Cosgrove Events 1920 - 1929



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Wolverton Express 13th August 1920

A pretty fete was held in the grounds of Cosgrove Priory on Saturday by members of the Mothers’ Union. Mr and Mrs Atkinson lent the grounds, and Mrs Atkinson, as President of the Union, took a great interest in the effort, which was successful. Its object was to collect funds, to purchase material for the Mothers’ Work Class, which is held during the winter months. The Cosgrove Excelsior Band played selections and dance music during the evening. The stalls and other shows included needlework, Mesdames Whiting, Dickens and Buckell; fruit and vegetables, Mesdames Lovesey and Abel; bowls, Miss Atkinson; golf, Miss W. Atkinson; skittles, Mr Lovesey; Aunt Sally and Hoopla, Mr Green; Mrs Butcher (secretary), and Mrs Whiting (treasurer). About £30 was realised.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 October 1920

HOSPITAL FETE—The border villages of Castlethorpe and Cosgrove held their first fete for the Northampton Hospital on Saturday last, and the function proved an unqualified success Thanks to the untiring exertions of the organisers, Mr. and Mrs. Bavington, and a hard-working committee, £100 was realised. The opening ceremony was performed by Mr. A. A. Fergusson the presence of a very large company. The programme included sports and a vegetable show. During the afternoon a composite brass band from Cosgrove and Stony Stratford provided suitable music under the conductorship of Mr. Key.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 August 1921

COSGROVE GARDEN FETE.

The grounds of the Hall, the residence of Mr. A. A. Fergusson, was on Saturday the scene of a garden fete arranged by the Mothers’ Union of the village in aid of their funds. The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Agar, who was afterwards presented with a bouquet of choice roses and jessamine by Nellie Wilcox. As a means of money raising several work stalls and competitions were arranged around the grounds, and these were generously patronised. A fruit and provision stall was under the charge of Mrs. Fergusson; sweets and flowers and needlework were sold by Mrs. and Miss Waydedline and Miss Hibbert; the hidden treasure competition was managed by Mr. W. Lovesey; cake guessing, Mrs. Johnson and Nurse Savage; brantub, Mrs. Hurst and Mrs. Bushell.

A baby show, one of the attractions, was rather poorly entered. Nurse Patching, the district nurse, was the judge, and she gave her awards as follows: Babies under six months, 1 Mrs. Barton (Cosgrove), 2 Mrs. Taylor (Stony Stratford). Over six months, 1 Mrs. Hillyer (Wolverton).

A concert was given by the Cosgrove schoolchildren, who had been ably trained by Mrs. J. Wilcox. They gave a charming interpretation of that old nursery rhyme, “The old woman who lived in a shoe.” Mona Clarke took the principal part of the old woman. Songs and other items were given by Miss G. Atkinson and Alisa Nancy Edwards (character comedienne), Northampton. Mr. A. F. Brook’s (Wolverton) band played selections during the fete programme and for dancing in the evening.

The Cosgrove Mother’s Union is under the presidency of Mrs. J. J, Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, with Miss. Butler as Hon. secretary.


The Bucks Standard August 27th 1921 

HOSPITAL FETE AT CASTLETHORPE

£176 FOR THE NORTHAMPTON INSTUTION.

Castlethorpe and Cosgrove combined in a laudable mission of mercy last Saturday, when the second fete to raise funds for the Northampton Hospital was held in the fields which adjoin the Navigation Inn, and proved an unqualified success. Last year the two villages contributed a cheque for £100 to the hospital, but on present occasion Mrs. Bavington, who was the moving spirit in promoting the fete, and also carried out the secretarial duties in a most able manner arranged a more ambitious programme, with the happy result that a sum of no less than £176 10s. 11½. was realised. The sum included a handsome donation of 320 from Mr. and Mrs. Agar (Cosgrove). £ 3. from Mr. Waydelin, £2 2s. from Mrs. Fergusson (Cosgrove Hall), £1 1s. from Mr. A. Masterman (Castlethorpe), £1 from Mr. H. Cook, 10s. from Mr. Anderson, and other generous contributions from residents in the two villages. Captain Fergusson was the president of the fete, and the vice-presidents were Messrs. R. Whiting (Cosgrove) and J. Whiting (Castlethorpe), Mr. Malcolm Jelly was chairman of the Cosgrove section and Mr. H. Dollings filled a like capacity at Castlethorpe. Mr. R. Bavington was treasurer of the fund.

A varied and interesting programme included a flower show, athletic sports, fishing competition (for which there were more than 200 entries), various side shows, an auction sale conducted by Mr. P. C. Gambell, of Newport Pagnell, and dancing in the evening. A number of young ladies from the two villages sold roses both on Friday and Saturday and paid £10 9s. 11. to the fund, and by the sale of scented cards £4 9s. 11d. was raised. There was a large attendance of the public gate receipts amounting to £12 8s. 9d. Mr. C. Harding, of Castlethorpe, gave his services as gatekeeper. Entries for the fishing tournament brought on £11 7s.

The fete was opened in a brief appropriate speech by Mrs. Fergusson, whose services were fittingly recognised by the presentation of a bouquet of choice flowers by little Miss Markham on behalf of Mrs. Bavington.
Mr. S. Williams was secretary of the flower show, and was assisted by the following committee; Messrs. G. Williams, -. Lord, T. Lord(Cosgrove), H. Maltby, H. Cook, F. Sawbridge and H. Bruce (Castlethorpe).

The prize winners were :

Kidney beans. 1 R. Pettifer 2 W. Wise
Carrots 1 S. Lord 2 G.F. Haynes
Celery 1 G. Haynes 2 J. Horn
Cauliflower 1 W. Wise 2 M. Carter
Peas W. Wise 2 F. Sawbridge
Marrows 1 H. S. Giles 2 J. Bearman
Shallots 1 F. Hall 2 R. Pettifer
Spring onions 1 G. Haynes 2 W. Wise
Autumn onions 1 W. Wise 2 A. Childs
Tomatoes 1 S. Lord
Potatoes white round 1 W. Wise 2 G. Haynes
Red round 1 W. Wise 2 R. Pettifer
White kidney 1 R. Pettifer 2 W. Williams (Whittlebury)
Red kidney 1 G. Haynes 2 G. Williams
Plums 1 R. Brown 2 W. Williams
Cooking apples 1 T. Lord 2 M.Carter
Dessert apples 1 T. Lord 2 T. Payne
Hardy flowers Mrs. S. Williams
Bouquet of flowers 1 Mrs. Childs 2 T. Lord
White eggs R. Brown
Brown eggs R. J. Stewart
Duck eggs Mrs. R. Bavington
Collection of vegetables, also onions W. Wise
Collection potatoes 1 J. Williams 2 A. Childs 3 R. Pettifer
Heaviest marrow H.S. Giles
Bouquet of wild flowers 1 Iris Lord 2 B. Panter, 3 Lizzie Williams
Highest aggregate W. Wise

The sports section under the direction of Messrs. R. Panter (secretary), A. Bavington, H. West (Castlethorpe). W. Wise, M. Beasley and Dicks (Cosgrove). The sports judges were Capt. Fergusson, Messrs. R. Whiting, W. Markham, W. Clarke, A. Masterman and Mr. J. Whiting carried out the duties of starter.

