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My thanks to Diane Berresford & Dawn Allen for these items

(No date, picture stuck on same page of scrap book from The Reporter 6/2/1932)


It is with regret we state that the death took place on Saturday of Mrs. Mary Wyld, wife of Mr. Charles Wyld, of Old-road.  Mrs. Wyld was 73 and had been ailing for some time.  Her maiden name was Goodwin and she resided in the village all her life.  Mrs. Wyld was closely associated with the Wesleyan Chapel and when in health was a regular in her attendance at the services.  She was also a member of the Women’s Meeting.  Mr. and Mrs. Wyld celebrated their golden wedding some time ago.  Their only son is Tom Wyld, the well-known cricketer.  The internment took place on Wednesday at Fernilee Wesleyan burial ground,  Rev. H. Hooper, superintendent minister, officiating. Mourners were: Mr. Charles Wyld (husband), Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wyld (son and daughter-in-law) Miss Daisy Wyld (granddaughter), Mr. and Mrs. William Goodwin, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Goodwin and Russell, Miss Edith Wild, Miss Polly Bennett, Mrs. Cowburn, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wyld (junior) and Lucy, Mrs. A. Goodier (nephews and nieces), Mr. and Mrs. George Goddard (cousins), Mrs. S.A. Bennett, Mrs. William Wyld (sisters-in-law),  Mrs. James Wilson, Mrs. H. Pearson, Mrs. Robert Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Wild (senior), Mrs. Wheatley, Mrs. S. Simpson, Misses A.M. and M.L. Bailey, Mr. J.A. Proctor.  Floral tributes were sent by all the above and also by: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wyld and Cecil (Scunthorpe); Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Sandiford (Massachusetts, U.S.A.); neighbours of Rose Mount and Wood Bank; Wesleyan Women’s Meeting; Mr. and Mrs F. Wharmby and Freddie; Mr. J. and Miss A. Wyld; Mr. and Mrs. E. Jodrell; Mrs. M. Simpson; Eric and Alan; Mrs. Lockett (senior); Mr. and Mrs. J. Beard and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Jowle; Mrs. Ford and Mr. and Mrs. A. Mycock; Mrs. Whittaker and Mrs. Hibbert: Mrs. Little; Mr. and Mrs. James Bostock, Mr. and Mrs. Wain and Sarah; Mrs. R. Wyld.—Mr. J. Proctor was the Undertaker.


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With regret we announce the death of Mr. John Newton of Bings, which took place on Wednesday morning. Aged 73, Mr. Newton spent most of his days in the service of local gentlemen and at one time was coachman for the late Mr. James Kirk, of Bothomes Hall.  He was well respected in the district and was a bachelor.  Mr. Newton’s parents lived at Chapel.  The funeral takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at Chapel Parish Church burial ground.


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It is with regret we state that Mr. Thomas Brocklehurst passed away on Sunday at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Sutton of Needham’s Farm, Kettleshulme. Mr. Brocklehurst was 81. For many years he worked on the railway and was also a farmer.  In the district he was well respected.  Mr. Brocklehurst was a widower and leaves a family.  The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at Taxal Parish Church burial ground.


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Mrs. Morten of the Dowry, Macclesfield-road, formerly of Reddish Farm, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Tuesday. Considering her great age Mrs. Morten has very good health, and received many felicitations on her birthday. Mrs. Morten is the widow of the late Mr. Ralph Morten, a member of the family which formally kept the Royal Oak at Taxal.  Before her marriage she was Miss Ward, and she is native of the district.  Her mother was killed at Whaley Bridge Railway Station when going over the line by a level crossing.  Mrs. Morten was a witness in the famous right-of-way case when the old L. and N.W. Railway tried to close the footpath on Shallcross Plain.  Mr. Adam Morten fought that action successfully, and Mrs. Morten gave evidence on his side.  Whaley people will join in wishing Mrs. Morten many happy returns of the day.


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Older Whaley people will regret to hear of the death of Mr. Edward Morten, which took place at Hillsbrough, Sheffield on Monday at the age of 81.  Mr. Morten was the last survivor of the children of the late Mr. Henry Morten, of the Royal Oak Hotel, Taxal.  In his younger days he was a school teacher at Taxal Church Day School, and was closely associated with Taxal Church.  He married Miss Heathcote, who was also a teacher at Taxal Church Day School, and daughter of the late Robert Heathcote, who was the village shoe maker for many years.  Mr. Morten gave up the teaching profession to go into the cutlery trade at Sheffield.  For some years he travelled for a Sheffield firm and was later in business on his own account.  Mr. Morten had been retired for some years. On the maternal side he belonged to the well-known Collier family of Taxal.  He was a widower and leaves a family. The internment was at Taxal Church on Thursday.


