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Taunton Courier. Bristol and Exeter Journal and Western Advertiser Wednesday 10 Jan 1923
Page 4 Column 7
TAUNTON COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS.
SATURDAY. - Before Mr. Wyndham SLADE (in the chair), Colonel W. Marwood ELTON, and Messrs. A. E. EASTWOOD, W. O. E. MEADE-KING, J. WHITE, C. TITE, F. S. COPLESTON, and A. H. APPLIN.
KING'S ARMS, CHURCHSTANTON.
Mr. T. BROOMHEAD applied for the temporary transfer of the license of the King's Arms Inn, Churchstanton, from Harry TRIMM to Albert Edward SHERRING. - Supt. CHAMPMAN made no objection, and the application was granted.
FAILURE TO PRODUCE LICENSE.
Fleetwood BOOBYER, willow worker, of Burrowbridge, was summoned for failing to produce a motor driving license at Stoke St. Gregory on the 19th ult.
Defendant pleaded guilty.
P.C. SMART gave evidence that whilst on duty at Stoke St. Gregory on the 19th December he had occasion to stop defendant. He asked him for his license, and he replied that he had left it at home. - Fined 5s.
KINGSTON LICENSEE'S OFFENCE.
DRINK SUPPLIED AFTER HOURS.
William Charles PRING, licensee of the Swan Inn, Kingston, appeared to answer a summons for having supplied intoxicating liquor to persons during non-permitted hours.
He was represented by Mr. F. W. WILLMOTT (Messrs. C. P. Clarke & Co.), and Mr. H. T. KITE appeared for the prosecution.
Mr. KITE, in opening, said on the 20th December, about 3.30 p.m., P.S. BRUFORD, in company with P.C. CROSS, went to the Swan Hotel, Kingston. As they approached they saw a man leaving by the front door. P.S. BRUFORD and P.C. CROSS went into the public bar and saw defendant and three men, Gilbert David FUDGE, Frank TOTTERDALE, and Robert WHITE, all of Kingston. On the counter there were three half-pint glasses. Two were half filled with beer and one was empty. There was also a pint cup half filled with cider. Sergeant BRUFORD said “Why are these men drinking here at this time of the day? Defendant did not answer. Sergeant BRUFORD pointed to the cider in front of FUDGE, and asked him if it was his. FUDGE replied that it was. Sergeant BRUFORD then pointed to the beer in front of TOTTERDALE and asked him if it was his. TOTTERDALE denied that it was his. Defendant then placed another glass in front of TOTTERDALE and took the other glass, and said “That's yours and this is mine.” Turning to the sergeant he said “I gave them this for working for me; They have put up a cider cheese.” FUDGE then chipped in and said “We have been screwing it down,” The sergeant and the constable went to the shed where the cider press was, and defendant pointed to the press, and said “That's where they have been making cider.” The sergeant felt the press, and it was quite dry. Sergeant BRUFORD said “Do you mean to say you have been making cider to-day?” Defendant said “No, we have been racking to-day. The sergeant then asked to see the barrels from which they had been racking, and defendant pointed to a barrel. That barrel had a quantity of water on top of it. Defendant said “These men often come to help me, and I give them a drink.”
The evidence of P.S. BRUFORD and P.C. CROSS bore out this statement.
Mr. WILLMOTT, before calling his witnesses, said the facts were not really in dispute. Those men had really been working for defendant getting the cider press ready. The point which had to be decided was whether those men were being entertained by the landlord. There was nothing to prevent a landlord entertaining anyone during non-permitted hours, providing they were bona-fide friends. It had been that those men were there for that bona-fide purpose, but they would tell them that they were all working there, and that it was a pre-arranged appointment made some days before. Mr. PRING had been making cider this year, having bought an orchard of apples.
Defendant stated that he had been licensee of the hotel for five years. He had purchased an orchard for making cider, and at times he had seven or eight men working for him. FUDGE had been working two or three days weekly for him ever since he bought the orchard. On the Monday previous to the 20th December he made an arrangement with FUDGE and TOTTERDALE for them to come to his house to work on the 20th. He wanted them to bring the cider from the outside cellar into the house and to spread the apples. On the day in question FUDGE arrived between 11 a.m. and 12 noon, and he told him to wash out the barrel. The cask was afterwards put outside in the rain. It was on its end so that the rain should not get in through the bung hole. TOTTERDALE arrived just before two o'clock. In the afternoon they went and spread the apples and cleared the cider mill. When they had finished cleaning the press he said, as it was raining, they would go in and have a drink. That was before they started to rack in the cider. FUDGE had half-a-pint of cider, TOTTERDALE had half-a-pint of beer, and he drew half-a-pint for himself. They had not been there any time before the sergeant came in. He told the sergeant that they had been given the drink by him. He arranged to give them 3s each for their work, but as FUDGE was there in the morning he gave him 1s extra. The drink had nothing to do with their pay.
Frank TOTTERDALE and Gilbert FUDGE, labourers, of Kingston, corroborated.
The Bench retired, and on their return the Chairman said they were satisfied, after considerable consultation, that the case had been amply made out by the prosecution, and they inflicted a fine of 20s. An advocate's fee was allowed.
LABOURERS IN THE BAR.
There were summonses against the witnesses FUDGE and TOTTERDALE for consuming liquor on licensed premises during non-permitted hours.
Defendants pleaded guilty.
The magistrates decided not to hear the evidence again, and fined defendants 1s each.
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<NOTES: Fleetwood BOOBYER son of Morgan Watts BOOBYER and Lily POCOCK, married Mabel Elizabeth MILLER
William Charles or Charles William PRING son of William PRING and Emily PERRY, married Louisa LEWIS>