Subjects closely connected with the War

Food shortages had led to a soup kitchen for children in Ascot.

The Lantern Services in the Parish Room on Fridays at 7 p.m. are being taken by the Rector and deal with subjects closely connected with the War. There was a very fair attendance at the first service, and it is hoped that it will increase as the services become more generally known.

By the effort of the Teachers a Soup Kitchen is being started as the Schools for the benefit of the children, and we are sure many parents will be most grateful for this help in this difficult days. The Managers have made a small grant towards utensils, and gifts of vegetables, or offers of personal help will be welcomed by the Teachers ….

At a War Savings Conference held at the Reading Rooms, Sunninghill, on Wednesday, February 20th, it was resolve to form a local War Savings Committee for the district to be known as “The Sunningdale and Ascot District War Savings Committee”, its chief object being to establish as many new Associations as possible in the neighbourhood, the ladies and gentlemaen elected being Mr. Percy Crutchley (Chairman), Messrs. H. J. Whitehead and A.J. Merton (Hon. Secretaries), Col. Blackburn, (Hon. Treasurer), Mrs. Ninian Elliott, the Hon. Miss Gordon, Mr. E. Wolseley, Heresy Marchioness of Linthgow, Mr. G. J. Francis, Mr. F. J. Patton, Mr. C.W. Searle, Mr. J.W. Abbott, Mrs. Trotter, Mr T.A. Woods. The Committee was given power to add to its number, and it was intimated that if Sunningdale cared to join up with this Committee, the inclusion of this parish would be cordially welcomed.

The Ascot War Savings Association has just completed one year’s working. The total number of certificates sold during that time being nearly 1000.

Ascot section of Winkfield District Magazine, March 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10/3)

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Lantern Services on subjects closely connected with the War

Ascot reflected on the war.

The Lantern Services in the Parish Room on Fridays at 7 p.m. are being taken by the Rector and deal with subjects closely connected with the War. There was a very fair attendance at the first service, and it is hoped that it will increase as the services become more generally known.

Ascot section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, March 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10/3)

Lessons of the Great War

The vicar of Reading St John suggested parishioners might like to help provide a new communion set for an army chaplain:

Letter from the vicar

My dear friends,

My own letter to you this month will be a brief one, as I want to give pride of place to Mr Morley’s very interesting letter from the front. Perhaps some of his friends in the parish would like to supply his obvious need of a set of Communion vessels of convenient size. I shall be very glad to receive subscriptions for this purpose….

The addresses on Wednesday evenings [during Lent] are to be given by the Rev. E J Norris… These services will consist of war intercessions and the address, and will last about 40 minutes…

At St Stephen’s Church on Thursday evenings there will be a series of lantern services, if gas is obtainable for the lantern, under the general heading, “Lessons of the Great War”. The pictures illustrating the addresses are really beautiful, and I think the services will be found both helpful and comforting….

Also let us not cease day and night to make supplication to God for the restoration of Peace.

Your sincere friend and vicar

W. Britton

Reading St. John parish magazine, February 1918 (D/P172/28A/24)

YMCA experiences with the troops

A YMCA worker told Tilehurst people about his work with the troops.

Mr Alex. Brown, District Secretary of the Band of Hope Union, visited us on January 31st, giving two very interesting lectures on his “YMCA Experiences with the Troops at Home and in France”. The first lecture was given to children, our schoolroom being crammed to the doors with an enthusiastic and attentive congregation. The second was also very well attended, being appreciated just as highly by adults. Eighty slides illustrated Mr Brown’s racy remarks, Mr Bromley manipulating the lantern. A collection was taken for YMCA Hut work at each lecture – the total amount being £2 11s 0d.

Tilehurst Congregational Church section of Broad Street Congregational Magazine, March 1918 (D/N11/12/1/14)

The Holy City so recently fallen into the keeping of Christian nations

Warfield parishioners were interested to learn more about Jerusalem.

THE SOCIAL EVENING on January 10th was a great success, well attended and equally well enjoyed, bearing that bond of good fellowship for which such evenings are held. The early portion was filled with games for the younger ones, the central portion was an exhibition of lantern slides of Jerusalem, the Holy City so recently fallen into the keeping of Christian nations. Those present were very grateful to the Rev. J. W. Macnam, of Binfield, for so kindly explaining the pictures, which made them so much more real.

