May 7, 2012

1916

January

PIG CLUB MEETING – The annual meeting of the Town Street Pig Club was held at The White Horse Inn. Mr Albert Challis presided. The report and balance sheet for the past year showed a satisfactory balance in hand.

GIFTS TO THE CHURCH -The following extract is from the Brandon “Parish Magazine” for January –

”The Rector dedicated on December 19th a carved oak Litany desk, presented by Major-General C.W. Jacobs, C.B. and Mrs Jacobs, as a thank offering to God for mercies during the war. Also a carved oak box for the bread at the altar, presented by the Rector’s granddaughter, Mrs H.M. Hogg.”

 THETFORD ROAD DRAINAGE – The drainage, or rather lack of drainage, on Thetford Road is again causing serious inconvenience to some of the residents.  After considerable delay the County Council inserted a drain and laid pipes to discharge on land some distance from the main road. This appears to be altogether inadequate. The water rises from the drain, runs over the pathway past the cottages owned by Mr S.W. Knights, and on to land occupied by Mr G Talbot, in which it has scored a deep channel. The result is that any crops in the field are likely to be washed out, while occupiers of the adjoining houses experience great discomfort from dampness in their houses. Brandon people are very disappointed that he steps taken by the County Authority have not relieved them of a nuisance that has been intolerable.

KNOCKED DOWN BY A MOTOR CAR – A 7 year-old boy, named Ernest Edward Hunt, son of Mr Edward Hunt, of 103 Thetford Road, was knocked down by a motor car, owned by Mr Harold Clarke, of Ixworth.  The boy wass crossing the road, near Heath House, when he was hit. The accident was witnessed by Marian Mount, daughter of Mr F.J. Mount, and she at once went to the assistance of the child, who appeared to be stunned and seriously injured. The boy was carried to his home by Alfred Dyer. The motorist pulled up, and besides taking the child with his father to Dr Trotter’s, seems to have given all the help he could. The boy was undoubtedly struck by one of the mudguards, and in addition to a nasty wound on the head, was severely shaken and bruised. He has since been lying very ill at his home. The child is one of a large family, and has always been delicate. He has been the source of anxiety to his parents, to whom much sympathy will go out in this new trouble which has befallen them.

CHILD INJURED – A 6 year-old boy, named William Henry Baker, whose parents live at Town Street, was knocked down and injured by a motor car, which was crossing the Market Hill. The boy was playing with others just before school time, when the car, driven by Mr Harry Adcock, of Harling Farm, East Harling, was travelling at a slow pace near ‘The Five Bells’.  The car hit the boy and knocked him to the ground. Mr Adcock at once stopped and attended to the child, whom he conveyed to the doctor. There was a wound at the back of the head, and it was found necessary to put in six stitches. Mr Adcock next conveyed the boy to his home, and afterwards reported the matter to the police. The occurrence appears to have been purely accidental, and Mr Adcock did everything he possibly could for the lad. The accident was witnessed by a soldier, named John Henry E. Garner, who testifies to the fact that the car was travelling at a very moderate rate. This is the second case of the kind in Brandon within a few days, and it raises the question whether, in view of the great increase of motor and other vehicular traffic, the children should be warned by their teachers or parents or both, of the danger of carelessly running about the streets.

POSTAL RE-ARRANGEMENTS – From Monday 21st January, there will be only two postal deliveries in the town on week days. One commencing at 7am and the other at 11.45am. The 5.35pm delivery will be abolished. From the same date the collections from the Railway Station and Bridge End letter boxes will be made at 8pm and 8.15pm respectively instead of 8.45pm and 9pm.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION – The annual distribution of prizes in connection with the Parish Church Sunday School took place in the Church Institute. The proceedings were conducted by the Rector (the Rev J.L. Wyatt) and the prizes were given away by Mrs Trotter and Mrs Wyatt. The Rev C.W. Bartram delivered an address to the children, in the course of which he drew attention to the position which present day children were destined to take in the future, and emphasised the importance of seeing that they were well grounded in everything that was good. He reminded the parents of the necessity for attending to the education of their children, and for taking care that they were well fitted for the duties of the future. The prize list is appended –

