10:30am Thursday 1st January 2009
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO FRIDAY, 4 JANUARY 1884 THE ANDOVER ADVERTISER With the commencement of the New Year we may be pardoned if we appear to obtrude ourselves on the attention of our readers; but we have frequently noticed that the subscribers to a journal are interested in hearing of the progress made by it.
No time is so appropriate for reporting such progress as the beginning of a new year, and therefore, without going into minute details, we propose giving our readers a few facts connected with the Andover Advertiser since the reduction to its price brought it within the category of the Penny Press.
At the commencement of 1881 we reduced the price of this journal to One Penny, and the wisdom of that step has been abundantly proved by the rapidly growing patronage we have received at the hands of the public.
Since that time our circulation, which was even then a good one for a two-penny paper in a sparsely populated district, has more than doubled.
The past, therefore, has abundantly shown us what can be done, and we are sure our friends will not wish us to rest on our oars.
Rather they will agree that we should continue to make the Advertiser an even more useful channel of local and general information, so that those who do not already subscribe shall be induced to do so; and that instead of, as at present, issuing about 3000 per week, we shall greatly increase.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO FRIDAY, 1 JANUARY 1909 VERNHAMS DEAN — LITTLE PILGRIMS TREAT The members of the Vernhams Dean Little Pilgrims Band held their annual treat on Monday in the Mission Hall, when a large number of children with their parents were present.
The proceedings opened with prayer and praise, after which the children gave some nice renderings of action choruses, and old-fashioned parlour games were entered into with great zest.
After an interval for refreshments a most amusing turn followed, in which a huge brown bear was seen prowling behind the bars of a massive cage.
Mrs. Watson, riding-whip in hand, ordered the bear to rear-up.
The huge beast obeyed her, and rested its great hairy forepaws on the top rail of the cage and peered over at the amazed audience.
Led out on to the open platform the beast was wonderfully handled by its lady trainer, being made to perform a number of amazing acts, creating intense amusement, until eventually the sagacious beast lifted its bear head from its shoulders, and there was displayed the laughing, perspiring face of Mr. Watson.
SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO FRIDAY, 5 JANUARY 1934 ANDOVER — THE FOG Drivers of vehicles had a very anxious time on Monday during the prevalence of one of the densest fogs for a considerable period. Only by exercising the greatest caution, proceeding slowly, and keeping lights on, were accidents avoided, but even then drivers had some disconcerting experiences, and found adventure in their ordinary daily avocation. In places the fog was so thick that pedestrians had almost to grope their way, and it was necessary to cross main traffic centres with the utmost care.
FIFTY YEARS AGO FRIDAY, 2 JANUARY 1959 MAYOR OF ANDOVER’S CHARITY BALL WAS OUTSTANDING SUCCESS Nearly 350 dancers welcomed the New year in traditional style at the Mayor of Andover’s Charity Ball at the T.A. Centre. A few seconds before midnight the chimes of Big Ben could be heard throughout the hall as the company joined in the singing of Auld Lang Syne. Then on the stroke of midnight Old Father Time (Pat McIntosh) wended his way slowly between the dancers to be followed by Misses 1959—two young ballerinas, Alison Eades and Diana McNish. Sewn on to their ballet dresses were the Union Jack and “Old Glory” respectively, the latter in honour of the principal guests of the evening, Mr. J. S. Grady, the American Consul at Southampton, and his wife and family.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO FRIDAY, 6 JANUARY 1984 FIRMS OBJECT TO PLANS FOR NEW BUMPKIN Plans to re-site the Country Bumpkin at Enham Arch have met with opposition from industrial firms near the site. And there are worries about the development from residents in the area who fear a spread of vandalism.
Letters of objection to the plan, submitted by Anton Promotions, have gone to Test Valley Borough Council from AMF Legg, producers of tobacco manufacturing equipment, whose Newbury Road premises are next door to the proposed new Country Bumpkin, and Spembly Ltd, manufacturers of cryomedical equipment. Security problems figure largely in the firms’ worries and for Spembly Mr Derek Tucker, general manager, said the company would be faced with increased costs for securing the building. Vandalism had occurred in the past with the company facing increased costs for broken windows and damage to the property.
“We are somewhat apprehensive of the elements who seem to come in from outside although we do acknowledge that youngsters in the area need somewhere to go and it seems that Andover does not cater enough for youngsters to enjoy themselves,” he said.
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