Cosgrove Women's Institute

Women's Institute summer meeting at The Priory, Cosgrove, June 1950.

Back row left to right:
Miss Gertrude Marlow, Kathleen Jones, Ethel Gallop, Dora Feil, Joan Brockway, Edith Brockway, Daisy Davis, Gertie Chown, Miss Ruby Kitsor (of New Zealand), Wyn Childs, Mona Hickford, Agnes Elderton, Alice Fitzgibbon.
Middle row: ?, Linda Lyman, Daisy Gascoigne, Florrie Castle, Mercy Clarke, Mrs. Bill Ratcliffe.
Front row: Mrs. Malcolm Jelley, Dorothy Hebson, Olive Johnson, Nellie Whitaker, Annie Tompkins

Cosgrove WI was founded in 1932, with members initially meeting in one another’s homes. Eventually they were able to meet in the Old School. After the Second World War some of the members were part of the team who helped build the Victory Hall, and the WI moved their meetings again to the new Village Hall when it opened in 1991. There are still WI members on the Village Hall Committee.

Old photographs show that WI members have always played a prominent part in village events. Long serving presidents have included Mrs Philip Atkinson, at whose home, the Priory, the annual garden meeting was held. Dora Mackaness and her daughter Dora Clark were both talented craftswomen and lacemakers. Mabel Jelley was a lady well versed in WI rules and regulations. Kathleen Jones was the longest serving treasurer for over 30 years and Susan Barnes also served a long term as secretary.

Membership numbers varied only slightly from around 30 until 2014 and there were usually good attendances at meetings.

During the 1950s a link was formed with a New Zealand RWI and contact was maintained for over ten years via cards and letters to Joan Brockway.

Members took part in many charity activities over the years and obtained many awards for their skills, especially crafts. Cosgrove regularly won the Group Shield, particularly over the latter years of the Group’s existence. Sporting activities were well represented, with members winning at Short Mat Bowls, tennis, table tennis and badminton, although not so successful at skittles. They also enjoyed the County Quiz nights. Many members were leaders in any charity events in the village requiring catering, where they worked to a highly professional level.


Cosgrove Women's Institute at their twenty-first birthday party, some members in fancy dress, showing the cake made by their Correspondent in New Zealand during the Second World War. Note the bare table, depicting food shortages.

Back row, left to right: Olive Johnson, Ena Lavington, Lilly Longman, Doll Hebson, Myrtle Barby, Marion Freemstone, Doris Smith, Lizzie Stewart, ?, Dora Clark, Murial Ratledge.

Second row: Mrs 'Nebo' Davis, WIHQ representative. Mary Hillyer, Rose Rickaby, Phil Loughrey.

Third row: Louie Castle, ?, ?, Mrs Frank Chown, Mrs Percy Lyman, Win Harris, Gertrude Marlow, Ruby Kitson, Florrie Castle, Dora Fiel, Mrs Gascoigne, Nellie Whitaker, Mrs Bert Tack.

Front row: Kath Jones, Gracie Atkinson, Mabel Jelley (President), Mrs Reg Whiting, Joan Brockway.


Northants W.I. County Competition - Winning entries in crafts and cooking

Left to right: Kath Gordon, Dora Clarke, Lesley Clarke, Mary Loader, Judith Nunn, Mary Sadler, Sue Richards, Liz Crewe

Back row left to right: Phil Holman, Kathleen Jones, Kathleen Gordon, Gloria Alderman, ?, Pat Shervington, Linda Brett, Elsie Chown, Mrs. Brett
Front row left to right: Dora Clarke, ?, Sue Richards, Lesley Clarke, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Jelley

December 1992

Members of Cosgrove W.I. enjoyed a festive and celebratory time in December, beginning with the monthly meeting on the 1st. This took the form of a games evening with refreshments provided by the committee. Members exchanged gifts and the winners of the monthly competition during the year were:— 1st — Katie Thomas, 2nd — Gill Phillips, 3rd — Gloria Alderman. The competition for the best wrapped Christmas gift was won by Marge Prisley.

Raffle winners were —  M. Prisley, C. Smith, C. Chapman, G.Alderman and J. Clements. 

A collection for Cancer Research was taken which, together with the raffle money, amounted to a donation of £38.80p.

Several members attended the group Carol Service at Yardley Gobion an enjoyable evening, highlighted by the beautiful singing of Daphne Jayne’s granddaughters.

After all the preparation and money—raising, December 12th eventually arrived and our Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in style at the Village Hall. The Hall was decorated in festive style with the reds and greens of the Christmas decorations echoing the W.I. colours. After an excellent meal, prepared by members and served by six ‘waitresses’ from Castlethorpe W.I., the chairman for the evening Sue Richards, introduced the guests — Joan Brockway, from Potterspury, was welcomed as the only founder member present and she proposed the toast of Cosgrove W.I. In the absence of the new County Chairman, the Vice Chairman, Ann Mackley and her husband attended, as did Pam and Victor Farrington from Potterspury and several past members. There was an excellent raffle, and Gill Phillips had designed and set up a photographic record of the Institute. After supper, members were entertained by the Potterspury Players Music Hall.

Mince pies were served before members, friends and their guests returned home having enjoyed an excellent evening and looking forward to the 61st year of the W.I.


Handicrafts by Cosgrove W.I. at W.I. House - 1992

Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 May 1931

YARDLEY GOBION WOMEN’S INSTITUTE At the monthly meeting held at Stone Bank on Thursday by permission of Mrs Leach the vice-president Miss Ward presided. The President, Miss Townsend, gave an interesting demonstration of glove making. A team of members of the Cosgrove Association under the superintendence of Mrs. Thacker, gave a delightful exhibition of folk dancing that was greatly enjoyed. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Brown and Miss Tandy. Miss Warr proposed votes of thanks to the president, Mrs. Thacker and her party, and to hostesses.


Wolverton Express December 16th 1932

Women's Insititue

The first monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Priory, by kind invitation of Mrs Atkinson (President), who took the chair. Following the enrolling of members and other business Mr Hillyer, of Gayton, gave a most instructive demonstration on cake icing. The President, on behalf of the members, voiced thanks to Mr Hillyer. The iced cake was afterwards raffled and was won by Mrs Lord. Tea was later served by Mrs Atkinson and helpers.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 February 1933

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson, the president, took the chair at a meeting of the Women’s Institute, and was supported by Mrs. Whiting (vice-president) and Mrs. M. Jelley (hon. secretary). The Institute room at the Old School has recently been re-decorated and many appreciative remarks were passed on its appearance. Miss Clarke, a member, gave a demonstration on the making of cane trays, and was heartily thanked by Mrs. Atkinson. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Gascoyne and helpers. Games followed.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 March 1933

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at a meeting of the Women's Institute, held in the Old Schoolroom. Mrs. Threadgold, of Great Brington, gave an address on the making of soft slippers, and Mrs. M. Jelley won the competition, guessing the names of villages. Mrs. A. F. Jelley and Mrs. Ford were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 April 1933

COSGROVE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE. —At the monthly meeting five new members were elected. Miss Lees, of Whittlebury, gave lecture on Scotland and shewed many beautiful pictures. There were 16 entrants in a slipper competition judged by Miss Lees, who had difficult task. The prize was awarded to Mrs. Andrew and Mrs. Ruff and Mrs. H. Smith were very highly commended.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 September 1933

COSGROVE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE.

ln the absence of the president, Mrs. Whiting, the vice-president took the chair. An informative talk on dressmaking was given by Mrs. Birdsall. Mrs. Eglesfield and Mrs. Evans were the tea hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 October 1933

COSGROVE The Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting in the Old Schoolroom, Mrs. Atkinson presiding. In the absence of a demonstrator members exhibited home-made rugs. The main points noticed were the extreme durability of hand-made woollen rugs, and the small outlay necessary when the rugs are made of the cheap wools. Delightfully warm rugs were shown made from cast-off woollen garments and old silk stockings.

