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The numerous oak trees in the village fields are providing many acorns this season. The villagers are picking them for the Park Farm Estate at Woburn, where large quantites are being bought at 10d and 1/- per bushel.
Additional names of villagers who have joined the Army are: Guy Hobbs, youngest son of Mrs and the late Mr Wm Hobbs, Engineers, and Jack, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs T H Beavington of Highfields Farm, Beds,Yeomanry.
An interesting event in Crow Lane, last week, was the celebration of their silver wedding by
Mr and Mrs Charles Fleet, whose wedding took place at the Parish Church on November 27th 1889. A number of friends visited them during the day, with congratulations and a number of useful presents were received, including a silver teapot of Queen Anne design, from one of the children, and a handsome cake with the words, "1889 to 1914, from a very old friend," worked in silver. Mrs Fleet is the eldest daughter of the Parish Sexton, and Mr Fleet is the well-known porter and attendant at Ridgmount Station, where he has been the greater part of his life without a break. There are 4 children and 2 grand-children all living.
Last week end Wm. Cook, H M Navy, was home on short leave.
A movement is on foot to send some tobacco from Crawley people to each of the villagers now serving in the forces.
An interesting wedding took palce at the Parish Church on December 10. The bride was Miss Mary Ann, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J Peacock, and the bridegroom, Mr Charles W Pearce, elder son of Mrs H Pearce of Ridgmount. A large number of friends gathered for the service, at which the Rev A E Sasse, vicar, officiated. Miss Field was at the organ and played the Wedding March. The hymns sung were "The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden", and "Lead us Heavenly Father, lead us, " which were sung by the congregation. The bride, who was given away by her father, was tastefully attired in a cream cashmere dress with bridal veil and orange blossom. Her bridesmaids were the Misses Grace and Dorothy Pearce, who wore dresses of pale blue with black velvet hats. Mr Albert Yates was best man. Amongst the numerous presents were: Tea service, Mrs Mossman; jugs and butter dishes,
Mrs Syratt, Battlesden; cruet, Mr and Mrs Branton, Leighton Buzzard; oak tea tray, Rev A and Mrs Rust; table cover, Mrs Ennor; cushion cover, Mrs Yates; glass dishes, Miss Lily Yates; clock, Miss Lawrence and Mr A Yates; cash, Mr M Peacock; pictures, Mr Briden; vases, Miss A Turney; trinket set, Miss D Pearce; eiderdown, Miss G Pearce and Mr Newbury; table cloth, Miss T Sibley; toilet cover, Mrs G Sibley; table forks, Mrs Willis; milk jug and sugar basin, Mrs Gilks; clock, Mr and Mrs G Peacock; chest of drawers, bride's parents.