May 20, 2012


January 1917 …

ROLL OF HONOUR– An illuminated framed roll of honour has been hung in St Peter’s Church. It contains the names of 27 men who have made the supreme sacrifice.

POLICE CHANGES – PC O’Brien, who has been stationed at Brandon for the past year and ten months, has been transferred to Newmarket. PC Burges has been transferred from Newmarket to Brandon.

LORD KITCHENER’S MEMORIAL – A flag day was held at the end of the month for the Lord Kitchener Memorial. It was organised by Mr Mrs F.J. Mount, who had the assistance of a number of local ladies. The result of the day’s collection was £7 3s 3d.

FOUND DEAD – On a January morning an unmarried woman named Sarah Bullen, aged 68 years, was found dead in bed. It seems the person she lived with had gone downstairs to light the fire, and on calling to her received no answer. She went upstairs and found deceased could not speak. A neighbour being called found she had expired. There was no inquest.

February 1917 …

FROZEN CHURCH HEATING – The lighting apparatus at St Peter’s Church was frozen on Sunday 11th February.  The evening service was held at the Church Institute, and it was arranged to continue this during the severe weather.

ICE ACCIDENT – Mrs Maria Ashley was on the footpath in front of Mr Collins’ shop, High street, when she fell, the footpath being covered with ice. She fractured her ankle and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for treatment.

WAR SAVINGS COMMITTEE – A committee meeting was held, at the Church Institute, Brandon, Colonel B.E. Spragge presiding. The Hon Secretary (Mr F.J. Mount) stated that seven associations had already been formed-

  • one at each of the three departments Brandon Council School,
  • one at Mr Rought’s works,
  • one for St Peter’s Church,
  • one for Santon Downham and one for Weeting.

These associations had been supplied with subscription books for 363 members and were asking for a further supply. Mrs Spragge stated that subscriptions amounting to £24 9s had been collected by St Peter’s Church Association and 31 certificates had been bought. The school teachers reported having purchased 11 certificates (boy’s dept.) 5 (girls’ dept.) 10 (infants dept.). Mr Rought stated that 24 certificates had been purchased by his firm’s association, making a grand total to date of 81. The progress made was considered most satisfactory for the short period the scheme has been working, viz. January 23rd.

Mr Mount said the head teachers at the Council School had done much to make the scheme a success, having explained the matter so clearly to the scholars who, in turn, informed their parents and set them thinking, so that when other associations were formed, of which the parents were asked to become members, it was found the spade work had in a great measure been done. It was hoped that five further associations would be formed at an early date, viz.: ‘Geo. Wood and Sons’, ‘Spartan Engine Co.’, ‘Oddfellows Society’, ‘S and F Lingwood’ and Brandon Co-operative Society.”

SERIOUS ACCIDENT – Last Saturday some heavy new machinery arrived at the works of Mr Rought, but it was found to be impracticable to deal with it then, but on the morning of Sunday 18th February an effort was made to unload it. During the process one of the employees, Frederick Ashley, unfortunately slipped, and struck his head on some iron. He received a serious cut, and was taken to Dr W.O. Trotter’s surgery, where he received attention.

WAR SAVINGS COMMITTEE – The Hon. Secretary of the Brandon and District Committee reports that rapid progress is still being made by the Brandon Associations, one having 105 members and another 80 members. At the present moment it is estimated that the total membership of the seven associations, at present formed, numbers 400. Although the war loan is closed, certificates can still be purchased.

WEED CUTTING – A public meeting was held at the Royal Hall on Thursday 22nd March to consider river weed cuttingmatters. Mr A.J. Winter presided. The Hon. Secretary, who was prevented from attending through illness, sent a very interesting report. This showed the weeds had been cut in the river from Wilton Bridge to the Sheep Wash once, at a cost of £8. An appeal was made to tenants and landowners at Hockwold-cum-Wilton, but no subscription was received. The committee in consequence decided not to cut again. The other portion of the river from the Sheep Wash to Santon Downham was cut three times instead of four which is necessary.  The officers and committee were re-elected and Messrs. A Rolph, F Ridsdale, J.W. Murrell (The Vines) and F Holmes were added to the committee.