An advertisement competition was won by Mrs. Loughrey and Miss Marlow, who tied for first place. Mrs. Lovesey and Mrs. Herbert were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 November 1933

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was held in the Old Schoolroom. Mrs. Atkinson presided, supported by Mrs. Whiting (vice-president), and Mrs. Malcolm Jelley (hon. secretary). Mrs. Whiting gave an interesting demonstration of sweet-making, and Mrs. Atkinson proposed thanks. The committee organised a jumble sale which realised £4.


Wolverton Express 15th December, 1933

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

Mrs. Atkinson took the chair at the annual meeting of the Women’s Institute.  The ballot for next year’s Committee took place, with the following results: Mrs Atkinson (President), Mrs. Whiting (Vice president and Treasurer), Mrs M E Jelley (Secretary), Mrs. Andrew, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. W. Clarke, Mrs. Gascoigne, Miss J. Higgins, Mrs. A F Jelley, Mrs Lord, and Miss Marlow.  Mrs. Spencer, of Whittlebury, acted as teller.  The reports of the year’s work presented by the Secretary and Treasurer were very satisfactory.  Miss Wakefield, of Stony Stratford, gave a very interesting lecture on “Home nursing”, with practical demonstrations on the making of a bed for a sick patient, fomentations, and poultices.  Mrs. Atkinson thanked Miss Wakefield and Mrs. Spencer.  Miss E. Nicholls won a competition for the ten most useful things for a medicine chest, judged by Miss Wakefield.  Refreshments were served by Miss J. Higgins and Miss E. Nicholls.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 January 1934

COSGROVE In the absence of the President, Mrs. Whiting took the chair at the January meeting of the Women’s Institute. After business had been transacted, Mrs. Threadgold, of Great Brington, demonstrated the making of soft toys, for which she was thanked by Mrs. Whiting. Tea was served by Mrs. H. Castle and Mrs. R. Brown.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 February 1934

WI COSGROVE There was a very good attendance at the February meeting held in the old schoolroom. Mrs. Atkinson (president) took the chair, supported by Mrs. Whiting (vice-president) and Mrs, M. E. Jelley (hon. secretary). Four new members were welcomed. After the business meeting Mrs. R. M. Raynsford, of Milton, gave an interesting lecture on “Mime,” and her examples of the ancient art caused much amusement. Refreshments were served Mrs. W. Clarke and Mrs. Gascoyne.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 March 1934

COSGROVE the monthly meeting held in the Old Schoolroom, on Tuesday, Miss Marlow gave an instructive demonstration on sponge cakes. Mrs. Whiting presided. Mrs. M. Jelley was appointed delegate to the National Federation meeting in London.

Wolverton Express 16th March, 1934

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting was held in the Old Schoolroom on Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Whiting presiding over the business meeting.  There was a fairly good attendance.  Mrs M Jelley was appointed delegate to the National Federation meeting to be held in London in May.  Miss Marlow gave an instructive demonstration on the making of sponge cakes.  Misses Hillyer and Marlow were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 April 1934

COSGROVE SOCIAL. The Women’s Institute arranged a very successful social evening held in the school. About 100 members and friends attended. A sketch, “Seeing the world,” was presented by Mrs. Davies, the Misses J. Higgins, Ray, Tack, and I. Williams. Songs followed, and a competition was won by Mrs. Eglesfleld. Refreshments were served by the committee. Mr. Smith, of Deanshanger, supplied the music.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 May 1934

COSGROVE THE AGENDA for the meeting of the National Federation was discussed at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute and instructions as to voting were given to the delegate. Mrs. Whiting presided and Miss Thompson, of the Northamptonshire County Council Farm Institute, Moulton, gave a demonstration on poultry trussing. Mrs. Atkinson moved thanks. Tea was served by Mrs. Hillyer and Miss Tack.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 June 1934

COSGROVE MRS. ATKINSON presided over a good attendance at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute. Mrs. Jelley reported on the annual meeting at the Albert Hall and demonstration on the making of a hassock, with empty tins as a foundation, was given by a member. Entries were many and varied in the competition, “The best supper for 6d,” judged by Mrs. Heap and was won by Mrs. Loughrey. Mrs. A. F. Jelley and Mrs. Lord served refreshments.


Wolverton Express 14th September, 1934

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

In the absence of the president, Mrs. Whiting took the chair at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Fruit bottling was ably demonstrated by Mrs. Mackerness, of Old Stratford, who was thanked on the proposition of Mrs. Whiting.  It was decided to hold a jumble sale during the month to augment the Institute’s funds.  Mrs. J. Clarke and Mrs. Parkinson were responsible for the refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 October 1934

COSGROVE Mrs. Whiting presided at the monthly meeting the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. A practical cookery demonstration was given by Miss Lawry. A jumble sale held the previous week realised £3 5s. A piano has been purchased for use at meetings. Tea was served by Mrs. Whiting and helpers.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 November 1934

COSGROVE Mrs Atkinson took the chair at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute The certificates awarded at the handicraft exhibition were presented. Washing clothes by means of a machine was convincingly demonstrated by Mr. Williams, who was thanked on the motion of Mrs Atkinson. Refreshments were served by the hostesses, Mrs. Beasley and Mrs. G. Brown.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 December 1934

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided over a good attendance at the annual meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. Jelley, the hon. secretary, and Mrs. Whiting, the treasurer, presented their reports, which were adopted. Mrs. Atkinson reviewed the year’s work and thanked all who had helped and Miss Atkinson, of Paulerspury, was teller in the ballot for the committee and officers for 1935. The following were elected: President, Mrs. Atkinson; vicepresident and hon. treasurer, Mrs. Whiting; hon. secretary, Mrs M Jelley; committee. Mrs. Andrew, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. W, Clarke, Mrs. Heap, Mrs. Hillyer, Miss Higgins, Miss. Lord, Miss Marlow and Miss Nicholls. It was decided to enter the county potato competition. Miss Higgins and Miss Nicholls were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 January 1935

COSGROVE At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, Mrs. Atkinson in the chair, Mr. Pemberton, of Whittlebury, gave an address on local history. Special mention was made of Towcester, Passenham and Grafton Regis. A competition on the number of articles which could be got in a matchbox was won by Mrs. J. Clarke with 126. The Misses Marlow and Hillyer were hostesses. About 60 children of Cosgrove spent an enjoyable time at a party given by the members of the Women’s Institute. After tea, served by the committee, Miss Joan Higgins, as Santa Claus, presented to each child a present from the Christmas tree.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 February 1935

COSGROVE At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, in the Old School, Mrs, Beeslsy, of Northampton, gave demonstration on “Bits and pieces.” Numerous useful and expensive-looking articles were exhibited, but the cast of materials for each proved to be very trifling. A darning competition, judged by Mrs. Beasley, was won by Mrs. Hillyer. Tea was served by Mrs. W. Clarke and Mrs, Hillyer.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 March 1935

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute, when 56 members were present. Mrs. M. Jelley was elected delegate to the National Federation meeting to be held in London in May. Mrs. Horley, of Gayton, gave a talk on the Personal Service League and explained how, through the League, poverty in the distressed areas was relieved.