Sports prizewinners:

Under 10 girls 1 Violet Williams 2 Louise Gascoyne 3 Kitty Willison
Boys 1 B. Symons 2 F. Copson 3 A. Dolling
10 to 14 girls 1 Doris Willison 2 May Willison 3 Dorothy Jelley
Boys 1 W. Luck 2 A. Jelley 3 L. Dunkley
Ladies egg and spoon 1 Miss L. Jelley 2 Mrs. Stewart 3 Mrs. Spencer

Mr. C. Bywater (Castlethorpe) is deserving of hearty congratulation for the excellent arrangements he made for the fishing contest which took place in the waters of the Grand Junction Canal. His committee comprised Messrs. W. Ward, A. Beasley, A. Jelley, M. Carter and F. Key.

The competition established a record for the district. Altogether 182 fish were caught by six prize winners alone, making an average catch of 30 fish. The winning anglers were: - 1st prize, given by the Mayor of Northampton, W. Singlehurst, 2lb. 15¼ozs. (62 fish); 2nd pair of boots given by Mr. Oakshott, Done, 2lb. 1(illeg)ozs. (44 fish), 3rd. fishing rod given by Poole, F. Earl, 2lb. 10ozs. (13 fish), 4th, fishing bag, H. Bason, 2lb. 5ozs, (25 fish), 5th, bait bag, F. Jarrett 2lb. 2¼ozs. (26 fish), 6th, pipe and pouch, E. Tolley, 1lb. 13½ozs. (9 fish). The “lucky ticket,” No. 195, was drawn by Mrs. Waydelin on the field, and the prize of 15s. was won by Mr. H. Herbert of Cosgrove.

Various side shows were in charge of the following: Hidden treasure, Mr. R. Penson; ground skittles, Messrs. R. Brown, jun., and Egglesfield; table skittles, Messrs. H. Barby and J. Knight; coconuts, Messrs. R. Pettifer and M. Jelley.

A fruit and sweet stall was under the supervision of Mrs. Maltby and Misses Maltby; jumble stall in charge of Mrs. Harding and Mrs. Panter; bran tub, Miss I. Harding and Miss B. Panter; and splendid teas and refreshments were served by Mrs. Bavington, assisted by Miss Waydelin, Mrs. Pate, Mrs. Barby, Mrs. Beasley, Miss V. Harding, Miss P. Bavington, and Miss I. Maltby.

There were many competitions, including guess the name of the doll, worked by Miss Wise, guess the weight of cakes kindly given by Mrs. Jelley, Mrs. Childs and Mrs. Carter, and supervised by Mrs. Penson, Mrs. Copson and Mrs. Carter; guess the weight of the marrow, Mrs. Stewart; Mrs. Knight sold artificial roses, and flowers were sold by Mrs. Copson.

The auction sale proved a big success. Among the gifts were a ton of clover given by Mr. W. W. Dickens (Old Stratford) which realised £10; a ton of coal given by Messrs. J. K. and B. W. Gobbey (Castlethorpe), £3 10s.; a lamb given by Capt. Fergusson, £4; a calf given by Mr. Whiting, £6, a ton of coal given by Mr. John Hall (Stony Stratford), £3 8s 6d. and poultry given by Messrs. B. Nicholls, F. Amos, Carter, Pettifer, Bonner, Ratledge, Harding and W. Clarke. A bag of soot given by Mr. Nicholls (Yardley Gobion) realised 5s. The Auction sale realised £54 10s. 6.

Other amounts paid in addition to those mentioned were: - Hidden treasure £3 10s.; table skittles, £2 19s.; ground skittles, £3 0s. 6d.; paper roses, 16s. 2d.; fortune doll, 19s. 7½d.; cakes, £2 13s. 10½d.; guessing doll’s name £1 17s. 3d.; guessing weight of marrow, £1 11s. 11d.; fruit and sweet stall, £5; jumble sale, £3 7s. 7½d.; teas, 311 12s. 8d.; bran tub, £1 7s.; coconuts £7 1s. 3d.; flower show entries £1 7s. 6d.; prizes won and returned £1 2s.

During the afternoon the Stony Stratford Boy Scouts, under Scoutmaster T. Dicks, gave a very clever display.

The fete was finely organised and Mrs. Bavington and her committee are to be congratulated on the splendid financial success which attended their labours for a good cause. With other events they have yet to be brought off the committee feel confident that the contribution of the two villages to the hospital this year will be quite £200.


The Bucks Standard August 27th 1921 

HOSPITAL FETE AT CASTLETHORPE

£176 FOR THE NORTHAMPTON INSTUTION.

Castlethorpe and Cosgrove combined in a laudable mission of mercy last Saturday, when the second fete to raise funds for the Northampton Hospital was held in the fields which adjoin the Navigation Inn, and proved an unqualified success. Last year the two villages contributed a cheque for £100 to the hospital, but on present occasion Mrs. Bavington, who was the moving spirit in promoting the fete, and also carried out the secretarial duties in a most able manner arranged a more ambitious programme, with the happy result that a sum of no less than £176 10s. 11½. was realised. The sum included a handsome donation of 320 from Mr. and Mrs. Agar (Cosgrove). £ 3. from Mr. Waydelin, £2 2s. from Mrs. Fergusson (Cosgrove Hall), £1 1s. from Mr. A. Masterman (Castlethorpe), £1 from Mr. H. Cook, 10s. from Mr. Anderson, and other generous contributions from residents in the two villages. Captain Fergusson was the president of the fete, and the vice-presidents were Messrs. R. Whiting (Cosgrove) and J. Whiting (Castlethorpe), Mr. Malcolm Jelly was chairman of the Cosgrove section and Mr. H. Dollings filled a like capacity at Castlethorpe. Mr. R. Bavington was treasurer of the fund.

A varied and interesting programme included a flower show, athletic sports, fishing competition (for which there were more than 200 entries), various side shows, an auction sale conducted by Mr. P. C. Gambell, of Newport Pagnell, and dancing in the evening. A number of young ladies from the two villages sold roses both on Friday and Saturday and paid £10 9s. 11. to the fund, and by the sale of scented cards £4 9s. 11d. was raised. There was a large attendance of the public gate receipts amounting to £12 8s. 9d. Mr. C. Harding, of Castlethorpe, gave his services as gatekeeper. Entries for the fishing tournament brought on £11 7s.

The fete was opened in a brief appropriate speech by Mrs. Fergusson, whose services were fittingly recognised by the presentation of a bouquet of choice flowers by little Miss Markham on behalf of Mrs. Bavington.
Mr. S. Williams was secretary of the flower show, and was assisted by the following committee; Messrs. G. Williams, -. Lord, T. Lord(Cosgrove), H. Maltby, H. Cook, F. Sawbridge and H. Bruce (Castlethorpe).

