- Normandy in the Press
- 1900 to 1907
Normandy in the Press presents a past view and happenings
of the village as seen from selected reports and articles in the local papers.
The reader should note that until 1955 Normandy was predominantly part of
Ash, Willey Green was part of Worplesdon and a small part of Flexford was
The researched material held at County Libraries and Record Offices was
hand-copied over a number of years by society member Peter Trevaskis. Those
notes have been subsequently transcribed by members: Alan Norris, Eira and
James Nursaw; Emma Rafferty; Peter Blakiston and Stephen Cranstone.
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure correctness in the copying
and transcribing, readers are advised to refer to the original newspaper
source for the full account.
in the Press Index
- 1900 January 6th
Surrey Advertiser, County Times, Berkshire Standard, Kingston and Surbiton
Gazette, Surrey News and Farnham Standard.
On Christmas Day a treat was provided for the choirboys and mothers of
children of the village at the thoughtful kindness of Mrs White of Wanborough
Manor. After tea the guests to the number of 45, assembled in the dining
room of the Manor House, where a brilliantly lighted Christmas tree, laden
with presents had been prepared, and when Father Christmas made his distribution
no one was forgotten. The poor and sick in the village have also been
well looked after this Christmas by Mrs White, whose kindness has been
1900 January 13th
Surrey Advertiser, County Times Berkshire Standard etc.
Ash Parish Council meeting held in schoolroom, Ash Common on Monday
The Chairman, Mr F G Britten, read a report presumably from the Committee
appointed in connection with the setting out and fencing of the Wyke recreation
Ground. He said that the land Mr Chester had let to the benefit of Wyke
and Normandy had been inspected, and stumps had been driven in, and the
measuring of the ground had taken place. There were three distinct plots
of ground in the area comprised in the recreation ground; there was one
belonging to the parish, another to the school, and a third to Mr Chester.
The ground was rough, covered with heath, bramble and gorse and self-sown
- Argument between Col Coussmaker and Chairman.
- Technical classes.
The following prizes in connection with the Technical Education Classes
of 1898-1899 have just been awarded. For regular attendance at the cookery
class - Miss Florence Payne and Miss Ellen Payne, First Aid class, Miss
Florence Payne and Miss Ford.
1902 July 12th
The Coronation festivities
We understand that the Coronation Fetes which Lord and Lady Pirbright had
intended to give at Pirbright and Normandy in honour of the Coronation
will not take place till after the actual Coronation.
Successful Coronation Fete, Lord Pirbright's munificence - owner of Henley
Park, interesting presentations. (Very long report)
Motor bikists' adventure!
1902 September 20th
Wyke and Normandy
On Wednesday week, in the church of St Marks, Wyke, there was celebrated
the wedding of Mr A E Thurgood of Guildford and Miss A G Lucas of Wyke
Lodge, Normandy. The bride was given away by her father, and was attired
in white liberty silk, trimmed with duchesse lace, and she wore a veil
of Brussels net with wreath of orange blossoms, and carried a bouquet of
lilies, roses and white heather, the gift of the bridegroom. Her ornament
was a gold necklet with pendant, also the gift of the bridegroom. The
four bridesmaids, the Misses Esther and Ruth Thurgood (sisters of the bridegroom)
and the Misses Dorothy and Ella Lucas (sisters of the bride) wore green
muslin dresses, trimmed with lace, and picture hats with roses. They had
gold bangles, the gifts of the bridegroom, and carried bouquets of roses.
The officiating clergyman was the Rev C F Andrews MA, cousin of the bride.
After the ceremony Mrs Lucas held a reception at Wyke Lodge, where the
wedding guests partook of luncheon. Later in the day, the happy pair left
for Derbyshire. The presents were very numerous and handsome.
Old false teeth bought
Many people have old or disused false teeth, which might as well be turned
into money. Messr R O and J B Fraser Ltd of Princes Street, Ipswich (est.
1833) buy old false teeth. If you send your teeth to them they will remit
by return of post the utmost value, or if preferred, they will make you
the best offer and hold the teeth over for your reply. If references necessary
- apply to Messrs Back and Co, Bankers, Ipswich.
During the past six weeks three large batches of children from London have
spent a fortnight each here, staying at various houses. They evidently
enjoy the country very much and are loath to return to the metropolis.
