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Old Age Pensions Committee

Rushden Echo, 1st January 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

The 177 Pensioners in the Rushden Old Age Pension District, including Rushden, Irchester, Wollaston, Newton Bromswold, and Higham Park, will receive pensions amounting to £2,262 4s a year.

The Rushden Echo, 31st December 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Festive Gathering at Rushden
Mr & Mrs John Claridge - Entertain a Large Company
The Benefits of Old Age Pensions

Last (Thursday) night Mr John Claridge, J.P., C.C., and Mrs Claridge gave their annual party to a large number of residents of Rushden, including most of the oldest inhabitants, widows, and others. An excellent dinner was served in the Public Hall by the Coffee Tavern Co., the guests numbering about 230. The menu included Yorkshire pudding, roast turkeys, vegetables, plum puddings, mince pies, cheese, &c., and the kind hospitality of Mr and Mrs Claridge was greatly enjoyed.

The carvers were the Rector (the Ven. Arthur Kitchin, R.D.), Mr Fred Knight, J.P., Mr John Claridge, Mr Charles Claridge, Mr G S Mason, Mr John S Mason, and Mr George Bayes.

After the very excellent repast, a social evening was spent, Mr John Claridge presiding. Selections, mainly Christmas pieces, having been given by Mr Joseph Burton on his zonophone.

Mr Claridge gave a cordial welcome to the guest on behalf of Mrs Claridge and himself. It gave them both, he said, very great pleasure to see so many present. [part of a longer article]


the notice contents
Their father John died in 1905 and mother Naomi died in 1912.

Ann died in December 1909, and Eliza lived to the ripe old-age of 85, and was buried next to her sister in plot B852 in Rushden Cemetery in March 1923.

Miss Eliza Sargent of 17 Succoth Place, received her pension notice in December 1908. She lived with her older sister Ann.

It was no. 244 in the Register, and she was to draw five shillings per week from 1st January 1909.

It was signed by C R Claridge, clerk of the Pensions Committee.


Rushden Echo, 3rd March 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Old Age Pensions CommitteeMonday, present Messrs. G. Miller, J.P., C.A., (chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. E. Parsons, A. W. Partridge, W. Bazeley, J.P., E. Parsons, J.P., and the clerk (Mr. C. W. Wing).—Eight claims were considered, three being allowed at 5s., two at 1s., two disallowed on the ground that claimants’ means exceeded the statutory amount, and one adjourned. Eleven soldiers’ dependants’ claims were allowed at various amounts.


Rushden Echo, July 6th 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Old Age Pensions Committee - Monday – present Messrs. F. Knight, J.P. (in the chair), J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., E. Parsons, J.P., W. Bazeley, J.P., A. W. Partridge and Col. J. Hill, C.B., with Mr. C. W. Wing (clerk).

Two old age pensions were granted at 5s. and another was increased from 1s. to 5s. One pensioner was disqualified by reason of admission to Wellingboro’ Workhouse. Three claims were disallowed for various reasons, and two were adjourned to the next meeting. Six applications for additional allowances were received and granted.

A number of soldiers’ dependents’ claims were considered and allowed at various amounts.


Rushden Echo, Friday, August 15th, 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Committee Meeting—Monday, present Messrs. F. Knight, J.P. (chairman), E. Parsons, J.P., T. Wilmott, J.P., L. Parsons, A. W. Partridge, and C. Cross, C.C., with the clerk (Mr. C. W. Wing).

The Chairman welcomed three new members of the committee, viz., Mr. Wilmott, appointed in place of the late Mr. Skinner; Mr. L. Parsons, appointed in place of the late Mr. J. E. Parsons; and Mr. Cross, appointed in place of the late Ald. G. Miller.

Four claims for old age pensions were received, three being allowed at 5s. a week and one at 1s. One pensioner was disqualified by reason of admission to the Wellingborough workhouse. One soldier's dependent's claim was allowed.


Rushden Echo, 12th March 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis

OLD AGE PENSIONS
Monday, present Ald. G. Miller, J.P. (chairman), Messrs. J. Page, W. Bazeley, J.P., F. Knight, J.P., G. H. Skinner, J. Cooper, A. W. Partridge, J. G. A. Marlow (Pensions Officer) and the Clerk (Mr. C. W. Wing). One claim was disallowed, the applicant being under 70. A pension was raised from 4/- to 5/- on a question. There were 20 claims from dependents of soldiers and sailors. Grants varying from 2/6 to 7/- were made to 17 and the remaining three were disallowed for want of evidence.


Rushden Echo, Friday, August 15th, 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

PENSIONERS
- Mr. Perkins referred to the use of the Free Library by the Pensions Officer, and said it was rather depressing to see so many people waiting their turn in the lobby, without a room in which to sit down. He proposed that the librarian be requested to place at the disposal of the officer and the people on Tuesday and Friday evenings the small "reference room".

Mr. Tomlin seconded, and it was carried.



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