Before the Storm: August 1914

Newspaper Staffordshire Advertiser
Date Saturday August 1st 1914
Article heading  

Biddulph Moor

Choir Outing: The late members of Christ Church choir enjoyed on Saturday, through the kindness of the church-wardens Mr. J.H. Cole and Mr. C.R. Hall, a char-a-banc ride to Chester. A start was made from the National School at 6.45am the party travelling through Congleton, Middlewich and Winsford and reaching Chester soon after 9.00am. Mr.H.W. Reeve, the choir-conductor for 32 years, led the party round the ancient walls. A capital dinner was provided by Mr. J.H. Cole, and a telegram was sent to him expressing the party’s thanks for his hospitality.

The return journey was commenced about 7.30pm by way of Tarporley, Nantwich, Crewe, Harecastle and Tunstall, home being reached at 10.45pm.

The Outbreak of War

Newspaper The Sentinel
Date Saturday August 1st 1914
Article heading War in Europe – Might Become General

This was followed by an article on “The Irish Question – Soldiers Fire on People in Dublin”.

Biddulph concerns in the newspaper that day were dominated by the sewage project and gasworks tenders.

Following the August 4th Declaration of War the Chronicle printed:

An historic report

By August 15th the tone of the headlines in the Sentinel had changed and the war dominated the news with headlines such as:

The Great War – Biggest Battle in World’s History Commencing

And photographs depicting: “the war scenes unfolding in North Staffordshire”.

Newspaper Weekly Evening Sentinel
Date Saturday August 8th 1914
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Women Unionists Outing: The annual outing of the Biddulph Women Unionist Association took place on Wednesday (August 5th), when a party of about 50 members and friends motored to Capesthorne Hall, the residence of Colonel Bromley Davenport. The weather turned out fine, and the drive was much enjoyed. An inspection of the beautiful grounds and gardens was followed by tea, and the return home was made via Swettenham and Gawsworth.

The outing was somewhat curtailed owing to the exigencies of the war as the char-a-banc was commissioned for transport duty, and the driver William Mellor, of the 11th Hussars, was under order to report himself with the car at Bristol by two o’clock on Thursday morning.

Biddulph Moor: Sacred Concert

The Biddulph Moor Prize Band gave a sacred concert opposite the Post Office on Sunday evening for the benefit of the North Staffs Infirmary and the Congleton Cottage Hospital. Mr. J.H. Cole presided over a good company and fine weather favoured the event. A collection taken during the evening realised £2-16s.

Newspaper Weekly Evening Sentinel
Date Saturday August 15th 1914
Article heading  

Biddulph Petty Sessions

Five young Brown lees colliers and mine workers: Thomas Lea, Benjamin Gregory, Thomas Ryder, John Bowers and Thomas Arthur Smith, were summoned for gambling with cards at Brown Lees on Monday July 27th.

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