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It’s almost Christmas and the end of another year, a very special one for me. When I was elected as Mayor in May, I couldn’t imagine how varied my civic role would be. From opening shops and fêtes to attending charity concerts and award ceremonies and even being opening batswoman in our annual cricket match. I am so proud to represent this magnificent town and feel privileged to be its First Citizen. More than anything else I have been hugely impressed with the way our community comes together. Who would not be humbled by the respect shown during the events to mark the centenary of the end of WW1? Thousands turned out in the High Street to watch the Remembrance Parade on the morning of 11 November and again in the evening to watch our Beacon being lit on The Common whilst the names of Marlborough’s fallen were read out against the sound of St Mary’s Church bells. I was moved too by local families attending the Roll of Honour tribute in the Town Hall as well as the poignancy of quietly laying poppies on Commonwealth War Graves in our two cemeteries. We have such a caring community. Hundreds of people of all ages came into the High Street on 12 November to cheer on the BBC Rickshaw Challenge and contribute to Children in Need. Our own voluntary organisations, such as the Rotary and Lions, work tirelessly year 4
round to fundraise for worthy causes. We have unsung heroes working with young people in sports and youth clubs, running community groups such as the Jubilee and New Road Centres for older people and others even giving up time to arrange a Christmas Lunch in the Town Hall on 25 December. We also have volunteers getting together to make improvements to the town. Let’s take Marlborough in Bloom. The town has never looked so good with our streets awash with colour. This year our In Bloom volunteers worked with the Town Council and local businesses to bring home a Gold award in the South West in Bloom competition. To me, all our volunteers are winners. How lucky we are in Marlborough. Our local service providers - Wiltshire Police, the Fire & Rescue Service, Health Care professionals and those working to keep our streets and environments clean for us are all doing a great job and not in the easiest circumstances. Our Armed Forces are an important part of Wiltshire too and we have our own special links with the 4th Military Intelligence Battalion whose soldiers play a real part in community life here. The Town Council has been working hard. A particular aim of mine was to improve facilities for our young people and in the last year we have taken on the Marlborough & Community Youth Centre
and opened a much-needed refurbished play area at Coopers Meadow but, there’s much more to do. We are now working towards improvements to the play area at Manton and lighting for our popular Skatepark too. Now the festivities are about to begin. We’ve have been working towards a special Lights Switch-on Event on Friday, 30 November. There’ll be a Christmas Market, children’s fairground rides and Father Christmas has accepted our invitation to appear at the Town Hall in his splendid grotto. We have performances booked on a High Street stage from Marlborough Academy of Dance & Drama, the Community Choir, The Vooz and more. TV presenter, Paul Martin, will be helping me with the countdown and we’ll be presenting an award to our Citizen of the Year. So, please don’t miss it. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful town with a reputation of being a wealthy. I know (and I expect you do too) that’s not entirely true. There are lots of less well off, vulnerable and lonely people with little to look forward to at Christmas so please, let’s think of them at this time and try to do whatever we can to help. Finally, I’d like to give a big thank you to all those working for my seven mayoral charities (there are so many local worthy causes, it was too difficult for me to support just one), my employers, Marlborough College where colleagues
Mayor Lisa at the recent lighting of the Armistice Beacon on The Common
totally support my mayoral role, my understanding family and friends and my fellow Town Councillors and staff all of whom I rely on to help to me get things done and keep everything running smoothly. Marlborough has given me so much to be proud of - thank you. As your Mayor, I wish you, a very, very happy Christmas.
