1935: Fete in the Purbecks


An unusual privilege – that of viewing the beautiful grounds of Encombe Manor –  was enjoyed by hundreds of villagers and visitors who attended a flower show and fete held there by kind permission of Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Fete attractions were scattered over the smooth lawns surrounding the delightful bright green lake at the rear of the house, and a small but excellent lot of entries for the flower show were exhibited in the quaint temple in the grounds round a magnificent bronze statue of a gladiator.  Glorious sunshine and an admirably organised programme made the occasion ideal. The effort was in aid of general parish funds and the flower show was the second annual.

The fete was opened by Sir Ernest, to whom sincere thanks were voiced. There was a variety of attractive side-shows and the general arrangements were supervised by Rev. F. S. Horan (vicar). Mr. W. E. Candy was hon. Treasurer, and the show was organised by Mr. N. Phillips, head gardener to Sir Ernest. Sir Herbert Cook, of Studland, was among those present, and his head gardener, Mr. F. C. Gibbons, judged the show exhibits. Commenting on their all-round excellence he said: “It is a much better show  than it was last year; it is at least twice as good.  I really do think that it will be a better show than that at Swanage in years to come.”

Organisers of the various departments of the fete were: – Side-shows, Mr. R. Dorey; gymkhana, Col. Muspratt; entertainments, Mrs. F. W. Pond of Swanage; refreshments, Mrs. Orchard (assisted by members of the Kingston W.I.). A folk dancing display was given under the direction of Miss Dawson, and there was Morris dancing under the leadership of Miss Dymand, of Langton Matravers. Many of the dancers had competed in winning teams in Albert Hall competitions. In the evening modern dancing took place of the lawn. The two entertainments arranged by Mrs. Pond of Swanage, and given voluntarily by the Everest Concert Party, were excellent. Selections were played by the Kingston and Corfe Castle Band, under the direction of Mr. W. Hooper, who gave their services.

There were frequent ‘buses from Corfe Castle and Swanage to Kingston, from where a special ‘bus service ran to Encombe along the steep and richly wooded slopes of the Purbecks, on top of which the beautiful village of Kingston stands.

Five hundred entrance tickets were sold and yet there were not enough for all. Besides these, Scouts, Guides, and children were admitted free.



Three vases of cut flowers – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. C. Orchard. Cut flowers – Mrs. Tizzard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. Orchard. Sweet peas – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper. Asters – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. Tizzard. Stocks – D. Hunt. Window plant – Mrs. C. Hunt, D. Hunt, Mrs. W. Dorey.

Potatoes – J. Marsh, W. Dorey, W. Damer. Shallots – R. Beavis, J. Marsh, D. Hunt. Carrots – W. Tuck. Spring Onions – G. White, D. Hunt, G. Bartlett. Peas – Mrs. H. Hunt. Marrow – Mrs. J. Marsh. Runner beans – W. Dorey, P. Damer, D. Hunt.

Cooking apples – R. Beavis, W. Tuck, C. Brown.

Wild flowers – Miss I. Marsh, Miss G. Dorey, Miss Stickland.

Home-made jam – Miss Joyce, Mrs. A. Cooper, Miss K. Bullen. Plain cake – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. C. Orchard, Mrs. A. Cooper. Fruit cake – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. P. Damer. Jam sandwich – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. W. Dorey. Collection of vegetables for special prize given by Mr. Gibbons – W. Dorey, J. Marsh, P. Damer.


Runner beans – L. Stockley. Spring onions – G. Wright, Mrs. Stockley. Peas – 2, L. Stockley. Cucumbers – L. Stockley. Stocks – L. Stockley.



A gymkhana was admirably arranged by Colonel Muspratt of Swanage. Among the various amusing events were blowing up balloons (Miss Daphne Bankes was the winner in completion with many Scouts); balloon sticking; and sausage stakes.

There were two bowling competitions. A pig presented by Mr. Barnes of Afflington Farm, was won by a visitor at the farm. A ham given by Mr. Dicker, of Wareham, was secured by Miss Roupell, a visitor from Surrey. The skittles prize, a shoulder of mutton, presented by Mr. Budden, of Corfe Castle, went to Mr. Brain. Treasure “stakes” were arranged by Mrs. Hare.

