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Melchbourne Notes

19 June 1875 - Northampton Mercury

Rushden-PoachingGerman Warren, of Rushden, was charged with poaching, at Melchbourne, on the 4th inst.—P.C. Taylor said he received information from the keepers ….

24 July 1875 - Northampton Mercury 

George Dickens, gamekeeper, v. James Kitchener, of Rushden, shoemaker, trespassing on land, in search of game, at Melchbourne, on the 16th May last. Fined £2, and £1 11s. 3d. costs.

Wellingborough News, 20th January 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborugh Police Court. Friday, Jan. 19
Before Mr. H. M. Stockdale (in the chair), and Mr. R. W. Arkwright.

BREACH OF THE CONTAGIOUS DISEASES ACTMr. J. W. Scorer, of Melchbourne, was summoned 1 sending stock into an affected area, without a license. P.S. Andrews proved that five fat sheep were brought into Wellingborough Market, by the defendant's man, on the 10th inst., without a license.—The defendant said he had no idea of a license being required, and the county clerk of Bedford had stated at a meeting of the executive committee of that county that licenses were not necessary for the local markets. The Bench considered the case would be met by defendant paying the costs, and the case was settled accordingly, without a conviction being recorded.

Wellingborough News, 24th February 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

Sharnbrook Petty Sessions - Friday, Feb. 16th.
Before Lord St. John, Mr H. H. Green, and Mr. T. Bagnall.

Charles Partridge, Thos. Sharman, Belah Fairey, and Belah Wildman, all of Riseley, labourers, were charged by George Dickens, gamekeeper, of Melchbourne, with trespassing on land in search of conies, at Riseley, on the 9th inst. Fined 5s. each, and 8s. 6d. costs.

Thomas Green, under horse-keeper for Mr. J. W. Scorer, at Melchbourne, was charged with stealing three hens' eggs, the property of his master, on the 7th inst. As he had been in custody since that time, the Bench sentenced him to one day's imprisonment.

Wellingborough News, 24th March 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

Sharnbrook Petty Sessions - Friday, March 16.
Present: Mr. H. Green (in the chair), Mr. T. Bagnall, and Mr. Watson, with the Clerk (Mr. J. Garrard.)

Alfred Linnett and Henry Smith, shoemakers, of Rushden, were summoned for trespassing in search of conies, at Riseley, on the 26th of February.

Frederick Woodham, gamekeeper to Lord St. John, stated that while he was in a spinney he saw the defendant and two others going along the road from Melchbourne to Riseley. They picked up stones, and two went into a field and threw into the hedge while the other two did the same on the road side. When they got past Riseley Grange Farm they started a rabbit. They ran away when they saw witness, but he followed them. They got into a ploughed field and then into a grass field where Linnett left the other three men, while they turned back to the Swineshead-road, and witness followed them to the "Chequers," at Swineshead.

Linnett stoutly protested that he was not with the other men, while he contradicted himself by saying what the defendant Smith did.

Smith denied that he went off the high road.

The Chairman told Linnett that in his opinion he had told the "black lies" he had imputed to the witness.

Defendants were each fined 5s. and 9s. 6d, costs, or 14 days' imprisonment.

Rushden Echo, 13th July 1917

Exemption until Jan. 1st was granted by the Tribunal on Monday in the case of A. Marshall, horsekeeper, Melchbourne, 23 years of age.

Rushden Echo, 6th January 1922, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Oakley Hounds met at the St. John Arms on Saturday. Hary Spinney was blank. There was a ringing hunt from Shelton Gorse, the fox being headed in directions by people following the hounds in motors. Caldecote spinnies were blank. A Melchbourne fox was hunted over part of last year's point-to-point course to Swineshead village, and the day ended by running a fox from Swineshead to Riseley.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 14th July 1922, transcribed by Kay Collins


The choir and bell ringers journeyed by charabancs to Skegness on Monday and spent a very enjoyable day there, leaving home at 6a.m. and returning tired out at midnight.

A Scout Family Service was held in the Church on Sunday afternoon, and a good number of Scouts were present under the command of Mr E W Abbott, of Bedford. Flanked by the Rushden Scouts Band, they paraded the village before the service, which was conducted by the Vicar (Rev G A Ellaby). The Scouts were afterwards entertained to tea by [several] people in the village. A collection of eggs and flowers was made at the service on behalf of the Bedford County Hospital, and thanks are due to the children and others, who made it possible to send 320 eggs and 24 bunches of flowers to that Institution, also to Mr E J Bentley for kindly taking them into Bedford.

Rushden Echo, January 4th 1924, transcribed by Kay Collins

In the Shelton Football League on Saturday Pertenhall beat Melchbourne 5—1.

At the Institute on Boxing night, Lord and Lady St. John entertained the inhabitants to tea and a large Christmas tree. About 160 attended. After tea the tree was lighted with candles......

Rushden Echo, 17th July 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins

Melchbourne—The school children and their parents spent a most delightful day at the London Zoo on Monday. Leaving Melchbourne at 5.30a.m. in charabancs, supplied by Mr H Scroxton, of Rushden, the party, numbering about 30, made a good journey forward and stopped at Hatfield on the way. London Zoo was reached at 9.30, and there the visitors saw many thrilling and exciting sights. After spending a happy day, though tiring, at the Zoo, a start back was made at 8p.m., and after a brief halt at Hitchin on the return journey, home was reached about 11 o’clock.

Rushden Echo, 31st July 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins

Melchbourne—A Broke Nose, the result of being hit by a cricket ball, was sustained by Mr J Turner when playing for Melchbourne (at home) on Saturday against Little Staughton in the Shelton and District Cricket League. Mr Turner was the best home batsman in the best innings (16 not out), and the accident occurred when he was batting the second time.

Rushden Echo, 28th January 1944, transcribed by Peter Brown

Moore - Rowlands
Melchbourne’s first Anglo-American wedding took place on Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Church, and was between 1st Lt. Robert Winfield Moore, U.S. Army, of Webster Springs, West Virginia, and Wren Joyce Rowlands, daughter of Mr and Mrs J. C. Rowlands, of Weymouth, Dorset.

The bride was given away by her father. Mrs Gladys Harrison, of Cambridge, attended as matron of honour, and 1st Lt. E. Lemar, of Huntingdon, Indiana, was best man. Two hymns and a Psalm were sung by Lt. Asker, with Mrs L. A. Cole at the organ.

The church had been beautifully decorated by members of the U.S. Army. A large congregation attended and the service was taken by the Rev. R. Paddick, with an American padre also in attendance.

As the couple left the church the bells were chimed.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 18th May 1945

MELCHBOURNE DANCE—A "Welcome Home" dance was held in the Village Institute on Saturday. Mr. R. Roberts organised the dance and also performed the duties of M.C. The ladies of the village served refreshments and Colleen's Band supplied the music. The financial result was £10 5s.

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