The eclipse of the sun was barely visible at Rushden due to cloud, but a large proportion of the population who spent the afternoon at a football match were more interested in watching Rushden’s eclipse of Wolverton to worry about the solar variety.
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The new St.Peter’s Dramatic Society’s first public performance of ‘The Porter’s Knot’ by John Crawford was performed at St.Peter’s Rooms.
During gales in Rushden a large area of tiles were blown from the Park Road Baptist Church’s roof. A tree in South End School playground and a notice board in Rectory Road were also blown down, the latter narrowly missing a couple who were passing by.
A Smoking Concert, for men only, who were at the Co‑op Seed Exhibition, was held at the Co‑op Hall. The artistes were ‘Tiddley’ Smith and May Lingard.
A Rushden girl was killed by a car in Church Parade. The car was being driven very slowly round by the church, but the child ran into the road without looking.
During a service in St.Mary’s Church a steel cable which supported a 4 cwt iron weight snapped and the weight fell 50ft to the ground.
Doffman’s of Northampton opened a shop in Rushden selling mens, ladies and boys wear.
At the Mission Church a brass tablet on oak was unveiled and placed on the north side of the organ commemorating Mr John Clark who gave the church many years of service. In 10 years from 1893 the Sunday School grew from 20 members to 500.
John Cave & Sons opened a Sports Ground as a gift to their employees. The Sports Ground was situated between West Street and Duck Street with two tennis courts, six bowling greens and a pavilion which was opened by the Chairman of RUDC, Mr C.W.Horrell.
St.Mary’s organist, J.Enos Smith, celebrated 50 years at the organ. He had served under five Rectors since 1875.
The ‘Echo Leader’ said there were too many motor accidents, the problem of modern fast traffic.
Rushden and District schools went to Wembley by special train and visited the exhibition.
A disasterous fire occurred at Rushden National Provincial Bank. Smoke was reported by Mr W.J.Neville to be coming from a high window of the Bank which was being renovated. Rushden Fire Brigade gave its most effective work for many years.
There was a gas explosion in a house in Wellingborough Road. Mrs Sibley was thrown back from the cooker after investigating if the jets were working after inserting 1 shilling in the meter. The dinner was spoilt but the cooker was undamaged.
The Rev R.E.Bayes, of Beverley, Mass, USA, preached at the Park Road Baptist Church. His sermon was somewhat unconventional but appreciated.
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A boy rode his bicycle from Rushden to Bournemouth, a distance of 152 miles. He started at 3.30am and arrived at 5.00pm. Hubert Wheatley of Park Place, who was employed as a grocer’s assistant at Battersbys, stayed two days.
Leonard Perkins BSc retired as Headmaster of Newton Road School to become Head of the Intermediate School.
The RUDC considered the water situation on the Court Estate. They had to rely on wells and water supplied in tins. Water mains ran quite close and the Rushden and Higham Ferrers Water Board had water to spare.
Willy Noble of Queen Street fell out of the Higham to Rushden train coming home from Higham Feast. Seeing the platform in view he mistook the way and opened the door. Dr Muriset was summoned.
RUDC talked of buying land in Irchester Road from Mr A.H.Sartoris to build 36 houses.
Thurston’s Fair in Rushden presented the ‘Proud Picturesque Peacocks’, specially constructed for the 1925 season.
There was a mosquito plague at Rushden. Insidious attacks were reported on some Rushden offices.
There was a proposal at a Co‑op meeting that the top field at Dial Farm, which they owned, should be given to the Council to use as a recreation ground, to celebrate their Jubilee.
Mr A.H.Sartoris JP CC asked Rushden Town Band to attend the Hall Grounds to give a concert to celebrate his 50th birthday. He was the Band President
“Tiddley” Smith brought the house down at a Co‑op concert with his characterisation of a curate.
A motor lorry carrying marble and white metal sank into the road at Coffee Tavern Lane.
There was a proposal at a Co‑op meeting that the top field at Dial Farm, which they owned, should be given to the Council the following year to use as a recreation ground. This was to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Society.
Rushden Men’s Adult School celebrated their 25th Anniversary. They held morning, afternoon and evening meetings. The choir sang and their soloists also took part.
Rushden Town defeated Peterborough United 20 in the FA Cup Divisional Final.
The 16th Anniversary of the ministry of Rev C.J.Keeler was celebrated at Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church. Tributes were paid by the Rector, Rev P.E.Robson.
William Edward Parish, of Windmill Road, a Leading Aircraftman in the RAF, was in a mid‑air collision with another trainee who was killed, at RAF Manston. Parrish recovered.
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