Jan1920 - Dec 1920

Compiled by Hilary Roadley; Main researcher Chris Bates

1920 January 2 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Funeral of Mrs James Warren who died 23/12/10919 after a short illness.

1920 January 9, 17, 19, 20, 21 Cambridge Daily News

Nash, Son & Rowley, Auctioneers, for Mr A Hurrell, freehold properties for sale, in 3 lots at the north end of the village, fronting the west side of the main road, a double-fronted cottage (currently let to the County Constabulary), a garden, an old pasture (paddock) and another detached colttage  (former tenant, the late Miss Durbin).

1920 January 16 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Cambs Oddfellows, officer elections for the Victoria Lodge, Harston, G.E. Willers. N.G., F. Northrop, P.G., T.V. Lawrance, P.G.

1920 January 16 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Carol singing, Miss Patman arranged a party to sing around the village at Christmas (Boxing night) and collected £3 1s for Addenbrookes Hospital; they included several members of the Patman & Cosford families, together with Read, Peters, Aldred.

1920 January 23 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Harston Baptist Sunday School, lantern slide entertainment to raise funds for a winter treat. Subjects were, ‘Peter the Fisherman’ & ‘British Butterflies & Moths’, Misses Ethel Andrews and Madge Hardin; Mr G Willers, and Rev. Schofield took part, £1 1s collected.

1920 January 30 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

‘Grand Concert’ in the Harston schoolroom on 22/1 in aid of the Harston Post of the Comrades of the Great War, given by the Foxton Snowflake Minstrel Troupe, Mr G Shaw presiding..

1920 February 3, 4, 5, 6 Cambridge Daily News

Auction (Scruby & Gray) of ‘Outdoor Effects’ at ‘Wayside’, Harston on 20/2, the property of Mr George Jackson, comprising two working mares, one in foal to Mr Hurrell’s Suffolk stallion, a four-wheel furniture van in new condition, a coal cart, a spring cart, a four-wheel tradesman’s van, 2 self-binders, agricultural implements, harness, a stack of wheat straw from 8 acres, plus effects.

1920 February 6 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Baptist Sunday School lantern slide entertainment, ‘Robinson Crusoe’, ‘Dick Whittington’, ‘Robin Hood’. Football, Harston lost versus Thriplow, 3-0. Two car drivers summoned for dangerous driving near the school.

1920 February 28 Cambridge Daily News

Auction, Scruby & Gray on behalf of the executors of the late Joseph Wedd, a freehold country residence, ‘Melbourn House’ and its associated buildings facing the Green  –  see the earlier adverts in December 1919 and January 1920.

1920 March 5 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Cambs girl guides, division for Harston, Shelford & district, Commissioner, Miss Hurrell, 5 Guide companies, 2 Brownie packs. Women’s Institute: ‘Harston now has its own WI’. First meeting held on Wednesday (3/3). Mrs Young, president, welcomed the new members (ca 120). Played charades etc. Initial success ‘augurs well for the future of the Institute’.

1920 March 10 Cambridge Daily News

To let for 2 years, an unfurnished detached dwelling house with outbuildings & one-and-three-quarter acres of land with fruit trees.

1920 March 19 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Larch and spruce poles for sale at Obelisk Hill and Camp Park plantations, Grain & Sons, auctioneers.

1920 March 26 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

For sale, a 12 yr-old cob, 15 hands, £14, apply Pearmain, Harston.

1920 March 30, April 4 Cambridge Daily News

Eggs for sitting, Creve-Houdan cross, 15s dozen, and pure Creve’s, 60s dozen. apply Bishop, Montrose House, Harston. T Hays, Baggot Hall, offering 2 shire geldings, 5 and 6y.

1920 March 31 Cambridge Daily News

Comrades of the Great War, Divisional Council Representative for Harston is A. Jude.

1920 April 2 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Brotherhood: closing meeting in Baptist chapel, music etc. Cricket Club AGM, new members – opening meeting at The Swan on 12/4.

1920 April 9 Cambridgeshire Independent Press, April 7 Cambridge Daily News

Dedication service, by Canon EC Baldwin for fallen and for the new Harston War Memorial. The foundation had been laid a month ago. Inscribed names of the fallen are: Pte EC Northrop, Royal Fusiliers, Pte C Rose, Royal Sussex Regiment, 2nd Lieutenant WH Sadler, Queen’s Regiment, Pte W Taylor, Suffolk Regiment, Pte J Burling, Cambs Regiment, Pte R Collins, Suffolk Regiment, Gunner GAG Seaman, HMS Queen Mary, Pte FC Laman, Herts Regiment, Corporal P Northrop, Suffolk Regiment, Pte EC Northrop, Suffolk Regiment. Also inscribed: ‘This Memorial commemorates those who gave their lives for their country in The Great War, 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918. Erected by the parishioners of Harston, March 1920’.      More than 600 people were assembled for the service, including the Comrades of the Great War under Lt. VH Northrop, and the scouts with their scoutmaster, HA Compton-Bishop. A detailed description of the service follows. A wreath of flowers was placed, and The Last Post was played.  (Please note that WL Smith’s name was inadvertantly omitted from the Memorial, see Cambridge Daily News, on 10 April).

