Blinded soldiers turn to chicken rearing

Berkshire County Council and its committees dealt with several war related matters. One was the registration of the multitude of independent war charities which had sprung up.

Report of School Management Sub-committee, 14 October 1916

HEAD TEACHERS AND MILITARY SERVICE

The following Head Teachers have rejoined the Army since the last meeting: Mr Mills (Childrey), Mr Hunt (Cold Ash), Mr Bird (Priestwood), Mr Andrews (Mortimer St Mary’s) and Mr Verrall (Brimpton). Their places have been filled temporarily by the appointment of the Certificated Assistant (Woman) of their respective schools, or by the transfer of a teacher from another school.

Report of Smallholdings and Allotments Committee, 14 October 1916

COTTAGES AND LAND FOR BLINDED SOLDIERS, &C, FOR POULTRY FARMING

Enquiries were made on behalf of the Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Hostel, St Dunstan’s, as to whether any assistance could be given in finding locations near Reading for Blinded Soldiers who have been taught chicken rearing. They require a cottage and about an acre of ground at a rent not exceeding £30 per annum.

The agents in the Reading district were asked if they had any suitable properties available, but from the replies received it appeared that no suitable places were available for renting, and only three or four were put forward for sale.

It was stated by St Dunstan’s that at present only leasing could be considered.

Report of the War Charities Committee, 14 October 1916

The following applications for registration under the War Charities Act, 1916, have not been approved, and the Clerk instructed to issue certificates and to notify the Charity Commissioners: (more…)

A masque for Serbian relief

An enterprising drama teacher put on a performance in aid of our suffering Serbian allies. To get an idea of the evening, here is the script of The Masque of the Two Strangers.

THE TOWN HALL, READING

MISS MARY HAY, A.L.A.M. ELOCUTION, ASSISTED BY HER PUPILS, Has much pleasure in announcing Two Dramatic Recitals of the “Masque of the Two Strangers” (by kind permission of Lady Alix Egerton), And Scenes found on incidents in Dante’s “Vita Nuova”, On Wednesday, October 20th, 1915 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., IN AID OF THE SERBIAN RELIEF FUND,
And under the distinguished patronage of

The Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire and Mrs Benyon,
His Worship the Mayor of Reading
His Excellency Monsieur Creddo Miyatovich (Serbian Minister)
Mr. Henry Ainley
Lady Armstrong
The Rev. and Mrs Beloe
Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Benson
Mr. Acton Bond
The Principal of University College, Reading and Mrs. Childs
Mr. John L. Child
The Ven. Archdeacon of Berkshire and Mrs. Ducat
Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Evans
Mrs. Downing Fullerton
Countess Gurowska
Viscountess Hambleden
Miss Holmes
Miss Knighton
The Misses Lacy
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Mackenzie
Lady Makins
Mrs. W. A. Mount
Mrs. Murdoch
Miss Musson
Mrs. G. W. Palmer
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Palmer
Miss Prebble
Mr. and Mrs. Rannie
Lord and Lady Reading
Mr. F. G. T. Rowecroft
The Rev. Gore Skipwith and Mrs. Skipwith
Mr. W. Stewart
Mrs. Tyser
Lady Wantage
Mrs. Waring
Miss White
Mrs. Leslie Wilson.

Doors open at 2.30 and 7.30 P.M.

Tickets: Afternoon Sofa Stalls, 4- Reserved Seats, 3/- Admission 2/-
Evening Sofa Stalls, 3/- Reserved Seats, 2/- Admission 1/-
Special Terms to Schools.

Box Office : – Attwells, Binfield & Co., 162 & 163 Friar Street, Reading. Telephone No. 11 .

Programme for recitals at Town Hall in Aid of Serbian Relief Fund, 1915 (D/EX1734/1)

Cadets camp in Knowl Hill

Some east Berkshire Cadets enjoyed a camp in Knowl Hill. The conditions were almost certainly more pleasant than those the cadets might expect when they were old enough to go to the front.

Knowl Hill

We are much pleased to be able to record that Mr. T. A. Whitbread was very successful in an examination for N.C.O’s held recently at Reading, passing with “distinguished honours.” He has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. About 40 other competitors were examined.

From April 22nd to 26th the 2nd and 3rd Companies of the 4th Battalion of the Windsor Royal Berkshire Regiment Cadets were in camp in a field kindly lent by Mr. Bates. The Commanding Officer was Capt. Marrow, with Lieut. Soaper and Leuit. W. E. Barrett under him. The Companies were about 50 strong. They were joined by some of the Maidenhead Cadets on Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday the whole, some 60 strong, attended Knowl Hill Church for the morning Service, and were joined by Capt. Brookes, Maidenhead. The Companies were inspected by Capt.-Adjutant Armstrong.

Wargrave parish magazine, June 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

Three brave young lives lost

Three young Burghfield men killed in action were honoured at a service in their home church on 14 February 1915.


OUR ROLL OF HONOUR
In the Parish Church on Sunday, February 14th, at both morning and evening service the Rector made a touching reference to the loss of three brave young lives from the parish which have been given in the service of King and Country. At the conclusion of Evensong the “Dead March in Saul” was played as a tribute to the memory of George Armstrong of HMS Bulwark, Stephen Bright and Joseph Chamberlain, both of the KRR. May they rest in peace. Much sympathy is felt by all with the sorrowing parents and relatives.

Burghfield parish magazine, March 1915 (D/EX725/3)