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1884, February 6th, Wednesday

I have heard of Mrs. Barton’s “infidelities” and of her indifferent character before marriage ever since I have been in Sibford. I feel anxious about the matter as both Barton and his wife are communicants though not very regular ones, and it is said that the man connives at his wife’s conduct, because the other “stands treat”. I know nothing whatever as to the truth or falsehood of the reports that have reached me.

1884, March 8th, Saturday

Nicholls, the Bailiffs’ man from Banbury County Court came again with a summons for Harry for an amount due to a shoemaker in Oxford. I declined to receive it. The man seemed much tired with his walk from Banbury so I gave him some refreshment.

1884, April 14th, Monday

A Cinderella dance took place in the school room this evening arranged by Mrs Macna Mr Woolgrove and the Doctor in aid of the Church Warming Fund. Some 50 persons were present and everything went off very well. The tickets, including refreshments were 5/- and 4/- each.

1884, May 5th, Monday

Mr. Elley says he has 117 children on the books and that the number of infants is almost greater than Mr. Elley is Qualified for under the Government regulations. I authorised him, if he found it necessary, to write to the parents of “out town” children and say we could not accommodate them any longer; also to decline to take children under 5 years of age.

1884, May 22nd, Thursday

His sister, at Swalcliffe, and William Barton’s wife at Burdrop and his sister at Swalcliffe have recently been serenaded with rough music for their violation of the seventh Commandment. Canon Payne says he would not hold up a finger to stop the rough music as it is a wholesome expression of public opinion which is of considerable use. I agree with him.

1884, June 2nd, Monday

Whit Monday. Bank Holiday. Club Day. Divine Service at 11. Mr. Mann had written to me declining the invitation of the stewards to attend the dinner because they had taken no action on the unfavourable report made by the Actuary last year, although both he and I had spoken to several of the members during the year and urged them to do something.

99 Benefit Members were present at the dinner. The men’s side of the church was crowded. The Bandsmen sang, and the service went extremely well.

… to be continued when our diary-transcribing elf has a spare moment. The diaries continue (with gaps), up to January 1897.

Read about the Rev Edward Stevens here.