Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, January 22, Thursday 

Attended Board of Guardians Meeting. Webb drove and I took Frank.

Took out Summons at County Court for John Holtom of Sibford Ferris 25/- allotment rent due last Michaelmas and 12/6 up to next Michaelmas total 37/6.

Visited Mr Woolgrove, Dr Routh (not in) – saw Mrs Routh.

News of Battle of Abu Klea  in the Soudan on Saturday last when 1500 British defeated 10000 of the Mahdi’s troops.

1885, January 23, Friday

Visited John Horsman and wife. Their boy Harry is ill with rheumatism and bronchitis.

Went over Heath farm and examined work done there by Poulton, carpenter during year.

Visited Elizabeth Bond and Mr George Dix.

1885, January 25, Sunday

Taught in Boys School this morning.

Rev Mr Fessenden preached this afternoon for S.P.G. He is Rector of Chippewa in Diocese of Niagara. He came in cab from Broughton which took him to Bloxham after tea.

Attended Choir practice this evening.

1885, January 26, Monday  b

Buried Benjamin Aris senior aged 83.

Visited Widow Thomas Manning, John Manning, Sibford Ferris and John Reason.

1885, January 27, Tuesday 

Report received from H. M. School Inspector.

59 presented
56 passed in reading
50 passed in writing
44 passed in arithmetic

i.e. 85 per cent. Some severe remarks about needlework and infants ; but higher report for general efficiency and better grant than we have had before.

Visited School and spoke to children about their passing and otherwise.

Returned Rev A. Short’s Subscription to Sibford Parsonage account, £3.3, and interest 16/6 – as I see no hope of getting new house and his was the only subscription I received in reply to my advertisement and letters when I first came out here.

Drove Bell to see Mrs Mann and Mrs Woolgrove.

1885, January 28, Wednesday 

Wrote note to Robert Austin asking him to write letter to Trustees specifying what addition he would require to the Buildings at the Heath Field Barn if he were accepted as tenant for lower side only.

Meeting of Trustees of Town Estates held in Schoolroom this afternoon at 2. Mr John Hitchcock took Chair, Mr Norris and Canon Payne being too unwell to come. All present except Mr Mann voted to let the whole of Heath Farm to Jesse Bishop at £120, the rent it is now let at. As there was not a majority of existing trustees voting in favour of this Resolution I sent a note this evening to Canon Payne and to Mr Norris who sent me their written votes in favour of Jesse Bishop which settles the business.

Visited Dr Routh (not in) also Mr Woolgrove.

1885, January 30, Friday

Visited Mrs Shelswell. Mr F Mann’s 3 daughters and his son Walker were there to tea.

Visited John Horsman and his wife and boy. All progressing, but unable to get about.

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