Reading Mercury Saturday 27 July 1861
CHARNEY.- The annual village feast took place last week, and was of an unusually orderly character. The festivities were brought to a close on Thursday, the 18th, with a treat to the school children, given by the Rev. G. W. Minns, curate, and the neighbouring farmers. After perambulating the parish, the children betook themselves to a field in the occupation of Mr. Beesley, and soon entered upon the various amusements provided; cricket, swinging, and Aunt Sally had each their votaries ; the latter lady was especially attractive, and received anything but delicate attentions from the juveniles. While tea was being served. Professor Moseheles’ glee, “The Village Chorister,” was creditably given by a part of the choir. The day closed with evening prayer at the church ; after which an appropriate sermon was delivered by the Rev. H. Waddington, of Longworth. There was a large attendance of visitors, and we must congratulate the parish on the success of their exertions, and the hearty goodwill which prevailed among all present.
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Fete Late 50s/early 60s
Hay Seeds 1956
Ethel Stevens [of Stevens Garage] (centre)