CHURCH INSTITUTE –
GIRLS
Class I – Margaret Enefer, Norah Bullock, and Alice Talbot.
Class II – May Shinn, Violet Tash, Annie Bullock and Annie Caban.
Class III – Beatrice Bullock and Kathleen Caban.
Class IV – Gwendoline Secker, Aileen Armiger and May Warren.
BOYS
Class I – Frank Shinn, Harry Tash, Sidney Money and Joseph Eagle.
Class II – Isaac Mills, Percy Tash, Lawrence High, Jack Thompson and Jack Caban.
Class III – Walter Bullock, Alfred Armiger, Frederick Warren and Cyril Rolph.
Class IV – Ernest Pettitt, Alec Brown, Albert Tash, Ernest Bullock and Thomas Royal.

TOWN STREET
GIRLS
Class I – Mildred Bullock, Lydia Shinn, Race Shinn, Doris Royal, Mildred Olley and Kate Chilley.
Class IIa – Julia Thompson, Arabella Ashley, Doris Rolph and Beryl Talbot (good in exam).
Class IIb – Violet Newell, Edith Adams, Flossie Fendick, Millie Adams and Winnie Elmer.
Class IIIa – Edith Hunt, Ethel Bullock, Cissie Thompson, Mildred Thompson, Nellie Chilley and Sarah Randall.
Class IIIb – Eva Fendick, Alice Arnold, Lily Austin, Bessie Tilney, Dorothy Francis, Evelyn Kent and Mary Kent.
Class IV – Nellie Arnold, Elsie Fendick, Elsie Shinn (best in exam), Florence Hunt, Grace Fendick, Ethel Lockwood and Phyllis Norton.
BOYS
Class I – Bertie Elmer and Reggie Tilney.
Class II – Edgar Elmer, Frank Cox, Stanley Tilney, Arthur Adams and William Howe (very good in exam).
Class III – Fred Oliver, Jas. Thompson, Donald Norton and Jas. Arnold.
Class III – John Elmer, Bertie Norton, Kenneth Butcher, John Francis, Fred Thompson and George Howe (very good in exam).
Class IV – Alfred Adams, Percy Adams, George Elmer, Harold Thompson, Hector Elmer, George Arnold, Henry Butcher, Claude Johnson and Reggie Austen.

TREE PLANTING – Seven lime trees, presented by the School Managers and the acting correspondent (Mr F.J. Mount) of the Council Schools, were planted in the playground attached to the new Infants’ School on Tuesday. There has always been a feeling among the Managers that the ground adjoining the school might be improved by planting a few trees, and, failing to secure them from a source which shall be nameless, they decided to bear the cost themselves. The result is that seven sturdy young trees are now established, and in years to come will forma handsome screen along one side of the playground, enhancing the already very presentable appearance of the school building itself. The Managers present at the planting were Mr F.W. Gentle (Chairman), the Rev J.L. Wyatt (Vice-Chairman), Messrs F. Rissbrook and H. Lingwood, with the acting correspondent. Each of these gentlemen planted a tree. Two other Managers (Messrs. W. Clark and O. Chapman) were unavoidably absent, and their trees were planted by Mr Appleby (Headmaster) and Mrs. Lingwood (Headmistress of the infants department). The trees came from the Nurseries of Mr Charles Townsend at Fordham.