1920 April 16 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Harston Women’s Institute, monthly meeting in the schoolroom, address by Miss Greene on ‘The furnishing of a cottage’. Dances (with a competition) by Miss Hilda Greenwood. Comic songs etc. Huge attendance again, ‘making the WI a success in Harston’.

1920 April 30 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

A ‘Welcome Home’ to returned ex-servicemen, organised by the Comrades of the Harston Post, a series of concerts &  whist drives raised £2 17s plus 10s from Mr Ward, enabling a supper and smoking concert to be held on April 15. It was served by host & hostess Newling of The White Swan, with Mr V.H. Northrop in the chair. Menu, boiled & roast beef, mutton, caper sauce, vegetables, sweets, cheese, beer, minerals. Toasts, songs by Spencer, Gentle, Day, Pluck, Harradine, Seaman & others, with Mr Rayner accompanying.

1920 April 30 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Advert for Karswood Pig Powders, obtainable from Pask, Grocer, Harston.

1920 May 7 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Wanted, general servant , apply Mrs Watson.

1920 May 13, June 18 Cambridge Daily News

Auction, by Mr Robert Bell, auctioneer, ‘Newton View’, freehold house & land. Brick & slate house, 2 large living-, 3 bed-rooms, kitchen with cooking range, copper, sink, pump & pantry, earth closet outside. Wood & corrugated iron outbuildings, tool house, coal shed, barn. Orchard, 2 roods 22 perches, with apple, pear, greengage, cherry, gooseberry, currant (trees/bushes). Approached by a cart entrance at side.   Harold Sanderson was fined 5s for not having a bell or other warning device on his motorcycle.

1920 May 14 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

WI meeting, Mrs Young presiding, lecture by Dr Young on ‘Infectious diseases of children’. Competition, charades, refreshments, etc.

1920 May 18 Cambridge Daily News

Fine, 5s, Harold Sanderson for driving a motor bike without a bell or other warning instrument, as reported by PC Bird.

1920 May 21 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

For Sale (Robert Bell, auctioneer), ‘Newton View’, Harston (with more details on 18/6).  Cricket, Harston beat Shepreth and Harston 2nd XI beat Hauxton. On 28/5 it was recorded that Harston had beaten Foxton but had lost to Bassingbourn.

1920 May 27 Cambridge Daily News

Long list of pedigree pigs for sale (AT Grain, auctioneer) , some of which were from Baggot Hall Farm, Harston.

1920 June 1 Cambridge Daily News

For sale, 2 nanny kids, apply Thoday.

1920 June 11, 18 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Delivery and Express Passenger Service (by road), Harston to Cambridge and to Royston via Meldreth and Melbourn, starting 21/6/1920. Booking possible at Spencer’s Stores, Harston, proprietor E Mitchell, KerryMead, Harston, Poultry & Fruit Farmer.

1920 June 18 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

NBWTA  –  36 members of the Harston & Haslingfield branch held a summer meeeting of the S. Cambs. & scattered members branch at Wychfield, Huntingdon Road,  courtesy of Mrs Chivers. Cricket, Harston Reserves beat Foxton Reserves.

1920 June 25 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Baptism, of 5 young people by Rev J.T. Schofield, baptist minister. Cricket, Melbourn beat Harston.

1920 July 2 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Harston cricket team comprised, (batting), E Haylock, E Wisken, T Barnard, T Starr, I impey, V and T Northrop(s), Runham, Seaman, Shamwell, Vallis; (bowling), Barnard, Impey, Seaman, Shamwell.

1920 July 2 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Ex-service-men’s transport service between Cambridge & London offered. Route 2 (Wednesday & Friday), Cambridge-Trumpington-Harston-Fowlmere-Barley-Barkway-Hare Street–Ware-London. Parcels will be received by Messrs. Cambridge Fruit & Veg Society Ltd, Bridge St., and by Mr W.J. Hodgkinson’s Motor Works, Hills Road, and in London by Messrs. Fards Ltd., Paternoster Square, London EC. Prices, 9d to 3s, commencing 6 July, leaving Cambridge 8am, returning same day.

1920 July 8, 9, 13 Cambridge Daily News

Nash, Son & Rowley, for A. Hurrell JP, will be selling growing crops, 18 acres oats, 9 acres peas, 9 acres tares & straw.

1920 July 9 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

To let, furnished house, 6 main rooms, dressing room, redecorated.

1920 July 16 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Parlourmaid wanted (and young housemaid, see September 3), by Mrs Hurrell.

1920 July 16,19 Cambridge Daily News

Arthur Rutter, Sons & Co., auctioneers, are offering nine half-acre acre plots of freehold land ‘ripe for building’ (or for gardens/nursery) on main road.

