The Preston part of our Branch has lost its first Secretary. Mrs. Rolfe, having
left Preston, was obliged to resign her work. The Preston members, and the Enrolling
Member, are all very grateful for what she did to make that part of the Branch living
and interested. We shall all miss her, and our good wishes follow her to her new
home. The new Secretary for Preston is its Churchwarden’s wife, Mrs. W. Peters. We
could not wish for a better one, and are all very pleased that she has a taken on
Mrs. Rolfe’s work.
On Thursday, April 3 the annual Easter Vestry took place. At this meeting some notable
alterations took place in the staff of Church officers. The post of People’s Warden
was already vacant and Mr. Pryor had tendered his resignation as Vicar’s Warden;
this he had done not because he was unwilling to serve the Church in that capacity
but because he deemed that it would facilitate some new plans in contemplation for
the welfare of the Parish. The Curate-in-Charge (acting as the Vicar’s deputy) then
nominated as Vicar’s Warden, Mrs. Matthey of
Offley Holes and Mr. Pryor was unanimously elected by all present to represent the
people. It will at once be seen how suitable an arrangement this is. Mr. Pryor,
living quite on the spot and being nearly always at home, kindly undertakes the accounts
and such duties as require being on the spot, while Mrs. Matthey who is frequently
obliged to be away from home gives her counsel and valuable help as Vicar’s Warden.
On Tuesday, April 5, the Annual Easter Vestry took place in the Clubroom, at 7p.m.
As usual it was not well attended. The Vicar nominated Mrs. Barrington-White to
the office of Vicar’s Warden and Mr. Wm. Sharp was elected to the office of People’s
Warden. In seconding the nomination of Mr. Sharp, Mr. Ashton expressed to Mr. Pryor
the general regret that he could not see his way to continue to hold the office and
thanked him very earnestly for all that he had done for the Church and people of
Preston. The Accounts were then passed.
The Annual Vestry Meeting was held in the Clubroom on Monday, May 11th, at 8 p.m.,
the Vicar presiding. The Accounts of the Church and Club, and the various small
accounts, e.g., Band of Hope, Mothers’ Meeting, &c., were presented and passed. The
following were elected officers for the ensuing year:- Chapel-wardens, Messrs. W.
Webb and F. Shechy; Sidesmen, Mrssrs, H. Ayto, J. Bates, S. Bland, C. Cawcutt, Chapman,
Keith, W. Odell, G. Pywell, A. Thomspon, J. Thompson, L. Wells, H. West. The Vicar
then thanked all those, both men and women, who had worked so indefatigably for the
Church during the past year. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the Vicar
The Annual vestry Meeting was held in the Schools on Wednesday, April 2. The Rev.
E. F. Tallents in the chair. There was a small attendance. The church accounts were
presented by Mr. Sharpe and showed a deficit of £4 17s. 10d. The full statement will
be published in the forthcoming Parochial Accounts. The expenses connected with
the Church are but small; and the collections every Sunday, except on two occasions
in the year, are given to the Church Expenses Fund, so that it is a matter for regret
that sufficient to pay for these is not forthcoming from the weekly offerings of
the congregation. The cost of trap hire, &c., and the stipend of the clergy is contributed
from the parish church. There are those of the congregation who do give according
to their means regularly and freely; and we trust that all our church people will
see the need of paying our way in this matter. Mrs. Fenwick and Mr. Sharpe become
Chapelwardens for another year. A vote of sincere regret and sympathy was passed
on the resignation of Canon Jones as our Vicar. Mr. Tallents reported on the General
Purposes Fund; and stated that, as the calls upon this had not been so large as usual,
he proposed to pay off the deficit on the Church Expenses from this fund this year.
The Easter Vestry was disappointing numerically and financially. The collections
showed a decided decrease during the past twelve months. I hope you will all give
liberally. Do not give pennies when you might give more. It is hoped that next
Easter we shall show £5 in hand instead of to the bad. Mr. Nicholson has kindly consented
to act as Churchwarden at Langley. The Morning Service has been discontinued for
the present, except on the second Sunday in the month and the chief Festivals, when
I shall visit you to administer the Holy Communion. I hope also to take the Evening
Service at Langley every third Sunday in the month. I am hoping
to come and see you all during the next few weeks. Your sincere friend and Priest,
HORACE E. JONES.
