Cosgrove 1900 - 1916

Mrs Kightley's Picnic Party 1909 Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 April 1900

COSGROVE

CONCERT. The Cosgrove Choral Society gave their second concert on Friday evening in the National Schoolroom, on behalf of the fund for the purchase of a piano for the school. There was a very good attendance. The cantata “The Lion of Judah," was rendered. Mrs. Seymour was practically responsible for the arrangements. Mr Owen Gee, secretary, assisting, and Mr. Seymour rendered valuable help. Mr Keen, of Wolverton, was the conductor.

The choruses were all vigorously rendered, and the soloists acquitted themselves admirably. Two of the most appreciated items were the "Easter Hymn" and "The Song of Jubilee "

The principal performers were as follows: —Soprano, Mrs. Burridge, Miss Banks, Miss C. Toombs, Masters W. Toombs, and Oliver Gee; contralto, Mrs. Seymour and Master H. Noble; tenor, Messrs. J. and W. Gee; bass, Messrs. W Pedley, O. Gee. and A. Hillyer. A capital orchestra rendered the accompaniments excellently, being composed of Miss L. Wildman and Mr. P. Sharp (first violins). Masters E. Grant and B. Bucknall (second violins). Mr. W. H. Lindow ('cello). Mr. Thorpe (contra bass', and Miss Wildman (organist).

At the close Mr F. D. Bull congratulated the society upon the admirable way they had rendered the cantata, and thanked the members for their efforts and the Wolverton friends for their assistance. He proposed a hearty vote thanks to all the performers, and this was agreed to with cheers, which brought a pleasant evening to a termination.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 April 1902

COSGROVE CONCERT.

A capital concert was given Friday evening in the Schoolroom, under the auspices of the Cosgrove Choral Society. There was a large audience, and the whole of the items were well given, eliciting hearty applause.

Amongst the audience we noticed Mrs Gordon, Mrs. and Miss Grant-Thorold, Captain R. Grant-Thorold, Mr. F. Grant-Thorold, etc. Excellent arrangements were made, and the hon. secretary (Mrs. Seymour) and the society deserve commendation for arranging such an excellent concert. The Choral Society contributed several choruses first-class style, and the instrumental and vocal items were likewise well rendered, the following assisting in the programme: —

Miss Bennett, Miss Collins, Mr. Fessey, Messrs. Keen and Bennett, Miss Wildman, Miss Bull, Mr. C. Johnson, Miss Bennett, Mrs. Redley, Mr Redley, Mrs. Seymour, Mr. Baker, and Mr. Phillips. A lengthy programme was brought to a close by the singing of "God Save King."


Wolverton Express 12th May 1903

Cosgrove Concert

A very successful concert was given in the Schoolroom on Friday evening in last week, the chief attractions of which were the several items contributed by the junior Choirs and a very amusing sketch by Miss J Bull (Cosgrove) and Miss E H Bull (Newport Pagnell). The Misses Bull are becoming quite popular in the neighbourhood for their very clever performances and it is quite needless to say that the audience was delighted, the interest being maintained to the end. With reference to the Junior Choirs, whose share of the entertainment consisted of action songs, duets and rounds, never have children’s performances gained more enthusiastic applause, and this deservedly, as their five successes at the recent competition at Northampton proved. The other items were contributed by the senior Choir and by Mrs Hollowell, Mrs Whitlock, Miss J Bull, Miss L Wildman, Miss E Keen, Mr Dormer, and Mr Keen. The pianist was Miss Bull, whose interest in these choirs never wanes, and the conductor was Mr Keen. The later gentleman, during the evening, was presented with two volumes, (Stainer and Barret’s Dictionary of Musical Terms and professor Prout’s edition of The Messiah) as a token of appreciation and esteem from the Junior Choirs.

