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)

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Welcome Home to Returned Heroes

The men of Maidenhead were welcomed back home.

June
Welcome to Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen by CEMS

On Saturday, June 14th, 5.30 to 9.30 pm, at St Luke’s, Vicarage Lawn. The Band of the Comrades of the Great War will play. if any returned Parishioner does not get an invitation, will he please communicate with Mr E Hazeldine, Hon. Sec., 5, College Rise.

July
CEMS Welcome Home to Returned Heroes

It was a happy inspiration of the St Luke’s Branch of the CEMS – which, of course, includes St Peter’s – to give a Welcome Home to the men of St Luke’s Parish, who as Sailors, Soldiers or Airmen have fought for their country in the Great War, together with their wives and sweethearts.

By the kindness of the Vicar, whose absence from home on such a memorable occasion was much regretted – not the least by the Vicar himself – the gathering took place on the Vicarage Lawn on Saturday, June 14th, and, favoured with brilliant weather, proved a great success.

When we say that 800 men and wives accepted the Society’s invitation to tea, it will be realised what a vast amount of work was entailed. But with the organisation in the capable hands of Mr Hazeldine (Hon. Sec.), and Mr Habbin (Chairman of the CEMS), and the willing help of many ladies of St Luke’s and St Peter’s congregations as waitresses, the large party was admirably served.
After tea, there were Concerts, a good programme of music by the Band of the Comrades of the Great War, and performances on the piano and violin by two wounded artistes, all of which was much appreciated. Between the various items were opportunities for conversation with, and congratulations to, the returned warriors – by no means the least enjoyable part of the proceedings – together with a further supply of refreshments. The heartiest thanks of the CEMS are offered to all the kind friends who gave them such valuable assistance in carrying through the “Welcome”, as also to those who generously contributed towards the cost.

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

Ready for Peace or Empire Day, whichever comes first

Flagstaff

Mr Rogers of Furze Platt has kindly given the National School (Boys’ Department) a flagstaff. The boys, out of the profits of the School garden, have paid for its fixing and purchased a flag. So they are ready for Peace or Empire Day, whichever comes first.

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

The amount of work done, even during the last year of the War, when people were so short handed

Tribute is paid to the women of Furze Platt for their contributions.

Report of the Furze Platt War Working Party

In March 1918, a special appeal was made for funds to carry on the work at a time of great national danger. That appeal received a steady response all through the year, bringing in a total of nearly £60. When the accounts are audited a full report will appear in the press. In the meanwhile the details of the actual work done are given below.

1916 1917 1918
Bags 30 300 –
Bed Socks 78 219 310
Bandages 265 45
Bed Jackets 115 64 57
Helmets 73 7 34
Dressing Gowns 3 – –
Nightingales 10 18 –
Mosquito Nets 70 84 –
Mittens 53 135 236
Mufflers 6 68 264
Socks – 9 57
Shirts 29 26 –
Sun Shields 50 161 –
Anti-Vermin Vests- 112 226
Pyjamas – 7 –
Slippers 77 21 135
Swabs – 300 –
Helpless-case – – 25
Work Totals 859 1476 1354

Subscriptions: 1916, £64 12s 1d. 1917, £54 12s 1½d. 1918, £39 0s 4d.

The amount of work done, even during the last year of the War, when people were so short handed and had very little time to give to outside work, is a very great credit to the workers of Furze Platt. I should like to express on behalf of myself and all those interested in this work, our appreciation of all that has been done by Mrs E H Wyatt and the Collectors to make the Furze Platt District of the Maidenhead Branch a capable and reliable contributor to the Voluntary Work Organisations of the Country.

G M Skrine, Hon, Sec.

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

That a Hall be erected in memory of those men belonging to or connected with Furze Platt who have served in the Great War

Furze Platt decided on a community facility as its war memorial.

St Peter’s Notices

A Public Meeting was held in St Peter’s Room on March 24th to receive the Report of the Committee which had been appointed to consider the form the War Memorial should take for the Furze Platt district. After some discussion the following resolutions were unanimously carried:

“That a Hall be erected in memory of those men belonging to or connected with Furze Platt who have served in the Great War, the said Hall to contain tablets with the names of all who have served and all who have fallen in the war.”

“That the title deeds of the Hall be vested in the Vicar and Churchwardens of the Parish, and that the Vicar should be asked to co-opt three outside people to co-operate with the St Peter’s Church Committee in the letting of the Hall on week-days, with the exception of Good Friday; that the Hall seat about 300 people; that the approximate cost be £2,000; that this sum be raised mainly by regular contributions.”