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Mr. Norman Scott Anderson, of Ivy Bank died on Thursday.  He was over 70 years of age, and had resided for many years in the Whaley district.  He was a Manchester business man.  He leaves a widow.


DEATH OF MRS WELCH  (1919 written in pen)

The death occurred on Thursday of last week of Mrs. Welch, widow of the late Mr. Welch, who resided in Hibbert street, Newtown.  The deceased, who was 80 years old, was Miss Shallcross, of Shallcross Hall, Whaley Bridge.  The late Mr. Welch was of a family of that name which formerly were proprietors of the Furness Vale Printworks. Their wedding was a great event, which is still recalled by people who saw it.  Mrs. Welch was a highly respected lady.  She leaves a family of five children.  The deceased was associated with the Parish Church, where the funeral took place on Monday, Rev. J. Lional Knowles, M.A. (vicar), conducted the obsequies, and the mourners were  Mr. and Mrs Windle (Daughter and son-in-law), Ashton-under-Lyne; Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Daughter and son-in-law); Mrs. Walker (daughter) Ashton-under-Lyne;  Mrs. Fitzclarke (granddaughter), Rotherham; Mr. and Mrs. Bowden, Lance-cop. Alfred Smith, Master C. Walker (grandchildren),  Miss Ella Bowden (great-grand-child), Mrs. Johnson (Stockport), Mrs. Hawthorn, Mrs. Beard. There were floral tributes from Mr. Albert Welch (son), Mr and Mrs. Windle, Mr. and Mrs. S. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. J. Walker and Clifford, Mr. and Mrs. Bowden and little Ella, Mrs. Johnson and Miss Mabel Bennett. Messrs. J. Wild and Sons satisfactorily carried out the funeral arrangements.


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Much interest was evinced in a wedding that took place on Saturday at the United Methodist Church.  The bride was Miss Ella Smith, daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Smith and Mrs. Smith, of Grove-road, Newtown, and the bridegroom was Mr. William Spence Lambert, son of Mr. Robert Jos. Lambert, of Oakham, Rutlandshire.  Given away by her brother, Mr. Alfred Smith, the bride was prettily attired in a dress of pale blue georgette with hat to tone, and carried a shower bouquet of white chrysanthemums and pink carnations.  Bridesmaids were Miss Ella Bowden, niece of the bride, in a dress of peach-coloured silk; Miss Vera Wharmby, in a dress of pale green silk; Miss Vera Charnley and Miss Gladys Simpson in dresses of fawn georgette. Each wore a hat to match and carried a bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums.  Also in attendance on the bride was her little niece Miss Winnie Wild, who was daintily gowned in pink silk, wore a wreath of silver leaves, and carried a basket of mixed chrysanthemums. The duties of the best man were entrusted to Mr. Wilfred Bowden, brother-in-law of the bride, and the grooms-man was Mr. Albert Smith, brother of the bride. Rev. Fred Spencer, circuit minister, performed the ceremony.  Festivities followed at the home of the bride, who was for a considerable period a member of the choir at U.M.C. Included in the many presents was a handsome case of cutlery from the bride’s workmates at Redmoor Mill. 


Retirement of Mr. Geo. Bradbury

After 41 Years

The Reporter April 8th  ?1932

Mr. George Bradbury, of Taxal Gate, Whaley Bridge, retired on March 28 from the service of the Crown, in which he had been for forty-one years.

Born at Whaley Bridge on March 28, 1873, Mr Bradbury was educated at Manchester Grammar School.  He entered the Board of Trade in October, 1891, and was transferred to the Taxes Dept. of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue in April, 1893.

After acting as district surveyor of taxes at Cardiff, Belfast, London and Manchester, he was appointed full surveyor at Bakewell in February 1898, and subsequently held similar offices at Scarborough and Reading.

In April, 1911, Mr. Bradbury returned to Manchester as a surveyor of the first class and remained there for a period of 22 years, finishing as senior inspector of taxes in charge of a Manchester district.

His colleagues gave him a complimentary lunch at the Grand Hotel on his last day on duty.  The speakers dwelt feelingly on happy associations they had always had with Mr Bradbury, who, they added, was held in great esteem by the taxpayers with whose affairs he had had to deal.  The toast of “Long life to our retiring colleague” was drunk with musical honours.