In the 1950s our cottage in Savernake
Forest had not caught up with the 20th century. With its thatched roof, thick chalk and brick walls and low slung beams, it stood at the end of a cart track, miles from anywhere. In the summer it was idyllic, in the winter bleak and isolated. Never mind not having a computer or television, there was no electricity, we drew water from a well and the toilet was a bucket in an outhouse. For heating and, until 1955, the only means of cooking, there was the open fire. Perhaps because most of the year we lived hand to mouth, Christmas was particularly magical, a time to eat, drink and be merry. Preparations began with making the pudding on Stir-up Sunday. It was my job to put a sixpence into the mixture. Then came the cake, spiked with cooking sherry and baked in a portable oven perched precariously on top of a twin burner paraffin stove.
where we caught the steam train and chuffed and rattled our way to the ‘metropolis’ of Newbury. To me, it was overwhelming: jostling, parcel-laden crowds, brightly lit shops decorated with fake snow and tinsel and, best of all, Woolworths, its counters piled high with garishly eye-catching plastic guns, aeroplanes and lorries. We decorated the front room for Christmas with brightly coloured paper chains, made from gluey strips of paper, with sprigs of holly gathered from a secret spot in the forest and with mistletoe picked from the graft on our apple tree. But the Christmas tree had pride of place, harvested from the forest and festooned with tinsel, glass baubles and paper lanterns. Lit by the soft light from the glowing mantel of the Aladdin paraffin lamp and dancing flames from the fire, the everyday room was transformed into a fairytale world of possibilities, where wishes might come true.
No one was allowed to open the kitchen door or it would lower the temperature and the cake would be spoiled.
Then came Christmas day itself. Dad had already wrung the necks of two cockerels from our flock of fowl and hung them behind the kitchen door for a few days.
Christmas excitement really started with a shopping trip. We walked to Bedwyn,
Now it was Mum’s job to pluck, draw, truss and stuff them ready for the oven.
The Savernake Cottage, home for many magical Christmases in the 1950s
I helped to gather vegetables from our half acre of garden that my parents dug and planted in long hours of labour after coming home from work. Although we were cash poor, we would never starve. How mum managed to produce a magnificent Christmas dinner using the primitive means at her disposal seems a miracle now.
Perhaps her task was made easier by a glass or two of home made wine, a ferocious brew of potatoes, oranges and yeast that had been bubbling away for weeks and was still somewhat cloudy; she certainly needed something. It was a way of life that Dickens would have recognised. Michael Cope, former teacher at St John’s and regular columnist for marlborough.news
The last place anyone wishes to be in
the Festive Season is hospital. However, we simply don’t get to choose when we are ill and sometimes, it is unavoidable that patients have to be kept in over Christmas. It was my privilege to interview Matron Blackwell shortly before she died at the grand age of 105 years. She had been the feisty Matron
Matron Blackell (left)
of Savernake Cottage Hospital between 1952 and 1965. Christmas was definitely her favourite time of year. Her memory of the nurses touring the wards singing carols, brought a smile to her face and I quote from Matron’s recorded words from the interview, only slightly edited; “Our carol practices started six weeks before Xmas – every Monday night from 9 – 10 and if they didn’t attend the practices, they didn’t attend on the night. I used to tell them if they couldn’t give 12
one hour a week – they were no good to me! So I had no more trouble. They all came because they wanted to be in the picture.” You will already understand, this was a proper old fashioned Matron, not a person to be messed about! The stairs, mentioned below, are of course in the original 1872 Gilbert Scott Building that is still in use today: “We used to come down the stairs of the front hall in pairs, I was the smallest – so along with a little nurse – I had to lead. The patients loved it – I’ve seen old men in tears. We went round the wards on Christmas Eve, after all the supper things had been cleaned away. The patients were sat up in bed, with nice new nightclothes on, because the photographers were there for the paper.” Matron knew the power of good public relations through the press, for there were many gifts of food and much else that poured in from the community. Patient welfare and infection control were priorities much as today. However, relatives were Matron’s concern as well: “We didn’t decorate the wards too much
Val Compton, former physio at Savernake Hospital at home in the award-winning Kennet Place
because of infection, I used to tell them, paper is very infectious.” (i.e. collecting dust I imagine!) “I said that if you make the patients happy, you don’t need a lot of decorations. “What I used to do, Christmas Day, if there was a man, or a woman, left alone in a house, through a patient being in my hospital, they were allowed to come for dinner – they were not allowed to stay at home alone. They were brought to the hospital, about 11 o’clock and attended the Service, then the doctors all came
along with their wives. The doctors, who gave up their time willingly, dressed up with a cook’s cap and used to carve the turkeys - that gave the patients such joy! The doctors used to love it and their children were brought into the hospital kitchen.” It is indeed a cosy scene – doctors and their families, patients and their relatives, nurses rushing about, all sharing together in giving and receiving a traditional Christmas dinner – everyone was included.
