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Farnborough Rural District Council: Abstract of Accounts

Abstract of Accounts of the Receipts and Payments for the above named Rural District Council for the half-year ended 31st March, 1915


£ s d
Balance in hand 30th September, 1914 221 6 2
From Overseers in respect of General Expenses 93 0 10
Grant under Agricultural Rates Act, 1896 102 13 9
From County Council in respect of Salaries of Medical Officer of Health and Inspector of Nuisances 22 0 0


£ s d
Maintenance of District Roads 159 9 3
Salaries (Highways) 15 0 0
National Health Insurance 0 0 8
Fees for Lists of Births and Deaths 1 3 0
Salaries of Officers (Public Health) 37 10 0
Establishment Charges 10 6 1
Compensation to the late Clerk of the late Kineton Highway Board 3 19 8
Remuneration to Mr J Smith under the Housing and Town Planning Act, 1909 20 0 0
Balance in hand at 31st March, 1915 191 12 1
439 0 9

Dated this 31st day of July, 1915


Clerk to the said Council


Kineton News

Captain Anthony Fielden and Mrs Fielden have returned to the manor House, Kineton. Captain Fielden, since being wounded, has suffered considerably, and is still unable to rejoin his regiment. 

Miss Prater of Farnborough, is sister-in-charge of the Clarendon Hospital Extension, Kineton until the arrival of the appointed sister.

Banbury Guardian, July 1915


Farnborough – How Invasion was to be Resisted 130 Years Ago

The Warmington detachment of the Volunteer Training Corps, under the Commandant, Mr H. F. Bennett, on the invitation of Mrs Holbech, recently had a drill at the Grange, Farnborough. In welcoming the Corps, Mrs Holbech thanked the men for drilling, in the case of necessity, after their hard day’s work. She stated that, in looking through some family papers, she found a document, one hundred and thirty years old, dealing with “Farnborough in the case of invasion”. This stated that in the event of invasion, Mr William Holbech was to be on horseback with a certain number of men with pistols; further men were to be ready on horseback with lockflints, and others were to be armed with pitchforks. Mr Bennett thanked Mrs Holbech for her kind remarks with reference to the Corps. Refreshments were provided on the lawn.

Banbury Guardian, July 1915

Fenny Compton – Accident to a Boy

Whilst working on a horse-rake the other evening, a lad named William Farley, eldest son of Mr Thomas Farley, had the misfortune to meet with a severe accident. The horse bolted, and he held on till the reins broke. The animal then rushed into some barbed wire railings, and this caused the shafts to break, and the horse was thus liberated from the rake. A part of the ironwork fell on the boy’s leg, which was fractured, and he was considerably cut by the barbed wire. The lad was taken to the Warneford Hospital in a car lent by the Rev. Gordon Savile.

Banbury Guardian, July 1915

Ratley – Garden Party for a War Hospital

Mr and Mrs Canning gave a garden party at their home on Wednesday in last week in aid of the Clarendon Hospital (Red Cross), Kineton. Tea was arranged at small tables in the picturesque old garden, after which an al fresco concert and dance took place, but about 7.30 it commenced to rain heavily, and further outdoor entertainment had to be abandoned. There was a good attendance, and the proceeds amounted to £2 5s.

Banbury Guardian, July 1915

Eggs for the Wounded

The eggs received by the Banbury depot of the National Egg Collection during June were as follows:

  • Alkerton and Shenington, 522
  • Wardington, 302
  • Chipping Warden, 278
  • Farnborough, 258
  • Bodicote (including a special gift of 227 to Oxford), 239
  • Adderbury School, 201
  • Warmington, 200
  • Barford, 187
  • Bourton, 186
  • Cropredy, 177
  • Mollington, 147
  • Fenny Compton, 146
  • Chacombe, 140
  • Greatworth and Westhorpe, 120
  • Marston, 116
  • King’s Sutton, 105
  • Culworth School, 94
  • Overthorpe, 81
  • Claydon, 72
  • Boddington, 69
  • Avon Dassett, 58
  • Banbury, 47
  • Anonymous, 43
  • Swalcliffe, 30
  • Thorpe Mandeville, 24
  • Aynho, 20
  • Hook Norton, 15
  • Arelscote, 14
  • Twyford, 12
  • Total, 3,944

The number of eggs sent to the Base Hospital at Oxford has been considerably increased, and in future a weekly supply has been promised of 42 dozen to that hospital by the Banbury depot. The rest are to be sent to the central depot in London.

