= Mrs. A. Harris, the winners   &nb= sp;        were:— Mrs. W. T. Street,, 2 Mrs Newman (Wellignton), 3. Miss Elsie Halley; consolation were awarded to Miss Marjorie James (Hurstlea), Mrs. H. Owen (Benthall), and Mrs. H. Foste= r (Benthall). A balloon race was conducted by Mr Earnest Humphries, for which a prize wil= l be given for the longest flight.

At intervals there were displays of folk dancing, under= the direction of Miss Enid Davis, for which Mrs F. Davis (Benthall) played the pianoforte accompaniments.

The Methodist girls’ choir gave selections of pop= ular songs, under the conductorship of Mr. A. O. Jones, with Miss Williams at the piano.

The (H) Avenue Art = Gallery (consisting of art representations in burlesque), in the charge of Mr. J. <= span class=3DSpellE>Sankey, proved an amusing attraction.

The games included:— Houp-la, in the charge of Messrs A. O. Jones and Arthur Evans; ringing the pegs Mess= rs. C Thomas and Colin Jones; aerial bagatelle; Messrs S. Colley and S. Bryan; = off with his top hat, Messrs N Ball. H Barnsley and T. Eve= rall; darts, Messrs R E Gywnne and Stanley Williams; = wobbly wheelbarrow, Messrs. H Ball and J Casey; table tennis, Mr L Morris; magic f= ish pond and flower pot game, Mr Frank Davis; gofstacle (miniature golf), Mr Ernest Humphries; skittles Messrs. G Gittings and B Bradley.

The proceeds of the day were in aid of new heating appa= ratus, etc., and amounted to a grand total of £84 5s.

The secretarial duties were carried out by Mr A. O. Jon= es.

24th July 1937

BROSELEY

WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION.—At the invitation of the former chairman, the Rev. C. S. Jackson, of the Broseley branch, a representative and interesting gathering spent a pleasant social evening at the Rectory on Monday, when a brief survey of the past activities and the future prospects of the movement formed an important feature, as al= so a discussion on “Psychology”, which is the subject for study duri= ng the forthcoming session. At the conclusion a vote of thanks was accorded the Rector for his hospitality and to Mrs. R. Nicklin, Mrs. Ogilvie and Mrs H. Seabury for their assistance with the refreshments.R= 12; In responding, Mr. Jackson expressed the hope that the class (which had bee= n in existence for 12 years) would long continue.

LATE MRS. R. COLLIER.—During the morning service = at the parish Church, the rector (Rev. C. S. Jac= kson) made appropriate reference to the loss the Church had sustained by the deat= h of Mrs. Collier,  and the bell-ringers paid tribute with a half-muffled peal on the bells.

A WHIS= T DRIVE, organised by Mrs. P. Archer, assisted by Mesdames E. M= olineux and G. Roe, in aid of the Iron-Bridge and District Child ‘Welfare Mot= hers’ Outing Fund was held in the Town Hall on July 16. There were six tables occ= upied, and Mr. Herbert Evans carried out the duties of M.C. The prize-winners were:—Gent’s: Mrs. J. Casey,= Mrs. A. Ogilvie, Mrs. Bagley (each playing as gent.); consolation, Mrs. S. Rober= ts. Ladies: Mrs. H Seabury, Mrs. Wright H. M. Tonks; consolation Mrs. Jack. Mr. P. Archer gave assistance as door-steward.

BOY”S SCHOOL CAMP.— The annual summer camp was held from July 9-16, at Pwllhel= i. The party consisted of 38 boys, in the charge of the headmaster (Mr. A. Wil= kinson), with assistant (Mr. T. Brookes), and the journey was made by rail. Mr. Walt= er Pountney accompanied the party as camp cook. A certain portion of each day = was devoted lessons, chiefly connected with the local work and the geography the district, also physical training, while plenty of time was spent        &= nbsp;  in bathing and other amassments. During the period visits were made to vari= ous places of interest which included the Penrhos A= erodrome, near Caernarvon where they had the oppor= tunity of seeing the King and Queen. They were also favoured with permission to lo= ok over a tugboat lying Pwllheli Harbour, used for laying bombing targets and they also inspected a diver’s equipment.

COALPORT ROAD TRAGEDY
CYCLIST FATALLY INJURED

THE Borough of Wenlock Coroner, Mr. F. W. Derry, opened= an inquest at the Lady Forester Hospital, Broseley, on Monday, on the body of George Bright, aged 42 years, tileworker’s charge-hand, of 201, Ferry Road, Jackfield, who died at the Hospital at 2-3= 0 am. on Sunday as the result of injuries received in a collision on July 16 between his pedal cycle and a motor-car driven by Cyril Duncan Watson Bartlam, of South View, Iron-Brid= ge.

The accident happened at the junction of Dabley Lane and Coalport Road, near Thorpe House, Coalport.

Deceased was riding from the direction of Blest’s Hill, Madeley, and Bartlam was proceeding from Coalport to Madeley. The cyclist was rendered unconscious and conveyed by ambulance to the hospital.

After evidence of identification had been given by dece= ased’s brother, Francis Bright, of Sinclair Grove, Ketley, who stated that his brother never regained consciousness after the accident, the inquest was adjourned to a date not yet fixed.

Deceased leaved a widow and four children.

The Coroner, Inspector Machin (Iron-Bridge), and Mr. Archibald Watson Bartlam, on behalf of himself and his son, expressed sympathy with the widow and family.   

The Funeral

The funeral took place on Wednesday, when a service was= held in the Parish Church, conducted by the rector (R= ev. F. J. R. Mason). Mrs. Mason was at the organ.

Deceased was well known in the district, and had been i= n the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd., Jackfield, for many years, and at the = time of his death held the position of shift charge hand. He was a member of the I.O. Oddfellows, “Rose of Sharon” Lodge, Broseley, and a member= of the R.A.Q.B., “Lord Forester” Lodge, Madele= y.

The bearers were six neighbours and six workmates:̵= 2; Messrs. G. Morris, C. Leach, W. Arnold, W. Storey, G. Harrington and A Pritchard, a= nd Messrs. W. Taylor, J. Beaman, A. Haynes, E. Syk= es. J. Perkins and J. Smallman.

The family mourners included the widow, Willie (daughte= r), Teddy (son), Mrs. E. Bright, Benthall (mother), Mr. William Bright (Mobberley), Mr. John Bright, (Tr= ysull), and Mr. Frank Bright, Ketley (brothers), Miss A= nnie Bright (sister), Mrs. John Bright (Trysull), Mrs H. Jo= nes (Crayford, Kent),  Mrs. W. Waring (Wilmslow), and Miss    B. Bayliss, Wolverhampton (sister-in-law), Mrs. G. Forster, Market Drayton (aunt), Mr. and Mrs. W. Haynes (Benthall), Mr. Edwa= rd Haynes (Much Wenlock), Mrs. A. Cooper (Broseley Wood), Mr. and Mrs. J. Kitson (Much Wenlock), and Miss B. Hinsley (cousins).

Messrs. Maw and Co. Ltd., were represented by Mr. W. Pr= ice (works manager). Members of the Odd fellows Society and the R.A.O.B. attend= ed, also a large number of neighbours, friends and deceased’s workmates.<= /p>

The interment was in the Broseley Cemetery, and the funeral orations of both of deceased’s societies were read at= the graveside.

Among the numerous wreaths sent were tributes from the directors or Messrs. Maw and Co. Ltd., also the workpeople, and his ‘‘ shift” mates, mid the members of = the R.A.O.B., “Lord Forester” Lodge, Madeley.

7th August 1937

BROSELEY

BAND CONCERT — On Sunday evening Jackfield Prize = Silver Band gave a concert on the lawn in the beautiful garden of Whitehall= , lent by Dr. and Mrs. Boon. The concert was attended by a large number of people, which included many visitors to the town for the holiday. The band = was under the conductorship of Bandmaster W. Ellis.

THE MARRIAGE took place on Saturday at the Parish Churc= h, the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector) officiating, of Miss Olive Instone Lloyd, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Lloyd, of Birch Row, Broseley, and Mr. Walter Britton, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Britto= n of Toll Gate House, Cemetery Road, Broseley. The bride, who was given away by = her father, was dressed in crepe suede, with shoes to tone, and wore a picture,= and carried a bouquet of white lilies. Her bridesmaid was Miss Harriet Olive Instone, The Woodlands Farm, Bros= eley, cousin of the bride, who was similarly attired, and carried a bouquet of red roses. Mr. Abraham Britton, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.        A reception was held afterwards at the home of the bride’s parents, and later Mr. and Mrs. Britton left for their new home at Madeley.  Amongst the numerous presents was a handsome clock, with Westminst= er chimes, the gift of the staff of Messrs. Craven, Dunnill and Co., Ltd., Jac= kfield, where the bridegroom has been employed for many years.

DISTRICT C= OUNCIL

Wednesday, Ald. Nicklin presiding.<= /span>

Mr. D. Ferguson, town clerk’s assistant, reportin= g on finance, stated that the general district account was in credit to the amou= nt of £230 19s. 11d., which after cheques bei= ng drawn that day for the sum of £47 11s. 8d. would leave a credit balan= ce of £183 8s. 3d., against a credit of &poun= d;127 5s. last year. He reported that the collectors h= ad paid £59 4s. 11d. into the water account during t= he past month, which had brought the account into credit to the sum of £= 38 11s. 5d., and after a cheque being drawn,= the credit balance would be £35 1s. 5d., as ag= ainst a credit balance of £225 15s. 1d. last year.

The collector, Mr. A. G. Fenn, reported that he had collected £217 19s. 10d. of the current half-yea= r’s water rate, and the outstanding amount was £125 0s. 2d.

Mr. C. Thomas, sanitary inspector reported the district= free from notifiable diseases.

The surveyor, Mr F. Richards, reported that the road in= Broseley Wood to the Woodlands had been repaired and that the Jackfield end of the <= st1:Street w:st=3D"on">Dark Lane w= as now being repaired. Afterwards he would continue with the repairs to Cobwell Road.—Ald. Exley called attention to the bad state of the footpath in= the Red Church fields and the Birch Meadow, and…

BENTHALL (Broseley)

LATE MR. W. JONES.—The= death occurred on July 29 of Mr. William Jones, at the age of 67, at his home, 62, Bridge Road= , after a few days’ illness. He was well known in the district and had been in the employ of R. T. Smith and Co., cartage contractors, and the G.W. Railway Co. as shunter and carter for 46 years up to th= e time of his retirement about seven years ago. He was an old member of the I.O. Oddfellows, “Rose of Sharon” Lodge, Brosele= y. The funeral took place on Tuesday at the Parish Church, and the service, in the absence of the vicar (Rev. C. S. Jackson), was conducted by the Rev. C. L. Tiarks (Chaplain, R. Navy). The bearers were from the staff and former workmates of Iron-Bridge Station, G.W.Rly.—Messrs. W. J. Ritchings, J. Clapton, W. C. and W. Dickin, G. Bill, jun., and Norman Ball. The family mourners included Mr. and Mrs. W= . A. Hudson (Coalbrookdale) and Miss Fanny Jones. Birmingham (son-in-law and daughters), = Mr. Edward Jones, Coalbrookdale (brother), Miss Maud Boden, Benthall and Mrs. J= . Jones, Madeley (sisters-in-law), Mr. Alfred Boden, Coalbrookdale, and Mr. R. Lloyd (brothers-in-law), Mr. A. Batchelor (Birmingham), Messrs. Cecil, Harry, Norm= an and Walter Hudson. Among friends and neighbours present were Messrs. F. Greenhalgh, John Green, H. Boden, J. Carter. T. Minton. W. and J. Cross, G. Overend = and W. Perks, members of the Friendly Society, and Mr. F. Minton, who read the Oddfellows’ oration at the graveside. Mr. Jones had been a widower for eight years, and is survived by two daughters. Among the wreaths was a trib= ute from the staff and workmen at Iron-Bridge Station, and one from “his friends at the New Inn”.

14th August 1937

BROSELEY

THE MARRIAGE took place on Saturday, at the Parish Church, the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector), officiating, of Mr. William Archibald Anth= ony, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Anthony, Clark’s Yard, Broseley, and Miss Mary Oliver, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Oliver. Bridle Road, Madeley. The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. George Richards, Madeley, wore a Royal blue silk dress (made by Mrs. Colin Dyas, of Posenhall Farm, her mistress), with a hat to match, and carried a bouquet of pink carnations and fern (the gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Dyas). She was attended by the Misses Betty and Marjorie Anthony (sisters of the bridegroo= m), and Miss Dora Oliver, Madeley (younger sister of the bride), who wore dress= es of rose pink silk, with halo hats to match, and brown suede shoes, and carr= ied bouquets of sweet peas, the gifts of the bridegroom. The little attendant w= as Miss Phyllis Carter, Broseley, a niece of the bridegroom, in an ankle-length dress of pea green, with white kid shoes, carrying a basket of rose petals.= The groomsman was Mr. Walter Britton, Poole&= #8217;s Yard, Broseley. A reception was held at the home= of the bridegroom’s parents, and later Mr. and Mrs. Anthony left for the= ir new home at Cape Street, Broseley.

BROSELEY

FELLOWSHIP CAMP.—The tenth annual camp was held d= uring Bank Holiday week at Dysserth, near Rhyl The party travelled in the charge of  Mr. T. Goodall, and on the Sunday,= the camp was joined by the rector of Broseley (Rev. C. S. Jackson), Mr. Fred Perkins, (headmaster of Arley Schools, Worcs.),= and Mr. G. O. Jones, (assistant master of Broseley C. of E. Schools), while sev= eral members cycled there on the Saturday night to join the camp for the week-en= d. Glorious weather prevailed, and a most enjoyable week was spent in games, bathing and visits to various, places of interest. Several Broseley residen= ts visited the camp during the week, and were entertained to tea. This year, a= fter the morning service, a series of lectures on “What religion means to = me,” were given by the rector, and Messrs. F. Perkins, Hins= ley Dodd, G. O. Jones and Ernest Harris, members of the party, and interesting discussion followed. On the Sunday the camp attended Divine service at Dysserth C. of E. Church. The campers returned on Sat= urday, and attended their annual camp service at Broseley Parish Church on Sunday.

LATE MRS. E. DAVIS

One of the oldest residents of the town passed peaceful= ly away on Sunday after a short illness, m the person of Mrs. Martha Davis, at= the age of 85, at her residence in Bridgnorth Road. She was the widow of Mr. Edwin Davis, ir= onmonger, grocer and provision merchant, who for many years carried on one of the principal business establishments in the town. Mrs. Davis was a native̵= 7;s of Broseley, and until quite recently took a keen interest in the social welfare of the town.  She was a staunch worshipper at the Parish= Church and was the oldest member of the local b= ranch of the Mothers’ Union. She leaves = one son and four daughters. Her husband died nine years ago.

The funeral took place on Tuesday at the Parish Church, and the service, which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. C. S. Jackson (Rector). A large congregation attended, and included about 30 members of t= he Mothers’ Union, with Mrs. J. G. Broadhurst, (enrolling member). The body was conveyed on the Parish Church bier, the attendants being Messrs. Jas. Jones, T. Meredith, John Humphries,= T. Everall, J. Powell and H. Halley. At the church gates= the cortege was met by the surplaced choir, with Mr= . E. C. S. White (diocesan lay reader) carrying the cross. The organist was Mr. = Ronald A. Yorke. The hymns selected by the family, = 220;O Strength and Stay,’’ and “Holy Father, cheer our way̶= 1; were sung, the organ accompaniments of the former being played by Mrs. DavisR= 17;s only son. Mr. Waiter E. Davis (late choirmaster). The cortege left the chur= ch preceded by the choir singing the Nunc Di minis= en route for the cemetery, where the interment took place in the grave of her husband.

The family mourners included Mr. Walter E. Davis (son),= Miss M. Davis, Mrs. Ernest Walker, Badger Farm, Miss Pattie Davis and Mrs Talbot Thomas, Risca, S. Wales (daughters), Mrs. Walter Davis (daughter-in-law), Mr. Ernest Walker and Mr. Talbot Thomas, (sons-in-law), Miss Mary Walker, Mr. Graham Walker and Mr. Roger Thomas (grandchildren). Mr. F. H. Bangham, Doseley, Mr. A. O. Jones, Benthall, Mr. W. E. Price, = Jackfield, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Francis, East Dulwich, London, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Franci= s, Willey, Mr. Edwin Francis and Mr. F. S. Francis (nephews and nieces), Mr. Charles Davis, Mr. Cyril Walker (Morville), Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Shaw (Morville), Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Edm= onds, Shrewsbury, and Miss Mitchell, Shrewsbury.

Among others present were Mrs. R. A. Instone, Mrs. E. R. Instone, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Instone, Mrs. R. Smitheman, Mrs. Edith Jones, Ald. an= d Mrs. J. Nicklin, Mr. C. R. Jones, Messrs. T. Broadhurst, N. Ball, G. Gittings J. B. Nicklin, W. Andrews. P. W. Parr, Mr. C= owan, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Street<= /st1:address>, the Misses Potts. Mrs. D. L.  = Prestage, Mrs. E. C. S White, Miss Horton, Mrs. Stoner, Mrs. = Oliver and Mrs. A. Ogilvie.

Wreaths included a tribute from the members of the Moth= ers’ Union. Later in the evening the Parish Church ringers paid tribute with a half-muffled peal on the bells.

GARDEN PARTY

A garden party, in aid of the funds of the Broseley Cri= cket Club, organised by the rector, (Rev. C. S. Jackson), was held on Wednesday,= in the grounds and gardens of Whitehall, (by kind, permission of Dr. and Mrs. Boon), and at the Rectory.

The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Boon, who was supported by Dr. Boon. The rector, in introducing Mrs. Boon, spoke of the g= reat interest both she and the doctor had taken in the Broseley Cricket Club for= a great many years.

Mr. T. Wilfred Howells proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Boon, and also to Dr. Boon and the rector for their kindness in lending the grounds and gardens for the occasion. The Jackfield Prize Silver Band was in attendance, and played selections during the afternoon and evening, and also for dancing, under the conductorship of Deputy Bandmaster C. Hudson.

Teas were served on the lawn in the Whitehall Garden, by the ladies catering committee under the supervision of Mrs T W. Street, who also ran the refreshment buffet. There  were various games, competitions and amusements, which were in the charge of oth= er ladies, including:—Hoop-la, Mrs. E. Molineux, Mrs. W. W Ward and Mrs. W. R. Pountney; skittles, Mrs. P. Archer and Mrs. A. Jones (Church Street); ladder golf, Mrs. T. Lloyd and Mrs. H. Bryce; ice-cr= eam stall, Mrs. H. Watkins (Barratt’s Hill), and Mrs, D. Cope.

Short whist drives were held in the rooms at the Rector= y, organised by Mesdames A. Ogilvie, W. Darlington and M. Jones (Wesley House), for which Mr. Matt. Davis was M.C.

There was a large company at the dance, which was held = on the Rectory lawn, which was flood-lit, kindly installed by Mr. Eric Lloyd. Mr. George Roberts was M.C.

The gate steward was Mr. T. Goodall, assisted by playin= g members of the club, and the hon. secretary was Mr. J. B. Dixon.

The primary object of the effort was to obtain funds fo= r the repainting of the Cricket Club pavilion and repairs to mowers, or, if possi= ble, a new machine. The receipts for the day amounted to over £20.

21st August 1937

KING EDWARD VII. MEMORIAL
SANATORIUM, SHIRLETT,
near BROSELEY.

TENDERS are invited for the S= upply of Goods as under, delivered to the Sanatorium for the six months ending 31st March, 1938;—

PREVISIONS, BREAD, MEAT, FISH, HOUSEHOLD REQUISITES.

