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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1925
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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:   DR   Grey,   Eyesight   specialist,   4   Exchange   Suare,   Beccles.   Offers   to
scientifically examine your eyes and supply rolled gold spectacle or eye glasses, rimmed or rimless,

single or double-sighted lenses for 18/-s
ADVERTISEMENT:Westminster  Fire  Office;  Fire,  Accident,  Burglary,  and  Motor-Car  Insurances

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

effected on all ordinary Risks, at Moderate Prices; Claims promptly & Liberally Settled; Agent: Mrs
RW Snmell, St George’s Road, Beccles
ADVERTISEMENT: William Steer, Practical Watchmaker, Jeweller, Optician, etc, 37, Market-Place,

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

Beccles (near the Tower)
ADVERTISEMENT:Use a Cooker from the Beccles Gas Company [with Cartoon]
ADVERTISEMENT:  BON MARCHE,  (Beccles  Ltd),  The  Walk;  “Flannelette  with  a  close  pile  is

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probably the best material that can be obtained for children’s sleeping suits.” Silky Fabrics for evening
wear: Broche Crystaline, Jacquard Marocain, Marocain, Schappe Silk
ADVERTISEMENT:  Canada, “The Land of Golden Opportunities”, Cinematograph Lecture at 7.45

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

pm in The Cinema, Beccles,  on Tuesday 6 January,  1925 by Mr TE Hockley (Cunard  SS Co  Ltd);
Admission Free.
ADVERTISEMENT: “The Beatrice May” will  leave  Exchange  Square Thursday,  8 Jan,  Lowestoft

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

6.45 pm, staying for thge Theatre, Fare 1s/6d; Sunday 11 Jan, Lowestoft, 6.15 pm, leave 10 pm; Fare
1s/6d

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Coal, Coal, Coal,;  Lowest  Summer Prices; Book your Winter requirements of
Coal with me at once, at today’s price, and you will be assured of getting your coal delivered to your

coal house during the Winter. HG Rose, Merchant, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT:Ladies’ Costumes, dry cleaned and tailor-pressed at a reduced charge  of 6s/6d.

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

May we send for your Order? Camplings Ltd, Dyers, Cleaners, Launderers, 3 Station Road, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT: A Happy and Prosperous New Year to Al from Arthur Dare, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT: International Stores. The Greatest Grocers in the World.
EDUCATION: Beccles College: Sound Commercial Education. Practical Land Surveying. Individual

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attention. Generous Diet. Produce from own Dairy Farm. Centre for London Chamber of Commerce
Examinations. Fees Moderate. C Hall, BA, Hons, Principal`
NEW  YEAR’S  EVE DANCE: A most succesful Dance was  held in thr Red Triangle Hall  on New

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

Year’s Eve by Mr Claude Darby. Over a hundred dancers “took to the floor”, including visitors from
Southwold, Bungay,  and the  outlying  villages. At midnight the  entire  company  linked  hands   and
welcomed in the New Year by singing “Auld Lang Syne”. The music was supplied by  the “Why Not

Dance Band.”
BECCLES WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. Offer of 1,000 for endowment of a cot in the Hospital
to  be  called  the  “Josephine  Mc  Connel  Cot”  by  a  visitor  who  was  impressed  by  the  Institution.

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Accepted.
HOSPITAL: A very up-to-date  Wireless apparatus has  been  installed  as  a  result of funds  raised  by
well-wishers.

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

SIR  JOHN  LEMAN  SCHOOL:  Reginald  and  Ernest  Bacon  were  successful  candidates  as  aircraft
apprentices in the Royal Air Force. Out of 400 candidates they were 7th and 17th.
BEET SUGAR FACTORY to be opened at Claydon. Well-attended Meeting held at the King’s Head.

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

FWD Robinson presided. It was hoped that famers would grow the crop and make use of the plant.
CANADA, The Land of Golden Opportunities. Lecture and films at the Beccles Cinema by the local

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East Suff Gaz 12 Jan 

agent,  who  had  resided  in  Canada  for  a  number  of  years.  Clerks  were  not  wanted,  but  men  with
experience of agriculture and the rearing of farmstock. Girls would do well there if they went there to

look after the work  of the house. After a short training they would  get a wage  of 5 a month. They
would be assisted in their passage out there and could repay it in 6 months or a year. They would be

suitable wives for men who had been successful
PRICE OF BREAD GOING UP. To many people a rise of a penny or so in the cost of a quartern loaf
will not greatly matter, but there are millions of others to whom it matters a great deal.

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SERIOUS ACCIDENT on a motor-cycle of Mr Frank Toll, 64 Grove Road
WEDDING: The duaghter of the Mayor Mr JQ Wilkinson of Ashman’s Road, married in Vancouver.
Miss Doris Wilkinson married Ernest Gowen of Vancouver. The bride was given away by her Uncle,

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Mr Edward Money, late of Beccles. Her brother, Frank Wilkinson was best man.
BECCLES BRANCH, BRITISH LEGION held  a tea & entertainment for 100 children of the fallen
comrades  in  the  Great  War.  After  tea  Mr  M  Elliott  amused  the  children  with  a  capital  wireless

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East Suff Gaz 19 Jan 

entertainment. this was  followed  by  a  concert  given  by the  caxton “Pyjama Nigger Minstrels. The
children joined in the choruses.” At 8.30 the happy party separated. On their way out they were given
two oranges and a bag of sweets.

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East Suff Gaz 19 Jan 

BECCLES TOWN COUNCIL: The Mayor spoke of the illness  of Alderman Buck  and said he was
making progress slowly, and was now able to get out for short walks.

 
 

Tradesmen of the Quarter:  blacksmith: Brand; bricklayer: Wiggett;  carpenter:  Sarbutt;  grocer: Bon
Marche;   ironmonger:   Squire;   wheelwright:   Sarbutt;   painter:   Frost;   harness   maker:   Brandford;

stationer: Webster.
Applications  were  made  by  Messrs  AS  Hopwell,  successors  to  Messrs  Hindes;  and  the  Waveney

 
 

Printing Co, successors to AE Michelborough, to be placed on the Trade Rota.
Catholic School: On the death of Francis Banham suggested that Mr Chapelow become a member of
the Education Committee in his place.

 
 
 

 
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Train Service to Norwich was bad. Took two and a half hours.
AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY “Tilly of Bloomsbury” by Ian Hay put on. [with photo]
St PAUL’S CATHEDRAL RESTORATION FUND.A portion of the offertory next Sunday to go to

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this.
CAXTON SOCIAL CLUB  A scial will  be held  in the Caxton Pavilion  on the Recreation Ground,
Beccles on Saturday.:

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East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 

DEATH of old inhabitant at 11 Smallgate of Mrs Anna Edwards, the last survivor of the family of the
late  Charles  Borrett,  gardener,  of  Swine’s  Green,  whose  voice,  shouting  his  gods,  was  frequently
heard in the town upwards of half a century ago. Mrs Edwards, for forty years carried on the business

of  a  greengrocer  and  confectioner at that  address,  until the premises were  altered into their present
form, that of a hairdresser’s.
CONCERT  by  Beccles  Concert  Party  in  aid  of  Olive  Ward,  the  little  girl  who  lost  her  arm  and

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East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 

sustained severe injuries in a motor accident, and who is still in Beccles Hospital.
SANITARY COMMITTEE: The Maor, Councillor JQ Wilkinson,  in the Chair. Plans passed: New
covered Yard & wc at the house of Col B Granville Baker.

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East Suff Gaz 2 Feb 
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DANCE: Fancy Dress Carnival Dance arranged by Mrs HE Hipperson in the Town Hall wiyth over
100 dancers from Beccles, Bungay, Diss, Lowestoft, Norwich, Soutwold and Yarmouth took part. The

dancing finished at 1.30 am.
FAUCONBERGE HEADMASTER, Rev HJL Norman appointed to the Rectory of Freckenham.