The prize winners were :

Kidney beans.

1 R. Pettifer

2 W. Wise

Carrots

1 S. Lord

2 G.F. Haynes

Celery

1 G. Haynes

2 J. Horn

Cauliflower

1 W. Wise

2 M. Carter

Peas

1 W. Wise

2 F. Sawbridge

Marrows

1 H. S. Giles

2 J. Bearman

Shallots

1 F. Hall

2 R. Pettifer

Spring onions

1 G. Haynes

2 W. Wise

Autumn onions

1 W. Wise

2 A. Childs

Tomatoes

1 S. Lord

Potatoes white round

1 W. Wise

2 G. Haynes

Red round

1 W. Wise

2 R. Pettifer

White kidney

1 R. Pettifer

2 W. Williams (Whittlebury)

Red kidney

1 G. Haynes

2 G. Williams

Plums

1 R. Brown

2 W. Williams

Cooking apples

1 T. Lord

2 M.Carter

Dessert apples

1 T. Lord

2 T. Payne

Hardy flowers

Mrs. S. Williams

Bouquet of flowers

1 Mrs. Childs

2 T. Lord

White eggs

R. Brown

Brown eggs

R. J. Stewart

Duck eggs

Mrs. R. Bavington

Collection of vegetables, also onions

W. Wise

Collection potatoes

1 J. Williams

2 A. Childs 3 R. Pettifer

Heaviest marrow

H.S. Giles

Bouquet of wild flowers

1 Iris Lord

2 B. Panter, 3 Lizzie Williams

Highest aggregate

W. Wise

The sports section under the direction of Messrs. R. Panter (secretary), A. Bavington, H. West (Castlethorpe). W. Wise, M. Beasley and Dicks (Cosgrove). The sports judges were Capt. Fergusson, Messrs. R. Whiting, W. Markham, W. Clarke, A. Masterman and Mr. J. Whiting carried out the duties of starter.

Sports prizewinners: 

Under 10 girls

1 Violet Williams

2 Louise Gascoyne

3 Kitty Willison

Boys

1 B. Symons

2 F. Copson

3 A. Dolling

10 to 14 girls

1 Doris Willison

2 May Willison

3 Dorothy Jelley

Boys

1 W. Luck

2 A. Jelley

3 L. Dunkley

Ladies egg and spoon

1 Miss L. Jelley

2 Mrs. Stewart

3 Mrs. Spencer

Mr. C. Bywater (Castlethorpe) is deserving of hearty congratulation for the excellent arrangements he made for the fishing contest which took place in the waters of the Grand Junction Canal. His committee comprised Messrs. W. Ward, A. Beasley, A. Jelley, M. Carter and F. Key.

The competition established a record for the district. Altogether 182 fish were caught by six prize winners alone, making an average catch of 30 fish. The winning anglers were: - 1st prize, given by the Mayor of Northampton, W. Singlehurst, 2lb. 15¼ozs. (62 fish); 2nd pair of boots given by Mr. Oakshott, Done, 2lb. 1(illeg)ozs. (44 fish), 3rd. fishing rod given by Poole, F. Earl, 2lb. 10ozs. (13 fish), 4th, fishing bag, H. Bason, 2lb. 5ozs, (25 fish), 5th, bait bag, F. Jarrett 2lb. 2¼ozs. (26 fish), 6th, pipe and pouch, E. Tolley, 1lb. 13½ozs. (9 fish). The “lucky ticket,” No. 195, was drawn by Mrs. Waydelin on the field, and the prize of 15s. was won by Mr. H. Herbert of Cosgrove.

Various side shows were in charge of the following: Hidden treasure, Mr. R. Penson; ground skittles, Messrs. R. Brown, jun., and Egglesfield; table skittles, Messrs. H. Barby and J. Knight; coconuts, Messrs. R. Pettifer and M. Jelley.

A fruit and sweet stall was under the supervision of Mrs. Maltby and Misses Maltby; jumble stall in charge of Mrs. Harding and Mrs. Panter; bran tub, Miss I. Harding and Miss B. Panter; and splendid teas and refreshments were served by Mrs. Bavington, assisted by Miss Waydelin, Mrs. Pate, Mrs. Barby, Mrs. Beasley, Miss V. Harding, Miss P. Bavington, and Miss I. Maltby.

There were many competitions, including guess the name of the doll, worked by Miss Wise, guess the weight of cakes kindly given by Mrs. Jelley, Mrs. Childs and Mrs. Carter, and supervised by Mrs. Penson, Mrs. Copson and Mrs. Carter; guess the weight of the marrow, Mrs. Stewart; Mrs. Knight sold artificial roses, and flowers were sold by Mrs. Copson.

The auction sale proved a big success. Among the gifts were a ton of clover given by Mr. W. W. Dickens (Old Stratford) which realised £10; a ton of coal given by Messrs. J. K. and B. W. Gobbey (Castlethorpe), £3 10s.; a lamb given by Capt. Fergusson, £4; a calf given by Mr. Whiting, £6, a ton of coal given by Mr. John Hall (Stony Stratford), £3 8s 6d. and poultry given by Messrs. B. Nicholls, F. Amos, Carter, Pettifer, Bonner, Ratledge, Harding and W. Clarke. A bag of soot given by Mr. Nicholls (Yardley Gobion) realised 5s. The Auction sale realised £54 10s. 6.

Other amounts paid in addition to those mentioned were: - Hidden treasure £3 10s.; table skittles, £2 19s.; ground skittles, £3 0s. 6d.; paper roses, 16s. 2d.; fortune doll, 19s. 7½d.; cakes, £2 13s. 10½d.; guessing doll’s name £1 17s. 3d.; guessing weight of marrow, £1 11s. 11d.; fruit and sweet stall, £5; jumble sale, £3 7s. 7½d.; teas, 311 12s. 8d.; bran tub, £1 7s.; coconuts £7 1s. 3d.; flower show entries £1 7s. 6d.; prizes won and returned £1 2s.

During the afternoon the Stony Stratford Boy Scouts, under Scoutmaster T. Dicks, gave a very clever display.

The fete was finely organised and Mrs. Bavington and her committee are to be congratulated on the splendid financial success which attended their labours for a good cause. With other events they have yet to be brought off the committee feel confident that the contribution of the two villages to the hospital this year will be quite £200.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 September 1922

Castlethorpe & Cosgrove Hospital Fete 1922
Front & reverse of card
sold for the 1922 Fete

Castlethorpe & Cosgrove Hospital Fete 1922

THE HOSPITAL, CASTLETHORPE AND COSGROVE JOINT FETE.

