Through insisting on his teetotal ideas at the Peace Celebration Dinner, the vicar upset all the village and none of the demobilised men went”

The peace celebrations just over the Wiltshire border in Bishopstone were a damp squib with no booze.

26th July 1919

Wife, Marj. & I went to Shrivenham by train at 10 past 2 and walked to Bishopstone – Field Club outing. We 3 were the only ones who walked. The rest – only 6 of them, went on their bikes. We were there first. I found the Vicar making a scooter for his kid. The woman where we had tea gives him a poor character. When Harry Jones – who used to live here asked her how he was, she said “As silly as ever.” And through insisting on his teetotal ideas at the Peace Celebration Dinner other week upset all the village and none of the demobilised men went. Now they have 30£ in hand to spend.

Diary of William Hallam of Swindon (D/EX1415/26)

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