Mr. Bradbury, who has varied activities in Whaley Bridge, will be wished by all his friends, whose numbers are legion, a long and happy retirement.

(Photo of Mr. George Bradbury to be added later)



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Whaley people will hear with regret of the death of Mr. J.W. Brocklehurst, which has occurred suddenly in Melbourne, Australia.  Mr Brocklehurst, who was 72, belonged to the well-known and esteemed family of Brocklehurst, of Wheel Farm, Horwich End.  In his younger days he was a teacher at Horwich End School and later became a customs and excise officer at Liverpool.  He emigrated about 40 years ago to Tasmania to undertake Government work and later went to Australia.  He was held with high regard with friends in Melbourne and leaves a widow, son and daughter.   A sister of Mr. Brocklehurst also went to Australia.  She was knocked down and killed by a motor car when she left church at Melbourne about four years ago.



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The interment of the late Mr. A.A. Heather took place at Chapel Parish Church burial ground on Saturday. The obsequies were conducted by the Rev. Father Conroy, of the Sacred Heart.  Mourners were:  Mr. Fred Heather, Mr. Bert Heather, Mr. Harold Heather, (sons), Mr Arthur Heather (brother), Mr. Harry Evans, Mr. Ernest Theyer (son-in-law), Mr. Wm. Bentley, Mr. S. Boothby, and ex-Sergt.-Major Shaw, Father Conroy.  Bearers were Messrs. H. Evans, W. Bentley, S. Boothby, and Sergt-Major Shaw.  There were floral tributes from wife and daughters Jenny and Lily; Mary and Ernest; Bert, Lillian, and grandchildren Alan and Betty; Florrie, Harry and grandchild Megan; Fred, Ada, and grandchildren Donald and Billy; Winnie and Tom; Harold, Alice and grandchild Freddie; Hilda and Ernest; Queenie, Will and Billy; Josie, Jack Winnie and sonny; Mrs. Gosssselin-Grimshaw and Mrs. Preston; Mrs. Scholes; Mr. and Mrs. J. Lomas and family; Miss F. Brothers and Betty; Mr. and Mrs. Brothers; Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Heather; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Pierce and Gena; Mr. and Mrs. Will. Bentley; Mrs. Flanagan; neighbours at Tunstead Milton. Messrs. J. and J. Williamson satisfactorily carried out the funeral arrangements.  In addition to the particulars mentioned last week it should be stated that Mr. Heather was an old soldier.  He joined the old 96th Regiment, now the Manchesters.  He served at the bombardment of Alexandria, and was decorated with the medal and Egyptian star.  For some years he was a member of the old Whaley Company of Volunteers, and he married the daughter of the late Sergeant Northam, who was for many years sergeant-instructor to the Whaley Volunteers.  Mr. Heather was for a long period employed at the now dismantled Fernilee Powder Mills, and it was there he met the accident that lost him his arm.  Four of his sons served in the great war.  One was killed and two others severely wounded.  One son is still in the regular army, and is quartermaster-sergeant at the Artillery College in Woolwich.  Much sympathy is expressed with the family in their trouble.



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It is with regret we announce the death of Mr. Thomas Arnfield, of Old road, which took place on Thursday last week.  Aged 77, Mr. Arnfield, had been ailing for a considerable time.  Mr. Arnfield was one of the best known men in the village and spent practically all his working days in the service of the Hall family either personally or at Botany Bleachworks.  For a long period he was coachman for the late Colonel Hall, J.P.  For a long period also he served in the Volunteers, and was the late Colonel Hall’s batman.  Mr. Arnfield was on the committee of the Top of Horwich Burial Society for many years and was also a member of the Ancient Order of Shepherds.  He was a brother of the late John Arnfield, and like him he had been presented with a certificate by the Bleacher’s Association for his long service.  Mr. Arnfield was connected with Taxal Church.  A widower, he leaves a family.  The funeral was on Saturday at Taxal burial ground.  Mr. T.E. Hardy of Christ church, officiated at the house, and Rev. H.N.C. Renner, M.A. rector at the church and graveside.  Mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Sayles, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Arnfield, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Arnfield, Mrs. Fred Arnfield (sons and daughters), Miss C.  Arnfield (sister), Mr. and Mrs. T. Sayles, Mr. T. Arnfield, Miss C. Arnfield, Mr. H. Arnfield (grandchildren), Mrs. H. Arnfield (niece), Mr. and Mrs. W. Broclkehurst, Mr. Jos. Williamson, Mr. J. Ashmore, Mrs. Heils.  At the church were Colonel Hall, D.J.O., J.P., C.C. and Mr. A. Bradwell.  Bearers were Messrs. J. Wild, G. Joule, T. Lomas, and Longson, Employees of Botany Bleachworks.  There were floral tributes from: Florrie, Fred, May, Tom and Derek; Charlie and Emma; Albert, Edith, Connie, and Harry; Clara Arnfield; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Wain (Buxton); Mr. and Mrs. W. Brocklehurst and family; Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Ashmore; Mr. and Mrs Harold Arnfield and family (Stockport); Mrs. Fred Arnfield and family; Col. and Mrs. Edward Hall; Dr. and Mrs. Allan; Mr. Tom Hulme and Leonard; Mrs. Ernest Wright; Mr. and Mrs. Joe. Williamson (Light Birch); Mrs. Wharmby and Mrs. Fergie; Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Coward; Mr. and Mrs. Read and Miss Hall; Mr. and Mrs. G. Kidd and family; Mr. Arthur Kershaw; Messrs. Jos. and Rex Williamson; staff and employees of Botany Bleachworks, ---- Messrs. J. Williamson and Sons were the undertakers.