The final contingent returned home on Thursday last, all carrying large
bunches of flowers.
1905 September 23rd
A great improvement is being effected by the laying of water mains by the
Frimley and Farnborough District Water Co, at present as far as the Vicarage.
It is to be hoped the system will soon be further extended.
1905 September 30th
Harvest festival services were held at St Marks Church on Sunday, being
attended by very good congregations. The musical portion of the services
including Simper's anthem - 'Ye shall keep the last of harvest'- in the
evening, were very well rendered by the choir, Mr Dyson effectively singing
the solo in the anthem. Mr Blaber presided at the organ, playing Handel's
'March in Sand' as the concluding voluntary. The vicar the Rev N Pickford
preached at both the services. Much credit is due to Mrs Ewing, Mrs Pickford,
the Misses Stedman, Miss Page, Miss Pockie and Miss Hayward for the tasteful
decorations. The offertories were in aid of the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
- The Conservative van visited Normandy on Monday, taking up a position
in front of the Anchor Inn. In the evening Mr Aver of the Central Conservative
Association delivered an audience considering the unfavourable state of
1905 October 14th
On Sunday afternoon last the annual harvest thanksgiving service was held
in the Congregational Chapel, which had been prettily decorated under the
superintendence's of Mrs Cranstone. The Reverend Alex Cowe of Guildford
conducted the service. There was a good congregation, and the singing of
Mr and Mrs Hamson of Guildford was greatly appreciated. The flowers and
vegetables were sent to the Royal Surrey County Hospital and the collection
devoted to the Evangelistic fund.
1905 November 18th
The Wesleyan Church
On Sunday last anniversary services were held at the Wesleyan Church, and
were attended by good congregations. The preachers were the Reverend J
B Barrow-Clough in the morning, and Mr W G Nicklin in the evening. Miss
Deedman presided at the organ. A public meeting in connection with the
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society was held on Tuesday evening, Mr H
Heyward of Normandy Manor being in the chair. The Reverend Walter Seend
formerly in North India and Bombay delivered an interesting address. Other
speakers being the Reverends E Weaver and John A Farrow Clough. The collections
and boxes realised over £4, which was considerably more than last
On Friday evening a concert was given in the schoolroom in aid of the Parochial
Nursing Fund. A large audience assembled, ensuring a financial success.
The following gentlemen contributed various items to the programme - Messrs
Barber, Drewitt, Dyson, Head, Hagger and Rickard, and a party of military
friends from Aldershot. Mrs Dyson played the accompaniments. The vicar,
the Reverend N Pickford proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs Coussmaker,
the promoter of the concert, and to the performers for their kind services.
1905 December 30th
St Marks Church and the Wesleyan Chapel were prettily decorated for Christmas,
and the services were very hearty at the former. After evensong carols
were sung by the choir on Christmas Eve. The post bags both incoming and
outgoing were heavier than usual this year, but the increased work was
effectively dealt with by Mrs Underwood.
1906 January 6th
Sunday School Treat
- On Monday evening a treat was given by Mrs Stevens to the children
attending the Church Sunday School. Afterwards, Miss Stevens presented
bags of sweets to each child and the Reverend and Mrs Pickford presided
over a Christmas tree, from which each child received a very nice present.
In addition to those already named other helpers towards the evening's
enjoyment were Mrs Forest and Mrs Ewing. Before dispersing votes of thanks
were given to Mrs and Miss Stevens and Mr Ewing for the use of the boarded
room and to the Vicar and Mrs Pickford, the last being proposed by one
of the boys. As the scholars passed out each received a bun to munch on
the way home.
1906 January 13th
Domestic tragedy at Normandy
Mother kills her child - wilful murder
Daughter of Mrs Noble, St Annes, Station Road, Normandy, killed by mother
while nurse was out of room. (Long report)
- Advert: -
Mr J Welford Bentley -Grocer etc. Gate H, Hollands, is the local agent
for the 'Surrey Advertiser' and 'County Times'.
Mr A J Hosking - Newsagent etc - will also attend to orders entrusted to
1906 January 13th
School Children Entertained.
- The children attending the Wesleyan Sunday School were afforded a very
pleasant evening through the generosity of Mr Hayward of Normandy Manor.