There were 21 entries the cake competition. Mrs. M. Jelley gained first prize, Mrs. Hurst second and Miss Payne third, Mr, R. Benbow, ol Stony Stratford, judged the cakes. A rollcall on “My birthplace and something interesting about it” brought forth interesting and amusing facts. Mrs. Andrew was the pianist for the social half hour. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Gascoyne, Mrs. Jelley and helpers.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 May 1935

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute, held at the Old School, was presided over by Mrs. Whiting. Mr. Vickers, of Cambridge, gave a practical demonstration on home-dyeing, and was thanked on the motion of Mrs. Whiting. The competition was won by Miss Marlow. Tea was served by Mrs Andrew and Mrs. Lord.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 June 1935

COSGROVE There was a good attendance at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute, at which Mrs. Atkinson presided. A report on the N.F.W.I. conference was read by Mrs. M. Jelley, who attended as delegate. A parcel of garments made by members has been despatched to the headquarters of the Personal Service League. A demonstration on crepe paper work was given by Miss Nicholls (a member). Mrs. Heap and Mrs. Whiting were hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 January 1936

COSGROVE THE WOMENS INSTITUTE held their Christmas party on New Year’s Eve. Eighty members and friends were present. Miss Nichols was M.C. The programme included a song by Mrs. W. Clarke, recitations by Mrs. Hillyer, dances by Miss Ivy Tyrell, and a Christmas carol sung by Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Gascoigne, and Mrs. Noble. Old-time and modern dances, games and competitions went with a swing. 12 o’clock the company joined hands and sang the old year out with Auld Lang Svne. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. The refreshment arrangements were in the charge of Miss Marlow, assisted by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 February 1936

COSGROVE Mrs. G. Brown gave a demonstration at a meeting of Cosgrove W.I. on the making of white oils, and the social half hour consisted of charades and dancing. Mrs Atkinson presided and Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer were the hostesses. Cosgrove W.I. held a social in the Old School, when about 90 were present, including visitors from Castlethorpe W.I. A sketch was performed by Miss Payne, Miss O. Eglesfield, Miss Nicholls, and Joan Higgins. Mrs. Hillyer recited and Mrs. C R. Whiting and Mrs. Gascoigne sang. Highland dances were performed by Mrs. G. Brown and Mrs. W. Clarke. Miss Nicholls was M.C. and Mrs. Andrews was at the piano. Refreshments were served by the committee. Proceeds were in aid of funds for the electric light for the Old School.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 March 1936

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women's Institute was held in the Old School, Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Mrs. Rudd, of Stony Stratford, gave a demonstration on Smocking, and judged the hyacinth bulb competition, which was won by Miss M. Hillyer. The hostesses were Mrs. G. Brown and Mrs. Beasley. Members received seed potatoes for the competition to be held in October.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 May 1936

THE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE held a social in the old school. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. Miss Nicholls was M.C., and Mrs. J. Clark at the door. Mrs. G. Brown had charge of the refreshments, assisted the committee. A programme of old and new dancing was enjoyed. Proceeds to the electric light fund. At the monthly meeting in the old school, Mrs. Atkinson in the chair. Miss C. Clarke, of Northampton, gave a demonstration on cane seating. Mrs. Loughrey won the competition for the best-dressed clothes peg. Hostesses were Mrs. Childs and Mrs. J. Clark.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 July 1936

COSGROVE The summer W.I. garden meeting was held in the grounds of Cosgrove Priory by permission of Captain and Mrs. Atkinson. Two hundred members from the eight Institutes in the group were present. Mrs. Watson gave a talk on “The home and its influence on the children.” Potterspury Institute gave an amusing sketch, and members from Old Stratford demonstrated the art of pipeplaying with pipes made by themselves. Cosgrove Institute was responsible for the tea. The evening programme consisted of musical items given by Towcester Institute.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 July 1936

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their July meeting in the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided, and expressed her regret that the meeting could not be held in the Priory garden, as previously arranged, owing to the heavy rain. Mrs. Knight gave a lecture on the care of the feet. Miss M. Hillyer won the competition for the best bunch of wild flowers. Mrs Atkinson and Miss Payne were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 October 1936

COSGROVE WI

The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday, Mrs. Whiting presiding. Mr. H. J. Wyles gave a most interesting lecture on Gardening, and also judged the potato competition, of which Miss Payne was the winner with 331bs grown from three seed potatoes. For the best quality Mrs. Atkinson secured a prize, and Mrs. Tuck won the prize for the heaviest potato, which weighed well over 1lb. The social half-hour consisted of games and dancing. The hostesses were Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. and Miss Heap.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 October 1936

Cosgrove Women's Institute held a successful social in the Old School. The company enjoyed games, and old and modern dances. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, and Miss Nicholls was M.C. The committee were in charge of refreshments, and Mrs. J. Clarke was at the door. The proceeds were for the County Federation of the Women’s Institutes.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 November 1936

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute. Mrs. Atkinson presided. The monthly letter w as read and discussed. Mrs. Clement Jones, of Crick, gave talk on institutes and their work. She also gave some good ideas for the 1937 programme. The competition, “Peeling a potato blindfolded.” proved very amusing, and was won by Mrs. H. Barby. The social half-hour was spent in dancing. The hostesses were Mrs. Bushell and Mrs. Gascoigne.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 November 1936

COSGROVE A SOCIAL given by the Cosgrove Womens Institute was attended by a good company, including 24 guests from Hanslope W.I. The programme consisted of games, old and modern dances, a sketch “The Lady Magistrate,” given by Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. J. Clarke, Miss Nicholls, Miss O. Eglesfield, Mrs. W. Clarke, Miss Joan Higgins, and Louis Hill, and duologue. Washing Day,” was performed by Mrs. Lovesey and Miss O. Eglesfield.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 November 1936

COSGROVE

A whist drive, arranged by the Women’s Institute, was held in the Old School on Friday. The prize-winners were Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. H. Smith and Mrs. G. Brown, Mr. G. Horne, Mr. A Castle, and Mr. J. Castle. Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer had charge of the refreshments, assisted by members of the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Wednesday 23 December 1936

COSGROVE

Prize-winners at a whist drive organised by the Women’s Institute were Miss Nicholls, Miss G. Ford, Mrs. H. Smith. Mr. W. Swain, Mr. C. Hill and Mr. D. Hillyer. Mr. R. Toombs was M.C. Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer served refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1937

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their party on New Year’s Eve. About 100 were present, and a most enjoyable time was spent. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, and Miss Nicholls was M.C. Mrs. Barr and Mrs. Foddy, members the Old Stratford Institute, gave a humorous sketch, and Mrs. Barr’s sing- ing was much appreciated. There was a fancy dress parade, in which the prize-winners were Miss Payne and Mrs. Loughrey. At midnight the company joined hands and sang “ Auld Lang Syne.” Refreshments served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 January 1937

Cosgrove Women’s Institute was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. Madame Knight gave a lecture and demonstration on “Care of the Hair.” The exhibition of old photographs of members caused amusement. Mrs. Atkinson distributed material from the Personal Service League, which is to be made into garments by members and sent to the distressed areas. Mrs. W. Clarke was hostess.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 January 1937

COSGROVE

The Women’s Institute held a whist drive in the Old School. The prizewinners were: Mrs. F. Williams, Miss Payne, and Miss Joan Higgins; Mr . C. Hill. Mr. H. Cummings, and Mr. G. Horne. Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer served refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 February 1937

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held a social in the old school. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. A sketch, “The Leg of Mutton” was given the following members: Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Lovesey, Miss Payne, Miss Nicholls, Miss D. Eglesfield, Miss A. Noble, Miss Joan Whittaker, Miss Joan Higgins, and Louis Hill. Refreshments were served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 March 1937

At Cosgrove Women’s Institute’s monthly meeting Miss Lees gave a demonstration on knitting. The competition for four lines of verse about the Women’s Institute was won by Mrs. Hillyer. Mrs. Evans and Miss O. Eglesfield were the hostesses. The social half hour was spent in community singing. Three new members were enrolled.


