Before the Storm: January 1914

At the churches and chapels watch-night services were held, and from the Parish Church belfry at midnight the bells pealed forth a joyous welcome to the New Year.

Newspaper Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel
Date Saturday January 17th 1914
Article heading New Year’s Dance

The annual dance organised by the Biddulph Prize Brass Band was held in the Public Hall on Wednesday evening and was largely attended. The music was ably supplied by Mr Oswald Halding’s band and the M.C.’s duties were capably carried out by Mr. F Duckworth and Mr. R Weston.

Newspaper Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel
Date Saturday January 3rd 1914
Article heading Soiree & Dance

The third annual soiree and dance under the auspices of the Biddulph Olympia Football Club was held at the Public Hall, Biddulph, on Boxing Day. The hall was decorated with a handsome display of flags, bunting, club colours and so on.

At the Biddulph Arms Hotel the Biddulph Grange estate employees were entertained to their annual dinner and smoking concert. Mr. Robert Heath was present, and wished his guests a happy and prosperous New Year.

The picture palace was well patronised and quite a lot of people availed themselves of the char-a-banc service to visit the entertainments in the Potteries.

Newspaper Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel
Date Saturday January 10th 1914
Article heading Biddulph Petty Sessions

Henry Birch and Walter Whitehurst, two young colliers, both of Stringer Street, Biddulph, were summoned by Frederick Heathcote, Underwood Farm, Gillow Heath, for trespassing on his farm in pursuit of rabbits. Defendants pleaded not guilty.

Biddulph Moor

Prize Distribution. The annual distribution of prizes to the children and adults who attended the Christ Church Sunday School took place on Sunday afternoon in the National School. Mr. H.W. Reeve, superintendent of the school, a position he has held for over 2o years, said the scholars had certainly made an advance in the attendance.

Newspaper Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel
Date Saturday January 17th 1914
Article heading Various

Unionist Whist Drive

There was a very large attendance at the annual whist drive and dance organised by the Biddulph and District Women’s Unionist Association held on Wednesday.

Biddulph Moor

Miners’ Tea. What was designated a “miners’ monster tea” to commemorate the opening of a local branch affiliated with the North Staffs Miners’ Federation for Biddulph Moor and District was held last Saturday evening at the Rose and Crown. Over 70 miners partook of the excellent tea.

Lecture – ‘Robert Browning’ was the title of a highly interesting and instructive lecture given by Mr. A.E. Emery, of Balliol College, Oxford, under the auspices of the North Staffs Miners’ Higher Education Movement, last Saturday evening, in the Council School. There was a good attendance, including a number of ladies.

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