The Festivities Timetable for 1961 bears out Matron’s memories, with Carols by the Nursing Staff on Christmas Eve at 9pm. The Mayor and Mayoress of Marlborough were scheduled to pour Sherry for patients after the Service and prior to Christmas lunch. The Doctors Nurses Carol Singing on the stairs of Savernake Hospital carving the turkeys able to have lunch, but tea also and that year were; encouraged to stay as long as they Dr JB (Jim) Maurice for Women’s Ward, possibly could. Dr TK (Tim )Maurice for Maternity and Dr RO Wheeler for the Men’s Ward. Dr Everything changes over the years, TR (Dick) Maurice would carve for the including traditions. The ‘Silver Spoon Children’s Ward if there were any inClub’ was for babies who were born in patients. Savernake Maternity Ward on Christmas Day – each baby being presented with a Patients’ visitors would not only be silver spoon by the Mayor. The Friends of Savernake Hospital have traditionally given presents to every in-patient on the wards at Christmas and, I am happy to report, that tradition is carried on to this day. Long may Savernake Hospital continue to be a welcoming and caring place at Christmas and throughout the year. Postcard of Savernake in the 1950s 14
Val Compton, former physio at Savernake Hospital
He was back! After a wartime absence from Marlborough’s Christmas shops, Father Christmas returned in December 1918 to Eggleton and Co’s Christmas Fancy Fair and Toyland. For Eggleton’s fellow shopkeepers in the town there had been very little time to prepare for what was called the ‘Peace Christmas’.
The ‘Tradesmen’s efforts’ guide in the Marlborough Times
Christmas Guide A General Election, called on November 14 with polling day on wares on offer in the town. December 14, filled local newspapers with copious reports of political meetings It was obviously still quite hard to get and long extracts from candidates’ the right tone between shopkeepers’ joy speeches. that the war was over and, in many cases, their customers’ sad bereavements: Christmas became something of an interlude as the counting of votes only “An ideal peace Christmas is fast started on December 28 - to take account approaching, and there is, it may be of the votes from some 8,500,000 women presumed, nothing speculative in the who had won the vote that year. assumption that the inclinations of most people at the moment tend in the However, the Marlborough Times, direction of making merry at the festive taking a rest from politics, filled season in gratitude for the glorious and most of a broadsheet page with a completely victorious triumph in the Christmas shopping guide - detailing the world of right over might.” ‘Tradesmen’s efforts to meet the public’s needs’. The writer takes a deep breath: “And within certain limitations not altogether However, that downbeat headline unassociated with the reverent respect was rather contradicted by the upbeat with which we remember the fallen, descriptions of many of the Christmas and the sympathy everyone feels for 18
the bereaved, we surely have a right to render Christmas this year the happiest and most memorable that we have ever known.” It may have been dubbed the ‘Peace Christmas’, but that jollity was somewhat confined: “...there has been very little attempt in the way of window dressing, and as a consequence business establishments bear in that respect very unfavourable comparison to the elaborate window displays to which we were accustomed before we were plunged into a European war. But that is
inevitable.” A fuller explanation comes in almost pulpit tones and a very lengthy sentence: “It is due to the world shortage in many of the good things of the earth, difficulty of transport, and other causes over which the trading community could have no possible control, and if the public at this glad season experience inconvenience through inability to procure all the creature comforts which were formerly inseparable from the due celebration of the festival they will, if they are wise, console themselves with the reflection
that they are simply sharing a common burden from which time alone will afford relief.” Phew! The longest paragraph in this shopping guide, as they itemised the goods available in the town’s shops, was devoted to Eggleton’s Christmas offering and placed at the climax of the article: “After an absence of four years Father Christmas will return to Toyland, and no doubt renew his acquaintance with hosts of children bent on securing one or other of his attractive array of good things that will bring joy to their hearts during this
peaceful Christmas.” But there was space at the foot of the page, so the journalist added: “Tom Smith’s crackers are to be found here in abundance.” Three of the shops in the Marlborough Times article were being run by women whose husbands had been recruited or conscripted. Mr Webber, a family butcher in the High Street was “... on military service, but his patriotic wife, who fell quickly into the breach, is ‘carrying on’ and the Christmas display which she is making...” was
