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Herts Advertiser & St Albans Times - 1944 (July)

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7th July p3



Mr. and Mrs. Albert French, of 39, Folly Fields, Wheathampstead, were married sixty years ago, on Wednesday. For fifty-eight years they have lived in the same, house, where they have reared a family of eight, seven of whom are living. 

Mr. French is 82 and his wife 84. Both were born in the village. and the wedding took place at Wheathampstead Parish Church on July 5th, 1884. 

Mr. French was a platelayer on the London and North-Eastern Railway, retiring at 68.  But that does not mean that he has been inactive since. Apart from the many odd jobs with which he busies himself, he manages an allotment. 

Mr. and Mrs. French. 

In spite of an accident four years-ago, when she broke a thigh, Mrs. French gets about fairly well. 

One son and four of the daughters are married, and of the two single daughters, one, Miss E. French, lives with her parents. 

Another son, , Mr. Albert john French, who died eleven .years ago, was Junior Society Steward and Assistant Superintendent at the Folly Methodist Church, Wheathampstead, of which Mr. and Mrs. French are members. Miss E. French is actively identified with the work of the Church as Superintendent of the Infant Department of the Sunday School. 

There are thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. French had a happy celebration at their home on Wednesday.  Chief among the messages of congratulation they received was one from the King. 

Others came from Viscountess Davidson, M.P., the Harpenden Methodist Circuit and the Minister of their own church.

After the evening service at the Folly Methodist Church, on Sunday, the Rev. F. J. Woods, On behalf of the members of the church, presented Mr. and Mrs. French with a sum of money as an anniversary gift, 

A "Herts Advertiser" reporter who called on Wednesday and saw Mrs. French. congratulated her. Smiling  acknowledgment, he commented upon the fact that she had lived much longer than either of her parents, who died in their "forties." "Eight of us were left, and I mothered the lot. " she said.

14th July p5


Members of "E" (Wheathampstead) Company of the 7th Herts Battalion of the Army Cadet Force put up a good performance on Saturday, when they won an athletic contest between various units of the Herts Army Cadet Force at Croxley Green.  In a comprehensive programme of twenty-five events they secured twelve firsts, their aggregate points being 110. 

Members of the Women's Institute, at their meeting, on Wednesday, took part in some folk dancing following a talk and demonstration by Miss Du Cane, of the English Folk Song and Dance Society. The members were accompanied by the speaker, using, in turn, the violin and other instruments. A bring-and-buy sale for the Institute funds realised 8 10s. 

Education Proposals, - Writing in the current Parish Magazine concerning the proposals of the new Education Bill, the Rector states: "As regards our local prospects, Canon Cockbill and Mr. Chorlton, of the County Education Office, have recently had talks with the Managers and Mr. Newsom (Chief Education Officer) at Dr. Leiper's. invitation, addressed a social meeting in the Senior School. As a result of these conferences it is clear that the old (now) junior school will very soon have to be superseded, and that the new school is only likely to be accepted as a junior school. This will mean the erection of a new senior school, and according to the up-to-date requirements, this will have to be situated on a site which will provide three acres at least for playing fields. Whether this wm be undertaken by the Church or by the rate-payers remains to be seen.

21st July p3


The sum of 202 was raised as the result of Gift Day held at the Parish Church recently. 

A house-to-house collection, carried out by the senior girls of St. Helen's School for the Quean Victoria Memorial Hospital Welwyn. realised 10 16s. 6d.

The annual inspection of "E" Company .(Wheathampstead and Kimpton) of the 7th Herts Battalion of the Army Cadet Force took place at St. Helen's School, on Monday, the inspecting officer being Colonel R. E. Hobday  (Sub. District Commandant), who afterwards witnessed the squads carrying out graduated forms of training.  Addressing the cadets, he impressed upon them the value of the discipline and training they are under-going, and commented favourably upon what he had seen. Colonel Hobday was accompanied by Colonel Martin Smith (Herts County Commandant. Army Cadet Force). Lieut. Colonel J. K. "Wenham (Officer Commanding the 5th Battalion Herts Home Guard), arid Major Wiseman (Officer Commanding the 7th Herts battalion of the Army Cadet Force).

21st July p4



Flying. Officer Raymond Francis Jowett, R.A.F.V.R., second son of Mr. and Mrs. H. JOwett, of "Peartree Cottage," Lower Luton-road. Wheathampstead, who was reported missing from an operational flight over Germany in March, is now stated to have lost his life and to have been buried with military honours, togetner with the six other members of the crew of a Lancaster bomber, in the Stenhalden Cemetery, Bad Cannstatt, Germany.

The parents of the young officer, who was 23. have received a notification from the Air Ministry to this effect.

Flying-Officer R. F.Jowett

Flying-Officer Jowett was born in Wheathampstead, and attended St. Helen's School. He was afterwards employed by Sanders {St. Albans), Ltd., orchid growers, and, later, by Messrs. Murphy and Son, Ltd., manufacturing chemists, Wheathampstead. He volunteered for the R.A.F. in June, 1941.

Flying-Officer Jowett was a member of Wheathampstead Congregational Church, of which his father is Hon. Treasurer~ and was Secretary and Treasurer of the Church Tennis Club. 

He has an elder brother with the R.A.F. - Sergt. (Radio-Engineer) Reginald H. Jowett - and a younger, Eric, has just been called to service in the Army. His father served as an N.C.O. in France and Egypt in the last war.

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