Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Church Thanksgiving

This service sheet was in the papers my mother left me.  1897 was before my Grandmother was born, but it could have been her father, James Cansdale, who attended the service. The service celebrates Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

It was used

In all the churches and chapels in England and Wales, and in the town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed


Sunday the Twentieth Day of June 1897

It is interesting to note the special case of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, which brings to mind the probably apocryphal state of war between Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Russia.
It is also interesting that Scotland and Ireland are not mentioned, but Wales is, as this was before the Welsh Church Act of 1914, so Victoria was still head of the Church in Wales.
There are some interesting pieces about the Jubilee at http://www.queen-victorias-scrapbook.org/contents/8.html

Family Dramas

The Lines Family produced many plays, the programmes for some of them have survived and are produced here – I am not sure what order they should come in.

Performance at 5.30 p.m.
        Mr Lines


   By the Anne Boleyn Dramatic Club
Cinderella ....................Jennifer Lines
Prince Charming ...............Roger Lines
The Ugly Sisters ..............|  John Worker
                               |  Michael Lines
Godmother .................... Pamela Worker
Page ......................... Jeremy Lines
Scene I  - The kitchen of the Ugly Sisters' House
Scene II - The ballroom
Scene III - The kitchen
Costumes by Madame Worker
The Hall, kindly lent by Madame Lines

This must have been fairly early as Tim is not in the cast, and the family were presumably living at Anne Boleyn’s Walk, Cheam. (OSM)
This one was presumably performed on January 29th 1939.
Michael is not in this one, but Roger is not only the author, but plays two knights and a villager.

Salcombe Christmas Entertainment 1931

The school Christmas activities. Selective transcriptions follow.

      Avenue Road
Saturday 5th December 1931
   3 o'clock

Salcombe is still a school in Southgate, (OSM) founded in 1916, and prepares for entry to, amongst others, “the highly competitive Dame Alice Owen’s School,” which is where my Grandfather went. It had the same headmistress – Miss Ethel Deakin – from 1916 to 1975.

3  RECITATION   "Mr. Gardener and Mr.Sweep"
             MICHAEL LINES
10                 "Summer"

My Uncle Michael has a solo piece, and my father, Roger, has probably his first stage appearance, as a Butterfly.  Notable fellow butterflies were Ross and Norris McWhirter, twin founders of  The Guiness Book of Records.

   "Duke of the Christmas Daisies"
      Adapted from "The Little White Bird"
      by kind permission of Sir J.M. BARRIE

My father is not in this play, although a part as a tree would have been appropriate, given his later career in Forestry.

Letter from Roger to Jennifer 1939

This was written by my father, Roger Lines, to his sister Jennifer, who was – for some reason – not with the rest of the family in, I would guess 1939.

Dear Jennifer,
I have not gone back to school yet but all
the others have. Are you lonely yet? and
are you having nice suet puddings. Our air-
raid shelter is nearly finished, the men
have come everyday and the concrete has
just been put on the roof today and
on Saturday Daddy got some wood and
made it into a step ladder which I have
been creosoting today. We are staying up
late tonight as it is nearly 10.15 p.m. now.
Michael has got half the table covered with
his Meccano, Mummy is knitting and Daddy
is asleep, Rufus is biting his leg.
Jeremy is settling down to Chinthurst
and he had carpentry to-day in which
he learnt how to chisel and how to saw
and his headmaster gave him cider for
   Love from Roger

Jeremy remembers going to Chinthurst, but has no recollection of cider for lunch. He does remember that there were a lot of damson trees so they had damson this and damson that for weeks!

I also remember the swimming pool had been converted into an air-raid shelter by covering it with metre thick bales of horsehair so it was pretty awful in there so we took it in turns to get air at the entrance and I remember seeing one of Goerings special yellow nosed Messerschmidt 109’s being shot down and the pilot coming down by parachute.

Pickwick Paper No. 9

Presumably published at Pickwick, and containing family news, and articles by Lines family members. This (No. 9 – published on 8th February 1939) is the only edition that I have available.
The Pickwick Paper was printed using the Hectograph method, with a tray of ‘jelly’ from which you peeled the copies.
It was organised by Michael and Roger and sent to all the Aunts and Uncles, and was paid for, no doubt with Postal Orders and accounts were kept! Michael would have been 14 and Roger aged 12.
(thanks to Jeremy for the extra information about the Pickwick Paper)