Forty-four young ones were made merry one evening and thirty-seven older
ones the next night. A good tea was provided with sweets, fruit, bonbons
and their supper. The teachers on each occasion gave valuable assistance
1906 January 13th
Supper and Concert.
On Thursday evening of last week the members of the Institute to the number
of forty were entertained to a beautiful supper presented by the ladies
of Wyke and Normandy on the initiative of Mrs Ewing. The following acted
as waitresses; Mesdames Ewing, Bentley, Forrest, Dyson, the two Misses
Stedman, Hunt, Grisby, Haywood and Gibson. After supper the rest of the
evening was spent in harmony, items being contributed by Misses Stedman,
Hunt and Grisby, Messrs Dyson, Hayward and Rickard and some of the members.
Altogether a most enjoyable evening was spent and when Col Coussmaker proposed
a vote of thanks to the ladies, it was carried with acclamation. The remains
of the feast were distributed amongst the poor and this action has been
1906 January 19th
Conservative Meeting at Wyke - Lady Cecil's speech
- Noisy Interruptions
On Monday evening at the Wyke School, a meeting was held in Support of
Lord Bingham the Conservative and Unionist candidate.
Very Long Report
- 1906 January 20th
Mr P G Henriques (Normandy Park) presided at a meeting in the Schools on
Monday evening when, despite the inclement weather, the room was crowded.
Lady Edward Cecil made an effective speech dealing with Home Rule and the
Chinese labour problems. Col Amand also spoke on Home Rule and Tariff Reform,
and a vote of confidence in Lord Bingham was carried with a couple of dissentments,
on the motion of Mr J J Miles, seconded by Col Coussmaker.
Trial of Beatrice Noble (33). See report January 13th (long
1906 February 10th
On Friday evening in last week, a games tournament took place at the Institute
between teams representing Normandy and Pirbright. After an interesting
struggle the latter won by one point, the scores being fourteen to thirteen.
Refreshments were provided and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Contests
took place in chess, boxing, dominoes, cribbage, draughts and whist.
1906 March 10th
Beatrice Noble, of Station Road, Normandy, Ash. Judge proclaims her a criminal
lunatic. (Long report)
1906 April 14th
Alleged overstocking of game.
Mr John Gillet of West Flexford Farm, Wanborough sought to obtain £75
from Richard Sharpe, shooting tenant of the farm. (Long
- Miniature Rifle range - The miniature rifle range erected to
give the youths and young men an opportunity of learning to shoot, was
opened on Saturday evening, and a good number attended and firing proceeded
briskly. It is mainly due to the efforts of Col Coussmaker that the range
has been started.
1906 April 28th
Lady Pirbright has contributed £50 towards the fund for the extension
of St Marks Churchyard. The new portion has been fenced in, and it is hoped
that shortly it will be consecrated.
- 1906 May 18th
Ash Parish Council (Monday 13th May ) - Wyke Recreation Ground
Improvements have been suggested, it was decided that the committee should
visit the ground, and report to the next meeting.
Basis for the County Rate
It was stated that the basis of the County Rate for the Parish of Ash and
Normandy had already been raised from £24,996 to £25,904, that
being the difference between the rateable value to the parish in 1904 and
that in 1905 as shown by the valuation links.
- 1906 June 1st
Ash - Electric Light Railway
Residents in Ash view with interest the prospect of an electric light railway
service passing through the village and connecting it with Farnborough
and Aldershot. The people living in the centre of Ash have to walk at least
half a mile, and in many cases the distance is over two miles to the nearest
railway station at North Camp, L.S.W.R. or Ash Junction, S.E. & C.R.
The trams are planned to run from Farnborough, over the canal bridge, along
the Shawfields Road, and so by way of Ash Road to Aldershot. This would
be a boon to hundreds of people in Ash, especially in winter time, when
the roadways are deep with mud.
- 1906 July 14th
Mr S. Walford Bentley, Grocer etc. (late H. Hollands) is the local agent
for the 'Surrey Advertiser and County Times', advertisements and papers
ordered through him will receive prompt attention.
- 1906 July 14th
Ash Parish Council - Wyke Recreation Ground
Mr Bateman, on behalf of the Recreation Grounds Committee, requested that
a considerable outlay would be involved in putting the Wyke Recreation
Ground into proper condition. He said all the Fir trees and undergrowth
must be cleared away, and nothing could be done under £50. The consideration
of the matter was adjourned.