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East Suff Gaz 2 Feb 
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APPOINTMENT:  Cyril  Buck,  youngest  son  of  MF  Buck,  to  Headmastership  of  Frindsbury  Extra
Wainscott  Council  School.  The  slary  rises  to  494  pa.  He  is  now  Headmaster  of  Bream  Church

School, Gloucs
NEW MATRON OF HOSPITAL: Miss Fletcher in succession to Miss Stevens who is retiring  after
many years of devoted service to the institution in Fair Close. Miss Fletcher has formerly been at the

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East Suff Gaz 2 Feb 

Lowestoft and North Suffolk Hospitals.
DEBATE at the Adult School “Are the modern Young Women  better than their Grandmothers.”
CHURCH: St Michael’s: Crowfoot Memorial Tablet unveiled to  7  doctors  in  he town by  name  of

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Crowfoot. Made by Warham Guild, erected by Mr King.
SCOUTMASTERS’  METING  at  Red  Triangle  Club  in  Beccles.  One  Vice  President  Mr  Arnesby
Brown, RA.

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East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 

CLOWES Composing Room Chapel Meeting: Mr F Ulph, father of the chapel,  in the Chair followed
by a Conmcert.
SANITARY COMMITTEE: Proposed  alterations to the Drill Hall: The War Office prepared to pay

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East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 

the  cost of  doors which would open  up the whole  front of the premises. The Council  cannot accept
this idea.
LICENSING MEETING: “There was a great deal of drunkenness in the town”.

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Temporary transfer: White Swan from Maurice Gardner to Thomas Scarll.
29  Licenses  for  all  intoxicating  liquors  on  or  off  the  premises.  4  for  sale  of  beer,  wine  on  or  off
premises;  4 licenses for sale of beer, wine, spirits  etc off the premises; The population  of  licensing

 

district 9,543; one licence to 258 of population.
NATIONAL FARMERS’ UNION: Chair: Capt E Fortrey Heap, supported by Gervaise Rentoul, MP

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East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 

for North Suffolk; Mr D Black of National Committee spoke of Agricultural Wages Board, which had
invited   landowners,  farmers   and  workers  to  a   conference.   Workers  refused,   for  their   election

programme to put agriculture on its feet was nationalisation of the land, and stabilisation of prices.
DEATH of Sir  Edward Beauchamp, formerly MP for  Lowestoft,  aged 75. Created Baronet in 1911,

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East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 

his father was Rev WH Beauchamp, Rector of Chedgrave & Langley & his grandfather Vice Admiral
Sir  William   Procter-Beauchamp,  3rd  Baronet.  Midshipman   in  Navy,  then  member  of   Lloyds,
Chairman in  1905 &  1913. His  elder son, who was  killed in the Coldstream Guards  in Deccember

1914. His second son, born 1897, becomes 2nd Baronet. The funeral was at Nice.
DEATH of Mr William Carr of Ditchingham Hall.
WEATHER: HURRICANE in BECCLES  on Monday  night. Roofs stripped  of slates  in  Exchange

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Square, Blyburgate & Northgate. Trees uprooted. Roof of Mr G Bond’s house in Blyburgate blown in,
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and a chimney crashed through into a bedroom, but fortunately no one was hurt. A greenhouse near
the parish church was blown away.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 

RELIEVING  OFFICER:  Mr  William  Brown  of  Ipswich,  aged  28,  appointed  in  place  of  Mr  WH
Bellward, who is retiring after 34 years. He has been associated with Poor Law work  with Wangford

Union for 49 years.
AGM of Red Triangle Club. 186 members, an increase of 35.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Feb 

COUNTY  COUNCIL:  Only  two  nominations:  Sidney  Leonard  Barrett  of  Telport,  Puddingmoor,
gentleman & Charles Napier Trollope, gentleman, of the Score, Northgate. They succeed the late Mr
A McQueen and Mr W Robinson, who did not seek re-election.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Feb 

BANKRUPTCY of Benneton Osbrne of the Pickerel Inn, Puddingmoor. SALE of FURNITURE
CHURCH: CONGREGATIONAL AGM: Mention of resignation of Rev  WE Davies,  after  9 years.
Still without a Pastor.

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East Suff Gaz 2 Mar 

PARTNERSHIP OF DOCTORS dissolved.  of Noel  Sherrard & Neil  Taylor of “Shaftsbury Lodge”
[35 New Market]. Neil Taylor retires., but Noel Sherard will continue from that address.
PUBLIC HALL to be let again to Messrs Elliott for the year for 80.

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East Suff Gaz 9 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 9 Mar 

LECTURE  by  Charles  Hartley  to  the  Men’s  Adult  School  on  “William  Pitt’s  Financial  Affairs.”
(about the third of a series on historical subjects)
DEATH of Mrs Breeze of Northgate, aged 69. A gifted vocalist and musician, she was well known in

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East Suff Gaz 9 Mar 

musical circles, and in former years her services as a soloist were in great demand and freely given in
assisting  any  worthy  cause.  Her  only  child,  Mr  CV  Breeze  is  the  organist  at  the  Congregational
Church. She was buried at Henstead, her birthplace.

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East Suff Gaz 9 Mar 

JAPANESE OPERETTA proiduced by students of Congregational Sunday School [with photo]
PAROCHIAL  CHURCH  COUNCIL:  The  parclose   Screen  whose   erection  by  members   of  the
Crowfoot family has just been completed, who had asked that there should be no special service, but

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mention should be made at an ordinary service. [No further mention]
SANITARY COMMITTEE: Plans approved: Timber  framed bungalow in Pleasant Place for Mr FS

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East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 

Robinson. But a timber framed  building  for AE Cowl in Alexandra Road, for use as  a Gospel Hall
deferred. (Opposed by nearby residents).

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East Suff Gaz 6 April 

RED TRIANGLE CLUB: Rev JL Norman,  retiring Headmaster  of the  Fauconberge  School to  give
address at  Good Friday Service before leaving Beccles.

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East Suff Gaz 6 April 

SALE: 72, DENMARK ROAD by Read & Owles for excutors of late Charles Waters at King’s Head
on Monday, 26 April.:
Freehold Dwelling House: No 72 Denmark Road, containing Hall, Front Sitting Room, Living Room,

 
 

Pantry, Kitchen and 3 Bedrooms, with Front Garden  enclosed in wire pallisading, Brick and Slated
Coal House, and WC in rear, and small Back Garden. Now in the occupation of Mr Joseph Turner, at
Rent of 26 pa, Landlord paying Rates.

 
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[Withdrawn at Sale; 27 April]
WILLIAM CLOWES: Presentation to WJ Fuller on retirement after 50 years, Overseer
WOMEN’S CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION: 150 members present at monthly meeting.  Lecture

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on poolitical situation, the Geneva Protocol, th League of Nations, etc
CAXTON ATHLETIC AGM
WAR MEMORIAL FUND Final Meeting: The Mayor  (Quinton  Wilkinson), Dr  Wood-Hill, Dr HP

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Helsham, Messrs Napier Trollope, JP  Larkman  (Hon Treas),  SJ Owles, A  Elliott, JS Palmer,  WW
Edmonds, DC Smith, E Johnson Hindes, AE Bunn, HV Brsnford, Dr CR Smith, Dr CT Helsham, Mrs
JP Larkman, Mrs Wood-Hill, Mrs Youell & Mr Bryan Forward (Hon Sec)

 
 

Principal  Items,  donations,  covering  6  years:  Red  Cross  2,000;  United  Services  Fund  500;  Site
given by Mr Elliott 800; bricks on site also given by Mr Alexander Elliott 200; Ordinary donations
7,426;  special  Donations:  Farmers’   Sales   270;  Village  Memorials   180;  Church   collections,

concerts etc. 78, Hospital Box (opening day) 18; Sale of photographs 17; Sale of VAD buildings
200; Rent of  Land 15; Income Tax repayments 9; Interest on Investments 1,549;  Sale of  Stock

422: TOTAL 13,771
Per  contra  Value  of  site  and  bricks  1,000;  Builders’  account,  heating  apparatus,  lighting,  and

 
 

architect’s  fees  11,057;  Gardens  &  roads  outlay  165;  Cost  of  Monument  703;  VAD  buildings
265; Printing etc. 127; Balance transferred to Hospital Trustees 453;  TOTAL: 13,771

 
 

Mr Larkman said they were greatly indebted to Mr SJ Owles for his advice “Not to rush things”, for
by not rushing it they had been able to save 2,000.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the hon. sec for this splendid work and valuable assistance he

 
 

had rendered to the committee throughout.
In reply Mr Bryan Forward said he was exceedingly proud of the result of their work. It was started
when Mr E  Johnson Hindes was Mayor,  and  at that time he  himself was somewhat sceptical  as to

 
 
whether it was possible for Beccles to carry out such a scheme, but it had been done, and the town and
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district was to be congratulated on having such an up-to-date institution. It was a great regret to him
that  the  work  of  the  Committee  had  now  come  to  an  end,  as  it  seemed  like  the  severance  of  the

friendly association and good fellowship that had existed between the committee and himself.
Dr Wood-Hill facetiously remarked that he would like to say the last word at this their last meeting.