comprehensive - including “...chicken specially fed for the Christmas trade”. And there was Mrs Mack of Kingsbury Street “...another instance which the war has afforded of the way in which some women are ‘carrying on’ heroically during the absence of their husbands with the colours. She may be said, to paraphrase a once popular song, to be shaping the destinies of ‘a little shop well filled’. Her shelves are stocked with articles of British manufacture, including toothsome chocolates and similar goodies...” She had done better than A. Knapton, pastry cook and confectioner, who “...is doing his best to meet the needs of the public, but is experiencing a shortage in the supply of chocolates and other much sought after comestibles. He is awaiting the arrival of consignments of these goodies, and hopes to have a supply next week.” It seems as though the Marlborough Times journalist had been ordered to include every shop that advertised with the newspaper! Some were quite hard to fit into a Christmas article “...intended to solve as far as possible for our readers the problems of Christmas shopping” not everything could be wrapped and ribboned for the big day: “Mr J.A. Pope of the Chantry Works, continues to stock all the best makes
of agricultural implements, including the muchfavoured Wiltshire Goldfinder harrows and drags.” There also had to room amongst the food, drink and toys for Albert Henry Hillier - monumental mason.
Cooper & Sons Butchers....
International Stores “The Big Grocers with the Big Reputation” - had been major and devoted advertisers through the war years. But their Marlborough branch got pretty short shrift at Christmas: “The International Stores may be relied upon to execute promptly all orders for the supply of such commodities as are likely to be required during the festive season.” Some of the names of the Marlborough shopkeepers echo down the years: “The Marlborough Dairy (Mr James Duck) is fortunate in having an abundant supply of new laid eggs for the festive season...” There were some signs of normality returning: “Mr W.E. Salisbury of Kingsbury Street, has been released by the Ministry of Munitions, and desires it to be known that he is now resuming his connection as a pianoforte tuner” -
making it possible once again to have a Christmas carol sing-song with a tuned piano. Marlborough had several butchers eager to sell an increased ration of meat and any amount of ration coupon free turkeys, chickens and game of all sorts. And there was a great emphasis around the town on those delicacies which were beginning to resurface. “At Market Place and 129, High Street, Mr H.W. Pocock has a more abundant supply than of late of biscuits, especially the sweeter kinds...” There was always the possibility of Christmas disasters. Marlborough might have days of solid rain or a chimney unused to Christmas 1918’s heavy duty cooking, might catch fire: “Many a good dinner has been wrecked by unconscious delay in requisitioning the services of a chimney sweeper.” “In order to avert such a catastrophe eventuating [sic] this Christmastide the housewife should at once consult Messrs J.Bull and Son, at 28, The Parade, who also undertake the repair of umbrellas.” With imports all but impossible due to enemy submarines, there was a distinct emphasis on British made goods - as Mrs Mack’s stock of goodies showed. Mr W. J. Mitchell’s store proved British could 22
be best - with “...an attractive selection of ornamental vases of that British manufactures which is so superb in point of quality compared to the foreign article to which we have become accustomed.” One does wonder how Paris House TH Hawkins of emporium succeeded Paris House with imports where others had struggled: “Paris House, the prominent business establishment, in High Street, of Mr T H. Hawkins, could claim no better or fitter designation, for here assuredly in the show rooms are to be seen the latest Paris models in semi-evening dress and everything that is delicate and fashionable in pretty blouses in both crepe de chine and ninon...”. Perhaps they were merely copies - and ‘Sewn in Britain’. One begins to think the Marlborough Times’ journalist might be a female replacing, perhaps, a male and conscripted journalist - for the article lists just about every type of ‘ladies wear’ available in Mr Hawkins’ show rooms. Finally, back to Eggleton and Co’s display: “...immediately on entering the
showrooms one is completely mystified by the bulk and wonderful variety of toys that meet the gaze...”
the mechanical submarines and torpedo boats, metal soldiers, forts, cannon, and Red Cross cars...and allied flags.”
