Vegetables and cigarettes

The village of Crazies Hill dedicated its harvest festival to supporting the troops, with gifts of varying levels of healthiness.

Crazies Hill Notes

The Harvest Festival was held on October 15th. Throughout the day the Services were bright and hearty. The congregations were large; indeed everything was in keeping with the joyous occasion. The Children’s Service also, in the afternoon, was well attended. The Children’s offerings were made during the singing of a hymn when the children marched in procession and placed the various articles in a basket. The basket was large, yet was well supplied with packets of cigarettes, sweets, and other things. These were carried to the Parkwood Hospital after the Service as the Children’s gifts for the wounded soldiers.

At the Evening Service the anthem ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ was rendered very nicely by the Choir. The Special Preacher was the Rev. H. I. Wilson, Rector of Hitcham, to whom we are much indebted for coming.

The decorations were carried out with much care and skill – the building looking a veritable flower garden. It would be difficult to realize the amount of labour and time spent in arranging the flowers, plants, corn and vegetables. The result was certainly beautiful. We are very grateful to the following who so generously gave their labour and time: Mrs. Light, Mrs. Habbitts, Mrs. Wakefield, Mrs. Woodward, Miss Rose, Miss Stanton, Miss Beck, and Miss Doe, and the following who so kindly sent gifts: – Mrs. Whiting, flowers and vegetable marrow; Miss Beck, flowers; Mrs. William Willis, plants; Mrs. Hull, flowers; Mrs. Weller, flowers; Mrs. Goodwin, flowers; Mr. Kimble, flowers and vegetables. Mr. Griffin, flowers; Mr. Bacon, bread; Mr. Stanton, flowers. Miss Fleming, corn and wheat; Miss Rose, flowers; The Hon. Mrs. Crawford, corn; Capt. Willis, flowers.

We are also indebted to Parkwood for so kindly sending a collection of choice plants.

The collections throughout the day, which were in aid of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, amounted to £1 10s. 7 ½ d.

The vegetables and flowers were sent to Wargrave Military Hospital, Mr. Whiting most kindly conveying them thither.

Throughout the day offerings of cigarettes, etc., were most generously made for our men serving at the present time.

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

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Cheery soldiers and Serbian relief

Residents of Crazies Hill in the parish of Wargrave supported fundraising for our allies in Serbia.

Crazies Hill Notes: Servian Relief Fund

On Wednesday, February 2, a concert was given in the Village Hall on behalf of the above Fund. The performers came from Henley and the programme was arranged by Mr. Chillman of 10, Market Place, Henley. It is interesting to note that Mr. Chillman is a native of Crazies Hill, having been born in our village where he spent the early years of his life.

The concert was a success from every point of view. There must have been close upon two hundred people present, and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the different items as they were proceeded with. The front rows of seats were reserved for the patients of Parkwood Hospital, and the cheery presence of the soldiers added to the evening’s enjoyment. Although all the performers were amateurs the talent exhibited was above the average. The Pianoforte Solos were listened to with attention. The Recitations of a lady were greatly appreciated; and a Baritone Singer with an exceptionally good voice was deservedly encored. Also a great favourite with the audience was a Soprano Soloist, who was vigorously applauded and repeatedly encored. Of course the comic element was very welcome and met with the reception it undoubtedly deserved. ‘The Funny Man’ produced much laughter. We are very grateful to all the performers. The result of the concert, £3 16s. 11d. has been forwarded to the Treasurer of the Fund.

Concert at Crazies Hill Village Hall,
On February 2nd, 1916

£ s. d.
Sale of Tickets 2 14 11
Taken at door 1 6 6
Sale of Programmes 0 8 0

Total 4 9 5

Hire of Hall 0 5 0
Refreshments for Performers 0 5 0
Cleaner 0 2 6
Handed over to Serbians’ Fund 3 16 11

Total 4 9 5.

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

Filling pillows for wounded soldiers

Women across Berkshire were busy making clothes and bandages. In Crazies Hill, Wargrave, they were stuffing pillows for the wounded.

Crazies Hill Notes

It is a matter for much congratulation that the Working Party has started again. Under the successful and able leadership of Miss Cole this Organization has done valuable work in the past: the members coming together every Wednesday afternoon with a zealous desire to do what they could for our soldiers in hospitals. The tedious work of preparing fillings for pillows was cheerfully endured and successfully accomplished; and may a wounded soldier has to thank Crazies Hill, and especially Miss Cole, for the comfortable pillow which he found awaiting him in hospital. At the beginning of Autumn Miss Cole thought it better to discontinue the work. We all know how engrossing her duties as Matron of Parkwood Auxiliary Military Hospital were becoming and that to combine the two sets of duties would be impracticable.