Forms of tender may be obtained on application to the Secretaries, to whom they should be returned on or before 4th September, 19= 37, in a sealed envelope marked “Tender.”

ASBURY, RIDDELL & CO.,

Secreta= ries,

7, The= Square, Shrewsbury<= /st1:place>.

13th August, 1937.

BROSELEY

BRITISH LEGION PARADE

The annual parade of the local branch of the British Le= gion took place on Sunday. The branch formed up at the Rectory in the charge of = Mr. Jas. Clapton (hon. secretary) supported by Capt. E. D. Collins and Mr. T. W. Howells (vice-presidents). The service was conducted by the chaplain, Rev. = C. S. Jackson (rector), who also preached an eloquent sermon. The choir sang an anthem, and special hymns were sung, with Mr. Ronald A. Yorke (organist and choirmaster) at the organ.

After the service a concert was given by the Jackfield = prize silver band in the grounds of The Lawns, by permission of Mr. E. H. H. Shorting, under the conductorship of Bandmaster W. Ellis. A euphonium solo = was given by Bandsman Percy Jones.

A collection was taken for the branch funds, and amount= ed to £72, Mr. Albert Jones was gate steward, and the arrangements were car= ried out by Mr. Jas. Clapton.

JACKFIELD

THE MARRIAGE took place on Saturday at St. Mary’s Parish Church of Miss Mary Harper, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Harper, The Werps, Jackfield, and Mr. John Hort= on, jun., son, of Mr. and Mrs. John Horton, Hall Green, = Birmingham. In the absence of the recto= r of Jackfield, the Rev. W. G. Beale, rector of Willey officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of silvered flowered satin, with= an orange blossom headdress, a veil and silver shoes. She carried a bouquet of dark red roses. She was attended by her two sisters. Mrs. George Adams, as matron of honour, and Miss Louie Harper as bridesmaid, dressed in cream sil= k of floral design and pink taffeta, with a pink picture hat and a bouquet of sw= eet peas and pink net with rose-buds and forget-me-nots. The best man was Mr. F= rank Horton, brother of the bridegroom. The honeymoon is being spent at Llandudn= o, the bride wearing for going away a grey costume with a hat to match. After wards Mr. and Mrs. Horton will live at Didsbury= , Manchester.

28th August 1937

BROSELEY

SOCIAL CLUB FLOWER AND VEGETABLE SHOW

The annual show was held at the Social Club on Saturday= and Sunday, and was well attended. The entries, as usual, were confined to thos= e of members only, and the exhibits were staged in the large upper room of the c= lub. The quality of the exhibits was well up to standard, and the competition was keen throughout. The judges were Mr. E. H. H. Shorting, The Lawns, Broseley, Mr. George Potts, The Grange; and Mr. George Thomas, head gardener at Benth= all Hall.

In the competition for the Col. Baldwin-Webb silver cup= , to be held by the winner for twelve months, P.C. Ogilvie (Broseley) was successful, having gained 24 points. The runner-up was Mr. Chas. Shaw, who = was awarded 17 points. The holder of the cup for the past, 12 months, Mr. W. Ro= berts, Chapel Terrace, gained 15 points.

The show was opened by Dr. J. G. Boon, of Whitehall, chairman of the club. The arrangements were carried out by the club sports committee and Mr. R. B. We= eks, the club secretary,

The Jackfield Prize Silver Band attended on Sunday even= ing, and gave a concert on the lawn in the grounds of the club, under the conductorship of Bandmaster W. Ellis. In a competition for an iced cake Mrs. James Jones (Council Houses) was successful.

The presentation of the cup and the prizes took place on Monday evening at the Club, and P.C. Ogilvie decided to send his prize mone= y to the Shirlett Sanatorium for the purchase of tobacco and cigarettes for the = patients there.

LATE MISS L. P.DIXON

 The death occurred on Sunday at G, Church View, of Miss Louisa P. Nevett Dixon, after a short illness. She formerly carried, on the old established business of newsagent and stationer in High Street. Miss Dixon was the third daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dixon, Broseley.

She had been in failing health for some years, and sinc= e her retirement front business made her home with her brother-in-law and sister,= Mr. and the late Mrs. W. Edge, at whose residence she passed away. During her lifetime she took a keen interest in the social welfare of the town and for many years was closely connected with the S.J.A.B., the and the Broseley Am= ateur Dramatic Society,

The funeral took place on Wednesday at the Parish Church, and the service was conducted by the rector (Rev. C. S. Jackson), assisted = by Mr. E. C. S. White (diocesan lay reader). Some of the choristers were prese= nt and Mr. Walter E. Davis was at the organ. The bearers, friends of the famil= y, were Messrs. W. E. Davis. W. T. Instone, W. Oak= ley, P. E. Hartshorne, L. Harris and W. Ball. The family mourners were Mr. Percy= A. Dixon and Mr. Arthur N. Dixon (brothers), Mr. J. Smith, Ashall, Stoke-on-Trent, and Mr. W. Edge brothers-in-law), Messrs. Leslie and John D= ixon and Edgar N. Smith, Solihull, Birmingham (nephews). Among the friends prese= nt were Ald. J. Nicklin, Mr C. R. Jones (Benthall), the M= isses Potts (The Deanery). Mrs. D. L. Prestage, Mrs. B. A. I= nstone, Mrs. B. Smitheman, Mrs. Edith Jones, Mrs. J. G. Broadhurst, the Misses L. a= nd L. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Stoner, Mrs. Oliver, Miss Thomas (Dunge Farm), Messrs. W. T. Street, C F. Instone, T. H. Francis (Willey), P. C. Ogilvie, Mrs. W. W. Ward and Mrs W. B. Pountn= ey. The interment was in the family vault in the churchyard.

 

4th September 1937

BROSELEY

DISTRICT COUNCIL

Wednesday, Ald. J. Nicklin -presidi= ng.

The sanitary inspector (Mr. C. Thomas) handed over to t= he chairman the keys of the new public convenience, which, he stated, was now finished. The chairman said that the job had been carried out in a most satisfactory manner and that the building was a credit to the Council, which remarks were endorsed by other members present.—It was decided to hav= e a lamp fixed on a bracket to light the approach froth the main street to the building, also a prominent direction indicator fixed on the same bracket.—The inspector, was complimented on the manner in which the w= ork had been carried out. As this had involved extra work upon him in getting o= ut the plan and the supervision of the work, he was granted an honorarium of £10.

The tender of Mr. B. Wood for the supply and erection o= f 35 yards of chestnut fencing and oak posts around the public convenience, for = the sum of £10 15s, was accepted.

Mr. Parr reported that some repairs were needed to the = Memorial Bridge, Jackfield.— The surveyor was instructed to make an inspection and report to the next meeting when the matter will be referred to the Borough Council for attenti= on.

Mr. W. E. Davis called attention to a drain which had b= een stopped at the Isolation Hospital.— The inspector stated that it had now been cleared, and suggested that a manhole= be fixed there to avoid a recurrence of the trouble. He was instructed to have this carried out.

The clerk read a letter from the County Council in repl= y to an application to them to make an order prohibiting vehicles of over eight = tons laden weight travelling over the Free Bridge across the R= iver Severn at Jackfield. This stated that, in consequence of the County Council= ’s decision not to proceed with the proposed scheme of erecting a new bridge o= ver the Severn at Iron-Bridge for a period of three years owing to the increased cost, they were prepared to make an order restricting vehicles of over eight tons gross laden weight or an axle load of five tons passing over the Free Bridge and agreeing to maintain the repairs to the bridge and also make a g= rant of 75 per cent. towards the cost of the repairs = to two lengths of the approach roads, one from Iron-Bridge to a length of 787 yards and the one from the Hair Pin bend to the Free Bridge, during the same period. The order would come into force after receiving the sanction of the Ministry of Transport.

BROSELEY SHOW REVIVED

ARTS AND CRAFT SECTION PROVES POPULAR

FINE WOODWORK EXHIBITS

AT a public meeting held early this year to consider the Coronation celebrations for Broseley a suggestion was made that it would be= fitting to mark the Coronation year by reviving the old Broseley Flower Show, which before the War had such a long run of success and did much in creating an i= nterest throughout the district in horticulture.

At that meeting Mr. W. Andrews was elected convenor,, l= ater a meeting was held at which a strong executive committee was formed with Mr. = E. H. H. Shorting as chairman, Mr. W. Andrews vice-chairman, Mr. J. B. Nicklin (Lloyds Bank) hon. treasurer, Mr. D. Mason assistant treasurer, and Mr. T. Goodall and W. Bull joint secretaries. The Rt. Hon. Lord Forester was elect= ed president, and, sponsored by the Coronation Executive Committee, with the support of the townspeople, the effort seemed as= sured of success.

This proved to be so when the show was held on August 2= 7 and Saturday in the C. of E. Schools, Broseley, and attended by over 1,000 peop= le.

In addition to horticultural classes there was added an= arts and crafts section, which was a great attraction, the officials for which were = Mrs. J. Nicklin (chairman), Mrs. F. J. Brookes (hon. secretary) and Mrs. C. Thom= as (assistant secretary).

There were over 700 entries in the two sections, and to= stage these all the rooms in the boys’, girls’ and infants departments were needed. The decorations were carried out m red, white and blue colours= by Mr. J. B. Dixon.

The judges were as follows:— Horticultural sectio= n: open classes, Mr. G. Thomas (gardener at Benthall Hall) and Mr. George Potts (The Grange, Broseley); cottagers’ classes, Mr.= N. V. Phillips (head gardener at Leighton Hall), and Mr. A. H. Whyte, Shrewsbury (County Council horticultural adviser); arts and crafts section: cooking, Mrs. E. S. Owen (Madeley); produce, Mrs. E. S. Owen, Mrs. England = and Mrs. Davies; needlework, Miss Hudson (Shrewsbury); and Miss Ethelston (Clungunford); woodwork, Mr. W. E. Smith (Madel= ey Wood). The judges commented on the high standard of quality of the exhibits= throughout.

There were several exhibits not for competition, outsta= nding among which was a display of begonias admirably staged by Mrs. F. C. Howell= s, Field House, Broseley.

 

Opening Ceremony

There was a large and representative gathering at the opening, at which Mr. E. H. H. Shorting presided and introduced Lady Forest= er, who performed the opening ceremony. Her ladyship was presented with a bouqu= et by little Miss Joan Smith, Fox Lane House, Broseley.

On both days the Jackfield Prize Silver Band, under the= conductorship of Bandmaster W. Ellis and Deputy Bandmaster C. Hudson, played selections of music, and also for dancing each evening in the schoolyard, for which Mr. H. Watkins, Barratts Hill, was M.C.

In the arts and crafts section, the competition was ver= y keen in several of the classes. This section also included an exhibition of work= not for competition, organised by Mrs. W. Andrews, which included specimens of woodcarving, wool rugs, needlework and water col= our drawings.

Special mention must be made of exhibits in the woodwork section of a model of the Royal coach in fretwork, entered by W. Gittings, a model of Brose= ley Parish Church, by Derek Pountney, and models of the Tower Bridge and Forth Bridge, by Donald Preston. There was also an interesting display of honey by Mr. R.= H. Thomas, Fish House, Broseley. The presentation of prizes took place on Monday at the Methodist Church schoolroom. = Mr. E. H. H. Shorting presided, supported by Mr. B. S. Owen (Madeley), Ald. J. Nic= klin and the officials of the show. Mrs. E. S. Owen presented the prizes, number= ing 238, and the meeting concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

The great success of the show has been re-established, = and it is hoped to hold it in future years.

JACKFIELD

THE FUNERAL, took place on Wednesday of Mrs. Annie Step= han, widow of Mr. W. Stephan, 58. Lloyd Head, whose death occurred at Berrington Hospital on Saturday after a short illness, at the age of 67. A service was held in Coalford Methodist Church by the Rev. R. H. Osborne, with Miss A. Owen at the organ. The interment to= ok place at Broseley cemetery, the Rev. R. H. Osborne conducting the graveside= service. The bearers were neighbours and members of Coalford Methodist<= /st1:PlaceName> Church—Messrs= . E. Wilde, J. Evans, R. Colley, W. Dickens, J. Pumford, B. Headley, J. Dodd and G. Stewart. Among the mourners were Mr. and Mrs. T.= Hurdley (brother and sister-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. T. = Ball (brother-in-law and sister); Mr. and Mrs. T. Doughty (brother-in-law and sister); Messrs. A. Pritchard and A. Miles (sons-in-law); Messrs. T. Stepha= n, E. Stephan and B. Stephan, H. Doughty, C. Hughes, A. Hughes, S. Hughes, N. Hughes, A. Gittings and H. Gittens, P. Wale (nephews); Mrs. P. Wale, Mrs. Wilkes, Mrs. S. Hughes, Mrs. A. Hughes and Mrs. Gittings (nieces); Mr. A. Hurdley, Mrs. C. Smith, Mrs. Langford’ and Mrs.= Baden (cousins). Among the floral tributes was one from the neighbours and friend= s.

11 September 1937

BROSELEY

LATE MR. H. MASON.— Th= e death took place on Thursday of Mr, Henry Mason, of Fiery Fields, Broseley, at the age of 60. Deceased, who saw service with the Royal Engineers in the War, w= as for many years employed as a tile presser at Messrs. Maw and Co’s wor= ks.

LATE MR. A. HARRIS

The, death occurred on Sept. 2, at the age of 71 years,= of Mr. Abraham Harris, at his home, 33, Duke Street, after a few week’s illness. Deceased, who was a native of Broseley, was the second son of the = late Mr. Richard Harris, sawyer. He had been in the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co= ., Ltd., Jackfield, for over 40 years as a tessellated flooring tile presser, = up to the time of his retirement about six years ago. He took a keen interest = in sport, and surviving contemporaries will remember him as a prominent playing member of one of the old Broseley football teams, and in his day he figured= in many of the county football cup competitions. On many occasions he acted as umpire for the Broseley Cricket Club. Of late years his chief interest was bowling, and last year he was a finalist in a cup competition at, the Brose= ley Social Club, of which club he had been a member since its formation by the = late Lord Forester in the year 1919. He was formerly a member of the local fire = brigade. His wife predeceased him in the year 1919, and he is survived by two sons a= nd an only daughter.

The funeral took place on Saturday at the Parish Church, and in the absence of the rector, the service was conducted by the Rev. J. = C. Longbottom (vicar of Heckmondwik= e, Yorks.). The body was conveyed on the church bier, and the attendants were neighbours and friends, Messrs. Jas. Evans, J. C. Brown, G. Oakley, F. Oakl= ey, W. Watkins and T. Goodall. The family mourners included: — Mr. and Mr= s. Abraham Harris (son and daughter-in-law), Mrs. Edie Lewis, Patricroft, Manchester (daughter), Mr. Harry Harris (son), Master Leslie Harris (grands= on), Mr. George Harris (brother), Miss Julia Quin an= d, Miss Annie Quin (sisters-in-law), Mr. Thomas Jo= nes (Dawley), and Mr. Jack Quin, Coalport (brothers-in-law), Mr. Fred Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. W. Haynes, Mr. and Mrs. Leon= ard Wase, Mr. D. Boden, ‘Mr. C. Boden (Benthall), M= r. Arthur Harris, Mr. Leonard Harris (Shifnal), Mr. Ernest Harris, Mr. James Harris, and Mr. James Jones (nephews and nieces), also Messrs. G. and J. Meredith and A. Miles. Amongst others who attended were= :— Mr. John Williams, works foreman (representing Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd.), = Mr. I. Gallier, Jackfield (representing the Press S= hops), and several workmates, also many members of the Broseley Social Club and ot= her friends. The interment was in the ce= metery, in the grave with his late wife. The floral tributes included wreaths from = the Directors of Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd., his press shop workmates, and the B= roseley Social Club.

18th September 1937

BROSELEY

THE “JOURNAL” representative for this distr= ict as from Sept. 25 is Mr. R. Allan, c/o “Holly House,” 3 Dale Road= , Coalbrookdale to whom all notices of meetings, reports advertisements, etc., may be sent.=

LATE MR. H. MASON

The death occurred on Sept. 9 at the age of 60, of Mr. = Henry Mason, at his home, Fiery Field House, after a prolonged illness,

For 33 years Mr. Mason had been in the employ of Messrs= . Maw and Co., Ltd., as a tessellated flooring tile presser, with a break of 5½ years, when he spent two years in Canada and returned in 1915 t= o join up in the Great War, serving for 3½ years in the Royal Engineers. He= retired from work six years ago, owing to failing health.

From boyhood he had been connected with the Parish Church, first as a chorister and for nine years as organ-blower, afterwards serving= on some of the committees, including the care of the churchyard. For many year= s he was a sidesman.

He took a great interest in cricket and was for many ye= ars an umpire for Broseley Cricket Club. In 1933 he was elected an honorary life member of the club. His keen interest in football caused his name to be fou= nd on the management committees of all the principal clubs in the district from time to time, right up to the present.

For 50 years he had been a member of the OddfellowsR= 17; Friendly Society, the local “Rose of Sharon” Lodge, and he had passed through all the “chairs”. He had been a “live” memb= er of the Broseley Social Club since its formation in 1919, and a member of the local branch of the British Legion from its start.

The funeral took place on Saturday at the Parish Church, and as a token of respect the church flag was hoisted half-mast. The servic= e, which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector). At the church gates the funeral procession was met by the surpliced<= /span> choir, led by the cross-bearer, Mr. Gerald Oakley. Mr. Ronald Yorke was at the organ. The body was conveyed on the = church bier, the attendants being members of the British Legion, Messrs. T. Goodal= l, F. Shaw, G. Perks, W. R Pountney, F. Chadwick and J. Fox.

The chief mourners included the widow, Mr. and Mrs. W. = Ball (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. Dennis Mason (son), Mrs. James Lovett, Wellington (sister-in-law), Mr. H. Evans, Horsehay (cousin) and Mrs. W. Haynes, Bentha= ll, and Mrs. H. Humphries, Aberystwyth.

Many members of the British Legion, with their standard carried by Mr. J. Bowen, attended, and also members of the Social Club and = the Oddfellows’ Society, representatives Broseley Cricket Club and many former workmates. Mr. J. Williams (works foreman) represented Messrs. Maw a= nd Co., Ltd. Others present included Mr. E. H. H. Shorting and Mr. W. S. Instone (churchwardens), Messrs. F. S. Francis, P. E. Hartshorne, A. O. Jones, E. Francis, W. Evans, A. J. Garbett, J. Higgins, A= . Cleobury. W. T. Hudson. J. Walki= ns, F. Powell, Jos. Jones, J. Casey and A. Pountney.

The Oddfellows’ Oration was read at the graveside= by the rector at the close of the committal service.

Among the wreaths were tributes from the directors of M= aw and Co., Ltd., the workpeople of Maw and Co., Ltd., Broseley Social Club, Brose= ley Cricket Club, Benthall Cricket Club, and Broseley branch of the British Leg= ion.

 

BROSELEY

LATE MRS. E. JONES.—The death occurred on Sept. 9 at the Royal Salop- Infirmary, of Mrs. Emily, Elizabeth Jones, aged 48, wife of Mr. Edward Jones, salesman, of 32, Duke Street. A native of Clovelly, N. Devon, she came to live in Broseley from= Birmingham, with h= er husband (who was born in Broseley), just after their marriage 18 years ago. She was= the only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Abbot, C= lovelly. She leaves a husband, son and daughter. The funeral took place on Saturday = at the Parish church and the service was conducted by the rector (Rev. C. S Jackson). The family mourners included the widower. Norman Jones (son), and= Mr. Oscar Abbot, Clovelly, only brother.

