1941 Village news (Borley, Edwards, Manning, et al.)

The following paragraphs appeared under the ELMSWELL heading in the 1st January (or Feb.?) 1941 edition of “Free Press & …” – Cutting kindly loaned by Betty Rice
The sum of £502 5s. 7d. mentioned in a previous Issue was for the Village Group only, and did not include amounts collected by local firms, who have their own group.

THE local branch of the British Legion held another dance at the Old School on Saturday evening, when there was a fair attendance. Members of the branch assisted with the arrangements, and Jack Day’s Dance Band was in attendance.At the Old School on Tuesday evening another dance attracted a crowded attendance. An R.A.M.C. Band supplied the music. There was another on Wednesday evening.
Sixty-five scholars of the Parish Church (including several evacuees attending the school), had their annual treat at the Old School on Saturday afternoon. Following tea, the children were entertained to games, etc., for which small prizes were given. In the evening the Hon. Mrs. Morgan Grenville presented record books for attendance and cheers were given all helpers. The absent scholars were not forgotten and had their usual gifts.
Elmswell has now raised £100 for the Bury St. Edmund’s and District Spitfire Fund. The net total was made up of house-to-house collections, £59 18s. 8d.; Christmas draw, £17 2s.; special efforts, £13 6s. 2d.; sale of acorns, £2 17s.; extra donations, £2 l3s. 6d.; sale of jam jars and bottles, £2 9s. 8d.; sale of linen, £l 9s.; sale of garden produce 4s.
By the death of Mr. John W. Borley, aged 79 years, of the Green, the village and district has lost a well-known figure. For close on 50 years he had carried on a business as a builder and decorator, etc., in Elmswell, and was very well known for many miles around the district. He gave up the business some years ago, and this has since been carried out by his son, Mr. Wm. Borley. Mr. Borley had been taken ill a few weeks ago, and passed peacefully away on Wednesday evening. For many years he was a member of the Elmswell Mission Hall (now the Baptist Church),and in years gone by took the services there, while he also preached at many other chapels in the district until failing health intervened. Of a quiet disposition, he was held in high esteem, and much sympathy is felt for the widow, son and daughter in their sad loss. The funeral takes place tomorrow at the Elmswell Baptist Church at 2.30 p.m. :
THE FUNERAL of Mr. A. E. Edwards
of Castle Camps, Cambs., who passed away suddenly aged 74 years, took place on Tuesday last, The Rev. A. Hore, of All Saints’ Church, conducted the service in the church and at the graveside. Deceased leaves a widow five sons and five daughters. The immediate mourners were: Mrs. E. Hannah (Ethel), Mrs. G. Austin (Gladys), Mr. R. A. Edwards, Mrs. L. Barnett (Letty), Mr. A. S. Edwards, Mrs. W. Gray (Winnie); Mr. J. Edwards, Mrs. D. Harris (Dorothy), and Mr. F. Edwards. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent, including one from the Castle Camps Parish Council, of which the late Mr. A. E. Edwards was a member. He was born at Elmswell, and lived there for about 40 years. He took an active part in the social and public welfare of the village and was treasurer of the Ancient Order of Oddfellows for a number of years.
THE FUNERAL of Mrs. Agnes Manning
whose death occurred last week at the age of 72 years, took place at the Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon, with the interment at the cemetery, the Rev. A. Tilling (Baptist Minister), officiating. Mrs. Tilling was at the organ and played suitable music, while “Jesu Lover of my Soul” and “Rock of Ages” were sung. The mourners were: Mrs. F. Rice daughter; Mr. P. Manning (Elmswell), Mr., R. Manning (Wetherden), sons; Mr. F. Rice son-in-law; Mrs W. Dorling (Haughley), Mrs. J Sparrow (Wetherden), sisters; Mr. Algie Rice, Mr. Gerald Rice, grandsons; Miss Rosalie Rice, granddaughter; Mrs. P. Manning, and Mrs. R. Manning, daughters-in-law; Mr. J. Sparrow (Wetherden), and Mr. J. Dorling (Haughley), brothers-in-law; Mr. Jack Sparrow, nephew; Mrs. Aldis, niece; and Miss N. Friend (Chevington). Three brothers and three sisters were unable to attend. Others present were: Mr. Walter Manning, Mrs. Nunn, Mrs C. Armstrong, Mr. R. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. H. Pearson, Miss Pearson, Mrs. and Miss Woolnough, Mrs. and Miss Borley, Mrs. W. Goymer, Mrs. A. Nunn, Mrs. G. Clarke, Mrs. Faires, Mrs. A. Miller, Mrs. Gregory, Mrs. Goddard, Mrs. Steggles, Mr. R. Leach, Mrs. D. King, Mrs. W. Howe, Miss E. Pegg (all of Elmswell, Mrs. Salmon (Norton), Mr. Worby (Great Ashfield). There were several floral tributes, which were inscribed: In ever-loving memory of dear mother and grannie, from Rosie, Fred and Algie, Gerald and Rosalie. To dear mother, from Percy and Lily. In loving memory of dear mother, from Bob and Maud, From brothers and sisters at Herringswell and Newmarket; Annie and Jim; Will and Flo and family, and also Will, Ruth and Vera (Barrow); Walter and family; Mr. and Mrs. Woolnough, Teddy and Betty; Norah; the members and friends of the Elmswell Baptist Church; Mr. and Mrs. D. King; Mr. and Mrs. W. Howe. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Mulley Bros. (H. E. Mulley), Cooks Road, Elmswell.