DANGEROUS WAR RELICS

HOME OFFICE WARNING

The Home Office issues the following warning in regard to the dangerous war relics bought home from the front:-
Several fatal accidents having occurred from the bursting of fuses and shells brought home from the front, the Chief Inspector of Explosives desires to call the attention of the public to the danger and illegality of handling war relics of this description.
A shell or fuse which has been fired and which has failed to explode is usually in a very sensitive condition, and may often be exploded by a light blow, or even by being accidentally placed in such a position that the firing pellet can move freely. The danger is not so great in the case of an unfired shell or cartridge for quick-firing guns, but the opening of such shells and cartridges by unskilled persons, and without proper precautions, is a risky operation. Moreover, under the Explosives Act, 1875, the keeping of fired shells or quick-firing cartridges is illegal and the opening of manipulation of such explosives is an offence to which a heavy penalty attaches.
Any persons therefore having in his possession war relics of this kind which may by any probability contain explosive should at once take steps to relieve himself of the serious responsibility which he incurs by disposing of the explosive in a safe manner. The best method of carrying this out is to drop the shell or cartridge into deep water, but where this cannot be done the military authorities should be applied to.
Fragments of shells and other articles which could not possibly contain explosives are, of course, perfectly harmless. Rifle cartridges which usually measure about 3 inches long by about ½ inch in diameter at this base, may also be safely and lawfully kept.

April

WOMEN WORKERS – It is stated that the women of Brandon have sent in their names pretty freely for employment on the land, or in some other form of war service. Lady Aird has consented to act as the Brandon representative on the West Suffolk County war Agricultural Committee, and she is receiving very able assistance locally from Miss Agatha Crocker.

WHIST DRIVE FOR THE TROOPS – A series of weekly whist drives for the benefit of the troops stationed in the town have been carried out by Mrs George Clarke and Mrs Tyzack.   A small charge was made to cover the cost of the hall, prizes, etc.  For other prizes thanks are to Mr Morris, Mr Fonter, Mr Murrell (Vine Court), Mrs Ness, Mrs Whitta, Mrs Edgington, Mrs Brown, Mrs Green, the Messrs Owles, Mr O Chapman, Messrs Housman and Relhan, Miss Crasp, Mrs George Clarke, Mrs Tyzack and the Misses Tyzack.
After paying all expenses for the season a balance of £1 2s 2d was passed on to the whist drive in aid of the British Red Cross Society, which took place on Tuesday. This also was carried out most successfully by Mrs George Clarke and Mrs Tyzack.
The ladies’ prizes were all presented by the men of the 16th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who were stationed at Brandon early last year, before proceeding to the Dardanelles, where they took part in some very heavy fighting, and suffered severely. The gentlemen’s prizes were contributed by Mrs F. Wood, Dr Trotter, Mr Murrell (High Street), Messrs Housman and Relham, Mr and Mrs Tyzack and Mrs George Clarke.

The successful competitors were –

Ladies:

1st prize Mrs Murrell, 2nd Miss Gentle, 3rd Mrs Adcock, 4th Miss Alston, for lowest score Mrs Richardson.

Gentlemen:

1st prize Sergeant Ireland, 2nd Bombardier Brett, 3rd Driver Waterton, 4th Master A Parry, 5th Mr Smith, for lowest score Mr Tyzack.

Several members of the V.A.D., Suffolk (62), were present in their uniform. After paying all expenses the sum of £10 2s was handed to Mrs Hamilton, the vice-president, to be sent to the headquarters of the Suffolk Branch of the British Red Cross Society at Bury St Edmunds.

FIRE ALARM – About 10.20pm on Saturday 30th April, an alarm of fire was given in the High Street, the outbreak having occurred at 77, Thetford Road, occupied by Mr Ernest Bullock. The members of the Brigade responded with most commendable promptitude, and within 5½ minutes of the call nine of eleven firemen, including the acting Chief Officer, Mr F.W. Ridsdale, were on the spot with their hose-cart. Fortunately the fire was not serious, and was almost immediately extinguished by some soldiers. It is supposed that the bedroom drapery ignited from a candle which the children had left burning. Several townspeople assembled, and were heard to compliment the firemen on the smartness with which they turned out.

May

A service at the Baptist Church was conducted by men in khaki. The morning preacher was Corporal Picken, Herts Regiment and in the evening by the Rev Bernard Uffen, Chaplain to the Forces.

June

THE NAVAL BATTLE – In memory of those who were lost in the Naval Battle, the organist of the Parish Church (Mr A.E. Chapman) played the “Dead March” in the morning and Chopin’s “March Funebre” in the evening.