We all regretted it very much, and Miss Cole will always be missed on our Wednesday afternoons. However it is with feelings of deep gratitude that we record the possibility of the good work being still carried on.

Miss Rhodes has most generously consented to undertake the work. We are very grateful for her kindness in so doing and accord her a very hearty welcome. A service of Intercession precedes the Working Party, and during Advent the Vicar has most kindly promised to give an address at this service every Wednesday. This help will be greatly appreciated by the members.

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

Harvest cigarettes for soldiers

Harvest, normally a joyous affair, could not be the same for a nation at war. The Harvest gifts at Crazies Hill in Wargrave included a generous supply of cigarettes, intended for the troops.

Knowl Hill

It will be impossible to have this year anything like our usual enthusiastic Harvest Festival. Most of our adult male Choristers have joined the Army. Our greatly valued Choir Master will probably be absent on account of fever in his house. Some of our female Choristers will also be unable to help. However, a chastened Festival may be deeply blessed. The Vicar, in his sermons on the Sunday evenings lately, has been suggesting some needful thoughts derived from the accounts of the greatest of the Jewish Festivals, which are fulfilled in the Christian Church (see S. John VII, 37 ff). The Day of Atonement on the 10th day of the Harvest Month (Levit. XVI, 29 ff) should lead us to a confession of our unworthiness of Gods bounteous gifts. The social gathering of all sorts and conditions of men at the House of God (Deut. XVI, 14) should lead us to our “Holy Convocation” (Levit. XXIII, 36) There should be the fullest response amongst Christians to the overflowing love of God: as at the Feast of Tabernacles burnt offerings were sacrificed in far greater numbers than at the Passover or Day of Pentecost (see Numbers XXIX). The Name, the Feast of Tabernacles, should remind us of the Iraelites dwelling in booths (Levit. XXIII; Nehem. VIII) with the Tabernacle of God in the midst of them: to make them blessed, and a blessing at last in the Church of our Lord Who deigns to tabernacle in us (S. John I, 14). Yes, a subdued, thoughtful Harvest Festival may be an excellent preparation for the Festival of the In-gathering at the end of the Christian age, at which the reapers are the Angels (S. Matt. XIII, 39). At a time when we are so specially reminded of God’s mercies we should indeed “surely rejoice; and not ‘appear before the Lord empty”. “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord they God, which He hath given thee”. (Deut. XVI, 17; Rom. XII, 1).’

Crazies Hill Notes

The Harvest Thanksgiving Services were held on Sunday the 17th. The number of Communicants throughout the day was not as large as might have been expected. Except in this respect everything was in keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, and Crazies Hill acquitted itself in a manner worthy of the occasion.

A marked feature of the musical portion of the Services was the way in which the Congregation joined in the singing. It seemed as if everyone was singing; this gave a brightness, or rather a heartiness to the Services which was exceedingly cheering.

Too much praise could not be given to the many willing friends who, as early as the Friday previous, began the work of decoration. The results achieved well justified all the time spent in this labour of love. Indeed it would not be too much to say that the building was a picture – tall palms, miniature sheaves of corn, flowers, fruits and vegetables being arranged with great taste and very real skill. Very much gratitude is due to the kind friends who so generously sent the various gifts.

Dr. Batchelor, the Vicar of Cookham, preached at the Evening Service, when the building was more than filled to its utmost capacity. His sermon, with its allusions to the war, sent us home not only being greatly helped but cheered. We are all very grateful for his kindness in coming. We are also very grateful to a kind and generous parishioner who had the Doctor met at the Railway Station before, and motored back to Cookham after, the Service.

The offerings of tobacco, cigarettes and other things for our soldiers throughout the day resulted in a very large number of such gifts during the same week to respective families. The offerings were of a most liberal nature and were greatly appreciated. Offerings of a similar kind were made at the Children’s Service, and these were given to the sounded soldiers at Parkwood Auxiliary Military Hospital – some of the children carrying them over directly after the service and giving the presents themselves. A letter of appreciation of this kind and thoughtful act on the part of the children has been received from the Matron of the Hospital.

Wargrave parish magazines, October and November 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)