Although their clothes may have been wet, the spirits of both adults and children were apparently in no way dampened

A good time was had by all at the Sulhamstead peace celebrations.

SULHAMSTEAD PEACE CELEBRATIONS

The following full and graphic account of the meetings and celebrations has been received for publication. The whole of it is worth reading and preserving. As it cannot all be printed in this copy, no attempt is made to curtail it, and the remainder will be published later. In addition to the debt which it states the parish owes to certain of its members, there must not be forgotten the admirable executive work conducted by Mr Clay, which enabled the whole to proceed without a single hitch.

A public meeting was held in Sulhamstead Schools on July 8th, when it was decided to hold our Peace Celebrations on the official day, July 19th, and to put a cross on the site of the old Church as a War Memorial. It was very well attended, and we understand it was one of the largest meetings ever held in Sulhamstead.

The following committees were appointed in connection with the Peace Celebrations, with Mr H Clay as Hon. Secretary and Treasurer.

A Catering Committee, under the guidance of Lady Watson, as follows: Mrs Cooper, Nurse Harvie, Miss Hughes, Mrs Price, Mrs Shepherd, Mrs Sheringham, Mrs Steele, Mrs Suhr, Mrs Tyser, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Jos. Wise.

A Sports Committee, under the Chairmanship of Sr W G Watson, bart, as follows: Mr Arlott, Mr A Clarke, Mr Clay, Mr Theo Jones, Mr Leake, Mr Metcalfe, Mr Ralph, Rev. A J P Shepherd, Mr Sheringham, Mr Stokes, Mr Suhr, Mr Norman Watson, Mr Winchcombe.

A Finance Committee, with Sir W G Watson, bart, as Chairman, as follows: Lady Watson, Mrs Sheringham, Miss Hughes, Mr Arlott, Mr Clay, Mr Leake, Rev, A J P Shepherd, Mr Sheringham, Mr Winchcombe.

The various committees appointed carried out their work admirably and amicably, and made the Celebrations on July 19th a great success.

Sir George Watson very kindly threw open his grounds for the occasion.

All the residents of Sulhamstead and Sulhamstead Lower End were invited to the Sports and Tea, and invitation cards were delivered by mebers of the committees to each house. These were collected, and tickets of admittance given out.

Unfortunately the weather was showery, but this did not prevent people being there, and although their clothes may have been wet, the spirits of both adults and children were apparently in no way dampened.

The children’s sports commenced at 2.30 in Sulhamstead Park by a variety of races for those under 14. There were plenty of competitors and the prizes consisted of money given by the committee and special (including two fishing rods, reels, knives, handbag and handkerchiefs) kindly given by Mr and Mrs Sheringham.

[Continued in October issue]

CONTINUATION OF REPORT ON PEACE CELEBRATION

At 4 o’clock tea was provided on the verandah at Sulhamstead House. The Adults’ Tea was served at 5 o’clock, at which meat was provided. The Rev. A J P Shepherd at this stage reminded us of those who had fallen in the war, who had gone from Sulhamstead, and read out the names. During the reading everyone stood in an impressive, solemn silence.

The Sports re-commenced at 6.30 for Adults, in which Pillow-Fighting and Blindfold Boxing caused great amusement. Mr Hayes kindly gave two 10-lb cheeses as special prizes, and money prizes were given by the committee…

The Sports concluded with Tugs of War for Men and Women, which were energetically contested. Each team was cheered by its own supporters. Mr Suhr’s team won the Men’s Tug of War, and Mrs Butler’s tem the Women’s. Mr Leake took charge of the Sports, Mr Norman Watson acting as Starter and Mr Sheringham and Mr Hayward as Judges.

During the afternoon, Bowling for a live pig, which Mr Stokes kindly gave, proved a great attraction. This was won by Mr H G Batts, who succeeded in putting down six skittles with three balls.
We are pleased to say £3.2s.11d. was received from this source as Entrance Fees.

Beer and mineral waters were provided free after 6.30.

