Milestones

100 YEARS AGO

May 4, 1912

At the Wesley Memorial Church, Epworth last Sunday special musical items were given at both services and the collections were on behalf of the choir fund. Mr Isaac Simpson, of Doncaster, was the preacher, whose homely discourses were well appreciated. The special soloist was Mrs Fred Hollis, of Sheffield, who has a very rich contralto voice of beautiful tone, which was heard to great advantage at both services. In the morning Mrs Hollis sang ‘The Watchman’ and the choir gave an anthem. In the evening a fuller musical programme had been arranged. Mrs Hollis gave two solos and the younger members of the choir sang exceedingly well in a two-part song.

75 YEARS AGO

April 30, 1937

The April meeting of the Althorpe Women’s Institute was presided over by Mrs Dickinson. Thirty-six members and two visitors were present. The Lindsey Rural Community Council have approached the WI with regard to the building of a hut by the Council for the village. The President stated that the proceeds of the recent jumble sale amounted to £2 10s 8d. An interesting debate on the subject ‘That the hire-purchase system is not a boon to the community’ led to a lively discussion. After the roll call ‘Where I should like to go for the annual outing’, it was found that the rally at Lincoln was most favoured, Bolton Abbey coming next.

50 YEARS AGO

May 4, 1962

The 1962 Youth Festival of the Epworth and Crowle Methodist Circuit, held in Epworth on Saturday, became almost unmanageably successful, and one of the organisers, the Rev R S Freeman, said this week that some thought is having to be given to re-organising the administration next year. There were so many competitors that the festival ran out of certificates and extra ones had to be ‘manufactured’ on the job halfway through the afternoon. An extra bus had to be called for to take home competitors and some of the adult audiences at the evening concert. In the competition for larger places, Crowle, repeated their win of last year. Gunness took the shield for the smaller villages (last year it was won by Ealand). Crowle had 214 points, Gunness 92. Classes covered penmanship, knitting, needlework, art, woodwork and craft work (all staged in the Youth Centre) and cooking and photography (in the schoolroom of the Youth Centre). The shields were presented at the concert by Mr N Swidale of Scunthorpe, who presided. The programme was contributed by winners of choral, instrumental, vocal solo and elucation classes.

25 YEARS AGO

May 1, 1987

The 92nd show and gymkhana of the Crowle Agricultural Show and Sports Society takes place on Saturday May 23 and once again a full programme of events has been arranged by the hardworking officials and committtee. And once again LSG, proprietors of this newspaper, will be publishing the official programme - a 12 page supplement using full colour. It will include everything you need to know for a happy and relaxed day at the show plus background information and advertisements. The programme will be published on Friday May 22.