Western Gazette, Friday 23 August 1935

1914: December: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Church Services

I hope to have the usual Lantern Services on the first three Wednesdays in Advent, namely – December 2nd, 9th and 16th, at 7 p.m.

There will be no Mid-day Service of Communion on the third Sunday of the month, but two Celebrations on Christmas morning at 8 and 11. The collections on this day will be made for the Church of England Society for Waif and Stray Children.


The Lord Bishop of the Diocese held a Confirmation Service at Corfe Castle on Thursday, November 26th, at 3 o’clock. Three candidates were presented from Kingston: George Caines, Seymour Tatchell and Lillian Allen.


We have now, I am proud to say, twelve (in addition to E. J. Collins, at present a prisoner of war) connected directly or indirectly with our village who are serving with the Colours.

May God protect them and enable them to be a credit to their King, their Country and their village home:

William Cooper            Fred Bullen

Walter Hunt                  Robert Grant

James Medd                 Jesse Marsh

Robert Dorey                George Davis

Jack Caines                  Alan Travers

Parish Almanacs

These Almanacs for the New Year can be had after any of the Lantern Services in December.


Nov. 15.            Mary Geraldine de Courcy Cooper

1914: September: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

National Relief Fund

In hearty response to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales appeal that all churches and chapels should make a collection to the above fund, Kingston Church gave the largest offering which has been made by the congregation. The generous sum, £11 14s. 6d., was forwarded to Buckingham Palice on Monday, August 17th.

National Defence Society

The above offering, which was a special effort made upon an unique occasion of course substantially interfered with the usual monthly collection made on the following Sunday, August 23rd; but even so, we managed to give the Rev. F. Lombardini the sum of £2 17s. at the end of the day, after he had opened our eyes to the cause which he so eloquently pleaded at the Evening Service on that day.

The War

You will forgive me if I seem to pass by the one subject which is on our lips and in our hearts at this time; but truly I feel that there is nothing which I can in so short a space helpfully add to that which I am gradually counselling you from the pulpit.

On Sunday, August 16th, we used the full service appointed for the Church on behalf of the King’s Naval and Military forces.

Inspector’s Report

The Diocesan Inspector, the Rev. J. W. Coulter, made his annual visit and examination of the Kingston School in religious knowledge on July 30th, and afterwards sent the following most satisfactory report:

This School has had many difficulties to contend against during the year, having been closed three times for illness. In spite of this the religious knowledge is very good throughout. The teaching is most carefully given and the tone is excellent.

(Signed)     F.W. Coulter      Diocesan Inspector

Rifle Club Notes

Our rifle season closed on Saturday, August 1st, which by kind permission of Mr. Candy was allowed as a half-holiday for the purpose. The weather left much to be desired, but the shooting was not greatly interfered with by the rain. Appended is a list of prize-winners, who received their rewards from Mrs. Guise at 7.30 the same evening, to the accompaniment of a pleasant programme of music by the Band.

George Coombes, the cup and 10s.              229

Walter Beck, 8s.                                               227

Walter Dorey, 6s.                                            220

Jesse Gale, 4s.                                                   219

Thomas Joyce, Bell medal                             217

George Langtree, Roberts’ medal               211

Leonard Jeffrey, 2s.                                       211

George Davis, Express medal                       208

Charles Orchard, Daily Telegraph certificate

and S.M.R.C. Medal                              203

Arthur Travers, Daily Mail certificate      200


Aug 16.             Alice Vincent

1914: August: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Rifle Notes

Our shooting season is drawing to a close. Saturday, August 1st, is the day fixed for the final shoot for the Cup, and we have had a very pleasant series of practices. Scarcely one wet day throughout, very enjoyable meetings, and a distinct improvement in the individual shooting. The following have been successful in obtaining the S.M.R.C. badges for proficiency in the three classes:

