Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, May 25, Sunday 

Made collections in Church for the Diocesan Spiritual Help Society in response to the Bishop’s pastoral letter. Amount 16/6 in morning, same in afternoon. Mr Hitchcox was not there, but he sent 2/-.

Attended Boys’ and Girls’ Sunday Schools this morning and Choir practice in evening. Walked to Epwell afterwards and called on Mr Montagu.

1879, May 26, Monday

Mrs Turner assisted at Penny Bank. Several withdrawals, presumably to spend on Club day.

Received a letter from Mr Pym, Statuary, Shipston on Stour, asking permission to erect tombstone in Church yard “To commemorate the Existence” of Thomas Rimell etc etc. I replied that unless the friends particularly desired that form of words I would much prefer “Sacred to the memory of”.

Adkins, mason of Sibford sent me 10/- for permission to erect stone to memory of Reuben Sabin’s little girl who died of fever in Banbury last year.

Wiliam Payne’s wife called to give me information respecting her late brother Daniel the soldier reported to be dead, to enable me to fill up a form sent me from the War Office.

1879, May 27, Tuesday 

Visitations at St Mary’s Banbury, the first by Archdeacon Palmer late Corpus professor of Latin in the University of Oxford.

Very wet day.

Mr Henderson promised to preach “Club Sermon” at Sibford next Monday.

1879, May 29, Thursday

Drove to Banbury. Mr Maclean returned but walked out as he missed the train by which I expected him. Met Canon Payne at Swalcliffe as I was going to Banbury and had a long talk with him. He leaves for his holiday next week.

1879, May 30, Friday

Visited School and taught a class.

Buried remains of Charlotte Harris, wife of John Harris Senior age 67.

Visited Ann Fox, Widow Henry Sabin was nursing her.

1879, June 1, Sunday

Whitsun. Holy Communion at midday. Visited Sunday School, Boys and Girls. Visited Mrs Mawle.

1879, June 2, Monday

Club Day.

Drove into Banbury and brought out Rev Julius Henderson, Vicar of South Banbury who preached the sermon. I dined with members of Club. The only farmers there were Mr Henry Hiorns and Mr Frederick Manning. The Doctor was also there. Mr Henderson dined with family at Vicarage.

Band played on my lawn in afternoon attended by many members of club and others, but the rain was coming down heavily all the time. Mrs Stevens supplied them with tea, coffee, cake and bread and butter. Things passed off very quietly. As Mr Henderson had to return to Banbury for an early celebration tomorrow morning and I could not let him walk home in the rain, I sent Webb to drive him to Banbury.

1879, June 3, Tuesday 

Divine Service at 9.15.

Drove to Brailes – “Tea-pot club” – a branch of the Tysoe Insurance which has £2000 in the Bank.

Visited Misses Dix.

Heavy storm passed over Brailes – we did not get much of it at Sibford.

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