 

 

25th September 1937

JACKFIELD

THE MARRIAGE took place on Saturday at the St. MaryR= 17;s Parish Church, of Miss Harriet Evans, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Evans, of 8= 2, Lloyd. Head, Jackfield, and Mr. John F. Fletcher, only = son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Fletcher of 4, Ladywood, Iron-Bridge.

The ceremony was performed by the rector, Rev. F. J. R.= Mason. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Jack Evans, of Broseley, = was attired in pink Satin with wreath and veil to match, and carried a sheaf of white lilies. The bridesmaids were the Misses Doreen Mason, J. Pumford and M. Evans (nieces of the bride), who wore dresses of mauve flowered georgette with pink halos and shoes to tone, and carried bouquets of pink carnations. The best man was Mr. S. J. Williams (a friend of the bridegroom).

The reception was held in the           Coalford Methodist Sunday Schoolroom, and afterwards Mr.  and Mrs. Fletcher left for North  Wales, where the hone= ymoon is being spent. Among the many presents was one from the work friends at Messrs. Maw and Co’s Tile. Works, where the bride has been employed, = and one to the bridegroom from the staff at Bridgnorth G.W.R. Station

BROSELEY

THE WEDDING took place on Saturday at the Parish Church= , the Rector (the Rev. C. S. Jackson) officiating, of Miss Olive H. Instone, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Instone, of the Woodlands Farm, Broseley, and Mr. Tho= mas Alfred John Parker, only son of the late Mr. Charles C. Parker, formerly of= Hednesford, and of Mrs. Herbert Evans, of Calcutts Ro= ad, Jackfield. Given away by her brother, Mr. S. W. Inston= e (jun.) the bride was attired in a pale blue satin gown and blue felt hat, w= ith shoes to tone, and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums and maiden hair fern. Her chief bridesmaid was Miss. Ethel Parker, of Jackfield (sister of = the bridegroom), who wore a pink floral georgette dress, with hat to match, and black patent shoes, and carried a  bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums and maidenhair fern. The bride̵= 7;s little attendant was Miss Alma Owen, of Madeley (bride’s niece), who = was dressed in blue crepe-de-Chine, with white kid shoes and white stockings, a= nd carried a posy of scabrous and maidenhair fern. The other two bridesmaids w= ere the Misses Annie and Gertie Evans, of Jackfield (step-sisters of the bridegroom), who were dressed in electric blue taffeta, with halo head-dress to tone, and black patent court shoes. They also carri= ed bouquets of bronze chrysanthemums and maidenhair fern. The best man was Mr. Cyril Beeston, of Iron-Bridge (friend of the bridegroom). Afterwards a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents and later Mr. a= nd Mrs. Parker left for their new home at The Lloyds, Coalport. Among the nume= rous presents was a handsome Westmi= nster chimes clock from the fellow-workmates of the bridegroom at Coalbrookdale Iron-Works.

BROSELEY

LATE MR. C. Edwards. —= The death occurred on Thursday at the Lady Forester Hospital, after a little over one week’s illness and an operation, of Mr. Cyril= Francis Edwards, the age of 35, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards, Church Street. For over ten years he had managed the business of a general dealer for his inva= lid father. As a boy he was a chorister at the Parish Church, and later, for several years, served as a sidesman. He was a popular member of the Social Club. He leaves a father, mother and = two brothers. The funeral has been arranged to take place this (Saturday) afternoon.

FRIENDLY SOCIETIES’ HOSPITAL
PARADE

The forty-second annual church Parade of the Broseley a= nd District Friendly Societies was held on Sunday. The meeting place was at Ferney Bank, Broseley Wood, and to  mark the Coronation year a special invitation was sent out by the hospitals’ committee to the various societies and organisations in the district with the result that an imposing procession was formed, comprising a large number of members of the local br= anch of the British Legion with their standard, in the charge of Mr. T. Goodall,= the Broseley and Iron-Bridge Fire Brigades under Capt. G. = Gittins and P. Davies; the St. John Ambulance Brigade (men’s branch), under S= upt. F. Hill, R.A. Order of Buffaloes, “O. D. Murphy” Lodge (Brosele= y), “Severn” Lodge (Iron-Bridge), and “Sir Wm. Timms&#= 8221; Lodge (Iron-Bridge), members of the Ancient Order of Foresters, and Order o= f Odd-fellows, with Juveniles.

The procession, led by Mr. W. Watkins carrying the unit= ed Friendly Societies’ wreath, and marshalled by Messrs. J. H. Cross, W. Haynes, H. Bill, P. Archer and J. Madeley, was headed by the Jackfield Prize Silver Band, under the conductorship of Bandmaster W. Ellis, and marched through the principal streets of the town to the Parish Church. At the Town Hall the procession was joined by the Mayor Of Wenlock (the Rt. Hon. Lord Forester), the town clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry), the Rev. C. S. Jacks= on (rector), members of the Borough Council, including alderman J. Nicklin, Messrs. T. W. Howells, E. H. H. Shorting, C. R. Jones and P. W. Parr, and b= orough officials, Messrs. F. Richards, C. Thomas and F. S. Francis. The Shropshire= Constabulary was represented by Inspector Machin (Iron-Bridg= e), P.C. Ogilvie (Broseley), and P.C. Betts (Jackfield). At the Town War Memori= al, a halt was made while the Friendly Societies’ wreath was placed there= on by Mr R. Whitmore (vice-chairman). A street collection was taken en route.

There was a large congregation at the church service, w= hich was conducted, by the rector (Rev. C. S. Jackson) and commenced with the singing of the National Anthem. The preacher was the Rev. T. Dysan Thomas (Leicester), director of Midland Area Industrial Christian Fellowship, and the lesson was read by Lord Forester. The choir led the singing of the psalms and hymns wi= th Ronald Yorke at the organ. The procession march= ed back to the Town Hall for dismissal, and afterwards the Band played selecti= ons in the Town Hall Square. The church collection amounted to £7 8s. 9d., which is an increase on those of the last few years. The Street collection, taken under special permit from the county authority, amounted to £9 = 3s. 9d., the whole of which will be devoted to the hospita= ls. These amounts and receipts from other sources including the collecting boxes from the licensed houses in the town, made a total stem of over £28.<= /p>

 The Col. Baldwin-Webb shield, given for the best collecting box returned from the licensed houses, was won this year by Mrs. T. Marlow of the Lord Hill Inn, = Broseley, whose box contained £4 1s. 7d.

During the 42 years this Friendly Societies’ Hosp= ital Committee has been in existence, over £1,500 has been contributed to = the hospitals. Mr. J. Watkins has held the office of chairman for over 30 years= ; Mr. R. Whitmore is vice-chairman, Mr. J. Burne hon. treasurer, and Mr. J. Minton hon. secretary.

2nd October 1937

BROSELEY

THE  FUNERAL of Mr. Cyril Edwards, Church Street, took place at the Parish Church on Saturday, and the service was conducted by the Rev. C. S. Jackson (Recto= r). The choir, of which Mr. Edwards was formerly a member, attended and Mr. Mat= thew Davies was at the organ. The family mourners were Mr. and Mrs. J. Edwards (= father and mother), Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Edwards, London (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Edwards, Kidderminster, (brother and sister-in-law), Mr.= and Mrs. N. Oakley and family (uncle, aunt and cousins), Miss Elizabeth Chadwic= k, Miss S. Chadwick, Messrs. Frank, Edward and George Chadwick, Mrs. G. Chadwi= ck, and Mr. T. Evans (cousins). The bearers were six of his friends—Messr= s. H. Watkins, W. Dodd, S. Callear, W. Garbett, C. Garbett and C. Everall. Members of the “R= ose of the Green” Court of the Ancient Order of Foresters, of which Mr. Edwa= rds was a member, attended the funeral, and Mr. H. P. Bowen (secretary) read the funeral oration over the grave. The Rector made sympathetic reference to the death of Mr. Edwards at the Sunday morning service and a half-muffled peal = was rung on the bells.

THE WEDDING took place at the Parish Church on Saturday= , the Rector, the Rev. C. S. Jackson, officiating, of Miss Alice Margaret Mullard, third daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. G. <= span class=3DSpellE>Mullard, 11, Buildwas Road, Iron-Bridge, and Mr. Robe= rt Henry Burns, only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Burns, 4, Cape Street, Broseley. T= he bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. William = Mullard, wore a dress of pale green satin with a hat and shoes to tone. Her bouquet = was of pink rose-buds. The bridesmaids were Miss Eileen Mu= llard (the bride’s sister) and Miss Evelyn Shepherd. They were dressed in m= auve crepe-de-Chine and carried bouquets of pink carnations. Mr. Percy Gilmore w= as best man. A reception was held at the home of the bridegroom.

JACKFIELD

THE WEDDING took place at the Parish Church on Saturday of Miss Ethel Colley, adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Colle= y, The Cottage, Jackfield, and Mr. Leonard Edward Hughes, second son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Hughes, 10, The Forge, Coalbrookdale. The Rev. F. J. R. Mason (rect= or) was the officiating clergyman. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, = Mr. G. W. Hall, wore blue satin with a wreath and veil and silver shoes. She ca= rried a bouquet of lilies. The bridesmaids were Miss Margaret Colley (the bride&#= 8217;s sister), and Miss Margaret Hughes (the bridegroom’s sister). They were dressed in mauve crepe cloth with silver halos and shoes to tone, and carri= ed bouquets of pink roses. A reception was held at the bride’s home.

BROSELEY

ROSE DAY.—The amount collected on Sept. 24 by the= sale of roses in connection with the annual appeal of the Alexandra Rose Day, was £5 4s, 11d., and this has been forwarded to the secretary (Mr. George Fryer) of the Royal Salop Infirmary, Local arrangements were made by Mrs. J. Aston, and the sellers were Mrs. Betts. Mrs. Sea bury and Miss Brookes.

 

BROSELEY TILE  WAGES DISPUTE.

STRIKE  POSSIBIL= ITY

THE wage dispute in the Broseley tile industry reached a further stage this-week, and a ballot, organised by the Transport and Gener= al Workers’ Union, to decide for or a= gainst a strike is now in progress among the workers.

A “Journal” representative was informed       yeste= rday (Friday) that over 70 per cent. of the papers had been re= turned, and that these so far were 100 per cent. in favo= ur of strike action.

If the ballot favours a strike, sanction will have to be obtained from the Union headquarters before it is officially supported by t= he Union. About 260 employees are affected.

The Union has asked = the employers for a meeting to discuss an increase in wages and for recognition= of the Union but, up to yesterday no meeting had taken place.

16th October1937

SALOP COUNTY COUNCIL= .

ROAD TRAF= FIC ACT, 1930. Section 46. ROAD and RAIL TRAFFIC A= CT, 1933, Section. 29.

JACKFIELD BRIDGE.

WHEREAS in pursuance of Section 46 (1) of the Road Traf= fic Act, 1930, as amended by Section 29 of the Road and hail Traffic Act, 1933,= the Salop County Council have made application to the Minister of Transport for confirmation of an Order made by them on the 16th October, 1937, the effect= of which is set out in the Schedule hereto.

Notice is hereby given that objections to the Order may= be sent in writing to the Minister of Transport, Roads Department, Metropole B= uildings Northumberland Avenue, London. W.C.2. on or before the 1st day of November. 193= 7.

A copy of any such objection should be sent at the same= time by the objector to the undersigned.

Dated this 16th day of October, 193= 7.

W. L. EDGE. Clerk.

Salop County Council.

    = ;   Shirehall, Shrewsbury. 

THE SCHEDULE;

To prohibit the driving over the Jackfield Bridge of any Vehicle the weight of which whether laden or un= laden, exceeds Eight Tons, or any axle load of which exceeds Five Tons.

To restrict the Speed of Vehicles o= ver the said Bridge to not exceeding Five Miles per. Hour.

WENLOCK MAYORALTY
BROSELY TO NOMINATE
MR, E. H. H. SHORTING

IT is understood that Mr. Ernest Hastings Hamilton Shor= ting, “The Lawns,” Broseley, is to be nominated by the Broseley Ward Council for= the forthcoming choice of Mayor of Wenlock.

Mr. Shorting entered the Council in 1931 and is seeking re-election on November 1. At the 1934 election he was unopposed.

The youngest son of the late Mr. E. W. Shorting, of Bro= seley, who was a J.P. the Borough of Wenlock for 27 years, Mr. Shorting is a nativ= e of Broseley, where he has spent most of his life, and he has taken an active i= nterest in many of the town’s organisations. He has been a warden of the Parish Church for eight years and is a member of the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance. = He is chairman -of the Broseley men’s branch of the Conservative Association.

He is keenly interested in gardening, and is a Fellow o= f the Royal Horticultural Society. He has acted as judge at many local flower sho= ws and was chairman of the recent Broseley Coronation Flower Show. Other thing= s in which Mr. Shorting takes an interest are the Shropshire Society in London, whose functions he attends, the Broseley Cri= cket Club, and the Broseley Schools, of which h= e is a manager. Mr. Shorting, who is a bachelor, resides with his mother.

JACKFIELD

LATE MR. BAYNHAM. — The funeral of Mr. Frederick Baynham, 125, The Cros= sing, took place at St. Mary’s Church on Saturday. The Rev. F. J. R. Mason (Rector) conducted the service and Miss E. Perkins was organist. The chief mourners were the widow, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Baynham (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. C. Baynham, (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. A. Baynham, of Kidderminster (brother and sister-in-= law), Mr. J. Norrey, Broseley (brother-in-law), and M= r. and Mrs. C. Hough, Broseley (nephew and niece). The bearers were fellow employe= es on the railway— Messrs. W. Dickins, J. Dickins, J. Clapton, J. Ansell, J. Casey and J. Walford. The G.W.R. Co. was represented by Inspector = Heeley and Mr. Insall (stationmaster, Iron-Bridge). Ot= hers present included Inspector J. Dickin (retired), Messrs. J. Bunnager, G. Bill, W. Evans, F. Dodd= , H. Evans, W. Hurdley, F. Preston, W. Hudson, G. Turnbull and Mr. and Mrs. H. S= uthon.

 

 

23rd October 1937

WENLOCK TOWN COUNCIL TOPICS

A special meeting of Wenlock Town Council was held at t= he Guildhall on Thursday, Lord Forester presiding.

The clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry) read a communication from t= he County Council with reference to the Police Station  at Iron-Bridge, which it was stated would be closed on March 30, 1938 and new premises had been purchased known as Eastfield.

Air-Raid Precautions

The clerk intimated that he had received a letter from = the County Council on air-raid precautions

Ald. T. H. Thompson said they had made little progress = in the Wenlock Borough with regard to air-raid precautions, and he felt they should take steps in the matter. He believed the Government had agreed to pay 90 p= er cent. towards the expenses incurred by local authorities, so that their expenses would not exceed a penny rate. There was not much to be done as far as organisation was concerned. He believed in the Wenlock Ward they had appointed wardens, and the British Legion had underta= ken other duties, It was their duty to organise the Boro’ against air-raids.

It was stated that Broseley and Madeley were moving in = the matter.

Ald. Thompson suggested that Maj. Golden should hold a = public meeting at Madeley at an early date and then people would get to know the seriousness of preparing against air-raids.

The chairman said it would help a great deal if people = were more aware of the grant of 90 per cent. towards expenses offered.

Free Bridge at Jackfield

The clerk read a letter from the County Council saying = that they did not intend to proceed for the time being with the construction of = the new bridge at Iron-Bridge, owing to the greatly increased amount of the ten= der due to the rise in materials. The Roads and Bridges Committee had given consideration to the amount of traffic the locality and had considered a re= port of the county surveyor with regard to the Free Bridge at Jackfield. They had decided to make an order prohibiting the travelling = over the Free = Bridge of vehicles whose weight ex= ceeded eight tons, and restricting the speed to five miles an hour. The County Cou= ncil was prepared to carry out necessary repairs to the bridge subject to receiv= ing a satisfactory grant, and that they contribute 75 per cent. to the Wenlock Council’s cost of maintaining the unclassified approach r= oads from the Police Station to the bridge, and from the Broseley hairpin bend to the bridge.

Ald. W. G. Dyas moved that = the Council agreed to those terms. In his opinion they were making a very good bargain = with the County Council. The County Council originally wanted the borough to pay half the cost of repairing the bridge, which he believed would be quite a l= arge amount. The bridge was at present in very bad order. Fortunately they had b= een able to persuade the County Council to pay more than half towards repairing= the bridge and maintaining it until the new bridge was built. He might add that= the contract for the new bridge had more than doubled what it was estimated at = when the bridge was originally intended to be erected.

Ald. W. Roberts, seconding, said that when the Free Bridge was built they wanted a stronger one, but the County Council refused their request. Now they had had to come to the rescue.

Mr. E. D. Collins moved an amendment that the tonnage of eight tons should be increased to twelve. Unless they increased the weight = it was going to hit the Broseley and district manufacturers and haulage contractors rather hard.

Ald. J. Nicklin said he thought the amendment a very reasonable one. The bridge had got to be strengthened before the County Cou= ncil would take any responsibility at all. The bridge was only erected for ordin= ary transport of under eight tons. Here was an oppor= tunity to get a bridge for the time being safe enough to deal with the transport of their manufacturing firms. Mr. C. R. H. Kane and Mr. O. D. Murphy also supported the amendment.

Ald. Dyas said he agreed wi= th Mr. Collins’s point. He  tho= ught he was correct in saying that it was the borough that asked the County Coun= cil to restrict vehicles going over the bridge to eight tons.—Ald. Nickli= n: Yes, that is so.

Ald. Dyas said he did not t= hink the borough knew the bridge was in such a bad condition until the county survey= or examined it.

Mr. Murphy said they had no iron-bridge in use now. He thought it was a disgrace to the County Council that they should have shelv= ed the matter in the way they had done. A bridge at Iron-Bridge was absolutely necessary, and it was a disgrace to the County to see it lying as it was.

It was decided to incorporate the amendment with the or= iginal proposition.

Mr. R. A. Jones moved an amendment that the County Coun= cil be asked to proceed with the new bridge. It was all ve= ry well to go on shelving things, he said. One hundred thousand tons more steel was being produced in the next 22 months, and yet they were being put off f= or an indefinite period. To strengthen the Free Bridge would cost a lot of money, and they would never get the new bridge if they = let the matter dwindle. He thought they ought to “scrap” the iron-bridge; there were enough ancient monuments in the town. They could th= en build a new bridge right away,

There was no seconder to th= is amendment.