FORGET ME NOT” DAY – A ‘Forget Me Not’ Flag Day was held last Saturday, when an effort was made to assist in the raising of the £5,000 needed for the Home of Rest for Disabled Soldiers at Lowestoft. Mrs Benson-Haskins organised the event and was assisted by eleven of her pupils. The young ladies were daintily attired in white and blue and carried prettily decorated boxes. The amount collected was £7 6s 1½d. Mrs Haskins desires it to be known that any wounded Brandon soldiers or sailors desiring to take advantage of the Holiday Home should communicate with her.

POUND DAY – In connection with the series of local efforts on behalf of the Red Cross work, a “Pound Day” was held, where the townspeople were invited to bring gifts for sale. Owing to the bad weather, the collection and sale took place in the Church Institute instead of the Market Place. There was an excellent response to the appeal, and the goods, consisting of groceries, garden produce, flowers, sweets and a host of other things, sold readily.

CIRCUIT CONVENTION – The annual Wesleyan Circuit Convention took place at Brandon and a sermon was preached in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev F. Cox, of Wesley Chapel, City Road.  Subsequently about 60 people sat down to tea in the Schoolroom and in the evening there was a public meeting in the chapel, Mr C.Y. Hewitt presiding. Referring to the great loss the country had sustained by the death of the Secretary of the State for War (Lord Kitchener), he said they all honoured him for his great achievements and the great work he had done for the nation. Nor was there any man more respected by the other nations of the world. Above all, they thanked God that Lord Kitchener was a Christian. His influence in the Army was all on the side of Christianity and they prayed that in some measure his mantle might fall upon his successor. There were many lessons coming to them through the war and one of the great lessons was the value of the unit. It had been one man who had faced the difficulties, the one man who had risen to the occasion.

The Rev F Cox said he joined with the Chairman in paying tribute to the great soldier and Statesman, who had been so suddenly taken from their midst. He was very thankful that all through this great crisis they had such splendid me at the heads of affairs. Perhaps some day it would be pointed out that a striking feature of our national life just now was that most of the men who occupied high positions were men of splendid character. They were glad that in Lord Kitchener they had for so many years had a man not only of great intellectual ability, but of sterling moral qualities, and his influence would be deep and abiding not only on the Army, but also on the public services in general. One thing had been said about him which had impressed the speaker. Again and again the papers had stated that he achieved what two years ago many would have regarded as impossible – the raising, equipping and training of our present gigantic Army. By general consent, by six months before the war it would have been declared that such an achievement was not possible. But not considering it impossible, Lord Kitchener, correctly estimating the greatness of the task, went steadily forward and the great achievement was accomplished. That was exactly the spirit they wanted to cultivate in their church life as well as in national affairs, the spirit which, not daunted by difficulties, would dare to do what weaker people would call the impossible. They were called to decide issues far beyond what most of them thought of. He believed the next ten years would be ten of the most critical years the Christian Church had known. Probably what the Church did during the next ten years would settle her position in the life of this nation and Empire for the next 100 years. If the Church was weak, vacillating, uncertain in her message, selfish in her spirit, timid in her enterprises during the next few years, she would take a back seat altogether. On the other hand, if she was true to her Lord, sacrificing in her spirit, true in the testimony of her message, bold in her enterprise, smashing her conventionalism and going out and attacking evil, she would grow in power and in coming years would rejoice in such a victory as they had not known for many centuries past.

The rev J Price having thanked the Chairman and speaker for their services, the meeting terminated with the National Anthem.

NATIONAL EGG COLLECTION – During the past six months there has been collected for the wounded a total of 110 eggs.  Of these Master Dick Owen collected 30, and 7s in cash for the purchase of eggs.

