|Wellingborough & Kettering News15/08/1890, transcribed by Peter Brown
Ringstead - Re-opening of the Temperance HallOn Tuesday the Temperance Hall was re-opened after being cleaned and renovated, by a tea and public meeting. A fair company sat down to tea, and afterwards there was a well-attended meeting, presided over by Mr. Milligan, of Addington. The chairman expressed the pleasure he felt in being present on such an occasion, and spoke of the value of temperance halls for social and educational purposes. He then briefly touched on the principle of total abstinence, and remarked that it was of very little advising other to abstain, unless they did so themselves. Mr. J. Rennie Wilkinson then gave an interesting address, descriptive of the progress which had been made in public opinion, and the habits of the people during the past half century. He cited as recent instances of advance the appointment of a temperance secretary by the Wesleyan Conference, and the pastoral issued by the Roman Catholic Church. The speaker also mentioned that the committee of the County Council in selecting places for the testing of weights and measure were obliged to use every effort to have rooms away from public houses.This was also a gratifying sign of the times, and thought there was much which remained to be done, enough had been accomplished to encourage them to further effort. Miss Southwell, of Gloucester, was the next speaker, and having given instances which had come under her own notice of the good done by taking the pledge, she urged that even at the cost of personal sacrifice, they should do all they could by personal example and influence to help forward the great work of temperance reform. The remaining speakers were Mr. Collings, of Burton Latimer, and the Rev. A. James, of Thrapston, and the meeting brought to a close by the usual votes of thanks, proposed in cordial terms by the Rev. R. A. Selby, and seconded by Mr. G. Smith, one of the oldest members of the local temperance society. A collection was made towards the renovation fund.