The Western Chronicle 03 Jan 1913 Kingsbury Episcopi includes Wedding Miss L. PARKER to Percy TRIBILCOCK Inquest Funeral Elizabeth TOWNSEND MALE various

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The Western Chronicle, Yeovil Friday 03 Jan 1913

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REYNARD'S DEPREDATIONS. - Reynard has been busy in and around the village this Christmas, and carried off some of the best of the poultry from the various farms.

SOCIAL EVENING. - On Wednesday evening Miss WINSLADE entertained the members of her Society Class and friends. Tea was partaken of, after which speeches, singing and games were indulged in, and a most pleasant and enjoyable evening was spent.

G.F.S. - A social was held in the Old School-room on Friday, Dec. 27th, in connection with the Girls' Friendly Society, when a programme consisting of vocal and instrumental music, recitations and dialogues was given by various friends and girls belonging to the society. There was a good number present, and the various items were carried out in a very efficient manner.

A WATCH-NIGHT SERVICE was held at the Wesleyan Church on December 31, when a large number of people met to watch the departing of the Old Year and the opening of the New. Mr F. HOOPER presided and spoke of the past year with all its lost privileges and urged those present to accept the great opportunities which the New Year would bring. Several others took part in the service, which was finally closed with the hymn “Come let us Anew, Our journey pursue.”

A PRETTY WEDDING took place at St. Martin's Church on Christmas day, the contracting parties being Miss L PARKER and Mr Percy TRIBILCOCK. The bride, who was neatly attired in a navy blue tailor-made costume, with grey hat and white ostrich feather, was given away by her uncle, Mr James BISGROVE. Mr Ralph TERRY was the best man. There was one bridesmaid, Miss Elizabeth DUCK, who wore a grey dress, with black hat. The reception was held at the home of the bride. The happy pair received many useful presents from their friends.

THE WESLEYAN MEN'S BIBLE CLASS held its annual social on Christmas Eve, when the Rev E. SKILTON, of Stoke-sub-Hamdon, gave a most instructive and interesting address on “The Great Ejectment of 1662.” The President (Miss A. WILLY) presided. The rev gentleman, in his address, mentioned many who were ejected in Somerset, and one in this village. After the address supper was partaken of, when the number present did ample justice to all the good things provided. Speeches were then given by many members of the class, also solos by Mr Geo. MOUNTER, the pianist for the evening being Miss CHRISTIAN, of Middle Lambrook. A hearty vote of thanks was given to the Rev E. SKILTON for his address and the President for the spendid <sic> way she had entertained the class. In response the President spoke of the work done during the past year and most heartily thanked the class and all who had in any way helped in the work during the past year. She hoped that the year just entered upon would prove to be one of greater usefulness and blessing. After singing a couple of hymns and prayer by Mr. J. DUCK the proceedings closed, a most enjoyable evening having been spent.

CHRISTMASTIDE. - Merry peals were rung upon the bells this Christmas showing that the ringers had not forgotten their part in the great event. The band, under Bandmaster F. HARVEY, also paraded the village on Christmas and Boxing days, playing carols and selections of music, which were greatly appreciated. On Christmas morning, a service was held in St. Martin's Church, when the Rev. H. J. PHILLIPS preached an eloquent sermon basing his remarks on Luke 11.,13. There was a large congregation, and the service throughout was very inspiring. - The services on Christmas Sunday at the Wesleyan Church were conducted by Mr C. BURT, of Martock (morning), and Mr. W. DYER, of Stapleton (evening). There were large congregations. The carollers this year took advantage of the bright clear moon and paraded the village with their carols of peace and good cheer. The people showed their appreciation by largely subscribing, the amount collected being £8? 13s 8d, which is to be devoted to the funds of the Wesleyan Sunday School.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Inquest. - Quite a gloom was cast over this village on Christmas Day, when it became known that Miss Elizabeth TOWNSEND, of Burrow, had suddenly passed away. The deceased, who slept with her invalid sister, got up as usual and after doing household duties left for her brothers, where she acts as housekeeper for her widowed brother. Soon after her arrival the deceased seems to have collapsed and expired. - An inquest was held on the body at the residence of Mr C. DUCK on Friday, before the Deputy Coroner (Mr WATSON). The jury was composed of the following: Mr R. H. DARBY (foreman), Messrs G. JEANES, J. R. LOVELL, W. J. HUNT, W. STACEY, C. DUCK, S. QUANTOCK, C. HOOPER, F. DUCK, J. MOUNTER, F. HARVEY and W. HOWARD?. - James TOWNSEND, brother of the deceased, stated that on Christmas day, at 10.30 a.m. he last saw deceased alive. Shortly afterwards he received an urgent message from his son, a lad aged 12. In consequence of which he visited, where deceased acted as housekeeper. He found deceased lying on the kitchen floor dead. Medical assistance was sent for. Dr. GOMEZ, of South Petherton, later arrived, but could only pronounce life extinct. - Dr. GOMEZ, who made a post-morten <sic> examination, gave as his opinion that deceased died from syncope. - The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence. The foreman (Mr DARBY) stated that deceased was very well-known amongst them for her general acts of kindness. Deceased having acted as nurse to others, could and did understand the feelings of others. - The sympathy of the jury was expressed by giving the usual fees to the relatives. - The funeral of the deceased took place on Saturday in the cemetery amid many manifestations of sympathy on the part of the parishioners, amongst whom she was very much respected. The Rev H. BARRACLOUGH officiated. The hymn “Give me the wings of faith and rise.” was sung in the chapel by the congregation and “For ever with the Lord” was sung at the grave. The coffin was of oak, with brass furniture, and the breast plate bore the inscription: - Elizabeth TOWNSEND, died Dec. 25, 1912, aged 53.” The bearers were Messrs J. MALE, W. MOUNTER, T. DUCK, and C. DUCK. The funeral arrangements were under the superintendance of Mr H. EVES. The family mourners were Mr James TOWNSEND (brother), Mrs S. MALE (sister), Mrs Elizabeth TOWNSEND (sister-in-law), Mr Thomas MALE (brother-in-law), Messrs C. MALE and E. TOWNSEND (nephews), Masters Harry and Berkley TOWNSEND (nephews), Misses Annie TOWNSEND and Annie MALE (nieces). Among others present were Messrs W. STUCKEY, S. QUANTOCK, C. HOOPER, C. MALE, J. CLARK, Jas. MALE, F. DUCK, Mrs B. STUCKEY, Mrs C. MALE, Mrs N. MALE, members of the Society Class. There were many beautiful floral tributes.

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