The third annual Hospital Fete of the villages of Castlethorpe and Cosgrove was held on Saturday in the field lent by Mr. and Mrs. Bavington. The first fete effort of the neighbouring villages produced for the Northampton Hospital the sum of £100, and last year this amount was doubled. It was hoped, and it certainly appeared possible on Saturday that last year’s amount would be equalled if not exceeded. The weather was ideal, the bright, warm sunshine adding much to the success of the fete, and was the means of bringing many visitors.

The fete was opened by Mrs. J. Whiting, of Castlethorpe who performed the ceremony in the absence through illness, of Lady Holland, of Hanslope Lodge. She was supported by the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton (Alderman and Mrs. G. S. Whiting), Mr. C. H. Battle, the Rev. R. Stanham (Cosgrove), various officials of the fete committee, and others. The programme the fete included many attractive features. In addition to the many stalls and side-shows, were athletic sports, aquatic sports, a horticultural show, a fishing competition, and an auction sale.

The horticultural show was held in the fete field, the exhibits, 200 in number, being staged in a marquee. The show was the best yet held in the two villages, for quality and quantity of exhibits. The judges were Mr McKinnon, of Hanslope Lodge, and a representative of Messrs. Perkins and Sons, Northampton, whose awards were given as follows. Except where otherwise stated, the prize winners are residents of either Cosgrove Castlethorpe.

FLOWER SHOW.

The awards were;— Collection of vegetables, six varieties (prizes by Mr. M. Jelley), 1 G. F. Haynes (New Bradwell), 2 T. Lord. Kidnev beans, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 T. Lord. Carrots, 1 A. Shackell, 2 R. Panter. Celery, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 S. Williams. Cauliflowers, 1 G. H 2 J. Brown. Peas, 1 T. Dillon, 2 Mrs. R. Bavington. Marrows, l G. Williams, 2 T. Lord. Pickling eschalots, 1 F. Hall, 2 Mrs. G. Brown. Spring sown onions, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 T. Lord. Autumn sown onions, A. Stanley (Maids Moreton), 2 G. Pettifer. Tomatoes, 1 J. Brown (Old Stratford). Potatoes, white round, 1 G. Williams, H. Ward; coloured round, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 G. Williams, white kidney, 1 G. Williams, 2 G. F. Haynes; coloured round 1 G. Williams, 2 R. Panter. Plums, 1 R. Panter, 2 Mrs R. Brown. Cooking Apples 1 R. Panter 2 J. Brown. Pears  1 R Panter 2 J Brown.

Sweet Peas four bunches 1 Mrs S. Williams 2 F. Childs. Hardy flowers six bunches 1 Mrs S. Williams 2 A. J. Childs. Bouquet of Flowers 1 Mrs S. Williams 2 Mrs Childs. Roses 1 F. Sawbridge.

Hen’s eggs white 1 Mrs R. Brown, brown 1 Mrs Geo. Brown, ducks’ eggs 1 Mrs R. Bavington.

Collection of vegetables four varieties (Prizes by Messrs Thomas Perkins Northampton) 1 S. W. Williams. Spring sown onions (Prizes by Messrs Clarke and Son Castlethorpe) 1 G. Williams 2 W. Wise. Peas (Prize by Messrs Clarke and Son) W. Wise. Carrots (Prizes by Messrs Clarke and Son) 1 W. Wise 2 G. Williams. Collection of potatoes four varieties (Prize given by Mr F. Williams) 1 G. Williams 2 S. Williams 3 F. Hall. Heaviest marrow G. Noble. Bouquet of Wild Flowers (children) 1 Gladys Lord 2 W. Scott 3 Violet Williams.

At the close of the show the exhibits were sold by public auction and the proceeds given to the fete funds. There were also sold collections of fruit and vegetables given by Mr Fergusson and Mr H. Cook.

SPORTS

The athletic sports gave the following results:

80 yards flat (girls under 10) 1 L. Gascoyne 2 V. Williams 3 H. Castle.

80 yards flat (boys under 10) 1 R. Brown 2 F. Copson 3 A. Brooks.

80 yards flat (girls 10 – 14) 1 D. Jelley 2 M. Willison 3 D. Willison.

80 yards flat (boys 10 – 14) 1 S. Chapman 2 A. Jelley 3 J. Dunkley.

60 yards egg and spoon race (Ladies) 1 Miss Jelley 2 Mrs Cooper 3 Mrs Summers

100 yards Boot race (over 14) 1 J. Worker 2 J. Tilson 3 W. Worker.

40 yards swimming (boys under 10) 1 F. Payne 2 A. Jelley 3 W. Luck

80 yards swimming (open) 1 Ridgway (Hanslope) 2 A. Stevenson (Wolverton) 3 F. Stevenson (Wolverton)

Walking greasy pole over canal for leg of mutton won by Mr C. W. Harding.

Pillow Fight over canal 1 A. Stevenson 2 F. Stevenson

A fishing competition took place at the canal in the fields owned by Mr Bavington. Seventy anglers took part and three hours fishing produced the following winners:

1 Hill. (Northampton) 26 ozs; 2 S. Tapp 22 ozs; 3 J. Wesley (Northampton) 13 ozs; 4 A. Bason (Northampton) 12 ozs; 5 F. James (Northampton) 11 ozs; 6 W .Tue (Wolverton) 10 ozs.

For smallest fish caught Bunyan (Northampton). The prizes won were handed to the winners by Mrs. T. Whiting.

An auction sale of gifts to the fete committee was carried out in the evening by a representative of the firm of Messrs. Wigley, Son, and Gambell, auctioneers, Newport Pagnell, when some good prices were realised. A varied assortment of articles was disposed of. In addition to the many gifts in kind, the fete committee received several handsome gifts of money. During the afternoon and evening the Hanslope Excelsior Band, under the conductorship of Mr. A. Key, played selections and dance music. The Hospital Fete Committee of the two villages is a large and representative one of all sections, and has for its presidents, Lieut.-GeneraI Sir Arthur Holland, of Hanslope Lodge, and Capt. Fergusson, of Cosgrove. Each village has its own committee and chairman, these being Mr. Malcolm Jelley (Cosgrove) and Mr. H. Dolling (Castlethorpe). Mrs. E. Basington was a hard-working hon. secretary.


Wolverton Express 22nd February 1924

COSGROVE VILLAGE HOSPITAL EFFORT

With marked enthusiasm and their forces splendidly organised, the people of Cosgrove, mindful of the value of the Northampton Hospital, have set to work to raise funds for that most deserving institution. A representative committee has been formed, and they launched their first effort with gratifying success on Saturday week. The proceedings took the form of a “social” and a very enjoyable affair it proved. The schools were crowded, and vocal and instrumental music, followed by a dance, provided an evening’s real pleasure. Cosgrove people are to be heartily congratulated on the splendid manner in which they supported the committee’s efforts. The financial result was a sum of £14 for the Hospital Week Fund. Mrs Keech was heartily encored for her songs, and the vocal efforts of the following were much appreciated:

Miss L. Williams, Miss N. Hillyer, Miss N. Wilcox, Miss B. Noble and Messrs P. Horne, H. Eglesfield and M. Carter. The whistling solos by Mr P. Horn were very clever and well done. Mr A. Andrew of Newport Pagnell played the accompaniments and also supplied music for dancing, for which Messrs P. Horn and J. Knight officiated as MC’s. The arrangements were made by Mrs Arthur Andrew, Mrs Brown, Mrs Garratt. Mrs A. F. Jelley, Mrs M. Jelley and Mrs Penson, who are arranging for a concert in the course of a week or two for the same object.