1920 July 14, 21, 23 Cambridgeshire Independent Press, Cambridge Daily News

‘Fairy Play’ (‘Lilywhite and Alwayne’) entertainment at Sir Graham Greene’s (Harston House) in aid of the WI, written by Miss Mary C Greene. The characters and actors were: Lilywhite (Miss J Read), Farmer John (Miss C Smith), Janette (Miss H Greene), Bracy (Mr H Houghton), Tors (Mr E Mitchell), Alwayne (Miss D Bliss), Lucilla (Mrs R Higgins), Clorinda (Miss P Rowley); ‘Night’ and ‘Day’ were played by Mrs Hamblin Smith and Mrs K Hurrell, Father Time by Mr B Greene. The recorders were Dr SY Young and Miss Ball. Haymakers and fairies representing the flowers of the seasons were played by local children, whose dancing ‘was elegant and graceful’. ‘Spring’ and ‘Autumn’ were danced by pupils of Miss Greta Thornely and ‘Summer’ and ‘Winter’ by Miss Winlove Smith’s pupils. Miss Clarke played the piano and the Misses Bird ad Nutter, violins. ‘The organisation, and originality, of the production spoke volumes for the good taste of those responsible’. There was excellent attendance.

1920 August 13 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Wanted, cook-general, for Mrs Smith, The Mill House.

1920 August 25 Cambridge Daily News

J Carter Jonas, auctioneers, are selling by private treaty, 3a, 24 poles of freehold arable land on  Newton Hill, an attractive site for a small residence or bungalow. Burlington Press beat Harston at cricket.

1920 August 27 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Court case. Henry Jude, bricklayer & builder, versus Allen Seagrave, smallholder  –  ‘very compolicated case,’ long deposition, judgement eventually for the defendant (Seagrave). Cricket, Burlington Press (Foxton) beat Harston. On 10/9 it was reported that Harston had beatren Barrington on Barrington Green.

1920 September 2 Cambridge Daily News

Cambridge cattle market, for sale, 50 Suffolk shearling wethers, by T Hays. (see also October 8 Cambridge Independent Press, Mr Gee, is selling Friesian heifers in calf).

1920 September 3 Cambridge Independent Press

Ladies bicycle for sale, Rover make, as new £10 10s, E.B., ‘Volkerust, Harston.

1920 September 24 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Mr CJ Jude of Harston has built a new village hall and recreation room at Newton, the funds being donated by Sir Charles & Lady Walston there.

1920 October 1 Cambridge Independent Press

Marriage on September 22, Edith Hooker Brown of Harston to Ebenezer Housden of Letchworth.

1920 October 1 Cambridge Independent Press

Gardener wanted, must understand pigs and fruit trees (!)

1920 October 1 Cambridge Independent Press

For sale, Douglas (motor bike?), tan sad, Klaxon, spare belt, tool set, P & H lamp & generator, knee grips, apply Shemwell, Harston.

1920 October 2 Cambridge Daily News

Wanted, ‘companion help’ for 2 ladies, apply Mrs Clark.

1920 October 5 Cambridge Daily News

For sale, ‘Indian’ (motor bike?), 5-6 hp, 1916, 3-speed, kick-starter & clutch, lamps, generator, tools complete, good tyres. Apply V. Northrop, Harston.

1920 October 8 Cambridge Independent Press

Pony for sale, 4 yrs, apply Bagley, ‘Laurels’.

1920 October 15 Cambridge Independent Press

For sale, motor bike, 4 hp, Premier, 3-speed, wicker side-car, £ 45, apply Hale.

1920 October 22, 29 Cambridge Independent Press

Death, F. Potter, 66 yrs, funeral at Harston Baptist Church. Offered for sale, 2.75 acres of building & orchard land, 1 mile from the station in Harston, it has 2 army huts and fruit trees on it and would be suitable for conversion to a bungalow and/or market gardening. £400 asked.

1920 November 19 Cambridgeshire Independent Press

Armistice Day, the scouts & guides lit bonfires and let off fireworks. A wreath was laid at the war memorial, & The Last Post was played.

1920 December 3 Cambridge Independent Press

Baptists, women’s meeting on November 23, Mrs Schofield presiding, tea, collection, songs by Mrs Albert Thompson.

1920 December 10 Cambridge Independent Press

Band of Hope, 2 lantern slide talks, entitled ‘The Dogs and Monks of St Bernard’, and ‘Naughty Norman, the boy who would not be photographed’. Mr Willers operated the projector, slides loaned by Master Harold Rodwell. Recitation by Master Freddy Willers.

1920 December 17 Cambridge Independent Press

Comrades of The Great War at The Pem, a ‘share-out club’ was inaugurated. A Nativity Play written by Miss Lucy Clifford (Cambridge) was staged at Harston House (Old Weaving Room), in aid of the WI. A prologue was written and recited by Miss Mary Greene (a lengthy description follows) – most of the company were Harston people, and all of the costumes and scenery was locally produced. Music etc by local performers. 6 performances scheduled.


(At this point, either CIP ceased production, or British Newspapers Online has ceased extracting it. Likewise, there are no more entries for CDN)


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