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Raunds - Wartime

Extract from the History of St Peter's Roman Catholic Church
When thirty refugees came to Raunds, a village six miles from Rushden, the Raunds Belgian Refugee Committee, on the suggestion of Father O’Gorman, asked the Wellingborough Bus Co. to send a special free bus on Sundays to convey the refugees to Mass. The Bus company met their request most favourably. They could not send a bus on Sundays as they wished to give their own men a rest and also an opportunity to go to church, but they guaranteed a weekly contribution of 10s for the hire of a conveyance. This sum almost covers the expenditure of the conveyance. The deficit is being supplied by the Raunds Belgian Relief Committee.

Speed skating began in 1814. The National Skating Association was formed in Cambridge in 1879. Organised championships followed the establishment of the International Skating Union in 1892.

Amateur champions included F. W. Dix of Raunds in 1908, 1909, and 1912. A record set by 'Fish' Smart in 1881 of a mile with a flying start in three minutes at Cowbit Wash, which was beaten in 1912 by F. W. Dix.

From: 'Sport', A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 5 (1973), pp. 279-303.

The Rushden Echo, 9th February 1917

Higham Ferrers V.A.D.Auxiliary Hospital—Miss Newman and Miss Tinston, as the result of a concert and dance held on January 23rd, have handed in the sum of £4 to the hospital. By selling photographs of Mr F W Dix of Raunds, the amateur champion skater, a profit of 5/8 was made, and, at Mr Dix’s request, Mr Geo Hunt expended that amount in cigarettes for the wounded soldiers and handed them in on Wednesday night.

Rushden Echo, 3rd August 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Banking Difficulty—At the County Appeals Tribunal on Friday last, Ald. F. H. Thornton, J.P., appeared for the Northants Union Bank, who appealed against the finality given by the Thrapston Tribunal to the three months exemption of Percy F. Rushton, 37, married, who is a cashier looking after the Raunds branch five days a week and the Thrapston branch one day. Ladies were able to do clerical work, but could not substitute for cashiers. He pointed out the difficulty attending the identification of signatures.—Finality was removed.

Rushden Echo, Friday 21st September 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Raunds and Rushden MeetPrivate Harold Clipson, M.T., A.S.C., son of Councillor J S Clipson, of Rushden, was recently carrying out his duties in an orderly room “somewhere in Egypt” when a letter addressed to Mr Oliver Hall, the well-known humorous vocalist, of Raunds, came into his hands. Evidently the letter had been picked up at sea and re-posted.

Rushden Echo, 27th September 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Tribunal—Three Months exemption (final) was given by the County Tribunal on Tuesday to E. W. Chambers (32) heel builder, Raunds.—Mr. H. E. Williams said that applicant is doing work for Army contracts and for marine boots—in all 8,000 pairs a week.

Rushden Echo, 12th April 1918, Transcribed by Kay Collins

The children of the Church of England Schools gave a concert yesterday week, when the schoolroom was crowded. The programme consisted of songs, dances, and a play, entitled “Tomorrow.”

The Rushden Echo Friday 10th May 1918, transcribed by Susan Manton

Arrest at Chelveston - Charles Ward, a M.R. Labourer, Wellingborough, was on Tuesday fined £1 and 10s and 6d costs, or a month, for stealing two pairs of boots, the property of Edith May Black, Brook street, Raunds.

Sugar for jam making has been applied for by 401 fruit growers at Raunds.

Hospital Week receipts for the quarter were £28 6s. 5d. and the committee on Monday sent £25 to the county treasurer.

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