Wolverton Express May 21st 1937

Cosgrove’s Happy Celebrations

The Coronation celebration was prefaced on 4th May by the planting of a sycamore tree in the Priory Park, the residence of Captain and Mrs P Y Atkinson, by the members of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs R Whiting presented the tree and each member of the Institute deposited a spadeful of soil during the planting ceremony.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 May 1937

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Womens Institute. After a demonstration on “Milk Cookery” by Miss Herriott, of the Milk Publicity Council the members adjourned to Captain Atkinson’s field, where they planted a tree to commemorate the Coronation. The tree was the gift of Mrs. Whiting. Each member present took an active part in the planting and made a brief speech. The singing of the National Anthem brought the pleasant ceremony a close. On Coronation Day, W.I. members undertook responsibility for the catering part of the programme. The whole village sat down to a meat tea arranged and served by members of the W.I.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 June 1937

At Cosgrove Women’s Institute meeting Mrs. Atkinson presided over a good company. Mr. Dean, from Ovaltine, Ltd., gave a lecture and showed a talking film to members and visitors. The competition for “the best patch on cotton” was won by Mrs. Prisley, The hostesses were Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Loughrey.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 September 1937

COSGROVE In the absence of Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs- Whiting took the chair at the monthly meeting, and 25 members were present. After the business Mr. Rawlinson, secretary of the Northamptonshire Association for the Blind, gave a lecture, and. he was thanked by Mrs. Whiting. Mrs. J. Clarke and Mrs. B. Kightley were the hostesses. The skipping competition was won by Mrs. Loughrey.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 October 1937

COSGROVE

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson, and about 30 members were present. Mr. C. F. Lawrence gave a lecture on gardening, and afterwards judged the potato competition, the results being: 1 Mrs. Prisley (25 lbs from three seed potatoes), 2 Mrs J Clarke. Mrs. Hillyer won a prize for the biggest freak potato. Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. Heap were hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 December 1937

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their annual general meeting, and Mrs. Atkinson presided. The ballot for the 1938 committee resulted as follows: President. Mrs. Atkinson; vice-president, Mrs. Whiting; Miss Marlow, Miss M. Hillyer, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Lovcsey, Mrs. Prisley, Miss O. Eglesfield, and Miss J. Higgins. The Hon. Treasurer (Mrs. Whiting) read her report, which was very satisfactory. Twenty-six dolls which were to be forwarded to poor children were beautifully dressed by the members. A bale of material and wool was distributed to the members to be made into garments for the Personal Service League. The competition for the best hand-made bag, not costing more than one shilling, was won by Mrs. Prisley. The hostesses were Mrs. Gascoigne and Mrs B. Kightley. Mrs M. Jelley was elected delegate the annual general meeting Northampton. Miss Higgins proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Atkinson, of Paulerspury, for telling the votes.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 January 1938

COSGROVE

About 150 people were present at the Cosgrove W.I. party held on New Year’s Eve. A programme of dances, old and new, and games was much enjoyed. ‘‘Auld Lang Syne” was sung by the company at midnight. Miss Eglesfield and Miss Higgins were in charge of the programme. Refreshments were served by the committee under the supervision of Miss Marlow. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. The monthly meeting, Mrs. Atkinson presiding, included an exhibition of films entitled “Life in Australia.” The mince-pie competition was won by Mrs. Prisley. The hostesses were Mrs. Prisley and Miss Higgins.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 February 1938

COSGROVE

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting, with Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Mrs. Brown, of Sulgrave, gave a lesson in community singing and she was thanked by Mrs. Atkinson. A competition was won by Mrs. B. Kightley, and Mrs. Hillyer and Mrs. W. Clarke were tea hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 March 1938

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting, and Mrs. Atkinson presided. Miss Wake, of the Green Farm. Cosgrove, gave a lecture on the History of Cosgrove, and was thanked by Mrs. Whiting. A hyacinth bulb competition was won by Miss Higgins. Mrs. and Miss Bushell were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 March 1938

COSGROVE

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held a successful whist drive on March 17. Mrs. Lovesy was M.C. The winners were Mrs. Hill, Mrs. J. Prisby and Mrs. G. Brown: Mr. J. Prisby. Mr. W. Swain and Mr. C. Whitehead. Proceeds were in aid the County Federation. The prize-winners are eligible to play in the whist drive to be held in Northampton October.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 April 1938

COSGROVE In the absence of Mrs. Atkinson, Mrs. Whiting presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Thirty members were present. Mrs. Lovesey was elected delegate to the annual meeting in London. Mrs. Ben Kightley reported on the Spring Council meeting held in Northampton. Mrs. Kay gave a clever demonstration on patchwork, and she was thanked by Miss Higgins. A competition, “Something new from something old," was won by Mrs. Hurst. The hostesses were Mrs. Beasley and Miss Barby.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 May 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presided, and 40 members were present. Mrs. Kelsall gave instruction to members in percussion music and ably conducted the band. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. The competition for four lines of verse about Spring was judged by Miss Wake and won by Miss Joan Higgins. Mrs. F. Williams and Mrs. Loughrey were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 July 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their July meeting on Tuesday in the beautiful grounds of The Priory, by permission of Captain and Mrs. Atkinson. Forty members were present. Miss Goulston, of Northampton Education Committee, gave a splendid Keep fit lesson, and 20 members took part. Ah ankle competition was judged by Miss Goulston and Captain Atkinson, and the winners were Miss E. Barby and Mrs. J. Brown. After splendid tea kindly provided by Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Hebson. A Beetle drive took place. The winners were Mrs. Ruff, Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Gascoigne.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 September 1938

COSGROVE At the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women's Institute, Mrs. Atkinson presiding, Miss Agnes Stops gave a lecture on “Our Members Overseas,” and exhibited some fine things they had made. Miss Stops was thanked by Mrs. Atkinson. A competition for the best dinner for sixpence was judged by Miss Stops and won by Mrs. W. Clarke. The hostesses were Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer. The social half hour was spent in community singing and dancing.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 October 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presiding over about 40 members. There were several visitors. Mr. C. F. Lawrence gave an interesting gardening lecture and also judged a Potato, [grown by] Mrs. Childs. Mr. Lawrence was largest quantity, Mrs. Atkinson with 25 lbs.; best quality, Miss Barby; freak potato, Mrs. Childs. Mr. Laurence was thanked by Mrs: Atkinson. The hostesses were Mrs. J. Clark and Miss Rosie Hooton. The social half hour was spent in dancing.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 October 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held a social in the Old School on Friday. The programme consisted of games and dancing. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, assisted by Miss Elsie Prisley. Mrs. Davess rendered two songs, and a musical sketch was given by Mrs. H. Castle, Mrs. Prisley. Mrs. Lovesey, Mrs. Hebson. Mrs. Loughrey Mrs. Johnson, Miss J. Higgins, Miss R. Hooton. and Masters Terry and Vincent Lovescy. Miss M. Hillyer was doorkeeper.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 November 1938

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Mrs. Whiting presiding. Thirty members were present. Next year’s programme was discussed. The social half hour was spent in playing beetle and dominoes. A competition for the best arranged vase of autumn leaves was won by Mrs. J. Clarke. The hostesses were Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. Heap.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 December 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their annual meeting, Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: President, Mrs. Atkinson; vice-president, Mrs. Whiting; committee, Mrs. Lovesey, Mrs. Prisley, Mrs. Hebson, Mrs. Gallop, Miss Wake, Miss Marlow, Miss Hillyer, and Miss Higgins. A competition for the best dressed doll was won by Mrs. Prisley. There were 36 dolls for dressing given by Mrs. Atkinson. The Misses Atkinson, of Paulerspury, judged the competition. The hostesses were Mrs. Lord and Mrs. Knibb.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 January 1939

COSGROVE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE New Year party was attended by about 150. The programme consisted of dances old and new, games and competitions. Two sketches were performed by members. “Our At Home Day” was given by Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Johnson, and Miss R. Hooton, and “The Interfering Husband” by Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Lovesey and Mrs. Kelson. Much amusement was caused by the entrance of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, presented by members. Mrs. Andrews was at the piano, assisted by Miss Elsie Prisby. Mrs. Helson and Mrs. Gallop were the M.C.s, and refreshments were served by Miss Marlow and the committee. Miss Hiliyer and Mrs. Prisby were in charge at the door.

