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Rushden Echo, 12th & 19thApril, 1907, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The Final Meeting
Complimentary Speeches

The last meeting of the old Council was held on Wednesday evening, when there were present Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard (vice-chairman), G. Denton, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, A. J. Dobbs, and A. Mantle, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. H. Hunter).

Finance Committee

  A special meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday the 27th March, 1907, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and G. H. Skinner.

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.  Cheques for these accounts were signed at a special meeting of the Council held at the close of the Committee meeting.


  The Surveyor was authorised to purchase 500 grave space indicators in accordance with the sample submitted to the Committee.

  The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Wednesday, the 27th March, 1907, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), T. Swindall, A. J. Dobbs, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and A. Mantle.


Were presented by:-

  Mr. F. Knight for engine house adjoining his factory in Park-road and passed.

Team Labour

  It was resolved that Mr. W. Packwood’s tender for day-work accepted on the 22nd March, 1905, for two years from that date, be renewed for a third year in accordance with the option reserved by the Committee at that time.

Road Materials

  It was resolved to leave over the consideration of Contracts until the next meeting of the Committee.

Fire Brigade

  It was resolved that the Brigade be authorised to apply to the National Telephone Co. to transfer the electric bell from the house of Mr. C. E. Bayes to that of Mr. Mark Wildman.

Telegraph Act, 1892

  A communication was received from the Post Master General informing the Council that he had granted the National Telephone Co. authority to exercise certain powers for the construction of telegraph works in, amongst other towns, that of Rushden.

  The report was adopted.

Finance Committee

  A meeting of this committee had been held just prior to the Council meeting, when there were present Messrs. Swindall (chairman), Ballard, Claridge, Bates, Bazeley, and Skinner.

Treasurer’s Books

  The treasurer’s books were produced, showing the balances to the credit of the Council on general and loan accounts.

Payment of Taxes

  The Clerk reported that the payment of income-tax on property in the occupation of the Council during the past few years had been made under protest, pending the decision of an action brought by the Revenue authorities against the London County Council.  That action had now been decided against the Council by the House of Lords, and the Surveyor of Taxes had written saying he presumed the Rushden Council now have no hesitation in paying the amounts outstanding.

  It was decided to draw cheques for the amount due and for other bills presented.

Health and Sanitary Matters

  The Medical Officer (Dr. Morris) reported to the committee that two cases of infectious disease had been notified, one of erysipelas and the other of membranous croup.  The case of croup proved fatal.

  The Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Hunter) drew attention to a constantly-recurring nuisance on Mr. W. W. Smith’s premises in Griffith-street, caused by keeping pigs.

  The committee resolved that the Inspector inform Mr. Smith that he must remove the pig manure every week, and that unless the nuisance was abated proceedings would be taken.

  The Inspector also reported that water-closets were being substituted for pail closets throughout the town.  He also submitted a detailed list of the cases dealt with by him during the month.

  The report was adopted.


  The Chairman said that as that was the last meeting of the Council he wished to thank the members of the Council and the officers for their help and support during the year.  The Clerk and Surveyor had given him great assistance, and the year’s work had been very pleasant.  During the year two very important events in the history of the town had occurred – the opening of the new reservoir at Sywell and the opening of the new Council Chambers.  The staple trade had been rather depressed but out of two large firms which ceased work one, he was glad to say, had re-started and the other was about to start again.  He wished to thank all, especially the ministers of the town, the Guardians, and others who had assisted him with the Relief Fund.  The question of the provision of a sanatorium for consumptive patients had not been lost sight of, but had had to be postponed on account of the Relief Fund and the approaching Agricultural Show.

  Mr. Claridge moved that the best thanks of the Council be given to Mr. Swindall for his conduct in the chair.  Mr. Swindall had taken a great interest in the work and the town and Council were greatly indebted to him.

  Mr. Ballard seconded the motion and said Mr. Swindall had fairly and squarely carried out all the duties which had devolved on him.

  Mr. Skinner said Mr. Swindall had treated all the members with great courtesy and had made an excellent chairman.

  Mr. Bazeley said Mr. Swindall had given all members fair play and had proved a most progressive chairman.  He sincerely supported the motion.

  The vote was heartily accorded.

  The Chairman, in reply, said he was very gratified if his work had given satisfaction to the Council.  He moved a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Ballard for the admirable way in which he had filled the office of vice-chairman.

  Mr. Denton seconded the motion with sincerity, because he knew something of Mr. Ballard’s worth and work.

  The motion was carried unanimously, and Mr. Ballard, in reply, said it had been a great pleasure to him to do what little he could.

  The Chairman said the officers of the Council would accept from him the thanks of the Council for their assistance.  The Council was much indebted to the Clerk, the Surveyor, and the new Sanitary Inspector, who had fulfilled all their anticipations.

  The Clerk, speaking for the officers, said they were much obliged for the kind words of the Chairman, and for the invariable kindness with which they were treated by the Council.  No officers were more favoured in that respect.