March 1917 …

PROMOTION – Mr A.E. Tyzack, the Postmaster, has been promoted to postmaster at Cromer.

DEATH OF MRS MUTUM – We regretfully record the death of Mrs Mutum, of The Mount, one of the oldest residents. She was the widow of the late Mr William Mutum. The house has been occupied by the family for 110 years and deceased had lived there 54 years.

April 1917 …


On Thursday, 29th March, Messrs Norbury-Smith and Co., of London, offered for sale the Brandon Hall estate, which comprises about 2,356 acres, in 41 lots. There were included in the lots several farms, with homesteads, and small holdings. In addition to the Hall, a Tudor residence, 30 cottages also came under the hammer. The lots sold were as follows, the remainder, not reaching the reserve:

  • The Hall Farm and residences, comprising about 83 acres, was purchased by Mr E Mail, Downham Market, at £1,000.
  • Church Field, about 4 acres, secured by Mr William French, of Ingatestone, Essex, for £85.
  • Arable field, about 7 acres, Mr French of Ingatestone, also bought this for £85.
  • Arable field, about 6 acres, bought by Mr Lacey Scott, Bury St Edmunds for £80.
  • Arable field, about 10 acres. This was also knocked down to Mr Scott for £115.
  • Enclosure of accommodation land, covering, with Gravel Hill Plantation, an area of 92 acres, knocked down to Mr Lacey Scott at £450.
  • The rabbit warren, about 376 acres. Bought at £1,375 by Mr C Nichol Murphy, of Streatham, S.W.
  • An enclosure of arable land, about 15 acres, was purchased by Mr French at £150.
  • The Hirs Woods, ornamental fish ponds, and six game enclosures, about 105 acres. This was knocked down to Mr C Nichol Murphy, for £375.
  • Pit House Cottage and about 3 acres rough grass land, let at £6 10s per annum. Bought by Mr Miller, Seal, Kent, for £100.
  • Three meadows, in small fen, about 14 acres. Sold to Mr A.J. Winter, of Brandon, for £135.
  • Meadow land, about 5 acres. This lot was also purchased by Mr Winter at £55.
  • Poultry and game farm of about 75 acres. Bought by Mr H.E. Bennett, of Tonbridge, for £515.
  • About 6 acres of woodland. Mr Miller secured this for £40.
  • Arable field, about 3 acres. This was sold to Mr H Kent, of Brandon, for £40.
  • Allotment ground, about 1 acre 3 roods and 3 perches. Mr Kent also bought this for £25.

WAR SAVINGS – The first quarterly audit of the Brandon and District War Savings Committee has just taken place. The accounts of the aforementioned associations were examined and found correct:
Brandon ‘Excelsior’ Boys’ – 60 members, 52 certificates,
‘Victory’ Girls’ Council Schools – 72 members, 56 certificates,
‘Endeavour’, Infants Council Schools – 68 members, 30 certificates,
Mr Rought-Rought’s Works – 108 members, 81 certificates,
St Peter’s Church – 89 members, 145 certificates,
Santon Downham – 25 members, 29 certificates,
Weeting – 51 members, 41 certificates,
Euston – 65 members, 23 certificates,
Banham – 57 members, 35 certificates,
Total members – 598, 554 certificates.

All this has been accomplished since February 1st, when the first association was formed at Brandon. The Euston and Barnham associations had only been in existence about a month previous to the audit.

FOOTBALL MATCH – A football match was played at Brandon between teams from Lakenheath and Brandon. The visitors played one man short. The result was Brandon 5 goals, Lakenheath 1.

NURSING ASSOCIATION – The 14th annual report of the Nursing Association has just been issued. The Hon. Secretary (Mrs F.G. Wood, Grafton House) says:

“Nurse Garnham has again worked very well, and continues to give every satisfaction to the doctor and committee. She has earned the confidence and gratitude of her patients. She has attended 81 patients, including 14 maternity cases, and has paid 4,100 visits during this year. The committee regret there is a marked falling off in the subscriptions amounting to over £10. It will be necessary for at least this amount to be made up during the coming year, as it is difficult to see how the association can be carried on. It is beyond doubt the nurse supplies a great and necessary need in the parish, and every effort ought to be made to maintain such a useful work. The balance sheet shows receipts, including a balance of £15 17s 4d, from the previous year, totalling £67 18s 7d. The year’s expenditure left a balance of £5 18s. The list of subscribers is 120.”

