- Normandy in the Press
- 1908 to 1909
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.
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- 1908 January 4th
- Mr R J Harvey (late J Walford Bentley) Grocer etc is the Local Agent
for the "Surrey Advertiser and County Times". Mr Harvey will
give personal and prompt attention to all orders for papers, advertisements
etc, printing that has been entrusted to him
1908 January 11th
- School Entertainments
- Crowded audiences assembled on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for
the annual entertainments given by children attending the Wyke School.
A varied programme of songs and recitations was performed in a commendable
manner, reflecting great credit upon Mr Blaber, the headmaster and his
staff, and several encores were demanded. The accompanist was Miss Wright.
Votes of thanks proposed by Mr Harvey on Wednesday, 2nd, the Vicar on Thursday
were warmly carried. Mr Blaber suitably replying.
1908 January 11th
- New Years Social
- The annual New Year Social was held on Friday evening of last week
in the Wyke School and proved a distinct success. In the main room which
had been decorated with evergreens, curtains and flags, a varied programme
of dances interspersed with songs and a few games was gone through. Non
dancers were able in another room to take pleasure in cards, smoking and
conversation. A capital programme of songs was rendered. Miss Wheeler was
an excellent accompanist and Miss Jacobs is to be congratulated on her
playing of the dance music. Mr Bluck was M.C. and was ably supported by
the following committee - Messrs Blaber, Woods, Field, H. Rickard, Clark,
A.E. Stedman and Stonard (Pirbright). The company which numbered between
110 and 120 dispersed about 4.30pm after joining in 'Auld Lang Syne' and
the National Anthem.
1908 February 8th
- Prize Distribution
- On Friday evening week the annual prize distribution in connection
with the Sunday School took place in the Wesleyan Church, which was crowded,
Dr H H Chester C.C. presided. Some capital songs and recitations were rendered
and short addresses were given by the Chairman on the value of Sunday Schools.
Mr Angell on advantages of living in the country, and the Reverend T. Naylor
gave some advice to parents, young people and children in a pleasantly
suggestive manner. Mr Hayward's statement showed that it was in a flourishing
condition, the attendance being remarkably regular. 84 books were awarded,
Dr. Chester handing them to the recipients. Votes of thanks and the Doxology
closed the proceedings. Previous to the meeting, the parents were kindly
entertained to tea by Mr and Mrs Hayward, who adopted this method of commemorating
their marriage. They were heartily congratulated by their many friends.
- An evening concert, promoted by Miss M. E. Pryor, was given on Wednesday
evening in the Wyke School in aid of the St Marks Sunday school and library.
There was a fairly large attendance and the various items were much appreciated,
encores being frequent.
1908 February 15th
- Wesleyan Organ Fund
- The Wesleyan Sunday School was filled on Wednesday evening, when a
concert was given in aid of the new organ fund. A creditable programme
was given, although the prevalence of influenza necessitated many alterations
at the last moment. songs were contributed by the Misses D. Harvey and
Smith and Mr Weller. Duets by the Misses Deedman and Miss Smith and Mrs
J Horne, recitations by Mr D. Home and Mr Hayward, a reading by Mr Jackson,
anthems, part songs and a choral fantasia by the choir and two organ solos
by Miss H. Deedman, who played the accompanists. Mr Hayward was Chairman.
1908 February 22nd
- A most enjoyable Cinderella dance was held in Wyke School on Friday
evening of last week, a large company being present. Mr Rollings supplied
the music, giving great satisfaction as did Mr J. Horne in the catering
department. The arrangements were made by a Committee consisting of Messrs
Blaber, Woods, Field, Rickards, Clarke, Bluck, A.E. Stedman and Stonard.