The Vestry Meeting at Preston will be at 6.00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, in the Clubroom.
We hope that there will be a better attendance than there has been in past years.
The Vestry Meeting was held on Wednesday February 8, at 7.30 p.m. The Vicar re-nominated
the Hon. Douglas Vickers as Vicar’s Warden for 1922, and Mr. W. Sharpe was elected
People’s Warden. The Church Accounts showed a deficit of £2 11s. 10d. which had
been paid off by the Churchwardens of Hitchin. Mr. John Flint was nominated R.D.
Representative for Preston, and Mr. Ashton and Mr. Sharpe was very heartily thanked
for his faithful and efficient services during the past year.
The Annual Church Meeting was held in the School on Thursday, January 31. and about
a dozen parishioners attended. Mr. W. C. Peters was elected People’s Warden in place
of Mr. W. Sharpe, who died last autumn and he also undertook the duties of Verger.
The most important business was the election of an unofficial Church Council of
eight to deal with Preston Church affairs. This Council ought to be able to do a
great deal for the Church’s work here.
The Annual Vestry Meeting was held in the School on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with the Vicar
in the Chair, supported by Mrs. Seebohm, who has kindly consented to be Vicar’s Warden,
Mr. W. Peters, People’s Warden, submitted the accounts for the past year, which were
considered very satisfactory, the only deficit being one of £6 6s. 6d. on the Repair
Fund of the Church, which it is hoped will be wiped off during the next few months.
Satisfaction was expressed at the wonderful response from this part of the Parish
to the Church Membership Fund - 47 members. R.W. I was most sincerely glad to be
able to report to the Preston Annual Meeting that Mrs. Seebohm has consented to be
my Warden there. I know the congregation will also be most grateful to her, for
the interest in the affairs of the Church will mean a lot to them. R.F.R.R.
The Annual meeting was not largely attended, but it was a happy occasion. The accounts
which Mr. Peters presented showed a credit balance of £1 12s., against a debit of
£10 12s. which we brought forward from 1933. The same wardens were re-appointed and
Mrs. Seebohm was elected to the Parochial Church Council.
The Men’s Bible Class has commenced to meet every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in Church.
At present attendance averages at 20 members, but it is hoped that others may join.
The Vicar is taking as his subject “the Life of Elijah,” and Mr. Tallents “Life
in God’s Family.”
We have been glad to see that the number attending the Men’s Bible Class has increased.
We shall be glad to welcome still more members.
The Men’s Bible Class will be discontinued as usual for the Summer months, but we
hope that members
will pay in their contributions for the Summer Outing to Mr. H. Peters, the hon.
Secretary. By the death of Joseph Peters a gap is made in one of our respected Church
families in the village.
On Boxing Day an entertainment was given to the children through the kindness of
Mrs. Macmillan. A wonderful conjuror came from London and impressed the little ones
with his marvellous tricks. The number of extraordinary things he managed to extract
from Mr. Macmillan’s hat excited great wonder and amusement. Professor Hooper’s talking
doll also caused much merriment. His ideas about the shape of the world were very
funny. On being asked the question, he said it was triangular. His questioner then
gave him a hint by asking him what the shape of his tobacco box was. The reply was
“square.” “Yes, yes,” said Mr. Hooper, “but I mean the one I use on Sundays.” “Oh,
that’s round,” said the doll. “Now,” said his examiner, “tell us the shape of the
world!” The audience then received great enlightenment by hearing the statement
that the world was square on week days and round on Sundays.
After the entertainment Mrs. Macmillan completed the pleasure of the afternoon by
giving the children oranges and pretty little boxes and ornaments full of sweets.