BROSELEY

LATE MR. A. PRICE.— Th= e death occurred on Saturday of Mr. Alfred Price, 5, Rough Lane, at the age of 61. Mr. P= rice, who was a native of Broseley, had been ill for several years, but his death= was rather sudden. He had been employed by Messrs. Maw and Co. for 40 years. The funeral took place at the cemetery on Tuesday, the officiating minister bei= ng the Rev. F. J. R. Mason, rector of Jackfield. The chief mourners were the widow, Mr. and Mrs. J. Evans (son-in-law and daughter); Mr. and Mrs. W. Hol= ley, Madeley (son-in-law and daughter); Mrs. J. Burns (adopted daughter) and Mr. Burns, Mrs. Price, Foundry Lane (mother); Messrs. Henry, Ezra, Will, Herbert and Charlie Price (brothers); Mrs. Ezra Price and Mrs. Charlie Price (sister-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. H. Gittins, Jackf= ield (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mr. Albert Gittins= (nephew); Mr. and Mrs. G. Perks (uncle and aunt); Mrs. J. Gittins (aunt); Mr. G. Gittins (uncle); Mr. and Mrs. L.= G. Wilkes, Birmingham (nephew and niece); Messrs. Tom, George and Will Meredith (cousins) and Mr. G. Wilde. Among those present were the Rev. Lloyd Morgan, Madeley, and Mr. Correll, Broseley. The bearers= were Messrs. W. Dodd, C. Maiden, J. Langford, W. Mear, F. Watling and C. Sankey. A number of former workmates at Messrs. Maw and Co.’s.<= /span>

JACKFIELD

BAND WHIST AND DANCE. —= ; Members of the Jackfield Prize Silver sand held their annual whist drive and dance = at St. Mary’s hall on Oct. 15. The M.C. for the whist was Mr. T. C. Gibb= s, and Mrs. Gibbs presented prizes to:- 1 Miss L. E= vans, 2 Mrs. T. Wright, 3 Mrs. G. Britton; 1 Mr. A. Rogers, 2 Mrs. A. Harris (pla= ying as gentleman), 3 Mr. C. Garbett; consolation, Mrs. J. Goodall. For the dance which followed, Mr. H. Fergusson was M.C. and the spot waltz winners were M= iss M. Seabury and Mr. J. Wilson. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Williams, Mr= s. Green, Mrs. Poole and Mrs. F. Dodd. The event was organised by a committee,= of which Mr. George Stewart is secretary, and the proceeds were in aid of band funds.

COALFORD METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL. — The children’s harvest festival service was held in the Schoolroom on Sunday by the Rev. E. W. A. Barber, Madeley, the newly-appointed minister. The devotional part was conducted by Mr. J. Pumford (superintendent), assisted by Mr. W. H. Poole (assistant superintendent) Choruses were sung by Misses A. Cleobury, I. Weale, D. Fox, and J. P= umford. The soloist was Mr. W. H. Poole. Mr. G. Sheward= was at the organ. The Schoolroom had been decorated by the following teachers a= nd friends:—Mrs. W. H. Poole, Mrs. J. Pumford, Mrs. 3. Evans, Mrs. Stokes, Mrs. W. H Anderson, Mrs. <= span class=3DSpellE>Peake, Miss Stokes, and Miss Ken= worthy, Mrs. J. Poole, Mrs. Gibson, Mr. J. Pumford, Mr.= J. Evans, and Mr. S. Blackford. On Monday the sale= of harvest gifts took place in the Schoolroom, conducted by Mr. J Pumford, assisted by the teachers. The proceeds, with= the collections of the previous day, amounted to £5 5= s., and were devoted to Sunday school funds.

JACKFIELD

THE WEDDING took place at St. Mary’s Church on Sa= turday of Miss Winifred Summers, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Summers, of Ladywood House. Jackfield, and Mr. Norman Arthur Dudley, eldest son of Mrs. Weston, of 31, Aqueduct, Madeley. The Rector (the Rev. F. J. R. Mason) officiated and Mr. Gerald Edge, who was at the organ, played “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden.” The bride, who was given a= way by her father, was attired in a dress of ivory satin beau= té with train and trimmed with orange blossom. She also wore a veil and wreath= of orange blossom and carried a bouquet of lilies. The chief bridesmaids, Miss Freda Onions and Miss Phyllis Hyde, wore dresses of pink satin beauté with head-dresses of pink roses and sil= ver leaves, and silver shoes and carried bouquets of pink carnations. There were also two small attendants, Miss Dorothy Hyde and Master Dennis Dabbs who acted as page. Both wore white satin and si= lver shoes and in addition the former had a head-dress of pink rosebuds and silv= er leaves and wore a posy of pink and white. The best man was Mr. Harry Dabbs and the ushers were Mr. William Summers (bride&= #8217;s brother), and Mr. Jack Thompson (bride’s brother-in- law). A reception was held at the bride’s home. Among the many presents received was on= e of a clock from the employees Messrs. Maw and Co., where the bride was employe= d.

BROSELEY

 APOLOGY TO BENCH.—When Francis H. Whitehead, aged 36, of the White House, Speeds Lane, appeared before the Dudley Bench on Wednesday, the Mayor said: “You h= ave had the indignity of having a warrant issued against you for the improper remark contained in your letter.” Whitehead had been summoned for fai= ling to have an efficient silencer on a motor-lorry. — When the case first came before the Court, defendant sent a letter enclosing a postal order for= 5s. The letter added that if it were not enough “perhaps the police offic= er would take his hat round and make it up.” — Whitehead said he w= as very sorry for what he wrote. At the time, he had been in an accident and h= is wife and child were ill. In fining him 20s., the= Mayor said the magistrates had taken no notice of the letter in view of the man&#= 8217;s apology. They hoped it would be a lesson to him not to treat the Court in t= hat manner in future.

UNITED BROTHERHOOD. — = The first meeting of the winter session took place at the Town Hall on Sunday a= nd attracted a large gathering. The Rev. C. S. Jackson (chaplain) presided, an= d an address on “Child Psychology” was given by Dr. John Hammond, of= Wolverhampton. The soloists were Mr. D. Goodwin (baritone), Newcastle, Staffs., and Mr. Vincent Davis (tenor). Stoke. A= vote of thanks to the speaker and soloists was proposed by Mr. T. Goodall (secretary).

30th October 1937

BROSELEY

A SOCIAL is held in the Town Hall on Saturday in connec= tion with the Parish Church. One of the special attract= ions of the evening was a beetle drive, the winners of which were Miss Edwards a= nd Master Hallett. There were also games, and the evening concluded with a dance, the M.C. being Mr. C. Davies. Refreshments = were served by the ladies of the social committee and the arrangements for the social were made by Mr. C. Davies.

LATE MRS. E. NICKLESS

The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Nick= less, of 3, King Street, who died on Oct. 18, took place at the cemetery on Saturday. Mrs. Nickless, who was 81, was the widow of Mr. Richard Nickless, builder, of Iron-Bridge. She was a well-kno= wn figure and had lived for many years in Iron-Bridge, her native town, before coming= to Broseley 12 months ago. While in Iron-Bridge she was a regular attendant at= Madeley Wood Methodist Church. The Rev. R.= H. Osborne, circuit minister at Madeley Wood, conducted the service in the cemetery cha= pel, and Mr. E. C. S. White (diocesan lay reader) read a lesson.

The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. F. Ellis (son-in-l= aw and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. F. Corfield (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs.= H. Bowen (son-in-law and daughter), Messrs. Harry, Sydney, Fred and Harold Nickless (grandsons), Miss Gertrude Bowen (granddaugh= ter), Messrs. Frank, Tom and James Poole, and J. G. Bradeley= (nephews), Miss D. Lears, Mr. G. Lears and Mrs. S. Williams. The bearers were Messrs. G. Roe, E. Armstrong, W. Boden. R. Heighway, T. = Corfield and W. Bowen. Others present included Messrs. G. Roden, G. Williams, A. Brazier, A. Beddoes, F. Williams, H. Southern, J. Bowen. W. Denstone and H. Evans.

Wreaths were received from Ellen and Fred, Annie and Fr= ed. Mabel and Harold (daughters and sons-in-law): T. Webbl= ey (brother-in-law). Freda. Grace, Gertrude (granddaughters); Fred, Harry, Syd= ney, Harold (grandsons): Lizzie (niece); Mr. and Mrs. F. Poole: Mr. and Mrs. T. Poole: Mr. and Mrs. J. Poole: Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradeley= (nephews and nieces) : Miss Lears: Mrs. Ellis, Will. Alice and Audrey: Annie and Lottie: Mr. and Mrs. Roe: Mrs. Williams: Mrs. Morris: all at Broseley Hall; Mrs. Nelson: Mrs. Seabury; Mr.= and Mrs. Heighway: Mrs. Hewson= ; Mr. and Mrs. Beddoes and Arthur; Mr and Mrs. Brazier: Mr. and Mrs W. Bowen:= the Mission <= st1:PlaceType w:st=3D"on">Gardens: Mr. and Mrs. H. Evans; Mrs Welch.

A memorial service is being held on Sunday evening at <= st1:place w:st=3D"on">Madeley Wood Church.

BROSELEY

A RUMMAGE SALE was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, = when over £11 was raised on behalf of the Coal, Shoe and Clothing Clubs. T= he organisers were Mrs. Broadhurst, Miss Lister and Miss H. C. Potts, and the helpers consisted of Mrs. Broadhurst, Mrs. R. Smith, Mrs. J. Jones, Miss A. Jones. Miss Lister, Mrs. G. Potts. Mrs. Bayfie= ld, Mrs. White, Miss Horton, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Roberts, Miss Lloyd, Miss M. A. Po= tts, Messrs. E. C. S. White and J. Lloyd, and others.

METHODIST CHURCH.= — A social evening took place on Tuesday, when the Rev. E. W. A. Barber, Made= ley, presided over a large company. The first part of the social was devoted to games and competitions, for which Mrs. F. C. Howells presented the prizes, = and there was also a sketch which created much amusement. The arrangements were made by Mr. E. Humphries, assisted by the single men of the church.

BRITISH LEGION

The annual meeting, of the local branch was held at the= Town Hall on Thursday, when Mr. C. T. Harrison was in the chair.

Mr. E. C. S. White (treasurer) presented the statement = of accounts for the past year, and this showed that there was a balance in han= d of £17 10s., an increase on the previous year= .

The auditor, Mr. J. B. Nicklin, complimented the branch= on the way the books had been kept, both by the treasurer and the secretary (M= r. J. Clapton).

Mr. P. Archer (secretary) presented the report of the Benevolent Fund, which showed that a number of cases had been dealt with sympathetically, upwards of £20 having been distributed.

The Benevolent Committee was re-elected, with the addit= ion of Mr. Owen Jones.

The president, Col. the Rt. Hon. Lord Forester, was unanimously re-elected president, and other appointments were:-Chairman, Mr= . C. T. Harrison; vice-chairman, Capt. E. D. Collins; secretary, Mr. J. Clapton; treasurer, Mr. E. C. S. White; standard bearer, Mr. J. Bowen; auditor, Mr. = J. B. Nicklin; committee, Messrs. T. W. Howells, P. W. Parr, W. R. Pountney, L= . Wase, W. Wase, T. Goodall= , P. Archer, W. J. Ritchings, Owen Jones, A. Haynes,= and Towler.

A letter was read from Lord Forester inviting the branc= h to attend the handing over of the old colours of his regiment (the Royal Horse Guards) for placing in Willey Church, on Nov. 7., It was unanimously decided that the branch be represented, and a letter be sent to Lord Forester thank= ing him for the invitation.

A small sub-committee, consisting of Messrs. T. Goodall= , W. J. Ritchings, and B. Wase<= /span> was appointed to arrange for the annual dinner next month.

Mr. White and Mrs. Ogilvie were appointed to make arrangements for Poppy Day.

6th November 1937

Many congratulations were extended to Mr. and Mrs. Fran= cis Hayward, of 62, Shirlett, near Broseley, on Wednesday on completing 60 year= s of married life.

Both have reached the age of 80, and are enjoying the b= est of health.

They were married in London on Nov. 3, 1877, and have lived in Shropshire nearly all their lives.

Mr. Hayward is a member of a family well known in the <= st1:PlaceName w:st=3D"on">Montford Bridge district, and is the youngest son of the= late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hayward, formerly of Broomfield, Mont= ford Bridge.

A keen Methodist, Mr. Francis Hayward was well known as= a local preacher, and for about 30 years he was engaged in the Hadnall circuit.

“A Human Scarecrow”

He started work at the age of nine, and was employed at= Ensdon Farm, Montford Bridge, as a rook minder, for which he was paid 1s. a we= ek.

“I used to scare the rooks away”, he explai= ned in an interview. “I was what you might call a human scarecrow”, he added with a twinkle in his eye.

He has held various other positions, including those of footman, coachman and gardener, and since he went to live in a little thatc= hed cottage on the Willey estate—some 30 years ago—he was a woodman= on the estate, until he retired some 10 years ago.

He has worked for three Lords Fores= ter, and can recall five holders of the title.

Mr. and Mrs. Hayward have a family of five sons and sev= en daughters, and there are also 38 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. All the sons served in the war.

BROSELEY

AN INNOVATION. — A ple= asant time was spent by about 70 people at a social evening held in the Town Hall= on Wednesday and organised by the church social committee. Lady Forester, who = was accompanied by her sister and Lord Forester, acted, as hostess and the soci= al took the form of a conversation, all joining in to make the function, which= was the first of its kind held, an enjoyable and extremely friendly affair. Dur= ing the evening a programme was provided by the Misses. Bar= bara Heas, Hazel Price and Edith Buck= ett (accompanist), and Messrs Harold Francis and Bryan Jones, all of Shrewsbury.= Refreshments were in the charge of the ladies of the social committee, who were also res= ponsible for the pretty decorative effect. Mr. C. Davies, secretary of the social Committee, made the arrangements and the proceeds are to be devoted to deco= rating a room in the Town Hall for the library, Among those present in addition to= the names mentioned were Lady Norah More, Mr. E. H. H. Shorting (Mayor-elect), = Mr. and Mrs. H. Welch. Mr. W. T. Howells, Mr. and Mrs. R. Nicklin, Mr. and Mrs.= Andrews, the Misses Potts, Mrs. R. A. Instone, and the R= ev. C. S. Jackson (rector of Broseley). Assistance was given at the door by Mr. Joe Jones.

13th November 1937

PREPARING FOR NEW BRIDGE AT IRON-BRIDGE

ALTHOUGH the construction of a new bridge at Iron Bridge has been deferred for the present, the Roads and Bridges Committee reported= to the Salop County Council on Saturday that the acquisition of such of the la= nd and property as would eventually be required, particularly that it the isla= nd block on Tontine Hill was being proceeded with.

The following property which was included in the schedu= le of property to be acquired compulsorily, had been acquired by agreement:-Groce= r’s shop and dwelling-house and florist’s Shop, £650; chemist’= ;s shop and  dwelling-house, conf= ectioner’s shop and flat over, £2.250; cottages, £275

This property comprised practically the whole of the is= land block of property at the northern end of the old Iron-Bridge.

BROSELEY

DANCE. — About 150 were present at a dance at the= Town Hall on Nov. 5, organised by the Sunday School o= f the parish. Mr. George Roberts was M.C., and refreshments were served under the supervision of Miss H. C. Potts, assisted by teachers. Mr. Gerald Oakley was responsible for the arrangements made, and the proceeds were devoted to the physical culture club, which has recently been formed in the town.

COUNTY COUNCIL AND CHURCH STREET SCHEME.—At a mee= ting of the Salop County Council on Saturday, the Roads and Bridges Committee referred in their report to the decision made by the Council in February la= st, to eliminate a sharp curve in Church Street, Broseley, as the result of the vicar of Broseley having generously offered, subject to the approval of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, to allow the Council to demolish part of the vicarage and some of its outhouses, which occupied the inner side of the cu= rve without requiring alternative accommodation or compensatory works. It now appeared, the committee stated, that payment of 1s. a yard for the land and the execution of numerous compensatory works, the cos= t of which was roughly estimated at £500, were required. In view of the altered conditions, the committee saw no reasonable alternative but to recommend that the scheme be not carried out. The Council agreed to this.

BROSELEY

LATE MR. J. WOOLLAM.—The funeral took place at the cemetery on Wednesday of Mr. John Woollam, 6, Fox Lane<= /st1:Street>, whose death occurred rather suddenly on the previous Friday at the age of 5= 7. Mr. Woollam, who was a native of Ellesmere, had= lived in the town nearly all his life and was particularly well-known among the b= usiness people. He had been connected with the bakery trade for 40 years and for ov= er half that time he had owned a bakery and confectionery business in Church St.,= retiring five years ago. At the funeral service the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector) officiated and the chief mourners were the widow; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hotchkins, Ponciau, Wrexh= am (brother-in-law and sister); Mr. and Mrs. T. Luke, Rho= styllen (brother-in-law and sister); Mrs. V. Steen, Rhostyllen= (niece); Mr. H. Luke, Rhostyllen (nephew); Mr. = and Mrs. Lovett, Wellington (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mrs. M. Mason (sister-in-law); Mr. Dennis Mason and Mr. W. Ball. Others present included Messrs. F. Powell, T. Bennett, A. Pountney, A. Garbett, P. Hartshorn, C. Thomas, T. Wedge and J. Wilkes. The bearers were Messrs. A. Fielding, W. Ward, F. gnaw. W. A.. J. Casey and G. Oakley.

POPPY DAY. — Arrangeme= nts were made by Mrs. A. Ogilvie and Mr. E. C. S. White, who had the assistance of a large number of helpers. The sellers who had charge of collecting boxes on Wednesday were: For Willey, Mrs. Hugh Welch; Linley, Mrs. Rowland Hunt; Jackfield, Mrs. W. Price; Benthall, Mrs. G. Jones and Mrs: G. Whitmore; Broseley, Mrs. Ogilvie, Mrs. C. Hall, Mrs. M. Molineux= , Mrs. J. Aston, Mrs. C. Harrison, Mrs. J. Harris, Mrs. = Towler, Miss Jean Clapton, Miss M. Gainham, Miss O. Bro= okes and Mr. J. Sankey.

ARMISTICE DAY.—At the = open-air service held near the War Memorial the Rector of Broseley, the Rev. C. S. Jackson, said special prayers and gave a brief address.

BENTHALL (Broseley)

DEATH OF MR. T. WILDE. ̵= 2; The death occurred on Sunday after a short illness, of Mr. Thos. Wilde, who had= completed over years in the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co., Jackfield. Mr. Wilde, who = was 72, commenced work at the age of 13 at the old Benthall Works, and he was employed as a fireman for the greater part of his service. — The fune= ral took place on Tuesday, the Rev. R. H. Osborne (M= adeley Wood = Methodist Church) conducting a service in = Benthall Church before the burial in the new cemetery. The family mourners were Mr. William Wilde, = Ruabon (brother). Mr. G; Wilde (brother), Mr. A. Wilde (brother), Mr. J. Wilcox; Birmingham (brother-in-law), Mr. F. W. Davies (son-in-law), Mr. O. Bowen, <= span class=3DSpellE>Cefn, Mr. J. Ledger, Mr. L, Davies, Ruabon, and Mr. J. Bowen, Cefn (nephews), and Mr. E. Humphries. Others present included Mrs. F. C. Howells (Field House; Brosele= y), Messrs. M. Davis, C. Davis, C. Thomas, J. Beaman, O. Jones, C. Jones, G. Overhand and J. Meredith. Members of Mr. Wilde’s Lodge of Foresters attended and the funeral oration was read at the gravesi= de by Mr. J. Roper. The bearers were Messrs. Dromgole, A. O. Jones, J. Cross, N.= Taylor. G. Whitmore, P. Symonds, W. Harris and E. Molyneux.

INTERESTING CEREMONY AT WILLEY

OLD REGIMENTAL COLOURS PRESENTED TO CHURCH

THE presentation to Willey Church of the old regimental colours of the Royal Horse Guards, of which regiment = Lord Forester is a colonel, took place with appropriate ceremony on Sunday in the presence of a crowded congregation.

A colour party consisting of four officers of Royal Hor= se Guards, London, bearing the regimental standard, took up a position outside the church, and after the singing of the hymn, “O God, our Help in ages past”, entered the church to the music of the regimental march, played on the orga= n by Mr. William Wase. At the chancel they were met = by Lord Forester, in full uniform, and the rector of Willey, the Rev. W. G. Be= ale, who said they were gathered in that church to lay up that standard of the R= oyal Regiment of  Horse Guards. No = more fitting place could be found, he said, wherein to deposit those emblems of = duty and service than the House of God.