 
 

As he was the proposer of the scheme. The town could well be proud of the effort it had achieved in
building  such  a  splendid  memorial.  The  had  had  assistance  from  all  and  sundry.  The  Mayors  of

Beccles who had been in office during the years of its progress had all stood by them and given them
assistance  in  every possible way,  and he  desired to thank all those who  had  given  assistance  in  any
way to bring this memorial hospital to such a successful issue. (Applause).

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East Suff Gaz 6 April 

POLICE  COURT:  Before  AH  Pye  (Chairman),  E  Johnson  Hindes,  Mrs  E  Baxter,  and  Mrs  JP
Larkman:
Temporary Licence transfer: The Fleece Inn from James Howe to Walter Avis,  Woodbine Cottage,

 
 

West Mersea.
SANITARY  COMMITTEE:  licences  for  slaughter  houses:  H  Copeman,  Blyburgate;  G  Smith16
Hungate,  WJ  Seppings,  Hungate,  Wells  &  Algar,  Smallgate;  F  Catling,  1  Quay;  A  Crack,  24

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Blyburgate; EP POwell, b23 Smallgate.
Plan turnd down for Gospel Hall in Alexandra Road Does not comply with by-Laws.
Additions to Houses Nos 28 & 30 in Station Road for Mr Andrews & Mr Kellam approved

 
 

 
 

 

 
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“Unsatisfactory accommodation in Beccles Station.”
ADVERTISEMENT: JC Macbeth; Having sold portions  of my  Shop  and  Premises I  am  cotinuing
Business  on  exactly  the  same  lines  as  heretofore,  but  in  a  much  more  comfortable,  compact,  and

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convenient form.
MUSIC: Miss Marion Wells, LRAM; and 1st Prize Special Diploma, Watford School of Music; gives
Lessons in Pianoforte Playing; also  Singing,  Voice Production and Theory of Music. Cothelstone, 2

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South Road, Beccles.
BECCLES AMATEUR SAILING CLUB: AGM at King’s Head. Col RF Lush proposed, seconded by

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East Suff Gaz 20 April 

FA Clatworthy that Major SL Barrett again to be Commodore. SJ Owles (Hon Treas), Committee HT
Clatworthy (Hon Sec), Dr HP Helsham, H Butcher, LT Clarkson, FJ Meen & FJ Tracy.

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East Suff Gaz 20 April 

VESTRY MEETING:The Rector, Canon FG Millar  chirman. Churchwardens: Womac Brooks & JS
Palmer.

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East Suff Gaz 27 April 

TOWN  COUNCIL:  Present:  The  Mayor  (J  Wilkinson),  Deputy  Mayor   (Ald  Cpeman),    Ald  
Miclethwaite,  Cllrs Youngman, Hartley, Smith, King, Clarke, Jordan, Palmer & W Ward. Tradesmen
for  the  quaeter:  Mr  Denny,  blacksmith;  Mr  Betts,  bricklayer;  Mr  Catling,  carpenter;  Mr  Gipson,

grocer, Gunn & Hill, ironmonger; Mr Brand, wheelwright; Mr Boyce, painter; Mr Branford, harness
maker; Mr Esling, stationer.
BOARD of GUARDIANS: Mr AE Mickleburgh re-elected Chairman. AE Jordan, Vice Chairman.Mr

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East Suff Gaz 27 April 

JS Palmer appointed Visitor of the Workhouse.
CAR ACCIDENT. Mr SL Skevens and wife in a car driven by his son, driving down London Road, in
collision with an automobile scout at the junctin with St Mary’s Road

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DEATH of Francis Robert Ulph, aged 70, an employee of the Caxton Press. He was for many years a
member of theGarrison Artillery Volunteers, an enthuiastic angler. He leaves 4 sons & 2 daughters.
SANITARY COMMITTEE: The Mayor extended a warm welcome to Ald Buck  on  his return  after

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his recent  illness.  Plans  accepted: for  conversion of premises  in Hungate  into  a  garage,  offices  and
foreman’s dwelling house for W Robinson.
DEATH of Lawson G  Laws of the Nurseries. He succeeded his father, Thomas Atkinson  Laws,  an

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East Suff Gaz 11 May 

Alderman of the Borough in the ownership of the Nurseries, which he cultivated for many years, but
ultimately disposed of it..He was a gifted vocalist, and in his early life his services were freely given
at charitabe and other entertainment. He was a valued member of St Michael’s choir.

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East Suff Gaz 11 May 

BUSINESS CHANGE of HANDS: The Red House & its freehoild, clothing  and outfitting  business
recently carried on by WI & MG Patrick transferred to Mr RW Campbell. For 11 years Mr Campbell

has carried on a similar businesss at Buntington, Herts.
ADVERTISEMENT: Hepworth’s pen in Beccles at 17, 19 New Market.

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ROAD ACCIDENT in Bury  St  Edmund’s: Car  and  motor  cycle ridden  by Rev HE Ridsdale, who
married Miss Ruth Rowsell, a daughter of Canon Rowsell of Beccles.

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East Suff Gaz 25 May 

FIRE at Elliott & Garrood’s Engineering Works in Gsford Road. The fire was got under in about two
hours. The outbreak had occurred in the boiler shop, causing considerable damage to the building and
also to machinery.

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SANITARY COMMITTEE: Plans passed: AW Denney for petrol storage licence for his premises in
Blyburgate; Mission Room  in Alexandra Road  for Mr Cowl.Garage  in Grange Rad  for Capt. HJA
Throckmorton.

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East Suff Gaz 25 May 
DEATH of John Wells  Hadingham at Tooting, aged 76. Second son of Charles Hadingham, miller &
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corn merchant, He was for  some time with Mr J Corbyn,  chemist of Beccles,  and  left  for  London
about 45 years ago. About 23 years ago he was stricken by paralysis, and from then till his death had

been completely bed ridden.
Mr MF Buck, who has  been  connected with this paper for so many years, has now been obliged to

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East Suff Gaz 2 June 

resign owing to ill health.
DEATH of Mrs Vernon only daughter of late Robert Ives Metcalfe, MD at Ascot while cycling.

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CHURCH  CHOIR  took  part  in  Festival  at  Norwich  Cathedral,  singing  in  Mendlesohn’s  “Elijah”,
accompanied  by  Mr  Warder  Harvey,  the  Churchwardens   and  several  others  interested.   Some
Thousands of voices, representing most of the church choirs in the Diocese took part.

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East Suff Gaz 15 June 

FORMER CURATE visits Beccles: Rev P Higham working as Government Chaplain in Calcutta.
HEALTH of BECCLES: by Dr Charles Rees Smith, MB, BS, DPH, Medical Officer of Health.
BIRTHS: legitimate 59 males, 45 females; Illegitimate: 2 males, 4 females

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DEATHS: 34 males, 38 females. Infants under one, 4; Infantile mortality 36.3 per 1000 births.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Scarlet Fever, 12 cases (below the average)
Tuberculosis 22 fresh cases, bringing the total to 55 in the town. (3 deaths)

 
 

 
 

Enteric Group: 8 cases, severe in character - although there were no deaths. All but one of the patients
had eaten ice cream from a street vendor shortly before.
Dysentry: 6 cases, three of whom had eaten ice cream from a street barrow a few days earlier. Two

 
 

children infected by their mother.
MATERNITY & CHILD CARE: Every efort should be made to induce mothers to bring their babies
to the clinic. 72% of babies born during the year attended.

