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Wellingborough & Kettering News, January 8th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

—The Christmas decorations at this church this year are so prettily designed, and the many scripture texts are so varied and elaborately wrought that we believe they may be said to be almost, if not quite, unique in this neighbourhood, and are worthy of especial notice. The Gothic arches of both the north and south arcades are each bordered with evergreens, and each of the capitals of the columns of the arcades were each encircled with a wreath of the same material. Each of the window sills were filled in with a bed of moss, and set with stars in straw tissue. Two massive scrolls adorned the sides of the west window, having crimson flock backs edged with gold, with the texts in crimson letters in white bands "Hark the herald angels sing" on one side, and "Glory to the new-born King' on the other. These encircled rods covered with evergreens, surmounted by crosses. Scrolls in black and crimson flock, with texts in straw tissue letters, encircled the top of each window. On the south side were the texts "Thou shall call his name Jesus” ... ... ... the door were double triangular designs in evergreens with rings of the same material. Small scrolls in scarlet and black with the words, "The Mediator," "The Redeemer," graced the walls on each side of the door. On the north side the texts round the windows were " Behold thy King cometh." and "Hosannah to the Son of David," and on the wall between "The Advocate." Then came "The Light of the world," "A Light to lighten the Gentiles." The scrolls over the two small western windows bad the texts "Watch and pray," "The Lord is at hand." Round the chancel arch was a handsome scarlet scroll, with the text, "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord," and the pillars of the arch had scarlet bands with gold letters, one side "God of God, Light of Light," on the other side, "The Saviour of the world." Two banners also adorned the chancel arch on either side. On the sill of the side chancel window were the words, in straw tissue on a scarlet ground, "Holy, holy, holy," opposite to which on the other side was the text "Christ is born in Bethlehem." Over the Communion Table ran an illuminated text in gold letters on a crimson ground, with gold border, "Do this in remembrance of Me". A large scroll with a red ground encircled the top of the east window of the chancel, having the text, in gold letters, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son." Evergreen Oxford frames, with crimson flock grounds, were suspended on each side of the window, having the texts, in straw tissue in each, "Unto us a child is born," and opposite to each other on either side wall, were suspended banners with edgings of green leaves and crimson grounds the texts, "Peace on earth," "Good will to men." The chancel was further embellished with triangular and circular designs, enclosing crosses wrought in evergreens. Three evergreen circles adorned the apex of the arch of the chancel window, with other prettily wrought devices at the side, containing the words "King of King" and "Lord of Lords." The base of the font was covered with moss, as was also the top, which was studded with immortelles, with a pyramidal design of moss-covered rods raised over the bed, and having a cross-at the apex. The font was encircled with the text "Suffer little children to come unto Me." The pulpit had an edging of evergreens at the top, and the bottom with longitudinal bands of the same material, intermingled with red berries, and having the text in gold letters on a crimson ground, "We preach Christ crucified." The whole of the decorations, of which we have given but a faint description, were under the superintendence of Mr. J. M. Gray, who spared neither trouble, labour, or expense to make them effective. With the exception of the text over the Communion Table, placed there by Mr. Gray, the whole of the scripture texts and the other designs were the work of the deft fingers of Miss Eady, assisted by Miss Knight and Miss Fearey, who are deserving of great praise for the great tact displayed, and the time spent in so sweetly and chastely adorning a sacred edifice.