All the performers acquitted themselves remarkably well. Mrs Whitlock and Mrs Wildman, who are now well known at Cosgrove, had quite an enthusiastic reception. A most enjoyable evening was spent, both by the obliging entertainers and an appreciative audience, amongst whom we noticed Mrs F D Bull and Mr H Grant Thorold J P and others. Several of the audience remained after the singing of “God Save the King” to personally compliment and thank those who had contributed to the evening’s amusement.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 December 1903

COSGROVE. "CANADA." A lantern lecture on Canada, illustrated by splendid views lent by the Canadian Government, was given by the Rev. H. N C. Hewson Saturday evening, in the Schoolroom. The room was well filled, and the audience were greatly interested. It is proposed to continue the lectures (or other form of entertainment) weekly during the winter.


Flower Show 1904

The annual show of the Cosgrove Horticultural Society was held in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall, the residence of Mr A Grant-Thorold, JP, on Saturday afternoon, in lovely weather. The show was undoubtedly the best which the society has yet held. The vegetables were exceptionally good, the fruit was excellent, and the flowers were, on the whole, good.

The feature of the show was the handsome array of flowers, fruit and vegetables from the gardens of Mr B Wentworth Vernon, JP, of Stoke Bruerne Park. This collection, which was a veritable flower show in itself, was arranged by Mr W Batchelor, Mr Vernon’s head gardener, who acted as one of the judges, and of course, it was not for competition. The flowers, especially the dahlias and sweet peas, were extremely fine, and the collection of delicate marguerite carnations, a sweetly scented double carnation, was much admired. Some black potatoes were a curiosity to most visitors. The fruit which Mr Vernon sent to the show was beyond reproach, and the vegetables were extremely good. Other exhibits not for competition were sent by Miss Capell, Passenham Rectory; Mrs E Watts, Hanslope Park; Mr A Grant-Thorold, Cosgrove Hall; Mr F D Bull, Cosgrove; Mr J J Atkinson, Cosgrove Priory; Mr G F Bransom, Cosgrove.

During the afternoon the show was fairly well attended. Among the visitors were Mr A Grant-Thorold (President of the Society), Captain Grant-Thorold, Rev Walter Plant, (Potterspury), Rev W L Harnett, Wolverton, Rev W J Harkness, Hanslope, Rev W B Rickards, Tiffield, Rev G M Capell, (Passenham), Rev A B Patten, (Whittlebury), Mrs Carlile, (Gayhurst), Miss Burrows, (Maids Moreton), Mrs and Miss Rumsey, (Calverton), Major Brougham, (Potterspury), Mr W Bairstow, JP, (Towcester), Mr T Byam Grounds JP, (Passenham), Mr W C Cooper, JP (Whittlebury), Mr E H Watts, JP and Mrs Watts (Hanslope), Mr J J Atkinson CC (Cosgrove), Mr F D Bull and Mrs Bull (Cosgrove), Mr K C Baily (Bradwell), Mr Fraser (Newport Pagnell). The Stony Stratford band played bright selections. The judges were :- Mr W Batchelor, gardener to Mr B Wentworth Vernon, JP, Stoke Bruerne, and Mr J Thomas, gardener to Lord Penrhyn, Wicken.

The awards were:

Cottagers’ Class – collection of vegetables: 1, D Merridan; 2, A Childs; 3, S Williams. Kidney Beans: 1, D Merridan; 2, G Wilson. Cabbages: 1, F Tack; 2, J Horn. Carrots: 1, J Nichols; 2, M Beasley. Celery: 1 S Williams; 2, T Luck. Spring Onions: 1, J Nichols; 2, D Merridan; 3, M Beasley. Winter onions: 1, D Merridan; 2, J Horn; 3, J Nichols. Cauliflower: 1, D Merridan; 2 J Nichols. Peas: 1, D Merridan; 2, S Williams. Parsnips: 1, J Nichols; 2, D Merridan. White round potatoes: 1, G Wilson; 2, D Merridan. Coloured round potatoes: 1 S Williams; 2, D Merridan. White turnips: 1, A Childs; 2, M Beasley. Marrows: 1, H Cutler, 2, D Merridan. Long beet: 1, J Nichols. Tomatoes: 2, T Luck. Lettuces: 2, D Merridan. Shallots: 1, D Merridan; 2, M Beasley. Plums: 1, W Atkins; 2, M Brown. Cooking apples: 1, W Clarke; 2, W Atkins. Asters: 1, G Wilson; 2, William Lovesey. Stocks: 1, A Childs; 2, S Williams. Dahlias: 1, A Chexfield; 2, M Clarke. Hardy flowers: 1, A Childs; 2, S Williams. 2, A Childs. Sweet peas: 1, A Childs; 2, S Williams. Pansies: 1, S Williams; 2, W Lovesey. Carnations: 1, S Williams. Bouquet: 1, S Williams; 2, A Childs.

