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Workhouse Treats
Reports from the Newspapers

Wellingborough News, 15th July 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins

TREAT TO WORKHOUSE CHILDREN—According to their annual custom Mr. and Mrs. Sartoris entertained the children of the Wellingborough Workhouse at Rushden Hall last week. They were conveyed in a brake to and fro, and everything that could be desired was done to make the children happy.

Wellingborough News, 8th August 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

TREAT TO WORKHOUSE INMATES—Last Friday afternoon the children and old women from Wellingborough Workhouse, on the invitation of Mrs. Sartoris, journeyed to Rushden, and spent a pleasant holiday in the grounds of the Hall. The day was beautifully fine, and amongst the party were the Rev. L. T. Jones, M.A., Vicar of All Saints', Wellingborough; Rev. W. Smith, M.A., Mr. Herbert Sartoris, Mrs. and Miss Sartoris, and Mrs. Currie. Tea was served in the avenue, and cricket and other games were indulged in by the children. At the close of the day the Master, on behalf of the visitors, returned thanks to Mrs. Sartoris for her kindness, with which the children showed their agreement by three hearty cheers. Each boy and girl returned to Wellingborough with a present. The neat appearance and the bright and happy faces of the children struck all present most favourably.

Rushden Echo, 11th January 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

TEA AND ENTERTAINMENTA cheque for £5 from Mrs Sartoris has been received by the Wellingborough Board of Guardians to provide a tea and entertainment for the inmates of the workhouse. The Board on Wednesday thankfully accepted the gift.

Rushden Echo, 18th January 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

THE ANNUAL TREATThe annual treat to the inmates of the Wellingborough Workhouse given by Miss Sartoris of Rushden Hall, took place yesterday week. A very plentiful tea was provided, after which the men were given tobacco, and the women and children oranges and sweets, while an entertainment followed. At the close, a hearty vote of thanks to Miss Sartoris was moved by Mr Lilleyman, and unanimously carried.

Rushden Argus, 28th August 1903, transcribed by Greville Watson

On Tuesday afternoon the annual tea and outing given by Mrs.Sartoris, of Rushden Hall, to the children living in the Wellingborough Workhouse and the Rushden inmates of that institution was again the source of much enjoyment. The visitors were fetched by brake, and a capital tea was provided by the Coffee Tavern Company in the Public Hall. Mrs.Sartoris was able to visit her guests and encourage them in their enjoyment. After tea a variety of games gave great pleasure. Mr.A.C.Ashby's concert phonograph also gave delight, whilst gifts of various kinds were distributed. Refreshments were provided before the start of the homeward journey, and the young people drove away full of exuberant life.

Rushden Argus, 2nd January 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

At the Workhouse - Inmates Spend a Happy Day
At the Wellingborough Workhouse Christmas Day was, to the inmates, really the "day of all the year," some 240 sharing in the festivities.

On Christmas Eve a party of carollers, brought by Miss M. L. Cook, a lady Guardian, went round the Infirmary and sang a number of carols, to the delight of the patients. Carols were also sung by several of the officers in various parts of the house.

Of course, all work was put aside on Christmas Day. After breakfast had been served, consisting of bacon, tea, bread, and butter, etc., a Christmas letter was handed to each one, the letters having been sent by Mrs. M. R. Sharman. Cards had also been sent by Mr. J. Dunkley, of Northampton. Before leaving the breakfast tables each of the men received an ounce of tobacco, the women receiving three ounces of tea and 1lb. of sugar each, as well as fruit and sweets, etc. There are 13 children in the institution, besides eight in the Infirmary, and upon rising each of them found that their stockings had been well filled with toys, fruit, and sweets. In the morning, at 10 o'clock, a service was held it being conducted by the Rev. J. Westcombe.

At dinner real Christmas fare was provided, roast beef, and pork, with vegetables being served, followed by plum pudding. A glass of beer was also allowed to each inmate, besides mineral waters. The beer and mineral waters had been given by Messrs. Praed and Co., and a barrel of stout had been given by Messrs. Dulley and Sons, per Mr. S. J. Burn. To the Infirmary patients, who numbered 85, chicken was supplied, and, of course, plum pudding. In the Infirmary no beer was served, under the instructions of the medical officer, mineral waters being supplied instead. Assisting with the serving of the dinner were Mr. J. Brown (chairman of the Guardians), Miss Cook, Mr. E. R. Ball, Mr. J. Peck, and Mr. H. Morbey.

The afternoon was spent in a quiet manner, and a number of selections were given from a gramophone which had been lent by the Brabason Committee for a fortnight.

At tea the tables were laden with cake, bread and butter, and tea, and when this meal had been cleared away preparations for an impromptu concert were made. Miss Reed played the accompaniments, and a number of songs and other items by the inmates went to make up a programme. The oranges which were had been supplied by Mr. T. J. Morgan, clerk to the Guardians.

Beside this entertainment, a visit was paid by Adult School Male choir in the morning all parts of the institution were visited by the choir, who sang a number of appropriate pieces.

Thanks were due in a large measure to the activities of the staff, under the master, Mr. P. M. Whiffen, and the matron, Mrs. Whiffen, for the happy manner in which the whole of the day passed off.

1919 - Mr & Mrs H Durham treat 170 inmates
Rushden Echo, 20th July 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Outing Gift—Rushden’s four charabanc proprietors took a party of about 100 old inmates of the Wellingborough Poor Law Institution on a two-hours free ride on Friday last, the journey being through Rushden, Knotting, Melchbourne, Yelden, Chelveston (where a stay was made for refreshments), Raunds, Stanwick, Irthlingborough, and Finedon, back to Wellingborough.

Rushden Echo, 8th July 1927, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Poor Law Inmates of the Wellingborough Institution had a much-enjoyed outing on Monday afternoon, followed by a specially prepared tea, at which extra delicacies were served, at the Institution. The 140 inmates travelled in five saloon omnibuses kindly placed free at the disposal of the Guardians by the United Counties Omnibus Company. The drivers who were off duty kindly volunteered to take on the work entailed. There were present with the inmates Mrs Bayes and Mrs Waring (Rushden), Mrs James (Irchester), Mrs Hacksley, Mrs Campbell, Miss Curtis and Mr Mainger (Wellingborough), who are all members of the Board of Guardians, and several nurses from the Institution to look after the incapacitated members of the party., A pleasant run through Rushden to Bedford, along the Embankment, and back by Turvey was made, refreshments being served en route. The inmates expressed their delight with the ride and with the tea. Donors from Rushden had subscribed to the cost of the refreshments and the tea.

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