 
 
 
 

HOSPITAL:  Accommodates 22 patients; Now in full running order, with up-to-date X-Ray apparatus
and an arc lamp for artificial sunlight treatment during the winter.
The staff  consists  of  a sister  and two  nurses,  all  of whom hold CMB certificates. Nominal fees  are

 
 

charged for the work done, but no work is declined on account of poverty.
NEW HOUSING completed, 19;

 
 

 
 

State  assisted  under the Housing  etc Act,  1923;  certificates  issued  19,  completed  2,  cancelled 6;  in
course of erection 11.

 
 

UNFIT HOUSING: Various degrees of unfitness are recognised. About 40 houses are back to back,
and condemned. Many othwers are undesirable although not so bad as to be condemned on account of

gross sanitary defects.
DESTRUCTION of FOWLS: H Copeman &  his son,  W Copeman extensive breeders of poultry &
own large runs on their portion of the Homefield Estate. Raide by two dogs, broke through the wire &

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destroyed 130 young chickens. The same dogs destroyed 50 or 60 fowls in runs in Puddingmoor. The
dogs have been destroyed.
MOTOR CYCLE ACCIDENT: H Shiplee of Fair Close driving down London Road on Motor Cycle

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collided with car coming from St Mary’s Road. Not seriously hurt. The motor cycle was trapped under
the car.
BECCLES MAN in AUSTRALIA - HWG Drain.: “ I arrived here in November and started work on

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this Farm two days later. It is a wheat and sheep farm of about 3,000 acres, and I thoroughly enjoy this
healthy life which this climate affords, besides which the work is  not too hard,  and  in  addition it is
very interesting and profitable. Commencing at a wage of 30s/- weekly and keep, I have now risen to

2  5s  a week and keep,  and  am promised still  higher wages  as soon  as I  become experienced a  bit
more. I havenow commenced to try a 30 hp tractor.
The people  are  kind  in  general,  and “Jack is  as  good  as  his master”  and  by pulling together ,  and

 
 

ignoring Bolshevism and such revolutionary movements, a man can soon become his own master, on
his own block of land. That is what I am out to attain. In the sixth months I have been here, I have
paid my passage loan of 22, besides having deposited a nice sum in the Commonwealth Bank. Not

too bad for a Pommy, is it?”
Mr Churchill’s Visit, the Chancellor of the Exchequer to address the Conservative Fete at North Cove

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East Suff Gaz 29 June 

Hall. Mr Churchill  is,  and has been  for some time,  an  outstanding figure in British politics,  and his
brilliant abilities and powerful personality are acknowledged on all sides. The Chancellor will arive at

Beccles station by the train due at 3.5 pm, and the presence in our town of so important a personage as
the Chancellor of the Exchequeur - an event so far as we are aware unique in the annals of Beccles -

cannot but provoke widespread desire to hear him.
POST OFFICE HOURS: it weill be open from 8 am to 7.30 pm on weekdatys.
CHURCH:   PAROCHIAL   CHURCH   cOUNCIL:   An   anonymous   donor   offered   t   pay   for   the

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completion of the Chancel Screen and the north Paclose Screen
PRIMITIVE METHODIST FETE in the grounds of Mr S Le Grice of Old Market [St Peter’s House].
Exhibitions of Folk Dancing were given, and later in the evening dancing took place on the lawn.

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DEATH of WILLIAM READ: For the past 40 years Secretary to the firm of John Crisp & Sons.. In
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his youth  he was  a keen  Volunteer,  a  Lieutenant  in   the  old  4th  Suffolks,  3especially  interested  in
shooting. He won many prizes. He served on the Town Council for 3 years. He was made a Manager

of the School Board, and subsequently Chairman of the Managers. He was a Governor of the Leman
School. He was one of the Feoffees. He was Secretary and Trustee of the Nurses’ Home, was Vivce

President of the Men’s Institute & a member of the Burial Board.
He  was  a  member  of  the  Congregational  Church  for  53  years.  He  was  a  member  of  the  Choir,

 
 

sidesman, and Chairman of the Mill Land Trust. He was a teacher in the Sunday School for 40 years,
part of that time he was Superintendent.
His  first  wife  [Jane,  died  in  1910  aged  56]  was  a  daughter  of  William  Stanford,  of  the  Revenue

 
 

Service, and Matilda Stanfrd who lived into her 106th year, and died only a year ago. His second wife
was  Miss  Cook   of  Flitwick,  Beds.  There  were  3  sons  &  4   daughters.  He  had  recently  sold
“Sunnyside”, Station Road. He was 77, an d through all his long career was, beyond question, of the

best loved and most trusted of our fellow townsmen. one
PARISH CHURCH GARDEN FETE for Foreign Missions & Parochial Needs. Held in the grounds of
The White House, Ashman’s Road,  by permission  of Dr  S  Smith. Two concerts were  arranged  by

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Miss  Nicolle   for  the   afternoon   in  the   garage.  On  the  lawn  in  the   evening   a  programme   of
Shakespearean  and other  folk songs were well  rendered  by the YMCA Song Club, which  owes its
success to the  exertions of  Lt-Col Granville Baker; Mr RC Dunt ably  conducted. The sols taken  by

Miss F Watson, Messrs N Bolingbroke,  J Clarke &  Lt-Col Baker. Mrs Webster at the piano. Total
receipts 60.
SALE: Read & Owles instructed by Executors of Mr Henry Reynolds on 10 July at King’s Head

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LOT  1:  No  59  Denmark  Road,  with  large   garden   adjoining,  late  Mrs  Reynolds,  with  vacant
possession.
[Purchased  JC Read 325]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 2: No 35 Denmark Road in occupation of CW Barnard
[Purchased D Clarke 170]

 
 

 
 

LOT 3: No 39 Denmark Road in occupation of Miss Ewen
[Purchased W Woolner 175]

 
 

 
 

LOT 4: No 41 Denmark Road in occupation of E Andrews
[Purchased W Woolner 175]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 5: No 55 Denmark Road in occupation of Mrs Mulliner
[Purchased JA Barber 230]
LOT 6: No 57 Denmark Road in occupation of FJ Farden

 
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[ Purchased Mr Farden 270]
SALE: Read & Owles instructed by John Spratt to sell on 10 July at King’s Head
No  6  Blyburgate,  Freehold  brick  and  tiled  Dwelling  House  &  Shop,  containing  matchboard-lined

East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 
 

Shop  with  window  board,  sliding  glass  doors,  counter  and  shelving,  Kitchen,  Sitting  Room,  2
Bedrooms and Attic, with vacant possession.
[Withdrawn 280]

 
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East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 

SALE of FURNITURE of late William Read of 33 Station Road
ALSO late Frank Toll of 64 Grove Road
SALE for Executors of JP Walton by Stanford, Broom & Stanford on 10 July at King’s Head

 
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Three  substantially built cottages in Ballygate, the whole let to Mrs Alice Roe at 22 2s pa
[Purchased Mr Woolner 120]
DEATHS on MOTOR CYCLE: Clifford Pearson aged 19, from Bury & Dorothy Maud Smith, 18, of

East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 

Beccles,  a  pillion  passenger,  killed  in  an  accident  on  Bury  to  Cambridge  Road.  The  motor  cycle
crashed into the back of a car which was slowing down. Dorothy Smith was employed  as an assistant
in the drapery establishment of Messrs Pretty & Co, at Bury. The  address of her mother, Mrs Alice

Lucy Smith was Ballygate. The grandparents were Mr & Mrs Downing.
WINSTON CHURCHILL’S  SPEECH  at North Cove Hall,  (owned by Capt & Mrs  Fottrey Heap):

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Held in a monster marquee for 2,000 people: “The state of the country - indeed the state of the world -
was not black - it was mottled, it was piebald, it was harlequin. On the one hand we saw many signs of

progress and prosperity, new enterprises, new effort, new sources of wealth, new guarantees of peace,
new amenities of civilization, wider classes participating in them. On the other hand we saw serious

difficulties and  evils,  and  in some  cases  grave and trying privation.  Great immense areas of China
were in anarchy. All the time Russia remained a great mysterious menace, contributing nothing to the
creative energies of the world, and always there is a sense of danger to the civilizations and prosperity

of other lands.
There were some people some time ago in Russia who were confident they had a remedy for all the
ills of industry and home life. So sure they were of their remedy that they murdered every one who did

 
 
not believe they were right, but  at the  end  of their  bloodshed  and  carnage what  awaited them?  No
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Utopia. Only a famine on a scale so vast that more people died in Russia since the Great War stopped  
than were killed in all the battlefields of Europe in those long four years.