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Whaley Bridge people will hear with regret of the death of Mr. Frank A. Collier, which has occurred at Galveston, U.S.A. Mr. Collier, who was 46, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Collier, of Whaley Bridge, who emigrated to America many years ago, taking their family with them.  Mr. Frank Collier was born at Whaley Bridge.  His Grandfather was one of the founders of the firm of Messrs. Collier Bros., joiners and builders. Mr. Frank Collier was formerly a member of the fire brigade at Galveston.  During the Great War he was a mechanic in the coast artillery.  For many months he had been in a Government hospital in Texas.  He knew his end was near and he went to spend his remaining days at Galveston.  Mr. Collier had been engaged to be married to Miss Elizabeth C. Maunsell, but the wedding had been postponed owing to his illness and other circumstances.  Both were anxious to be married and the ceremony was performed on his death bed five hours only, before he died.  Surviving Mr. Collier are his three sisters, Mrs. W.C. Ware, of Houston, Mrs. A. Lockstead and Mrs. Edith Ayars, of Galveston, and five brothers, Messrs. Ted, James and Sam Collier of Galveston; Mr. Layland Collier, of La Marque, and Mr. Chas. Collier, of Birmingham, Ala.  Mr. Collier was buried with military honours.  He had kept in Communication with his cousin Mr. Fred Williamson, of Newtown, and it was Mr. Williamson who received the news of his tragic death so soon after his marriage.



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There was a quiet but interesting wedding at Taxal Church on Thursday. Miss Jessie Jepson, daughter of the late Sergeant-Major and Mrs. Jepson, was the bride, and Mr. William Ed. Lomas, of the Carr, son of the late Mr. Lomas, formerly of the Royal Oak Hotel, Taxal, was the Bridegroom.  Given away by her brother Mr. Harry Jepson, the bride was smartly attired in a blue marocain three-piece suit, with hat to tone.  She was attended by her friend, Miss Maggie Arnfield, whose attire was a navy blue costume with hat to correspond.  The best man was Mr. Geoffrey Stamper, nephew of the bridegroom, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. C.F. Scott, who is officiating for the Rector whilst on holiday.  The bridal pair went to Bournemouth for the honeymoon, the bride travelling in her wedding attire. Both bride and bridegroom are employed in the office at Botany Bleachworks, and amongst the many presents were two from the works, a fireside chair for the bride and a smoking cabinet for the bridegroom.



