Looking back - Parish pump

PUBLISHED: 11:18 03 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:40 28 May 2010

A look at what life was like in our villages back in 1898 - A PRESENTATION took place at the Wisbech St Mary schoolroom, the recipient being Police Sergeant John Watson, who after having been stationed at Wisbech St Mary for two years, was removed to the

A look at what life was like in our villages back in 1898- A PRESENTATION took place at the Wisbech St Mary schoolroom, the recipient being Police Sergeant John Watson, who after having been stationed at Wisbech St Mary for two years, was removed to the Borough of Wisbech. While stationed at Wisbech St Mary, Sgt Watson gained the respect and esteem of all the inhabitants, who marked their appreciation for his services and his courtesy to all of them by subscribing a presentation to him. The present was a very handsome eight-day enamel clock, with cathedral gong, and was handed to Sgt Watson by the vicar, the Rev R D Jones, who alluded to the great respect the inhabitants had for the officer whose services they were losing. Sgt Watson thanked the vicar and all who had subscribed the present for their kindness.- ANOTHER effort was made to get part of Terrington Petty Sessional Division transacted at Walsoken. A petition was drawn up from the parishes of Walsoken, West Walton and Emneth, asking the Standing Joint Committee of Norfolk to arrange for the court to be held alternatively at Terrington and Walsoken or Wisbech. The petition pointed out the inconvenience to which persons from these parishes are put in having to attend the police court at Terrington, and it suggests that the Sessions House at Wisbech could have been hired for the purpose of holding the court at a trifling cost.- A LARGE audience was present at Doddington Board Schools to hear the popular and attractive juvenile cantata, 'Red Riding Hood's Rescue' performed by the members of the Band of Hope. It was, as usual, divided up into four parts, and from the outset the enthusiasm of the audience was aroused by the excellence of the performance. Solos were splendidly taken, and the choruses immensely enjoyed. The proceeds went towards a fund for enabling the Band of Hope children to attend the Diocesan Temperance Festival.- IN a meeting of Wisbech Town Council, Mr Jackson had given notice of the following resolution: "That steps be taken for regulating the pace at which bicycles, tricycles, motor cars, and other vehicles of a similar nature, proceed through this Borough." Mr Jackson said in bringing forward the motion which stood in his name he would like to say that he hoped no one would imagine that as he did not happen to be a cyclist himself his remarks were directed in any way against cycling.

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