Church Matters – July 1903

The Vicar Writes:

I am anxious to get a new Lectern, either oak or brass, for Hackthorn Church. A fund has been started, to which I propose giving one or two of the Special Offertories this year instead of sending them away; and on Wednesday, July 22, there will be a Garden Party, at the Vicarage, from 4 to 10 p.m., with a small stall for the Sale of Work. A charge of 6d. will be made to include Tea, the proceeds to be given to this object. I hope this will meet with the hearty approval of all.
Mrs. Hills will be glad to receive gifts, or promises, towards the Work Stall or Tea Table, not later than July 18.

1965 – 1st Edition of HACKTHORN NEWS

This is the first edition of ‘HACKTHORN NEWS’, which will be issued at the beginning of each month, and will contain, it is hoped, all news and announcements of importance for the following month. Perhaps anyone with any news or announcements of local interest, such as club meetings or activities, especially those which depend on village support, would be so kind as to bring them to Mrs. Keeley or Mrs. Wilks for inclusion.
We would like to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Atkins and family, also Flt/Lt. & Mrs. Jamison of ‘Popples’ and Mr. & Mrs. Mathews. We hope they will enjoy living in Hackthorn.


After a quite successful season last year the main effort this winter was to raise funds for more equipment. We had two good Whist Drives last year, and an excellent dance at Welton Village Hall. The dance was a new venture and a good crowd turned up to hear the ‘Klan’ and the ‘Beat Five’ play to them. I would like at this point to thank all of the people who gave up their time to help at the dance, their help was much appreciated by the organizers.
This year we have been extending the wicket by levelling another hollow and sowing it down, with that area we should have a very good wicket,
Practice will soon be starting and all people interested will be welcome, remember even if you do not play your support is valuable to us and I am sure that you will enjoy your afternoon’s sport. New members and their subscriptions are always welcome!


On April 1st. the Drama Club held it’s annual dinner at the ‘Brownlow Arms’. This was more or less to celebrate the end of their ‘season’ and the production of their play which was ‘Old Man’s Castle’. It seems to have been enjoyed by everyone who saw it, and for the first time for many years, was taken to another village, Scothern, where it was also well reviewed
The Drama Club would like to say that they always welcome new members especially prospective actors. The next play will be started in the Autuan and they are hoping to see plenty of new talent then.


The committee would like to announce that there will be a gymkhana again this year on Whit Monday. The proceeds will go into the Village Hall funds. They will be extremely glad of any help that anyone can offer them in preparing for it, and will let us know more details later on.


There will be a quiz or ‘Any Questions’ game held sometime during the month of April. The actual date has not yet been decided, but when it is Notices will be put up in the Co-op and the Post Office. It is hoped to include Fellowship News in this News Sheet in future.
We are pleased to see that the lake is at last a little more near normal.


This has been arranged for Friday, 9th April at 7.00 p.m. at the Vicarage. All On the Church Electoral Roll are cordially invited. At this Meeting we elect the Church Wardens and Sidesmen and pass the Annual Church Accounts. Church plans for the future are made, and opportunity is given for questions on church Matters to be asked and answered. It is hoped to settle at this meeting the date for the cleaning of the church, which takes place every two years. All volunteers will be most welcome. Arrangements will be made about decorating the Church for Easter.

School Scrapbooks – War Memorial

– 29TH May 1920


THE WAR MEMORIAL erected in this village was dedicated and unveiled on Saturday afternoon. The Vicar (Rev. B.J. Boodle, M.A.) conducted the service, also performing the ceremony of dedication, in the regretted absence, through indisposition, of Canon Jarvis. In an eloquent and touching address, the Vicar explained that the memorial had been erected in honour of the men who had served in the Great War. The cross surmounting the stone denoted the noble service and great self-sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. It was also typical of the Cross on which Christ died that the world might be freed from sin. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Major West Cracroft Amcotts, M.C. (late Royal Engineers), of Kettlethorpe Hall. In his address the Major paid a glowing tribute to the courage and determination of the men of the Army and Navy, and to the mutual trust between officers and men, every unit knowing it would be supported, and each man knowing his chum would not fail him. The country to-day needed all the above virtues if we were to uphold the traditions of the great British Empire. In conclusion the Major thanked all those at home, both men and women, who had helped so materially to bring about the ultimate great victory. Suitable prayers were offered b the Vicar, and hymns 447, 165 A.&M. were sung, Mrs. Naylor playing the accompaniments. Floral tributes were placed on the memorial, which takes the form of a shaft of Portland stone, surmounted by a cross, the whole standing on a base of concrete. The following inscriptions are engraved on the stone: “In grateful remembrance of the men from Hackthorn who served their King and country in the Great War, 1914-1918. –Naught shall make us rue, If England to itself, do rest but true.” The memorial was supplied by Messrs. Tuttell and Sons, Lincoln. Following the ceremony, a Roll of Honour was unveiled in the Day School by Major Weston Cracroft Amcotts, M.C., who gave an appropriate address to the scholars present. This beautiful work of art is the gift of the head teacher, Miss Tattershall, and was executed by Messrs. John Heywood, Manchester. It contains the names of 37 old scholars of the school who joined the Forces, nine of whom made the supreme sacrifice. A fitting tribute to these gallant lads was the beautiful rendering by the school children of the hymn for the fallen, after the unveiling of the tablet. Miss Ball accompanied on the piano. Mr. E. W. Cracroft, J.P., on behalf of the Managers, accepted the gift to the school, Mr. J. M. Riggall proposing a vote of thanks to the donor and to Major Amcotts for kindly coming over that day to unveil the memorial and tablet. The Roll of Honour was subsequently the centre of much admiration.

Does anyone know of the whereabouts of the School Roll of Honour? Is it still in existence?

October 1960 Around The Parishes

VILLAGE SNIPPETS – from THE LINK (the monthly Newsletter of the Parishes of COLD HANWORTH, FIRSBY, HACKTHORN, SAXBY and SPRIDLINGTON with the R.A.F. Chaplaincy at FALDINGWORTH)


COLD HANWORTH On Sunday evening Aug. 21st, I added a note in the register of Services that we used electric lighting for the first time.

We have nearly reached the half-way in raising the £90 needed to pay for it as well as for tubular heating.

Now we have arranged to hold a Whist Drive in Hackthorn Village Hall on sat. Oct. 22nd at 7 p.m.

We have already had some good prizes offered and now appeal to all our friends to rally round and help this thoroughly deserving cause.

Offerings at the Harvest Festival on Sept. 25rth will be added to this Lighting and Heating Fund.