|Following the departure of the Rev. Bickmore from Husborne Crawley in January, his sadness at leaving the parish after 8 years is again indicated in the following article that appeared in the March edition of the Parish Newsletter. However one of the reasons that probably contributed to his sadness at leaving the Parish is to be found in the January edition of the 1893 Parish Magazine.|
"Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not
November 19th 1892 - Hugh Charles, son of Charles and Ethel Bickmore
|In the March edition of the Parish Magazine, an article was reprinted that had been published in the Leighton Buzzard Observer describing the presentation made by the village to their departing Vicar Rev. Bickmore.
"The people of Crawley evidently know how to appreciate the services of their clergymen, as was evidenced by the splendid gift of which the Rev. C.F. Bickmore was the receipient on Monday evening, January 22nd. As soon as it became known that the Rev. gentleman intended relinquishing his charge in the village, the churchwardens, Messrs. R.C. Barnwell and J.S. Morris, opened a fund for the purpose of giving their esteemed Vicar a parting gift, and so well did the parishioners generally respond that in a few days, upwards of £40.00 was collected.
At the Reading Rooms on Monday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Bickmore were detained as they were leaving the Band of Hope meeting, the room being very soon filled with subscribers. Dr. Veasey made the presentation, which consisted of a handsome leather railway travelling-bag and five £5.00 Bank of England notes to Mr. Bickmore, and a solid silver teapot to Mrs. Bickmore. Mr. Veasey after a capital address, wished both him and his wife God-speed.
Mr. Bickmore received loud cheers when he rose to thank his parishioners and friends for their kindness after which he spoke of his 8 years work in the parish and that during that time he had preached about 900 sermons. In closing he paid a warm tribute to his church wardens who had been faithful to vicar and parishioners alike. After this he thanked them all from the bottom of his heart and said he would never forget Crawley people.
Mr. Bickmore, left Crawley on February 3rd in deep snow. In deep snow he brought Mrs. Bickmore to her new home in Crawley Vicarage eight years before! So deep was the snow on February 3rd that he was only able to get to Ridgmont Station sitting on a chair in Mr. Morris' farm cart!"
BURIALS - "They rest from their labours"