Wolverton Express 28th March 1924

COSGROVE CONCERT

The Cosgrove inhabitants are working very earnestly in their endeavours to make their first annual effort for the benefit of that deserving institution, The Northampton Hospital, a thorough success. Other years they have combined with the neighbouring village of Castlethorpe. Numbered among the successful functions of a social character they have already held, was the concert which attracted a crowded attendance to the Council school on Friday March 15th and as a result of which the funds were added to, to the extent of £16/16/6. A very lengthy programme was provided to the delight of all present and the enjoyment was demonstrated by the rounds of applause which greeted each of the excellent contributions made by the artistes.

Miss Lizzie Williams gave, in a pleasing manner, the song “Mother Mine”, as did also Miss Knight “Mary of Argyle”, Miss Atkinson “I love the Moon” and “Love’s a Merchant”, Mrs Keech and schoolgirls “Little Sleepy Eyes”, Miss Bessie Noble “Smilin’ Through”, Miss Nancy Hillyer “I Passed by your Window”, Mr E. Kingston “Dear Old Dad of Mine” and Miss Nellie Wilcox “It’s Better to Laugh than Cry”. Mr P. Horn contributed humorous numbers and also appeared with success in a duet with Mrs H. Keech. Songs were also given by Mr J. Knight. Miss Vera Dewick, a pupil of Miss D. Coker, Wolverton, delighted with skilfully executed dances, whilst the schoolchildren added a song and dance, “The Fairy Song”, and Misses Bessie Noble and Muriel Eglesfield contributed a duet and dance “The Fairies’ Home”. Recitations by Miss Hilda Castle, Miss Violet Williams and Mrs Garratt were enthusiastically received, A sketch entitled “Impossible Perkins”, by Miss L. Bushell, I. Jelley and I. Knight, was excellently contributed as was also a sketch “Only Peggy”, by Misses Mabel Castle, Nancy Hillyer, Phyllis Gascoyne, Edna Nicholls, Nellie Willcox and Lizzie Williams. Mrs Andrews of Newport Pagnell, at the pianoforte, very ably accompanied the musical items.


Wolverton Express 6th June 1924

COSGROVE.

A GARDEN FETE in aid of the Cosgrove Mothers’ Union was held in the grounds of Cosgrove Priory, the residence of Mrs Atkinson, the president. Mrs Atkinson, together with the Misses Atkinson, Captain P. Y. Atkinson and Mrs Fergusson, of Cosgrove Hall, were moving spirits in the proceedings, which included an enjoyable sports programme for the village inhabitants. A decorated bicycle competition was won by Miss Bessie Noble. A Handicap (boys 13 – 17) was won by W. Luck, and an egg and spoon race for adults by Miss Hurst. Assisting in the arrangements of the fete were the members of the committee of the Mothers’ Union.


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Hospital Fete and Flower Show at Cosgrove Hall
Hospital Fete and Flower Show at Cosgrove Hall

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 July 1924

COSGROVE HOSPITAL FETE. A SUCCESSFUL EFFORT.

A successful fete and flower show on behalf of the Northampton General Hospital were held Saturday in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall, kindly lent by Mrs. Richard Agar, who performed the opening ceremony, and was presented with bouquet of pink carnations by Miss Mary Whiting. The flowers were afterwards sold by auction for the funds. An address on the work, cost of maintenance, and projected improvements to the Hospital was given by Sir James Crocket J.P. with an appeal for assistance. He was warmly thanked at the close.

A programme of sports was gone through, under the superintendence of Mr. H. Tooley. whilst there was an excellent entry for the flower show, the exhibits in which, together with goods obtained from a house-to-house collection, were subsequently sold at good prices, Mr. Hedges being the hon. auctioneer. Theatrical performances were given, in the afternoon and evening, by a London party. Other attractions were a fishing competition, Mr. A. Jelley acting hon. secretary; a tennis tournament, arranged by Miss Kingsley Johnson, and on the courts at the Hall and Cosgrove Rectory, and the following side shows:  Football. Mr. F. Johnson and Mr. T. Cummings; skittles, Mr. C. Knight and Mr. C. Evans; coconuts. Mr. Willow and Mr. T. Haynes; Wembley Bill, Mr. P. Horn; fancy stall, Mrs. Andrews.

The Stony Stratford Band played during the afternoon and for dancing in the evening.

The arrangements were carried out by the following:—

President, Capt. A. Ferguson; chairman, Mr. S. Williams; secretary, Mr. E. Jelley; treasurer, Mr. A. Andrews, committee, Messrs. Dillow Payne, E. J. Lord, T. Lord, H. Gascoyne, F. Hall, A. Childs, G. Williams. J. G. Knight, A. Jelley, T. Cummings, H. Tooley, P. Horn, M. Carter, C. Evans; ladies’ committee, Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. T. Lord, Mrs. G. Brown, Mrs. R. Lenson, Mrs. M. E. Jelley, Mrs. F. A. Jelley, and the Misses Knight and Jelley.


Wolverton Express 26th September 1924

COSGROVE

A successful dance was held in the Clubroom of the St Peter’s Football Club on Thursday last, when about 40 dancers enjoyed the dance music provided by Mrs Keech at the piano. Mr C Evans was the MC. This was the first of a series of weekly dances in aid of Football Club funds.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 December 1924

COSGROVE DANCE.

A very successful fancy dress dance was held in the Schools on Saturday in aid of the Hospital Funds. The judging of the fancy dress was carried out by Mr and Mrs. Ferguson (Cosgrove Hall), Misses G. and M. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory), and Mrs. Johnson (Rectory), who made their awards follows:—Girls, under 14, 1 Miss Wilcox (Indian), 2 Miss E. Nichols (Father Christmas), 3 Miss D. Eglesfield (Christmas Cracker);

Boys under 14, 1 Master A. Bushell (baker) and Master K. Pettifer (potentate), 2 Master J. Wilcox (rag and bone);

Ladies, 1 Miss Downs (snowman). Miss Bruce (danger signal), 3 Mrs Wilcox (departed spirits); Gentlemen, 1 Mr. Hillyer (slavey). 2 Mr. E. Hillyard (scarecrow), special Mr. Tooley (rag and bone).

C. Williams, who presided, thanked the judges tor their presence, Mr. Ferguson replying. The duties of M.C. for the dance were carried out by Mr. F. Horne and Ml J. Knight, whilst Mrs. A. Andrews played the music. Secretarial duties were earn out by Mr. C. Evans. Refreshments were served by lady members of the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 July 1925

FETE AT COSGROVE.

