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Oct 26, 2004 Do you have any information about the Silchester and District Temperance Band - "Winners of the Holbrook Cup 1921" ?

Mike Hutchins

Answer: I have no information about the Silchester Temperance Band and is not mentioned in the Tadley local history books but there is a Fred Hutchins in a band photo there. You could ask the Tadley History Society - they have a web site and a huge archive of information (not online) for all the surrounding districts of Tadley, including Silchester. See the links page on my web site. Basingstoke Library hold microfilms of the Hants & Berks Gazette newspapers since 1878 and there may be reference to them in an article there at the time of winning the cup. You would have to go there and trawl through the papers yourself. Silchester Parish Church has its own archive but you would need to contact someone there. Contacts are published in their parish magazine which you can look at in Tadley Library free of charge.

Update - December, 2017. I have now found a mention of the Silchester Temperance Band in a newspaper article from the Reading Mercury, dated Saturday, the 1st of October, 1892, playing at an event at Silchester. There are several other events where the Silchester Temperance Band played in 1893, 1894. A good source for information would be the British Newspaper Archive (online). However, the 1921 newspapers are not online yet, so the Hants & Berks Gazette held at Basingstoke Library is still the best source of information for that year.

Sep 3, 2004 Where was the Gospel Hall located in Burney Bit?

Answer: Robert and Alfred Rolfe said the story passed down was that a canvas tent was erected on Henry Monger's plot of land (towards the western end of Burney Bit) and when Henry came to sell his land and the tent had to be relocated, Charles Monger (Robert and Alfred's great grandfather) kindly let the missioners have a small piece of his adjacent land to place the tent on (now 2 Burney Bit). My understanding is that due to the problems of weather and the necessity to halt gatherings in the winter, a wooden building was obtained to replace the canvas tent - hence the name 'The Wooden Tent', as stated on an early pictorial postcard. Beulah Monger, wife of Harry Monger, who was an elder of the church, said that the wooden building was brought from Bramley on a horse and cart. She said as far as she could remember, locals always referred to it as 'The Tent'. It was later covered in corrugated iron and was green in colour. It was demolished in the early 1970s after a new hall opened nearby in Pamber Heath Road. The picture shows the hall not long before closure with Ivy Rolfe (left) and Rose Monger (right) outside.

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