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WINSTON CHURCHILL visits Beccles [2 Photograhs]
The Top Picture shows Mr Churchill speaking in the New Market. The Chancellor on his arrival was

 

greeted by the officials of the Conservative Fete Committee with rousing cheers He was pulled from
the  Station  to  the  New  Market  by  a  band  of  young  men  and  young  ladies  from  Beccles  Junior

Conservative Association.  In the  car supporting Mr Churchill were  Lord  Somerleyton, Mr Gervais
Rentoul, MP and FJ Farrell
The lower picture depicts Mr Churchill and Mr Farrell in the back of the car, with Lord Somerleyton

 
 

between, and Mr Rentoul in front, being drawn down Blyburgate. [Photos A Leyneek]
[I understand that when the photograph was taken the car had broken down and was being pushed by
some Young Conservatives - but they do not appear in the photograph!]

 
 
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SANITARY COMMITTEE; Plans approved: 1) Conversion of a Maltings at the rear of Northgate into
a dwelling house for Mr F Gillet (subject a damp-proof  course being  inserted.)  2.  Signboard for Mr
Watts outside 43 Blyburgate.

 
 

Letter from the Secretary the General Post Office stating that the Council’s suggestion regarding the
setting back of the building line of the new Post Office would receive attention.
The Town Clerk to write to the Post Office expressing the Council’s disapproval of the proposed new

 
 

Post Office and to receive a deputation to discuss the matter.
A letter from the Star Tea Company expressing surprise at the suggestion of the Council regarding the
setting back of the building line of the old Post Office when they effect their alterations, as they were

 
 

given to understand that there was no possibility of the Council requiring the buildings to be set back.
CATHOLIC CHURCH: Confirmation of 50 candidates.
BECCLES  &  DISTRICT  MOTOR  CLUB:  12  members  drove  to  Dunwich  on  Sunday  leaving

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Hungate  at 2 pm. “After  a  stroll  on the beach  and  cliffs, tea was partaken of.” They  returned  via
Yoxford, reaching home at 8 pm.

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CAXTON PRESS OUTING: 11 char-a-bancs took the party of 200 to Norwich, where they arrived at
11.30 and had a splendid  dinner. At 3.15 they went on to Wroxham, where 3 motorboats took them

on a trip on the Broads as far as Horning, from there to Yarmouth, arriving back in Beccles at 12.15
am.

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East Suff Gaz 27 Jul 

DEATH of Rev G Gatside-Tipping  in  a driving  accident,  on a visit from  Saxthorpe to Norwich to
collect items for a fete in his vicarage garden. He collided with a motor bus. He was unmarried. He
was the nephew of Commander Gartside-Tipping of Geldeston who lost his life in the war whilst in

command of an armed yacht off the Belgian coast, it being blown to pices by an enemy shell.
FAREWELL:  Red  Triangle  Club:  Farewell  to  Charles  Hartley,  the  Treasurer  going  to  Vacouver,
British Columbia,  Canada. During his five years residence in the town since his retirement from the

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office  of  Principal  of  the  Government  College,  Colombo,  Ceylon,  both  Mr  and  Mrs  Hartley  have
thrown  unreservedly  into  the  work  of  those  organizations  having  for  their  object  the  uplift  of  the
people and the welfare of the young. An excellent programme of musical items was performed under

the direction of Lt_Col G Baker & RC Dunt. A string band under C Darby also played.. The President,
Rev RA Hithcock made a  speech  and  in  reply Charles Hartley said he felt there was  not sufficient
scope in the homeland for the aspirations of the rising generation, and as he had a growing family, he

was anxious to give them opportunities which England culd not offer, but which he hoped would be
available in a wider land.
CAXTON ATHLETIC SPORTS

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SANITARY  COMMITTEE:  Plans  approved:  1.  Extension  of  a  store  at  the  rear  of  premises  in
Newgate  for  Ward’s  Mineral  Works.  2.Coal  Store  in  Caxton  Road  for  Clowes.  3.  Clowes  intend
fencing 100ft of the frontage of land recently acquirede by them adjoining their works in Caxton Road

Ministry of Transport to hold a traffic census for 1 week in August on all Class 1 roads.
Signs to be put up a direction post at the Lowestoft end of Peddar’s Lane “Lowestoft”.

 
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East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

COLLISION on junction of London Road and St Masry’s Road. between Gooch, engineer of Oulton
Broad coming from  St Benet’s  on motor  cycle and chauffeur driven Brig-Gen  Sir Hamilton Ashley

Balance of Norwich. No injury done, but motor byke taken to Robinson’s new showroom and garage
in Hungate.

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East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

RAVENSMERE MISSIION run by Herbert Jones, a student from the SPCK Training College leaving
to go to Sydney, Australia for training prior to ordination. Presentation of wallet and 20.
HIGHFIELD SCHOOL Prizegiving.

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FAREWELL to Charles Hartley from the Men’s Adult School before he departs for Canada.
SIR JOHN LEMAN SCHOOL Sports Day.
SALE of FURNITURE: By Durrant & Read & Owles  on 5 August  of Charles Hartley’s furniture

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Waveney House: Large attendance, Prices good, 400 Lots:  Antique Oval Table 7, Carved Oak hall
stand 3 15s, Grandfather Clock in inlaid mahogany case 14, Pair of Antique elm elbow Chirs 4 4s,

mahogany Dining Table 8; pedestal Sideboard 10 10s, dinner Wagon 5, divan easy Chairs 3 15s
& 3, Chesterfield Settees 11 & 6, antique mahogany settee 7 15s, set of 7 mahogany Chairs 7

15s, China Cabinets 7 5s & 5 10s, 7ft walnut Wardrobw 10 & 1/2 guineas, Gentleman’s ditto 9 &
4  10s, Dresing Table 6 5s,  oak tallboy Chest of Drawers 8 & 1/2  guineas,, inlaid mahogany bow

fronted Chest of Drawers 6 5s, satin walnut Bedroom Suite 9 12s 6d, ditto 10 7s 6d, ditto 12\ 2s
6d, small Wither’s s Safe 4 10s, Wilton Carpet 13 10s, velvet pile ditto 10.
BECCLES REGATTA [with photographs]

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FIRE  at Darby’s Timber Yard. Broke  out at  11.30  at night,  discovered  by the driver of the United
Services Bus. In the Boiler Room & Engine Room. Fire Engine under Capt Clarke son on the scene.

Put out quickly, but interiors burnt out.
NEW FIRE ENGINE at Beccles 
ADVERTISEMENT:  Frank  Foster,  Exchange   Square,  Beccles  Exclusive  Agency  for  Headlight

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Overalls - Outwear two ordinary overalls.
SALE of FURNITURE: Mr CH Bacon, who is leaving town. 2 Saltgate.
ADVERTISEMENT: William Robinson  has pleasure  in  informing the public that  his  new spacious

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East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 

Garage,  Showrooms,  etc,  in  Hungate  are  now  open.  Inspection  invited  of  his  entire  new  stock,
incuding a large variety  of wireless components, first grade quality. Keen prices. Cycles stored; tyres
and small repairs without delay. Waiting room for ladies. Parcels may be left.

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East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 

POSTMAN RETIRES Councillor James Brindy, JP retires after 40 years
NATIONAL PRIZEs for Walter Green, Miller and Merchant at Bakers’ and Confectioners Exhibition:
1st Prize Silver Cup in the Empire Wheat Class open to all British Millers and other prizes.

East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 
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PRIZE of TON of COAL frm HG Rose to agricultural worker in the longest continuous service of one
employer to James Dawson of  South Cove -  47 years  in  employment of  EJ  Pipe  of Church Farm.

Other  entrants  John Manser  of Brampton - 37 years; George Briggs  of Hulver, 33 years; William
Foyster of Covehithe 30 years, S Butcher of Brampton, 26 years; O Ford of Bramton 25 years.