ABOUT 40 MEMBERS attended the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. Atkinson presided. Miss Prisby won the mince-pie competition and also guessed the correct number of pearls in necklace. Mrs. Johnson won second prize for mince pies. The hostesses were Mrs. and Miss Higgins.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 January 1939

COSGROVE

Thirty villagers of 60 years of age and over sat down to a meat supper provided by Cosgrove Women’s Institute. The Rev. Henson attended. Songs and dances were accompanied by Mrs. Andrew. Mrs. C. R. Whiting sang and Mrs. M. Whiting gave an exhibition of conjuring tricks. Those taking part in two sketches were: Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. J. Johnson; Mrs. Lovesey and Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Hobson was M.C. Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson were present.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 February 1939

COSGROVE At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, Mrs. Atkinson presided and an interesting talk on A.R.P. was given by Mrs. Lievesley. Northampton. The winners of a competition for a household hint were Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Andrew. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Hebson and Mrs. Gallop, and the social half-hour was spent in playing darts.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 March 1939

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women s Institute was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. A demonstration on how to make a hassock from treacle tins was given by a member, Mrs. M. Jelly. A hyacinth competition was won by Miss Higgins, second prize going to Miss M. Hillyer. Mrs. Hillyer and Mrs. W. Clarke were hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 March 1939

AT COSGROVE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE PARTY Hanslope and Castlethorpe visitors were welcomed by Mrs. Atkinson at a party held by Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Those contributing entertainment were Mrs. Davis. Mrs. Gascoigne, Mrs. Prisley (songs), Mrs. P. Hillyer (monologue). Mrs. Hebson, Mrs. Lovesey (sketch). Much amusement was caused the entry of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. A competition arranged by Mrs. J. Clarke was won by Mrs. F. Busby (Hanslope). The rest of the evening was spent in dancing and musical games, for which there were prizes. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, assisted by Miss Elsie Prisley. Mrs. Hebson was M.C., and the door stewards were Miss Hillyer and Mrs Gallop. Refreshments were served by the social committee, under the supervision of Miss Marlow.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 June 1939

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held its monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presided over about 20 members. After the business. Miss Stops gave a helpful talk. The whistling competition was won by Mrs Prisley and Miss Marlow. Tea hostesses were Mrs. and Miss Knibb.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 July 1939

Cosgrove Women’s Institute’s monthly meeting was held in the beautiful grounds of The Priory, lent by Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson. The meeting was well attended, and afterwards members were the guests of Mrs. Atkinson at tea. The rest of the time was spent in sports and games. Mrs. Prisley arranged a spelling bee and acted as spelling mistress. The competition for the best arranged flowers on a soup plate was won by Mrs. J. Clarke, with Mrs. Herbert second.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 March 1940

COSGROVE Since November, Cosgrove Work Party has made 235 garments which have been dispatched to the Navy, Army, Air Force, minesweepers and Red Cross. This was made possible through the help of the Women’s Institute Social Committee, which organised various events to raise money for wool.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 February 1941

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson (president) took the chair at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. B. Klghtley (secretary) read the minutes of the last meeting and Miss Penn gave three prizes for tongue twisters which were won by Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. M. Jelley, and Mrs. Prisley. A beetle drive was held, and the prizes were won Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Prisley. The tea hostesses were Mrs. B. Kightley and Mrs. Gascoine.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 March 1941

COSGROVE Mrs Atkinson (president) presided at the Cosgrove W-l monthly meeting. It was decided to form a fruit preservation centre. A market stall was held by Mrs J. Clarke, the proceeds being given for the Institute. Miss Penn organised a spelling bee competition which was won by Mrs. J. Clarke. Mrs. W. Clarke, and Mrs. Andrews. Miss Penn also conducted community singing. Tea hostesses were Mrs. F. Barby and Mrs. Castle.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 April 1941

COSGROVE At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, Mrs. Atkinson in the chair, a number of evacuees were present. A competition, “Sing, say or pay,” was won by Mrs. Jelley and Mrs. Gascoyne. A market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke, proceeds for WI. funds. The social hour was spent dancing, Mrs. Andrews accompanying.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 May 1941

COSGROVE Mrs Atkinson presided at the Cosgrove W.I. monthly meeting supported by Mrs. Kightley. Arrangements for fruit preservation was discussed, and a market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke. A darts competition was won by Mrs. Hillyer sen. The social hour was spent in dancing and community singing. Mrs. Davess and Mrs. Lovesey were hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 June 1941

COSGROVE The Monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. Gifts of seeds from the women of America were distributed. A market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke. Two competitions, A memory test and “What the birds said,” were won by Mrs. F. Castle and Mrs. Jelley.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 July 1941

COSGROVE The July meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Priory Garden. A market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke. A beetle drive was won by Mrs. Jelley and Mrs. G. Brown. A competition for a bunch of wild flowers was won by Mrs. J. Clarke.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 September 1941

COSGROVE Mrs Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. B. Kightley the secretary, read the annual report of the Cosgrove War Savings Group which was started on July 3, 1940 with eight members. Stamps were sold at the rate of 10s. per week, and at the end of the first three months £9 had been raised After six months members numbered 21 and stamps worth £1 10s were selling each week. The end of the first year sees the group selling stamps worth £2 10s per week. The year's total is £74 3s. In addition thus 67 certificates were bought outright. A beetle drive was held, won by Mrs Loughrey and a competition for six different kinds of vegetables won by Mrs. Childs.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 October 1941

COSGROVE The monthly meeting Cosgrove WI was held In the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided and gave a talk on the Red Cross. It was decided to have 10 voluntary collectors for the Red Cross, and to ask each member to contribute a penny per week. Miss Penn gave a musical memory test. A competition for the heaviest weight of potatoes was won by Mrs. Childs. Mrs B. Kightley won a competition for the biggest freak potato.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 November 1941

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was held in the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided. Mrs. Hugh Williams gave a demonstration with marionettes of period dress from Saxon to Victorian days. A competition was won by Miss E. Turner.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 December 1941

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the annual meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. Jelley, secretary for the fruit preservation scheme, reported that 554 lbs. of jam had been made. Mrs. Prlsley. secretary for War Savings stamps and certificates reported sales totalling £230 13s during the year. Mrs Andrews was the accompanist for dancing during social hour.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 January 1942

COSGROVE. The members of Cosgrove Women’s Institute Held a New Year Eve party in the Old School. Mrs. Davies sang, Mrs. Hillyer recited. Mr. Maurice Whiting gave a conjuring entertainment and told humorous stones, and Miss Ruth Whiting and Mrs. Atkins presented a sketch. Mrs. Andrews played for dancing and games, and Miss Marlow was M.C.

On New Year’s Day, the Women’s Institute entertained over 50 Cosgrove children. Tea was served by the members and games and a musical programme were greatly enjoyed. Miss Fenn was the accompanist.

