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Snippets from St Wystan's Parish Magazine
The snippets below are a
taster of a forthcoming publication
from the Repton Village History Group which is entitled “Notices &
Jottings” from the Parish Magazines. The book gives a glimpse into the
everyday life of the village between 1889 and 1937. It will soon be
featured on our publications list.
REPTON CHURCH BELLS – The
bells of St Wystans Church (six in number) have always been noted for the
extreme clearness and delicacy of their tone ; which bell-founders say is
to be attributed not to anything peculiar in the metal but to their
elevated position and close vicinity to water, the old Trent. An old
couplet (author unknown) describing the difference of the sounds produced
by the bells of Repton and those of some of the neighbouring churches runs
“Barrows big boulders,
Repton’s merry bells,
pancheons and Newton’s egg shells”
SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION –
Instead of the usual tea given at Christmas in the School room. It was
proposed that there should be an outing and pic-nic tea for the children
in the summer time. This proposal having been made to the children met
with their unanimously approval. Accordingly on Monday, the 9th
of June, arrangements were made for an excursion (by permission of Mr
Colin Campbell) to Bretby Park. As the funds in hand were small for
providing a treat for so many (120) children, Mr T Brown of the
“Shakespeare” kindly came forward and lent the wagons for conveying
the children over. The weather was delightfully fine and warm and the
children seated on the grass did ample justice to the capital tea which
had been prepared for them. The teachers and some other kind friends did
their best to make the afternoon pleasant by
joining in vigorously in the various games, e.g. cricket, rounders, flat
races, &c until about 8 o’clock when the wagons were again packed
with the children who went home merrily after vociferously cheering the
kind friends whom they were anxious to thank for such a pleasant
The National School
Some wild statements have been
made and complaints circulated about the state of the School, and its
being the cause of scarlet fever.
But it may be well to state the fact that the Managers, at each
outbreak, promptly acted on the instructions of the medical authorities,
and that the schools have been thoroughly disinfected and cleaned on three
The Managers have now
appointed a new caretaker and made arrangements for the future, which,
the Medical Officer states, will satisfy every requirement.
It is therefore, hoped that
all parents of children of school age will see that they attend regularly
after the holidays.
The sorrowful event of last
February, which has so beclouded the life of Repton and Milton, has had
its expected sequel – Mrs Forman and her family have gone from our midst
to make a new home for themselves elsewhere………….
I most heartily congratulate
two of our Repton soldiers – L E Adams, on being the first from our
village to gain the D.C.M., and John Pattinson, on his commission in the
Munster Fusiliers. Edgar
Foster, our organist, also hopes to have his commission very shortly.
Repton Choir Outing
Repton Choir and friends had a
most enjoyable day at Blackpool on Saturday, September 18.
The journey was made by motor-coach, starting from the Cross at 7
a.m. and arriving at Blackpool at midday.
All through the day the
weather was ideal, and every moment of the ten hours’ stay was made the
most of by the Choir; an excellent lunch and tea being provided by the
The illuminations brought the
day to a happy climax, the party arriving back at Repton at 3.30 a.m.
tired but happy.
No hitch occurred during the
outward and return journey, owing to the skilful driving and kindly
consideration of Mr Brooks, of Castle Gresley, who provided the
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