Warfield section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, February 1918 (D/P 151/28A/10)

Collections for the sufferers in Palestine from the war

There was sympathy for the plights of civilians in wartorn Palestine.

LECTURES.

Two lectures on Jerusalem were given by the Vicar on December 20th at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. They were illustrated by many lantern slides. Collections were made for the sufferers in Palestine from the war, and realised £1 22d. 9d. and many collecting boxes were taken by old and young.

Cranbourne section of Winkfield and Warfield Magazine, January 1918 (D/P 151/281/10)

“We could hardly realise that our popular Big Drummer would never return to help us again”

Teenage boys from Earley had the fun of a camp dispelled by sad news of old friends who had gone to the Front.

CHURCH LADS’ BRIGADE AND SCOUTS

We had a most enjoyable time on the School journey in spite of the weather. A very full account is being published in the “Reading Observer”, and we are hoping that Mr Albert Smith will be able to spare the time to come and give us a Lantern Lecture describing our travels, so we shall not enter into details now. Several of the Cadets and two more Scouts joined us at Hungerford when we spent a most delightful four days, everyone showing us the greatest kindness.

The news of the death of our late Staff-Sergeant George Maskell came as a great shock to us on our return, and we could hardly realise that our popular Big Drummer would never return to help us again. We had a Memorial Service after Matins on Sunday, August 12th, some of our friends from St Giles’ and St John’s Companies joining us for the Parade Service and staying to the Memorial Service. We offer our deep sympathy to the relations and friends of one whom we all loved – RIP.

On going to press we have just heard of the death of another of our CLB Staff Sergeants, John Parker. Jack was one of our very keenest and best CLB workers and we shall miss him terribly. We offer our deepest sympathy to his mother and other relations and friends. RIP.


Earley St Peter parish magazine, September 1917 (D/P191/28A/24)

Women on the land

You may recognise the name of Miss Pott from the extracts we have reported from the National Relief Fund Berkshire Committee. Gladys Pott (1867-1961), daughter of the Revd Alfred Pott, a former Archdeacon of Berkshire, was a well known speaker against female suffrage, but she was a strong speaker and organiser. She served as a Woman Inspector of the Women’s Branch of the Board of Agriculture from 1916 to 1919, and was awarded an MBE for her efforts after the war.


Women on the Land

A well attended meeting was held in S. John’s Hall on the evening of Thursday April 6th, to consider the question of the employment of women in gardening and general farm work, to take the places of men called up for military service.

The chair was taken by Mr. Alfred Palmer, who was supported by Miss Gladys Pott, Miss Ludlam, Miss Watson and Mr. Job Lousley.

The Chairman, in opening the meeting, spoke in glowing terms of the splendid way in which the women of the cities had come forward to help with the work on the land, and pointed out how the local women could help in this good work. He said instruction in dairying and farming was provided by the Berks Committee for those who could leave their homes, and for those who could only give a part of their time Miss Watson had offered the use of her garden and grounds every Saturday afternoon to all women (or others) who desired instruction in gardening. Those who wished to aid in the movement were urged to give in their names to Miss Ludlam, the Registrar.

Then Miss Pott, in a most interesting speech, told how much had been done by women since January, 1915, to the present time, and insisted that the question of the food supply was one of the supremest importance, and that every woman could do something to increase the productiveness of their own gardens and allotments, even if it were simply to make two lettuces grow where only one grew before.

Mr. Lousley gave some practical details of the movement, and referred to the successful outcome of women’s outdoor work in his parish and on his own farm.

After the speeches, pictures showing the work of wives and daughters of the French farmers were thrown on the screen. Miss Potts, who explained the pictures and had herself been present as a member of the Women’s Mission to France when these pictures were taken, said, that what they saw in France proved conclusively the glorious way in which the French had understood and answered the call of their country, and such an object lesson should serve to animate English women with a like spirit of devotion to their native land.
Miss Potts thanked Mr. Methold for manipulating the lantern, and a vote of thanks to the chairman and speakers brought the meeting to a close.