Through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Barrington White and their son, the children
of Preston Schools enjoyed an unexpected treat on Wednesday, January 22. It consisted
of an exhibition of some very fine photographic slides of Scenes in the Boer War,
by means of an acetylene lantern which was worked by Mr. White. There were also
some very striking coloured views of London by Night, together with some comic slides
which caused great amusement. The teachers and children desire to express their appreciation
of the thoughtfulness which provided for them such a pleasant evening and also to
thank Mr. Pryor who assisted with his usual
readiness in anything which tends to the happiness of the children of Preston.
Miss Horsfield took the opportunity of inviting the fullest co-operation of the parents
in the work of the School, without which complete success is impossible. After tea
music and recitations provided entertainment and amusement for the guests who expressed
their thanks to all concerned, present or absent, by acclamation.
At the end of May an Annual Prize-giving took place in the school which had been
decorated with flowers for the occasion. Specimens of the pupil’s writing and drawing
were hung on the walls. The Vicar presided, the managers and other friends of the
School were present, and Mrs. Priestly made the presentations with a word of encouragement
and congratulation to every one of the numerous recipients.
County Council Silver Watches for five years’ unfailing attendance, were won by Delphie
Heathorn and Annie, Walter and Henry Peters. Prizes for three years’ attendance
went to Fred Trussell, Frank Peters and Arthur Crawley; for two years’ to William
Chalkley, Jack Wray, Rex Heathorn and Fred Sharpe; and for one year’s to William
and Herbert Sharpe.
Besides these over forty other prizes were distributed for the various subjects included
in the School course, the standard of proficiency being almost uniformly high. Special
prizes were given by Mrs. Fenwick, Mrs. Priestley and by Mr. and Mrs. Seeholm.
Then followed a display of singing, recitation and dancing under the direction of
Miss Horsfield, who, with her assistants, Misses Bertha Peters, Carter and Stoten,
is to be congratulated on the alertness of the children both in mind and body and
on their evident enjoyment in what was once upon a time regarded as the drudgery
of learning. Cheers all round brought this part of the proceedings to a close and
introduced a feast of cakes, buns, and sweets kindly provided by Mrs. Priestly and
Mr. and Mrs. Horsfield.
A week or so later the mothers of the pupils to the number of thirty or more were
entertained to tea by Miss Horsfield. Mrs. Horsfield, Mrs. Willmot, Sir Frederick
Macmillan and Messrs. William and Arthur Ransom had contributed either in money or
kind to the tea, which was under the management of Mr. Ashton and his efficient staff.
Beside the mothers there were present Mesdames Priestley, Horsfield, Willmot, Brown
and Saunders, and the Misses Evans, Peters and Stoten. Miss Horsfield took the opportunity
of inviting the fullest co-operation of the
parents in the work of the School, without which complete success is impossible.
After tea music and recitations provided entertainment and amusement for the guests
who expressed their thanks to all concerned, present or absent, by acclamation.
On Thursday, February 6th, the parents of the children attending school were entertained
to tea by the Headmistress. Many kind friends had sent gifts in kind and money,
and the tables presented a very tempting appearance being decorated with spring flowers.
Each father received tobacco, and each mother a little present. At the close the
Headmistress congratulated the parents on the success of the old scholars. The girls,
she said, were all in good situations in Hitchin and London, and were giving every
satisfaction to their respective mistresses. The boys were doing equally well. One
Preston boy was in the Greenwich Naval College, and she had heard from the Chief
Porter that there would be vacancies for other boys from the village. The
Headmistress concluded by saying they had reason to be proud of Preston. The evening
closed with an enjoyable concert, to which many of the village came.
On Thursday, the 18, the School Children to the number of about seventy sat down
to tea. Mr.and Mrs Dawson were present, and Miss Corbett, the Head Mistress; Miss
B. Peters, Miss Wise and other friends helped to mini ster to the children’s needs.
After tea came crackers and games, and then Father Christmas appeared with a heavy
sack of gifts. In spite of an excellent disguise a distinct resemblance to the voice
of Mr. Flint was observed in the accents of the venerable visitor. Mr. Tallents
led a chorus of children’s cheers for Mrs Fenwick, for the Mistresses of the School
and Mr. and Mrs. Dawson and others; and Mr. Dawson in turn led
three cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Tallents.