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East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 

STOCK MARKET:  increased entry: 56 neat fat cattle, 30 grazing heifers and steers
ACCIDENT at corner of London Road & St Mary’s Road.between two cars. 20ft of the wall and iron

East Suff Gaz 21 Sep 

fencing to G Buckenham’s  front  garden  knocked  down. Both  cars to Robinsons’ Garage. Nobody
hurt.
SALE  of  FURNITURE:  “Black  Boy”,  Blyburgate:  Mr  Frederick  Taylor  who  gives  up  business,

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including Ford Motor Car.
GOLDEN WEDDING: Mr & Mrs George Aldous of May Cottage, Peddar’s Lane. G Aldous has been
employed at Caxton Press for 59 years, appointed when the firm was Read Crisp and Moore.. [Photo]

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TRAINING THE UNEMPLOYED: The problem  of the unemployed is  a vast  one. Unskilled men,
aged  19 to  25, while drawing their unemployment allowance, to  be  given  enough instruction to use
tools or work on the land, which will give them discipline, a factor of the greatest importance.

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TOWN COUNCIL: Need for Working Class housing in the borough. Petition from 300 inhabitants.
WORKHOUSE TREAT: Messrs  Sanger  gave free  admission to the Circus  and the Guardians  gave
them tea afterwards in the Beccles Artillery Drill Hall kindly lent by Major RW Brooks, and only a

East Suff Gaz 5 Oct 

short distance from the Circus.
TRANSFER OF LICENCES: 1. The Red Lion in Blyburgate from Samuel Sutton to James Coleman.
2 The Railway Hotel from Albert Rushmer to Arthur Egan. 3. The Caxton Arms from Robert Rowe,

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deceased, to  his widow May Rowe.  4. The Black Boy from Frederick Taylor to his  son  Frederick
Taylor.
POLICE COURT: Robert  Sharman of Beccles  charged with  driving an  omnibus  exceeding  12 mph  

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(the maximum speed allowed )- in fact at 19 mph on the highway at North Cove. Fined 5s/-
DEATH of  Mrs Vellam aged 49, at Roos Hall Cottage, the wife of Mr Vellam, the bailiff to Mr FWD

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East Suff Gaz 12 Oct 

Robibson of Roos Hall, who had moved from Gracious Farm, Southill 4 years ago.
TALK  by  Mrs  John  Crowfoot  of  Geldesto  at  the  Red  Triangle  Club  on  “My  Week  in  Geneva”

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attending the League on Nations gatherings in the large assembly hall and the sub-committee meetings
in the afternoons.

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DEATH of Mr SL Skevens of the firm of Masters and Skevens.
SANITARY COMMITTEE: Application for sewer to be extended in Ballygate to the houses in course
of erection and which were proposed. Approved. Plan for new road off London Road upon which Mr

East Suff Gaz 12 Oct 

EL Hunt intended to build 6 houses. Approved.
MIGRATION  of  BOYS  to  AUSTRALIA:  Boys  aged  between  15  and  19  are  considered  the  best
settlers. Excellent situations could be found among the 200,000 farmers in Australia for over 10,000

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boys a year. Fares reduced to 5 10s for those under 17 & 11 for under 19. The fares can be paid out
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of wages on arival. The wages are 15s a week in addition t board.
NEW MAYOR: Mr H King

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NEGLECT OF CHILDREN: Bertie Tillett, drover, of Wigg’s Yard, charged with failing to supply his
wife and 3 children with food. When an Inspector of NSPCC called he found very little or sometimes

no food in the house. Neighbours gave food to the children, but Tillett came home drunk most nights.
He did not mistreat the children who were well clothed. The children were half starved. His average

earnings were 15s/ per week. His mother-in-law paid the rent of 2s 3d a week. Faith Clarke, wife of
shopkeeper Daniel Clarke in Northgate had frequently given the food as they were hungry.
SANITARY COMMITTEE: Approved:  1. two  cottages off Hungate  for W Robinson.  2. Dwellinh

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East Suff Gaz 26 Oct 

house  in  South Road  for HC Speed, with  application  for housing  assistance under the Housing Act
1923.
HOUSING COMMITTEE: Decided to build 12 houses for the working classes should be built and the

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East Suff Gaz 26 Oct 

Surveyor to get information from other towns about houses built.
DEATH of Robert A Tooke at Fairholme, the Grange, aged  75. He was the proprietor  of Bakery  at
[13] New Market. He came to Beccles from Halesworth in 1877. He was an angler, bowls player and

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East Suff Gaz 2 Nov 

gardener.  In  early  days he was  a  member  of the 7th  Suffolk Rifle Volunteers  and the Halesworth
Ringers Society.. He leaves a widow and 5 sons and 4 daughters.
MAYOR’S BANQUET; Addresses by Dr Wood-Hill, Bryan Forward, the Rector etc.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

SANITARY COMMITTEE approvals: Lock-up Shop in Newgate for C Kelf; additions to the Lodge,
London Road for CL Hamby; An engine shed in Rook’s Lane for Beccles Co-Op (cottage next door to
be closed); 8 houses in London Road (instead of 6) for EL Hunt; 20 Cottages in Wembly Avenue for

EL Hunt; The last two applications to claim for assistance. (100 per house approved)
Names of streets to be painted on adjacent walls.
SALE of HOUSEBOATS: Read & Owles instructed by WT Wheeler on 2 December, the “Florida”,

 
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East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

the  “Back  Cat”    &  the  “Gwendoline”  &  the  excellent  Thames-built  18ft  Rowing  Skiff.  Also  by
instructions from GP Bianci, Esq the “Eglantine” a 30ft Mahogany Motor Launch, in perfect order &

luxuriously fitted. On view at Mr G Wright’s Yard.
ROYAL  EASTERN  COUNTIES’  INSTITUTION  for  the  MENTALLY  DEFECTIVE,  Colchester:

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East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

The 1333rd  Election  of Inmates on 4 Decenber, when 12  candidates will be elected for  a term  of 7
years.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

FORD Ton LORRY for hire, any distance, reasonable prices. Apply James Leggett, Ingate.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Leyneek’s,  Day  &  Electric  Lighyt  Studio.  What  about  that  photograph  you
promised your friends? Don’t disappoint them this Chistmas.

East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 
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DEATH  of  QUEEN  ALEXANDRIA.  At  the  Parish  Church,  Mr  Warder  Harvey  played  Chopin’s
Funeral March after Morning Service.
CHURCH CHOIR CONCERT: Sang pieces sung at the Norwich Choirs Festival, with descant sung

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East Suff Gaz 30 Nov 

by Alan Gray.
PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL  addressed  by Miss Grant, Diocesan organiser.  Schools needed
more spent on them and training for the teachers. Sunday School Treats & Prizes could be cut so that

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money could be spent on teaching etc.
CHURCH  SERVICE  for  the  late  QUEEN:  Schools  present:  National  Schools  under  FB  Hawkins;
Beccles College under CC Hall; Highfield’s Girls School under Miss Werner.

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MEN’S  SOCIAL  INSTITUTION  meeting  in  the  large  Reading  Room.  The  President  AW  Salter,
supported by Alderman Mickleburgh & Councillor Brindy. Instumental selections, songs & humorous
items.

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RED TRIANGLE CLUB  in New Market: (Letter): Aims to  Supplement  other  organisations  in the
spiritual, moral, educational, recreational and social needs of young people. The large building and the
spacious  hut  adjoining  provided  free  by  the  National  Council  of  the  YMCA. The  Reading  Room,

comfortable   and  well  supplied  with  the   leading  magazines,  including  the  Nineteenth  Century,
Blackwood, Cornhill, Strand, Illustrated London News, Punch, The Lady, The Tatler, and London and

Local Newspapers, affords acceptable opportunities in the day time for reading, and compensates for
the closing of the local public library. Subscription for use of the Library 10s/ 6d a year, but ordinary

membership is 5s/- plus extra for sports, including tennis, cricket, football and hockey..
The large lounge is bright and well appointed, and is freely used for rest and refreshment in the day

 
 

time,  particularly  on  market  days,  and  in  the  evening.  Smaller  rooms  can  be  hired  for  committee
meetings,  etc. The Hall is in  great  demand  for  dances,  entertainments,  infant welfare,  etc. Without
these side sources of revenue such an association, of real and increasing value to the life of this town

could not be properly financed.
Mr BR Sayer has been appointed General Secretary - he has been in the work for 15 years, is highly
recommended. RC Dunt, hon secretary, JH Murray, hon treasurer.

