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The Church Institute
Opened in 1901

Colin Bryant Collection
Courtesy of Rushden Museum
Institute Football 1907-08

Football team 1912-13
Church Institute Football 1912-13
Len Hodgkins is back row 2nd from the right

Rushden Echo, 15th July 1921, transcribed by Kay Collins

In aid of the Institute purchase fund a delightful function took place on Wednesday in the pleasant grounds of: "Ormidale," by the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Putnam. About 50 partook of tea under shade of the fine old trees, the tea being given by Mrs. Putnam, Mrs. Newton, and Mrs. Everingham. A whist drive followed. Winners: 1. Miss Constance Selwood; consolation, Mrs. Allen. Master Stuart Putnam was M.C.


l-r: Rev. R H Hanson, pioneer of the Institute campaign,
Rev. P Robson, Mr. Owen Parker, M.P., Rev. Arthur Kitchin
and Dr. R W Davies

Rushden Argus, 1st December 1922

A long-felt want was supplied by the opening, last Thursday, of a new young men’s institute in connection with St. Mary’s Church, Rushden. The building, which stands in the Rectory Field, and is reached from the Robinson-road, is of ample but serviceable pattern, and was designed by Mr. F. E. Preston, of Rushden, and constructed by Messrs. Packwood and Son. Mr. Owen Parker, M.P., was the chief speaker at the opening ceremony.

We give an exterior picture of ’Stute, also an interesting group taken on the opening day.

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