GMS News 108 December 2017










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Carols on the Green

Every year people from the village and beyond gather round the Christmas tree on the village green to sing carols This year will be no exception. We will meet as usual in the car park of the Village Hall on Friday 22nd December at six thirty. After the carols we go into the hall for mince pies and mulled wine provided by the Parish Council . At the same time the Great Mongeham Handbell players will give a recital.

















Last Month’s Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Society saw Moyra Carey elected unanimously to the Chair. 

Otherwise the committee remained unchanged. The Society finances are in a fairly healthy state so it was agreed not to increase annual subscription fees from the existing £8 per member per annum.

Niagara_fallsAt the conclusion of the business part of the meeting members showed photographs of memorable holidays. Some related experiences of memorable places, such as Kenyan safari parks, or the Niagara Falls; others, memorable experiences, such as riding ostriches; and for others, memorable times with friends or families were important. Whatever the memory, each person provided a fascinating story of a particular favourite holiday.


January Meeting

The first meeting in the New Year will be on January 18th, when Sarah Grazebrook will talk about her novel, "Crooked Pieces" A story of the Suffragettes.

Village Weddings

A wedding in the village was always a big occasion in the nineteenth century. Here is a newspaper report of the wedding of of Mr. Hopper and Miss Norris. In March 1881.

Two carriages, the horses and drivers being decorated with wedding favours, took the happy couple to and from church.  The church bells were rung in honour of the auspicious event, both after the ceremony and during the evening.  The hand bell ringers made a tour of the village.

A rope was also stretched from the Three Horse Shoes to a post on the opposite meadow, on which was suspended a rake, spade, hoe, pickaxe, scythe, pitchfork, a bunch of parsnips, cabbages etc. emblematical of the occupation of the worthy bridegroom – a gardener.

In October, 1888 Stephen Philpott and Minnie Friend were wed with similar ceremony:-

The Union Jack was hoisted at the Church, and in the village a string of flags and various emblems of the bridegroom’s trade were stretched across the road from the ‘Horseshoes’ Inn …… The ringers showed their kindly feeling by ringing several merry peals.

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