Taunton Courier 08 May 1907 Taunton inc George SOUTHWOOD Charles GILLARD G MALE Miss G MALE Henry George BOND Kate Elizabeth PRING Chas PRING Wood Street

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Taunton Courier. Bristol and Exeter Journal, and Western Advertiser. Wednesday 08 May 1907

Page 4 Column 6 and 7

Local and District News.


THE REV. E. A. DUCKET (vicar of Holy Trinity Church), will be away in Italy during this month and early part of June, on his annual holiday.

SOMERSET MILITIA. - The recruits 3rd Somersetshire L.I. assembled at Taunton for 14 days' musketry instruction on Monday, and will proceed thence to Honiton, where the drill and practice will be carried out.

Mr. H. E. MURRAY-ANDERDON(?), of Henlade House, Taunton, and hon. secretary of the Somerset County Cricket Club, was at the annual general meeting of the M.C.C. at Lords on Wednesday, elected as a member of the Committee.

THE BISHOP OF BATH AND WELLS proposes to hold a confirmation for adults, and in special cases for others, in the Palace Chapel at Wells, on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 2.30 p.m. Any clergyman desiring to present candidates should give notice to the Bishop early in May, stating the numbers, and whether male or female.

HIGH PRICES FOR CHAIRS. - At an auction at Laurel Cottage, Rowbarton, Taunton, on Wednesday, held by Messrs. W. J. Villar & Co., for the representatives of the late Mrs. SANDERS, a set of six antique chairs, covered in American cloth, realised six guineas each, or a total of £37 16s for the set.

TAUNTON HORSE SHOW. - West Somerset sportsmen will be interested to know that Lieutenant-Colonel Dennis BOLES, of Watts House, Bishop's Lydeard, the popular Master of the West Somerset Foxhounds, has accepted the presidency of this year's show, fixed to be held on Thursday, 18th July, and that Mr. Walter SPEKE, of Jordans, is to be vice-president.

SUCCESSFUL ART EXHIBITORS. - Tauntonians will be proud to learn that natives of the Somerset capital have been successful in getting their pictures hung in the annual exhibition of the Royal Academy, which opened on Monday. Mr. A. H. BUCKLAND is represented by two pictures, and Mr. and Mrs. C. D. WARD by one each. They will be sincerely congratulated on their success.

A RUNAWAY. - There was an exciting incident in Station-road on Tuesday morning. It seems that a cart belonging to Mr. F. ADAMS, fruiterer, &c., of Station-road, was standing in Leslie-street, Rowbarton, when the horse attached thereto bolted. Soon after the start one of the wheels came off, but the animal sill continued its career. Passing down Railway-street it came down Station-road, fortunately not colliding with anything. Just outside Mr. ADAM's shop it was at length stopped by two of the employees there.

FIELDING'S TABLE. - Bearing on the Fielding Bi-Centenary it may not be generally known to Tauntonians that in the Castle Museum can be seen the large table made of oak which FIELDING used. There are two brass inscriptions fixed on the flap, one of which says: “This table belonged to Henry FIELDING, novelist. He hunted from East Stour Farm, North Dorset, about 1718, and in three years dissipated his fortune keeping hounds.” The other inscription reads: “Presented to the Somerset Archaeological Society by Captain Merthyr GUEST in 1882.”

CHILDREN'S LECTURE. - A lecture illustrated with limelight views and entitled “The man that spoilt the music,” was given under the auspices of the Taunton Band of Hope Union at the Temperance Hall, on Tuesday evening. Mr. T. S. PENNY presided, and there was a good attendance of children. The lecture was given by Mr. W. GILL, while the lantern was manipulated by Mr. A. D. CROSSMAN. The children greatly appreciated the lecture, which was of a humorous character, and at the close, Mr. GILL and Mr. CROSSMAN were heartily thanked for their services.

HOLY TRINITY SCHOOLS. - The following report of the religious instruction given in Holy Trinity Schools has been issued:- Mixed School - “It was a pleasure to inspect this school and find it fully up to its standard of excellence. The answering in every group was most creditable. The written work was intelligent and praiseworthy. The tone of the school is very good indeed.” Infants - “This school passed an excellent inspection. The syllabus is carefully selected, and each group is well taught. The children answered very brightly and most creditably.”

AN ASSAULT CASE. - At the Borough Police-court yesterday afternoon, before Alderman J. P. SIBLEY and Alderman W. POTTER. George SOUTHWOOD was charged with assaulting Charles GILARD, foreman, in the employ of Messrs. Easton & Bessemer, engineers, of Taunton. - Mr. GILLARD stated that the man had been in their employ for more than six years, and owing to his not obeying orders he had to give him notice recently. On Thursday he returned, and after using threats he knocked witness down in the yard. - Another employee gave corroborative evidence, and defendant, who pleaded guilty, was bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace for six months and ordered to pay the costs, 7s.