FOR THE RED CROSS – £154 10s was raised as the result of a series of efforts in Brandon on behalf of the Red Cross Society. For a town of its size this is a splendid achievement and notwithstanding the many calls upon their pockets, the townspeople have shown they are still prepared to make generous sacrifices for the sick and wounded. The efforts were spread over several weeks and were carried out under the general supervision of a committee, consisting of Mrs Hamilton (Suffolk County Vice-President), Mrs trotter (Commandant), Mrs Fred Wood (Quartermaster), Lady Aird, Mrs Spragge, Mrs H Lingwood, Mrs O Lingwood, Mrs Morris, Mrs George Clarke and Mrs Tyzack. These ladies formed sub-committees for detail work, and they were ably assisted by members of the V.A.D. and a host of others. The last effort took the form of a flag day on Saturday, when about 21 ladies with boxes made collections. Mrs Gore, of the G.E.R. Hotel, went round with a hand organ, accompanied by her little girl in Italian dress and this novel idea was an immense success. The amounts raised in various waves were as follows:
House to House collection (May 10th) £67 7s 5½d.
Entertainment (May 24th) £18 18s 11d.
Pound Day (June 5th) £23 7s 7½d.
Flag Day £24 14s 10d.
Whist Drive (April) £10 2s.
Parish Church “free will” fund £10.

PARISH SUNDAY SCHOOL – The annual summer treat in connection with the Sunday School took place, following a brief service at the Parish Church.  The scholars, marched to Mr Wood’s meadow near the railway station, where sports and other recreations were provided. Tea was served in the maltings.

July

SCHOOL TREAT – The scholars attending the Town Street Primitive Methodist Sunday School had their summer treat. They assembled with their teachers at 2 o’clock, and a procession was formed and marched to a meadow kindly lent by Mr Blades for games, sports and swings. The scholars’ tea was followed by a tea for parents and friends. The evening was devoted to sports, and prizes were given to the winners.

BOWLS –  On the Mundford Green, a bowls match was played between Mr M Froud of Brandon, and Mr S Jones of Lowestoft, who is recognised as a first class player. Out of six ends up Mr Froud was the winner of four.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT – The children attending the George Street Primitive Methodist Sunday School had their annual treat in Mr Wood’s meadow near the Railway Station. The weather was inclined to be wet, but fortunately rain did not interfere greatly with the festivities. The scholars assembled on the Market Place in charge of the Superintendent (Mr H Snare) and the secretary (Mr A Warren), and went in procession to the field, where the usual amusements were provided. Tea for both children and adults was served in the maltings.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT – Favoured by fine weather, the children attending the Baptist Sunday School had a very enjoyable half-day on the occasion of their annual treat. Assembling at the chapel they marched to Mr G Wood’s meadow near the railway station, where games were indulged in. A company of about 190 teachers and scholars sat down to tea in the Maltings. The Rev R.P. Williams, former pastor, gave a contribution towards the purchase of sweets which, together with nuts, were distributed among the children. On returning to the chapel at the close of day buns were also handed out to the youngsters.

POLICE AND MILITARY SERVICE – At a meeting of the West Suffolk Standing Joint Committee, the question of the release of twelve married or single constables for military service was considered. The Chairman (Mr A.M. Wilson) pointed out that the deficiency was already 18, and both the Chief Constable and himself expressed the view that more could not be spared. In the course of discussion, Colonel Hamilton (Brandon) said that if any counties should keep up a strong police force it should be the Eastern Counties.
Colonel Spragge (Brandon) said as an old service man he should certainly vote against any more men being released.
In the result, on the motion of Colonel Hamilton, it was agreed that the Council should report that they could not see their way to further deplete the police force at present.

August

WAR ANNIVERSARY – To celebrate the second anniversary of the war, a service was held at St Peter’s Church. The Rector, Rev J.L. Wyatt, officiated. Special services were held on Sunday, when there was a choral celebration of the Holy Communion at 8a.m., and there were 45 communicants, and at a second celebration at noon there were nearly 70 communicants. The church was filled at the eleven o’clock service, when the Rector was the preacher. A children’s service was held in the afternoon. The Rector officiated and gave the address. The sermon was preached at the evening service by the Rev R.H. Noble, the curate. The national anthem was sung at the services, and Mr F.A. Chapman, the organist played appropriate music. At all the services the offertories were on behalf of the Lord Kitchener memorial for the disabled soldiers and the total for the day was £12 16s 11d.