- 1906 July 28th
Normandy - Accident to a cyclist
On Sunday evening a cyclist, a soldier in the Army Service Corps, when
passing a motorcycle at the sharp bend of Willow (!) Green, ran into a
trap with considerable force and was much bruised and shaken. He was assisted
into Mr Cranston's house, and afterwards taken to Aldershot in a carriage
lent by two ladies who were passing immediately after the accident. He
came out of hospital on Thursday.
- School Prizes
The prizes for attendance and good work at Wyke School were distributed
on Thursday by Lady Roberts of Henley Park - the awards consisting of books
and useful articles. The vicar (the Rev. N. Pickford) thanked her ladyship,
and the children gave her three hearty cheers.
- Annual Treats
The scholars attending the Wesleyan Sunday School were given their annual
treat last Monday. By the kindness of Mr H. Hayward they spent a most enjoyable
time from two o'clock until dusk, in the Home Meadow, having races, games
etc., prizes of a useful kind being given. A beautiful tea was provided,
Mrs Marshall catering, and Mr Hunt lending a rick cloth for the tent. Contributing
to the expenses were Col. Coussmaker: Dr. H.M. Chester: Sir Owen Roberts:
Mr H. Hayward and William Deadman.
On Wednesday the children attending the Church Sunday School met at four
o'clock on the lawn of the Vicarage, where they enjoyed a good tea, many
London children being also included in the party. Afterwards races and
games were indulged in. The prizes for attendance were also distributed.
The Vicar and Sunday School teachers, and also many parents and friends
assisted in the arrangements.
The choir of St. Marks Church had their annual outing on Monday, a very
pleasant day being spent at Folkestone. The party, with friends, numbered
- 1906 August 4th
Normandy - Cottager's Show
The Annual Show of Cottagers garden produce, open to the residents of Wyke,
Normandy, Flexford and Wanborough, was held by the kind permission of Lt.
Col. Coussmaker of Westwood on Wednesday afternoon, and was a great success.
There was a very good exhibition of fruit, vegetables and wild flowers
in one tent while in another needlework and other useful articles and sweets
were on sale and teas provided. Two ladies helping in this department were
Mrs and Miss Coussmaker, the Misses Stedman, Miss Deedman, the Misses Morgan,,
Mrs Ewing, Mrs Bird, the Misses Page and Mrs Stables. The children attending
the Wyke School were provided with an abundant tea. Racing took place during
the afternoon and evening, under the superintendence of Messrs Hayward,
Blaber, Ridler and Woods. Two cricket matches were played. In one, the
ladies under the captaincy of Miss Horne, scored 79, (Mrs S. Grisby 11,
extras 44) beating two gentlemen, who were restricted to the use of the
left hand, and could only put together 57 (J. Horne - 13, R. Hammond 12).
In the other match Shawfield, Ash 63 (Cheswell 16, Simpson 15) beat Normandy
48, although for the latter T. Ward performed the hat trick. The band of
the Shaftsbury School went through an attractive programme of music, and
also gave two excellent displays of physical exercise, for which they were
The members of the Rifle Club had a shoot, live stock (rabbits etc.) constituting
the rewards in this section.
- Lady Owen Roberts of Henley Park, distributed the prizes in the evening,
and at the conclusion of this pleasing ceremony, on the call of Mr Hayward,
hearty cheers were given to Lady Roberts and also to Colonel Coussmaker,
who acted as Hon. Secretary and Treasurer and had devoted much time and
attention to the show. Mr Hodgson acted as judge. Mr Fields' collection
of vegetables not for competition was very highly commended and Colonel
Coussmaker was highly commended. Mrs Dyson and Miss Crighton were very
highly commended for a splendid collection of sweet peas.