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s institute was held in the Old School, Mrs. Whiting presiding. Mrs. B. Kightley read the monthly letter and the report of the meeting of the Northamptonshire Federation at Northampton, at which she was the delegate. A competition in which members peeled a potato while blindfolded was won by Mrs. W Clarke, with Mrs. Lovesey second, and in a whist drive Mrs. J. Clarke was first and Miss E. Tanner second.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 February 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Womens Institute. Letters of thanks had been received from Cosgrove serving men for 10s sent at Christmas by the W.I.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 February 1942

COSGROVE A social was held In the Old School by the Cosgrove Women’s institute, in aid of the Nursing Association. Mr. Ron Williams (songs). Mr. Tapp (Impersonator), Mrs. Davers (songs) were the entertainers, and Mrs. Andrews played for dancing. Miss Marlow was M.C. and the sum of £3 was raised.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 March 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Whiting took the chair at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Miss Joan Wake gave a lecture on the history of Northamptonshire. Mrs. George Brown gave the refreshments to celebrate her 70th birthday.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 April 1942

COSGROVE W.I. The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute was held In the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson, presiding, read the monthly letter. A competition organised by Mrs. Atkinson was held and was won by Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Chown, and Miss Marlow. Mrs. Andrews was the accompanist for community singing. Mrs. Whiting provided the refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 May 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove WI which was held in the Old school. Miss Joan Wake gave a talk on the salvage exhibition which is being held in the Northampton Town Hall. Mr. Overton, of the Northamptonshire County Garden Produce Association, explained its objects and details of membership. It was decided to send a message of sympathy to Mrs. G. Brown, of The Barge, Cosgrove, one of the oldest members, on the death of her husband. A competition was won Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. B. Kightley. Mrs. Whiting provided the refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 June 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Miss Pratt, of Potterspury gave a demonstration on Bazaar Novelties. A competition was won by Mrs. J. Clarke and Mrs. Castle. Refreshments were served by the members of the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 July 1942

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the grounds of the Priory, by permission of Captain and Mrs. Atkinson. An effort for the Red Cross was held and realised £10. A market stall was a great success. A cake given by. Mrs. Whiting was won by Mrs. Eglesfield and one given by Mrs. Smith was won by Mr. Herbert. Tea was given by Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. J. Clarke gave a doll for a competition, which was won by Mrs. Whiting. A competition for a buttonhole was won by Mrs. Hillyer and Mrs. Whiting.

£2 12s was raised by a whist drive In aid of the Comforts Fund which was held in the grounds of the Barge Inn, Cosgrove, by permission of Mrs. E. Brown. Mrs. Brown with Mrs. Hill also gave the refreshments and prizes for a competition. Miss Joan Whittaker and Mrs. J. Brown won these. Whist winners were Mrs. H. Castle, Miss Brooks. Mrs. Williams. Mr. Crowder, Mr. Hill, and Miss J. Whittaker. Mrs Gallop was M.C.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 September 1942

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Womens Institute was held the old school. Mrs. Atlnson, president, read the monthly letter in which the chief item of interest was the appeal from the Ministry of Health for toys for refugees in London from Malta and Gibraltar. Mr. Jones, headmaster of Yardley Oobion School', gave a talk. Mrs. Whiting provided refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 October 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson, president, presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, held In the Old School. Mrs. Capel (Old Stratford) gave a demonstration on poultry trussing. The competition for the heaviest weight of potatoes was won by Mrs. Atkinson: for best quality, by Mrs. J. Clarke: and for the biggest freak, by Mrs. Hill. Tea was served by members of the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 October 1942

COSGROVE A successful whist drive was held by Cosgrove W.I. in the old school in aid of the comforts fund. Winners were Mrs. W. Castle. Mrs, J. Brown, Mr. Goodridge, Mrs. T. Kightlev, and Miss J. Whittaker and Mr. G. Hill. Special prizes. Mr. O. Horn, Mrs. M. Castle, Miss J. Higgins. A competition for a pair of silk hose, given by Mrs. Hill, was won by Miss Joan Whittaker. Mrs. Loughrey was M.C.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 November 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Womens Institute held in the Old School. Mrs. Christie, of Stoke Bruerne. gave an interesting talk on Russia and its people, and exhibited charming Russian costumes. Refreshments were served by the members of the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 December 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the 10th annual meeting of Cosgrove Women's institute. She recalled that in the past year members had raised £64 lor the Red Cross and for the village comforts fund. Reports from the officials were adopted including that of Mrs. Prlsley. War savings secretary, who said £263 12s. 6d had been saved during the year. Since the start of the scheme members had saved £495 18s. The committee elected for next year were; Mrs. Atkinson, president; Mrs. Whiting, vice-president; Mrs. M. Kightley. Miss Marlow. Miss Hillyer, Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. Gascoine, Mrs. Gallop, Mrs. R. Brown, and Mrs. Tack.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1943

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women Institute held in the old School. It was decided to arrange for a weekly visit of a mobile canteen for the sale of meat pies. Mrs. M. Jelley to be in charge. Competitions were won by Mrs Duress and Mm Gallop, and Mrs. Hlllyer and Mrs. Chown The committee served refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 February 1943

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's institute was held In the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided. A competition for "Something new from something old," was won by Mrs. Tack. A spelling competition was won by Mrs. O. Brown, Mrs. Gallop, Mrs. Wittaker, Mrs. Castle, Mrs. J. Clarke. Mrs. M. Jelley, and Mrs. W. Clarke, A darts competition was won Mrs. Wittaker. Refreshments were served by the committee. A whist drive was held the Old School, Cosgrove, in aid of the village comforts fund. Mr. O. Horn, Mrs. J. Brown. Miss D. Brown. Mrs. T. Mrs. M. Clarke, and Mrs. Wittaker won prizes. A parcel of groceries was won by Mrs. W. Stewart in a competition.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 March 1943

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute in the Old School. A competition for the best darned garment was won by Mrs. Davess, and competition for knitting on match-sticks won by Mrs. P. Castle and Mrs. Gallop. Refreshments were served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 April 1943

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. Mrs. B. Kightley gave a report on the Northampton annual meeting. Mrs. Whiting read a letter of thanks from the Naval War Libraries Fund for the 1,333 ship Halfpennies she had collected .and sent from Cosgrove. Competitions were won by Mrs. Wittaker. Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. Tack, and Mrs. O. Williams. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 May 1943

Cosgrove Women’s Institute meeting in the Old School was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. Competition winners were Mrs. Gallop and Mrs. Davies, and Mrs. P. Castle (prize given by Mrs. Longman). Refreshments were served by committee members.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 June 1943

RATION BOOK PROTESTS BEAR GOOD FRUIT

VAN WELCOMED AT COSGROVE

Following protests by Cosgrove Women's Institute, a mobile bus arrived in the village yesterday to distribute ration books and identity cards. Previously villagers had faced a 22 miles journey via Northampton, the double journey taking 3½ hours, although Cosgrove is only nine miles from Towcester. Cosgrove Women’s Institute passed a resolution urging Towcester Rural District Council to arrange for a sub-station in the village, or adopt some other means of distributing the remaining ration books. Copies of the resolution were sent to Lord Woolton and to Major Manningham-Buller MP for Daventry. Most of the villagers had already obtained their books and identity cards during the main issue from Towcester Food Office, and the mobile van was sent to help those who had not collected their books.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 02 July 1943

COSGROVE

In connection, with Cosgrove Wings Week, a social and whist drive was arranged in the Old School by the Women’s Institute committee. Winners were: Mrs Brown. Mrs. Lord. Mrs. Clarke. Miss Marlow, Miss J. Whitaker. Mr. G. Horne, Mrs. Gallop. Miss G. Tompkins and Mrs. Valentine. A Ministry of Information film show was also held in the Old School. The proceeds from these efforts and competitions run by Mrs. Gascoigne and Mr. Chown were £18 15s. Another competition organised Mrs. Whitaker and Miss J. Whitaker, resulted in the sale of 6d. savings stamps to the value of £10 16s and the raising of £2 4s for Wings Week funds.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 July 1943

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held at the Priory. Mrs. Capel gave a report of the general meeting, and Mrs. Archdale gave a talk on Rhodesia. A bring and buy stall in aid of the Nursing Association realised £8. Competitions were won by Mrs. Whittaker, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. W Clarke, Mrs Chown and Mrs. Gascoigne. Mrs. Atkinson was hostess.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 September 1943

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. A letter of thanks from the Naval War Libraries Fund for the Ship halfpennies was read.

