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Wollaston Events

Wellingborough News, 27th May 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins





WHIT-FRIDAY & SATURDAY, June 2 & 3, 1882

In a field kindly placed at the disposal of the Committee by J. N. Sanders, Esq.

Bicycle Races, Foot Races, High and Pole Jumps,

First appearance of the BROTHERS JAMES,

Magnificent display of Fireworks, &c.

On Saturday, at 2.30 p.m., the BROTHERS JAMES, from the Royal Aquarium, London, the Wonders of the World, will appear in their startling and renowned performances upon the Pyramids of Chairs. Acknowledged to be the most extraordinary performance before the public.


open to all comers
First prize, 30s.; second, 10s.; third, 5s.
Entrance, 1s. Six to start or no race.

open to all comers
Prizes to the value of 30s., 10s., and 5s. will be given.
Entrance, 1s. Six to start or no race.

First prize, 30s.; second, 10s.; third, 5s.
Entrance, 1s. Six to start or no race.

First prize, 15s.; second, 7s. 6d.
Entrance, 1s. Five competitors or no prizes will be given.

First prize, 15s.; second, 7s. 6d.
Entrance, 1s. Five competitors or no prizes will be given.

All entries for above to be made to Mr. P. WALKER, Wollaston, or
to Mr. T. COLES, Handicapper, 81, Newcomen Road, Wellingborough,
on or before Wednesday, May 31,


Will be in attendance, and will perform a choice programme of music
at intervals during the day, and will play for Dancing each Evening.

On Saturday there will be a Magnificent Display of


By Messrs. Wilder, of Birmingham
(winners of first prize at the Fireworks Competition at the Alexandra Palace)

Balloon Ascents during the Afternoon and Evening.

Refreshments on the grounds at moderate charges.

Admission.—Friday: Three to Five o'clock, 6d.; After Five o'clock, 3d.
Saturday: One to Six o'clock, 6d.; After Six o'clock, 3d.
Tickets may be had at the entrance.

Wellingborough News, 17th June 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

TEA TREAT—On Wednesday week last, Mrs. Freeman, one of the church visitors, gave an excellent meat tea to all the adult working people in her district. About 60 sat down, and at the close of a very pleasant evening a hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mrs. Freeman for her hospitality.

THE SPORTS—A correspondent writes us that the result of the 200 yards hurdle race was inacurately reported in our last issue, and the following is a correct account:—Pliny A. Wright (scratch), and Joseph Murdin (14yds.), ran a dead heat for first place; A. Smart (11yds.), and W. Boddington (12yds.), ran a dead heat for third place; the following also competed—Cicero Wright (14yds.), A. George (8yds.). In running off the dead heat for first place, P. A. Wright beat J. Murdin easily by three yards; A. Smart and W. Boddington agreed to divide the money.

Wellingborough News, 15th July 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE FEAST—On Sunday, the weather in the morning was very cloudy, but the afternoon was beautifully fine, and a large number of visitors arrived from Wellingborough and the neighbouring villages. On Monday the outward and visible signs of the feast were chiefly apparent in a small fold near the village, which was well filled with stalls, shooting galleries, swing boats, and a steam merry-go-round, which seemed to please the adults as well as the children.

TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT—On Monday tea was provided in the Church Sunday School-room, by the Committee of the Reading Room, for the benefit of the Reading Room and Coffee Tavern. The number at tea was not so large as was expected, owing probably to a heavy shower of rain which passed over the parish at the time. In the evening the band of Messrs. Nutt and Jones was engaged, and singing and dancing was kept up with spirit until early morning. There was a large company present, and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Refreshments were provided from the Coffee Tavern.

Wellingborough News, 12th August 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE HARVEST—Harvest operations have commenced, and if the fine sunny weather continues harvest will be general in a few days. Most of the crops are very good and the quality of the corn is excellent. The yield will be quite up to the average.

WOLLASTON STARS v. IRCHESTER—The return match was played on Saturday, on the ground of the Irchester club. The game was decided on the first innings in favour of the Star club by 74 to 61. W. Lucy made 15 runs, and A. Hurbst defended his wicket for nearly two hours. The Irchester team had the assistance of some players from Rushden, but failed to reach the Wollaston score.

Wellingborough News, 4th November 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

TEMPERANCE ENTERTAINMENT—On Wednesday evening Mr. Sam Norman and family, of Northampton, gave their amusing entertainment, entitled "John Barleycorn and his followers," in the Church School-room, for the benefit of the Wollaston Working Men's Club. There was a large audience. The impersonation of the Drunken Cobbler by Mr. Norman, was much applauded, and the song, "The drunkard's orphan child," which was sung by Mr. Norman and one of his children, was much admired, and all the pieces on the programme were well gone through and received much applause.