Among them: “Quite a seasonable novelty is a wooden device which goes by the name of ‘John Bull and the Kaiser’, the product of a factory so near home as Devizes.” There is a small reward for the first person to tell marlborough.news what on earth this ‘device’ was for.
If Christmas had proved too much for stomachs used to the restricted wartime diet, the Marlborough Times published a large advertisement in its edition of December 27 for A. H. Bingham, chemist of Hungerford. It was headlined: “A bit of truth about dyspesia” - and extolled the virtues of “Bingham’s indigestion and liver mixture.”
It may have been the ‘Peace Christmas’, but at Eggleton and Co. military toys were still looking for buyers: “Perhaps the newest in things for the nursery are
At this time of year (which
some would have us refer to as ‘Winterlude’, or the ‘Holiday Season’, but which is still Christmas in my house) periodicals are wont to feature bucolic reminiscences of Christmases past — the kind of thing that Dylan Thomas and Laurie Lee have written about so well. Last year, my friend Roger Grant (of Manton Village Hall Quiz notoriety) wrote a piece about his childhood Christmases that must have resonated with a lot of us of a certain age. I too recall, in the days before central heating, waking up on Christmas morning with ice patterned on the inside of bedroom window with fumbling fingers too cold to be able to unpick the wrapping on my presents. (“And you tell that to kids of today!” etc. etc.).
Bruce Thomas - vintage 1994....
The Christmas I most remember (for no other reason than ‘How could anyone possible forget it?) happened when I was deep in my pomp as a member of the popular beat combo Elvis Costello and the Attractions. At that time, the band had been going for several years, and we now had a vast repertoire. In order to keep the juggernaut rolling we would regularly introduce new musical 24
genres. This meant that we could now play several different shows — a rock one, a soul review, a country set, and so on. Over the Christmas and New Year of 1981, we did a series of shows, the first of which was on Christmas Eve, at the Rainbow Theatre in north London, which featured a ‘rock’ set. We took Christmas Day off as my Mum and Dad came down from ‘oop North’ to have Christmas dinner with us at the in-laws.
On Boxing Day the band flew to America and played at the LA Sports Arena, where we did both a rock set and a country set totalling forty-five songs. Before New Year we went on to New York for a similar two-set show at the Palladium, where a white-wigged and pasty-faced Andy Warhol lurked in the dressing room. After which we headed down to Nashville to perform a country set at the famous Grand Ol’ Opry — the home of country music — before returning to London. Back in London we had a brief rehearsal with the 108-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a combined performance at the Albert Hall a couple of days later. We only had time to fit in an hour’s rehearsal with the orchestra, what with all the travel and logistics, plus the fact that a 108 musicians on Christmas overtime rates cost a fortune.
the band fell in with him as one. But for ‘proper’ musicians who only read ‘the dots’, for them the song had started with the first notes played, even though they were only ‘grace notes’ — the musical equivalent of someone clearing his throat before actually speaking. The entire orchestra lurched in a bar behind us — and kept playing a bar out of sync — and would’ve done the whole song like that had the conductor not tapped on his music stand, brought things to a halt, and explained to the audience what had happened — before a red-faced John McFee started the whole thing off again properly. I mention all this simply because it’s the only time a group of musicians is known to have been late to a bar at Christmas. Cheers!