It is hoped that a desirable site might be obtained near the Church, and the Vicar pointed out that as the title deeds of the Hall were to be vested in the Vicar and Churchwardens of the Parish, there was no reason why the £300 already raised by St Peter’s people for a Parish Room should not be given to the fund for a Memorial Hall. The responsibility for rates and the upkeep of the Hall would fall on the Church Committee, but it is hoped that this would be covered by payments for letting the Hall.

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

We may have a small Memorial Chapel to the Fallen

War Memorial Meetings

Fuller details will be published in the April Magazine. Probably in St Luke’s Church we may have a small Memorial Chapel to the Fallen; at Furze Platt a Memorial Hall.

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

Very anxious to do something in memory of the Great War and its sacrifices

A meeting was called to discuss a war memorial for Furze Platt.

January
St Peter’s War Memorial Meeting

I have been asked to call a Meeting of Furze Platt people to discuss a War Memorial, on February 12th, at 7.30 pm. The Furze Platt people are in a different position from the St Luke’s people. They are not in the Borough, and though many may contribute to the Cookham War Memorial, many would like something local at Furze Platt. So probably the War Memorial there, if one be erected, would not be in St Peter’s Church, but would take the form of something for common use irrespective of religious beliefs. There might, and probably would be, some small Memorial in connection with St Peter’s Church, but I take it in Furze Platt the big effort would have to be for something appealing to all sections of the inhabitants. I hope there will be a representative gathering at this Meeting on Wednesday, February 12th, which, as Vicar, I am venturing, by request, to summon. Further public notice will, of course, be given.

February
Furze Platt War Memorial Meeting, Wednesday, February 12th

A Meeting of all Furze Platt, Church and non-Church people alike who dwell outside the Borough, has been summoned for 7.30 pm, in the Club Room by St Peter’s Church. Those interested in the local life of Furze Platt are very anxious to do something in memory of the Great War and its sacrifices. I hope many will be present.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazines, January-February 1919 (D/P181/28A/28)

Gay with flags and laurel leaves

There was a still a need to support the troops.

St Peter’s Notices

The Furze Platt Working Party meets at Furze Croft on Tuesday, 7th and 21st. The Secretary wishes to thank all workers and subscribers for their steady support through these years of war. No further funds will be collected for this society, but workers are asked to continue their efforts a little longer, as we have a certain amount of material in hand for making the garments which are still being asked for by the hospitals; also, Government has given us wool, as knitted garments are very much needed for the army abroad. A full account of the work of this branch of the Society will appear in the February or March number of the Magazine. I believe it will be found that more work has been done this year than ever before, and I am sure people will be glad to know that as the Society asked that games should be supplied for the troops, our December subscriptions provided some footballs and games for 2/4th and 5th Battalions of the Royal Berks and the 187 Light Trench Mortar Battery.

The Bazaar has realised £171 13s 3d. great credit is due to the workers. The Town Hall looked gay with flags, and the stall were most effective, draped with white, with a flag of one of the Colonies or of an Allied Power as a centre piece, and festooned with garlands of laurel leaves made by the boys of Furze Platt…

Now that there are fewer Collections for War Charities, will Church people consider the possibility of becoming supporters of the Free-Will Offering Fund? We, most of us, profess to believe in everybody getting a living wage, and yet this Fund has very few supporters.

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

Now, we have to thank God for a series of victories that bring the end of the War appreciably nearer

There was optimism in Maidenhead that the end was in sight.

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

The War Intercession Services were, I understand, very well attended. Now, we have to thank God for a series of victories that bring the end of the War appreciably nearer. There is still a long row to hoe, but we do seem to feel that the work to be done, will eventually be completed to the satisfaction of all the Allies. Owing to the Fuel and Lighting Order, Week-day Evensong from September till the Spring, except on Friday, which will be unaltered, will be held in both Churches at 3 p.m….

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

WAR SAVINGS ASSOCIATION

Furze Platt residents will be glad to know how successful the Furze Platt war Savings Association continues to be. Formed in November, 1916 [sic?], it now has a membership of 107, with a total subscription to date of £958 10s 6d. The following table shows the progress made:
Members Sum subscribed
March, 1916 73 £125 1s 6d
November, 1917 82 £422 11s 6d
July, 1918 105 £941 9s 0d

Members of the Association are grateful to the Committee for their continued interest in the work, particularly to Mr Fry, the Hon. Secretary, and Mr Naylor, the Hon. Treasurer, who are always to be found in St Peter’s Room on Monday evenings for the purpose of receiving subscriptions. The good work done by Mr Hawthorne will not readily be forgotten, and it is hoped that the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Peddar, will soon recover from the illness which had laid him aside.