Wellingborough News, 25th November 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

ENTERTAINMENT—On Wednesday evening, last week, an entertainment was given in the Baptist Schoolroom by the pupils of Miss M. Sanders, consisting of readings, recitations, and songs, with a short address on temperance by Mr. Latimer. Mr. Field, of Ecton, presided, and there was a large audience. All the pieces and songs were well given, and accompanied on the pianoforte. The object of the performers was to form a temperance society, and at the close of the entertainment a committee was chosen for that purpose and a society formed. The committee have decided not to allow any children under 13 years of age to become members of the society, and then they are to have the consent of their parents to do so sent to the committee before they are allowed to be members. A collection was made, which realised £1 9s. 10d., which is to go to establish the society. All members will be requested to wear a bit of blue ribbon.

Wellingborough News, 9th December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

SERVICE OF SONG—On Wednesday evening a service of song was given in the Baptist School-room, by the choir of Zion Chapel, entitled "John Ploughman's Talk." The connective readings were very amusing, and were well read by the Chairman, Mr. G. Hayes. The singing of the choir was excellent, and was much appreciated by a large audience. Votes of thanks were given to the choir and chairman. A collection was made at the close which realised 14s. 3d., which is to go towards establishing a fund to buy a good harmonium for the choir.

Wellingborough News, 28th April 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins


The Anniversary of the above Friendly Societies
will be held on

MAY 18th and 19th, 1883,

In a Field kindly placed at the disposal of the Committee by John N. Sanders, Esq.




ONE -MILE RACE (Handicap),

120 YDS. FLAT RACE (Handicap),

DANCING, &c., &c.

On Saturday Montgomery's Celebrated Company of Artistes will appear in their unrivalled Entertainment, accompanied by the Model Stage Band; after which there will be the following Athletic Sports:—

ONE-MILE RACE, HANDICAP (Open) —1st Prize £2; 2nd, 10s.; 3rd, 5s. Entrance 1s.

120 YARDS FLAT RACE, HANDICAP (Open)— 1st Prize, £2; 2nd, 10s.; 3rd, 5s. Entrance 1s.

Entries for the above events to be made to Mr. J. Maris, 27, Adelaide-street, Northampton, (the Handicapper and Starter), on or before Whit-Monday, May 14th.

A SPLENDID BAND will be in attendance, and will perform choice selections of music at intervals, and will play for Dancing each evening.

Refreshments will be provided on the grounds at reasonable charges.

Admission— Friday, from 3 to 5 o'clock, 6d.; after 5, 3d. Saturday, 1 to 6 o'clock, 6d.; after 6, 3d.

Tickets may be obtained at the entrance.

For full particulars see bills.

Wellingborough News, 16th August 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

PICNIC—On Friday week Messrs. J. and F. Cooper treated their workmen and their wives and children to a good tea, in a field near the village. About 40 sat down to tea, and after tea various games were played till dusk. Three cheers were then given by the men for their generous employers.
ARCHERY MEETING—On Thursday, August 7th, a meeting of the Archery Society was held in Wollaston Park. The weather was beautifully fine and sunny, and a large number of ladies and gentlemen of the district were present. The shooting was good. The band of the Northamptonshire Militia was engaged, and played some excellent music and for dancing. A large number of spectators were present.

Rushden Argus, 4th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Fete Committee—On Thursday a meeting was held in the Council Schools to consider the holding of the annual fete. Mr. W. S. Gibbard, J.P., presided. After discussion, it was decided to hold the fete, with the idea of assisting the Ambulance Corps, Nursing Sisters, Cripple Children’s Fund, and Northants Hospital, at the end of June. Mr. Gibbard, J.P., was reappointed chairman and Mr. G. F. Nutt hon. secretary.

The Rushden Argus, 3rd June 1921

Hospital Sunday - Parade
Wollaston Beats All her Previous Records

The Rushden Argus, 10th June 1921

Wollaston’s Heroes
Unveiling the War Memorial Cross by Viscount Althorp

unveiling the War Memorial

08 June 1923 - Northampton Mercury

Wollaston – Hospital Sunday

On Sunday evening the members of the Friendly Societies held their 33rd annual church parade. After tea the Wollaston Town Band, under the conductorship of Mr. W. Groome, paraded, and a procession was formed near the Square, composed of members of the Parish Council and Friendly Societies.

The Parish Church was crowded, and the service was conducted by the Rev. C. N. Daybell, A.O.F., Vicar of Bozeat. The procession was afterwards re-formed and marched back to the Square, where Bro. A. W. Partridge thanked all for their assistance. The collections at church amounted to £10 5s. 8½d., and in the streets to £13 2s. 4½d., making a total of £23 8s. 1d. to which has to be added the collections at the Baptist and Wesleyan Churches. The whole of the arrangements were carried out by a representative committee, with Bro. A. W. Partidge chairman, Bro. J. Darnell hon.treasurer, and Bro. Thomas Rose hon. Secretary.

Northamptonshire Advertiser, 10th May 1935, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wollaston Bonfire Starts Too Soon

Wollaston’s Jubilee bonfire was set fire to unofficially half an hour before it was due to be lighted on Monday night.

Officers of the Boys’ Brigade and Church Lad’s Brigade were to have lighted the bonfire at 10.0pm but at 9.30, when Mrs. S. E. Baxter was presenting prizes for the sports, at a spot a hundred yards away, the stack began to blaze.

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