Class A

  1. Coombes     371

Class B

  1. Coombes    360
  2. Dorey           358
  3. Langtree     351
  4. Joyce            351
  5. Beck              350

Class C

  1. Travers       345
  2. Langtree    343
  3. Coombes    341
  4. Joyce           338
  5. Orchard     336
  6. J. Gale        334
  7. Davis           334
  8. Dorey          331
  9. J.T. Light   331
  10. Hooper       331

An alteration

I am going to change the monthly collection (August 23rd) to a special object, viz., the National Society, which, in view of the Parliamentary invasion of the Church, we are asked to support. We shall know more about this Society on the Sunday mentioned, as we are to have a special preacher sent to us at one of the Services, morning or evening.



 June 29.            Edward Howard Stevens

,,     ,,               May Howard Stevens


July 3.                 Edward Howard Stevens

July 18.               May Howard Stevens

1889: Fatal accident to Mr. F. C. Candy

On Wednesday night about eleven o’clock Mr. Frederick Charles Candy, in company with Mr. Dennis Dorey, were returning from Swanage to Kingston, the latter driving a spirited horse in a two-wheeled trap. They pulled up at the Eldon Arms, the home of Mr. Candy, and Mr. Dorey alighted, leaving Mr. Candy in the trap. He had barely tucked the reins through the ring of the pad when the horse moved on, slipping on the frosty ground, and started off at once. Mr. Dorey held on to the bridle for about 100 yards, when the shaft struck him in the mouth and knocked him down and the wheel went over him. The horse at the time was galloping at a furious rate and near the rectory gate Mr. Candy was thrown out against the wall. Dr. Hawkins was summoned from Corfe, but on his arrival deceased had been dead some time. Fuller details of the sad catastrophe were elicited at the inquest which was held on Thursday, at the Eldon Arms Inn, before Mr. Henry Symonds (deputy-coroner), and a jury, of whom Mr. Medd was foreman. The body having been viewed, the following evidence was adduced : –
Dennis Dorey said he lived at Barnstone and was a farmer. On Wednesday evening he and deceased went to Swanage together. Witness drove a horse in a two-wheeled trap. They left Swanage about half-past nine, and everything went well till they got back to Kingston. Then witness pulled up and got out of the trap, leaving deceased in it. Miss Candy was standing at the door. Witness intended returning home in the direction of Corfe Castle, and the horse’s head was turned that way. They both intended to get out of the trap at Kingston. Witness had just got down and tucked the reins through the ring of the pad, when the horse (a young one only broken in this winter) moved on, slipping on the frosty grounds, and started off at once. Nothing happened to startle the horse. Witness held on to the bridle for over 100 yards, when the shaft struck him in the mouth and knocked him down and the wheel went over him. When he fell the horse had got into a gallop. He did not think deceased tried to get out of the trap, nor did he cry out. Miss Candy ran after them. When witness fell the horse broke away, and a little way further on (close to the rectory gate) the trap struck against the stone wall. He did not see what happened, but he was not insensible. With the assistance of Miss Candy he went to the inn. The horse had never bolted before, and had stopped there scores of times.

Elizabeth Candy said her brother (the deceased) was 22 years of age and had been managing the Eldon Arms for her father. About a-quarter to eleven on Wednesday evening Mr. Dorey and her brother returned, driving up to the front door first and then across to the stable. She afterwards saw Mr. Dorey trying to hold the horse, which was endeavouring to break away. It was too dark for her to see her brother, but she ran down the hill and saw Mr. Dorey knocked down, and the horse run up against the wall. She picked Mr. Dorey up and helped him home, and then, in company with P.C. Ellis, went to look for her brother. Mr. Dorey appeared to be perfectly sober, and nothing she saw led her to believe they were not fit to look after the horse. The horse was young and she had frequently ridden behind it.

Richard Frost deposed to hearing the young men return, and to following Miss Candy and P.C. Ellis to where deceased was found.