Lieut.-Colonel Hamilton J.P., is the President and Mr W.O. Trotter Hon. Treasurer.

May 1917 …

WEED CUTTING – The first cutting of the weeds in the Little Ouse River has just been completed, the result being that the meadows, fields and gardens, which have been flooded for months, are at least free from water, to the great relief of farmers and others. The weeds have also been cut down to Hockwold and Lakenheath.

EMPIRE DAY – The scholars of the Brandon Council Schools celebrated Empire Day as in previous years on the Market Hill. After the Union Jack had been hoisted, the National anthem was sung and the flag saluted. Then followed the reading of the roll of honour. Addresses were delivered on the history and growth of the British Empire and on the necessity for the strictest economy in the consumption of food and the avoidance of all waste.

June 1917 …

YOUTH STRUCK BY LIGHTNING – At the time of the lightning storm during the evening of Saturday 16th June a youth named Bilverstone was on the Rattlers Road, returning home from working on an allotment. He was riding a bicycle and had a hoe with him when he was struck. He was not injured, but his clothes were torn, proving he had a marvellous escape.

OPEN AIR SOCIAL – An open air social was held at The Cottage, by kind permission of Sir john Aird. The event was in aid of the Suffolk Prisoners of War Fund. By permission of Colonel Hawkins, the Band of Thetford Depot. Was in attendance and played during the evening. A whist drive was organised by Mrs George Clarke and Mrs George Whitta and was well patronised. Other attractions included dancing, a rifle range (managed by Mr A Lee-Barber) and an “Aunt Sally” (managed by Major F.G.W. Wood).
There was also a fancy stall presided over by Lady Aird, and another for the sale of fruit, flowers, etc., presided over by Mrs F.G.W. Wood. Girls were busy selling flags, etc., and there was a guessing competition.
The results of the sports were:


  • Flat race – 1st C Field, 2nd B Dyer, 3rd B Olley.
  • Sack race – 1st D Owen, 2nd Alfred Fendick, 3rd R Kent
  • Wheelbarrow race – 1st A Gaskin and A Fendick, 2nd T Palmer and F Catchpole, 3rd W Eagle and A Drury
  • Blind bottle race – 1st Bertie Elmer, 2nd Rex Tilney
  • Potato race – 1st A.E. Randall, 2nd W Eagle, 3rd A Drury
  • Three legged race – 1st S Tilney, B Elmer and R Tilney, 2nd H Grass, W Eagle and A Drury
  • High Jump – 1st B Dyer, 2nd H Field, 3rd R Tilney


  • Egg and spoon race – 1st M Winner, 2nd J Adams, 3rd L Basham

There was also an amusing three-legged race for soldiers.

NO TREATS – The Sunday Schools in the town have unanimously resolved not to have any treats, and so to conform to the request of the Government.

SOCIAL EVENING – The social evening held at The Cottage on Wednesday, 20th June, was a great success. It had been arranged by Lady Aird, who generously paid all the expenses. The cake given by Mr W Clark for guessing competition was won by Mrs Ungless, Bridge House, who guessed 1,001, there being 1,002. Mrs W Woodrow was the next nearest with 1,004. The competition realised 16s 10d. The amount received for admission, donations, taken at the stalls, etc., amounted to over £72, which was for the Suffolk Prisoners of War Fund.

July 1917 …


That bread and war rations generally do not suit everybody is clear from the following statement, which appeared in the June 11th issue of the ‘Daily Telegraph’. It reads:

“At the Bedford Board of Guardians it was reported that a considerable number of deaths were occurring among the old inmates from dysentery, and the Chairman believed rations had something to do with it. War bread, he said, did not suit him.”