COMMERCIAL FAILURES. - According to Kemp's Mercantile Gazette the number of commercial failures published in the United Kingdom during the four weeks ending Saturday, April 27th, was 739. The number in the corresponding four weeks of last year was 766, showing a decrease of 27, being a net decrease in 1907, to date, of 196. Messrs. Kemp extract the following statistics for Bristol and district, compared with the corresponding statements for 1906 and 1905:- Gazetted failures – Bristol only, 1907, 6; 1906, 3; 1905, 1; Somersetshire, 2, 1, 3. Deeds of arrangement – Bristol only, 2, 0, 1; Somersetshire, 5, 2, 1. Bills of sale – Bristol only, 3, 2, 5; Somersetshire, 7, 8, 3.

ORGAN AND VOCAL RECITAL. - At the Parish Church, Wellington, on Tuesday evening, Mr. Harold A. JEBOULT, F. R. C. O. (organist and choir-master, of St. Mary's Church), assisted by Mr. John HARE as vocalist, gave a most enjoyable recital. There was not a very large congregation present but those who did go were well rewarded, for Mr. JEBOULT rendered an attractive programme in first class style, his selections being calculated to bring out his well-known ability at the organ, while at the same time lovers of music were able to fully appreciate his efforts. The pieces he selected for rendition were:- Concerto in E. flat (Rev. W. FELTON, 1713-1769); Intermezzo (A. HOLLINS); Cappriccio, an Idylle (sonata xviii.) (J. RHEINBERGER); Toccata and Fugue in D minor (J. S. BACH); Prelude in D flat (op. 28 No. 15) (F. CHOPIN); Toccata in G (Thos. DUBOIS). Mr. John HARE, who possesses a remarkably rich full voice, rendered two selections – the air “Tears of sorrow, shame, and anguish” from Spohr's oratorio “Calvary,” and the song “Crossing the Bar” an extremely beautiful setting by C. WILLEBY. During the recital the congregation joined in singing the hymns “O God our help in ages past” and “Jesus shall reign where'er the sun,” and during the former a silver collection was taken. An enjoyable recital closed with the blessing by the Vicar. The arrangements for the recital were ably carried out by the Organist (Mr. Percy CLARKE, A. R. C. O.).

TAUNTON MARKET TRUSTEES met at the Guildhall on Friday morning, Mr. H. FRANKLIN presiding. There were also present Messrs. S. REDMAN - C. MEDWAY, R. BRUFORD, S. KIDNER, A. HAMMETT, W. H. WESTLAKE, J. RENDALL, J. G. VILE, W. PERCY, E. GOODMAN, R. U. HARTNELL, W. NORMAN, F. W. BAKER, G. HINTON, J. E. KINGSBURY, R. HITCHCOCK, T. HARRIS, W. LOCK, E. CLATWORTHY, H. MAYNARD, J. KIDNER, W. H. WAKE (clerk), and G. WESTCOTT (inspector). - The General Committee reported that they had had the proposal to remove the outside archways of the Arcades under consideration. As it was a town improvement they had invited a Committee of the Town Council to meet them and discuss the subject, and hoped to be able to report thereon at the monthly meeting of the Trust in June. They recommended that no table or other obstruction (except the chopping blocks supplied by the Trustees) be allowed to remain near the meat stalls in the butchers' market. They had appointed a Sub-Committee, consisting of the Chairman, Messrs. S. REDMAN, R. BRUFORD, C. MEDWAY, and the Clerk, to carry out the re-arrangement of the stalls, &c., rendered necessary by the alterations in the butchers' market. - On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. HINTON, the report was adopted. - The Finance Committee reported that the receipts during the past month had amounted to £375 10s 1d, as against £294 during the corresponding period of last year. - Mr. S. REDMAN proposed, and Mr. W. PERCY seconded the adoption of the report, which was agreed to.

