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  1. from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of 24th June 1911 WADSLEY PARISHIONERS ENTERTAINED GARDEN FETE AT LOXLEY HOUSE The parishioners and old folks of Wadsley celebrated the Coronation by attending a garden fete in the grounds of Loxley House, yesterday, but unfortunately their enjoyment was considerably marred by the showery weather. Mr. and Mrs. A. Ledger, who reside at Loxley House, and the Misses Phillips, of Harrogate, formerly of Loxley House, received the guests, of whom there were about 500, including nearly 300 old people, specially invited by the Misses Phillips. There was an interesting opening ceremony on the lawn, performed by Miss Mary Payne Phillips, Mr A. Ledger presiding. A beautiful bouquet was presented to Miss Phillips by Miss M. Ledger, and a commemorative illuminated address was presented to the Misses Phillips and their sister (Mrs Harrison) by Mrs. Ledger, on behalf of the parishioners. Those present included Bishop Lofthouse of Canada, a native of Wadsley, who had postponed his return to the Dominion in order to be present at the function, the Vicar (the Rev. E.P. Blakeney), the Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Merryweather, Mrs. Blakeney, Miss Ledger, Councillor and Mrs. Bescoby, Dr. Payne, Miss Thorp (Middlewood Hall), Mrs. Wilson-Thorp, Mr. and Mrs. H. Denton, Mr. and Mrs. Hobson, Mr. and Mrs. Swift, Mr. and Mrs. Perigo, and Mr. and Mrs. Burton. Tea was served in a marquee, and the old people were presented with mementoes of the Coronation by Miss Phillips. Selections were played by the Loxley Wesleyan Brass Band and there were sports, a concert arranged by Mr. H. Denton, dancing, and a firework display.
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  2. I just love photograph’s like this, it shows the elegance of the times sadly not a smile to be seen.
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  3. I’ve come across another photo of a 1911 garden party at Loxley House. It looks as though it’s the same event. I think my great grandmother may have been there - Mary Jane Schofield aka Mrs John Arthur Schofield. The lady in white with a large hat, seated beside the man talking in the centre. Do you have any further details about the party, or its attendees? I’d love to know more about it. The family were staunch Methodists. could you post a close up of the attendees pls of your photo pls?
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  4. Your posts seem to have an aggressive tone we don’t do that on here 👍 keep to fun and friendly please
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  5. Edmund is quite correct and I agree with him entirely. This has been, for many years a friendly site, and has only recently had these instances of unpleasant posts. I sincerely hope we are not going to degenerate to the level of many other forums where trolls abound in numbers. If anyone thinks that a member has given an incorrect fact, they can easily state what they believe is the correct one without taking the other member to task. Let's keep it friendly please.
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  6. This site is a bit of fun for people with a genuine interest in Sheffield buildings, industry, people and their doings. It's not an academic site with requirement for peer review prior to publishing, strict referencing criteria and in-depth analysis of original source materials. Anyone wanting that sort of content is in the wrong place. Good natured appreciation of postings encourages people to engage, and discourages potential trolling activity. No plans here to change my approach, but I will in the future be on the lookout for hypocrisy in posts made by those promising a rigorous academic methodology, but not delivering.
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