Stratfield Mortimer parish magazine, May 1916 (D/P120/28A/14)

The religious work of the war

The people of Sulhamstead heard a lecture about evangelistic work in the trenches.

THE WAR
LANTERN LECTURE
A lecture accompanied with the exhibition of Lantern Slides will be given on Friday, January 7th, at the School, at 7 p.m., by the Rev. J. Hobson, MA, London District Secretary of the Religious Tract Society, on Religious Work at the Front and in the Trenches.
Admission 2d and 1d. There will be a collection to support the work.

SOLDIERS’ AND SAILORS’ COFFEE STALL
A box into which anyone may place small contributions to help support this stall at the S. Eastern Railway Station, Reading, is on the counter as the Post Office. These stalls are doing a great work throughout the country, and the Post Office Mistress will be grateful for any donations.

We regret to state that Lieutenant Albert Marsh, RNR, has been missing since the “Tera” was sunk in the Mediterranean. A body of some 300 men was seen on the shores of Africa, about 300 miles west of Alexandria, and it is hoped they are safe, and that he is among them.

The lecture went ahead, as the February issue of the parish magazine reported:

The Lantern Lecture on the Religious Work of the War, by the Rev. J Hobson of the Religious Tract Society, with Sir George Watson, bart, as Chairman, was given to a crowded audience. The views of the trenches and camps were very fine, and we wished we could have had more of them. The entrance money and collection amounted to £2. 11s. 10d., which was handed over to Mr Hobson for the work amongst the soldiers.

Sulhamstead parish magazines, January and February 1916 (D/EX725/3)

Khaki testaments

People in Hare Hatch were interested to hear that the Bible Society was supplying Bibles to soldiers from the colonies, our allies, and even captured enemy soldiers.

Hare Hatch Notes

A Most interesting Lantern Lecture was given on Wednesday, December 1st, at 6.30 p.m., by the Rev. E. W. G. Hudgell, Diocesan Secretary for the British and Foreign Bible Society. The lecturer, after having introduced us to the Society’s Headquarters in London, gave a vivid description of the noble work done among the brave soldiers and sailors of our Empire. He next told us how the Bible is translated into the various languages of our Allies, thus bringing them under the influence of the Society’s good work. We also learnt that even our enemies, so far as it is possible, are supplied with the little ‘Khaki Testament’ printed in their own language. It is interesting to note that wherever a missionary goes the work of the British and Foreign Bible Society follows him.

Wargrave parish magazine, January 1916 (D/P145/28A/31)

A sad postscript

Those left behind in Cookham Dean had the opportunity to attend an illustrated lecture on the war, while mourning the loss of one of their own.

I am issuing the Roll of Honour once more; it is astonishing how many alterations and additions take place in it during three months. Let us thank God that, so far, no further serious casualties of any kind have occurred to any whose names are in the accompanying list.*

*P.S.- Since writing the above the sad news has reached us that Lieut. Russell Simmons was killed in action on Saturday, Sept. 25th, and that Sergt. Luker and Pte. E. Carter have been wounded.

Lecture
Under the auspices of The League of Honour, a lecture, illustrated by lantern views, will be given by Miss Bridgeman on ‘The War,’ in the Drill Hall.

Cookham Dean parish magazine, October 1915 (D/P43B/28A/11)

Shirts for Serbia instead of Christmas presents

The people of Cookham Dean took an interest in the civilians of Serbia, who were suffering badly from living in a warzone, as the April 1915 edition of the parish magazine reveals, with the children giving up their Christmas treat:

The League of Honour
The Lantern Lecture on The War, illustrated by slides kindly lent by the Central Committee in London, was well attended and most attentively listened to. As no special lecturer could be sent by the London committee, the vicar himself gave the lecture, being very kindly assisted at the lantern by Mr H Edwards. After paying for the carriage of the slides on their return journey, a sum of 18/- remained out of the admission money, and was given to the Relief of Serbia.