Wellingborough & Kettering News, January 15th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

—On Wednesday last, the 5th inst., Mr. J. M. Gray kindly entertained the vicar (Rev. E. Templeman), the curate (Rev. L. C. Faught) the churchwardens, the choir, and church workers, numbering about 26, to an excellent supper, at the Village Schoolroom. The Rev. E. Templeman, in a neat and appropriate speech, on behalf of himself, the choir, and church workers, thanked Mr. Gray for his kindness shown towards them, and also for the very valuable services he rendered to the church generally. In responding, Mr. Gray expressed the pleasure he felt in meeting them there, and thanked all those who had rendered assistance in preparing the room and the supper. The remainder of the evening was spent in music, glee-singing, songs, and a variety of games. At the close a vote of thanks, with three hearty cheers, were given to Mr. Gray, and the proceedings closed with the National Anthem. The party then dispersed, everyone being highly pleased with the evening’s entertainment. On Thursday the same gentleman invited about 36 children, who had assisted in the church decorations, to tea in the Schoolroom. In the evening a variety of games were indulged in, and the children were greatly delighted.
Wellingborough & Kettering News, December 31st, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHELVESTON—CHURCH DECORATIONSThe Christmas decorations in this pretty little village church are deserving of especial notice as a work of decorative art not often attained in a country church, especially as the whole is in keeping with the architecture of the place. The scriptural text and mottoes were nicety wrought, and though numerous, were so placed as not to appear overcrowded. Our limited space prevents a detailed description, but we may briefly state that the whole of the decorations were the work of Mrs. H. A. Eady, Miss Knight, and Miss Bonfield, assisted as in previous years by Mr. Grey, one the Churchwardens. No amount of labour seemed too much for the deft fingers of the ladies to do in beautifying the church, and they acquitted themselves with credit and deserve with Mr. Grey the highest praise.

Wellingborough News, 6th January 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHURCH DECORATIONS— In our Christmas perambulations last week we visited the Parish Church of Chelveston-cum-Caldecot, and in doing so could not but bear making a note of the Christmas decorations, which were arranged with artistic taste and skill. The decorations were the handiwork of the Misses Eady, Miss Knight, and Miss Bonfield, with the able assistance of Mr. Gray, with whom church work in all its forms is a work of love.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREAT—On Tuesday, Mr. J. M. Gray gave his annual treat to the members of the church choir, the churchwardens, the sidesmen, church workers, and the teachers of the Sunday Schools. A good substantial meat tea was provided, and most thoroughly enjoyed. After the removal of the cloth, the Vicar (Rev. E. Templeman) proposed the health of Mr. J. M. Gray, which was enthusiastically received and honoured. Mr. Gray responded, and gave the health of the Vicar, who briefly acknowledged the compliment. A vote of thanks was then given to Mr. Gray for his kindness in providing such an excellent treat. The usual method not being thought sufficiently hearty, the vote was given by acclamation. A vote of thanks was also given to the churchwardens and church-workers. The remainder of the evening was pleasantly spent in singing, and various games and amusements.— On Wednesday the children who helped in decorating the church had tea in the schoolroom.

Rushden Echo, July 7th 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Chelveston—A Processional CrossA Processional Cross made by Mr John Culwick, of Lichfield, has been acquired by the Parish Church.

Rushden Echo, 9th November 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Chelveston—A Memorial Service for the local victims of the war was held on Sunday at the Parish Church. The draped Union Jack was carried to altar. The "Last Post" was sounded by buglers of the C.L.B., and the "Dead March" was played on the organ. The Rev. H. K. Fry conducted the service, and in memorium hymns were sung.

Rushden Argus July 8th 1921, transcribed by Susan Manton

Lady Downe is spending a busy summer in opening fetes, bazaars and garden parties. Last week she was at Chelveston on Thursday, opening an open-air bazaar in aid of the new heating and lighting apparatus for the Parish church. Although it was really too hot to think about heating apparatus, Lady Downe’s eloquent little speech had satisfactory results and a useful amount of money was raised.

Lady Downe
Viscountess Downe Opens Bazaar

Rushden Echo & Argus, 4th June 1948, transcribed by Kay Collins

Added to Newton
"Rushden Argus" recorded: "We learn that the Ecclesiastical Commissioner has recommended the division of Chelveston-cum-Caldecott from Higham Ferrers and the Court Estate from the parish of Rushden. The two separated areas will be added to Newton Bromshold."

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