Banbury Guardian, July 1915

Damage done by Storms

During the week considerable damage has been done by the storms passing over the neighbourhood. During the thunderstorm on Wednesday week a beast was struck by lightning on Mr T. A. Madge’s farm at Chapel Ascott, Southam, and killed, and another one was killed on Mr Charles Bishop’s farm at Whichford. On Tuesday night two lambs were killed on Mr Harold Tustain’s at Ell’s Farm, Bloxham Road. All were insured in the County Fire Office.

During the storm which visited Deddington on Sunday five sheep belonging to Mr John Palmer of Hazel Lodge Farm, were killed by lightning. There was a tropical downpour of rain mixed with hail. A fine old elm tree near Blue Barn Farm at Dun’s Tew, was struck by lightning in a storm which occurred in the previous week.

During the storm which visited Brackley and district on Sunday afternoon, a cottage occupied by a shepherd named Carpenter, employed by Mr W. J. Boddington on Halse, about two miles from Brackley, was struck by lightning. The chimney was destroyed and also a hole made in the roof and through the ceiling of one of the bedrooms, but luckily none of the occupants of the house were hurt, although they were sitting in the kitchen near to the fireplace of the chimney which was struck. A two gallon jar which was standing on the floor in the pantry was struck, the bottom of the jar being cut clean off.

The following casualties are reported from Sunday’s storm in addition to the above: A. E. F. Waller, Heyford, a horse killed; S. Gibbs of Hook Norton, a beast; and Mr A. H. Boddington of Farnborough, a foal. The losses in these cases were covered by insurance with Messrs J. W. Prescott and Son, through the Commerical Union Assurance Company.

Banbury Guardian, July 1915

The Warwickshire Hunt: Hound Show at Kennels

The second puppy show of the Warwickshire Hunt was held quietly at the Kennels on Saturday. There was an entry of 23½ excellent couples and the judges were Mr Fort, master of the Meynell; the Hon. Alex Parker, ex-master of the North Warwickshire. Welsh who is now huntsman, showed the hounds on the flags in the best possible manner. The judges made their awards as follows:

Dogs: 1st prize, Dividend walked by Miss Heath Stubbs, Manor House, Butler’s Marston; 2nd, Hercules, walked by Mrs Gaskell, Diana House, Kineton; 3rd, Celtic, walked by Mr Valentine Snitterfield.

Bitches: 1st, Cora, walked by Lord Willoughby de Broke; 2nd, Drapery walked by Mr E. Elkington; 3rd, Twinkle, walked by Mr Tomlin, of Red House, Lighthorne.

Among those present beside the Right Hon. Lord Willoughby de Broke and Mr Fielden (joint-masters) were Lady Willoughby de Broke, Lord North, Hon. Mabel Verney, Hon. Mrs Walter Verney, Mrs and Miss Joan Fielden, Mr and Mrs Sumner, Dr Oldmeadow, Mr Clarke, Mr, Mrs and Miss Charteris, Idlicote, Miss Hardy, Mr J Lowe (Ettington), Miss Heath Stubbs, Mr E. Knott (Fenny Compton), Miss Fairbrother (who represented her father who was unable to be present), Mr Lea, Mr T. Taylor (Burton Dassett), Mr Kendall (Wellesbourne), Mr Spencer (Oxhill), Mr Hulme (Wormleighton), Mr Tilley (Walton), Mr E. Gardner (Burton Dassett), Mr Wilks (Tredington), Messrs C., E. and W. Griffin, Mr W. E. Coles etc.

After the judging Mr Fielden announced that the prizes would be given away on the lawns of Kineton House, to which the company then repaired, the usual luncheon being abandoned this year. Mr and Mrs Fielden entertained the company to tea in the drawing room. Lord Willoughby, in a brief speech, said he thought they had splendid judges this year, in fact, the very best, because they had given him the first prize, and he had walked many puppies before and never had a prize. He was proud of it, and would be pleased to present the cup to Mr Elkington of Warmington, as he came second with Drapery.

Banbury Guardian, July 1915