Kineton Petty Sessions

At these sessions yesterday before Mr Andrew Motion, Mr Mills and Mr Weld, the licence of the Swan Hotel, Kineton was transferred from Sergt Major Cronin to Irving Gay Edwards, George and Dragon, Banbury. The Rose and Crown, Ratley was transferred from George Steel to Jabez Joseph Clutterbuck of Farnborough.

Frederick James Cooke, 21 Newland Road, Banbury, architect, was summoned for driving a motor car in Banbury Road, Burton Dassett on 27th ult. and failing to have a rear light. Defendant said the roads were bumpy, which caused his light to go out. It was quite an accident. Fined 5s.

James Pargeter, farmer, Burton Dassett was fined 5s. for allowing his dog to be at large at Northend at 10 p.m. on 28th ult.

William Barnes, carrier, Ratley, was fined 10s for driving a horse and cart without a light in Banbury Road, Shotteswell at 9.10 p.m. on April 3rd.

William Goddard Hobbs, farmer, Chadshunt, was fined 2s. 6d. for allowing 6 ewes and 5 lambs to stray there.

Banbury Guardian, April 1915

Farnborough Rural District Council

The first meeting of the new Board was held on Thursday, when there were present Messrs. W. J. Weld, Ridley Brown, A. Spencer, W. H. Jarvis, A. Fairfax (clerk) and G. Elkington (surveyor).

The Minutes

The Clerk read the minutes, which referred to the appointment of Mr N. H. Dawson as Inspector of Nuisances at a salary of £24 a year, subject to the approval of the Local Government Board. He was to give that amount of his time which will secure the proper discharge of his duties.

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Mr Spencer said the first business of the meeting was to appoint a chairman. Two years ago he had very great pleasure in proposing Mr Weld for the office, and he believed that last year he did the same thing. Mr Weld had served them in the most efficient manner, and they had carried out the business in a most amicable way under his guidance. He had very much pleasure in asking Mr Weld to take the chair again.

Mr W. H. Jarvis seconded the motion which was carried, and Mr Weld took the chair. In reply for his election he said he was extremely gratified at their kindness and he would endeavour to justify their confidence. He thought they had kept the roads up very well during the past year, and they had not, he considered, spent the ratepayer’s money foolishly…

The Appointment of Inspector of Nuisances

The Clerk said that with regard to the appointment of Mr Dawson as Inspector of Nuisances, he had sent the usual form to the Local Government Board, but he had not received any reply.


The Clerk said that the balance in hand was £282 5s. and that he had received £102 13s 9d. from the Local Government Board. He read a long communication from the Local Government Board with reference to the compulsory notification of measles and whooping cough.

The opinion of the members was that the district was now pretty free of measles, but the Chairman suggested that they had better leave the matter to the Medical Officer of Health.

The Clerk said he supposed that the Radway Drainage Scheme would be postponed until further notice, which was agreed to.

Mr Spencer was asked what had been done in reference to the dangerous house at Ratley. The Clerk said that Mrs Haines had called and said she was going to have the place rebuilt. Mr Brown – if the house falls it will fall on her own ground.

The surveyor, in reply to Mr Spencer, said that there was no roadman at Radway and no one had applied for forms.

This was all the business.

Banbury Guardian, April 1915

Northend Drainage Question

At the last meeting of the Southam Rural District Council, Mr H. Pickering reported what had been done in the matter of the drainage at Northend. A scheme he stated had been arrived at by the committee by which the effluent was to be carried on to Mr E. P. Smith’s farm instead of on to Mr Nightingale’s land, the latter owner asking the prohibitive rental of £10 a year. Mr Smith, who was a member of the committee had agreed to the proposed scheme, but he had now received a letter from Mr Hutton (Lord Willoughby de Broke’s agent) stating that after careful consideration he felt unable to advise his Lordship to accept the committee’s recommendation, adding also that the tenant (Mr Smith) was not willing for the proposal to be carried out. He could not understand Mr Smith’s action in the matter, as he had been a member of the committee, and had already agreed with the committee’s proposal. The Northend Drainage Committee was subsequently reappointed as follows, the Council realising that something ought to be done to remedy the existing state of affairs: Rev. A. H. Watson, Messrs E. P. Smith, E. Wall and A. E. Knott. Dr Tangye added that he thought the committee should meet soon and very seriously consider the matter. In reply to a communication, he stated that there would be no danger to Mr Smith’s farmhouse if the committee’s recommendation was carried out. The recommendation was the unanimous decision of the committee, of which Mr Smith was himself a member.

Banbury Guardian, April 1915


Police Change

P. C. White who had been stationed at Warmington for nine years, has been transferred to Allesley, near Coventry, and his place is taken by P. C. Heaven from Northend.

Volunteer Training Corps

In reply to questions from the War Office, the Warmington detachment, as a body, has volunteered for weekly patrol work locally, week-end patrol work in other parts, and full service in case of invasion.

The Church

At a recent vestry meeting, the accounts showed a balance of £15 9s. 9d. The Rector nominated Mr Frank Bawcutt as his warden, and Mr Coles was re-elected people’s warden. Messrs V. Grose and Owen Cleaver were appointed sidesmen. Some discussion took place as to the desirability of a salary to the organist, but no decision was arrived at. It was stated that the lead on the roof needed repairing, and the cost would swallow up the balance in hand.

Banbury Guardian, April 1915

Grimsbury Brotherhood – Pte J. R. White

On Sunday, the President, Rev. G. R. Forde, who occupied the chair, stated that on the previous Sunday evening at seven o’clock Pte J. R. White of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, a member of the Brotherhood, was shot and instantly killed by a German sniper when leaving the trenches on his company being relieved from duty. Mr Forde read extracts from Bro. White’s last letter to his mother in which he said:

I am pleased I joined the army as it has done me good and I am doing my duty. My only worry is about you, and dad, and my only sister, but still we must let it rest with the One above. He will put all things right.

On the suggestion of Mr Forde, a standing vote of sympathy was passed with Brother White’s father and mother in their sad loss.

Banbury Guardian, April 1915


The Allied Forces, under Sir Ian Hamilton, landed on both shores of the Dardanelles and the bombardment of the forts resumed. During the following week severe fighting takes place on the Gallipoli Peninsula but the British advance is un-checked.

Banbury Guardian May 1915