The following is the Report of the Diocesan Inspector on the Religious teaching in
Preston School:- Owing to the necessity of reducing the staff all the children in
the Senior school have had to be grouped together under one teacher, which has naturally,
militated against the excellent results of late years, but considering the difficulties
that have had to be contended with, the children showed a pleasing knowledge of their
work, and there was ample evidence of careful teaching. In the Bible narrative the
text was accurately known and some very good answering was given by the elder children,
while the knowledge shown of the Catechism pointed to full and definite explanation.
Practical teaching had also been given in the Prayer Book subject and the text was
well known, while the elder scholars found their places in a ready manner. The repetition
was accurately said and showed an improvement on last year, and I was pleased with
the singing. The written work was well done, but the children should always use capital
letters when using pronouns relating to God e.g. His, Thy.
THE INFANTS, - Excellent work has been done in this department with most pleasing
results. Throughout all the subjects in which I examined the children the knowledge
was accurate and the answering bright and general, the outcome of careful teaching.
I was glad to see that the moral and practical lessons had been brought out, and
that clear and definite explanation had been given of the Creed. The repetition
was very well said.
Throughout the School a reverent tone prevailed and the discipline was easy and natural.
Mrs. Harrison of King’s Walden Bury, has kindly consented to become a Manager of
the Preston Day School, in the place of the last Major Richardson, of Offley Holes.
The Day Schools have been repaired and renovated (which they sadly needed) by the
kindness of Mr. Douglas Vickers at a cost of £23. The School now looks bright and
clean, and the dampness in the walls has been got rid of. We should like to express
our grateful thanks to Mr. Vickers for his kindness in this matter.
We are sorry to have to announce the resignation of Miss Wise, our Infant Mistress.
Miss Wise’s health has not been good for some time past, and she has been forced
to abandon her duties at Preston School under medical orders. We shall be very sorry
to lose her, and hope that she will very rapidly be restored to full health and strength.
The Roll of Honour contains the names of former scholars of Preston School who have
served in the great War has been framed and hung up in the School. It contains 47
names, and of these 47 lads, five have made the great sacrifice, viz., William Ewington,
William Jenkins, Ernest Wray, Jack Powell and Sidney Sharp. We hear a rumour that
prizes which have ceased during the War age going to be given again this year.
Mr. R. de V. Pryor has very kindly promised to take charge of the gardening operations
at Preston School. These school gardens have been wonderfully successful during the
War and, apart from increasing the food supply of the country very considerably,
they have been the means of giving many boys and girls a real practical knowledge
of gardening. Everywhere the children have shown great keenness. The school children
were invited on New Year’s Eve to a party and entertainment, given by Mr. and Mrs.
Vickers, and enjoyed themselves very much.
An excellent scheme has been inaugurated by the kindness of Mrs. Vickers in the form
of School Dinners, sold at a purely nominal cost, and very liberal fare is provided.
This is a very great benefit to the school children, and a very good measure, especially
as we fear the part played by public houses, however well conducted, is too large
in the upbringing of the future generation, and we hope that the example will not
be lost on our less advanced villages.
On Thursday afternoon the successful scholars at the School were presented with their
hard won prizes by the Hon. Mrs. Vickers. A prize was given for the best boy (voted
for by his school fellows), also for the best girl. Winnie Darton was successful
in winning the girls’ prize. There were prizes for reading, writing, arithmetic,
geography, handy-work and sewing. After the prize-giving (at which each successful
candidate was heartily cheered by the others) Mrs. Vickers invited all the children
to tea and gooseberries in Temple Dinsley Gardens. This was followed by sports and
races of every description – egg and spoon race, potato, running
races for every age down to two future scholars of three years old – this race was
won by Leslie Cullum – and consolation races. The prizes, which seemed much appreciated,
were bright sixpences. Mrs. Corbett spoke a few words to the children, followed
by Mrs. Vickers, and hearty cheers (at which the Preston children excel) were given
for Mrs. Vickers, Mrs. Corbett and Mr. Dawson, who had borne the hard work of arranging
the sports. The children then went home.