 
 
 
 
Money is needed to alter the building and cover running expenses. A fund set up has so far reached
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28. More needed.
SNOW: letter about clearing of snow in front of houses.

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POOR RATE Half year rate 6s 8d in the , an increase of 8d. Wangford Union: 2,526, County Rate
4,660; Corporation 2216; Burial Board 120.

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DEATH of Colonel McComb, youngest brother of Dr WT McComb, late of Beccles. Commissioned
in   Army   Service   Corps   in   1874.   Service   in   Egyptian   War   1882   (medal   &   Kedive’s   Star)

Bechuanaland  Expedition  1884-85,  Zulu  War  1888,  Boer  War  1899-1902.  (medals).  He  served
throughout the Great War.
RED TRIANGLE CLUB, New Market:  Lecture  by FT Peachey on Atoms. Mr Fowler in the Chair.

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Decided minority of youthful members, but the severe frosty weather and a moonlight evening offered
unusual  opportunity for skating  on the neighbouring  marshes. RC Dunt, seconded by A Elliott  gave
vote of thanks.

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East Suff Gaz 7 Dec 

CINEMA showed film “Bohemian Girl” for the benefit of Hospital Funds. 15 raised.
DISCOVERY of VAULT at Red Triangle Club, 27 New Market. [2 Photographs]
A vaulted crypt or undercroft, rectangular in shape, measuring 10ft 6ins across, 6ft deep and about 7ft

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to the top of  he  arch,  containing  a  fairly well-preserved piscina  and umbry. The ribs  appear to be
debased Perpendicular work of the 16th  century. Built of small Tudor bricks with  chamfered  edges,
resting on four corbels which were ornamented with a roll and hollows, but are much decayed.

 
 

Entrance is gained by a 4 centred arch, 7ft 6ins wide and 6ft 6ins high, also of brick plastered over.
This  arch  has  evidently been partly bricked  up  in recent years,  leaving  an  opening  2ft 8ins  in the
centre. The arch has been cut away to fit th bricks and even at the top, which is not bricked, nothing

but an idea of the chmfer is left. At the junction of the arch with the jamb is an indication of a capital,
but this is in such a bad condition that it is impossible to fix a date. At the back of the arch were two
iron projections which may have been used to carry a rod across the arch. It is significant that from the

rod to the top of the arch there would have been an open space of about 6 to 9ins.
The place that might have held the  altar is  filled up with  modern  bricks, thought to protect  a large

 
 

drain put in when the present premises were erected.
The piscina (a small bowl, usually on the right of the altar, used to cleanse the vessels during Mass,

 
 

etc)  is  almost  complete.  The  piscina  is  10ins  across,  12ins  deep,  and  20ins  high.  The  arch  was
enriched with a cusp on each side, but one has crumbled away.

 
 

The Umbry (a small “cupboard” used to contain the chalices , etc), situated in the opposite wall, is of
much plainer work, the arch being plain, with no ornaments whatever, measures 9ins by 9ins by 8ins
high. The Umbrey and Piscina are not quite opposite. The Piscina being 13ins from the sanctuary arch

and the Umbey more than twice that distance 2ft 8ins.
The cellar - exclusive of the crypt - is 38ft lonf by 11ft wide. It has been used as a gymnasium of late
years. The direction is north and south with the crypt at the south end. The floor of the cellar has been

 
 

raised about 1ft by a modern brick floor.
At the north end near the stairs, is a niche - seemingly of much later date - in the position which would
have been occupied by the stoup - but the use of this niche is extremely doubtful.

 
 
 
 

It is, of course, a matter of pure conjecture as to the use this place may have been put to. The position
of  everything  is  precisely  the  same  as  that  of  a  Roman  Catholic  Chapel.  [communicated  by  Mr
Newton F Bolingbroke]

 
 

In the next newspaper, December 14th Mr Claude Morley describes the site where “William Rede of
Beccles,  and Rector Thomas Rede to found  a Chantry to the honour of  St Mary and  St Michael  in
Beccles, wherein one Chaplain should celebrate, and to acquire land for the foundation’s maintenance

(state Papers, 5 Hen VIII, 1918); and although not among th 1546 certificates, this is certainly the ex-
Chantry Priest of this town who was accorded a Crown pension in 1555 (Brit Mus Add, MS 8102).  
Such regularly licensed Chapels might be situated anywhere; by the way-side, in a manorial hall, in a

private house, detached in a churchyard, attached externally to or actually within a Church.”
RED TRIANGLE CLUB, New Market: Social Evening hosted by Lieut-Col Granville Baker and his

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wife.  Songs were  chosen  by the audience  and sung  by the  Song Club, with RC Dent  as  conductor.
“Home Sweet Home” was sung. Refreshments were provided by Col Baker arranged by BR Sayer.

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NATIONAL CITIZEN’S UNION meeting in the Red Triangle Club: “Maintaining the liberty, justice,
and  right  of  every British subject and to preserve the Constitution  in  its present form. ...They were

taking up  very strongly was the subject of  aliens. Aliens  seemed to be everywhere  in the  country
taking  our employment and our wages, whilst our own people were unemployed. ... The Union was
submitting  a  resolution  to  every  branch    to  pass  to  tighten  up  the  Aliens  Act  or  t  bring  in  fresh

measures making it more difficult to enter the country. ... nobody knows they are here.
MOTOR-CYCLE NOISE:  Frank Durrant of Beccles fined 5s/-  for  having no silencer  fitted to his
Motorbyke. The first prosecution for this problem.

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RADIO:  Letter   complaining  about   intentional  interference   of  the  Daventry  wave-length  by   an
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oscillator by moving his  condensor  backwards  and  forwards.  ... “this  sort of thing  is  not British  or
sportsmanlike.”

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BECCLES COLLEGE PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Headmaster: CC Hall; Assistants: Horne, Griggs &
Easter.

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PARISH CHURCH: Ordination of HS Verrells of Hatfield College, Durham, as Curate of Beccles. He
was an assistant to Rev JHL Norman, Headmaster of the Fauconberge School.

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CONGREGATIONAL  CHURCH  by  a  cordial  &  unanimous  vote  invited  Rev  JA  Smallbone  of
Southport to the Pastorate iun succession to Rev WE Davies who last year moved to Hatfield Heath,
Essex.

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SANITARY COMMITTEE plans approved:House in Waveney Road for Mr H Catling; 2 Bungalows
in Worlingham for AH Bond. Both applying for financial assistance.
RETIREMENT of INSPECTOR CA NORMAN: who has  just retired after  33  and 1/2 years in the

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police force. He holds the King’s medal for meritorious conduct in connection with the Beccles bank
raid on 1 February, 1921 [Photograph]
He was posted to Stradbroke in 1892, Lowestoft 1893-8; Promoted to First Class Constable in 1896.

 
 

He rescued  a  drowning man from the harbour  and stopped  a runaway  horse  in the street.  In 1903
promoted  to  acting  Sergeant  and  removed  to  Beccles.,  where  he  stayed  until  1913,  when  he  was
promoted Inspector to take charge at Aldburgh. Inn 1919 jhe returned to Beccles

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RED TRIANGLE  CLUB, New Market:  Lady members  entertained  by Miss Griffith  and  also Miss
Tracy,  who  talked  on”Old  Needlework”  -  she  possessed    a  bed  spread  dating  from  c  1680..  The
worker prepared her own silk spun by her own silk-worms. This accounted for the preponderance of

yellow.
DRAMA PRODUCTION: The Rising Generation, a comedy in 3 Acts.
TERRITORIALS: NCOs & men of 409th Field Battery, RA motored to Lowestoft in the Grey Coac

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to see the film “Ypres”.
RED TRIANGLE CLUB New Market:  Fancy Dress Carnival: Lt-Col G Baker judged G Boyce as a

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Red Indian, the winner & Mrs Watson chose Miss L Turner as Prince Charming.
EAST ANGLIAN ELECTRICITY: Letter from General Manager says Beccles not the most expensive

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supply at 11d 1/2d a unit. Southwold & Cromer at 1s, but Yarmouth & Ipswich only 6d..Comparison
“should be done on a population basis.”