The interment of the late Mr. William Scholes, whose death was noticed last week, took place on Saturday at Taxal Church burial ground on Saturday afternoon.  General respect was shown and obsequies were conducted by Rev. H.P. Berkeley, M.C., A.A.C., Rector.  Mourners were Mr. Ben Scholes (brother), Mr. G.F. Reekie, (son-in-law), Mr. R.D. Reekie, Mr. H.W. Reekie, (grandsons), Mr. J.S. Pollard (brother-in-law).  Taxal Parish Council was represented by Messrs. N. Norbury, G.W. Boothby, J. Fox, O. Goddard and S. Boothby (clerk); Fernilee Parish council by Messrs. J.M. Worth, J.H. Collier, S. Bennett (clerk).  Others present included Councillor P.F. Bailey, people’s warden at Taxal, Colonel Hall, D.S.O., J.P., C.C., Mr. T. Richardson, Mr. John Carter, Mr. John Palfreyman, Dr. and Mrs Allan, Miss Mosscrop, and post office staff members.  The bearers were Messrs. Geo. White (an old postman) N. Middleton, H. Whiteman, and L. Plant.  There were floral tributes from: Lizzie; May, Fred and Billie (District Bank House, Congleton);Marjorie, Reg., Sheila and Susan (Hurst, Ashton); Dr. and Mrs F. Garnet Allan; Ben and Bertha; Annie, Walter, Kathleen and George;  Mr., Mrs. and Miss Jackson; Mary and Joe; Colonel and Mrs Ramsdon-Jodrell; Marie and Bert;  All at Sheffield;  all at Clyde Cottage; Joseph Ashmore (Hockerley-lane); Mr. and Mrs. L. Plant; indoor staff at Buxton Post Office; the staff at Whaley Bridge Post Office and local offices; Taxal Parish Council;  Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Crewe; Mr. and Mrs G. White; Messrs. E.A. Beard and Son satisfactorily carried out the funeral arrangements.



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We much regret to announce the death of Mrs. Mary Louise Scholes, wife of John Scholes, of the Hanging Gate Hotel, which occurred on Friday.  Mrs Scholes was 64.  She had been ill for some weeks, and eventually succumbed to ‘flu.  Mrs. Scholes had been the landlady at the old-fashioned hotel with its swinging sign, “This gate hangs free and hinders none, refresh yourselves and travel on.”  She was well known to residents of the district, and also to many travellers, and held in the highest regard.  She leaves a family.  Many old friends will sincerely regret her passing.  Mrs. Scholes was a direct descendent of the Barretts of Chapel-en-le-Frith, and her family have been resident and in possession of the Hanging Gate for over 300 years.  She leaves a husband and three sons, Wilfred the eldest, is well known in sporting circles as the hon. sectary of the North of England Lacrosse Association, The present captain of the Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club, and a member of the Manchester and Chapel Badminton Clubs.  Norman her second son is in Tegucigalpa, Republic of Honduras, Central America, where he is controller of the business Douglas, Scholes and Co., and Empresa Dean. Fred, the youngest, is engaged in the motor business of Scholes, Hill and Scholes, at Chapel-en-le-frith. The funeral was on Tuesday at the at the Parish Church burial ground, the obsequies being conducted by Rev. P. Heald, of Buxton.  Mourners were: Mr. Scholes (husband), Wilfred and Fred Scholes (sons), Mrs. Fred Scholes (daughter-in-law), Mr. Sam Hancock (brother), Mr. Will Hyde (nephew), Mr. Harry Scholes (brother-in-law), Mr. G.T. Ogden, Mr. W. Hookes, Dr. D. Cogan, Nurse Madelaine, Mr. Frank Hancock (nephew), Mr. L Saunders, Mr. Frank Proctor, Mr. J. Belfield, Mr. D. Rawles, John Scholes (nephew).  Bearers were: Messrs. F. Hancock, F. Proctor, L. Saunders, J. Scholes, D. Rawles, and J. Belfield.  There were beautiful floral tributes from Dad; Wilfred; Norman (Tegucigalpa); Fred and Winnie; baby Norman; Sam, Fanny, Frank, Beatie and Albert; Harry and Edna; Nell and Will; nieces and nephews at Kershaw-street, Glossop; niece Martha and family; G.B. Alexander; Mr. and Mrs. Segalla; Mr. Harry Allan; Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson; Mr. and Mrs A. Hardisty; Mr. and Mrs. Hookes and family (Droylsden); Mr. and Mrs. Rex. Willcocks; staff of the grey department, Messrs. Jaffé and Sons, Ltd,; Mrs. Cooper, Cliss and Willie; Nurse Madelaine; Lily; neighbours at Tom-lane; Nell and Doug; Mr. and Mrs. Mr. Wood and William; Nurse Swindells; W. Saunders; Mr. Joel Belfield and Family; all at Yew Tree Cottage, Combs; Will Sant; Mr. and Mrs. Duckworth (Glossop); Mr. and Mrs. L.Saunders Golfhouse); Pat Saunders; Martha Lomas; Mr. and Mrs Middleton and family; Frank; John and Lizzie Scholes; Mr. and Mrs. E. Wild and family; Mrs. Walker and family (Blackpool). – Mr. J.E. Potts satisfactorily carried out the funeral arrangements.