1908 March 7th
- A Successful Performance
- Wyke School was crowded on Tuesday evening when Shakespearean comedy
'As you like it' was given by the people of Ruskin House School in aid
of the funds of 'The Normans Club'. The performance was in every way excellent,
and the audience had a most enjoyable time. The portraiture of the various
characters was delightful, and great praise is due to the performers, the
more so as many of them had to play two parts. This, however, was done
so skilfully that the audience was unaware of the fact, and could hardly
credit it when made known. The cast was The Banished Duke and duke Frederick
(the usurper) - Miss D Lawlor, Amiens and Jacques (attendants)- Misses
Edna Smith and Muriel Miller - La Beau ( a courtier) - Miss Muriel Miller
- (Oliver) - Jacques Orlando (sons of Sir Rowland De Boss), Misses Edna
Smith, r Young and Little Long Parkhouse: Old Adams (servant) and Touchstone
(a clown) - Miss Florence Green: Corin and Silvius (shepherds): Miss E
Young and Muriel Miller: Sir Oliver Martext (a vicar) Miss R Young: Million
(??) ( a country fellow): Miss Edna Smith: Rosalind (daughter to the Banished
Duke) Miss Muriel Mapson: Celia (daughter to Duke Frederick) - Miss Marjorie
Anderson: Phoebe ( a shepherdess) Miss Edna Smith: Audrey (a country wench)
Miss Madeline Green: court ladies etc - Messrs Ellen Taylor - Kate and
Lillie Howlett, Ursula Flex and Madeline Green. Between the acts Mrs Lawlor
played the pianoforte roles 'Loreles' and Chopin's Prelude XV and Mrs Ida
Sweeting sang 'Let me weep', 'Eldorado' and 'Happy Song'. Col. Coussmaker
'The Normans' and others rendered valuable help in various ways, but the
credit for the production belongs to Miss Baxter, the principal of the
School who is to be heartily congratulated on the success of her efforts.
1908 March 7th
- The Cottagers Club of Wyke and Normandy
- 'Back to the land' - 'Keep them on the land'. With this view the Cottagers
Club of Wyke and Normandy has been established, and it is working steadily.
It has its miniature rifle club, 'The Normans', it rents a recreation ground
in summer half of the year. It has now, with the cordial co-operation of
Dr Chester C.C., Lord of the Manor of Wyke, acquired a club room. Of course,
this has not been done and is still doing its best to get the funds together.
A few more pounds are wanted, and then it will have a well appointed room,
50 ft x 18 ft at the moderate rate of 10/- [10 shillings] per annum, secured
to the Managing Board for seven years at the least. The members - there
are now 42 of them - meet every evening. They shoot with an air rifle,
they box, they play games, and from time to time the managers, each absolute
on his night of office get up amusements, using the club's magic lantern.
They have had two entertainments, the best being 'Lt. Pearings dash for
the North Pole'.
1908 April 25th
- The church of St Marks was prettily decorated by Miss Richardson, Miss
Steadman, the Reverend and Mrs Pickford, Mr Smith, Mr Bluck and others.
Flowers were sent by Sir Owen Roberts and Col. Coussmaker.
1908 June 20th
- Ash Parish Council
- Sir Charles Owens, General Manager of the London and South Western
Railway replying to the Councils' request for a halt platform on a site
between Aldershot and Ash Junction near the Shawfields Road, stated that
as there were stations at Ash Green and Ash Church, it was felt that the
needs of the neighbourhood were fairly well provided for, and that there
would not be sufficient new traffic to justify the expense of the proposal.
The directors therefore regretted that they did not see their way to meet
the wishes of the Council. Mr Beeton said that they must be like the old
woman who went round with tapes and buttons, and refuse to take 'no' for
an answer. He moved they write again -- carried.
- 1908 June 27th
Divorce action - An anonymous letter
In the Divorce Court on Thursday before Sir Govell Barnes, Major Arthur
Edward Lascelles was the respondent to a divorce suit instituted by Mrs
Hilda Lascelles, daughter of Mr Charles Douglas Basnett of Henley Park,
Guildford. Mr Barnard, who appeared for the petitioner, said that the parties
were married on 29th January 1889 at St Marks Church, Wyke and there was
one child, a daughter, now over 18 years of age, issue of the marriage.