Lord Forester then took the King’s Colour in his = right hand and the Regimental Colour in his left, and after the colour party had presented arms, he advanced to the altar and said: “This consecrated = standard, formerly carried in the service of the King and Empire, I now deliver into = your hands for safe custody within these walls”. Then followed the flourish of a trumpet, and the rector, accepting the standard = on behalf of the church, placed it upon the altar. The ceremony closed = with the singing of the National Anthem. During evensong, which followed, Lord Forester read the lesson.

The rector was supported at the service by the Rev. R. = F. J. Sawyer (rector of Astley Abbotts) and the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector of Broseley), while the Rev. J. W. Isherwood (rural dean and vicar of Wenlock)= was the preacher.

Among those present at the service were Lord and Lady Forester, Lady Maitland. Lieut.Col= . the Hon. Francis H. C. Weld-Forester. Hon. Mrs. Weld-Forester, Major-Gen, H. D. O. Ward and Mrs. Ward, Lady Norah More, Mr.= Mytton More,Mr. and Mrs. = Hugh Welsh, Capt. Boon, Dr. Turner, Lieut.-Col. Key-worth, Mr. Keyworth, Mrs. and Miss Keyworth, Inspector J. H. Machin, Mrs. Beale and Mrs. Isherwood. Mr, C. T. Harr= ison (chairman) was in charge of the British Legion, who attended with their standard-bearer, Mr. J. Bowen,

20th November 1937

TILE WORKERS AND WAGE DISPUTE

MEETINGS AT BROSELEY AND MADELEY

STRIKE POSSIBLE-BEFORE OR AFTER CHRISTMAS?

Mr R. J. W. Clarke, Midlands= divisional organiser of the Transport and General Workers’ Union, and who has recently been elected Mayor of Burton, addressed a meeting of t= ile workers at Broseley, on Monday in connection with the wages dispute.

Mr. A. Flavell, Wolverhampt= on, district organiser of the Union, preside= d, and emphasised the importance of considering carefully what steps the members w= ere going to take. A good deal of correspondence had taken place with the Minis= try of Labour, and they were in the position of trying to  find out what was really the best = course to take in the interests of members concerned, and whether it was advisable= to have a strike before Christmas or wait till after. The Union wanted to avert this action by doing all in its power to try to make common sense prevail.

He referred to Col. Baldwin Webb’s efforts to get= the employers to meet them, and said that it now appeared that there was only o= ne thing to do and that was to fight.

Mr. Clarke said the result of the recent ballot advocat= ing strike action’ had been forwarded to the Ministry of Labour, who had asked the Union to defer any action until the Ministry had had the opportun= ity of getting into touch with tile various firms concerned, to see whether it = was possible for them to get a changed point of view from the employers.

Firms’ Letters

The speaker then read copies of letters from the four f= irms concerned.

The copies had been forwarded to him, he said, from the Industrial Relationships Dept., Birmingham, and the writers pointed out that they were not prepared to meet and discuss= the matter. One firm stated that it was a struggle to keep the works open, and another replied that “in face of the facts any threat of action by the men left them cold.”

The Union had made v= arious proposals to obviate a stoppage of work, the speaker continued. They were j= ust as conscious of the effects of a stoppage of work in that district as the managements of the firms were. There were two things open to the Union. They could declare a strike or they could fi= ght the firms concerned.

He knew there was something to be said possibly for the= ir geographical point of view, but the firms put this matter “out of cou= rt” if they were not prepared to accept, as the men were, the decision of an independent tribunal.

“Competition Not Co-operation

The firms had mentioned their inability to pay extra wa= ges. They met that type of argument in almost every tile works in the Midland Counties. The real reason, he alleged, was that the manufacturers in the tr= ade instead of being prepared to co-operate to get reasonable prices for their products, preferred to compete with each other. In the North Staffordshire districts there were probably some 20 firms on which the Union had members,= who complained that they were faced with severe competition, particularly from = the Shropshire district.

They in Staffordshire claimed with justification that t= hey were paying a standard wage which was considerably higher than was being pa= id in that district. The wages there were anything from a penny to twopence an hour higher than those in that district.<= /p>

He advised them to review the position calmly as to whe= ther they would take action now or defer it until after Christmas. He could appreciate all the complications of the position, and any course that they decided to take needed courage.

After the meeting had had discussions in private, it was stated that another meeting would be held in a fortnight’s time to consider the matter further,

A similar meeting was held the same evening at Madeley,= where it was also decided to have a further meeting.

BROSELEY’S £8,800

SEWERAGE SCHEME

NO OBJECTION AT PUBLIC INQUIRY

A PUBLIC inquiry into the Wenlock Borough Council’= ;s application to the Ministry of Health for sanction to borrow the sum of £8,800 for works of sewerage and sewage disposal at Broseley was held= at the Town Hall, Broseley, on Wednesday, before Mr. F. G. Hill, M.C., M.Inst.C.E.

Among those present were the Mayor (Mr E. H. H. Shortin= g), Ald. A. A. Exley, Councillors T. W. Howells, C. R. Jones, W. E. Davies and = E. D. Collins, Mr. F. W. Derry (Town Clerk), Dr. M. Gepp<= /span> (medical officer), Mr. C. J. Thomas (sanitary inspector), Major A. H. S. Wa= ters (consulting engineer), Mr. H. Mallinson (county= sanitary inspector), and Mr. L. Hugh Milne, Swansea (representing the Ministry of Ag= riculture and Fisheries).

The Council’s Case

Mr. F. W. Derry (Town Clerk), presenting the Council= 217;s case, said it was proposed that the loan of £8,800 should be spread o= ver a period of thirty years, which would involve loan charges of £485, a= nd the working expenses were estimated at £200 per annum.  The Broseley Sanitary committee, o= n whom the scheme would be charged, had a sufficient water supply, the loans in respect of which had been paid off, but another loan was contemplated for t= he sinking of a bore-hole at Beckbury with the obj= ect of further ensuring the Council’s water supplies from their water supply area.

The grounds for the sewerage scheme were: —There was no-sufficient system of sewage disposal in Broseley; the abandonment of privies and earth closets; the provision of se= wage for housing schemes for the accommodation of the working classes.

Representatives of the Council had seen Ministry offici= als with regard to the question of the provision of sewerage in connection with= the Council’s housing scheme, and the Ministry had advised the Council th= at any scheme of sewage disposal for the housing site should be such as to be capable of dealing with as much of the drainage area as naturally fell to t= he site of the proposed sewage disposal works and requested the Council to sub= mit such a comprehensive scheme. Accordingly the committee instructed their consulting engineer, Major Waters to prepare the scheme.

The area proposed to be served by the scheme was roughl= y the eastern half of Broseley, which would gravitate to the intended disposal wo= rks. The scheme would provide immediately for a population of 1,720 persons and would also make provision for the Council’s proposed housing scheme o= f 80 houses and also for the 28 houses already erected by the Council. Provision= was also made in the scheme for dealing with any future developments by private enterprise. In addition, the scheme included the Lady Forester Hospital, which was rather an important consideration.

It was not possible to obtain a rate in Broseley which = would effectively deal with the sewage for the whole of the township of B= roseley ,and the Council had accordingly submitted the scheme suggested by t= he Ministry, The site proposed for the treatment plant was situate in a field about ?0 yards due east of the centre of&n= bsp; High Street, Broseley, and a provisional contract had been entered to with the owner to acquire the necessary land for £150.

Application had been made to e County Council for a gra= nt and they had replied asking for certain data to be completed which the Council would submit later the scheme had been approved by the Ministry.

Rate Involved

The estimated rate to cover the scheme, assuming they h= ad no grant from the County Council, was 1s. 8d. No objection had been received to the scheme.

Replying to the Inspector, Mr. ??rry said he thought the County Council would m= ake a grant as similar schemes in the county had received one. They would erect houses ultimately, and they proposed to put up 25 to 30 immediately.

Dr. M. Gepp, medical office= r for the borough, said he considered the proposed site the most suitable they could = find in the area. Such a scheme was absolutely necessary Broseley.

Mr. C. J. Thomas, sanitary inspector, said that 420 properties should be drained in the area if the scheme was adopted.

Major Waters submitted a detailed report on the scheme.=

The Mayor, on behalf of the council, said the members o= f the Council were unanimously in favour of the scheme and he thought it would be of great advantage to the town.

The Inspector, who during the inquiry had expressed the= view that the scheme should not exceed the amount stated, intimated that he inte= nded to inspect the site selected, and he would report to the Ministry in due course.

BROSELEY

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was observed at the Parish Church on Sunday evening, when about 60 members of the local branch of the British paraded under their chairman, Mr. C. T. Harrison, who was accompanied by Ca= pt. E. D. Collins and Mr. T. W. Howells (vice-presidents). The special form of service was used, and the choir, under the direction of Mr. R. A. Yorke (organist and choirmaster), sang “The Sup= reme Sacrifice.” The Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector) conducted the service and preached the sermon.

BRITISH LEGION. — At a= meeting of ladies interested in the work of the British Legion, held at the Town Ha= ll, Broseley, under the auspices of Broseley British Legion Branch, a branch of= the women’s section of the British Legion was formed on Wednesday. The ch= air was taken by Mr. Clapton, secretary of the local British Legion branch, in = the unavoidable absence of his chairman, and the meeting was addressed by Mrs. = G. H. Slater of the Midland Area Committee British Legion Women’s Sectio= n. Mrs. Whitmore was elected branch  chairman, Mrs. Ogilvie the = hon. secretary, and Mrs. Goodall hon.  treasurer.

BRITISH LEGION DINNER

The annual dinner of the local branch of the British Le= gion was held at the Forester Arms on Monday.

Lord Forester (president) was in the chair, and was sup= ported by Mr. C. T. Harrison (chairman), Major Rowland Hunt, Capt. E. D. Collins, = Rev. C. S. Jackson. Dr. J. G. Boon, Dr. T. S. Hoy, Dr.= S. W. O. Hoy, Professor Kelly (Benthall), Inspector J. H. Ma= chin, Mr. T. W. Howells, Mr. P. W. Parr, Mr. W. S. Instone, Mr. R. Nicklin, Mr. J. Clapton (secretary), and about 70 members of the bra= nch.

Major Rowland Hunt proposed the toast of “The Imp= erial Forces,” Mr. T. W. Howells responding.

Mr. E. C. S. White, who proposed the toast of the Briti= sh Legion, commented favourably on the strength of the local branch. Mr. F. S. Francis responded.

The toast of “The president” was received w= ith musical honours, being proposed by Dr. J. G. Boon, Lord Forester, replying, expressed his pleasure at being present and said one had always the unhappy feeling that the British Legion was bound to die out, but it was pleasing in this connection to see that the Broseley branch was gaining strength. While they should remember those who fell in the war, it was more important that = they should remember those who came back and that was= where the British Legion came in.

Mr. W. J. Richings proposed= the toast of the hostess, Mrs. Smith.

During the evening a programme of entertainment was pro= vided by Messrs. T. Gower (Bridgnorth), R. W. Picken,= C. Hough, P. Heighway and T. Nock.

The arrangements tor the dinner wer= e made by a sub-committee consisting of Mr. W. J. Ritchi= ngs, Mr. A. H. Wase and Mr. T. Goodall.

POLICE COURT

The Mayor, Mr. E. H. H. Shorting, made his first appear= ance on the Bench at Broseley Police Court on Tuesday, and was welcomed by Col. = G. G. P. Hayward and Inspector J. H. Machin, on be= half of the police. The other magistrates on the Bench, in addition to the Mayor= and Col. Hayward, were Maj.-Gen. H. D. O. Ward and Messrs. J. S. Barker and E. = J. Exley.

Incident In Inn

An incident at the Boat Inn, Jackfield, was mentioned w= hen Frank Taylor, The Werps, Jackfield, iron moulde= r, was charged with assault. — Ralph Roberts, 8, The Lloyds, Iron-Bridge, labourer, said he was sitting in the Boat Inn talking on the evening of Nov= . 1 when defendant jumped up, came across the room and tried to strike him but = was held back. Witness’s companion had ordered some beer and defendant pi= cked up an ash-tray and threw it, breaking one of the glasses. He did not say a = word to defendant and why he did it he (witness) did not know.  He denied that he made an objectio= nable remark to defendant. There were women in the room at the time.

Harry Balmforth, Coalport, = said he was sitting next to Roberts in the room when defendant jumped up and tried = to strike Roberts in the face, but missed him. He then picked up an ash-tray a= nd threw it very viciously, but it missed Roberts. There were no words spoken between the defendant and Roberts. Witness’s glass was knocked on the floor and he got up and walked out. Asked if they were sober, witness repli= ed that they were. Defendant was nimble enough on his feet, but he was not so = good with his aim, he added.

Defendant, who pleaded “Not guilty,” said h= e had had about three glasses of beer, but he was  not drunk. Roberts and Balmforth were talking about condemned houses and he (defendant) said they could not get rent for condemned houses. Roberts then made a remark and he (defendant) rushed at him to hit him, but he did not do so. Someone caught, hold of him. He tried to hit him with an ash-tray, Jack Evans, Victoria Road, Madeley, corroborated defendant’s evidence. He said that when defenda= nt went to strike Roberts, he (witness) caught hold of him.

Defendant was fined 10s. and= 5s. costs.

 

6th November 1937

Shirlett Diamond Wedding

PICTURE

MANY congratul= ations were extended to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hayward, of 62, Shirlett, near Brosel= ey, on Wednesday on completing 60 years of married life.

Both have reac= hed the age of 80, and are enjoying the best of health.

They were marr= ied in London on Nov. 3, 1877, and have lived in Shropshire nearly all their lives.

Mr. Hayward is= a member of a family well known in the Montford = Bridge district, and is the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hayward, formerly of Broomfield, Montford Bridge.

A keen Methodi= st, Mr. Francis Hayward was well known as a local preacher, and for about 30 years = he was engaged in the Hadnall circuit.<= /span>

A Human Scarecrow”

He started wor= k at the age of nine, and was employed at Ensdon Farm, <= st1:place w:st=3D"on">Montford= Bridge, as a rook m= inder, for which he was paid 1s. a week.

“I used = to scare the rooks away”, he explained in an interview. “I was what you might call a human scarecrow”, he added with a twinkle in his eye.

He has held va= rious other positions, including those of footman, coachman and gardener, and sin= ce he went to live in a little thatched cottage on the Willey estate—som= e 30 years ago—he was a woodman on the estate, until he retired some 10 ye= ars ago.

He has worked = for three Lords Forester, and can recall five holders = of the title.

Mr. and Mrs. H= ayward have a family of five sons and seven daughters, and there are also 38 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. All the sons served in the war.=

BROSELEY

AN INNOVATION. — A ple= asant time was spent by about 70 people at a social evening held in the Town Hall= on Wednesday and organised by the church social committee. Lady Forester, who = was accompanied by her sister and Lord Forester, acted,  as  hostess and the social took the fo= rm of a conversazione, all joining in to make the function, which was the first o= f its kind held, an enjoyable and extremely friendly affair. During the evening a programme was provided by the Misses. Barbara Heas, Hazel Price and Edith Buckett (accompanist),  and Me= ssrs Harold Francis and Bryan Jones, all of Shrewsbury. Refreshments were in the charge of the ladies of the social committee, who = were also responsible for the pretty decorative effect. Mr. C. Davies, secretary= of the social Committee, made the arrangements and the proceeds are to be devo= ted to decorating a room in the Town Hall for the library, Among those present = in addition to the names mentioned were Lady Norah More, Mr. E. H. H. Shorting (Mayor-elect), Mr. and Mrs. H. Welch. Mr. W. T. Howells, Mr. and Mrs. R. Nicklin, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, the Misses Potts, Mrs. R. A. Instone, and the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector of Broseley). Assistance was given at the door by Mr. Joe Jones.

13th November 1937

PREPARING FOR NEW BRIDGE AT IRON-BRIDGE<= o:p>

ALTHOU= GH the construction of a new bridge at Iron-Bridge has been deferred for the present, the Roads and Bridges Committee reported= to the Salop County Council on Saturday that the acquisition of such of the la= nd and property as would eventually be required, particularly that in the isla= nd block on Tontine Hill was being proceeded with.

The following property which was included in the schedu= le of property to be acquired compul­sorily, had been acquired by agreement:—Grocer’s shop and dwelling-house and florist’s chemist’s shop and  dwelling-house, £650; = confectioner’s shop and flat over, £2.250; cottages, £275.

This property comprised practically the whole of the is= land block of property at the northern of the old Iron-Bridge.

BROSELEY

DANCE. — About 150 were present at a dance at the= Town Hall on Nov. 5, organised by the Sunday School o= f the parish. Mr. George Roberts was M.C., and refreshments were served under the supervision of Miss H. C. Potts, assisted by teachers. Mr. Gerald Oakley was responsible for the arrangements made, and the proceeds were devoted to the physical culture club, which has recently been formed in the town.

PARISH CHURCH = SOCIAL. — The fortnightly social run in connection with the Parish Church, took place at the Town Hall on Saturday, when a company of over 100 people spent a jolly evening. The first half of the programme was devoted mainly to the children, for whom games were arranged, while dancing was later indulged in. with the Rector, the Rev. C. S. Jackson, acting as M.C. The various competition winners during the evening were Miss Bryce, Miss Joan Smith and Miss Edith Smith. The arrangements for the social were carried out by Mrs. = W. R. Pountney, Mrs. W. Ward, Mrs. A. Cross and Miss A. Lloyd, who were also responsible for serving refreshments.

COUNTY COUNCIL AND CHURCH STREET SCHEME.—At a mee= ting of the Salop County Council on Saturday, the Roads and Bridges Committee referred in their report to the decision made by the Council in February la= st, to eliminate a sharp curve in Church Street, Broseley, as the result of the vicar of Broseley having generously offered, subject to the approval of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, to allow the Council to demolish part of the vicarage and some of its outhouses, which occupied the inner side of the cu= rve without requiring alternative accommodation or compensatory works. It now appeared, the committee stated, that payment of is. a yard for the land and the execution of numerous compensatory works, the cos= t of which was roughly estimated at £500, were required. In view of the altered conditions, the committee saw no reasonable alternative but to recommend that the scheme be not carried out. The Council agreed to this.

JACKFIELD

COALFORD SUNDAY SCHOOL. R= 12;The monthly Pleasant Sunday Afternoon service was held on Sunday in the schoolr= oom, arranged by Mrs. E. Peake and Mr. W. Gauton (teachers). Miss Barbara Ayres presided and an= address was given by Mr. J. Pumford (superintendent of = the Sunday school), the devotional part being conducted by Mr. W. H. Poole (assistant = superintendent). Mr. G. Stewart was at the organ. Choruses were rendered by the following scholars:— Joan Pumfo= rd, Alice Cleobury, Elsie Stewart, John Owen, Lawre= nce Beech, Graham Dickens and Roy Wilkes. During the service Mrs. J. Evans rece= ived donations for the National Children’s Home and Orphanage.—On Mo= nday a social was held, a pleasant evening being spent in games, etc. Dennis Edw= ards contributed to the programme with a recitation. Mr. R. Colley presided, and= the following teachers were responsible for the arranging of the programme and serving of refreshments:—Mrs. W. H. Poole, Mrs. W. Anderson. Mrs. F. = Peake, Mrs. J. Evans. Miss E. Sto= kes, and Messrs. J. Pumford. W. H. Poole. J. Evans a= nd G. Stewart. The proceeds were for the Sunday school funds.