A parcel of twelve well made flannel shirts has been sent as a first instalment of our gift to the Serbian Relief Fund. The flannel was purchased with the money which would otherwise have been spent at Christmas on the Children’s Sunday School Treat presents, and skilful and willing hands made up the material. A second instalment will be forwarded shortly. The Vicar received the following acknowledgement of the gift on March 26th- ‘The Committee of the Serbian Relief Fund beg to express their thanks to the Rev. H. F. Hunt very warmly for the parcel received on March 25th containing gifts from his parish.

Cookham Dean parish magazine, April 1915 (D/P43B/28A/11)

‘Misery, brutality and wickedness’: Lantern slides will bring home the awful reality of the war

The people of Cookham Dean were informed about the war by means of an illustrated talk. The vicar wrote in the parish magazine with his views on how this should energise people’s responses:

Mrs Hunt has been at some trouble to arrange a Lantern Lecture, in connection with The League of Honour, on the subject of The War… It is open, of course, to all comers, but I distinctly wish it to be understood that it is not an ordinary Entertainment. The Lecture, and the pictures that will be shown, should bring home to people in this village the awful reality of the War, and God’s infinite mercy to our country in having so far preserved us from the misery, brutality and wickedness to which so many of our Belgian and French Allies have been subjected. It will be seen that the Lecture is intended to stir up people to their religious duties in connection with the War, to summon the careless and indifferent to prayer, and to give deeper earnestness and reality to the prayers of those who do pray; and I shall be very disappointed if the lecture does not help us in these ways. It is sad to see how little trouble even some of those who have husbands, brothers, sons at the Front, will take to come to our Intercession Services, whether held on a Sunday or a week day. A nominal charge will be made for admission to the lecture, and the proceeds after paying expenses will be given to the Serbian Relief Fund.

Cookham Dean parish magazine, March 1915 (D/P43B/28A/11)

Entertainments in Winkfield for war funds

Ladies in Winkfield raised money to help the war effort by putting on a series of concerts for their neighbours.

ENTERTAINMENTS FOR WAR FUNDS.

Miss Graham Loyd repeated her excellent entertainment on Tuesday, December 29th, and a large audience enjoyed the programme provided.

Miss Loyd contributed two capital songs. Comic songs by Major Egerton and Messrs Green, Company and Woollatt were much appreciated, as was the song contributed by Mr. Worsfold, and those by Colour-Sergeant Brett, who received vociferous encores. The dialogue in costume, “Geese,” by Mrs And Miss Loyd, was excellently rendered and evoked well merited applause.

Miss Montgomerie is much to be congratulated on the success of the entertainment organised by her in the Parish Room on January 19th and repeated on the 22nd, on both occasions to a crowded house.

The first part was the play, “Hansel and Gretal,” which was prettily staged and excellently acted by Master L Guinness, the Misses M and T Guinness, Miss Viva Montgomerie, Miss Violet Sandford, Miss Camilla Finlay, Miss Frances Osman, the Misses F and A Wilder, and Miss Jean Baikie.

The children threw themselves thoroughly into their parts, and the acting of Master L Guinness as Hansel, Miss M Guinness as Gretal, and Miss T Guinness as the Witch, was especially praiseworthy. Mrs Guinness went to great trouble and expense in arranging the stage and scenery, and her efforts contributed largely to the success of the play.

The second part of the entertainment consisted of a Lantern Lecture by Miss Hunter who gave a most interesting account of her travels in far off lands, illustrated by a large number of splendid slides from photographs that had been taken on the spot. The net proceeds amounted to £7 18s. 3d.

Winkfield section of Winkfield District Magazine, February 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/2)

A Watchnight service with a difference

Watchnight services are traditionally held on New Year’s Eve.  Originally a Methodist tradition, they were adopted by other denominations, including St John’s Anglican church in Reading, and its daughter-church St Stephen’s.  As 1914 drew to a close, the Watchnight service took on a special significance:

The Watch-Night Service at S. John’s will be of a unique character this year. A Service entitled ‘The National Crisis,’ illustrated with the most beautiful lantern slides, specially arranged by Messrs. Newton, will be used. At S. Stephen’s also the special circumstances of the time will be remembered and a suitable Service arranged.

Reading St John parish magazine, December 1914 (D/P172/28A/23)