CONCERT AT THE BARRACKS. - The last of the most successful and enjoyable series of concerts given at the Barracks during the winter and spring was held on Wednesday evening. Sergeant MOORE had arranged another excellent programme, and the entertainment was quite up to the standard of the previous ones. The numerous items were greatly appreciated and were of a most varied character. All, however, proved popular, those present, as usual, joining heartily in the choruses, many of the songs being old favourites. The organisers of the concerts can rest assured that their efforts to provide enjoyment during the winter season have proved most successful, and thereon they are to be cordially congratulated. Wednesday evening's programme was as follows:- Pianoforte solo, Mr. E. VINCENT; song, “Sing me to sleep,” Private COLLIN; song (humorous), Mr. E. JARMAN; song, “The fine old Irish gentleman,” Private SHORTHOUSE; song (humorous), “I am the catch of the season,” Sergeant J. C. RENDELL; song, “Down the Vale,” Miss E. THORNE; monologue, “The Old Batchelor,” Mr. A. H. HOWE; song, “My Ain Folk,” Miss M. MOORE; song (humorous), “Isn't that like a man,” Mr. G. MALE; song, “Long live the King,” Private H. J. COLLIN; pianoforte solo, “Popular Airs,” Private H. J. COLLIN; song, “Honey will you love dis Coon,” Miss E. THORNE; mandoline solo, Mr. E. VINCENT; song (humorous), “Jolly Jarge,” Mr. E. JARMAN; song, “Eileen Allanah,” Miss M. MOORE; song (humorous), “Singers and Talkers,” Miss G. MALE; step dance, Private T. SHORTHOUSE; song “The Dear Homeland,” Miss MOORE; song (humorous), “The Motor Car,” Mr. A. H. HOWE (encore, “The Waiter”); song (humorous), “Poor John,” Sergeant J. C. RENDELL (encore, “Waiting at the Church”); monologue (descriptive), “The Veteran,” Mr. A. H. HOWE; song, “I want to see the dear old home again.” Miss THORNE; song, “Glowworm,” Private COLLIN. The accompaniments were provided by Mr. E. VINCENT and Private H. J. COLLIN (piano), and Bugle-Major F. FIELD (violin).

Mr. GEORGE SPILLER, P.S.G.W., of Somerset Mark Masons, has been installed for a second year as Worshipful Master of Lodge “Fidelity and Unanimity,” the ceremony being performed by W. Bro. the Rev. H. N. DYMOND, P.P.G. Chaplain.

DR. BARNARDO'S HOMES. - Meetings on behalf of Dr. Barnardo's Homes were held at the London Hotel Assembly-rooms on Friday afternoon and evening. The Rev. W. J. MAYERS (senior deputation secretary) gave an address on the work of the Homes, entitled “The Father of Nobody's Children.” illustrated with views of the Homes, while musical selections on the handbells, bagpipes, mandoline, cornet, &c., were given by boys from the Homes, under the conductorship of Mr. H. AARON.

PERIOD AND HALF-DAY EXCURSION TO LONDON. - A new departure in the shape of excursions from Taunton to London took place on Wednesday last, when Mr. F. A. BARBER arranged for a half-day and period excursion to the Metropolis over the new line. The train started from Exeter, and picked up passengers at Tiverton, Tiverton Junction, and Wellington. It left Taunton at 12.35, and running on the new line, went on to Paddington in less than three hours. A good number availed themelves <sic> of this opportunity from Taunton.

WEDDING OF A TAUNTON FOOTBALLER. - The wedding took place on Thursday at North-street Congregational Chapel of Mr. Henry George BOND, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George BOND, of Lilac Cottage, Upper High-street, and well-known as a member of the Taunton Rugby football team, to Miss Kate Elizabeth PRING, daughter of Mr. Chas. PRING, of Wood-street. The Rev. Edwin TONGUE (pastor of the chapel) was the officiating minister, and the bride, who was attended by her sister (Miss E. PRING) as bridesmaid, was given away by her brother, Mr. W. PRING. Both bride and bridegroom were the recipients of numerous wedding gifts. Among those to the latter was a clock from the manager and staff of Messrs. S. J. Wright & Co., where he is, chief clerk, and also a cruet form the employees.

SUCCESSFUL MUSICAL CANDIDATES. - The results of the examination of the Taunton Centre of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music have been issued, and the successful candidates were as follow:- Pass certificates (advanced) – Grace A. M. BOWEN, piano (Mr. Allan ALLEN, F.R.C.O.); Lilian GRIFFIN, piano (Miss Helen M. BARLING, L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M.); Dorothy M. HOYLES, piano (Miss CARNES L.R.A.M.); Violet JOYCE, singing (Miss B. SIBLY); Sibyl M. WILKINSON, piano (Mr. Frank DOCKSEY, Mus. Bac., F.R.C.O.); Hilda L. WRIGHT, violin (Herr Otto MILANI); (intermediary), May GIBLETT, piano (Mrs. J. Goddard LOVEDAY); Lily M. WATTS, piano (Miss Elsie CHARD, L.R.A.M.); (rudimentary), Grace A. M. BOWEN (Mr. Allan ALLEN, F.R.C.O.); Dorothy M. HOYLES (Miss CARNES, L.R.A.M.); Violet JOYCE (Miss B. SIBLY); Frances E. B. BAKER (Mrs. J. Goddard LOVEDAY); Hermine GRESSER (a member of the Community Franciscan Convent); Olive E. WESTLICK (Mrs. J. Goddard LOVEDAY).