Cosgrove Hospital Fete was held on Saturday last in the picturesque grounds of Cosgrove Hall by kind permission of Capt. A. A. Fergusson. The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Atkinson who was presented with a bouquet of white carnations and roses by Miss Mary Whiting. An apology was received for the absence of the Manfield Choir, Northampton, owing to the death of Mr. James Manfield. Their place was taken by Northampton Concert Party. Stalls and amusements were under the charge of Messrs. P. Horne (Wembley Hell), B. Noble (Spinning Jenny), E. Kingston (Darts). E. Hillyer and H. Tooley (skittles), T. Cummings (ground skittles for pig). B. Gascoyne (bowling for a pig), T. Dillon and F. Hall (coconuts), P. Childs (hidden treasure), T. Payne (houp-la), Mesdames T. Lord and Andrews (provisions). Mrs. M. Jelley and helpers (teas and refreshments). The 1st Stony Stratford Boy Scouts under Scoutmaster T. G. Dicks, gave a clever gymnastic display. Selections were played by the Yardley Gobion Britannia Band.

In connection with the fete a horticultural show was held, the exhibits being sold for the fete funds. The winners were: Carrots, S. Williams; white cabbage, O. J. Child; cauliflower, T. Webster ; beetroot, 1 T. Payne, 2 T. Stewart; peas, 1 T. Lord, 2 K. Barby, 3 W. Stewart; shallots. 1 A. Keightley, 2 H. Gascoyne; Spring-sown onions, 1 R. Ince; autumn sown onions, 1 W. Stewart, 2 K. Barby; tomatoes. S. Williams: potatoes, round, A. Bushel, 2 S. Williams; kidney, 1 S Williams, Mrs. A. Jelley; fruit, Mrs. Childs; gooseberries, 1 T. Lord, 2 A. J. Childs; black currants. 1 Mrs. Carter, S. Williams; red currants, 1 Mrs. Carter, 2 S. raspberries, 1 A. J. Childs. 2 G. Jv.ng; sweet peas, 1 N. Overton (New Bradwell), J. Webster; bunches of flowers, 1 T. Payne. 2 N. Overton; bouquet of flowers, 1 Mrs. S. Williams, 2 Mrs. Childs; roses, W. Stewart; carnations, F. Childs. A. J. Childs; collection of vegetables. S. Williams; window or flowering plant (prizes by Capt. A. A. Fergusson), 1 G. Taylor, 2 T. Payne, 3 T. Williams; 12 roses (by Mrs. Agar). 1 Mrs. C. Ashley, 2W. Stewart; bunch of cut flowers (by Mrs. C. R. Whiting), 1 G. Williams, 2 N. Overton; bouquet of wild flowers, children (by Miss Williamson), 1 Hilda Castle, 2 Ivy Williams, 3 Florrie Swain; eggs (prizes Mrs. Andrew), 1 C. B. Whiting.

The secretarial arrangements for the fete were carried out Mr. B. Evans, and for the Horticultural Show Mr. S. Williams.

FISHING COMPETITION. . In connection with the fete a fishing competition was held on the previous Saturday, the winners being; 1 S. Illing, Wolverton, 1lb. 5½oz.; 2 H. Wright, Northampton, 1lb. 3oz.; 3 W. Brocklehurst, Wolverton, 11½oz.; 4 S. Tite, Deanshanger. 11oz.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 July 1925

COSGROVE.

A GARDEN PARTY was held Tuesday Cosgrove Rectory by the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. R. Kingesley- Johnson, and was attended by members of the Women's liberal Associations from the vicinity.


Wolverton Express 18th December 1925

LIBERALISM

A successful social and dance was held by the Cosgrove Liberal Association in the new school on Saturday last, the room being very tastefully decorated for the occasion. An enjoyable programme of songs and dances was taken part in by a large company present. During the evening Mr R Kingesley Johnson gave an address on current politics. There was an interval for refreshments, the ladies’ committee ably carrying out the catering arrangements.


Wolverton Express 22nd January 1926

FANCY DRESS DANCE

An enjoyable Fancy Dress Dance was held in the new schools, Cosgrove, on Saturday evening, and a good number assembled, a fair number being in fancy dress. The judging of the latter was carried out by Mr and Mrs Fergusson and Miss Atkinson, whose awards, as follows, gave every satisfaction.

Ladies: 1 Miss N. Hillyer (Dutch Girl); 2 Mrs Grace (Crinoline);

Gentlemen: 1 Mr V. Mallows (Skeleton); 2 Mr A. Jackson (Golliwog);

Girls : 1 D. Grace (Wembley Doll); 2 Miss Holman (Registered Letter)

Boys : 1 F. Green (Cowboy); 2 A. Bushal (Baker)

A vote of thanks to the judges was voiced by the Chairman, Mr S. Williams, and Mr Fergusson who responded spoke of the difficult task they had had. He said they would have liked to have given all prizes. The dance music was provided by Mrs Andrews at the pianoforte, and the duties of MC were jointly discharged by Mr P. Horn and Mr E. Kingston. Refreshments were provided during the evening by Mesdames G. Brown, F. Jelley, S. Williams, T. Lord and Miss W. Childs. Messrs A. Andrews, G. Williams, W. Swain, F. Hall, O. Childs, T. Lord, S. Williams and A. Childs carried out the duties of stewards, and the secretarial arrangements were ably made by Mr C. Evans. An enjoyable evening lasted until close upon midnight. The proceeds of the dance, realising about £5, were in aid of the Cosgrove Hospital Effort Fund.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 July 1926

IN AID OF NORTHAMPTON HOSPITAL

The third fete by Cosgrove inhabitants on behalf of the Northampton General Hospital was held on Saturday in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall, lent by Mrs. Agar. Mrs. Atkinson, Cosgrove Priory, who performed the opening, was presented with a bouquet of carnations. During the afternoon there were many attractions, including the usual stalls and side shows; displays by the Wolverton, 2nd Stony Stratford and Potterspury Troops of Boy Scouts; a concert programme provided by the Belton Quartet Party (Wolverton) Mr. Tom Wright, and Mr. F. Nichols (Stony Stratford), and dancing on the lawn to the music rendered by the Yardley Gobion Britannia Band, under the conductorship Mr. F. Horton.

The flower show, under the charge of Mr. A. Andrews, was judged by Messrs. Bavington (Newport Pagnell) and Ince (Cosgrove), and the exhibits, together with gifts, were sold by the Rev. J. R. Stockton. The side show s were under the charge of Messrs. E. Hillyer (skittles for pair of shoes). F. Hillyer (skittles for cigarettes), E. Kingston (darts), F. Hall, C. Meakins (coconuts), Gascoigne (bowling for sack of barley), T. Cummings (ground skittles). Bert Nobles (hidden treasure), Mesdames George Brown, S. Williams A. Childs, G. Williams, F. Hall, and Gascoigne (teas and refreshments), Mesdames T. Lord, and P. Horne (ices). Miss (toy stall), and clock golf. There were several competitions. Messrs. G. Williams and A. Childs were in charge of the gate. A tennis tournament behalf of the fete fund was held on the previous Monday at Cosgrove Priory and Cosgrove Hall, arranged by Miss Atkinson. This produced about £6. Last year the Cosgrove Hospital Fete Committee raised £112.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 December 1926

COSGROVE.

