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Yesteryear: Wells Temperance Society make plea to Prime Minister

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 15, 2013


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100 years ago

A MEETING in connection with the Wells branch of the British Women's Temperance Association was held in the Small Hall on Wednesday evening when the Rev WB Tucker presided.

The following resolution was unanimously passed at the meeting: "That the Wells branch of the national British Women's Temperance Association urges the Prime Minister to delay no longer the fulfilment of his pledge that he would place the 1908 Licensing Bill on the statute when the Parliament Act set the House of Commons free to carry out the legislation demanded by the people."

50 years ago

ALTHOUGH the claims of Wells as a suitable site for the new Bristol College of Advanced Technology are being advanced, the suggestion, it would seem, has come too late to afford the proposal any reasonable chance of success.

In an interview with the Wells Journal this week, Mr FS Tinnion, chairman of the governing body, stated that although a site for the new college has not yet been chosen, it is expected that two sites in Somerset and two in Gloucestershire will be considered, with a view to a definite decision being taken when the governors meet next month.

The governors will have detailed architects' reports on the sites but the areas to be considered do not, it is understood, include Wells.

THE Wells and Central Somerset branch of the National Association of Schoolmasters held a general meeting at the Fountain Inn, Wells.

In the chair was Mr J Haines, the local president, who is the head of the English Department at Wells County Secondary School.

He welcomed five new members and reported that the membership was increasing steadily.

He also remarked, speaking about the Campaign for Education, that a claim made by the local MP that this country had not had to resort to part time education may have been true but that we had been forced to resort to part time teachers.

This he thought was deplorable and what was worse, it was accepted and even encouraged by the authorities, who in many cases employed people who had received no professional training.

MANY parents and friends as well as practically all the school managers attended the open night of Croscombe Primary School.

Exhibitions of the children's work were on display and a bring and buy stall raised money for the children's Christmas party

25 years ago

THE Bishop of Bath and Wells has told clergymen in his diocese opposed to the ordination of women priests that they should resign.

The Rt Rev George Carey says he regrets their actions but if they can not accept the change, the only logical thing for them to do is to stand down.

The bishop was speaking out after publication this weekend of an open list of more than 1,500 clergy who said they are opposed to the ordination of women.

CITY of Wells Lions' president, Harry Hartley, presented a cheque for £850 to Elma Cursley, chairman of the Wells Talking Newspaper, at the St Lawrence Day Centre.

The money will go towards a new transcriber.

WESTBURY-SUB-MENDIP Friday Club heard from John Kemp give a talk on the mechanical workings of clocks.

10 years ago

A LOCAL teenage girl's dreams came true when she entered a competition for a makeover in a national magazine – and won.

Featured in the Christmas edition of Elle Girl, 15-year-old Kristina Harvey, of Henton, spent a day in London in the autumn, for her makeover.

She said: "They paid for my mum to come with me.

"It was all very professional. We went to a photo studio in Marylebone. The final result is lovely, very sophisticated, which I like.

"I could definitely get to like being a model. It was a change from casual clothes. I love wearing a trilby hat, all hats really. I'm not taking it too seriously just now. I have 11 GCSEs to do, but I'd love to do it in the future." Kristina is a student at Wells Cathedral School.

WELLS-BASED playgroup Stepping Stones has just received the results of a highly complimentary OFSTED report.

The inspectors visited for two days in the summer and commended the school for its colourful and stimulating environment and good relations with parents.

There are 58 children on the register with a maximum of 18 present each session.

They range in age from two and a half to school age.

Debbie Tarry, who runs the group, said:

"There is a laid down curriculum to cover six areas of learning: personal, emotional and social development; communications or language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; creative development and physical development.

"In all six areas we achieved a 'very good' as our final mark.

"We were commended for activities that were stimulating and related to specific themes.

"All in all we are very pleased with our result as we put a lot into our playgroup."

THE new Dean of Wells Cathedral is Canon John Martin Clarke.

Canon Clarke is principal of the Anglican theological college at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, near Oxford.

He will take up his appointment in the summer of 2004.

Canon John Clarke, aged 51, is married to Cressida Nash, a cellist, and they have three children, Ben aged 14, Edmund, 11 and Esther who is 10.

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