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The Old School

The Old School was built in 1845 - now a family home

plaque The plaque over the porch:

National School



Endowed by

Rev E S Bunting, Rector

Rushden Echo May 29th 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

Festive Scholars at Yelden - Empire Day in the School – Children’s concert
Yelden was quite “en fete” last Friday when Empire Day was celebrated. Through the very great kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Pakes and Miss Reynolds, all the children in Yelden and their mothers, with many other friends, were entertained to a substantial tea in the school, which was prettily decorated for the occasion. About 50 sat down to tea and much enjoyed the good things provided for them. After tea the Rector (the Rev. Howes Smith) proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Pakes for their kindness, which was responded to with cheers from all present. Mrs. Howes Smith also thanked them and Miss Bazeley, the schoolmistress, thanked them on behalf of the children. Unfortunately, Miss Reynolds was unavoidably absent, but had not forgotten the children, and sent each a pretty little basket she had especially had made for them in Hampshire, where she is staying. These baskets, filled with sweets, were presented to the children at the end of the school concert by Mrs. Pakes.

A very successful little

was given by the children attending the school on Friday evening, to celebrate Empire Day. The children had been most carefully taught by their esteemed mistress, Miss Bazeley, assisted by her sister, Miss F S Bazeley. The songs, recitations, etc., were much enjoyed by an appreciative audience. The children all performed their respective parts exceedingly well. Between the first and second parts the Rector presented the prizes given by the County Council for good conduct and diligence to Gladys Robinson, Dorothy Campion, Mary Hawkey, Corrie Ekins, and Dorothy Taylor.

A letter was read from Mrs. Howes Smith, much regretting that through illness she was prevented from giving away the prizes. The following is the

For the concert:-

Patriotic hymn, scholars; recitation Dorothy Taylor; song, Gone is the winter, Girls; song, Nellie Cowley; pianoforte solo, Jessie Wicks; song, See our oars, Elder Girls; recitation, Mary Hawkey; song, The watchman, Scholars; song, Grace Campion; dolly song, Girls; song, The merry farmer boy, Boys; song, (in character), Gladys Robinson; Empire song, Scholars; pianoforte solo, Gladys Robinson; recitation, Five girls; song (in character), Dorothy Campion; recitation, Kathleen Boyce; song, The fairies, Girls; song, Jessie Wicks; recitation, Corrie Ekins; sketch and song, Good night, Mr. Moon, Girls.

The Rushden Echo, April 2nd 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Yelden Church of England School
Several of the girls who knitted “comforts” for the soldiers of the Beds Regiment have received from them very appreciative letters. During last week most of the scholars contributed to the Y.M.C.A., which is making a special efforts to provide a Children’s recreation Hut for the troops in France, and each contributor has received a commemoration stamp.

Rushden Echo, 18th August 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Yelden - The Rector and Mrs. Howes Smith, gave the school children a tea on Tuesday afternoon on the Rectory Lawn. After tea the children, under the care of Mrs. Adams, the school-mistress, were taken by the Rector for a drive in one of Mr. Asher Abbott’s brakes. On the return journey a stay of an hour or so was made at Rushden, where the children did a little shopping on their own account, which they much enjoyed. Returning through Higham Ferrers they arrived home about 8.30.

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

The Yelden school children, in response to an appeal from the National Egg Collection for the Wounded, went round the village last week and obtained 100 eggs from the inhabitants. They are much to be congratulated for collecting so many in so small a village. The people responded very liberally, and those who do not keep poultry gave money to buy eggs.

Rushden Echo, 1st June 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Yelden - Closing the School—At a meeting of the Bedfordshire County Council on Friday last Mr. E. J. Walker moved: “That the Education Committee be requested to further consider the question of the closing of the Yelden Church of England School.” He said that Newton Bromshold school, where it was proposed to send the children, was over two miles from the homes of some of the children, and some of these were under six years of age. They had a good school at Yelden, which had accommodation for 45, whereas at Newton Bromshold there was only room for 37. There were 16 on the register at Yelden, and 14 more were expected. They had a good teacher, who was willing to accept a reduction in salary from £280 to £142 in order that the school might be kept on. He thought that the sending of the children to another school would be the means of de-populating the village. Mr. Wells, M.P., was unable to attend the Council, or he would support any motion, and he was strongly in favour of the school remaining open.—Mr. R. Whitworth seconded, and said he did not know on what grounds they were closing the school. If on the grounds of economy, he thought it was false economy. Money might be saved on education, but he was always going to support voluntary schools. It was not only a matter of economy, but he was thinking of the parents and the children if the latter had to go to Newton Bromshold. The school-mistress at Yelden was a thoroughly competent teacher.—Mr. Whitbread said the Education Committee did not close these schools for fun. The average attendance at Yelden school for 1922 was only 16 and for the present year 15. The average distance the scholars would have to go was one mile.—Mr. Walker said that several of the children lived 2½ miles away. They had a good playground at Yelden, whilst there was not one at Newton.—Mr. Rouse Orlebar asked whether these points were raised in committee.—Mr. Milner Gray said that in these schools it was not efficient education, and from the point of view of the provision that the public ought to make he thought there was no case for providing this school at Yelden.—Mr. Walker’s proposition was defeated.

In 1924 the school was closed and the village children went to Riseley village school, as they still do in 2008.

The school building was damaged when a bomb fell nearby at Glebe Farm in March 1944 and two children were killed.

School Concert 1944/45
concert 1944/5
In photograph, in no particular order are:
Mrs. Wildman, Peter Annis, Edna Annis, Joyce Annis, Marjorie Annis, Brian Barnes, May Cambers, Dorothy Cotton, Pam Clark, Terry Clark, Gerald Clark, Godfrey Clark, Colin Clark, June Robinson,
Shirley Robinson, Violet Robinson, Violet Smith, Barry Smith, Lenny Smith.

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