A CONCERT held in the Cosgrove Parish Church, on Sunday afternoon, was largely attended, and among the congregation were Lord Penrhyn, Lord and Lady Hillingdon, and Viscountess Ipswich.

The artistes were; Mrs. Lucas (violin). Miss Wilkinson (violoncello), Miss Wood (contralto), Miss G. Atkinson (soprano), Mr. C. F. Trevor (baritone), and Mrs. Wilkinson (accompanist). A collection taken for the Division of the Diocese Fund amounted to £15.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 October 1927

COSGROVE. DANCE.

A successful dance in the Council Schools on Saturday was behalf of the Cosgrove Football Club. About 90 were present.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 October 1927

COSGROVE.
 FOR THE HOSPITAL.

In connection with the village hospital effort, a dance was held in the Cosgrove Schools on Saturday. About 70 were present. The arrangements were in the hands of Mr. E. Norman (hon. secretary).


Wolverton Express 11th November, 1927

Cosgrove

Whist Drive: The Girls’ Friendly Society held an enjoyable whist drive in the Old Schools on Friday evening.  About 60 took part, and the duties of MC were discharged by the Rev. J. Stockton.  The prizewinners were: Ladies: 1 (cut glass jug given by Mrs M. Atkinson) Mr. W Swain (181), 2 (fruit dish given by Miss M. Atkinson) Miss B Tack (172), booby prize (bottle of scent given by Mrs Stockton) Mr. C Knight (132).  Gentlemen: 1 (hall set given by Mrs. C. Compton, Wolverton) Mr. A Noble (172), 2 (scarf given by Mr. S Eglesfield) Mr. E Eglesfield (164) after a cut with two others; booby prize (50 cigarettes given by Mrs Stockton) Mr. W. Sanders (139).  Miss M. Atkinson was responsible for the arrangements, assisted by members of the society.  The sum of about £3.00 was raised as the result of the drive, for the GFS funds.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 May 1928

COSGROVE. DANCE. A Labour party dance was held in the Schools on Saturday evening. About 100 attended. Mr. E. Kingston was M.C.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 December 1928

A COSGROVE REQUEST.

Sir, few weeks ago I read in the Daily Echo a paragraph concerning the Northampton General Hospital, how it was in need of funds owing to many accidents and patients. Cosgrove is willing to do its best, just as it always has done. The Cosgrove committee has raised on an average £30 to £40 year until this last year, when someone had the schools banned from them so that they could not hold dances there, If there is anyone who is willing to help the hospital, could they help to get the schools back for dances? We could then do our best for the Hospital. Or if they could not get them back for us, could someone help to build a hall?

Yours, ONE OF THE COMMITTEE.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 February 1929

COSGROVE. WHIST DRIVE.

A successful whist drive was held in the Council Schools, on February 7th, on behalf of the Northampton General Hospital Week Fund. There were 70 players, and many useful prizes, given by Miss Wells, Miss Atkinson, Mrs. Thather, and Mr. Smithy Hemmings, Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Knight, and Mrs. Brown. The prize winners were; 1 Mrs. Wright, 2 Mrs. Parker, half-time score Mrs. Wyatt, booby prize Mrs. Cox; 1 Mr. A. Nobles, 2 Mr. V. Swain, highest half-time score Mr. Lord, booby prize W. Ratcliff. Refreshments were given and served by the ladies’ committee. The M.C.'s were Mr. Kingston and Mr. Norman.


Wolverton Express 22nd February, 1929

Skating in North Buckinghamshire

Skaters had a glorious weekend on Saturday and Sunday last, and the centre of activity so far as this district was concerned was the broad waters at Cosgrove, where on Saturday afternoon and all day on Sunday there were four or five hundred people on the large expanse of ice, whilst on the bank there were more than that number of spectators.  Sliding was as much in evidence has actual skating, and old and young alike delighted in the pleasures of the sport.

On Sunday afternoon, it was noticeable that one Wolverton old age pensioner, who had attained his three score years and ten had donned his skates and demonstrated that he had not lost any of the skill that he evidently developed in his younger days.  Very few skaters were on the Buckingham Arm from Cosgrove to Old Stratford on Sunday.  A few of the more venturesome skaters found water in some parts and except for a drenching, suffered no worse harm.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 June 1929

A bouquet of Lady Hillingdon roses was presented to Lady Hillingdon at a church fete at Cosgrove, on Saturday. Relief amounting to £180 has been administered by the committee to the Olney factory fire relief fund.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 June 1929

COMIC DOG SHOW.
 ATTRACTIVE FEATURE OF FETE AT COSGROVE.

An attractive fete was held Saturday in the charming surroundings of the Cosgrove Priory, lent by Mrs. Atkinson. The proceeds were behalf the Parish Church funds. Captain Philip Atkinson, who presided at the opening ceremony, pointed out that for the past twenty years the church roof had been patched and patched until it could go no longer. The cost of repair would be about £350. Lady Hillingdon opened the fete, and a bouquet of golden yellow noses, named after her, was afterwards presented to her by little Miss Mary Whiting.

Among those  present were the Rev. J. Stockton, the Rev. E. Ken worthy Browne (Paulerspury), Sir Walter Carlile, Bart., and Lady Carlile (Gayhurst), Lieut.-Col. R. H. F. Lombe (Grafton Regis), and Captain Gore Langton (Padbury). Lady Hillingdon was accompanied by her two daughters, the Hon. Ursula and the Hon. Penelope Mills, who brought large baskets of carnations grown at Wakefield Lawn. Mr. Ian Matheson, Oxford undergraduate, on a visit to Cosgrove Priory, gave selections with the bagpipes, and a little girl in Highland costume executed some pretty dancing. An amusing event of the afternoon was a comic dog show. There were small dogs with large barks, and large dogs with small barks. In the competition for the dog that wagged its tail quickest, the winner was easy first for it started wagging its tail furiously the moment it entered the ring and continued until it left. The dog race was also amusing, for some of the owners, who had to run with their dogs, either got entangled with the lead or fell over the dogs. Mr. Reg Whiting had charge of the show, assisted by Major V. D. S. Williams, of Greens Norton, and the judges were Mr. W. Pope, of Paulerspury (huntsman to the Grafton) and Mr. Leaf, Newport Pagnell.