- 1906 August 11th
Normandy - Interesting Rifle Shooting
- To The Editor
Sir - Your reporter had to leave before the prizes were given away by Lady
Roberts of Henley Park at our Cottagers' Show. So he was not able to full
credit to the rifle shooting. The Normans, No. 741 Miniature Rifle Club
of the N.R.A. has only been started this year, but they acquitted themselves
very well on 1/8. They fired with the Lincoln Jeffries air rifle at a target
6ft square with 1½" bull, fixed on a toy boat floating on a
pond at a distance of 25 yards, the boat being pulled in and out again
for each round of five shots - no sighting shots given - and the result
was that the following five prizes were allotted - Arthur Hammond - a suckling
pig: Frederick Jinman - a Leghorn Cockerel: William Rickwood - a pair of
fantail pigeons: Sidney Hollands - a rabbit: George Yenz - a duck: Albert
Collyer - a kitten: and Cecil Stedman: the last prize. There were five
equal scores for this last, it was only after many tosses that it became
his property. Besides the Normans, several visitors had shots at the floating
target, and it was voted a success. It was rather hard on the Normans that
they were on the point of victory. Their opponents (Shawfield and Ash)
had got the best of the first innings by 35, but the Normans had pulled
up by the second, and were only three behind with seven wickets to fall.
I am sir etc. G Coussmaker
The Normans Cricket Club, under the skilful coaching of their Captain,
Mr R.D. Hagger, whose tenancy of Henley Park Farm terminates this year
to the regret of the young men of the parish - are having a busy and successful
season. On Wednesday week they had to stand by the result of the First
innings, through an incident when victory was well within their group,
but on Bank Holiday they had nearly doubled the score of their opponents
from Pirbright only scored 59 and they got 93. Locally it is attributed
to the encouragement they received when at the Cottagers' Show the Shaftsbury
School Band sang that old glee 'The Hardy Norseman & House of Yore'.
- 1906 August 25th
Normandy - Robbery at Henley Park
On Friday night in last week a robbery was committed at Henley Park, the
residence of Sir Owen and Lady Roberts. Boxes were broken into and drawers
ransacked, but only a gold bracelet and £5 in silver is missing.
There was no indication of any forcible entry being made to the house,
and how the thief or thieves gained admission is a mystery. Sir Owen and
Lady Roberts were away in Lincolnshire at the time.
- 1906 December 14th
Ash Parish Council - Water for Normandy
A letter from the Rural District Council that communication had been going
on for some time with the Frimley Water Company relative to the proposed
extension of mains in Normandy. The company required a guarantee of £75
a year from the Parish of Ash before they would make the extension. The
Company had arranged to give such a guarantee, being assisted in it by
Mr Murrell: Are they going to give a guarantee they are not going to take
water from the canal?
The Clerk: They have the power to do that.
Mr Bateman: They have plenty of water.
The subject dropped.
- 1906 December 21st
Ash Council Meeting (Monday 16th December) - Wyke Recreation Ground
The Wyke Recreation Ground Committee proposed that all trees except a belt
around the outskirts should be cut down and the undergrowth cleared and
a quick set hedge planted on the boundary for which they asked a grant
of £20 from the Council. After some discussion, Mr Bateman proposed
that they cut out the question of the hedge - spend the money levelling
This was unanimously agreed to.
- 1906 December 22nd
Ash Parish Council - Wyke Recreation Ground
The Wyke Recreation Ground Committee presented a report as to proposed
improvements. They proposed that all the trees, except a belt on the outskirts,
should be cut down, and that a quickset hedge should be planted on the
boundary. They asked for a grant of £20. Mr Bateman proposed that
all the proposals, excepting the hedge, be agreed to, and that the ground
be levelled and trenched. The motion was adopted. Since the meeting a protest
has been numerously signed by inhabitants of Normandy against the proposed
cutting down of trees on Wyke Recreation Ground as being detrimental to
the appearance of the neighbourhood.
1907 January 5th
Wyke recreation ground.
Parish council meeting to discuss a petition, calling for a halt to cutting
more trees on the Wyke recreation ground. (Very
long report of a lively debate). Names mentioned in the report include:
- Mr Cooksey, Mr Bateman, William Deedman, Mr Beeton, Mr Murrell, Mr Robinson
and Joseph Chamberlain.
1907 January 12th
On Tuesday evening after the weeknight service at the Wesleyan Church,
Miss Deedman was presented with a handsome silver mounted dressing case.
Mr Hayward, who made the presentation, spoke of Miss Deedman's devoted
work in the Sunday School, and her talented services as organist. She had
left them rather hurriedly, but as she was spending Christmas at home,
they had determined to offer her this gift as a token of their love and
affection. The Reverend Bramley Hart also added his testimony to Mrs Deedman's
good qualities. The contributors were members of the church, friends and
Sunday school children.