FOR LORD KITCHENER’S FUND – The collections made at each of the four services at the Parish Church were devoted to Lord Kitchener’s Memorial Fund for Wounded Soldiers, and the sum of £12 16s 11d was raised. Each service was taken by the Rector, the Rev J.L. Wyatt, who at evensong delivered a touching sermon.

AN ARREST – Rowland Harry Bee, a gunner of the Motor Machine Gun Section, was arrested at Elveden by Inspector Mobbs on a charge of stealing £85, the property of the Urban District of Hinckley, Leicestershire. He was subsequently handed over to the Leicestershire Police.

September

FISHING – Splendid sport in fishing has been obtained in the Little Ouse, which is free from weeds. Mr Stowell during 12 days averaged 14lbs per day.

AN ABSCONDER – A lad, aged 15, named Wesley Norton, of Brandon, was arrested on Tuesday by Inspector F. Mobbs. He had absconded from an industrial institution at Walthamstow. He was sent back to the institution the same day.

HARVEST FESTIVAL – The harvest festivals at Brandon and district commenced on Sunday, when the Town Street Primitive Methodists celebrated their festival. Liberal offerings of fruit, vegetables, and produce were sent by the members and friends and these had been used with taste to adorn the interior of the church. The preacher was Mr. E.A. Dodson, of Lakenheath. An appeal was made for eggs for the wounded, and 17 were contributed. The following scholars of the Sunday School collected 15s. :- Elsie Adams, May Daking, John Austin, John Daking. The harvest tea was provided on Monday and the thanksgiving meeting followed. Dr. A.J. Pickworth (Lakenheath) presided. The speakers were the Chairman (Rev. C. Mensink), the newly appointed Baptisit minister, and the Rev. C. Shreeve. There was a sale of fruit, vegetable, etc.

October

STACK ON FIRE – An alarm was raised when a large hay stack situated off the London Road, the property of Mr Alfred Towler, carting contractor and farmer, was found to be in flames. The Fire Brigade, in charge of Lieutenant F.W. Ridsdale with the steam engine, were soon in attendance. The stack was well ablaze, but with plenty of water and assistance the fire was quickly under control. The stack contained about 30 tons of hay and was insured.

MOTORS COLIIDE – An accident occurred at the town bridge, when a military motor was coming to the bridge, when it met a motorcycle with sidecar attached, and in this a lady was sitting. When the cars collided the lady was thrown out, and it was surprising she was not thrown into the river. Fortunately she was not seriously injured, neither were the cars.

November

DEATH OF MRS PAGET – It was not generally known in Brandon that Mrs Paget, wife of Mr Almeric H Paget, M.P. for Cambridge, was ill, and the news of her death on Thursday 23rd November was a surprise to many residents. Mr Paget, a few years since, purchased the Brandon Park estate and made considerable alterations and improvements there. During the years of their residence they won the esteem of many by their kindness and generousity. It was through the generousity of Mr Paget that St Peter’s Church was illuminated with acetylene gas. The Old Concert Hall and site was purchased by Mr Paget, and on the same site was erected Paget Hall, which Mr Paget generously presented to the Brandon Conservative Club. On the outbreak of war Mrs Paget started work for the wounded, and she was instrumental in forming the Almeric Paget Massage Corps. At their place at Parishangar, Hertford, Mrs Paget provided a hospital for wounded soldiers. She also established and equipped a fine military hospital at Eastbourne, and opened a centre for free outpatient treatment for officers and men at 55 Portland Place, London. The civilian poor were also objects of her regard, and only recently she opened a large massage department at the Miller General Hospital, Deptford. She passed away at Esher, and the funeral was on Monday at Hertfordbury, Herts. There was a memorial service at St Margarets Church, Westminster, and also at Cambridge.

