Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 1900

Misc snippets

Misc snippets

Friday April 13th 1900


May Queen, the successful candidate for the ballot of Golborne May Queen is Sarah CLAYTON, aged 17 of School St, Golborne, the festival takes place on the first Saturday in may.

Golborne Cricket and Bowling Club, commenced the season on Saturday last, with a strong muster of bowlers and the weather fine. The greens were opened by the president of the club, Mr W. MITCHELL. The rivals in the first game the president and Mr DOBB, the game ended in victory for the former, the bowlers were then at liberty to test their skills. The cricketers turned up in force, soon forms arranged in white could be seen making arrangements to commence operations. Many notable cricketers were present, the opening game was played between Mr J. SMITH’S side and Mr R. HUNT’S side, Mr SMITH was chief representative of “married men”, Mr HUNT, “single” married men gained an easy victory. Several players seemed no worse for the want of practise, Messers BARLOW and HURST retained their form from last year. In the evening a smoking concert was held at the Legh Arms Hotel, Mr MITCHELL took the chair supported by Mr UNSWORTH and Dr DOBB.



Master Joseph HIBBERT of Atherton Rd, Hindley Green has received a notification that he has been appointed organist at the U.M.F.C Chapel, Wigan Rd, Leigh. Master HIBBERT is a young musician of considerable ability and has been very successful at musical examinations during the past few years.


In the Wigan Junior Challenge Cup, Hindley Green Juniors and Wigan St Michaels met at Hindley Green on Saturday last in the first round for the cup. A very even game was played which resulted in a draw of 2 goals each.

Hindley Green Ambulance man for the war

On Saturday afternoon at the Hindley Green offices of Messers PEARSON and KNOWLES Coal and Iron Co Ltd, a presentation took place the recipient being Mr John MEADOWS of Hindley Green, one of the officials of the firm who has volunteered as an ambulance man for the war. Mr NEVIN presented a purse of money and spoke in high terms of their appreciation of their fellow workmate. Mr J. KNOWLES and Mr DEAN spoke of the pleasure it gave them to know one of their employees was trained to be an ambulance man and willing to share in his countries work, a place would be found for him if he ever returned. Mr MEADOWS gained his medals and certificates at the Abram Colliery Branch of the St John’s Ambulance Association, he left Wigan on Monday morning for London, witnessed by family and friends. On Saturday colours were flying on the head gears of the colliery to honour the occasion.


The Baptist Church at Leigh has been furnished with a mural brass tablet to the memory of two of their late founders. The tablet, which has a handsome ornamental border and is mounted on an oak slab, bears the inscription :-

“This tablet is erected by members of the church and congregation as an expression of respect for John TILDESLEY, who died October 25th 1899, aged 71 years [for 34 years deacon of this church]. Also of Frances his wife, who died February 14th 1896, aged 66 years. They were among the original founders, and for many years rendered valuable service and generous support to this church and its various institutions.”



In connection with the Primitive Methodists Young Peoples Society of Christan Endeavour, a local Saturday was held on Saturday last when there was a very good attendance of members and friends. Proceedings commenced by a tea, duties in the chair ably performed by Mr Robert ALLEN of Culcheth, friends cordially received by the president Mr George SANDERS. The programme consisted of a bible reading, by Mr William WILKINSON, addresses by the chairman, Rev G. H. BIRD and Mr Isaac UNWIN, recitation by Miss CHARNOCK, consecration service conducted by Mr J. T. RIGBY, Mr Joseph WINSTANLEY organist.


A meeting of affiliated friendly and industrial societies was held at the Town Hall, Newton on Saturday afternoon under the auspices of the Old Age Pension League. The chair was taken by Mr J. TUNSTALL of Liverpool and among those present were Messers COWIE [Rainhill], SHEPHERD, DEVONPORT [St Helens], DAVIES, PEARSON, JUDSON, SWIFT, GIBNEY [Ashton-in-Makerfield], GILMOUR, SMITH, LATHAM, BURROWS, TURTON [Ashton], FAIRCLOUGH, COOKE [Haydock], GARDNER [Ashton], and EATON [Hon secretary of the Old Age State Pension League, Newton division]. The Hon secretary submitted a report on the work done in the Newton Parliamentary Division in support of the old age state pensions. The Newton Division was formed in Sept 1899 to educate people of the benefits the pension would provide to assist the working classes in times of sickness and adversity. There was no one they lay greater claim to listen to, to support and voice their views than Colonel PILKINGTON their parliamentary representative. Invitations had been sent out to various trades and industrial societies, over a dozen societies responded.


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