Looking back - Village news 1903

PUBLISHED: 11:50 10 March 2006 | UPDATED: 21:46 28 May 2010

A look at what life was like in our villages in 1903 - THE annual dinner of Christchurch Pig Club took place in the Farmer's Boy with upwards of 40 members and friends sitting down to an excellent repast, provided in the style of Host and Hostess Worts.

A look at what life was like in our villages in 1903- THE annual dinner of Christchurch Pig Club took place in the Farmer's Boy with upwards of 40 members and friends sitting down to an excellent repast, provided in the style of Host and Hostess Worts. The secretary, Mr Chamberlain, produced the accounts, which showed the club to be in an excellent position financially. A tradition of songs and a toast were given, and received with great applause.- SOME curiosity was raised at a bird captured on 'The Five Hundred', Manea, by Mr J Cundell. The bird was about two feet long and had a wing span of nearly five feet. It had white and blue feathers, with a yellow beak and a spot of orange on the under mandible. It was ascertained that it belonged to the herring gull species, so called because of its practise of pursuing and preying upon shoals of herrings.- UPWELL, Outwell, Christchurch and Welney Horticultural Society's Flower and Horse Show and Sports were held at Upwell. It was the 22nd show held by the Society, and the executives were congratulated on the standard of quality the exhibits had reached. A field near the Upwell tram station was lent by Mr John Huntley and was adapted to the requirements of a show ground. In spite of the stormy weather, which prevailed, there was a large attendance from Wisbech and district, which showed that the function was regarded as one of the most important events that occurred during the year.- CHICKEN farmers in Benwick were made to suffer by the presence of a fox in the village. Mr Chas Simsey visited his poultry one Monday to find 42 of his chickens were lying in various parts of the field, many of them minus their heads. As soon as the news leaked out several villagers who had poultry on stubbles went the same evening to safeguard theirs as far as possible. These precautions were insufficient for Mr Ben Savage, who had the misfortune to lose 25 between the Monday evening and Tuesday morning. It was proposed that a party be set up to draw the Coleseed, belonging to Mr Geo Berry, where it was believed the fox was hiding.

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