A potato competition judged by Mr Brockway was won by Mrs Whlting (heaviest and best Quality) and Mrs. J. Clarke (freak potato).


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 October 1943

COSGROVE A whist drive organised by Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. Cosgrove, in aid of the Forces Fund. Winners were Mrs. P. Castle, Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. Chown, Mr, Benmore, Mr. P. Swain Mr. Loughrey. and Miss Marjorie Brown. A competition was won by Miss Marlow. Mrs. Loughrey was M.C.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 October 1943

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting ol Cosgrove WI. She also presented certificates won at a group exhibition recently at Old Stratford. Cosgrove were very successful, gaining 21 flrst-class certificates, nine seconds, eight thirds, out of a total of 45 exhibits. Mrs J. Clarke gained 100 per cent points with tomatoes and Mrs. Jelley 100 per cent for bottled fruit. Mrs. Capel, Old Stratford, gave a skin dressing demonstration. Winners of a spelling bee were Miss Marlow, Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. Whittaker Mrs. Hickford and Mrs, W. Clarke. Refreshments were served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 November 1943

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held In the Old School. Mrs. Thornton, of Brockhall gave a talk on prisoners-of-war and gave details of parcels that are sent to them through the Red Cross. A competition for a vase of autumn leaves was won by Mrs B. Kightley and Mrs Atkinson. Refreshments were served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 December 1943

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at Cosgrove Women's institute annual meeting. Election of officers and committee resulted; Mrs. Atkinson, president; Mrs. Whiting, vice-president; and committee, Mrs. W. Brockway. Mrs. C. Brockway. Mrs. R. Brown, Mrs. F. W. Castle, Mrs Davies. Mrs. Gascoyne, Mrs. Gallop. Miss Marlow, and Mrs. Whittaker. A letter from Northampton General Hospital was read thanking Mrs. G. Brown and the members for 15 cwt. of potatoes. The savings group had sold £64 15s 6d worth of stamps in the past year. A gift stall, with Mrs. J. Clarke in charge, realised over £3 . Mrs. Whiting provided refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 January 1944

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was held on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presided, and 25 members were present. Mrs. Downing, voluntary county organiser, gave a helpful talk on “Runnlng the Institute in war-time.” A mince-pie competition was won by Mrs. B Kightley and Mrs. Whittaker.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 February 1944

Mrs. Atkinson presided at Cosgrove Women’s Institute monthly meeting. Mrs. Hugh Williams gave a lecture on “Old Customs.” Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 May 1944

COSGROVE Women’s Institute monthly meeting was held on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Miss Law from the County Office, gave a “make and mend '* demonstration. “Something new from something old” contest was won Mrs. Hillyer, sen., with Mrs. W. Brockway second. A total of 3.200 ship halfpennies have been collected by Mrs. Whiting from the members and friends of the Institute for the Navy’s War Libraries Fund.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 June 1944

COSGROVE Women’s Institute monthly meeting was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. Dickens gave a cookery demonstration of war-time dishes.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 July 1944

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held its July meeting at The Priory, by permission of Colonel and Mrs. P Y. Atkinson. A bring and buy stall and a spinning jenny realised £5 for the District Nursing Association and the Red Cross. Miss Joan Wake gave a talk on photography and an exhibition of old photographs drawn from the county. A competition for the best bunch of wild flowers was won by Miss Whitaker. Mrs. Atkinson provided tea, helped by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 September 1944

COSGROVE W.I. WINNER

At Cosgrove Women’s Institute meeting on Tuesday, when Mrs. Atkinson presided, members were presented with certificates won in the handicrafts and produce exhibition at Old Stratford. Forty three . exhibits were sent in and the following certificates were awarded: 14 first class, 13 second-class, and12 third-class. Mrs. J Prisley gave a “trimmings ’’ demonstration and a Jumbled words competition was won by Mrs. Whitaker.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 February 1947

COSGRAVE W.l. GIFT TO EX-PRESIDENT

Mrs. Atkinson, who retired as president after 14 years, was presented with a shopping bag by the new president (Mrs. Malcolm Jelley) on behalf of past and present members at a meeting of Cosgrove W.I. Mrs. Mackerness, of Old Stratford, gave a demonstration on netting She was thanked by Mrs. P. Castle. A competition for the prettiest 'Christmas card was won Mrs. F W. Castle and Mrs Whiting. A gift of honey from Australia was won by Mrs. S. Eglesfleld, The social half-hour was in the charge of Mrs. and Mrs. G. Beasley. Tea was served the committee, who provided refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 March 1947

COSGROVE The monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was held in the Old School with Mrs. Jelley, president, in the chair. A talk on Australia, illustrated by a film, was given by the Rev. J. Benson. A competition for a hat made out of a sheet of newspaper and Pins was won by Miss J. Whitaker and Mrs W. Clarke. The social half-hour was taken by Mrs.W Castle and Mrs. Whitaker, and a beetle drive was enjoyed. Tea was served by the committee. An outing to see “Rose Marie” at Northampton was arranged.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 April 1947

COSGROVE Mrs. M. Jellev presided at a meeting of Cosgrove W.I. In the Old School. A report on the W.I. meeting at Northampton was read by the delegate, Mrs. G. Beasley. Mrs. A. Capel (Old Stratford) gave a demonstration of soft toy-making. She was thanked by Mrs. Davess. A social half-hour was arranged by Mrs. Tompkins and Mrs. T. Kightley. A competition judged by Mrs. Capel was won by Miss Marlow and Mrs. T. Kightley Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 May 1947

W.l. AGENDA DISCUSSED

The Agenda for the London meeting was discussed at a meeting of Cosgrove WI and Mrs G. Beasley was elected as delegate and Mrs. Whitaker as visitor. A report of the Spring Produce show, in which Cosgrove came fourth in the number of points gained, was given, and certificates were presented to winners. A competition for the best decorated new laid egg was judged by Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Whiting, and won by Mrs. Gallop. Mrs. G Beasley, and Mrs B. Smith. Miss Jelley is taking the 24 eggs entered and 12 undecorated ones to the children’s ward Northampton General Hospital.The second half-hour was occupied by a sketch, in which Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Lovesy. Mrs. Kightley. Mrs. C Brockway. Mrs. G Beasley Miss C. Tompkins. Mrs. Whitaker, and Miss J. Whitaker took part. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 June 1947

At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove WI Mrs G Beasley (delegate) gave an account of the London Annual meeting. It was decided to hold a members’ outing to Malvern. Mrs Barnes gave humerous and dramatic monologues. She was thanked by Mrs Gallop. Mrs Beasley thanked “birthday” hostesses for the party on May 16. A competition “something new from something old” was judged by Mrs Barnes and won by Mrs H Williams, Mrs H Smith and Mrs W Clarke. Five new members were welcomed. A whist drive in aid of the Nursing Association, realised £4. Mrs Loughrey was MC. Refreshments were served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 July 1947

COSGROVE At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. Mrs. Jelley announced that a cheque for £10 was to be sent the Northamptonshire Blind Association, proceeds of a recent whist drive. A Safety First film was shown. An outing to Malvern was arranged for August 19. Mrs F. Hillyer won a competition for a bowl of roses. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 August 1947

COMB-AND-PAPER TUNES AT COSGROVE W.l.