After all, it is not surprising that the digestive organs experience difficulty in dealing with the unaccustomed food which we are all of us now compelled to resort, for like every other part of the machinery of the human body, they do best and most easily the work that they have been trained to do and are accustomed to perform. Any considerable variation in the quality or quantity of the food they are required to digest, means extra strain on them, until they have, by usage, become accustomed to it.

Now, in the vast majority of such cases, all that is needed is a gentle stimulating Stomach and Liver Tonic and Regulator. Mother Seigel’s Syrup is the most popular and widely used digestive and stomach remedy. It promotes the healthy action of the organs and digestion – stomach, liver and bowels – enabling them to perform their work properly and digesting what you eat. Put it to the test today and take it after your next meal.

ROLL OF HONOUR – The roll of honour at the Wesleyan Church now contains the names of 35 young men who were either connected with the church or Sunday School.

THE LING HEATH TRUST – The Trustees have agreed to sell a number of trees now on the Ling Heath estate. These will be felled for national purposes. The estate contains a large number of Scotch firs.

August 1917 …

GARDEN FETE FOR THE RED CROSS – Encouraged by the success which attended the social evening recently held on behalf of the Suffolk Prisoners of War Fund, the ladies of the Red Cross Society ventured on a smaller event. This took the form of a garden fete one evening, held at Brandon House grounds by kind permission of Lieut.-Colonel B.C.P. Hamilton and Mrs Hamilton, who is the Commandant. An attractive programme had been arranged and this attracted a large attendance, the function proving very successful.

RED CROSS SOCIETY – Another effort was made to further augment the funds of the Red Cross Society, a concert being given at the Paget Hall. The programme was carried out by the Eastern Command (Labour Centre) Vaudeville Concert Party, by kind permission of the Commandant, Lieut.- Colonel L.F. Beatson. The artistes were Lance Corporal Johnnie Walker, Sergeant Meigham, Lieutenant and Quartermaster A.G. Andrews, Lance Corporal Gleeson Wells, Private Lewis Coates Lenn, company Quartermaster-Sergeant W.A. Hillier, Corporal Morrison and Lance Corporal Crawford Withers. Private Sutcliffe Wilkinson, A.L.C.M. etc., was the pianist.
This concert raised the sum of £17 11s and Miss Marjorie Wood sold nearly £15 worth of tickets.

October 1917 …

TO HELP THE RED CROSS FUNDS– Mr Smith very kindly gave several hours to parading the town with an organ. Members of the V.A.D., Suffolk 62, and others, made a collection in aid of the funds of the British Red Cross Society, which amounted £6 18s 2d. This has been handed to the Vice-President, to be sent to the County Director at Bury St Edmunds. Mr Smith is to be heartily congratulated on this splendid result of his effort to assist this most deserving organisation.

THANKOFFERINGS – In memory of the completion of the ministry of the Rev. J.L. Wyatt, the rector of Brandon, his two sons have presented two elegant bound service books for use at St. Peter’s Church. The first is inscribed:

“To the glory of God as a thanksgiving for mercies received at the front in France during the war 1914-1917.”

This service book for the alter is presented by Major Z.R.C. Wyatt D.S.O. The other book has a similar inscription and the name of Lieutenant-Colonel F.J.C. Wyatt M.C., R.I.

November 1917 …

THE LEAGUE OF HELPERS – The ladies forming the League of Helpers working for soldiers have begun working again. The balance sheet for last season shows the total subscribed amounted to £33 14s 8¾d. There was expended on wool for knitting and flannel £27 15s 10¾d. To commence the season £5 2s 6d had been expanded in purchasing wool. It is gratifying to note the scholars of the Council Schools contributed £5 5s 4¾d. A vote of thanks has been accorded Miss Owles, the Hon. Secretary and Miss Taylor for superintending the collection at the Council Schools. An offer of wool for knitting was received from the British Red Cross Society Depot at Bury St Edmunds’ free, and this was accepted, the stipulation being that the wool should be used up as quickly as possible. It has been decided not to make any collection this season.

