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100 YEARS AGO

June 1, 1912

Sixty-four boy scouts turned out for the united parade at Epworth on Sunday last and there was quite a large assembly in the Market Place to witness the muster. The Owston Ferry troop was in charge of Scoutmaster Rev C Triplett; Misterton troop under Scoutmaster Tebbutt, Haxey troop Assistant Scoutmaster Rowbotham; Epworth Scoutmaster C Green. The lads paraded to the Parish Church where a short service was conducted by the Rev Triplett and an excellent address. After the service the troops paraded down High Street round by Battle Green and back to the CE Schoolroom where they made a good attack on the abundant supply of eatables. So generous was the provision that much remained after the lads had eaten and the surplus was taken by the scouts to needy folk.

75 YEARS AGO

May 28, 1937

A meeting of the Epworth Hospital Committee was held on Monday night, Mr F J Knowles JP presiding. Arrangements were made for the collection of eggs for Saturday for Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Eggs will be received at the shops of Mr Atack and Mr Bradbury at the Temperance Hall from 6pm. The house-to-house collection will be taken next week and collectors were appointed. Arrangements for the Sunday Demonstration were considered. The secretary Mr L Atack announced that he had received from the President Mr A Maw his usual contribution of £25, also that Mr Maw had generously given him a further cheque for £50 as his contribution for the next two years.

50 YEARS AGO

June 1, 1962

Acquisition by compulsory purchase order of the small piece of land which the owner has refused to sell as a site for a pumping station in connection with the Haxey sewerage scheme was decided on last night by the Isle Rural District Council. The sewering of both Haxey and Graizelound has been held up several months because the owner would not accept the District Valuer’s price and up to last night the Council have been in sympathy with the owner and several members have condemned the valuation as ‘ridiculous’ because it was based on agricultural use. Last night, however, when no further progress had been reported Coun C Jenney registered ‘the strongest protest about the delays, whatever the cause’ and said all building in the parish had been held up for years waiting for a sewerage scheme.

25 YEARS AGO

May 29, 1987

all aboard for the annual raft race organised by the combined members of the Epworth Police and Fire Service. The charity event is due to be held on July 22 at Clearwater Lake, Crowle, but in the meantime, there is a barbecue at the Fire Station on June 4. Tickets (£3) are available from any committee member. The committee is also looking for anyone or any organisation to be considered as recipients of the proceeds of the raft race. The Epworth Fire and Police Services Committee recently held its annual meeting when Barry Starkie was re-elected chairman and Roger Hunt, secretary and president. Vice chairman is Steve Carter and E Simms was re-elected treasurer. Committee members were also re-elected.