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An old and esteemed resident of Fernilee passed away on Tuesday morning in the person of Mrs. Raven, widow of Mr. J. Raven.  Aged 71, Mrs. Raven had been in poor health for some time.  She was particularly well known in the hamlet where she had a small shop and made teas.  Her maiden name was Lomas and she spent all her long working life in this district.   Mrs. Raven was associated with the Wesleyan Chapel in Fernilee.  She leaves a son and daughter.  One of her sons was killed in an explosion at Fernilee Gunpowder Mills.  The funeral takes place to-morrow (Saturday) at Fernilee Wesleyan Chapel.



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The funeral took place on Saturday at Fernilee Wesleyan burial ground of the late Mrs. Raven of Fernilee, whose death has been noticed.  Rev. A.C. Baker, superintendent minister, officiated.  Mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. J. Raven (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. H. Southern (daughter and son-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Nadin (sister and brother-in-law),  Mrs. Deacan,  Mrs. Bleakley, Miss M. Raven, Master J. Raven (grandchildren, Mrs. Collier, Mrs. J. Horsfield, Mr. Horsfield, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Boothby, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lomas, Mr. and Mrs. West, Mrs. Powell.  Bearers were Messrs. J. Lomas, W. Nadin, J. Horsfield, J. Salt.  There were floral tributes from: Jim and Sophia; Maggie and Harry; sister Lizzie and family; all the grandchildren; sister Hannah Mary and nephews and nieces; Lily, Mary, Osmond and Allan; sister Annie, Jim and Florrie; Hannah, Jim and family; brother Jim, Mary and family; all at Goyt Vale; Cissie, Allan and family; all at Folds Farm; Jack, Martha and children; Mrs. Lupton and Annie; society of Fernilee Wesleyan Chapel; Mr. and Mrs F. Bagshaw, George and Fred; Mr. and Mrs. Jodrell and Vera; Mr. and Mrs. Hill; niece and nephew (Mary and Fred); David and Annie (nephew and niece); Jim and Jessie. – Messrs. Collier Bros. satisfactorily carried out the funeral arrangements. 

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It is with regret that we announce the death of Mr. Jos. Hulme, of West View, Horwich End, which took place on Saturday. Mr. Hulme, who was 80, had been ailing for some time.  A native of Whaley Bridge he spent all his life here.  For the long period of 66 years he was employed at the Botany Bleachworks and held the record for long service in the works which has a remarkable history in that connection.  Mr. Hulme was held in high regard both by the employers and the men.  He was amongst those awarded a pension by the Bleachers’ Association for their long service.  Mr. Hulme was connected with the Wesleyan Chapel and at one time was a teacher at Fernilee Wesleyan Sunday School.  He was also one of the oldest members of the Order of Sons of Temperance.  Mr. Hulme was a man of the strictest integrity and uprightness of character and respected by all who knew him.  Mr. and Mrs. Hulme celebrated their golden wedding seven years ago.  Mrs. Hulme, we are sorry to state, is ill in bed.  Mr. and Mrs. Hulme’s family numbered fourteen, of whom eleven, six sons and five daughters, survive, all of them married.  The funeral took place on Wednesday at Fernilee Wesleyan burial ground.  Rev. A.C. Baker, superintendent minister, officiated.  The mourners were:  Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Hulme, Mr. and Mrs. W. Hulme, Mr. and Mrs. J. Collier, Mr. and Mrs. W. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. W Jodrell, Mr. and Mrs. R. Wyld, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hulme, Mr. H. Hulme, Mr and Mrs. F. Hulme, Mr. Wilfred Hulme, Mr and Mrs. W. Sidebottom (sons and daughters), Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Hulme, Mr. and Mrs. H. Oldfield (brothers and sisters), Mr. Harry Hulme, Miss Bessie Hulme, Mr. Ernest Wyld, Mr. A. Wyld, Mr. Harold Jodrell, Mr. Ray Jodrell, Mr. Fred Cridland (grandchildren), Mr. and Mrs. John Worth, Mr. Jas. Joule, Mr. Jack Hulme, Mr. William Hulme, Mrs. George Jowle, Mr. H. Wheatly, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Oldfield, Mrs. H. Tucker, Mrs. Phillips (nephews and nieces), Mr. Jos. Woolley, Mr. Jas. Hague, Mrs. Jas. Mort, Colonel Hall, J.P., C.C., D.S.O., manager of the Botany Bleachworks, was present at the church.  Bearers were Messrs. W. Jodrell, W. Beard, R. Wyld, W. Sidebottom, Harry Hulme, Ernest Wyld. there were floral tributes from; Wife; Jack and Annie; Will, Harry and Bessie; Lucy and Fred; Annie and Will; Ethel; Will, Harold and Ray; Gerrtie, Robert and family; Albert and Mary; Harold, Maggie and Gladys; Frank, Lizzie and family; Wilfred, Eileen and family; Mary, Will and family; brother James and family; Harry and Annie (Southport); Annie, Fred and Family; brother William and family;  Jim, Sarah and family; grandchildren at Ashbourne; Mr. and Mrs. Worth; Mrs. Jowle;  Mr. and Mrs. J. Jowle Mr. and Mrs. G. Jowle; Alice and Polly; Jane and Lizzie; Elise and Jack; Herbert and Edith; Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood and family;  Edward Hall and brother. The funeral arrangements were by Messrs. Collier Brothers.

