Mexborough and Swinton Times October 7, 1905
The harvest Festival services began on Friday, and were continued at the parish church on Saturday, and very good congregations were present. The church had been most tastefully decorated. The preacher in the morning was the vicar, and going to the absence of the special preacher, he was too ill to attend, the evening preacher was the rev N. T. Ward.
The choir sang special and seasonable anthems and hymns, and acquitted themselves well. The fruit, etc., were distributed amongst the poor. The Baptist Church harvest festivals were also held on Sunday, and were very well attended.
The musical Society was unable to hold its weekly rehearsal on Friday, as the conductor and the companies were not able to be present. An excellent substitute was available as accompanist, but the post of conductor was not so easy to fill.
I am glad to hear that the classes in dressmaking which have been established are about full at both afternoon and evening.
Fresh air is a splendid tonic. I noticed a house in Park Road recently in which a good proportion of the windows were smashed. Surely it would have been cheaper to raise the window.
During the harvest festival proceedings on Monday evening at the Mexborough primitive Methodist Chapel the Rev. J. Wilson, superintendent, suffered a serious relapse whilst in the pulpit, having to be carried out and conveyed home in a cab. Mr. Wilson has been very poorly since Monday, but was improving yesterday.