Open Class: collection of vegetables: 1, J J Atkinson JP, Cosgrove Priory; 2, A Grant-Thorold JP, Cosgrove Hall; 3, Rev H Last, Stony Stratford. Cucumbers: 1, J J Atkinson. Tomatoes: 1 --- Clarke, Castlethorpe; 2, J J Atkinson. Marrows: 1, Rev Walter Plant, Potterspury; 2, Rev H
Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 June 1905

COSGROVE—A RACE BETWEEN VETERANS. A 100 yards race between W. Wise and R. Brown was decided on Tuesday, when, after an exciting race, Wise won, Brown coming to grief a few yards from home after leading all the way.


Wolverton Express 29 June 1906

BREWERY OUTING

The Directors of Messrs Phipps and Co Ltd most generously provided for the pleasure of their employees at the annual holiday last Saturday, when a nice party for their Wolverton and Cosgrove branches took advantage of a trip to Llandudno, where a very pleasant time was spent. The party included Mr and Mrs Key, Mr and Mrs Linthwaite, Mr W Gamage, Mr C J Westley, and the employees from Cosgrove Stores, with their wives.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 August 1908

P. PHIPPS AND CO. EMPLOYEES’ OUTING.

By the generosity of the firm the employees of P Phipps and Co. (Northampton, and Towcester Breweries), Ltd, were enabled to visit the Franco-British Exhibition, at Shepherd's Bush, Loudon, on Thursday. A thoroughly jolly time was spent by the more than 900 who went on this annual holiday. Every man had been given two railway tickets, available also for admission to the White City, and 5s, and each lad was given ticket and 2s. 6d. Two special trains carried the party to London, arriving at 8.45 and 9.25. Employees from Daventry and Towcester joined the trip at Northampton, and those from Wolverton and Cosgrove were picked up at Wolverton. The party included lady relatives of the employees. Mr. G. Seward (head brewer), Mr. B. Croft (manager), and Mr. J. H. Nolan (secretary), accompanied the party. Arrived at the exhibition the time was enjoyably spent in patronising the multifarious attractions. The flipflap, the scenic railway, the spider's web, the spiral, the Canadian toboggan, the Ceylon village, the Senegalese village. Ballymachinton (Irish village) with its Blarney stone, were all made to contribute to the pleasures of the day, and the various Palaces, decorative arts, fine arts, machinery. Colonial, textile, educational, and women's work, were the source of great interest. The beautiful Court of Honour, especially when lit at night, a myriad of coloured lamps, provoked great admiration.

A safe return was made in the small hours of this morning.


Wolverton Express June 23rd 1911

Coronation 1911

The celebrations at this quiet little village were of a hearty character. The service at church at 2 o’clock was taken by the Rev M.R.Graham. Afterwards the rest of the day  was spent in the Home Close lent by Mr. H. Grant-Thorold J.P. where sports and other amusements were provided. The children were presented with mugs by the Committee who were as follows:

Mr. Grant-Thorold (Chairman), Messrs S. Williams, W. Clarke, F. Jelley, H. Smith, R. Morgan and E. Irons.

A meat tea was given to all the inhabitants, the ladies presiding being:

Mesdames F. Jelley, T. Jelley, W. Hurst, W. Lambert, Wilson, Mayes, W. Wise and Miss Clarke, with a large body of other helpers.

At dusk there was a pyrotechnic display, the fireworks being given by Colonel and Mrs Broadwood, who are staying at Cosgrove Hall.


