Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1895, May 3, Friday 

The children’s “May Tea” was held in the schoolroom at 4 p.m. £1.19.6. had been collected so that there was enough, after paying for the tea, to give some pence to each. There were 97 altogether.

1895, May 9, Thursday 

Mr. Long, the Baker asked me to go in as he would like to speak to me. On our going in he told us about ten times that he had made up his mind to have 50 penny loaves made for the jumble sale.

1895, May 25, Saturday

Very delightful day. “Jumble” Sale for Church repairs etc, … The amount taken at the Jumble Sale was about £20.

1895, May 30, Thursday

Cutting from the Banbury Guardian, 30 May 1895


FRIENDLY SOCIETY.—The fifty sixth anniversary of this society will be held on Monday next. The usual business meeting will be held at 9 a.m., when any new member can be admitted. The members, together with the Juvenile Branch, will attend divine service in the parish church, accompanied by the Sibford Band. After the customary dinner in the schoolroom at 1 p.m., the Band will play for dancing in the field opposite until 8.30 p.m. There will be a sale of goods on the ground, left from the recent successful jumble sale in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. The day’s proceedings will close with dances in Mr. Ainge’s large barn, after club hours.

1895, June 3, Monday


Balance Sheet for the year ending Dec. 31st, 1894

The Society has 25 Honorary Members, 82 Ordinary, and 16 Juveniles.

1895, June 23, Sunday

The “Gospel” tent is here again. It was said that three Brass Bands from Chipping Norton, Tysoe and Shutford were to parade Sibford this afternoon. There were a good many strangers about, but I did not see or hear any Band.

1895, July 10, Wednesday

I am giving Frank 4 to 6 hours a day in preparing him for Oxford Responsions in September, and Matriculation at Keble College.

1895, July 22, Monday

I had a headache about 12.15 and for about 15 minutes was unable to fix my thoughts upon what I was reading so as to keep up the thread of the story, but I quite recovered in half an hour.

1895, July 25, Thursday 

John Lively called and I paid him a cheque on Town Estate, to £6. 6. 0. for the thatching of Sibford Heath. He told me that Summerton, formerly Baker and Grocer here, has over £100 owing to him in this village, though it is about four years since he left, mostly by labourers working at Mr. Richard Lamb’s, in constant work and with good wages. One or two owe as much as £8 and £10 for bread alone.

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