Cosgrove W.l. met In the Old School, 30 members attending. Mrs. Moore, of Billing, gave a demonstration on flower wiring. The competition was for the best tune played on a comb and paper, and was won by Mrs. Castle, with Mrs. Davis second. There was a bring-and-buy stall. The outing will be to Malvern. A group meeting is to be held at Cosgrove in October.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 November 1947

GIFTS DEMONSTRATION A demonstration of inexpensive gifts was given at Cosgrove Women’s institute by Mrs. Daniells and Mrs. Swain (Stony Stratford). Mrs G beasley (vice-president) presided and Mrs. Fell gave her report, as delegate, on the half yearly meeting held at Kettering. The competition “autumn leaves and berries’’ waswon by Mrs J Clarke. A beetle drive was won by Mrs. F. Barby and Mrs. Gascoigne. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 December 1947

COSGROVE W.I. OFFICERS

Result of the ballot for officers at the December meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was; Mrs. Jelley. president: Mrs. G. Beasley, vice-nresident: committee. Mrs. Tomkins (treasurer). Mrs. T. Kightley (secretary). Mrs. W. Castle. Mw. Hibson. Mrs Gallop Mrs. Davess. Mrs. Harris, and Mrs. Whittaker (Press correspondent). In a report of the year's activities it was stated that a whist drive last month had raised just over £4 for St. Dunstan’s. and a beetle drive and a bring-and-buy stall, Mrs. Gallop Mrs. G. Beasley, and Mrs. Hibson in charge, raised £10 for the Children’s Hospital, Great London. An inexpensive gift competition was won Mrs Langton, Mrs. Clarke being second. Mrs. Hubert. Stony Stratford, gave a demonstration on Christmas paper decorations. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 January 1948

COSGROVE W.l. ENROLS EIGHT NEW MEMBERS

Eight new members were enrolled at the New Year meeting of Cosgrove W.I,.held in the Old School, Mrs. Jelley presiding. Competition winners were Mrs. C. Brockway. Mrs. T. Kightley and Miss E. Barby. Miss Wake gave description of her recent visit to South Africa.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 February 1948

Cosgrove W.I. met the Old School, Mrs. Jelley presiding. Several new members were enrolled, and this small village now has nearly 60 W.I. members. A delegate and visitors were chosen for the N.F.W.I. annual meeting at Northampton, In March. Mrs. Butlin (Stony Stratford) gave a demonstration on raffia baskets. A competition for the prettiest jug was won by Mrs. C. Buckway, with Mrs. J. Johnstone second. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 March 1948

Cosgrove W.I. met the Old School, and 43 members were present. Arrangements were made for an "Over 70” tea and entertainment on March 19. Mrs. Capel (Old Stratford) gave a demonstration on “Cotton printing’.’ A competition “Word-making.” was won by Mrs. Lavington. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 May 1948

Cosgrove W.l. met in the Old School, yesterday, Mrs. Jelley presiding. After the monthly letter, Mrs. Smith (Old Stratford) read her report as delegate to the annual meeting. Mrs. Beasley gave demonstration on making old felt hats into modern berets and hand bags. A competition for the best raffia basket was won Mrs. Lavington.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 June 1948

At the meeting of Cosgrove WI Mrs. Jelley (president) gave details of the Delapre fete on July 3, Mr. W. Mackey, chiropodist and masseur, gave a talk on “The care of the feet." A competition for the prettiest saucer of flowers was won by Mrs. Whiting and Mrs Harris.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 July 1948

Cosgrove W.I, met with Mrs. Jelley presiding. Four members took part in the group effort at Delapre .Park, and sold articles given by Cosgrove W.I members, Mr. Bowles spoke on “Witchcraft,” and was thanked by Mrs. O. Buckway. He also spoke on National Savings. The competition was for the best-dressed clothes-peg and was won by Mrs. Harris with Mrs. W. Clarke second. Tea was served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 December 1948

Cosgrove W.I. held their monthly meeting with Mrs. Jelley presiding. The election result was; President, Mrs. Jelley; vice-president, Mrs. G. Beasley; committee, Mrs. Brockway. Mrs, C. Castle. Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Hebrom. Mrs. T. Kightley, Mrs. R. Lavlngton, Mrs. A. Tompkins and Mrs Whittaker. Mrs. Kightley (secretary) gave a report on the year’s activities, and Mrs. Beasley read the treasurer’s report. Tea was served by the committee, and carol singing brought the evening to a close.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 February 1949

At Cosgrove W.I. meeting Nurse Wakefield spoke on “Taking care of yourself”. Mrs. Jackson played for dancing for the social half-hour, and a competition for "the oldest photo of yourself” brought In 18 entries. The prize was won by Mrs. N Castle who guessed correctly the identity of all the pictures. Tea hostesses were Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. W. Clarke, Mrs. Daness and Mrs. Lavington.


Northampton Mercury - Thursday 14 April 1949

COSGROVE Mrs. Harris gave an interesting report on the Annual meeting at Cosgrove W.l. meeting. Miss Stops gave a short talk on the agenda for the Albert Hall meeting. She afterwards spoke on “Arts and crafts of many lands.” She was thanked by Mrs. Whitaker. Tea hostesses were Mrs. F. W. Castle. Mrs. Whitaker, Mrs. Fitzgibbon and Mrs. W. Ratcliff.

A meat tea given to the over 70’s of Cosgrove by the W.I. was followed by entertainment which included a song from Mr. Bob Pettlfer and monologues from Mrs. F. Hillyer sen. two of the over 70s. Mrs Whiting entertained at the piano, and also sang. Songs were sung by Mrs. F. W. Castle and Mrs. Gascoigne. Mr. S. Williams thanked Mrs. Jelley, the committee and all who had helped make the party a success.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 June 1949

At the invitation of Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson the June meeting of Cosgrove WI was held at the Priory. Names were taken for the W.I. outing, taking place on August 9. Miss J. Wake gave a very interesting talk on Palestine. She was thanked by Mrs. Feil. Tea was provided by Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. Jelley thanked Mrs. Atkinson.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 July 1949

Cosgrove W.I. met in the old school, Mrs. Jelley presiding. Mrs. F. W. Castle gave her report on the Albert Hall annual meeting. Mr. Nichols spoke on "Jobs one can do in a home" and was thanked by Mrs. G. Beasley. The competition for the prettiest flowers arranged in an eggcup was won Mrs. Hibson. The winner of last month’s competition was Mrs. Feil. Tea hostesses were Mrs. C. Brockway. Mrs. Chown. Mrs. Lyman and Mrs. W. Brockway.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 September 1949

Mrs. Jelley presided at Cosgrove W. I. meeting. Mrs. Brockway and Mrs. Hebson were chosen delegate and visitor to the half yearly meeting, to be held at Towcester in October. Future meetings of the W.l. are to be held in the new Victory Hall. Mrs. Thacker gave a talk on Nigeria. A competition for six home-grown tomatoes was won by Mrs. Lovesey. Tea hostesses were Mrs. Jones, Mrs. H. Lavington, Mrs. Whitaker and Miss I. Williams.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 June 1953

Photographs of the Women's Institute's annual conference at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The top picture shows some of the Northamptonshire delegates having snack-lunch on the steps of the Albert Memorial. In the centre of this group —in Mrs. Joyce Griffiths, and on her left, Mrs. V. V. Adkins, both of Greatworth. The three delegates nearest the camera in the centre picture are (left to right): Mrs. T. Bamford (Old), Mrs. E. I. M. Fairey (Holcot) and Mrs, A. Ellis (president of Holcoi W. 1.), On the left of the bottom picture is Mrs, L. A. Clark, of Cosgrove, who took her “tatting” to the Royal Albert Hall, where she “did Quite a lot the lunch interval."