ENLARGEMENT OF MESSRS. HAWKES, LTD., PREMISES. - The well-known firm of Messrs. Hawkes & Sons, Limited, ironmongers, implement agents, &c., of 32, East-street, Taunton, have recently made a handsome addition to their already extensive premises. They have always been renowned for their fine and numerous stock of agricultural implements and fittings, and so as to be able to further increase this part of their business, a special show-room for every kind of implement has been erected at the rear of the premises. The show room is downstairs, while upstairs is a store for all varieties of implement fittings. Of these there is a splendid stock, which it is doubtful whether it is surpassed by any implement agent in the West of England. The whole of the new part of the premises is commodiously fitted up, and the bath-rooms are illuminated by electric light. Messrs. Hawkes intend to make the supply of agricultural implements and their fittings more than ever a eature <sic> of their business. Hence this enlargement.

WHICH WAS FIRST? - In his recent article on “The Capital of Somerset,” quoted, in part, in our columns, “S.L.H.,” in the “Morning Leader,” claimed Taunton as being the first town to have a system of electric light. Referring to this in Thursday's issue of the Leader,” he says:- “It is not safe to make a definite assertion about anything in these days, a fact that has been forced on my attention – not for the first time – because of a remark which I quoted the other day to the effect that Taunton had the distinction of being the first town in this country to be lighted by electricity. I saw the remark in a reputable work, and I have heard the claim made by Taunton people more than once. But now I am reproached by correspondents who claim this distinction for other towns. For instance, one gentleman writes to say that I am mistaken about Taunton in this respect, adding that Godalming, in Surrey, was the first town to be so lighted. Well, I hold no brief for Taunton, or for any other town, in this respect, and I was just about to agree, and say “Let it be Godalming, then,” when I opened another letter, and read:

When residing in Chelmsford some years ago I was told that the fact stated about Taunton was about the only redeeming feature of the capital of Essex – Chelmsford. Can you sift the matter to the bottom?

No, my dear sir, I cannot. I am content to assume that each of the three towns was the first – or any other town which any reader wishes to regard as first.”

STRIKE OF PAINTERS IN TAUNTON. - The painters of Taunton, who are members of the National Amalgamated Union of Operative House and Ship Painters and Decorators, celebrated May Day by going out on strike on Wednesday morning. The unionists in the town number between 30 and 40, and there is about an equal number of painters who do not belong to the organisation. The men on strike, who gave notice of their intention to their employers three months ago, demand an increase in wages of a penny per hour, and also the adoption of a code of working rules. The present rate of pay is sixpence an hour. Mr. A. WALKER is the secretary of the Taunton Branch of the Union, and the headquarters are at the Swan Inn, East-street, where the members will have to report themselves at nine o'clock each morning as long as the strike lasts. The strikers profess themselves confident that their terms will be acceded to, and state that there is no fear that they will be unable to hold out, as the funds of their Union now reach about £500,000. As the men have chosen the busiest time of the year for the cessation from work, considerable inconvenience is being experienced by those desirious of having painting operations carried out at their houses or business premises. The unionists have issued a notice requesting painters in other parts of the country to keep away from Taunton during the strike. The trades unionists have recently increased their strength to a considerable extent in the Somerset capital through the formation of a local Trades Council, representative of the Unions of various trades. We are informed by a member of the branch of the I.L.P. that only thirty men have gone out on strike, out of about one hundred painters in Taunton, so that it would appear that the strike, so far, is not a very general one.


ST. MARY MAGDALENE'S COMPANY (No. 1,008). - - Orders for week ending May 10th, 1907:- (1) Orderly officer, Captain BALE. (2) Games, &c., at Drill Hall on Thursday evening at 7.30 p.m. - (Signed) C. J. BALE, Captain commanding.

ST. ANDREW'S COMPANY. - Orders week ending May 11th. - 1. - Orderly officer, Captain STENHOUSE; orderly-sergeant, Band-sergeant TROOD; orderly-corporal, Corporal COOK; orderly-buglar, Lance-Corporal HUTCHINGS. 2. - Band practice, Wednesday, at 8 p.m. - (Signed) V. D. STENHOUSE, Captain commanding.



Orders for the week ending 11th May, 1907:-

1. - For duty, Major MACDONALD, Sergt. J. BISHOP, and Lance-Corporal PRIEST.

2. - Recruit training at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

3. - Class-firing for trained Volunteers at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday. Brake from Parade at 2.30 p.m. each day.

4. - Semaphore practice at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

5. - Recruits are wanted. Young men wishing to join should apply to any member or at the Armoury any drill night between 8 and 9 p.m.

(Signed) J. A. MACDONALD, Major B. Company.

E. B. KITE, Captain A. Company.

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<NOTES: Henry George BOND son of George William John BOND and Elizabeth Jane OSMOND, married Kate Elizabeth PRING
Kate Elizabeth PRING daughter of Charles PRING and Susanna JARVIS, married Henry George BOND>