  Mr. Claridge drew attention to the fact that they were losing the valuable services of three of their members.  Mr. Denton had served the town in many capacities, and it was a misfortune that the Council were about to lose his assistance.  He felt it most keenly himself, as he had been associated with Mr. Denton for so many years.  He was sorry too, that they would not have with them Mr. Mantle and Mr. Hornsby, and if he was in order would like to move that the Council express their appreciation of the services of all three gentlemen.

  Mr. Denton, while fully appreciating Mr. Claridge’s remarks, and the kindly feeling which the Council might be prepared to express, deprecated the passing of a resolution on the ground that it was a very undesirable precedent.  He wished to express his gratitude of the courtesy and friendship extended towards him while he had been a member of the Council.  He would continue to take great interest in their proceedings but he felt he had a greater weight on his shoulders than he could bear and that he must relinquish some part of his public work.  He had felt this all the more since the loss of the assistance of the late Mr. Wilkins.  He thanked Mr. Claridge for what he had said, and was glad to believe that he had had the confidence and respect of the Council.

  The Chairman believed in showing appreciation for a man while he lived, and he hoped in a few years Mr. Denton would be able to take up the work again.

  Mr. Denton moved a vote of thanks to the Press for the way in which the meetings of the Council were reported.

  Mr. Bates seconded the motion, which was supported by Mr. Claridge and carried.

  Mr. Mantle said that as that was the last meeting he would attend he would like to express his sincere thanks to the Chairman, members, and officers of the Council for their courtesy towards him during his term of office.

19th April, 1907

Appointment of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Committees

  The annual meeting of this Council was held at the Council Chambers on Wednesday night when there were present Messrs. T. Swindall, F. Ballard, F. Knight, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, J. Paragreen, J. S. Clipson, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, G. Miller, and A. J. Dobbs, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. H. Hunter).

  The Clerk read the list of successful candidates at the recent election, and said they had made the usual declaration on taking office.

  Mr. Swindall, who took the chair at the outset of the meeting as retiring chairman, proposed that Mr. Ballard be elected chairman for the coming year.  Mr. Ballard had, he said, carried out the duties of vice-chairman during the past year with credit and had served on the Council for five years.  He had that business ability which should be characteristic of a successful chairman, otherwise he would not hold the position he did in the co-operative world.  Mr. Ballard was formerly a member of the Kettering Council, and if he had stayed there would no doubt have been elected chairman.

  Mr. Bates seconded the motion which was carried unanimously.

  Mr. Ballard, in taking the chair, thanked the Council very much for the honour they had done him and promised to do all in his power to merit the confidence reposed in him.  The election had been fought, and fought severely on party lines.  Perhaps no party was altogether satisfied, unless it was the party he had the honour to belong to, but the electors had had their say, at any rate.  It behoved every member of the Council to discharge his duties for the good of the town generally and not for any section.  In taking the office of chairman he relied on the Council’s indulgence, and hoped at the end of the year to hand over the office to his successor with credit to the Council and himself.  He moved, in accordance with an arrangement which had been entered into, that Mr. Bazeley be the vice-chairman for the coming year and said he was sure Mr. Bazeley would fill the office with credit.

  Mr. Bates seconded the motion which was carried unanimously.

  Mr. Bazeley thanked the Council for honouring him as they had done and said he would carry out the duties to the best of his ability.

 Mr. Miller said he wished to be the first to congratulate the Chairman and Vice-chairman on their appointment and to assure them of the loyal support of his colleagues and himself.  He was sure the offices would lose nothing of their importance in the hands of Mr. Ballard and Mr. Bazeley.

  Committees were appointed as follow:-

  Estates, cemetery, and sanitary: The Chairman, Vice-chairman, Messrs. Bates, Claridge, Paragreen, Skinner, and Swindall.

  Plans, highway, and lighting: The Chairman, Vice-chairman, Messrs. Bayes, Clipson, Dobbs, Knight, and Miller.

  Finance: The Chairman, Vice-chairman, Messrs. Claridge, and Miller.

  Representatives of the Council on the Water Board (in place of Messrs. Denton and Mantle); Messrs. Bates and F. Knight.

  Free library committee: Messrs. Ballard, Bayes, Claridge, Clipson, Skinner, Swindall (members of the Council), W. H. Brown, W. Clarke, J. T. Colson, J. H. Derbyshire, L. Perkins, and S. Saddler, with the Ven. Archdeacon Kitchin and the Rev. W. F. Harris.

  Managers of the Council Schools: Messrs. J. T. Colson, J. W. Crouch, and F. Corby (representatives of the Council): Messrs. W. Chettle, J. Claridge, F. Ballard, J. Noble, W. B. Sanders, and B. Vorley (nominated for appointment by the County Council).

  Managers of Non-provided Schools: Messrs. J. T. Colson; Mr. F. Ballard (nominated for appointment by the County Council); and Mr. G. S. Mason (representative on the Education sub-committee).

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