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Rushden Echo, 2nd March 1906, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr Ray Goodwin
Coming of Age Party – A Pleasant Function

Last night a very happy party assembled at the B.W.T.A. Hall, Rushden, to celebrate the coming-of-age of Mr Ray Goodwin, grandson (and adopted son) of Mr and Mrs Foster Vorley, of Rushden. The company, which numbered about 50, met at the kind invitation of Mr and Mrs F Vorley. Tea was served at 7p.m. and at the close of the repast several congratulatory speeches were made.

Mr F Vorley, in an appropriate speech, said he was glad that so many had responded to the invitation.

Mr B Vorley followed with some apt remarks and read a letter from Mr Thomas, pastor of Watford Tabernacle, sending best wishes for Mr Goodwin’s happiness.

Mr E Roe (pastor of Succoth Baptist Chapel) expressed the hope that Mr Goodwin’s future would be happy and prosperous and that he might have long life.

Kindly congratulations were also offered by Mr Bettles, Mrs B Vorley, and Mr Herbert Cox, and Mr Edward Featherstonehaugh, of Irthlingborough, read a congratulatory letter from Mr Chas Featherstonehaugh, who was unable to be present. Mr and Mrs Russell, of Watford, who were unavoidably absent, also sent a letter of hearty congratulation.

An interesting musical programme was then given. A pianoforte duet was played by Master Arthur and Miss Frances Vorley; Mr Bettles recited; Mr Robert Goodwin gave a song, the pianoforte accompaniment being played by Miss F Eady; Miss Hobbs sang (pianist, Miss Newell); and four grandchildren of Mr and Mrs F Vorley’s (from Irthlingborough) sang. The remainder of the evening was spent in games, and refreshments were served during the evening.

Mr Goodwin was the recipient of many beautiful presents, as follows:-

Mr and Mrs F Vorley


Mr R H Goodwin (brother


Mr and Mrs B Vorley

Silver mounted walking stick

Mr and Mrs Ted Featherstonehaugh (Irth’boro)


Mr and Mrs Jordan (Irth’boro)

Dressing case

Misses L and N Featherstonehaugh (Irth’boro)

Six pocket handkerchiefs

Master A and Miss Frances Vorley

Pair linen cuffs

Misses F and M Goodwin

Collins’ dictionary

Miss P Betts and Friend

Two silk handkerchiefs

Miss F, J, and N Hilton and D and S Dabey

Oak inkstand, silver mounted

Miss F Eady

Crewel-work braces

Mrs Chettle

Silk necktie

Misses A Sabey, W Berridge, and L Bennett

Gold pencil

Mr Guy Vincent

Pocket knife

Miss W Mayes

Leather purse

Mrs John Claridge, Mrs G Clayton, Mr Herbert Cox, Misses Edith, Bertha, and Sis Cox

Hall glass and brushes

Mr W Bettles

Pair gold cuff links

Misses P Hobbs and R Newell

Gold fountain pen

Mr J Parsons

Handkerchief box and silk handkerchief

Mr T S Carpenter

Bronze photo frame

Mr E Thompson

Fur lined gloves

Mr J Wrighton


Mr C Desborough

Silk handkerchief

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