- An enjoyable social.
The second annual New Year Social was held in the Wyke School on Friday
evening and proved a most enjoyable affair, a company of nearly 80 being
present. The rooms had been tastefully decorated with evergreens, flags
etc, and presented a gay appearance when dancing commenced about 8 o'clock.
At intervals songs were contributed by Miss Wheeler, Miss Connie Head,
and Messrs Dyson, C Dyson, H Rickard and R Brush, while Mr J Prosser Craine
gave some recitations. The duties of MC were ably discharged by Mr Bluck.
The arrangements for refreshments were in the hands of Mesdames Bluck,
Dyson, Field and Blaber, and Misses Wheeler, E Stedman, F Stedman, Creighton
and Bluck, and gave every satisfaction. Many useful and ornamental articles
were kindly lent by Mr and Mrs Walford Bentley, Mrs Creighton and others.
The managing committee consisted of Messrs Field, Bluck, Dyson, Heyward,
H Hunt, S Hunt, A J Stedman, A B Stedman, W A Woods and H Rickard with
Mr Blaber as Honorary Secretary, and they were accorded hearty cheers before
the party dispersed.
1907 February 16th
Ash Parish Council
A letter was read from the General Manager of the South Eastern and Chatham
Railway Company, stating that the managing committee had in contemplation
a general scheme of alterations to the Ash Junction Station, and if it
was decided to proceed with the same, the question of a footbridge, suggested
by the Council, would not be lost sight of. Mr Beeton (Ash Council) had
given notice of his intention to again bring forward the urgent necessity
for a footbridge, and also for a nearer approach to the station, but on
the letter from the company being read, he said he was quite satisfied
1907 March 9th
The Normans Rifle Club
Lt Col G Coussmaker, Honorary Secretary of 'The Normans' Rifle Club writes
- 'Now that the season of indoor rifle shooting is drawing to an end, and
we are thinking of firing at the butt in the field, it may interest some
of your subscribers to read how 'The Normans' number 741 miniature rifle
club, have been spending the winter. The club only came into existence
on the 16th of January last year, and the rule was then made that the members
should pay for their ammunition - one halfpenny for five shots. A score
of twenty was fixed upon as that which would enable the shooter to have
his halfpence returned, and to get various ribbons and badges at different
distances. This year the lads fixed upon twenty-five as the qualifying
score, and that at which they should obtain the same honours as before.
According to their scale of marking, thirty is the highest possible, and
already several of them have made 29, so they can firstly claim progress.
They have had some game tournaments with the neighbouring club at Pirbright,
including rifle matches. The first was won by Pirbright by one point, the
second by 'The Normans' by three points. At the finish of this match there
was great excitement, as the last man of 'The Normans' had to make twenty
to tie. However, Albert Colyer, one of the youngest though by no means
the worst, did not disappoint his backers, for he scored 23. As a general
rule 30 is the highest possible at 'The Normans' practice, but this time
25 at a seven eights of an inch bull, at the distance of 12 yards was the
1907 March 16th
Promotion for Mr C Dyson.
Mr Charles Dyson, stationmaster at Wanborough, has been appointed to a
similar position at Micheldever, near Winchester. Mr Dyson has been stationmaster
at Wanborough for seven years, previous to which he was for twelve years
chief clerk at Woking. In both districts he won numerous friends, who will
congratulate him on the appointment he had just received.
1907 June 1st
The Wesleyan Church was well filled on Wednesday with friends and well
wishers of Miss Woodger of Wanborough and Mr J Horne of Normandy, whose
marriage took place on that day. The Reverend E Weaver of Godalming officiated.
The service was choral, Miss N Deedman presiding at the organ and playing
the Wedding March as the bridal party left the church. The bridesmaids
were Miss Clinker, Miss L Horne, Miss Bowyer and Miss Terry, and Mr F Horne
was best man. Nearly fifty guests sat down to the wedding breakfast. The
presents were numerous, and of a useful character.
1907 July 6th
The choir of St Marks Church, Wyke had their annual outing on Wednesday,
when they joined force with St Michaels, Aldershot in an excursion to Hastings.
The party left Wanborough Station at 9:30am. The weather was fine until
about noon and then showery until 5pm,but this interfered little with the
enjoyment of the party. A few nautical spirits went to Eastbourne by steamer,
but were glad to return by rail. Capital arrangements had been made for
the comfort of the party, and a most enjoyable day was spent. Home was
reached at 10:30pm.