The Major and his wife went out to India, where he had several attacks
of sunstroke. In 1904 they came home, Major Lascelles being stationed in
Ireland. At the end of the year 1904 there was a temporary separation,
owing to the respondent's health. In June 1905 however, he wished to make
the separation permanent. Mrs Lascelles objected, and in November 1906
obtained an order for restitution of conjugal rights, which had never been
obeyed. Last January, however, Mrs Lascelles received an anonymous letter,
telling her that if she made inquiries at a certain hotel in Ireland she
would find her husband had previously stayed there with a lady in 1905.
Evidence having been called to this effect, a decree nisi with costs was
1908 August 29th
Wyke & Normandy
On Saturday the children attending the day schools were entertained by
the kindness of Mr and Mrs Henriques to a splendid treat at Normandy Park.
After indulging in sports for an hour and a half they sat down to an excellent
tea at the conclusion of which the sports were continued, prizes to the
number of about 90 being provided by Mr and Mrs Henriques for whom hearty
cheers were given. As the children left for home each boy and girl was
presented with a packet of sweets and a bun and some fruit, these dainties
being served out by, among others, the Reverend and Mrs Pickford, Mrs and
Miss Richardson, Mr and Mrs Blaber, the Misses Bluck, Mr T. Blaber and
1908 October 10th
Wyke & Normandy
A popular concert was given on Monday evening in the Normans' Clubroom,
in order to reduce the building debt, which will now be under £5.
There was a fairly good audience and the various items were much appreciated.
The contributors to the entertainment were Messrs Blaber, Rickard, Stedman,
Dring, Woods and Miss Field, who with Mr Marriott helped in the accompaniments.
1908 November 28th
Wyke and Normandy
Big Farm Fire - Supposed incendarism - £400 damage.
At 11:30pm on Sunday night the Guildford Fire Brigade received a call to
a fire at Westwood Farm, Normandy, the property of Lt Col Coussmaker, and
in the occupation of Mr L C Morris, Captain T Hooke and First Officer A
W Hall left with the steamer, followed by Foreman Holt with the manual.
The outbreak was first noticed about two minutes to eleven by P C Thatcher
who saw smoke issuing from the buildings. He at once proceeded to the farm,
and found that a barn containing oats, which had been obtained off 16 acres
of ground, was well ablaze. A very strong wind fanned the flames and the
Guildford Brigade, P C Thatcher with Mr Morris, Mr Fred Horne and Mr W
Davey, did their best to quell the flames with water obtained in buckets
from cattle troughs and a pond nearby, but owing to the great wind, their
efforts were not of much avail, although they succeeded in saving a portion
of the building. Mr Morris rescued half a dozen horses from the stable
just in time, for one animal had already begun to show the effects of the
great heat. On their arrival about 12:30am, the Guildford brigade devoted
their attention to saving the stables nearest to the farmhouse, and this
they succeeded in doing, after one and a half hours strenuous work, with
the help of the Aldershot Brigade, who arrived on the scene about half
past one. It was found necessary to pull the oat rick to pieces, and the
Guildford Brigade did not reach home until about eleven o'clock on Monday
An investigation on Monday morning found that considerable damage had been
done. At first it was difficult to estimate the exact amount, and it was
thought that the loss would not be covered under £1000, but after
careful examination of the premises it is believed that the total amount
of damage is between £400 and £500. All the property was insured.
This is the second outbreak of fire that has occurred at the farm within
the last fortnight, and it is believed to have been the work of an incendiary.
The building were found to be alight first in the further end of the premises
from where the previous outbreak occurred, and less than an hour before
is was discovered P C Thatcher passed by the farm and found it all safe,
so that it is surmised that whoever set the building alight watched for
1908 December 12th
Wyke and Normandy
The children attending Wyke St Marks School gave their annual entertainments
on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The programme consisted of two sketches
- 'Presented at Court' and The Contented Plumber', recitations and songs,
the whole being admirably performed and reflecting great credit upon the
teachers. Each evening there was a crowded audience, and at the close of
the second performance the vicar, the Revered N Pickford, distributed the
prizes and medals, and also, on behalf of the children, presented Mr Blaber,
the head teacher, with a shaving glass.
