100 YEARS AGO
WOMEN'S suffrage meeting: The Countess of Selbourne, who is a daughter of the late Lord Salisbury, was the principal speaker at a meeting held by the Conservative Women's Franchise Association at the Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury, on Monday evening.
The chair was occupied by the Mayor and in addition to the Countess of Selbourne there were also on the platform Miss Mercer (organising secretary) and the Rev Day.
There was a large attendance.
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In opening the meeting, the Mayor affirmed his adherence to the cause of the women's suffrage, and remarked that he was told that people wondered why he was a supporter of the movement in view of the conduct of a section of the women advocates. That, however, was not the right way to look at the question; it must be tested on its merits.
He pointed out that women already possessed the municipal and county vote, and it was absurd, therefore, to say that they were not fit to have the parliamentary vote as well.
SCARLET fever: A meeting of Street Urban Council was held on Tuesday.
Dr Eglinton reported the registration of eight births (seven males, one female) and three deaths (males) during the month ending September 30, giving a birth rate of 22.4 and a death rate of 8.4 per 1,000 per annum respectively.
Twenty cases of scarlet fever had been notified since September 12, five of which had been removed to the isolation hospital.
In the majority of cases the disease was a very mild type.
50 years ago
THE opening of the Strode College Hall, at Street, which has been described as "the finest small theatre in the West" was a real "first night" occasion on Saturday.
All the seats for the visit of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra whose programme introduced Street's grand theatre week, had been sold long before the night and the orchestra, under James Loughran, received a warm welcome and a great ovation at the end of their programme.
THE organ at St Benedict's Church, Glastonbury, where Mr Francis L Watts has been the organist for more than a quarter of a century, is one of the finest small church organs in the West Country.
Mr Watts has always taken great care over the maintenance of the organ and, with the support of succeeding vicars, the Church Council and parishioners, has raised considerable sums for structural alterations and additions which have enhanced its tonal qualities.
GEOFFREY Johnson Smith, MP, Frank Cousins, Anne Allen and the Bishop of Crediton will form the panel when the BBC's popular Any Questions programme celebrates its 15th birthday with a sound broadcast from Street tomorrow evening.
25 years AGO
THIEVES made off with meat worth £16,000 in a weekend raid on wholesale butchers Kesbury Ltd in Glatonbury's Beckery Road.
The break-in occurred sometimes on Saturday night or Sunday morning when culprits forced open a door at the rear of the premises.
They then broke through padlocks on internal sliding doors, by-passing the security system and gaining access to the store.
AN ingenious device designed by Ashcott farmer, Steven Edmunds, could make life easier.
Mr Edmunds, of Ashcott Farm, won an award at the dairy farming event at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire for his easy pick-up hitch - which simplifies linking up a tractor to a trailer.
TESCO says there is absolutely no truth in the rumour that the lease on its Street supermarket is about to run out and will not be renewed by the freeholder.
The rumour has been doing the rounds in Glastonbury and Street for several weeks, but a Tesco public-relations spokesman categorically denies that any such change is afoot..
"Our lease still has around 25 years to run and we have no plans to leave Street."
10 Years Ago
LANGFORD Rovers 3 Glastonbury 2
Glastonbury's bright start to the season suffered a setback on Saturday when they were beaten by bottom of the table Langford, who recorded their first points of the season.
It was a lacklustre performance from the Dollies and manager Andy Cribb described the performance as awful.
THE founder of the Glastonbury Festival will be swapping his music CDs for his pots and pans when he takes on a charity cooking challenge.
Michael Eavis will join Steve Stride, Roger Longman and Mervyn Buckley for a Ready Steady Cook-style evening at West Pennard Primary School.
PROTESTERS fighting plans to process imported peat in central Somerset were rewarded with a welcome boost this week.
Residents in Meare and Westhay have been told that Mendip District Council is to look into the plan by Vapogro, which is rejuvenating the former Fisons site in Ashcott Road, Meare.
This week, following a public meeting to discuss the plan, which would involve lorries bringing peat in from Estonia, Finland and Ireland, Mendip announced it was in talks with Vapogro to find out exactly what they are planning.