The photograph is c.1912-13. Mrs. Bushell of the Barley Mow is holding the baby

Wolverton Express April 30th 1915

COSGROVE

WHIST DRIVE

A whist drive was held in the Old School Room, at Cosgrove, on Thursday, in aid of the Sunday School. It was arranged by Miss Penson, Miss Jelley, Mrs. Seymour, and Mrs. Buttrum. There was a good attendance and the prizes were won by the following ladies and gentlemen.

Ladies: 1st, Mrs. Coles (Wolverton); 2nd, Miss Duffett; Booby, Miss A. Knight.

Gents: 1st, Master Hillyer (Cosgrove); 2nd, Mr. E. J. Adkins (Yardley Gobion); Booby, Pte. J. J. Bues.

At the close of the drive the prizes were kindly presented by the Misses Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, and the Vicar proposed a vote of thanks to the Misses Atkinson for so kindly coming to present the prizes; to the ladies who had arranged the drive and also to the M.C. Mr. E. T. Cockerill, of Stony Stratford, who had managed this and also other drives held during the winter in the most able way. The whist drive was followed by dancing. Refreshments were provided by Mr Malcolm Jelley (Cosgrove), assisted by Mrs. Jelley, of Stony Stratford.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 December 1915

COSGROVE. A very successful whist drive was held in the Parish Church Schoolroom on Monday. There was a good assembly of villagers, besides a large contingent of visitors from Wolverton. The event was a financial success, and resulted in the accumulation of a substantial fund which is to provide chairs for the Parish Room. The arrangements were made by a ladies' committee, which had Mrs. Penson as secretary.


Wolverton Express 17th March 1916

Patriotic Concert

In order to help the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Fund a grand patriotic concert was given in the Old Schoolroom on Saturday evening, under the directorship of Mr F. G. Bavey. The program, which was of a varied description, was in the capable hands of the Magpie Party, and they did justice to the sixteen items that appeared on the “bill of fare”. The room was packed with an appreciative audience, and the program was thoroughly enjoyed. A band of willing helpers was found in Messrs. H. W. Willison, M. Beasley, T. Jelley, R. Brown, S. Williams, W. Wise, G. Noble and Mr J. Cawthorne, of the Royal Naval Air Service, who helped in many ways towards the success of the concert.

During the interval a guessing competition of seeds in a vegetable marrow took place – a sovereign being realised. The winner was Mr J Cawthorne, with 375, the number of seeds being 371. The winner kindly refunded the prize for the benefit of the cause. The room was beautifully decorate, a screen being lent by Miss H. Willison and the scenery round the platform was painted by Mr F. G. Bavey.

The following was the program:- Opening chorus, the Party; song, Miss L. Chapman; song, Peter Stevens; comic stories, Sammy Gordon; “A little bit of Heaven”, C. Benson; Territorials Song, Sammy and Peter; song, Miss M. Chapman; equilibrist, Sammy Gordon; sketch, “The Tale of a Shirt”, the Party; conjuring, Gus Norton; “Paper Bag Cookery”, Peter Stevens; “The Sunshine of your Smile”, C. Benson; “Old Folks at Home”, the Party; “Anchored”, Peter Stevens; patriotic song, the Party; sketch, “Wait and See”, the Party.


Wolverton Express 20th October 1916

Held in the beautiful grounds of Cosgrove Priory, the seat of Mr and Mrs J Jepson Atkinson, the former popular County Councillor for Passenham Division of South Northants, and enjoyable and remunerative Red Cross Day was held. There was a very large attendance. Amongst those present were seen the Dowager Lady Temple, Miss Bayliss, Mrs Lucas, Miss Pouncefort Duncombe, Mr and Mrs Honston and Mrs H Honston (the latter was helping Miss Atkinson with her sweet stall), Mrs and Miss Guinness, Mrs Borrett, Miss V Maguire, Miss Capell, a large party from Towcester, including Mr and Mrs Linthwaite, Mrs Knight, Mrs Browning, Mrs Bywater (who kindly assisted with the arrangements), Miss Linnell and Mr Polman.