1907 July 27th
Children at Henley Park
By the kindness of Sir Owen and Lady Roberts, the children of the Church
Sunday school were entertained to tea at Henley Park on Saturday afternoon.
Nearly 70 children sat down to an excellent tea, and subsequently enjoyed
themselves with swings races etc. The vicar thanked Lady Roberts for their
enjoyable tea and prizes.
1907 August 3rd
Ash - Parish Council
Extract: The Chairman mentioned that a few nights ago two persons were
stopped whilst walking along Folly Hatch Lane and ordered back. Mr Cooksey
said Col. Coussmaker was the landlord and had let the shooting rights to
a Mr Morris, whose keeper was stated to have interfered with rights of
The Clerk was instructed to write to Col. Coussmaker and Mr Morris, and
say that the Council would not tolerate 'high handed conduct'.
1907 August 10th
Successful Cottagers' Show
The 23rd Annual Cottagers Show for Wyke, Normandy, Flexford and Wanborough
took place on Wednesday last week at Westwood, Normandy by permission of
Lt.Col. Coussmaker. Mr A J Ridler, with the assistance of Mr Smith, the
gardener at Westwood, arranged the numerous exhibits, which were excellent,
the red currants and broad beans being particularly fine. Everything was
sent off, as usual, to the Royal Surrey County Hospital on the following
day, and the matron sent her grateful thanks to the cottagers. Mr Hogsden
of Wonersh Apiary, Bramley assisted by Mr England, the gardener at Normandy
Park was the judge. The village school gardens have only been in existence
for a few months, but quite long enough to test the capabilities of the
boys, and the managers sent in the names of the three best. Mr Blaber's
band of nature students showed some beautiful collections of wild flowers.
During the day, eleven members of the Normans' Rifle Club competed for
a suckling pig, the gift of the honorary secretary Lt.Col. Coussmaker,
firing at a target floating on a sheet of ornamental water. Albert Collyer,
who had gained the Donegall bronze medal at the beginning of the month,
was successful here, and later obtained a Flemish giant rabbit presented
by Miss Morgan, in a match open to all comers. The Normans got together
a cricket team to play No.1 Company, Army service Corps, but were signally
defeated. Miss Page presided over a successful sale of needlework, and
the various odds and ends of a jumble sale. Mrs Coussmaker with a strong
band of willing young ladies, ran the refreshment tent. Messrs Hayward,
Woods, and Homer looked after the sports, races, jumps etc, and the managers
of the Aldershot branch of the Friary, Holroyd and Healy Breweries kindly
lent tents. The Band of the Shaftesbury School at Bisley played during
the afternoon, and also gave an exhibition of their popular musical drill.
(Long prize list)
1907 September 7th
Wesleyan Sunday School
The Wesleyan Sunday School anniversary services were held on Sunday, and
were exceedingly well attended. The preacher was Mr John Gay of Camberwell,
who also conducted the children's services in the afternoon. On Tuesday
evening a public meeting was held, when the room was crowded. Mr Ralph
J Harvey presided, and an address was given by the Reverend E Sellers.
Mr Hayward also read his report, which showed the Sunday School to be in
a flourishing condition. Songs and recitations were given by Nellie Hammond,
Amy Hoskins, Lois Lipscombe, George Bosley, Gwennie Coleman, Lily Hutchins,
and Amy and Dorothy Cooper, and they acquitted themselves in a manner which
reflected much credit on Miss Smith who trained them.
1907 September 14th
- Ash Parish Council
- Lighting of the Parish
- The council considered the lighting scheme laid before the special
meeting last month. Mr Cooksey said the feeling of Normandy was against
the proposed lighting of Normandy Park - Mr King warmly supported the scheme,
which he said was a very cheap and modest one, and would result in a great
improvement of Ash. Mr Murrell said he would support the scheme if the
estimated penny rate was not levied on agricultural land. Last year was
a bad one for agriculturists, but he present one was worse. Mr Deedman
said the proposed 30 lamps were ridiculous for such a big parish. He would
rather be without light than see lamps placed hundreds of yards apart.