The results were: Largest dog, . 1 Mrs. Harrison, Tringford (Irish Wolfhound); Miss V. Inning, Greens Norton. Fattest, 1 Mrs. Stevens (spaniel); 2 Mrs. Lombe, Grafton Regis (alsatian). Dog that wagged its tail the quickest, 1 Miss Gore Langton, Padbury (brown and white spaniel); 2 Miss Hope Brooke, Brackley. Best coat, 1 Mrs. Harrison; 2 Miss Hobson. Paulerspury. Queerest looking, 1 Mrs. Ryan, (Yorkshire terrier); 2 Mrs. A. U. Habgood, Old (bulldog). Dog with best looking owner, 1 Miss Gunning, Miss Fraser. Most sporting looking dog, 1 Miss. Ramsey. Miss Fraser. Dog race, 1 Miss Benson, Miss Hope Brooke.

Aquatic sports and dancing were amongst other attractions. Amongst the stalls and sideshows those in charge were: Sweet stall, Lady Wake and daughters; produce, Mrs. Winterbottom; Bunty pulls the String: Mrs. Gore Langton; ices. Miss. W. S. Parrott and Miss Maguire, assisted by Miss Balfour. Miss Wills, Miss Clare, and Mr. W. S. Parrott; tobacco stall and hidden treasure, Rev. J. Stockton; cocoanuts, Major V. D. S. Williams.

Various other sideshows were under the charge of the following members of the Cosgrove Football Club: Messrs. C. E. King, T. Cummings, E. Hillyer, E. Gascoyne, I. Dunkley, W. Luck, S. Eglesfield, E. Eglesfield, E. Kingston, A. Tompkins, F. Johnson, R. E. Johnson, G. Noble. R, Brown, A. Meakins, and C. Knight Members of the G.F.S. looked after a bran pie. Miss Mary Atkinson assisted by Miss Gune Atkinson, superintended the general arrangements.


Wolverton Express 12th July, 1929

Cosgrove

For the hospital

Miss Irene Horn, the six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Horn, who won a prize as “Dick Whittington” in the recent Hospital Parade at Newport Pagnell, purchased a fishing rod with her prize money and a draw was organized with the rod as a prize, for the Cosgrove Hospital Week Fund.  The amount realized was £2/5/0 and the winning ticket number (2) was held by Mr T. Payne, of Cosgrove.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 August 1929

COSGROVE HOSPITAL FETE. A VARIED PROGRAMME.

Cosgrove Hospital Fete was held on Saturday, in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom. For the opening ceremony, Mr. Winterbottom presided, supported by Miss Bouverie, J.P., Mr. C. H. Battle, and members of the Cosgrove Hospital Pete Committee. Miss Gwen Jelley presented Miss Bouverie with a bouquet of roses. Mr. C. H. Battle said that in five years Cosgrove had raised close upon £400 for the Hospital Committee.

There were races for the young people under the charge of Mrs. Freestone, and also a conjuring entertainment, whilst a whist drive for the adults was managed by Mr. A. Clifton. The winners of the latter were: Ladies’ prizes, Mrs. Frater and Mrs. E. R. Side; gents, Mr. Fred Cox and Mr. Faux. A bridge tournament was under the charge of Mrs Winterbottom.

PONY RACING. Pony racing took place under the charge of Capt. Ashley, and the following were the winners: Boat race, 1 Adams, 2 Turnell. Musical chairs, 1 Turnell, 2 Miss Husbands. Trotting race, 1 Sawbridge, 2 Miss Courtman.

Messrs. J. Buckingham (Wicken Park) and Pitson were the judges of a flower and vegetable show staged in a marquee. The first prize winners were: A. J. Childs (2), W. Sanders (2), Gascogne, Master P. Whiting (2), H. Johnson (4), S. Williams  (4), L. Rainbow, E. Owen, G. Williams (4), Mrs. Clarke

The special prizes were given by Mrs. I Winterbottom, Miss Wells, Miss Balfour, Mrs. C. R. Whiting, Mr. A. Andrews, Mrs. Atkinson, Misses Atkinson, and Miss Wilkinson. An exhibition of flowers and vegetables by Mr. G H. Winterbottom, was sold for the funds. Mr. E. Kingstone had charge of the show. Side-shows and amusements were under the charge of: Messrs. S. Eglesfield and A. Tompkins (skittles); F. Johnson and E. Eglesfield (football); L. Andrews and C. Hills (beauty spots): R. Brown and E. King (ground skittles); Mrs. Horn (sweets and toys); Mrs. Lord (ice cream and fruit); Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Cummings (bran tub); Mrs. Norman (lemonade); Mrs. Bushell (jumble stall); Mrs. Brown, Mrs. G. Williams, and Miss Slaymaker (refreshments) ; Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Gascoyne (Spinning wheel); Mr. C. Evans and Mr. J. Higgins (coconuts); Mr. Clifton (cake competition); Madame Maud (fortune telling). Mrs. H. Tebbutt, of Billing-road, Northampton, gave a nightdress case for competition, and this realised just over £4. The arrangements were made by Messrs, S. Williams (chairman), E. Norman (hon. secretary), Payne, H. Gascoyne, J. Hall, | A Andrews, E. King, T. Cummings, A. Childs, W. Sanders, and W. Swain (committee). The bridge tournament realised £16, the winners being Miss Buzzard and Lady J Briscow. The winners of the tennis tournament were Mr. Hurry and Miss Weston. Mr, G. H. Winterbottom of Horton, gave a pedigree calf which realised 7gns.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 December 1929

COSGROVE. ON FRIDAY, December 13, an excellent programme of country dances, choruses, and recitations was given at the Council Schools in aid of their Games Fund. There was a capital attendance of parents and friends, and the performance reflects the highest credit upon the painstaking work of Mrs. Thacker and Miss Keverin. Mrs. Andrew, jun., kindly presided at the piano.


Wolverton Express 23rd December, 1929

Cosgrove Victory Hall – Jumble Sale and Auction Raises nearly £43

Cosgrove Victory Hall Committee. Continuing its activity in augmenting its finances, organised a jumble sale and auction, and this was held on Saturday 10th December. Mr F Hillyer (chairman) welcomed Mrs P Y Atkinson of the Priory, who in opening the proceedings referred to Cosgrove’s energetic community in not standing still but forging ahead in order to provide themselves with a completely equipped hall in which they gather for social functions. A floral bouquet was handed to Mrs Atkinson by Miss P Bushell. By the hard work of Mrs J Johnson (organiser) and helpers, the stalls were well laden and many obtained bargains. Mr Jack Johnson impersonated Father Christmas and afterwards auctioned a useful array of goods. A guessing competition was organised by Mr V Lovesey and Mrs Praetor, the prize given by Mrs Gallop being won by Mr A Loughrey. An electric iron, given by Mr L Dewick, Stony Stratford, was won by Miss Wendy Jones. Assisting at the stalls were Mesdames W Clark, H Castle, J Lovesey, W Castle, Harris, Jones, H Cummings, J Hebson, Lavington and Miss Ivy Williams. The large sum, for a function of its kind, of £42 was raised. At the conclusion the secretary Mr J Hebson, thanked all for support, including gifts from residents of the village and also those at Old Stratford, Stony Stratford and Castlethorpe.