Valuable lectures on the culture of vegetables

Ascot people grew vegetables for the war, while one couple lent their big house for use as a hsopital.

THE MILITARY HOSPITAL is to be re-opened immediately after Easter at “Sandridge.” Mr. and Mrs. Ninian Elliot have, most generously, handed over their delightful house for the purpose.

LECTURES on the Culture of Vegetables (two of them in this parish) have been given in the neighbourhood during the past few weeks. Interesting and valuable in themselves, they have also been very well attended.

ERNEST MERRY, who was some time ago reported missing, has been killed in France. We deeply sympathise with his wife and little children.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, April 1917 (D/P151/28A/9/4)

An address on the war and war loans

Girls at school in Ascot received a lecture aimed at encouraging them to collect money for the government war loans.

8th February 1917

Mrs Elliot came to the school on Thursday afternoon to give the girls a short address on the war and the war loan.

Ascot Heath Girls School log book (C/EL109/2, p. 268)

“It is right to relieve the tradesmen and cottagers from the further burden of supporting the Refugees”

The generous people of Ascot were to cut down on their support of Belgian refugees.


For the last 15 months the tradesmen and cottagers have most generously supported a Belgian Refugee Family at Easton Villa, Kennel Ride. The numbers have varied from two to ten, and in all we have had twelve members of one family. Some have now returned to their own country, and some have gone to work in London or elsewhere – so that at present there are one man and his wife and their small nephew to claim our hospitality.

The large sum of nearly £100 has been raised by weekly subscriptions, varying from one penny to one shilling: and it is thought that as prices are rising, and the Government is asking for all our savings, it is right to relieve the tradesmen and cottagers from the further burden of supporting the Refugees. All District Visitors are therefore asked not to collect in their Districts: but small contributions will still be gratefully accepted.

Signed,- E.M.Elliot, A. Andrews, L. Hullcoop, W.J. Bishop, A. Lissman, H. Woods.

November, 1914, to December, 1915 … £98 6 1

November, 1914, to December, 1915-
Rent … … … … £21 0 0
Coals… … … … 6 6 0
Money given … … … 61 0 0
£98 6 0

Ascot section of the Winkfield District Magazine, February 1916 D/P151/28A/8/2

Temporary shades not effective

It proved impossible to get Winkfield church dark enough to comply with new laws aimed at preventing air raids.



I want all to clearly understand why it is that we are unable for a few weeks to have Sunday Evening Service in the Parish Church. The new lighting regulations are the cause, but if shades on the lamps had been sufficient to meet the requirements of the authorities there would have been no need to discontinue the Evening Services. To make sure I asked the Sergeant of Police to attend Church on Sunday, January 9th, when it would be lighted up. He kindly came, and after the Service we tried some temporary shades which Mr. George Brown was good enough to bring, but as, in spite of these, the light was still reflected through the unstained windows, the Sergeant reported that only curtains over the windows on the north side and over the vestry and belfry windows could meet the case.

I therefore consulted the Churchwardens and we came to the conclusion that we were not justified in going to the considerable expense of putting up curtains when the Church at Winkfield Row could be darkened at a trifling cost; especially since it was only a question of about six weeks, and by the second Sunday in March we should be able to resume evening service in the Parish Church. Moreover I felt that it might be well to try the experiment of seven Sunday evening services at the other end of the parish, as if it were shown that these were valued, it might be possible another winter to have occasional services there, and judging from the good congregations that have assembled, it seems that the experiment was justified.

You will find in this magazine a leaflet addressed to the women of our neighbourhood by the District War Agricultural Committee. I hope it may meet with some real response, and I should be glad if I can be of any help in explaining the matter or on forwarding the names of any who would like to be put on the register.

Your sincere Friend and Vicar,



The following have recently joined His Majesty’s Forces:-

Alfred Brant, Queen’s Own Ox. Hussars.
John Carter, Royal Engineers.
Albert Higgs, King’s Royal Rifles.
Fred Lunn, 5th Rifle Brigade.

Pte. George Chaney has recently been in hospital at the Front, but we are glad to hear that he is now in a Convalescent camp and likely to be completely restored to health.

THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS TO OUR MEN.- These accounts have been kindly audited by Mr. A. Elliot. They show:

Total Receipts … £24 5 11
Expenditure … 19 5 5½

Mrs. Maynard has handed the balance of £5 0s. 5½d. to Mrs. Ferard for Red Cross work in the parish.

Winkfield section of the Winkfield District Magazine, February 1916 D/P151/28A/8/2

“Our power to be of use to our Country in her time of need”

Young girls in south east Berkshire were encouraged to do their bit.


A large gathering of Members and their Mothers from the various Parishes in the Sunninghill and Winkfield Branch of the G.F.S. met in the South Ascot Parish Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 26th. Mrs. Elliot, who presided, and arranged a very pleasant afternoon, asked Miss Mangles to come from London to speak to the girls and their mothers. She gave a charming address full of feeling and helpful suggestions, and address which encouraged the most diffident among us, and made us realize how very real was our power (each in our simple way) to be of use to our Country in her time of need. After the address an excellent tea was enjoyed by everyone, followed by dancing, before breaking up in time for the Sunningdale, Bracknell and Warfield members to return by train.

Ascot section of the Winkfield District Magazine, February 1916 D/P151/28A/8/2

Setting up a War Agricultural Committee for the county

Food shortages were a real concern during the war, as German attacks on neutral ships impeded imports. At its meeting on 16 October 1915, Berkshire County Council decided to set up a War Agricultural Committee.

A letter, dated 18 September, 1915, addressed to the Chairman of the Council by the President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, forwarding a Scheme for the appointment of a War Agricultural Committee and district sub-committees, was considered.
The principal functions of the Committees will be to organise the supply of agricultural labour; to consider the maintenance of, and if possible, the increase in, the production of food; to obtain information as to the requirements and supply available of agricultural implements and fertilisers and feeding stuffs; and generally to assist and advise landowners, farmers, and labourers.

Proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Lord G M Pratt, and resolved: That the following, being representative of landowners, farmers, agricultural societies and institutions, labour and other persons, be appointed a War Agricultural Committee for the County of Berks in accordance with, and for the purposes enumerated in, the circular dated 18 September, 1915, from the Board of Agriculture; with power to add to their number:

F Anstey
F Bate
J H Benyon
W Brewer
William Cordell
F J K Cross
R Crow
P E Crutchley
Miss G Elliot
C A Ferard
J A Fereman
Aaron Frogley
E Gardner, MP
H Goddard
B C Heath
W J Henman
T Latham
A W Lawrence
Local Manager, Labour Exchange
Capt. F C Loder Symonds
Job Lousley
W A Mount, MP
W Pennington
Miss G Pott
A Robinson
T Rose
Frank Saunders
W Anker Simmons
T Skurray
G F Slade
F A Smith
Harry Wilson Sowdon
E M Sturges
T S Tayler
Rev F W Thoyts
W Weall
H W Weaving
H G Willink

Proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Mr Bate, and resolved:

That the Clerk of the Council be nominated, and authorised to act, as Clerk to the War Agricultural Committee for the County of Berks; and that such other members of the administrative staff of the Council, as may be available and required, be allowed to assist such Committee.

That the War Agricultural Committee be allowed the use of County Buildings and equipment free of cost.

Provided that the above authorisations are given on condition that the arrangements do not interfere with the ordinary work of the Council or their Committees.

BCC minutes (C/CL/C1/1/18)

A soldiers’ recreation room in Ascot

A new church-run recreation room opened for soldiers billeted in Ascot.


All Saints’ Parish Room was opened on November 24th, 1914, as a Recreation Room for Soldiers billeted in Ascot. A Committee was formed and it was arranged to provide newspapers, books, games, stationery and refreshments, and to arrange a concert weekly. Donations towards the expense were given by ladies and gentlemen in the neighbourhood who also assisted at the concerts. Mrs. Elliot kindly offered to pay for the lighting, and Mr. Hullcoup arranged for the refreshments. The attendance was fairly good and the Officers and Men of the A.S.C. and the West Kents fully appreciated the efforts made for their comfort.

The Committee beg to thank Mrs. Elliot, also those ladies and gentlemen who gave donations or assisted at the entertainments.