Mr. Vickers has considerably enlarged the school playground for us by allowing us
to take an additional strip of land, for the use of which the Managers are going
to pay him a merely nominal rent.
Miss Ivy Smart has successfully passed part 1 of the Government Preliminary Examination
Our Pupil Teacher Ivy Smart, has been successful in passing Part II of the Preliminary
Certificate Examination. She will enter Hockerill Training College in September.
We offer her our heartiest congratulations and wish her every success in her college
career. Mr. Corbett has been ordered away by her doctor for two months complete rest
and change. We are glad to hear that she is improving in health.
We are all very sorry indeed to hear of the illness of our Head Mistress who has
gone to St Bartholemew’s Hospital for treatment as a result of heavy strain and over-pressure,
but we are hoping to hear very soon of her complete recovery and restoration to health.
We have at last had to realise with a great deal of regret that Mrs. Corbett’s health
gives no hope of her being able to resume her duties as head mistress of Preston
School, and therefore the managers, acting under the instructions of the County Council,
have had to appoint a new head mistress. We have every reason to believe that we
have secured a most excellent head teacher in the person of Miss Deed, who comes
to us with the most excellent testimonials from Colney Heath School, and we wish
her much blessing and happiness in her work at Preston. She will take up her duties
there in September. We should like to express our grateful thanks
to Mrs. Poole for her good work at the school during Mrs. Corbett’s illness, and
to say once more how truly sorry we are that ill health has deprived us of the services
of so capable and faithful a head-mistress as Mrs. Corbett.May she soon be restored
to complete health again.
Miss Deed has settled down to work at the Day School and we wish her every happiness
and blessing in her work there.
The children at Preston School hope to give a little entertainment in school on Thursday
and Friday, February 21 and 22, at 3 p.m., when all friends interested will be welcome.
Tickets 1/- and 6d. Proceeds for the School Fund.
A most successful entertainment was given on February 21 and 22 by the School children
under the direction of Miss Deed. The performers did their parts most excellently
and with great self-possession, and we must congratulate the Headmistress very much
n the whole programme provided, which everyone enjoyed. The substantial sum of £5
5s. was made for the School funds, which are very badly in need of help. We have
recently had repairs and improvements at the School which have cost £20 10s., and
we are £5 10s.
in debt at the present moment.
Through the kind generosity of the Hon. Mrs. Douglas Vickers who defrayed all expenses,
the twenty-five elder children attending Preston School, accompanied by the Headmistress
and Assistant, spent an enjoyable day at the British Empire Exhibition on Monday,
July 21. The elements were not kind, and the outward journey was taken in a very
heavy downpour of rain, but Mrs. Vickers - for whom three cheers were given - braved
it and saw the party off about 9.30 in one of Messrs. Bailey Hawkins’ comfortable,
covered-in ‘buses, and the ride to Wembley (and back in the evening, when the rain
had stopped) was one of the most enjoyable features of the
outing. Wembley was reached at 11.25, and soon afterwards lunch (which each child
took from home, in specially made calico bags) was partaken in the shelter of the
This business disposed of, visits were paid to the Palaces of Industry and Engineering,
and thence to Canada, which charmed everybody by the variety and tastefulness, displayed
in its exhibits and arrangement. The Prince of Wales and his horse on his Canadian
Ranch - in butter - evoked great admiration, as did the display of fruit close by
in this section. Leaving Canada for Australia, most of the party sampled the famous
iced drinks to be had there. Tea (kindly provided by Mrs. Vickers) was a welcome
halting and resting time, and was served in the
Colonade Tea Rooms at 3.30 and was much appreciated by all. Feeling like “giants
refreshed” after this repast and rest, a move was made to Burma, Old London Bridge,
and the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the last hour was given to the Amusements Park,
where all visited the Aquarium, and were vastly interested in a “Diving Stunt.” The
return journey was begun at 7.30, and Preston Green was reached on the stroke of
9.0 p.m.,by a very tired, but very grateful little company.