So, woefully underprepared, within the ensuing concert there lurked a disaster waiting to happen — as it duly did. Come the night of the performance, our guest guitarist John McFee (of the Doobie Brothers) started one song with a brief flourish on Bruce Thomas, ex of The Attractions, at home near Marlborough surrounded by guitars the pedal-steel guitar before playing actual the four-bar [Bruce’s memoir Rough Notes is available introduction. Instinctively, the rest of from Amazon Books]
“Look to, Treble’s going, she’s gone.” Demanding fierce concentration, physical activity and producing music like no other, bell ringing remains quintessentially English with sequences such as Plain Bob Minor and Cambridge Major. In time honoured tradition, the bells of St Mary’s, Marlborough will ring out on Christmas Day to herald the morning service and again on New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2019.
St Mary’s on a winter’s day.....
It’s been a busy year for Marlborough’s bell ringers who, as well as ringing for regular church services and weddings, ring to mark historic events. 28
2018 has seen the birth of a royal prince, a royal wedding and the centenary commemorations of the Armistice of World War 1 on November 11. As the Battle’s Over Beacon on the common was lit at 7pm on November 11, the bells of St Mary’s rang out over the town. There are three churches in the Marlborough Team ministry. St Mary’s has eight bells, St George’s, Preshute and St John the Baptist, Minal have six bells. Each church has its own bell ringing team who help out in all three churches. It’s a precarious journey up to the belfry at St Mary’s to see the bells close up. Accessed by two vertical ladders through trap doors it’s not for those with a fear of heights. The oldest bell was cast in 1653 and is enormous. Two of the bells were recast from the bells from St. Peters in 1969. Dorothy Blythe, Tower Captain, is in
In the tower......
charge. Her background as a sister at Savernake Hospital has, she says, helped her with the organisation and attention to detail needed for the role. Dorothy has been ringing since she was 13, nearly seventy years ! New ringers are always welcome. Dorothy Blythe told marlborough.news: “We need people to train. It takes on average around two months to handle a bell. We also encourage lapsed ringers to come back. You don’t forget how to handle a bell once you’ve learned, it’s like riding a bike.”
There is, in fact a national drive for new bell ringers to keep the tradition alive. The Ringing Remembers Campaign aims to recruit 1,400 bell ringers to honour the 1,400 bell ringers who lost their lives in World War 1. If you are interested in joining the Marlborough team phone Dorothy Blythe on 01672 512993 and arrange to go to a Tuesday evening practice. Sue Round
Christmas Events 1st December
Marlborough Concert Orchestra Winter Concert at St. Mary’s - 19.30
Lecture – Richard Cooper: A Life of Adventure – Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College - 9.30
Christmas Gifts Fair, Carols and Christmas Lights, Savernake View Care Home from 14.00
Marlborough Floral Club Christmas lunch and AGM, Mildenhall Village Hall - 14.00 Bethlehem Today – a discussion with Baroness Jenny Tonge, St Peter’s Church - 19.00
Eco Friendly Christmas Fair - Chilton Foliat Primary School - 15.15 -17.45 Christmas Fayre - St Mary’s Marlborough - 5.15 onwards
Marlborough Christmas Craft & Gift Market, Town Hall - 10.00-16.00 Marlborough Choral Society Christmas Concert at St Mary’s - 19.30
Marlborough Christmas Craft & Gift Market, Town Hall - 10.00-16.00 Avebury Vocal Ensemble Christmas Concert, St. James’ Church, Avebury - 19.30
Toulouse-Lautrec and the Cabarets of Paris with Peter Webb, Bouverie Hall, Pewsey - 19.30
The History of Christmas, Assembly Rooms, Town Hall - 19.30
Marlborough Folk Roots, St. Agnes Fountain, Town Hall - 20.00
A Marlborough Christmas, Norwood Hall, Marlborough College - 10.00 -15.00 Mynt Image Craft and Gift Market, Town Hall 10.00 – 16.00 Carol Concert by Candlelight - Hope & Homes for Children, Marlborough College Chapel - 16.00
Christchurch Carol Service - 10.30 Barbury International - races start 11.30 am St Mary’s Church Carol Service - 17.00
Sing a Song of Christmas, Town Hall - 19.30
St Mary’s Church, Crib Service, 15.00, Midnight Communion - 23.30
St Mary’s Church 8am Holy Communion, 10.00 Family Communion
The 2018 Guide to Christmas in Marlborough from marlborough.news