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Taxal Church was the venue of an unusually attractive wedding on Saturday, Miss Lily Brown, of Kettleshulme, was the bride, and Mr. Arthur Jodrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Jodrell , of Buxton-road, Whaley Bridge, was the bridegroom. The bridegroom is acting assistant Scoutmaster in the Taxal troop.  Scouts and cubs formed a guard of honour at the church, and made a charming picture with the bride and groom.

Given away by her father, Mr. A. H. Brown, the bride was delightfully attired in a gown of ivory satin with tulle veil and coronet of orange blossom, and carried a sheaf of red liberty roses and lilies of the valley.  Bridesmaids were Miss Doris Brown, sister of the bride, and Miss Vera Jodrell, sister of the bridegroom.  They were similarly attired in dresses of flowered chiffon, wore green picture hats, and carried sheaf of pink carnations and white lilacs.

Cubmaster Harry Ashby acted as bestman, and Group Scoutmaster G. W. Stamper as groomsman.  Rover James Beard played hymeneal music in artistic fashion on the organ.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. H. P. Berkeley, M. C., A. K. C., Rector.

A reception followed at the home of the bride.  Mr. and Mrs. Jodrell were recipients of many valuable presents.  These included a pyrex dish on silver stand from the bridegroom’s colleagues on the staff of the Manchester and County Bank at Chapel-en-le-Frith, a tray and dinner mats from the cubs, and a cake basket from the rovers.  They will reside at Priest House, Kettleshulme

Photo: R. Rawlinson, Whaley Bridge

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    Miss Mary Morten

The “draw” for Taxal Rose Queen took place at the school on Monday evening.  Choice fell upon Miss Mary Morten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Morten, of Macclesfield-road.  It is expected that the crowning ceremony will take place on the Rectory lawn.

Photo. : R. Rawlinson, Whaley Bridge.

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Mr. & Mrs. J. Hulme

Mr. and Mrs. James Hulme, of Botany House, Whaley Bridge, celebrated their golden wedding on Monday. Many congratulations were received by them, and there was a party given to members of the family and friends at Botany House.

Mr. Hulme is a native of Whaley Bridge and has spent all his life here.  For sixty years he was employed at Botany Bleachworks.  For thirty years he drove the lorry and horses between Whaley Bridge and Manchester.  The Botany horses were amongst the finest on the road, and they attracted much attention in those days. He finished his term of employment in the works.

Before her marriage Mrs. Hulme was Miss Sarah Horrobin. She is also a native of the district, and has spent all her life here.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Hulme have a lifelong association with the Wesleyan cause in Whaley Bridge, and are amongst the oldest members. They have a family of four sons and four daughters living.  Both are in good health and happy in the enjoyment of the affection of members of their family and numerous friends.  It is with interest to note that amongst the guests were Mrs. Morton, who, as Miss Handford, was Mrs. Hulme’s bridesmaid at her wedding. Her brother, Mr Abel Horrobin, who was station master at Slaithwaite for 25 years, and is now 75, was also a guest. He has celebrated his golden wedding.

Mr. Hulme is the last of three brothers, Messrs. Joseph, John and James Hulme, all of whom celebrated their golden weddings.

All of them were employed at Botany Bleachworks. The late Mr. Joseph Hulme had a record of 66 years service, Mr. James Hulme 60 years, and Mr. John Hulme 40 years.  It is an achievement exceedingly rare.  Mr. James Hulme and the late Mr. Joseph Hulme received certificates of long service from the Bleachers Association of which combination Messrs. Edward Hall & Bro. became a branch.