Lady Watson presented the prizes to the winners, and vote of thanks was then given to the Catering Committee for their work in providing the tea.

Hearty cheers were given to Sir George and Lady Watson, Mr Norman Watson, and to those who gave the special prizes.

The Celebrations terminated with the National Anthem.

The gathering was a splendid success, and the thanks of everyone are due to the various committees for so ably providing pleasure for all.

Sulhamstead parish magazines, September and October 1919 (D/EX725/4)

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Oaks raised from seeds picked up at Verdun

Reading Borough Council decided to celebrate peace with trees planted from seeds found on the battlefield.

18 July 1919

Peace Celebrations: (i) planting of oaks

That permission be granted for two oaks, raised from seeds picked up at Verdun, to be planted on Saturday, 19th instant, one in the Forbury Pleasure Grounds and the other in Prospect Park.

Reading Borough Council Parks and Pleasure Grounds Committee minutes (R/AC1/3/21)

On the eve of Victory Day

Work was progressing slowly on the Earley St Bartholomew war memorial porch.

The War Memorial

Those who are following the progress of this fund month by month will be glad of an account of the last committee meeting on July 18. Being on the eve of Victory Day the meeting was not well attended. This was unfortunate, but the fixture had been made. There were present – The Vicar in the chair, Mr Richard Brown, hon. Treasurer (his co-treasurer being on holiday and away from home), Mr George Love, Mr FC Edwards, Mr H Mole, Mr E Clayton Jones, Mr E Long, Mr H Masters, Mrs Newbery, Miss Goose, Miss H L Stevens, Mr D Lawrence, and Miss Ashcroft.

Collectors for Cumberland Road were appointed, Mr Long and Miss Stevens volunteering for this work. Subscriptions received to date were paid in, together with some new promises. The hon. Treasurer ereported at the close of proceedings as follows

Subscriptions paid or promised, as already announced £407 8s 1d
New subscriptions July 18 £32 5s 6d
New promises £5 5s 0d
Collection in church (Peace Sunday) £10 11s 5d

This figure, with a few pounds which came in after the meeting ended represents an increase of £50 from June 13 to July 18, and one which greatly encourages us to hope for a further advance by Sept 4 (Thursday) the date of the next committee meeting. The builder has made all the preparations for the work and is waiting for the working drawings of the stonework. At the present moment church architects are pressed with work, and we must wait patiently our turn. A drawing of the porch shewing the elevation as seen looking from S Bartholomew’s Road will shortly be hung in the church, and we invite everyone to study it.


Earley St Bartholomew parish magazine, August 1919 (D/P192/28A/15)

“This is not very encouraging to anyone who has undertaken a voluntary public work which interests and benefits everybody”

Perhaps some people just wanted to forget the war.

Most of the Forms sent out, to be filled in with the details of those who have served in the War, have now been received. There are however still some to come in. In some cases the collector has called five or six times without result. This is not very encouraging to anyone who has undertaken a voluntary public work which interests and benefits everybody. We feel sure that this, no doubt unintentional, lack of consideration only needs mentioning to be remedied, and that all outstanding forms will be returned at once to Miss G. Palmer, (The Briars, Ellis Road). As was pointed out last month these full and correct details are asked for in order that a complete list of all who have served may be made and preserved, and, in the case of the fallen, that their names may be placed on a Memorial, whatever form the Parish decides that such a Memorial shall take.

Wokingham St Sebastian parish magazine, July 1919 (D/P154C/28A/1)

As if anyone would ever wish to do such a thing as remove the war memorial!

An offer was made to pay for a war memorial in Stratfield Mortimer.

Another War Memorial

Colonel and Mrs. Nash have offered to present to the parish church a large brass tablet on which will be permanently recorded the names of all parishioners who have given their lives for their country during the war – a most welcome gift. This cannot be erected, however, without a “faculty” – a form of legal sanction, the chief value of which is that it prevents anybody from ever removing the memorial, (as if anyone would ever wish to do such a thing!) and a faculty cannot be obtained without the passing of a resolution in its favour by a vestry meeting. A vestry meeting for this purpose will therefore be held on Tuesday, July 8th, at 6-30 p.m., at the parish church vestry.