Mrs Elliot, Lighting Hall £3 5 9

Donations received 11 2 6

Proceeds from Concert 12 3 6

£26 11 9

Balance £4 8 0

Hire of Hall 6 0 0

Paper 2 18 5

Coal, Coke and Wood 3 18 5

Stationery 2 9 2½

Refreshments 2 2 10½

Expenses Concert 1 3 0

Budgen 0 17 9

Gratuity 0 10 0

Sundries 2 4 6

£26 11 9

A. LISSMAN, Hon. Treasurer

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, September 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/9)

Finding work for Belgian refugees

The Berkshire Committee of the National Relief Fund met at Shire Hall on 9 February 1914.

The Chairman read a letter addressed to himself as Chairman of the County Council from the Government Commission for Providing Occupation for Belgian Refugees; also a memorandum sent by the same Commission & the draft of a proposed reply from himself. Mr Walton reported that the Newbury Refugee Committee had been successful in finding work for Belgian men in that neighbourhood.

Mr Norkett stated that the Maidenhead Belgian Refugee Committee had found employment of a satisfactory kind for all Belgian men in his neighbourhood, & had collected a fund of £604 of which £350 had already been spent.

After full discussion it was resolved that a reply be sent to the Government Commission stating that the Berkshire National Relief Committee were unable to form a sub-committee to undertake the duties regarding Belgian refugees in the county suggested by the Government Commission…

Application for further relief was read from the Wantage Hon. Sec. on behalf of John Nobes of East Hanney. Resolved that the matter be deferred until a report from Nobes’ medical attendant be received.
Miss Elliot undertook to urge the said doctor to forward such report forthwith. Miss Pott was instructed to write to Mr Mount, MP, and Mr Gardner, MP, upon the question of Nobes’ position as a discharged recruit from the New Army without means of subsistence.

National Relief Fund Berkshire Committee minutes (C/CL/C6/4/1)

“In death, they were not divided”

The people of Ascot mourned the death of some of their sons who had lost their lives at the Front – including two brothers, a soldier and a sailor, killed on the same day. They also had a military hospital in the village, and contact with well-wishers in Japan (which was an ally of the British).

Roll of Honour
Oscar William Tottie R.I.P.
Eric Harold Tottie R.I.P.
Alfred Harry Tidbury R.I.P.
Bernhard Pratt-Barlow R.I.P.

A REQUIEM EUCHARIST for our Sailors and Soldiers is celebrated on Saturdays, in All Saints Church, at 8 a.m.


We have to add the following names to our List in the October Magazine.

NAVY – William Walter Paxford, Stephen John Waite, Egbert Arthur Tidbury.

ARMY – Sydney George Sumner, Charles John Walls, Ernest Monk, James Johnston, George Lappage, Ernest Oram, Harry Bonnard, Matthew O’Connor, Thomas John Minns, William Brown, Paul Meakin, John Henry Baker, Robert Waight Sensier.

LIEUTENANT ERIC TOTTIE, Northumberland Fusiliers, was wounded at the Front on Sunday, September 20th, and expired in the base Hospital on the 22nd, being the same day on which his brother Lieutenant Oscar Tottie lost his life on H.M.S. Aboukir. “In death they were not divided.” We can only repeat what we ventured to say last month in regard to the elder brother. We pray that GOD will comfort the father and mother of two noble lads. R.I.P.

A Memorial Service for the two young officers was held at All Saints Church on Tuesday, October 6th. It was largely attended.

“THE SUGGESTION” in last month’s Magazine has met with a most generous response, and a family of Belgian Refugees is happily installed at Easton Villa, Kennel Ride – resting after their sad flight on foot from Antwerp a short time ago. We know they will soon have many friends, for we feel sure that all who go to see them will want to go again. Anyone wishing to pay his or her subscription direct to Mrs. Elliot and “Sandridge” will find a box on her front door on Sundays, from 10.45 a.m. to 12 noon, and from 2.45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Envelopes to contain the subscriptions (on which the Donors names must be written) will be given on application to Mrs. Elliot – who is the Hon. Treasurer for all monies subscribed for the purpose.

THE ASCOT MILITARY HOSPITAL is, at the time that we write, full to overflowing with wounded and sick Soldiers. They seem happy in their quarters; and in many cases, what with Ascot air and good treatment, their convalescence has been rapid. Already several patients have sufficiently recovered to be dismissed.