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Wartime - Podington & Hinwick

Rushden Echo, 7th August, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Horses From Podington and Rushden
Acting upon instructions from the Eastern Command, Mr. Esme Arkwright (Master of the Oakley Hunt), Mr. Roger Bucknill (secretary), and Mr. Woolston, Veterinary surgeon, of Bedford, were on Wednesday morning securing suitable horses for the use of His Majesty’s forces. The number of horses they are required to obtain is 450, and amongst those taken was a hunter belonging to Councillor Fred Knight, J.P., of Rushden. Others were purchased at Podington, including two from Mr. W. G. Tye, one from Mr. Franklin, two from Mr. Robinson (Hinwick Hall), and one from Mr. Norman. The animals were taken to Bedford and there entrained for Shorncliffe camp.

Rushden Echo, 23rd February 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington – War Work Parties—From September 1915, to December 1916, the following work has been done: For Navy League, 12 scarves, 127 pairs mittens, 1 pair socks. For Bedfordshire Regiment, 38 flannel shirts, 161 pairs socks, 4 pairs mittens, 1 body belt. For Red Cross Hospitals, 234 bandages, 30 flannel vests, 17 pairs socks, 65 handkerchiefs, 56 knitted swabs, 27 face towels, 59 finger stalls, 22 Red Cross bed coverlets. For Lady Smith-Dorrien’s Fund, 395 hospital bags, and to Miss Tyler, 268 sandbags, thus reaching a total of 1,517 articles made and sent away.

Rushden Echo, 19th July 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Hinwick - Flax—At the meeting of the Higham and Rushden Water Board on Monday the Surveyor (Mr. W. Madin) reported: “Since the last meeting of the Board we have made a connection off the pumping main in Podington parish to supply the camp of flax pickers on the Hinwick estate. The Board’s men were assisted by the Royal Engineers, who laid the mains, fixed the tanks, etc. There is a good supply available, but, owing to the limited storage capacity, it will probably be necessary to pump for a little while each Sunday”. A large number of girls arrived early this week. Arrangements are being made locally to provide the flax pickers with amusements.

The Rushden Argus July 25th 1919, transcribed by Susan Manton

Peace Celebrations - Podington

At Podington the demobilised soldiers and friendly societies, school children, boy scouts, and Church officials assembled near the entrance to the village and marched to the Church gates, where the “Proclamation” was read by Mr. R.R. Orlebar, after which “God Save The King” was sung. A service was held in the Church; which was packed. Suitable hymns were sung accompanied by Mr. Randall’s String Band, Mrs. Orlebar presiding at the organ.

After the service an adjournment was made to Hinwick House, where a meat tea was provided for all. Owing to the rain, sports and cricket match were abandoned. There was a concert in the drawing room, kindly provided by Mrs. Swannell, who is now living at Hinwick House. Dancing was also indulged in till 12 o’clock.

Rushden Echo, 31st October 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington - The German prisoners of war have left this village en route for Germany.

At a jumble sale upwards of £14 was taken in aid of the Boy Scouts and Girls Guides Fund.

The members of the Coal and Clothing Club presented an umbrella to their secretary, Mrs. Kitchin. The presentation was made by Mrs. C. E. Brown. Mrs. Kitchin has been the secretary for 13 years. This year the club has distributed £81 among the members.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 11th February 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington - Dance—A dance arranged by Miss Anne Dickens and Miss Barbara Woods, of the Women’s Land Army, was held in the Hut on February 3rd in aid of the Red Cross Fund and £4 10s. was realised. A competition for eggs was won by Miss A Dickens.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 9th June 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins

Salute Week Target Doubled - Podington & Hinwick Do Well
Salute the Soldier Week at Podington and Hinwick ended on Saturday after a strenuous and most successful time. The ambitious target of £5,000 was beaten by the third day and the total announced at a dance arranged by the Home Guard on Saturday evening was the sum of £10,001—approximately £24 per bead of population. The week began most auspiciously with children's sports at Hinwick Hall by permission of Mr. and Mrs. Riding, at which the Band of the Northamptonshire Regt played.

Afterwards the band headed a detachment of No. 13 Platoon of the Beds. and Herts. Home Guard who marched to the W.1 Hut, where they formed a guard of honour to Brig. C. C. Foss, VC., C.B., D.S.O., DL., J.P., who officially opened the week.

After inspecting the guard of honour Brig. Foss paid warm tribute to our soldiers in all quarters of the globe.

Mr. C. H. R. Reeves, chairman of the National Savings Committee, and Col. Orlebar (patron) also spoke.

Dancing to a radiogram, operated by Mr. Keith Wykes, and competitions followed.

On Whit Monday there were village sports and an exhibition game of soft ball by two teams of the U.S.A.A.F., followed in the evening by a well-attended social.

On Wednesday a well-patronised dance took place, music being supplied by Leon's Band.

On Thursday a whist drive was the traction and the dance on Saturday the music of Annie's Band brought the week to a conclusion.

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