BROSELEY

LATE MR. J. WOOLLAM.—The funeral took place at the cemetery on Wednesday of Mr. John Woollam, 6, Fox Lane<= /st1:Street>, whose death occurred rather suddenly on the previous Friday at the age of 5= 7. Mr. Woollam, who was a native of Ellesmere, had= lived in the town nearly all his life and was particularly well-known among the b= usiness people. He had been connected with the bakery trade for 40 years and for ov= er half that time he had owned a bakery and confectionery business in Church St.,= retiring five years ago. At the funeral service the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector) officiated and the chief mourners were the widow; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hotchkins, Ponciau, Wrexh= am (brother-in-law and sister); Mr. and Mrs. T. Luke, Rho= styllen (brother-in-law and sister); Mrs. V. Steen, Rhostyllen= (niece); Mr. H. Luke, Rhostyllen (nephew); Mr. = and Mrs. Lovett, Wellington (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mrs. M. Mason (sister-in-law); Mr. Dennis Mason and Mr. W. Ball. Others present included Messrs. F. Powell, T. Bennett, A. Pountney, A. Garbett, P. Hartshorn, C. Thomas, T. Wedge and J. Wilkes. The bearers were Messrs. A. Fielding, W. Ward, F. Shaw.&= nbsp; W. Haynes, J. Casey and G. Oakley.

POPPY DAY. — Arrangeme= nts were made by Mrs. A. Ogilvie and Mr. E. C. S. White, who had the assistance of a large number of helpers. The sellers who had charge of collecting boxes on Wednesday were: For Willey, Mrs. Hugh Welch; Linley, Mrs. Rowland Hunt; Jac= kfield, Mrs. W. Price; Benthall, Mrs. G. Jones and Mrs: G. Whitmore; Broseley, Mrs. Ogilvie, Mrs. C. Hall, Mrs. M. Molineux, Mrs. J. Aston, Mrs. C. Harrison, Mrs. J. Harris, Mrs. Towler, Miss Jean Clapton, Miss M. Gainham, Miss 0. Brookes and Mr. J. Sankey.=

ARMISTICE DAY.— At the open-air service held near the War Memorial the Rector of Broseley, the Rev= . C. S. Jackson, said special prayers and gave a brief address.

MOTHERS’ UNION. — The annual social took place at the Town Hall on Wednesday. The proceedings opened with a hymn and a prayer said by the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector). An address was given by Mrs. J. Broadhurst, the enrolling member.= The programme was contributed to by Miss Joan Smith and Miss Muriel Marsh (pianoforte solos), Mrs. D. Smith and Miss Annie Lloyd (songs), and Mrs. J. Jones, Mrs. Hough. and Master J. Benbow (recita= tions): The following members took part in the Mothers’ Union play entitled &= #8220;Violets”: Mrs. J. Jones, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Benbow, Mrs. Wat= kins, Mrs. W. Davis, Mrs. Archer, Mrs. A. Jones, Mrs. T. Goodall and Mrs. Clapton. The accompanists for the soloists were Miss May Potts and Mrs. W. Davis. Du= ring an interval the rector gave a brief talk and refreshments were afterwards served by the committee members. The arrangements for the event were in the hands of Mrs. Broadhurst.

PARISH CHURCH.= — At the patronal festival services on Su= nday, conducted by .the rector, the Rev. C. S. Jackson, the choir sang the anthem= “He shall wipe away all tears,” the quartet being by Messrs. F. S. Francis and W. Price (tenors), A. Garbett (alto) and R. Yorke<= /span> (bass). The lessons were read by Mr. Gerald Oakley and Mr. R. A. Yorke was at the organ.

BENTHALL (Broseley)

DEATH OF MR. T. WILDE. ̵= 2; The death occurred on Sunday after a short illness, of Mr. Thos. Wilde, who had= completed over years in the employ of Messrs. Maw and Co., Jackfield. Mr. Wilde, who = was 72, commenced work at the age of 13 at the old Benthall Works, and he was employed as a fireman for the greater part of his service. — The fune= ral took place on Tuesday, the Rev. R. H. Osborne (M= adeley Wood = Methodist Church) conducting a service in = Benthall Church before the burial in the new cemetery. The family mourners were Mr. William Wilde, = Ruabon (brother). Mr. G; Wilde (brother), Mr.-, A. Wilde (brother), Mr. J. Wilcox; Birmingham (brother-in-law), Mr. F. W. Davies (son-in-law), Mr. O. Bowen, <= span class=3DSpellE>Cefn, Mr. J. Ledger, Mr. L. Davies, Ruabon, and Mr. J. Bowen, Cefn (nephews), and Mr. E. Humphries. Others present included Mrs. F. C. Howells (Field House; Brosele= y), Messrs. M. Davis, C. Davis, C. Thomas, J. Beaman, O. Jones, C. Jones, G. Overhand and J. Meredith. Members of Mr. Wilde’s Lodge of Foresters attended and the funeral oration was read at the gravesi= de by Mr. J. Roper. The bearers were Messrs. Dromgole, A. O. Jones, J. Cross, N.= Taylor. G. Whitmore, P. Symonds, W. Harris and E. Molyneux.

20th November 1937

TILE WORKERS AND WAGE DISPUTE

MEETINGS AT BROSELEY AND MADELEY

STRIKE POSSIBLE-BEFORE OR AFTERCHRISTMAS?

MR. J. W. Clarke, Midlands divisional organiser of the Transport and General Workers’ Union, and who has recently been elected Mayor of B= urton, addressed a meeting of tile workers at Broseley, on Monday in connection wi= th the wages dispute.

Mr. A. Flavell, Wolverhampt= on, district organiser of the Union, preside= d, and emphasised the importance of considering carefully what steps the members w= ere going to take. A good deal of correspondence had taken place with the Minis= try of Labour, and they were in the position of trying to find out what was rea= lly the best course to take in the interests of members concerned, and whether = it was advisable to have a strike before Christmas or wait till after. The Union wanted to avert this action by doing all in i= ts power to try to make common sense prevail.

He referred to Col. Baldwin-Webb’s efforts to get= the employers to meet them, and said that it now appeared that there was only one thing t= o do and that was to fight.

Mr. Clarke said the result of the recent ballot advocat= ing strike action had been forwarded to the Ministry of Labour, who had asked t= he Union to defer any action until the Ministry had had the opportunity of get= ting into touch with tile various firms concerned, to see whether it was possible for them to get a changed point of view from the employers.

Firms’ Letters

The speaker then read copies of letters from the four f= irms concerned.

The copies had been forwarded to him, he said, from the Industrial Relationships Dept., Birmingham, and the writers pointed out that they were not prepared to meet and discuss= the matter. One firm stated that it was a struggle to keep the works open, and another replied that “in face of the facts any threat of action by the men left them cold.”

The Union had made v= arious proposals to obviate a stoppage of work, the speaker continued. They were j= ust as conscious of the effects of a stoppage of work in that district as the managements of the firms were. There were two things open to the Union. They could declare a strike; or they could f= ight the firms concerned.

He knew there was something to be said possibly for the= ir geographical point of view, but the firms put this matter “out of cou= rt” if they were not prepared to accept, as the men were, the decision of an independent tribunal.

“Competition Not Co-operation”

The firms had mentioned their inability to pay extra wa= ges. They met that type of argument in almost every tile works in the Midland Counties. The real reason, he alleged, was that the manufacturers in the tr= ade instead of being prepared to co-operate to get reasonable prices for their products, preferred to compete with each other. In the North Staffordshire districts there were probably some 20 firms on which the Union had members,= who complained that they were faced with severe competition, particularly from = the Shropshire district.

They in Staffordshire claimed with justification that t= hey were paying a standard wage which was considerably higher than was being pa= id in that district. The wages there were anything from a penny to twopence an hour higher than those in that district.<= /p>

He advised them to review the position calmly as to whe= ther they would take action now or defer it until after Christmas. He could appreciate all the complications of the position, and any course that they = decided to take needed courage.

After the meeting had had discussions in private, it was stated that another meeting would be held in a fortnight’s time to consider the matter further,

A similar meeting was held the same evening at Madeley,= where it was also decided to have a further meeting.

BROSELEY’S £8,800 SEWERAGE SCHEME

NO OBJECTION AT PUBLIC INQUIRY

A PUBLIC inquiry into the Wenlock Borough Council’= ;s application to the Ministry of Health for sanction to borrow the sum of £8,800 for works of sewerage and sewage disposal at Broseley was held= at the Town Hall, Broseley, on Wednesday, before Mr. F. G. Hill, M.C., M.Inst.C.E.

Among those present were the Mayor E. H. H. Shorting), = Ald. A. A. Exley, Councillors T. W. Howells, C. R. Jones, W. E. Davies and E. D. Collins, Mr. F. W. Derry, (Town Clerk), Dr. M. Gepp (medical officer), Mr. C. J. Thomas, (sanitary inspector), Major A. H. S. Waters (consulting engineer), Mr. H. Mallinson (county sanitary inspector), and Mr. L. Hugh Milne, Swansea (representing t= he Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries).

The Council’s Case

Mr. F. W. Derry (Town Clerk), presenting the Council= 217;s case, said it was proposed that the loan of £8,800 should be spread o= ver a period of thirty years, which would involve loan charges of £485, a= nd the working expenses *were estimated at £200 per annum. The Broseley Sani= tary committee, on whom the scheme would be charged, had a sufficient water supp= ly, the loans in respect of which had been paid off, but another loan was contemplated for the sinking of a bore-hole at Beckbur= y with the object of further ensuring the Council’s water supplies from their water supply area.

The grounds for the sewerage scheme were:— There was no sufficient system of sewage disposal in Broseley; the abandonm= ent of privies and earth closets; the provision of sewage for housing schemes f= or the accommodation of the working classes.

Representatives of the Council had seen Ministry offici= als with regard to the question of the provision of sewerage in connection with= the Council’s housing scheme, and the Ministry had advised the Council th= at any scheme of sewage disposal for the housing site should be such as to be capable of dealing with as much of the drainage area as naturally fell to t= he site of the proposed sewage disposal works and requested the Council to sub= mit such a comprehensive scheme. Accordingly the committee instructed their consulting engineer, Major Waters to prepare the scheme.

The area proposed to be served by the scheme was roughl= y the eastern half of Broseley, which would gravitate to the intended disposal wo= rks. The scheme would provide immediately for a population of 1,720 persons and would also make provision for the Council’s proposed housing scheme o= f 80 houses and also for the 28 houses already erected by the Council. Provision= was also made in the scheme for dealing with any future developments by private enterprise. In addition, the scheme included the Lady Forester Hospital, which was rather an important consideration

It was not possible to obtain a rate in Broseley which = would effectively deal with the sewage for the whole of the township of Broseley ,and the Council had accordingly submitted the scheme suggested by the Ministry, The place proposed for the treatment plant was situate in a field about 100 yards due east of the centre of High Stree= t, Broseley, and a provisional contract had been entered to with the owner to = acquire the necessary land for £150.

Application had been made to the County Council for a g= rant and they had replied asking for certain data to be completed rich the Counc= il would submit after the scheme had been approved by the Ministry.

Rate Involved

The estimated rate to cover the scheme, assuming they h= ad no grant from the County Council, was 1s. 8d. No objection had been received to the scheme.

Replying to the Inspector, Mr. Norry said he thought the County council would make a grant as similar schemes in the county had rece= ived one. They would erect houses ultimately, and they opposed to put up 25 to 3= 0 immediately.

Dr. M. Gepp, medical office= r for the borough, said he considered the proposed site the most suitable they could = find in the area. Such;a = scheme was absolutely necessary for Broseley.

Mr. C. J. Thomas, sanitary inspector, said that 420 properties could be drained in the area if e scheme was adopted.

Major Waters submitted a detailed report on the scheme.=

The Mayor, on behalf of the council, said the members o= f the Council were unanimously in favour of the scheme and he thought it would be of great advantage to the town.

The Inspector, who during the inquiry had expressed the= view that the scheme should not exceed the amount stated, intimated that he inte= nded to inspect the site selected, and he would report to the Ministry in due course.

BROSELEY

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was observed at the Parish Church on Sunday evening, when about 60 members of the local branch of the British paraded under their chairman, Mr. C. T. Harrison, who was accompanied by Ca= pt. E. D. Collins and Mr. T. W.  <= span class=3DGramE>Howells (vice-presidents). The special form of service= was used, and the choir, under the direction of Mr. R. A. = Yorke (organist and choirmaster), sang “The Supreme Sacrifice.” The R= ev. C. S. Jackson (rector) conducted the service and preached the sermon.

BRITISH LEGION. — At a= meeting of ladies interested in the work of the British Legion, held at the Town Ha= ll, Broseley, under the auspices of Broseley British Legion Branch, a branch of= the women’s section of the British Legion was formed on Wednesday. The ch= air was taken by Mr. Clapton, secretary of the local British Legion branch, in = the unavoidable absence of his chairman, and the meeting was addressed by Mrs. = G. H. Slater of the Midland Area Committee British Legion Women’s Sectio= n. Mrs. Whitmore was elected branch chairman, Mrs. Ogilvie the hon. secretary,= and Mrs. Goodall hon. treasurer.

BRITISH LEGION DINNER

The annual dinner of the local branch of the British Le= gion was held at the Forester Arms on Monday.

Lord Forester (president) was in the chair, and was sup= ported by Mr. C. T. Harrison (chairman), Major Rowland Hunt, Capt. E. D. Collins, = Rev. C. S.  Jackson. Dr. J. G.= Boon, Dr. T. S. Hoy, Dr. S. W. O. Hoy, Professor Kelly (Benthall), Inspector J. H= . Machin, Mr. T. W. Howells, Mr. P. W. Parr, Mr. W. S. = Instone, Mr. R. Nicklin, Mr. J. Clapton (secretary), = and about 70 members of the branch.

Major Rowland Hunt proposed the toast of Imperial Force= s, Mr. T. W. Howells responding.

Mr. E. C. S. White, who proposed the toast of the Briti= sh Legion, commented favourably on the strength of the local branch. Mr. F. S. Francis responded.

The toast of “The president” was received w= ith musical honours, being proposed by Dr. J. G. Boon. Lord Forester, replying, expressed his pleasure at being present and said one had always the unhappy feeling that the British Legion was bound to die out, but it was pleasing in this connection to see that the Broseley branch was gaining strength. While they should remember those who fell in the war, it was more important that = they should remember those who came back and that was= where the British Legion came in.

Mr. W. J. Richings proposed= the toast of the hostess, Mrs. Smith.

During the evening a programme of entertainment was pro= vided by Messrs. T. Gower (Bridgnorth), R. W. Picken,= C. Hough, P. Heighway and T. Nock.

The arrangements tor the dinner wer= e made by a sub-committee consisting of Mr. W. J. Ritchi= ngs, Mr. A. H. Wase and Mr. T. Goodall.

POLICE COURT

The Mayor, Mr. E. H. H. Shorting, made his first appear= ance on the Bench at Broseley Police Court on Tuesday, and was welcomed by Col. = G. G. P. Hayward and Inspector J. H. Machin, on be= half of the police. The other magistrates on the Bench, in addition to the Mayor= and Col. Hayward, were Maj.-Gen. H. D. O. Ward and Messrs. J. S. Barker and E. = J. Exley.

Incident In Inn

An incident at the Boat Inn, Jackfield, was mentioned w= hen Frank Taylor, The Werps, Jackfield, iron moulde= r, was charged with assault. — Ralph Roberts, 8, The Lloyds, Iron-Bridge, labourer, said he was sitting in the Boat Inn talking on the evening of Nov= . 1 when defendant jumped up, came across the room and tried to strike him but = was held back. Witness’s companion had ordered some beer and defendant pi= cked up an ash-tray and threw it, breaking one of the glasses. He did not say a = word to defendant and why he did it he (witness) did not know.  He denied that he made an objectio= nable remark to defendant. There were women in the room at the time.

Harry Balmforth, Coalport, = said he was sitting’ next to Roberts in the room when defendant jumped up and tried to strike Roberts in the face, but missed him. He then picked up an ash-tray and threw it very viciously, but it missed Roberts. There were no words spoken between the defendant and Roberts. Witness’s glass was knocked on the floor and he got up and walked out. Asked if they were sober, witness replied that they were. Defendant was nimble enough on his feet, bu= t he was not so good with his aim, he added.

Defendant, who pleaded “Not guilty,” said h= e had had about three glasses of beer, but he was not drunk. Roberts and Balmforth were talking about condemned houses and he (defendant) said they could not get rent for condemned houses. Roberts then made a remark and he (defendant) rushed at him to hit him, but he did not do so. Someone caught, hold of him. He tried to hit-him with an ash-tray,

Jack Evans, Victoria Road, Madeley, corroborated defendant’s evidence. He said that when defendant went to strike Roberts, he (witness) caught hold of him.

Defendant was fined 10s. and= 5s. costs.

JACKFIELD

FIRE.—An outbreak of f= ire occurred at the Ladywood Clay Works on Wednesday morn and Capt. P. Davies, = of the Iron Bridge Fire Brigade, who was called to the scene, found the engine house ablaze. The fire caused an explosion through the crude oil pipes behi= nd the engine becoming overheated, but there was little damage done to the mac= hinery. The engine house was completely burnt out, but thanks to the helpers who we= re on the spot shortly after the outbreak occurred, the fire was prevented from spreading.

TENNIS CLUB EFFORT.— T= o help to pay off the debt on the court now in course of construction, the newly formed tennis club organised a whist drive and dance at the Parish Room on Wednesday. There were 14 tables for whist, and the number of people present increased to over 100 for the dance. The M.C. for whist was Mr. Cyril Hughe= s, and the prizes were presented by Mrs. F. J. R. Mason, wife of the rector. T= he whist winners were: 1, Mrs. N. Hughes; 2, Miss P. Jones; 3, Miss A. Gallier; consolation, Mrs. George. Coalport; highest = score first half, Miss P. Jones; 1, Mrs. E. Poole; 2, Mrs. Smith, Queen’s H= ead, Iron-Bridge; 3, Mrs. Sykes (all playing as gent.); special prize, Mr. G. Rogers. For the dance that followed Mr. F. Clay was M.C., and the lucky spo= t winners were Miss Winnie Goodall and Mr. Ken Evans. The catering was undertaken by the lady members of the club, who were assisted = by St. Mary’s catering committee. The secretarial arrangements were made= by Mr. G. E. Britton.

COALPORT

LATE MR. C. OAKES. — T= he death occurred on Saturday, at the age of 63, of Mr. Cecil Oakes, at his home, Gitchfield Cottages, after an illness of about four y= ears. He was a native of Coalport and had been employed in the clay industry of t= he district practically the whole of his life. At the time of his retirement, = through ill-health he was engaged with Messrs. Exley and Sons at their Gitchfield roofing tile works. He was one of the olde= st members of the Ancient Order of Foresters, Coal-port Lodge. — The fun= eral took place on Tuesday at Broseley cemetery, and the service was held in the cemetery chapel, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. F. J. R. Mason (Rector of Jackfield). The bearers, old workmates, were .Messrs. P. Clarke,= W. Edwards, E. Bowen, E. Groves, H. Evans a= nd G. Davies. The family mourners included Mr. Harry Hughes (stepson), Mr. Harry Woodward, Weston-super-Mare (stepson-in-= law), Mr. John. Oakes, Coalport, Mr. Gr= eville Oakes and Mr. Edwin Oakes, Madeley (brothers), Mrs. Bacon, Welshampton (sister), Mr. and Mrs. R. Ashwood, Broseley (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. Stanley Oakes, Madeley (nephew), and Miss Lillie Oakes, Welshampton (niece). Six members = of the Friendly Society attended, and the Foresters’ oration was read by Mr.= E. Bowen at the graveside.