Mr King observed that Mr Murrell spoke from an owners point of view. Mr
Murrell said agricultural land did not want lighting, the cost of the scheme
should be put on bricks and mortar. Mr Bateman felt concerned that the
scheme would be approved by the ratepayers and moved that a parish meeting
be asked to consider it. Mr King seconded. After further discussion the
matter dropped, Mr Bateman and Mr King promising to make a requisition
on the claim for a parish meeting.
1907 September 28th
- Ash - Harvest Thanksgiving
- Harvest Festival services were held at the Congregational Church on
Sunday, and were of a hearty character. A splendid offering of flowers
fruit and vegetables was effectively arranged by Mrs Dance, Mrs Cripps,
Mr Cranstone and Mr Marshall and on Monday morning was despatched to the
Surrey County Hospital. Mr Dance presided at the organ, and suitable addresses
were given during the day by Mr Peters (Stoughton), Mr Reavell (Aldershot)
and Mr Jones (Stoughton).
1907 November 16th
On Tuesday evening the Wesleyan Church and School were crowded, the occasion
being a lecture by the Reverend T. Naylor of Guildford on 'A visit to Australia',
illustrated with limelight views. A collection for the new organ amounted
to over £2.
1907 December 21st
- Death of Mrs Coussmaker
- It was with feelings of great regret and sorrow that the inhabitants
of Normandy learned on Monday morning that Mrs Coussmaker, wife of Lt.
Col. Coussmaker of Westwood had succumbed on the previous evening to a
sharp attack of bronchitis, followed by pneumonia. The deceased lady was
very well respected and esteemed by the poorer people, to who she had endeared
herself by her ready help and sympathy, extending over many years. She
always took much interest in everything of a charitable nature. The institution
of a village nurse was due to her, and she has been one of the mainstays
in keeping it up. The arrangements for London children to spend a fortnight
in the county each summer were made by her. She was always ready to assist
in getting up concerts for local objects, helping with the Monthly Sewing
class, and managing the school treats in connection with the Flower Show.
She did much for the County Hospital, as her Samaritan Fund, Skilling Fund
and Pound Day contributions testify. [may be some
omission here?] Lt. Col. Coussmaker the deep sympathy of all
classes in his bereavement.
- The Funeral took place on Thursday afternoon when the remains were
laid to rest in the Family vault in St Marks Church, which was not large
enough to hold all those who had assembled to show their last tokens of
respect and sympathy. The service was conducted by the Reverend N. Pickford
(Wyke, St Marks) and the Reverend A. O. Walsh (Ash). the hymn sung was
'The sower went forth sowing'. The mourners were Lt. Col. Coussmaker, Col
M. Coussmaker, the Reverend J. D. Coussmaker; Mr Lannay Coussmaker, Major
Flood Page; Messrs F. Flood Page; I.A. Flood Page; Charles Page, A Stables;
H.L. Chancellor; R.D. Chancellor and Maisie Symerton; Miss Page, Miss Vera
Flood Page; Mrs A Stables; Miss G Page and Miss E. Bright.
- Amongst others present were Lady Owen Roberts, the Reverend R.L. Gales
and Mr C.J. Sells JP.
- Flowers were sent by Col. and Mrs M.Coussmaker, Reverend J. D. Coussmaker
and from Hempstall Rectory, the Misses Coussmaker, Miss Chancellor, Miss
V and M Flood Page, the Westwood employees, flowers from two of her oldest
friends. 'The Normans', the Worplesdon Nursing Association; the churchwardens,
choir and organist of St Marks; Sir William and Lady Harling; Sir Owen
and Lady Roberts; Lady Bright; Mrs Bircham, Col. and Mrs Wavell; the Misses
Morgan; Miss Smyth; Miss Swynnerton, the Reverend and Mrs Pickford, Mrs
M Swynnerton, Captain and Mrs Bright; Mr Freil; Mr and Mrs Norris and others.
1907 December 28th
- Death of Mrs Coussmaker
- In our report of last week of the death and Funeral of the Mrs Coussmaker,
wife of Col. G. Coussmaker of Westwood, Normandy, we omitted to state that
the coffin was made by men of the parish, that deceased was carried from
her home to the grave by cottagers of the parish, and that those among
whom she lived and for whom she worked did everything for her to the last.
The late Mrs Coussmaker and her husband always set their faces against
ostentation of hearses and mourning coaches and the waste which attends
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