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July 2nd 1887: Queen Victoria's Jubilee (1837 - 1887) The celebration on Tuesday passed off most successfully. Nearly £45 was subscribed. Divine Service was held in the church at 11am, the Rev J Torrens preaching from Joshua 4 20. The National Anthem was played by Mr G H Pullen, Jnr, and the organist, who supplemented it with the "Hallelujah Chorus". Shortly before 2pm the school children, numbering 200, assembled and marched to the field, (kindly lent by Mr J H J Partridge) where sports and amusements were provided. The arrangements for tea were left to Mrs Brawn and Mrs Whitfield. At 3 o'clock the juveniles assembled in the large marquee belonging to the Witheridge Club, and had tea. Meanwhile the sports for adults were started and the programme was gone through with marked success. Prizes to the value of £5 were distributed. The Revs Thomas Torrens and H J Bishop acted as judges, and Mr Mansfield as starter. At half past four the adults commenced to take their places at the tables, where they found a plentiful supply of boiled and roast beef, cake, etc awaiting them. Altogether about 400 adults took tea. Dancing to music supplied by a string band and the singing of the National Anthem brought a pleasant day to a close.

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