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LECTURE  on  BOOKS  by  George  Watson,  BA,  BSc,  Headmaster  the  Sir  John  Leman  Secondary
School..
CHURCH PAROCHIAL COUNCIL: Proposal to sell the Hermitage in Bridge Street for 275, (which

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was considered a good price) by AE Bunn, Hon Sec supported by Churchwarden Palmer & S White.
One dissenting voice, FT Peachey who said that there were none too many relics of the past remaining
in  the  town,  and  what  few  there  were  ought  not  to  be  too  readily  disposed  of.  Not  seconded.

Resolution passed. - The occupant  John Wilson.
ELLIOTT & GAROOD: Mr A George, foreman of the Plate Shop  at the works retires after 46 years
with  the  firm.  He  was  first  employed  by  late  William  Elliott  in  1880  before  he  was  joined  in

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partnership by Mr Garrood in 1884. [Photo of Mr George]
SALE of FURNITURE: Instructions by Mr Thurling of the Horse & Groom to sell furniture.
PAPER CLOSING DOWN: Notice to all our Readers: For many years we have continued the

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production of the East Suffolk Gazette at a loss, which the increased costs of the last few years
have  much  accentuated.  Our  readers  have,  up  to  a  point,  given  us  consistent  support,  but,
unfortunately,  this  has  not  been  nearly  sufficient  to  enable  us  to  meet  expenses.  It  has  been

evident to us for some long time that we could not continue indefinitely on this basis, and being
reluctant to deprive the neighbourhood of a paper which filled a distinct local need, we have, for
a  considerable  period,  made  endeavours  to  arrange  for  its  continuance.  Unfortunately,  these

endeavours  have  proved  fruitless,  and  we  now  have,  with  regret,  to  notify  our  Readers  and
Advertisers that,  owing to this absence  of  sufficient local support, it has  become  necessary  to

discontinue  publication  at  an  early  date.  In  consequence  of  this  decision,  our  last  issue  will
appear on Monday, March 1st
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ELECTION  as  a  result  of  Mr  Charles  Hartley  moving  to  Canada.  Result:  Mr  James  Murray,
nominated by the NCU, 6662; Mr Charles Warnes, Labour, 520.Very little interest was shown in the

election.
RED  TRIANGLE  CLUB:  AGM:  President  Rev  RA  Hitchcok  in  the  Chair,  supported  by  Mr  EJ
Hindes & Cannon Millar, Vice Presidents. Regrettable  incident  and defiant  attitude of a  few young

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members. They locked two other young members in the reading room and refused to unlock the door
or surrender the key until a constable appeared. A couple of nights later cinders and ink were scattered
around the room, and tables and chairs overturned in the Lounge. They were suspended, but refused to

be  excluded.  19  members  then  said  they  would  resign  if  the  6  were  not  reinstated.  The  Meeting
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supported the Committee’s actions.
IN CASE  of  a GENERAL  STRIKE:  Stocks  of vital supplies  have  been  ascertained, but volunteers

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have not been called for officially unless a strike has started.. However the OMS (Organisation for the
Maintenance of Supplies)  will take lists of those wishing to enrol who are residents in Suffolk.

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FIRE at Benacre Hall [Photograph after the fire]
DEATH of James Forrest Reid at his residence, Ingate Lodge. For many years Mr Reid  was Overseer

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of the machine department of Messrs William Clowes, printing works.
DANCE: held at the Caxton Pavilion, nearly 100 attending.
CHURCH PAROCHIAL COUNCIL: The roll had been brought up to date and the total now stood at

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1,670. There were 24 sidesmen. CA Bacon & H Jones had left the town and W Fowler and CE Flude
chosen in their place. The  4 lay representatives: the 2 Churchwardens  and  EJ Hindes  and RC Dunt.
The Church Council consisted of 8 ex-officio members, 47 elected & 9 co-opted, a Total of 64. Rev

HS Verralls takes the place of his predecessor Rev G Holborow, who has left the Parish.
RETROSPECT by MF Buck:  It is with much regret the writer, whose long connection with our loca
journal dates back nearly sixty years, makes his final contribution to its pasges, it having been decided

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by the proprietors, Messrs William Clowes & Sons Ltd, the last issue of the East suffolk Gazette shall
be on March 1st. The  great majority of subscribers will no doubt be sorry for the passing  of  an old
friend and faithful chronicler. It was established in the year 1857, so it is in ts 68th year of publication.

Its  earliest  issues were from the  long  disused printing  office  of Mr Read Crisp, at the  back  of his
stationery  and  booksellers’  shop  in  the  New  Market-place  (now  Mr  Shields),  apprroached  from
Hungate Lane. There are still living in our midst two or three of those who were actually employed in

the Hungate Lane Printing Works in their youth, the oldest survivor being Henry Woolner, a retired
overseer, who was apprenticed to Mr Read Crisp in 1855, and used to fill up his time in the stationer’s
shop on market days. One of the later apprentices, Mr George Aldous, continues in the enjoyment of

good health and holds a responsible and useful  position at the Caxton Works, after nearly sixty years’
employment there. Others associated with the long ago have made “the long journey” or are relegated

to retirement in their activities, awaiting the end.
Mr William Moore joined Mr Read Crisp in partnership in 1862, after being employed for about two

 
 

years as a commercial traveller. New premises in Caxton Road were erected a few years later, which
formed the nucleus of the present Printing Works. The newspaper was still in its rudimentary stage.

Mr William Moore took especial interest in its publication, and week by week lent a hand in “making
up” its pages, which  from the  earliest  days  of the Beccles  and Bungay weekly  news  (for Bungay
became, as now, associated with its fortunes) has always catered liberally for its readers in the way of

news concerning the district.
In those early days, the late Mr William Garnham, father-in-law of Mr Moore, became interested in
the production of the  Lowestoft Observer,  and  it was printed  in conjunction with the  Eastv  Suffolk

 
 

Gazette,  as  it  had  come  to  be  known  in  or  about  1864.  The  Yarmouth  Constitutionalist  was  also
printed and issued from this  office, the whole of the  eight pages being typed  here,  and furnishing  a
supply o9f  news for the  local journal week by week;  but  for the most part the  inside pages  of our

Beccles paper have been printed in London. A comprehensive selection of news was included, which
justified the claim to the issue of “a good family paper”.
Mr  Read  Crisp  retired  from  the  firm  in  1871  or  1872,  and  Mr  W Moore  took  full  control  of  the

 
 

business,  and  developed  an  enterprising spirit which  led to  his  launching out in  extensive  building
operations  for  housing  his  workpeople.  It  was  about  this  period  that  he  became  more  intimately
associated  with  Messrs  Clowes   in   business,   and  when   he   became   financially  and   hopelessly

embarrassed, he removed from the district,  and the business passed in full  control into the hands of
Messrs Clowes , as their country branch. The factory has grown by leaps anmd bounds to its present
dimensions,  and  now  hundreds  of  employees  find  daily  employment  in  the  up-to-date  composing,

stereotyping, electrotyping, monotyping, machine and bookbinding departments, together with a small
army  of correctors  for the press.  Soon  after this  change  in the  ownership  and management  of the

Printing Office, the lateb Colonel T Wilson was appointed manager. From his first arrival until the end
of his  life he took the keenest interest in the East Suffolk Gazette, and to  him it was  an  unalterable

source of care and trouble. In the trend of improvement and enlargement, it is not to be windered that
the weekly publication of the East Suffolk Gazette has long ceased to be an outstanding feature of the

Beccles Printing Works. But in all probability the townspeople generally will admit that it has served
its purpose wisely  and well  in the passing years. There  have been occasions when controversy has
been  acute,  and  differences  of  opinion  have  been  extreme,  but  the  East  Suffolk  Gazette  always

endeavoured to take  an independent  course with  special  regard to the  advantage  and benefit  of the
general community rather than the few. Messrs Clowes have carried on the paper for many years at a
loss, and small wonder can exist that they should now have decided to cease its publication.

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(As this retrospect has been written by Mr MF Buck, it has perhaps not been possible for him to say to
what extent his editorship of the paper was due to him in later years. We feel i is only fair to him to

record our appreciation and thanks for his services as editor, not only under Colonel Wilson, but also
after his death in the early days of the war, until Mr Buck’s retirement in May last year.)