Fifty years ago Fernilee, to which village both Mr. and Mrs. Hulme belong, was in the parish of Hope, and they were married at Hope Parish church. They recall that it was an exceedingly rough day, not unlike some there have been this August.

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 Wedding of Miss Louie Williamson & Mr Wm H Hulme: 1921

A wedding of much interest to Whaley Bridge people was solemnised at Windlehurst Wesleyan Church on Tuesday. Miss Louie Williamson, only daughter of the late Mr. Richard Williamson and Mrs. Williamson of Macclesfield Road, and the bridegroom, Mr. Wm. H. Hulme, elder son of Mr. And Mrs. James Hulme, of Botany House, Whaley Bridge.  Given away by her mother, the bride was prettily attired in a dress of white embroidered georgette, with embroidered net veil and coronet of orange blossom.  She carried a shower bouquet of red roses and white heather and wore a pearl necklace, the gift of the bridegroom.  The bridesmaid was Miss Clapham, of Whaley Bridge, and the dame d’honneur. Mrs. Turner, of Hull, both friends of the bride.  Their attire was dresses of blue georgette and black picture hats.  Each carried a bouquet of pink carnations, and wore a necklace of blue crystals, gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. George Hulme, brother of the bridegroom, and Mr. Percy Hulme, brother of the bridegroom, was the groomsman. The service, which was choral, was conducted by Rev. S. Gordon, of Chapel-en-le-Frith. The hymn sung was ‘O Perfect Love’.  Mr Stanley Hadfield, of Hazel Grove, was the organist. He gave an artistic rendering of the ‘Wedding March’, and other selections of wedding music. A reception followed at Whaley Bridge Wesleyan Sunday School, where abouts 40 guests were entertained. Mr. and Mrs. Hulme, who received many valuable presents, went to London and Folkestone for the honeymoon.  On their return they will reside at Cheadle Hulme.

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A Remarkable Family Record

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hulme, of West View, Whaley Bridge, were married at Whaley Bridge Wesleyan Chapel on February 8th, 1873, and on Thursday they celebrated their golden wedding. Theirs was the second wedding to take place at the Wesleyan Chapel, and the officiating minister was the Rev. G. Buckley.

Mr. Hulme is now 72 years old. He was born at Chapel-en-le-Frith, but came to reside in Whaley district when he was 2 years old. It was only last week that he completed 63 years’ service at Botany bleachworks, where he is a finisher. Mr. Hulme has served three generations of the Hall family, the present Col. Hall, D.S.O., T.D., J.P., his late father and his late grandfather.  Despite the fact that he is well past the allotted span, Mr. Hulme is still wonderfully hale and well, and able to follow his occupation at the works, where he has been so long employed.

Mrs. Hulme, whose maiden name was Oldfield, is a native of Tideswell, but came to reside at Whaley Bridge when she was nine years old.  She will be 69 years old next month.  Like Mr. Hulme, she keeps remarkable well, and is still able to perform many of her household duties.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Hulme have always been associated with the Wesleyan Chapel at Whaley Bridge.  Mr. Hulme is a total abstainer, and one of the oldest members of the Sons of Temperance in the district.  Formerly he was an official of the Lodge at New Mills.

Seven sons and seven daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hulme, and six sons and five daughters survive. Four of their sons were in the war on active service.  All came through alive, but all were wounded.  Frank is still in hospital in Leicester in consequence of his was wounds.  All the members of the family except Frank were at the golden wedding celebrations on Thursday.  All the family have been, or still are, associated with the Wesleyan Chapel, and have taken an active part in the work of the Sunday School.

The golden wedding day saw another happy event in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Hulme, when their youngest daughter, Miss May Hulme, was married at St. Mark’s Church, Stockport, to Mr. William Sidebotham, of Whaley Bridge.  Mr. Hulme gave his daughter away.  She was smartly attired in a grey slate costume with hat to correspond. Miss Hulme carried a bouquet of choice white flowers, and wore a fox fur, gifts of the bridegroom.  She was attended by Miss Emily Sidebotham, sister of the bridegroom, whose attire was a navy blue costume and hat to tone. She carried a bouquet of flowers, the gift of the bridegroom. The best man and groomsman were Messrs. J. H. Hulme and W. Hulme, the twin brothers of the bride.

The golden wedding and the latest wedding in the family circle were celebrated at West View. The guests numbered about fifty. Both the “happy couples” were the recipients of many presents and the heartiest congratulations. The double occasion was quite unique in this district, and aroused much pleasurable interest.

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