1908 December 12th
Wyke and Normandy
A very pleasant Cinderella dance took place at Wyke School on Friday evening
of last week, when there was a good attendance. The music was supplied
by Messrs Rowlings, H W Smith and Messrs Bluck and Field were MCs. The
refreshments were provided by Mr Horne.
- 1909 January 9th
Wyke & Normandy - Alleged Incendiarism - third fire in nine weeks
The Farm belonging to Lt. Col. Coussmaker, known as Westwood Farm, Normandy,
was on Sunday night the scene of another fire.
- Sunday School Treat
The children attending St. Marks' Wyke Sunday School had their usual Christmas
tree on Monday afternoon in the school. A Christmas tree had been brightly
decorated. A good many of the mothers accepted the invitation to be present,
and a party of nearly 100 sat down to the tea, which, as on previous occasions,
had been provided by the kindness of Mrs Stevens. Miss Stevens also presented
each child with a present of a packet of sweets. After the children had
had various games, toys were distributed by the teachers, and the children
dispersed after giving cheers for all who had helped give them a most enjoyable
evening. Those assisting were the Rev. F.N. and Mrs Pickford, Mrs Montgomery,
the Misses Stedman, Miss Richardson, Miss Black, the Misses Blabber and
Mrs H. Steadman.
- 1909 July 24th
Wyke & Normandy
The annual show of the Cottagers of Normandy, Wanborough and Flexford was
held at Westwood on Wednesday. In the afternoon there was a cricket match
between elevens captained by Mr T. England and Mr T.P. Marriot, the former
winning. The children of Wyke School were provided with a good tea, and
- 1909 August 28th
Wyke & Normandy
On Saturday afternoon the school children, numbering about 180, and the
London children staying in the village, were entertained by Mr and Mrs
Henriques at Normandy Park. A bountiful tea was provided, and an enjoyable
time was spent in games and races, for which prizes were awarded. Mr and
Mrs Solors, the Rev. and Mrs Pickford, Dr and Mrs Fleming, Mr and Mrs Blaber
and the school teachers were present, and gave much assistance.
- 1909 September 18th
Ash Parish Council - Wyke Water - Wyke House
1909 September 25th
Farnham R O C - Water Supply - to East Wyke House
- Further extract:-
The Sanitary Inspector (Mr A.A. Patrick) submitted a report upon an analysis
of water taken from a well at Whipley Farm, Normandy, which supplied two
houses in Perry Hill Road, Normandy. The report stated that the water was
polluted and dangerous for drinking. It transpired that the well was in
the district of Guildford Rural District Council, and a copy of the analysis
was directed to be sent to that authority, and also to the Messrs. Mellersh
of Godalming, agents for the owners.
Mr McLaren J.P. - 'If nothing is done what happens?'
The Chairman - 'You can then close the houses for not having a proper water
- 1909 December 25th
Wyke & Normandy - Christmas Festivities
On Saturday evening the workers employed at Henley Park were entertained
by Sir Owen and Lady Roberts. Supper was laid in the servants hall, which
had been gaily decorated, and after justice had been done to the good fare
provided, the evening was spent convivially. During the proceedings Sir
Owen and Lady Roberts came in and presented each guest with a suitable
and useful Christmas gift.
The mothers, children connected with the Henley Park estate were the guests
of Sir Owen and Lady Roberts on Wednesday evening. After tea, there were
various games, interspersed with music, songs being contributed by Mrs
and the Misses Black, and the presentation of gifts from the Christmas
Tree by Lady Roberts.
A happy time was spent and hearty cheers were given for Sir Owen and Lady
Roberts before the visitors dispersed. Miss Jones, Mr Bluck and Mr Harrold
deserve credit for their part in the arrangements.
- School Entertainments
An entertainment was given on Monday and Tuesday evenings in the schoolroom
by children attending Wyke National School, and on each occasion there
was a crowded audience.
The programme, a lengthy one, consisted of songs, recitations and two sketches
"Mrs Mulligatawnays Spring Cleaning" and "There's a time
for Everything" , all of which were rendered very considerably. After
the performance on Tuesday evening the Rev. N. Pickford distributed the
prizes and also proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Blaber and the staff, which
was heartily carried.
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