It will be within the recollection of subscribers to the Magazine that the sum of £110 1s has been invested in War Savings Certificates towards the Building Fund for a new Parish Room, which is so badly needed. It is hoped that it will be possible to add to this sum from time to time, so that immediately after the war the building may be put in hand.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, September 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

We think of those who are sacrificing so much for the Country over which flies the flag of the free

St Peter’s Church in Furze Platt was adorned with flags – presumably Union Jacks.

Thanks.

We have to thank Mr Rogers for the two beautiful flags which are now hung in St Peter’s Church. They were dedicated by our Vicar on the Eve of St Peter’s Day during Evensong. We think as we look at them of those who are sacrificing so much for the Country over which flies the flag of the free. Let us at home not forget to come with our sacrifice of intercession for them.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

Two candles instead of three

A Berkshire church cut down on candles due to rising wartime prices.

ST PETER’S

An important meeting of the Church Committee was held in Furze Platt Club Room at 8 pm on July 9th. Certain changes and improvements were agreed upon, but owing to the war, the Vicar was only able to promise them provisionally. First, for economy’s sake (except on Festivals), we are going to light the two Altar candles instead of the three-branched ones, and extinguish them after the Third Collect. This begins in August…

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, August 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

Strain every nerve to keep the work going at this crisis of the war

Women in Furze Platt were busy making clothes for the troops.

Furze Platt War Working Party Report for 1917

CR. £ s. d.
Subscriptions 17 7 0
Donations 3 2 10
Collected 31 12 0
Balance, 1916 6 16 0
Debt … 2 10 3 ½
£ 61 8 1 ½

DR. £ s. d.
Cleaning and Firing 0 18 10
Cheque Book …… …0 2 0
Materials… … 55 7 3 ½
Lady Jellicoe’s Fund for Sailors
… … … 5 0 0
£ 61 8 1 ½

Garments Completed
300 Swabs.
219 Bed Socks (pairs).
112 Anti-Vermin Vests.
200 Bags.
161 Sun Shields.
135 Pairs Mittens.
64 Bed Jackets.
18 Nightingales.
9 Pairs Socks.
45 Bandages.
21 Slippers.
7 Helmets.
7 Pyjamas.
26 Shirts.
68 Mufflers.
84 Mosquito nets.

Total … 1476

On the whole the report is satisfactory; the debt was covered by material in stock towards this year’s work, but the funds show a drop of nearly £6 on the amount raised in 1916… We have been able to keep up to our standard of work done, in spite of the greater strain of work which falls on everybody’s shoulders these days.

I have just received a copy of the urgent appeal sent to this district from the head organisation in London, calling upon all voluntary workers to strain every nerve to keep the work going at this crisis of the war. I am sure Furze Platt will respond to the call so far as the workers are concerned; and I trust those living in the neighbourhood will do their best to keep the fund going, and that some who have not subscribed before will either become monthly subscribers or will send a donation. It is absolutely necessary, owing to the price of the material, that we should raise more money this year, if we are to contribute the same amount of work.

I regret that I have been unable to publish this report sooner, owing to having so much work on my hands just now.

Yours faithfully, GLADYS M. SKRINE, Hon.Sec., F.P.W.W.P.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, May 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

All day without a break people were in Church praying that God would guide and strengthen our nation

St. Peter’s Day of Intercession

St. Peter’s kept Wednesday, April 17th, as a Day of Intercession for the War. There were 47 Communicants at the 7 a.m. celebration, and a great gathering of residents and workers of Furze Platt for the Intercessions at 1.45, and again at 7 p.m., and all day without a break people were in Church praying that God would guide and strengthen our nation and our men, and grant us a righteous and lasting peace.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, May 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

The spiritual needs of our soldiers on their return from the war, redux

Dr Underhill’s talk on the church’s offerings to returning soldiers was making its rounds.

ST PETER’S, FURZE PLATT

On February 26th, Dr Underhill very kindly came to Furze Platt, and read us an interesting paper on “Some ways by which the Church could meet the spiritual needs of our soldiers on their return from the war”, and it was hoped that there would have been a discussion and many suggestions made; but though the world may not realise it, St Peter’s folks are very shy, and occasionally even diffident, so very few people ventured to make any remarks!

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, April 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

A seat for the wounded

Soldiers were convalescing at Furze Platt.

Notices

Could anyone give or lend a Seat for the use of the Wounded at Furze Platt?

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, January 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)