                Pickwick Paper
Dear Sir,            The Editor, Pickwick Paper.
I hear from our old friend Kathleen Tucker of
Hartley, S.Rhodesia, that her husband is again
tobacco farming. Remembering her attachment to
your assistant Editor in his very tender youth, I
feel sure you will allow me to voice her appeal,
"Smoke Rhodesian Tobacco", in your hospitable
columns. Apart from the fact that I find this
Tobacco an excellent pipe-smoke, I feel that
we ought to give support to an Empire grown
I believe that many of your readers who
are already proud of the bridge building
achievements or your illustrious Uncle and Cousin
in Rhodesia will welcome this suggestion.
            Yours faithfully
Sub-Editor: What does this mean ? Familiar
father ?
   Our Chrostic = HALTAIWIN     Last issue's BROMES=SOMBRE
   Children's = LINK      Last issue's children's AYLED = DELAY


Hartley is now Chegutu
I am not sure who Kathleen Tucker was, but presumably she married into the Freemans, as they have connections with tobacco.

Page II  No. 9                        The Blasted Oak.
                                        Chipstead, Surrey.
Extract from letter redacted by Editor.. Jan 22. 1939
"Peter Robert Keeley wishes to state that he
highly approved of his          (no advertising)
Perambulator, (1939 model) in which he recently
took his first outing. He attained a speed
of 35 miles per hour on the flat. (is this
a record ?) and found even at this high
velocity - apart from hiccups - comfort
and snugginess were unimpaired.
   I am, Sirs, your appreciative and
  constant reader
      Eleneya Popplethwaite.
Dear Sir,                The Editor, Pickwick Paper.
Can any of your medical readers lend support
to the theory recently advanced by Jeremy
that the reason why you are able to
dispose of your meals with such rapidity
is probably due to the fact that Nature's
Throttle, your tonsular flaps, were removed.
        Yours faithfully,
Sayings of the week. Question: What's French for cow ?
Roger: La vâche. Question: And for bull ?
  Roger: Le vâche !

Peter Keeley – the son of my Grandmother’s sister, Susan – known to the family as Tudy – was born in 1938.

No. 9               Pickwick Paper                  8/2/39
We should like readers to know that 20 copies
of "Pickwick Paper" are printed for each issue.
If last issue's size was small, we must point
out that the specimen copy originally sent out
was the same size as that one, but we hope this
number will be longer.
Commander E. Rebbeck, R.N. sailed on Jan. 27th in
H.M.S. Vindictive, bound for the Barbadoes.
Mr G.E.Lines celebrated his birthday on the 28th of
January. Afterwards he and Mrs. Lines visited
"French without Tears".
It has just transpired that the young doctor
who kept a man alive by frequent blood
transfusions while conveying him in an ambulance
from Kettering to the Middlesex Hospital, and who
modestly refused to give his name to the Press,
is James Freeman of Graden, Finchley.
Domestic Item. At the time of going to press,
Mrs G.E.Lines has just completed 69 lbs. of marmalade
this season. We feel sure that this will
not be enough !

Commander E Rebbeck was Eddie Rebbeck, later to become Rear Admiral Rebbeck, and was the son of Edward Wise Rebbeck and Lillian Stevens, who was the sister of Charles Arragon Stevens, my Great Grandfather.
Jeremy remembers in 1947-48

going to have lunch with the Rebbecks when they lived in Bournemouth, I was in Poole, we always had chicken which was a real treat in those days. Their cook was Nora who will forever be remembered for her Chocolate Whip which was fantastic.

Jeremy did his Apprenticeship as a boatbuilder in Poole.

Page IV.
       The Outlaws of the Broads.    R. Lines.
      Part II
The outlaws have felt that Baron Philip de Brois was planning
an attack on their marsh surrounded stronghold,
so Big John, the leader and Ned the smith, go to the Baron's castle.
"And remember when we reach the Baron's Castle,
I am the sheriff of Norwich, and you are my servant,
Ned. Remember to let me do the talking" said Big John.
"But now we are at the Castle gate, so remember well".
"Ho! There! Guards! Let down the drawbridge, I am
the sheriff of Norwich." The drawbridge clattered down,
and they rode through into the courtyard where the
baron was standing. "Well met", cried the baron,
"I have a good piece of news for you, so come
into the hall while I tell you about it." "Well now,
what is this news, Baron." said Big John.
"It is about those troublesome outlaws. The question
is getting more outrageous every day and I have
planned to get my men across to the rascal's stronghold
on rafts at about 4 o'clock on Monday night".
"A good plan, my friend, I shall be there to
help you," said the 'Sheriff', "but now I must be
away to my wife, so I will take leave of you."
      To be continued.

What will happen next ? – unfortunately this is the only episode I have.
I do however have a note from a conversation with my mother, who told me that one issue contained the information that ‘Mr George Lines broke several ribs while skating’ – This was at Purley Ice Rink, where the family used to go skating quite a bit after the end of the war.  I do not know which issue, or exactly when, this would have been.