Newscutting found in Australia [+ transcription]
Newscutting found in Australia
This newscutting about Christchurch, the village shop, and Euximoor, was found in Australia after the death
of an uncle of my new CAWTHORN cousin, Bethel.
The column headed "Turned to grocery from fruit-growing" relates to my Grandfather,
Walter Cawthorn (note spelling!)
We have no idea which magazine/newspaper this cutting comes from, but it dates
from 1950 going by the age of Walter who was born in November 1890.
Text of the newscutting featured above:-
EUXIMOOR HAS HAD FAMOUS CHOIR FOR 30 YEARS
"Continued from Page Six
...the children of Brimstone Hill in the middle of the 19th century.
Though the dames school was many years before her time, Mrs. Herbert Pate
is nevertheless the veteran schoolteacher in Christchurch. She began teaching
in the village at the beginning of this century, stayed 20 years until she
changed her name from Miss Sarah Ramps to Mrs. Herbert Pate.
Mrs. Pate was a founder member of the Women's Institute, was its first president,
and has been re-elected every year since 1928. Her other claim to distincton is
as a churchwarden of Christ Church. Her husband was warden for something
more than 30 years, and when......
Pouring tea at her home in Euximoor Drove is Mrs.
Laura Russell who for 30 years has been connected
with Euximoor Methodist Choir, and although she will
not conduct in public, trains the choir and supervises
...when he died in 1946. Mrs. Pate was invited to fill the vacancy and accepted.
Small, white-haired, quiet voiced. Mrs. Pate is in her late sixties, lives at
Ivy House with her godchild, 14-year-old Eileen Coombes, a London evacuee, who
acquired Mrs. Pate as godmother when she was baptised in Christchurch during the
Turned to grocery from fruit-growing.
FROM schoolteachers to tradesmen - and one of the longest established in
Christchurch is Cawthorn[e]'s general store. Standing behind the counter
in his dustcoat and tweed cap, 60-year old Mr. Walter Cawthorn[e] said
the store was founded by his grandfather, George Cawthorn[e], and subsequently
passed to his father, John Cawthorn[e]. Until 1933, Mr, Walter Cawthorn was
a fruitgrower, but in that year he took over the store and gave up agriculture
for shopkeeping. But he hasn't entirely given up farming. When the village
store closes, and assistant Barbara Cox goes home, Mr. Cawthorne likes to
take a look at the 48 pedigree Wessex pigs which he keeps as a hobby.
This choir has no conductor
IF you leave Christchurch, travel along the Sixteen
Foot towards Wisbech. and turn left over the bridge you are in Euximoor,
little Methodist community separated from Christchurch by the river,
where it's quite a problen to find any family whose name isn't Russell or
who hasn't some connection with the Russells.
And at the very end of Euximoor Drove (the locals prefer to call it Exmoor
and spell it that way) lives Mrs Laura Russell, leader of the "Exnmoor Methodist
Choir. Organist at Exmoor Methodist Chapel, Mrs. Russell sings herself, and has
been connected with the choir for 30 years. She arranges their programmes, trains
them and conducts at rehearsals. Many times the eight men and 12 women who form
the choir have tried to persuade her to conduct them at performances too, but
Mrs. Russell is adamant in her refusal, "I just don't feel I'd live up to
get up there in front" she says.
So it is minus a conductor - but carefully remembering Laura Russell's Instructions
at rehearsal-that the Exmoor choir bring music to fenland villages.
And if you leave Euximoor, return to the Sixteen Foot and look back, there's
hardly anything to be seen of the grey-roofed houses, the trim gardens and
tidy lanes ... Just a dis-used windmill which is a landmark on the way
to the village which used to be Brimstone Hill
In the loft of his barn at Green Lane Farm, Mr. George Morris shows
where the pulpit used to be when the barn was used as a church before
Christ Church was built. Sacks of fodder are now stored where the
choir once stood. baskets obscure the narrow, church type, windows.
Keeping the 40 h.p.engine well oiled at Bedlam Bridge pumping station is
Joe Sparrow, who is responsible for this and another 40 h.p. pump which each
lift 40 ....... of water a minute off the fens around Christchurch."
Transcribed by Ann McClean August 2001.
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