PRISONERS OF WAR FUNDRASIER – The recent effort for the Suffolk Prisoners Of War Fund was very successful as the appended particulars will show.
Mrs F.G.W. Wood and Mrs George Clarke were responsible for organising the event on behalf of Lady Aird. The collectors were:
The Messrs. L and B Lingwood 19s 1½d
Miss Crask 15s 4½d
Mrs H Brearley £1 11s 5d
Miss Bruton £3 7s 11d
Miss Hardy £1 18s 11d
Mrs George Clarke and Mrs W.J. Murrell (Vine Court) £1 17s 4½d
Mrs F Morris £1 13s 9½d
Miss Neep £1 14s 5½d
The Sunday’s offertories at the Parish Church £4 9s 8½d
Baptist Church £1 7s 8d
Wesleyan Church £1 2s
Primitive Methodist Church, Town Street 6s
And a special donation of £100 from Sir John Aird.
The total realised was £123 5s 11d.

V.A.D.
The following lady members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment either have been, or are still, engaged in hospital duty. Mrs George Clark, Miss Crask, Miss Garner-Richards, Miss Bruton, and Miss Neep.

LING HEATH TRUST – A meeting of the trustees was held at the Council Schools, the Rev J.L. Wyatt presiding. Notices had been issued inviting persons entitled to coals to make application and 15 persons did so. These were considered, and ten were allowed the full value, four one instalment and one disallowed. It was agreed to issue tickets in December and January, value 3s 6d and for February 2s 3d, total 9s 3d.

GOLDEN WEDDING
Mr and Mrs William Brown, 71 High Street, on Monday celebrated their golden wedding, as they were married at Brandon 50 years ago. They are deservedly well respected, and Mr Brown holds the office of chairman of the Parish Council, secretary to the Brandon Gas Company, and until quite recently was the treasurer to the Oddfellows Lodge, an office he had held for many years.

December

MOBILISING LABOUR

MEN FROM 17 TO 56 FOR NATIONAL SERVICE

THE TRANSFERENCE AND BILLETING OF WAR WORKERS

Regarding the Prime Minister’s announcement of the pending organisation of the man power of the nation, it is stated that the Government intends to call on all men from17 to 56 years of age not now enrolled in the nation’s work to enrol themselves as Volunteer War Workers. They will release men of military age, providing additional hands in munition works, and make available for productive trades many men now engaged in non-essential and unproductive employment. A schedule of indispensable trades will be drawn up. In this connection it is to be remarked that the Government, which will soon have effective control of the mines and shipping, will be able to refuse coal and sea transport facilities for the non-essential industries.

Full trade union rate of wages for skilled of unskilled work will be paid to war workers. In addition a subsistence at the rate of half a crown a day for the seven days of the week will be paid to men who, owing to the system of transfer, will be under the necessity of maintaining two homes. There is to be a register in every locality of war, industrial, or productive requirements, which will vary from time to time.

It is further stated that a schedule of indispensable and non-essential trades is to be drawn up. Non-essential industries will be shut down without any compunction, so that labour employed in them may

be available for munitions or productive industries.

All men enrolled must consent to be transferred to occupations and localities where their services are most required in the interests of the State. If a town telegraphs that it has 200 registered war workers for whom employment cannot be found for three weeks, it will be the duty of the Director and his staff to provide the required labour for another town, billeting them if necessary on householders, just as is done with soldiers.

THE LING HEATH TRUST
Coal tickets for the first instalments of coals were given away at the office of Mr F.J. Mount, the clerk, on Saturday morning.

MISSIONS
The collector’s boxes just opened by the Rector (Rev. J.L. Wyatt) were found to contain £3 16s 1½d. This is for the year.

CHARITY DISTRIBUTION
At the Church Institute on Monday the annual distribution of the Humphrey Charity took place when there were present the Rev. J.L. Wyatt (rector), Dr W.O. Trotter, and Mr F Neep. The recipients received 2s 6d each.

CHRISTMAS
The observance of the festival was quietly carried out. The decorations at St. Peter’s Church were carried out in a very neat and effective manner. There were two celebrations of the Holy Communion at 8am and noon, and morning service at 11 o’clock. The choir sung carols. The Rector (the Rev J.L. Wyatt) was assisted by the curate (the Rev. J.H. Noble).