27th November 1937

BROSELEY,

POPPY DAY RESULT. — Th= e total collected on Poppy Day for Broseley district which included Benthall, Willey and Jackfield, was £25 17s. The individual collectors were Mrs. Ogilv= ie, Mrs. Rowland Hunt (Linley). Mrs. C. Hall, Mrs. J. Aston, Mrs. H. Welch (Willey), Miss O. Brooks, Mrs. Molineux, Mr. E.= C. S. White, Mr. J. Sankey, Mrs. G. Jones (Benthall),= Miss M. Gainham, Mrs. G. Whitmore (Benthall), Mrs. C. Harrison, Miss J. Clapton, Mrs. Towler, Mrs. J. Harris, Miss Instone (Jackfield) (per Mrs. W. P= rice).

BROTHERHOOD.—The month= ly meeting was held in the Town Hall on Sunday afternoon, when there was a large gathe= ring. The Rev. C. S. Jackson (chaplain) presided and led in prayer, afterwards reading the lesson. The speaker was Mr. H. P. Gray, of Shrewsbury, who gave an interesting tal= k on “Religion and Drama”. During the afternoon a solo was pleasingly rendered by Mr= . F. W. Davies (tenor), of Benthall. A vote of thanks to the speaker and to Mr. Davies was proposed by Mr. T. Goodall.

LATE MRS. M. TAYLOR. —= The funeral took place at the Parish= Church on Saturday of Mrs. Mary Taylor, who die= d on the previous Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. W. Tonkiss, Abb= ey Foregate, Shrewsbury. Mrs. Taylor, who = was 72, was the widow of Mr. Alfred Taylor, a well-known plumber and decorator = in the town, who died about 10 years ago. She was a native of Much Wenlock, and when living in Broseley she was connected with the Parish Church, being a member of the Mo= thers’ Union. The Rev. F. J. R. Mason (rector of Jackfield) officiated at the funeral and the chief mourners were Mrs. G. W. Tonkiss. Shrewsbury (daughter); Mrs. E. Hanna, Isle of Wight (daughter); Mr. and Mrs. G. Corfield, Dunge Grove, Broseley (son-in-law and daughter); Master G. Alfred Corfield (grandson); Mr. Arthur= Taylor, Coalbrookdale (nephew); Miss G. Taylor, Rudgewood, Broseley (niece); Mrs. Fred Thomas (The Marsh, Much Wenlock) and Miss Annie Corfield (Barrow). Others present included Mr. Hinsley= Evans (Coalport), Mr. W. Edge, Mrs. T. Jones (Shifnal), Mrs. A. Tonkiss (Broseley), Mrs. K. Brazier (Broseley) and Mrs. Broadhurst and Mrs. J. Jones (representing the Mothers’ Union). The bearers were Messrs. John Hill, James Hill, A. Tonkiss and F. Oliver.

MAYOR’S SUNDAY

The new Mayor (Mr. E. H. H. Shorting) attended divine s= ervice at the Parish Church on Sunday morning, being ac= companied by fellow members of the Wenlock Borough Council, and representatives of various bodies and other prominent people. A procession was formed at the T= own Hall, headed by the Jackfield Silver Prize Band (under Bandmaster W. Ellis)= and consisted of the Broseley Fire Brigade, under Mr. J. G= ittins, the Iron-Bridge and Madeley Fire Brigade, under Mr. P. Davies, the Police, = who acted as mace and stave bearers, under Supt. A. J. Ridgway, the Mayor, Town Clerk (Mr. F. W. Derry), Aldermen W. Roberts, W. G. Dy= as, A. A. Exley and T. H. Thompson Councillors O. D. Murphy, E. D. Collins, T. = W. Howells, P. W. Parr, W. E. Davies, C. R. Jones, C. R. H. Kane, A. Brickhowell, J. Lloyd. E. Hands. E. S. Owen, E. E. Be= nnett, J. Jesse. R. A. Jones, A. Parrock, C. Powell, F= . H. Fowler and J. F. Richards; Mr. D. Fergusson (Assistant Town Clerk), Mr. A. = H. Thorn-Pudsey (Magistrates’ Clerk), Mr. F. Richards (Surveyor), Mr. C.= J. Thomas (Sanitary Inspector), Mr. A. O. Callear = (Water Engineer), Mr. F. R. Cottrell, Lloyds Bank (treasurer), Mr. J. H. Grainger = (auditor).

Others present included the Mayor of Bridgnorth (Mr. .H= . E Whitney) and the Town Clerk (Mr. R. Elwin Price), Mr. J. Fox-Davies. Mr. E.= C. S. White, the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector of Broseley), Iron-Bridge Territorials under 2nd Lieut. K. R. Jemmett, Broseley branch, British Legion, under Mr. C. T. Harrison (chairman), Iron-bridge Division, St. John Ambulance Brigade, under Supt. F. Hill, Nurs= ing Division, under Mrs. F. M. Preece, Madeley Boy Scouts, under Mr. R. M. Cowdell, and 1st Jack-f= ield St. Mary’s Girl Guides, under Miss W. Perkins (c= apt.) and Miss E. Perkins (lieut.)

The service was conducted by the rector and included the anthems “Let Thy Hand be Strengthened” and “Thou wilt keep him” a tenor solo, “Great Lord of Life” being rendered by= Mr. R. Francis. Mr. R. A. Yorke (organist) directed= the choir. The rector preached on the text, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be = added unto you.” He commented on the problems and difficulties which faced = us at the present time and said if they were to be overcome it would be by co-operative means rather than through individual effort.

DEATH OF HON. C. WELD-FORESTER

THE Hon. Charles Cecil Orlando Weld-Forester, uncle    = ;      of Lord Forester, Willey Park, Broseley, and brother of the late Lord Forester, died after an operation in London on Tuesday.

The eldest surviving son of the fifth Baron Forester, h= e had served as a lieutenant in the Shropshire Yeomanry Cavalry. He was born in 1= 869.

The funeral takes place to-day (Saturday) at Cheriton, Kent.

4th December 1937

INTERESTING WEDDING AT
BARROW CHURCH

LORD and Lady Forester were present at the wedding at <= st1:place w:st=3D"on">Barrow Church, Much Wenlock, on Saturday, of Miss Violet Joan Griffiths and Trooper Ronald Charles Russell, of the Royal Horse Guards.

The bride, who had been employed as a nurse at Willey H= all, is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Griffiths, of 9, Posenhall, Broseley. The bridegroom, who is batman to Lord Forester, is the youngest s= on of Mr. and Mrs. C. Russell, of Merstham, Surrey.

The wedding was of a military character, the bridegroom= , best man and groomsman all wearing the striking uniform of the Blues.

The service was fully choral, the hymns sung being R= 20;Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us”, and “O Perfect Love”, the = organist being Mr. W. Wase.

The officiating ministers were the Rev. L. J. B. Snell, rector of Holy Trinity, Herefo= rd, and formerly rector of Willey, and the Rev. W. G. Beale (rector).

Given away by her father, the bride wore a dress of whi= te satin, with hat and shoes to match, with wreath of orange blossoms and lace veil and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums.

The chief bridesmaid was Miss Olive Griffiths (sister o= f the bride), who was attired in red crepe-de-Chine, with hat and shoes to match,= and who carried a bouquet of cream and bronze chrysanthemums. She also wore a g= old pendant, the gift of the bridegroom. The two small attendants, the Misses E= lsie and Margery Jones, had pink crepe-de-Chine dresses, with hats and shoes to tone, and wore posies of chrysanthemums. Both received gold brooches from t= he bridegroom. Masters Cecil Griffiths (brother of the bride) and Bertie Timmins (cousin of the bride) acted as pages. = They were dressed in white silk blouses and wore gold tie-pins, the gifts of the bridegroom.

Trooper H. Islow, of Bilsto= n, was best man, and Trooper C. Gittings, of Broseley, groomsman.

As the couple left the church a horseshoe was presented= to the bride by Master Alan Jones. A photograph of themselves was also present= ed to the bride and bridegroom by the Hon. Christine and the Hon. Juliette, daughters of Lord and Lady Forester.

The reception was held at Willey Hall and was given by = Lord and Lady Forester, about 50 guests being present. Lord Forester proposed the health of the bride and bridegroom.

The honeymoon was spent in London.

A large number of wedding presents was received, and in= cluded household linen from Lord and Lady Forester and an eiderdown from the Dowag= er Lady Forester.

BROSELEY

DISTRICT COUNCIL AND ROAD
REPAIRS

At the monthly meeting of the Broseley District Council= on Wednesday, Ald. J. Nicklin was re-elected chairman, and Ald. A. A. Exley vice-chairman.

The surveyor (Mr. T. Richards) reported that the cost of piping in the Speeds Lane<= /st1:address> section of the Benthall Brook would be £172 or £1 a yard. It was agreed that the surveyor proceed with this work.

Reference was again made to suggested road repairs at B= all’s Lane and Dark Lane, which would cost £820 and £250 respectively.—Mr. T. R. Jo= nes said he had recently seen = Dark Lane and he thought it was in a far better condition than he had expected. There were plenty of places in Duke St. in= a worse condition in his opinion. He suggested that they spend £100 on both B= all’s Lane and Dark Lane, which should last for two years.—Mr. W. E. Davis said he thought Ball= ’s Lane was impracticable as far as traffic was concerned. It was too narrow a= nd not fit for motor traffic.—Mr. W. T. Howells said they would shortly = have to give consideration to D= ark Lane because of their housing site there. If they repaired it now it would get churned up with the heavy traffic. With regard to Ball’s Lane he suggested that they defer the matter for the time being= .— Mr. E. D. Collins moved that Dark Lane be repaired after their houses had b= een erected.—Replying to Mr. P. W. Parr, the surveyor said it was not pro= posed to make Dark Lane wider.—Mr. Parr contended that in that case it was a waste of money to repair the road. What was the use of the road if two vehi= cles could not pass? He disagreed with the surveyor that the existing width of t= he road would allow vehicles to pass.—Mr. Jones proposed, and Mr. Collin= s seconded, that £100 be spent on repair work to the lower end of Ball’s La= ne. This, however, was lost, it being decided to defer the matter of Ball’= ;s Lane and Dark Lane until the end of the financial year in March.

At a meeting of the Burial Board he= ld immediately afterwards. Ald. Exley was appointed chairman.

JACKFIELD

SMOKING CONCERT. — The= Boat Inn Bowling Club held smoking concert at the Boat Inn on Monday. Some sixty people were present, with Mr. Cyril E. Leach in the chair. Mr. W. M. Ridgwell, Conservative Agent for the Division, deputi= sed for Col. Baldwin-Webb, M.P., who was unable to attend, and he presented the Lichfield Cup to Mr. J. Smallman and prizes to Mr. A. Colley and L. Bowen, = the runners-up, and to Mr. R. George for the best average. An entertainment was contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Hadley, Mr. H. C. Burton, Mr. E. Turstham, Mr. and Mrs. T. Wilde and Mr. H. Gill. Mr. = R. Smith also gave medleys on his piano-accordion, and the accompanist was Mrs= . E. Hadley. A happy evening was terminated by community singing.

EMPLOYER, FINED.—A fine of £1 was imposed, = at Broxton (Cheshire) Police Court this week,= on Mrs. Susie Harrington, Ladywood, Jackfield, who was charged with permitting John Ernest Reed, of Ludlow, to drive a lorry, the tyres of which were not free from defect on Sept. 6. = Reed was also fined £1 for driving the vehicle.

MAN’S FALL DOWN 80 Ft WELL
TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE AT
BENTHALL
RESCUED WITH ROPES

A TERRIFYING experience befell Mr. J. Floyer Benthall, of Benthall Hall, Broseley, on Wednesday morning.

It is understood that he was inspecting an old disused = stone well near to the Hall when he had the misfortune to fall down it—a dr= op of about 80 ft. It was not until some time later that his plight was discov= ered by Mr. George Thomas, the head gardener, who immediately went for help.

Some ropes were obtained from Mr. J. Evans, who lives n= earby, but these were found to be too short, and further lengths of rope were fetc= hed from Broseley.

= Lowered Down Well

By this time, Mr. J. Rowley, of Hu= ngerdale Farm, Benthall, had arrived on the scene, with others, and at great risk to himself he was lowered down the well by means of joined lengths of rope.

He found Mr. Benthall in about four feet of water and m= ud, and after attaching a second rope to him Mr. Rowley was raised to the surfa= ce. Then Mr. Benthall was hauled to safety.

He was unconscious, but it appeared that he was not bad= ly hurt. He was immediately taken to the Hall, where he received medical attention. On inquiry at the Hall on Thursday, a JOURNAL representative was told that Mr. Benthall had had a good night and his condition showed improv= ement.

11th December 1937

LATE MR. T. LEGGE

The funeral took place at Broseley cemetery on Monday o= f Mr. Thomas Legge, 26, Wesley Road. Mr. Legge died on Dec. 2 after a lengthy illness, at the age of 70. He was a native of Broseley, where he had lived for the greater part of his life before coming= to Iron-Bridge 15 years ago. Previously he had lived in Madeley for some years= . He was well-known in the district and had been employed as a clerk by Messrs. = Maw and Co., Ltd., for nearly fifty years. The local Co-operative Society found= in him an active supporter and for 24 years he had been a member of the commit= tee and latterly vice-chairman. While in Broseley he had acted for some years as secretary of the Congregational Church and at Madeley he was a senior Sunda= y School teacher associated with the Methodist<= /st1:PlaceName> Church. He is survi= ved by a widow, three daughters and one son.

The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. = E. Roberts (rector of Iron-Bridge). The chief mourners were the widow; Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Legge, Wellington (son and daughter-in-law); Mrs. E. Edward= s, Leicester (daughter); Mr. and Mrs. N. Watson, Manchester (son-in-law and daughter); M= rs. W. Elkington, Leicester (daughter) and Mr. H. Clar= ke, Coalbrookdale. Others present included Mr. D. Jones, Mr. F. Wright, Mr. J. Williams, Mr. B. Wilkinson, Mr. B. Barker, Mr. S. Wood and Mr. H. Baugh. Mr= . J. Simpson represented Messrs. Maw and Co., Ltd The bearers were Messrs. J. Chadwick (Broseley), C. Oakley (Madeley), H. Weale (Jackfield), S. Thompson, G. Harris, M. Thompson, J. Potts and E. Britton (= all of Iron-Bridge).

Wreaths were received from:—Wife, Ada; Syd, Ethel and grandson, Norman; Ethel and grandchild= ren, Horace, Margaret and Ken; Hilda, Walter and grandchildren, Beryl and Joan; Lily, Norman and Raymond; Maggie and family, Wolverhampton; Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt, Madeley; Mr. and Mrs. Jelly, Leicester; neighbours and friends, Wes= ley Road; Directors of Maw and Co., Ltd.; employees, Co-operative Society, Iron-Bridge; committee and officials, Co-operative Society, Iron-Bridge.

BROSELEY

A SOCIAL EVENING, organised by the Parish Church choir, was held at the Town Hall on Saturday. The first part of the program= me consisted of musical items by Messrs. F. Francis, H. Evans, and R. Molyneux (songs), Masters Dennis Williams and R. Gittins (duets), Master Ken Davies (pianoforte solos), and Messrs. R. A. Yorke and Harris, Madeley (piano duets). The latter p= art of the evening was spent in dancing. Refreshments were served by the ladies. T= he arrangements had been made by Mr. Yorke (organi= st), and Mr. C. Davies.

CONSERVATIVES’ SUPPER.= — The Broseley men’s and women’s branches of the Wrekin Conservat= ive and Unionist Association held a supper in the Town Hall on Tuesday. Some 60 guests sat down, including Mr. E. H. H. Shorting, who presided, Lady Norah More, Miss N. Foster (hon. secretary of the Association), and Mr. W. M. Ridgwell (Divisional Agent). The catering was in the = hands of Mrs. Renwick and Mrs. Broadhurst, with the assistance of a joint committ= ee. Following supper Mr. R. H. Colwill gave an addr= ess on the foreign situation. A vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by Mr. = E. H. H. Shorting and seconded by the Agent, who at the same time congratulated the branches on their success that night and thanked all who had worked so = hard in providing the supper. There followed an entertainment, provided by Miss = M. Jones and Mr. L. R. Coxon, together with commun= ity singing. Lady Norah More proposed a vote of than= ks to the agent for 1-is help, and the evening concluded with the sin Bing of = 220;Auld Lang Syne” and the National Anthem.

CONGREGATIONAL BAZAAR

The Congregational Schoolroom presented a colourful appearance and a scene of much activity on Saturday, when a Christmas sale = and a bazaar, were held, in aid of the renovation fund.

The opening ceremony was performed by Lady Norah More, = of Barrow House, who expressed her pleasure at being present, and wished the bazaar e= very success. She was presented, by Miss Norah Hough, with a bouquet, which had = been given by Mr. C. Hough. Supporting Lady Norah More on the platform were Mrs. Howells (Field House), Mrs. Renwick (The Gables), the Rev. C. E. Wright (minister), and Mrs. Wright.

The minister, who presided, before welcoming the opener= , said they were sorry that the Mayor (Mr. E. H. H. Shorting),= was unable to attend. He had sent his good wishes, and a donation of one guinea.

The winners in the cake competition, which had previous= ly been judged by Mr. Towler, were announced by La= dy Norah More as follows:-1 Mrs. C. Thomas, 2 Mrs. F. Williams (Broseley Wood)= , 3 Mrs. Owen Jones.

During the afternoon musical items were given by Messrs= . H. Fergusson (piano accordion), and C. Gallier (dr= ums).

The stall and stall-holders were: —Hoop-la and ca= ke, Mrs. J. Bryan; Mrs. L. Ball and Mrs. C. Hough; flowers, Mrs. R. Heighway and Mrs. A. Brazier; millinery, Mr. and Mrs.= E.: J. Glover; mystery

Archer, Mrs. A. Bowen and Mrs: T. = Denstone; fancy work, Mr. and Mrs. W. Williams; trinkets, Mist Molly Denstone and Miss Joyce Roberts; sweets, Mr. R. Heighway= and Mrs. Wright; produce, Mrs. A. Harvey; lucky dip, Miss Kathleen Hartshorne, = Miss Miriam Moore, and Msis Mavis Watkins; cover the shilling, Miss Violet Brian; refreshments, Mrs. Densto= ne.

JACKFIELD

COALFORD SUNDAY SCHOOL. R= 12; The Pleasant Sunday Afternoon service took place in the Schoolroom and Sunday a= nd was arranged by the following teachers, Mrs. Anderson, the Misses F. and M. Poole and Mr. T. Heighway. The address was give= n by Mr. G. Stewart. The lessons were read by Gertie= Beaston and Graham Dickens, and a recitation was give= n by Dennis Edwards. Choruses were also rendered by a number of the scholars. Du= ring the service Mrs. J. Evans received donations for the National Children̵= 7;s Home and Orphanage. — On Monday a social was held, presided over by M= r. W. H. Poole. Recitations were contributed by Lilian Pardoe and Brian Pumford,= and the rest of the evening was devoted to games, etc. Those responsible for the arranging of the programme and refreshments were Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Poole, Mrs. Pumford, Mrs. Peake, Mrs. Evans, the Misses E. Stokes. P. Bird and N. Hanley, and Messrs. W. Poole, J. Pumford. J. Ev= ans, G. Stewart. T. Heighway and A. Cleobury. The proceeds were for Sunday School funds.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Organised by the Parochial Church Council in aid of the Parish Hall maintenance fund, a Christmas bazaar took place at St. MaryR= 17;s Parish Hall on Saturday. Much work had been put into the effort, the stalls being attractively arranged round the room and there was a brisk trade.