Stratfield Mortimer parish magazine, July 1919 (D/P120/28A/14)

Tea for all the inhabitants of the village

Sulhamstead planned to celebrate the war’s end with a party, while remembering the dead forever. Churchgoers were currently worshipping in a brand new building, built only in 1914 next to the previous church.

WAR MEMORIAL AND PEACE CELEBRATIONS

A Public Meeting was summoned by house-to-house circulation of printed notices on Monday, July 7th, with Sir George Watson, bart, as chairman. There was a larger attendance than usual, both of men and women.

A resolution was unanimously carried that a Memorial of those that had fallen should be erected on the site of the old Church. Other suggestions were made to use any balance of money that might be obtained, and these suggestions were deferred for future consideration.

It was decided to attempt to provide tea for all the inhabitants of the village, and to entertain them by means of sports or otherwise.

A Ladies’ Committee was appointed to carry out the catering and a Sports Committee for the entertaining. The Committees had power to co-opt and to act jointly whenever they wished.

The day of celebration was fixed for Saturday, July 19th. Sir George Watson was elected Chairman, Mr Clay Secretary and Treasurer.

Sulhamstead parish magazine, August 1919 (D/EX725/4)

A splendid and lasting tribute of our gratitude to God for the valour of our men

The vicar of Maidenhead St Luke, holidaying with a brother home from the front, liked the parish’s war memorial plans.

The Vicar’s Letter

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

I write this letter far away in the stormy Hebrides; where lochs abound, great winds blow, and sea birds and seals are as common as rabbits ought to be on Maidenhead Thicket.

I feel that the few days I have been away – much of it spent in travelling – must have thrown a great strain on my colleagues at a very busy time. I suppose I must plead that the Armistice, the hope of an early Peace, and my brother’s return, must be my excuse…

As regards the future, I am hoping that on June 30th, the Parochial Church Council and the War Memorial Committee may approve of the beautiful plans Mr Cheadle has drawn out for us. I believe the Borough memorial Committee close their appeal on June 30th. We shall then have a clear field, and shall not in any way spoil anyone else’s scheme. The Memorial Chapel will be (if adopted) a splendid and lasting tribute of our gratitude to God for the valour of our men. In it we can pray for all we love here or in the next world. We can draw near to the Fallen in our thoughts. We can meditate on the One Great Sacrifice and think of our own kith and kin who followed that example in no unworthy way. But if we do undertake this work we ought to carry it out as nobly as lies in our power.

I remain, Your faithful friend and Vicar, C E M Fry.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, July 1919 (D/P181/28A/28)

We must not forget our brothers who have made the supreme sacrifice

Peace did not mean putting the past behind us.

The signing of the Peace Treaty is an appropriate moment for reminding our readers of the proposed War Memorial in S. Mary’s Church. We must not forget our brothers who have made the supreme sacrifice, and there must be many people who will only be too anxious to take their share in providing a permanent memorial. All donations should be sent direct to Colonel Justice, at Speen Court.

Speenhamland parish magazine, July 1919 (D/P116B/28A/2)

Raise the money in twelve months

Parochial Church Council

The First meeting of the St Luke’s Parochial Church Council was held on Wednesday, July 2nd, at 8 pm, in the Parish Room at the Vicarage. A good muster of members were present. The only business before the meeting was the consideration of the plans for the proposed War Memorial Chapel. After an exhaustive discussion, partly in the Vicarage and partly in the Church, it was decided to recommend definitely the smaller scheme, which will cost about £2,150, but to hope that money enough will be found for the complete scheme, which would cost about £3,000. An account has been opened in the London, County, etc Bank, in High Street, called “The St Luke’s War Memorial Fund”. Several subscriptions have already been paid into it. It is proposed that the Parish, excepting Furze Platt, shall be divided into sections of twenty-five houses, and that a large number of collectors shall be obtained, so that everyone may have an opportunity of contributing something to the scheme. The idea is to try and raise the money in twelve months, very largely, it is hoped, by monthly subscriptions. A big meeting will be called very shortly to launch the scheme.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, August 1919 (D/P181/28A/28)