P.C. Ellis said about a-quarter to eleven on the evening in question he was near Afflington barn, and the two young men passed him on their way to Kingston, and said. “Good night;” the horse going at a good canter. When he got to within 200 yards of the Eldon Arms he heard a trap going at a tremendous pace down Kingston hill. He saw Miss Candy leading Mr. Dorey, who was holding a handkerchief to his face. Miss Candy came out again in a few minutes with a candle, and they picked up two hats, and then went on to look for Mr. Candy. About 60 yards from the Eldon Arms on the right hand side of the road they saw the trap, and, putting his light under it, they saw deceased lying on the ground between the gutter and the wall. The horse and harness had clean gone and only a slight splinter was off the shafts. Deceased was entangled in the step of the trap. Witness felt his pulse and found he was quite dead. There were very severe injuries about the head and a large quantity of blood about, which ran down the gutter a long way. Deceased’s left ear and eye and mouth were injured. With assistance he afterwards got deceased home.

The Coroner briefly summed up, characterising it as a very sad accident, which they all deplored.

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and generously gave their fees to the Dorset County Hospital.


The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, when a large concourse of friends from far and near attended to pay a last tribute of regard and esteem to one so highly respected and beloved. The cortege left the Eldon Arms for the old parish church shortly after two o’clock, and besides the immediate relatives considerably over one hundred followed. The mournful procession included Mr. and Mrs. George Candy, their second son and daughter, their third son and daughter, Mr. Charles Candy and daughter (Bournemouth), Mr. Lewis Ash, Mr. And Mrs. Frost, Master and Miss Dorey, Mr. T. Cooper (Messrs. Devenish and Co’s. representative), Mr. H. W. Green (stationmaster, Corfe Castle), Captain Harrison, Messrs. F. Yearsley, F. Hibbs, Speed, G. Hobbs, Dorey, James Whittle, G. Elmes (Wareham), C. Smith (Arne), Caines and Son (Renscombe, J. Snook and Son, H.Stickland, Cleal, W. Stevens, W. Moss, T. Vye, S. Moss, Shittler. T. Luther, A. Stickland, Pople Gillman, J. Williams, Senior, E. Smith (Corfe Castle). W. H. Burt, W. Linnington, King (Herston). R. Hayman (Dorchester), Smith (Eastington), A. Burbidge (Swanage), F. Jackson (Encombe), R. E. Pinney (Backnowle), J. Hughes (Kingstone), and many others. At the church the funeral party were met by the Rev. S. C. Spencer-Smith, who conducted the service. On entering the sacred building the choir, under the leadership of Mr. W. Dorey, organist, sang the hymn “When our heads are bowed in woe”, and, after the solemn service had been performed, hymn 197. The procession was reformed and proceeded to the newly consecrated piece of ground, where the body was interred. The corpse was conveyed on a hand bier, supported by six men from Lord Eldon’s estate, and a large number of wreaths and crosses were presented. Among those sending these floral offerings being Mr. A. Burbidge, Miss Danilly, Mr. And Mrs. F. Jackson, Mr. Smith, Mr. And Mrs. C. S. James (London), Mrs. Evans (Dorchester), Mr. And Mrs. Green (Corfe), Miss Vincent (Victoria Hotel, Swanage), Mr. R. Cann (Wareham), Mr. F. Hibbs, Mr. G. Hobbs, Mr. E. Penna (Clapham), Mr. Bulpitt (Southsea), Mr. T. Cooper (Abbotsbury), Mr. D. Dorey (Barnstone), Mr. J. Uphill (gardener, Encombe House), Dr. Woodford Daniel (Wareham), Mr. George Whittle (Wareham), Mr. And Mrs. William Merson (Bournemouth), Mrs. Hoare (Swanage), Mrs. Frost (Kingston), and others. The inscription on the coffin was “Frederick Charles Candy, died January 2nd, 1889. Aged 22 years. Many letters of condolence were received from friends, who for various reasons were unable to attend the funeral. The late Mr. Candy was a great favourite with all who knew him, and much sympathy is felt with Mr. And Mrs. Candy and the family in their sad and sudden bereavement.

Dorset County Chronicle, 10 January 1889