Mrs. Benthall (Benthall Hall) who was supported on the platform by the Mayor (Mr. E. H. H. Shorting) and the Rev. F. J. R. Mason (rector), declared the bazaar open and was thanked on the motion of Mr. W. Storey, seconded by the Mayor. Among others present during the afternoon we= re Lady Norah More, Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Murphy and Mr and Mrs. T. W. Howells.

One of the chief attractions at the bazaar were the two presentations of “By the Zuyder Z= ee,” a short play written in rhyme by the rector. It was splendidly performed by= the children by means of gestures. The characters were “Martin the Miller= ,” Clarence Groves; “Olga,” his wife, Clarice Hadley: “Grete= l,” Vera Hadley; “Hans,” Alan Yorke; &#= 8220;English maid.” Nancy Phillips: “gypsy maids.” Mary Dodd, Ivy Groves and Enid Hadley. The scenery was arranged by the re= ctor and the children wore appropriate costumes.

The stallholders were:- Magi= c pump, Miss Mary Harrison and Miss Marjorie Dodd: fancy and toy stall, Mrs. F. J. = R. Mason; produce. Mrs. W. Storey and Mrs. A. Aston; variety, Mrs. Fred Dodd a= nd Miss L. Evans: household. Mrs. T. J. Hearn; china and pottery, Mrs. E. Sykes and Mrs. F. Clay; fruit, Miss E. Hadley; toilet, Mis= s W. Perkins. Miss E. Perkins and Miss A. Ellis; photographs, Mr. D. W. H= earn;  skittles, .Mrs. F. Clay: hoon-la. Mas= ter Stanley Gilbert; “The Grand Dashional,” Mr.= N. Hudson and Mr. T. Green; refreshments, Mrs. J. Perkins. Mrs. E. Green, Mrs.= G. Britton, Mrs. G. Williams, Mrs H.  Price and Mrs. E. Poole.

18th December 1937

BROSELEY

CHILDREN’S PARTIES. — Two Christmas parties= took place at the School this week. On Monday the younger boys were given tea and afterwards spent a pleasant time at various games and carol singing. The helpers at tea were Mrs. Anthony, Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Archer Jones, Mrs. Hough, Mrs. Tonkiss, Mrs. Brazier, Mrs. Wilkinson and Miss B. D. Grierson. The following senior boys served at table:—Terence Mason, Eric Venn, Ernest Bowen, Colin Watson, Derrick Pountney and Tom Meadows. The party has been arranged by Messrs. H. Evans and R. J. Jones.—On Tuesday the sen= ior boys held their breaking-up party, when the following managers were present:—The Mayor (Mr. E. H. H. Snorting), Rev. C. S. Jackson, Mr. C= . R. Jones and Mr. Mr. Broadhurst. Others present included Mrs. Broadhurst and M= r. Fred Francis (attendance officer). Following tea the children took part in games and carol singing, the programme having been arranged by Mr. A. Wilki= nson (headmaster) and Mr. S. R. Brookes. Assistance in providing the tea was giv= en by Mrs. Anthony, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Broadhurst, Mrs. Pugh, Miss P. Davies, Mr= s. Wilkinson and Miss Grierson, while the children= who served at table were Frank Armstrong, Terence Mason, Gerald Southorn and Er= ic Griffiths. To enable the parties to be held, money had been raised by whist drives and a dance and this had been augmented by generous contributions fr= om many friends of the school.—The infants’ department held a part= y in the school on Dec. 17, given by Mr. J. A. Downes, when a Christmas tree, provided by Lord Forester, added extra gaiety to the festivities. Tea was served by Miss E. White (headmistress), Miss A. Smallw= ood, Miss I. Smitherman, Mr. and Mrs. Broadhurst, Mr= . C. R. Jones, Mrs. G. Potts and Mrs. J. Nicklin. After tea the children took pa= rt in an entertainment, one of the outstanding items being the performance of a Nativity play. Another pleasing event was the four folk dances by Edna Simmonds, Linda Meredith, Iris Lloyd, Hilda Bradley, = Joyce Tristham, Elsie Pace, Jean Owen and Margaret Everall. The Nativity play and other items were repea= ted at the school on Tuesday afternoon before an audience of a large number of parents. The girls’ and infants’ departments broke up on Wednes= day and return on Thursday, Jan. 6, while the boys finished on Thursday, until Monday, Jan. 10.

WOODWORK DISPLAY. — A = joint exhibition of woodwork done by the pupils attending Broseley and Jackfield Schools was held at the Town Hall = on Dec. 16. The Mayor (Mr. E. H. H. Shorting) opened the exhibition, and refer= red to the fine pieces of handwork on view. Others present at the display inclu= ded Mr. E. Quine (assistant secretary for county education, Shrewsbury), Rev. C. S. Jackson, Mr. C. R. Jones and Mr. W. E. R. Miles (instructor). The Mayor and the Rev. Jackson awarded prizes, and the judge, Mr. Griffiths (Ja= ckfield), declared the winners as follows:— 1, Derri= ck Pountney (cold frame); 2, Edward Wilde, Jackfield (sea-grass Stool): 3. Vic= tor Aston (toboggan): 4, Arthur Reynolds, Jackfield (tea-tray) 5, Colin Rogers,= Jackfield (seagrass stool).

JACKFIELD

ACCIDENT.  While walking along the Buildwas Road about three hundred y= ards on the far side of the Power Station shortly after 7 o’clock on Tuesd= ay morning, Thomas Johnson of 71. Lloyd’s Head, Jackfield, was, it is reported, accidentally knocked down by a car driven by John Molyneux, c/o <= span class=3DSpellE>Littlecote, Cressage. He sustained injuries to the shoulder and arms, and shock, and was detained in= the Lady Forester Hospital, Broseley.

BROSELEY

CRICKET CLUB DINNER

A jolly evening was spent by members of the cricket clu= b and friends at the annual dinner on Dec. 10, with Lord Forester (president) in = the chair. Among those supporting the chairman were the Mayor (Mr. E. H. H. Shorting), the Mayor of Droitwich (Mr. E. R. Fabricus), Mr. T. C. Mapp= (Droitwich), Mr. W. R. Shaw (Chir= bury), Mr. E. W. Jones, Mr. T. W. Howells, Dr. J. G. Boon, Dr. T. Hoy and Professo= r A. J. Kelley (Benthall).

After the loyal toast Mr. A. Wilkinson proposed that of= “The Mayor and Corporation”. He referred to the big improvements which had taken place in the town of recent years, especially in regard to roads and housing he hoped that the Mayor would, in leading the Corporation, take advantage of various funds available for improving the health and physical well-being of the youth of the town, and of the adults too. The education authority was anxious to start a recreative and physical training class in Broseley, and he had been asked to submit names. While Broseley needed these extra facilities for physical education, he tho= ught it was still more important that they should be well fed, and he hoped the council would play its part by providing work for the unemployed in carrying out their various improvement schemes.

The Mayor, responding, said he could assure them that t= he council did its best not only for those people who had shown confidence in = it, but for the town and the interests of the borough at large. With reference = to physical fitness, he thought they did a great deal to promote the developme= nt of physical health. A scheme was on foot to purchase the Birch Meadow Chape= l and convert it into a gymnasium. He was wondering whether they might be interfe= ring with existing organisations, and suggested that the money might better be s= pent on their present clubs, the school, the Town Hall or the Victorian Hall, wh= ich could probably be fitted up as a gymnasium.

Mr. T. W. Howells, proposing the toast of “Brosel= ey Cricket Club”, referred to the fact that they had with them that nigh= t a member who had been connected with the club for 50 consecutive years—= Mr. W. R. Shaw.—Replying, the Rev. C. S. Jackson remarked that the club h= ad a good first eleven, and he congratulated the captain, Mr. L. Shaw, on whose behalf he was replying to that toast.

The toast of “The Officials of the Cricket Club&#= 8221; was submitted by Mr. W. Oakley, and he coupled with it the names of Lord Forester and Dr. J. G. Boon. The toast was received with musical honours, a= nd Lord Forester and Dr. Boon. replied.—Mr. A. J. Garbett proposed ̶= 0;The Visitors”, and the Mayor of Droitwich replied.—The health of the hostess was drunk, on the proposition of M= r. M. Davis, and Mr. J. R. Lloyd responded on behalf of Mrs. Smith.

Musical items were given by Messrs. R. G. Harding and H. Francis, Shrewsbury= , and there was also community singing.

The arrangements for the dinner were made by Mr. J. B. = Dixon, secretary, assisted by the committee. =          

25th December 1937

BROSELEY

SOCIAL CLUB DINNER.—About 50 members attended the annual dinner of the Social Club held at the Club Rooms on Dec. 17, with Dr= . J. G. Boon in the chair. Others present supporting Dr. Boon included the Mayor (Mr. E. H. H. Shorting), Inspector J. H. Machin= , Mr. J. R. Nicklin, Mr. A. Dixon, and Mr. A. J. Garbett. An apology was received from Lord Forester, who was unable to attend. Afterwards the company adjour= ned to the billiard room, where a programme of songs and community singing contributed to the evening’s enjoyment. Songs were rendered by Mr. R. Molyneux, Mr. A. Fielding, Mr. Frank Davies and Mr. F. Francis, and communi= ty singing was led by Mr. Molyneux and Mr. Arthur Wilde. Mr. M. Davis was at t= he piano. Thanks to the social committee for arranging the function and to the artist= es were voiced by Mr. J. Watkins. Mr. F. Francis thanked Dr. Boon for presiding and mentioned the great interest he and Mrs. Boon took in the affairs of the club. Dr. Boon returned thanks, The secretarial arrangements were made by Mr. R. B. Weekes.

WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. —Organised by the headmaster, Mr A. Wilkinson, and staff, a successful whist drive and dance took place at the school on Dec. 17 in aid of the children’s Christmas parties. Ten tables were occupied for the whist,= Mr. Wilkinson acting as the M.C. The prizes were distributed by Mrs. Ogilvie and the winners were Mrs. G Oakley, 2 Mrs. A. Tonkiss, 3 Mrs N. Ball; lowest sc= ore, Mrs. Deval. 1 Mr. F. Mear, 2 Mr. R. Perks, Mrs. Casey (playing as gentlema= n); lowest score, Mr. F. Lawrence. There were about 10(present for the dance, Mr. S. R Brookes and Mr. R. G. Jones being joint M.C. The refreshmen= ts most of which had been made al the school cookery centre by Miss Margery Anthony, were served under the supervision of Mrs Anthony.

FUNERAL OF MR. J. W. ROPER. —The funeral of Mr. John William Roper, 3, Speeds Lane, took place at the ceme= tery on Saturday, a Catholic service being conducted at the graveside by Father Roberts, Shifnal. The family mourners were the widow; Mr. J. T. Roper (son)= and Mr. J. Farr, Birmingham (brother-in-law). The bearers were Messrs. J. Humphries, H. Southorn, J. Br= yan, N. Williams, T. Armstrong and C. Lloyd. Among others present were Mr. J. Garbett (representing Coalbrookdale Iron Works) and a number of fellow employees, Mr. E. C. S. White and Mr. T. Goodall (representing British Legi= on). The local court of the A.O.F. was also represented and Mr. Fred Shaw read t= he funeral oration. Wreaths included those from the British Legion, the Brosel= ey United Friendly Society Hospital Committee, and work-people at Broseley Pipe Works and the King’s Head.

BROTHERHOOD.— The Dece= mber meeting was held in the Town Hall on Sunday. The Rev. C. S. Jackson (chaplain) pres= ided and led the prayers and reading. An interesting address on “Evolution= ” was given by Mr. G. Horswill of Birmingham, and a lengthy discussion followed. Selections were given on the handbells by the Tower Handbell Octet conducted by Mr. A. J. Garbett. During the interval coffee and mince-pies were handed round under = the supervision of Mr. R. W. Pountney. The vote of thanks to the speaker, chair= man and ringers was proposed by Mr. T. Goodall (secretary).

CAROL SERVICE.—The ann= ual carol service took place at the Parish Church on Sunday ev= ening when the choir, conducted by Mr. R. A. Yorke (organist and choirmaster), gave renderings of well-known carols. The servi= ce, which took the form of festal evensong, was taken by the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector). In addition to the carols by the choir, the large congregation was treated to selections by the Tower Handbell Oct= et (conductor, Mr. A. J. Garbett).

LATE MR. J. TAYLOR

The death occurred at 24, Bridgnorth Road, on Saturday, after= a long illness, of Mr. John Taylor, at the age of 75. Mr. Taylor was a native= of Hughley (Shrops.) and had= spent most of his life in Yorkshire. Since com= ing to Broseley about seven years ago he had lived a retired life, taking a keen interest in gardening, which was his chief hobby.

The funeral took place on Tuesday, a service being cond= ucted in the Parish Church by the Rev. C. S. Jackson (rector), assisted by the Re= v. L. S. Beale (North Hammersmith, London), Mr. E. C. S. White (diocesan lay reader) also took part. The chief mourners were Miss A. Taylor (daughter); = Miss E. Taylor, North Hammersmith (daughter) = and Messrs. Boo and Bert Downes, Saw Mill, Smithies= (nephews). The bearers were Messrs. N. Ball, J. Sargeant, J. Aston, J. Wood, N. and G. Oakley.

Wreaths were received from: Annie, Edith and Mabel; his little friend, Kenneth; Mr. and Mrs. G. Chadwick; tenants at Church St.; Mrs. Sneyd; Jack and Phyl; Mr. and Mrs. Miles; Mr. and Mrs. N. Pearson and family; E. and W. Davis, M. and P. Davis= , Post Office; Mr. and Mrs. C. Instone; Bob and Doris;= all at Saw Mill House.

LATE MR. G. GITTINGS

A service was held at the Methodist Church before the interment in the cemetery on Saturday of Mr. George Gittings, 42, Council Houses, Bridgnorth Road. The Rev. R. H. Osb= orne (Madeley Wood) conducted the service, Mrs. Harris being at the organ. The c= hief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. G. Perks (brother-in-law and sister); Messrs. To= m, George and William Meredith (nephews); Mr. George Perks, junr., and Mr. Cecil= Gittings (nephews); Mr. H. Gitti= ngs (Jackfield), Mr. Albert Gittings and Mr. Albert Edwards. The bearers were Messrs. S. and I. Minton, A. Evans, J. Roberts, H. Barnsley and G. Evans. Among those present at the funeral were Capt. E. D. Collins, Mr. C. R. Jones, Mr. J. Hearn, Mr. W. Edge, P.C. Ogilvie, Mr. E. Gwynne, Mr. B. Jones, Mr. Owen Jones, Mr. Colin Jones, Mr. Cecil Thomas, Mr= s. F. C. Howells (Field, House), Mrs. N. Ball, Mr. H. Ball, Mr. G. Ball, Mr. F. Preston, Mr. George Harris, Mr. J. Pumford, Mr.= J. Casey, Mr. N. Oakley, Mr. George Oakley, Mr. J. Evans, Mr. J. Wale, Mr. J. Burns, = Mr. A. Bradley and Mr. J. Sankey. There were also p= resent representatives of the Broseley and Jackfield Fire Brigade and workmen from= the Caughley Pit. Mr. F. Shaw read the Foresters’ funeral oration at the = graveside.

Wreaths were received from His loving wife; sister Lizz= ie, George and family; sister Jane and gamily; Mr. and Mrs. T. Meredith and Lin= da; George, Marie and little Jean; Sarah and Allen; Harry and Lizzie, Shrewsbur= y; Mrs. Howells, Field House; Mrs. F. Halley and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. Casey= and Celia; Mrs. D. L. Prestage; Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Collins; Mr. and Mrs. J. Nic= klin; Mrs. H. Seabury; Mr. J. Burns; J. Hearn, Den and Lol; Mr. and Mrs. Oakley and family; Mrs. G. Ball and family, Dark Lane; Broseley Amateur Dramatic Society; Bon Marche, Broseley; members and friends, Brosel= ey Labour Party; employees, Prestage and Broseley Tileries Co; Broseley and Jackfield Fire brigade; members and friends, Methodist Church; directors of Prestage and Broseley Tileries Co.; trustees, Broseley Methodist Church; fe= llow workmen, Caughley Pit; Broseley United Friendly Society.

A report of the inquest on Mr. Git= tings will be found in another column.

 

STRUCK BY LUMP OF CLAY
MAN’S DEATH FOLLOWS MINE
ACCIDENT

INQUEST ON BROSELEY FIRE BRIGADE CAPTAIN

THE resumed inquest on George L Gi= ttings, aged 64, of 42, Bridgnorth Road, Broseley, the captain of the Broseley Fire Brigade, who died on Dec. 16,was held at Iron-Bridge on Thursday by the cor= oner (Mr. F. W .Derry) and a jury, of which Mr. H. E. Rowley was foreman.

Mr. R. J. R. Haslewood, of Bridgnorth, appeared for the Prestage and Broseley Tileries Co., and Mr. B.= D. J. Hayes, of Shrewsbury, represented the widow. Mr. G. D. Davies, of Birmingham (H.M. Inspector of Mines) wa= s also present.

“Lump of Clay Fell”

Charles Henry Boden, of 19, Hockey Road, Broseley, clay= miner employed by the Prestage and Broseley Tileries, said he was working with Gittings on Nov. 19 at about 12-30 p.m., and they were timbering the road in the clay mine. They were putting “trees” = up. They had put one “tree” and a bar up and were putting up anothe= r “tree”. There was some clay in the way and Gittings sto= oped to pick up a pick, and as he stooped a lump of clay came down and must have= hit him in the back. Witness did not see it happen, but he heard Gittings say “Oh!” G= ittings told him that the lump had hit him in the small of the back. He seemed in g= reat Pain. The clay which had fallen was about 71b. in weight. It was ragged and was like rock. It had fallen about 6ft. Gittings was a strong, healthy man and had been doing= that kind of work for a number of years.

Replying to the inspector, witness said that when hamme= ring the “tree” into position the clay might have been disturbed.

Geo. Reginald Edwards, of 75, <= st1:address w:st=3D"on">King Street, Broseley, clay miner, = said Gitings told him he had “had a clout”. A = piece of clay, he said, had fallen off the side and had hit him in the back.

“Employed By Firm for 40 Years”

Capt. Edward Duppa Collins, director of the Prestage and Broseley Tileries Co., said Gittings had been employed by the firm for about 40 years. He had been a foreman in charge of the Caughley pit for about 17 years. He was a most experienced man and witness could speak very highly of him. Gittings did not report the accident, but witness was informed on the following day = that Gittings had met with a slight accident. He wen= t to Gittings’ home to see him. He agreed that Gittings would not have left his work if he had not b= een seriously ill.

Mrs. Rebecca Gittings, the = widow, said her husband returned home at about 2-30 on Nov. 19, and said he had ha= d a blow in the back. He seemed in great pain. Her husband had never had a day&= #8217;s illness during the last 40 years.

Medical Evidence

Dr. T. S. Hoy, Broseley, said he saw deceased on Nov. 2= 0, the day after the accident, and he found he was tender on the muscles covering = his left hip and there was a small amount of bruising and swelling there. Decea= sed was a muscular and powerful man and his general health was good. His condit= ion improved somewhat, but later he advised calling in Dr. Stote, a specialist, of Shrewsbury, who diagnosed abscess of the right lung and double pneumonia. He told witne= ss that his condition could be attributed to the accident lowering his power of resistance to the germ causing infection. In his (witness’s) opinion = the accident was a contributory cause of the man’s death. The primary cau= se of death was abscess of the right lung and double pneumonia.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medi= cal evidence, stating that in their opinion the death was contributed to by the injuries accidentally received while following his employment.

Sympathy was expressed with the relatives by Capt. Coll= ins (on behalf of the company) and by others present.