There was a good show of vegetables in the tent. The prizes of tobacco given by Mrs Atkinson were mostly returned by the winners as gifts to wounded soldiers. The exhibits were sent to the Northampton General Hospital. The prize winners were Messrs Seymour, Swain and Childs. Among other attractions were four excellent half hour entertainments, two given by the “Pom Poms”, a charming concert party from Wolverton. The other two concerts were of a varied character, showing a great deal of local talent. Mrs Grant-Thorold and Miss Capell performed a scene from “Northanger Abbey”, which was very well done. Mrs Atkinson gave a beautiful rendering of “Who is Sylvia” (Shubert) on the harp, accompanied by Miss Gune Atkinson, who also sang. Mr Garratt opened the concert with pianoforte solos, and also accompanied. Sapper J O’Connor, who has a fine baritone voice, sang; and Lance-Corpl Jackson, cheered everyone with his funny humorous sketches.

Tea was provided by the Committee – Mrs Buttram, Mrs Jelley, Mrs Penson and Mrs Seymour. Much amusement was caused by the draw for a Leghorn hen, given and raffled for by Mrs Guinness and won by Mrs Atkinson. The proceeds amounted to £17 7s 3d.


Wolverton Express 10th November 1916

A jumble sale, arranged by Mrs J Knight, Mr M Jelley and others was held in the old school on Saturday November 4th for the benefit of the Village Soldiers. Contributions of flour, groceries, fruit, clothing etc., were forthcoming from most of the inhabitants. The sale was opened by the Rev W. Humbley, with a few very appropriate remarks. Mr M F Jelley acted as auctioneer for the grocery, fruit etc. and made an excellent salesman. He was assisted by Mr J Knight, who took the sale of clothing etc. and with his usual jocular remarks, succeeded in persuading all present that they were securing the best bargains of a life time with the result that the little effort from this very patriotic village realized the very handsome sum of nearly £5.


Wolverton Express 20th October 1916

Held in the beautiful grounds of Cosgrove Priory, the seat of Mr and Mrs J Jepson Atkinson, the former popular County Councillor for Passenham Division of South Northants, and enjoyable and remunerative Red Cross Day was held. There was a very large attendance. Amongst those present were seen the Dowager Lady Temple, Miss Bayliss, Mrs Lucas, Miss Pouncefort Duncombe, Mr and Mrs Honston and Mrs H Honston (the latter was helping Miss Atkinson with her sweet stall), Mrs and Miss Guinness, Mrs Borrett, Miss V Maguire, Miss Capell, a large party from Towcester, including Mr and Mrs Linthwaite, Mrs Knight, Mrs Browning, Mrs Bywater (who kindly assisted with the arrangements), Miss Linnell and Mr Polman.

There was a good show of vegetables in the tent. The prizes of tobacco given by Mrs Atkinson were mostly returned by the winners as gifts to wounded soldiers. The exhibits were sent to the Northampton General Hospital. The prize winners were Messrs Seymour, Swain and Childs. Among other attractions were four excellent half hour entertainments, two given by the “Pom Poms”, a charming concert party from Wolverton. The other two concerts were of a varied character, showing a great deal of local talent. Mrs Grant-Thorold and Miss Capell performed a scene from “Northanger Abbey”, which was very well done. Mrs Atkinson gave a beautiful rendering of “Who is Sylvia” (Shubert) on the harp, accompanied by Miss Gune Atkinson, who also sang. Mr Garratt opened the concert with pianoforte solos, and also accompanied. Sapper J O’Connor, who has a fine baritone voice, sang; and Lance-Corpl Jackson, cheered everyone with his funny humorous sketches.

Tea was provided by the Committee – Mrs Buttram, Mrs Jelley, Mrs Penson and Mrs Seymour. Much amusement was caused by the draw for a Leghorn hen, given and raffled for by Mrs Guinness and won by Mrs Atkinson. The proceeds amounted to £17 7s 3d.