WAR SAVINGS COMMITTEE – A special meeting of Brandon and District Committee and officers of local associations for war savings was held at the Church Institute on the evening of Thursday, 15th November. Mrs Spragge presided.
The secretary gave the number of members of the eleven associations up to the half-year ending September 30th. The gross totals were 635 members, and the certificates purchased amounted to 1,317. Mr Hunt, who specially attended the meeting, complimented the committee on the progress made, and gave some very interesting details of work being carried on in the county generally. He suggested the formation of a household association in Brandon to be worked by ladies, the members of such committee to act as house-to-house collectors. It was resolved to hold a series of four lantern lectures, and that an early application be made to the Central Committee for the slides. Mr O Lingwood very kindly promised to lend a lantern, and Mrs Spragge and Dr Trotter to read two of the lectures. Mr Hunt, Dr Trotter and the Rev P.J.D. Johnson were chosen as speakers. The further arrangement of dates, etc., were left in the hands of the chairman and secretary. The Rev P.J.D. and Mrs Johnson were elected members of the committee to fill the vacancies caused by the Rev J.L. and Mrs Wyatt leaving the district.

CONCERT – The Paget Hall was crowded for a concert by Cadets. The programme was a varied one.

A RUNAWAY SMASH – One late November morning a lad on his round with fruit and vegetables in a van belonging to Messrs. Jessop Bros., Mildenhall, when the horse bolted from Town Street in the direction of St Peter’s Church, and arriving at the churchyard, collided with a post. The van was considerably damaged but the horse escaped injury. Soldiers were near at the time and they rendered assistant. Securing another conveyance, the lad was able to complete his round.

THETFORD TOWN COUNCIL, BRANDON BRIDGE – With reference to Brandon Bridge, the Town Clerk said he had seen Mr Froud, the Surveyor, who was looking after the bridge for them and he informed him that it is in a very precarious state, owing to the heavy traffic going over it through carting pit props. Mr Froud was very anxious that a committee should be appointed to go into the matter as early as possible.
Alderman Cronshey – “Are these it prop people Government people, or private people?”
The Mayor – “Some of them are private.”
Alderman Cronshey –“If they are private people we should notify them of their responsibility.”
The Town Clerk – “And the military also.”
Alderman Cronshey – “The military are Government.”
The Town Clerk – “They will pay for damages.”
Alderman Cronshey – “But I don’t think it so necessary with them.”
Alderman Burrell – “It would cause no harm.”
Councillor Hall said there was a tremendous amount of weight going over the bridge at the present time. When he looked at the bridge a month or two ago he could only see where part of it was pushed a very little way out, but evidently something else had turned up.
Alderman Burrell said if the traffic was limited going over the bridge at two miles an hour he didn’t think much damage could be done. If the engines were allowed to run over it at five miles, then it would soon ruin the bridge.
Alderman Cronshey – “I suggest that the Town Clerk write immediately and warn these people who are using the bridge.”
Councillor Doran – “Is there any notice that the weight must not exceed six tons?”
The Mayor – “Yes, but there is nothing about the speed.”
The Navigation Committee, consisting of the Mayor, Alderman Millington, Councillors J.G. Brown, W Woods, F.W.B. Potter, R.H. Hall and W West, was appointed to consider the matter.

December 1917 …

PLEASANT SURPRISE FOR CHILDREN – The children attending the Council Schools in the boys’ and girls’ departments were given a pleasant surprise before breaking up for Christmas. Colonel B.E. Spragge, D.S.O., who is home on leave from service in France, paid a visit. He first complimented the children on their Was Savings Associations, three of which have been formed at the schools. The Colonel said he should have much pleasure in giving each saver sixpence to add to the current week’s subscriptions. To the delight of all, he afterwards gave some interesting details of the war, and particularly referred to the recent brilliant dash made by our gallant troops in France.

SOLDIERS’ CHRISTMAS GIFT– A desire was expressed that every soldier connected with the Baptist Church congregation or Sunday School should be remembered at Christmas. An appeal was made, with the result that a sum of money was sent to each man

NEW J.P. FOR SUFFOLK – Hearty congratulations to Mr A.W. Rought-Rought, of Heath House, Brandon, who has been appointed and taken the oath as a Magistrate for Suffolk. Mr Rought-Rought is an active public man, and has sat as a magistrate by virtue of his being Chairman of the District Council.