Stand up as a token of respect to those who have fallen in the great struggle

1st July, 1919

The Chairman, referring to the signing of Peace, desired the members of the Board to stand up as a token of respect to those who have fallen in the great struggle, he also wished and proposed to place on the minutes the high appreciation of the members of the Board for the courage shewn by the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and others comprised in His Majesty’s Forces, including the many thousands who came from the Dominions…

The Vice-Chairman and the members of the Board heartily associated themselves with the Chairman in his remarks, and unanimously passed the resolution, which was seconded by Mr Rasey.

Wokingham Board of Guardians minutes (G/WO1/26)

War memorial plans look beautiful

Future Events
Monday June 30th

I hope to hold a Meeting of the newly-elected Parochial Church Council and the War Memorial Committee at the Vicarage at 8 pm, to consider plans of the new Memorial Chapel. They look beautiful to me. Any change of date will be announced in Church.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, June 1919 (D/P181/28A/28)

By no means an easy job

Those who had died of wounds in Wokingham, and men from Wokingham who had served, were remembered.

Soldiers’ Graves.
The Vicar would be glad to have a few names of those who would like to look after a grave.

It is proposed to add to the Parish Records a complete list, with full particulars, of all those from this Parish who have served in the War. For this purpose forms have been circulated and all are invited to help all they can to get these forms promptly and carefully filled in. When completed, if not called for, they may be sent to Miss G. Palmer, (The Briars, Ellis Road) who has very kindly undertaken this by no means easy job.

Wokingham St Sebastian parish magazine, June 1919 (D/P154C/28A/1)

A house-to-house collection should be made at once

There was some progress with Winkfield’s war memorial plans.

THE WAR MEMORIAL

Another Public Meeting was held on June 26th, when the attendance was very poor. The Secretary reported that it had been found impossible to find a suitable site on which to move and add to the present Men’s Club Room as the only suitable land was not for sale; also the Y.M.C.A. could be of no help.

After some discussion, it was resolved that enquiries should be made as to the possibility of buying the land on which the present club room stands, with a view to enlarging this, and that there ought to be no longer delay in appealing funds. It was therefore decided that a house-to-house collection should be made at once to raise funds for putting up a Memorial Brass in the Church, and also to buy if possible the site of the Men’s Club Room in Winkfield Row, and the Caretaker’s cottage, with a view to enlarging the Club Room into a Parish Institute.

The estimated cost is about £600, and if the funds raised should not suffice, the question of the disposal of any surplus after the Brass has been erected, will be put before a meeting of the subscribers.

Since the meeting, it has been ascertained that the property required can be bought for £300.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, August 1919 (D/P 151/28A/11/8)

Careful and repeated consideration of many war memorial designs

There was a U turn over the Mortimer memorial.

War Memorial

The recent public meeting reversed the decision of its predecessor, and unanimously agreed to place the Memorial at the Cross roads at the top of the hill near the Pound. Mr. Maryon’s design was accepted, after the committee’s careful and repeated consideration of many other designs. At least £500 is now asked for. An account has been opened at Lloyds Bank, Reading, and donors are asked to draw cheques to “Mortimer War Memorial or Bearer” and send them direct to Lloyds Bank. Smaller amounts should be sent in cash to the Hon. Sec. at Wisley, Padworth Road.

Stratfield Mortimer parish magazine, June 1919 (D/P120/28A/14)

Lovely procession

The Bisham war memorial was dedicated.

18 June 1919

Memorial service in church, then processed through village to Cross for dedication. Bishop [of] Buckingham came. Most lovely.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale of Bisham Abbey (D/EX73/3/17/9)