MR. & MRS. T. G. VINCENTS GOLDEN WEDDING.
There was a very full room at the Council Schools, Ditcheat, on Thursday night last week, when a public presentation was made to Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Vincent from the whole of the parishioners in commemoration of the celebration of their golden wedding recently. Amongst those who attended were General R. Leir- Carleton, the Rev. C. E. Leir, Messrs. George Look and R. Knight, the committee who had conducted the canvass and organised presentation, Mr. T. G. Vincent, sen., Mrs. Edgar Welch, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Vincent, jun., and their family, the leading farmers and other residents of parish, every class the community being fully represented. Mrs. T. G. Vincent was unable to attend. The presentation consisted of a handsome illuminated address, in the upper part of which appeared the portraits of the happy pair, either side representations of bells, in allusion to the captaincy of the ringers, each bearing the monogram of Mr. Vincent, and panel in the base with view of Ditcheat church. Accompanying this was an elegant silver rose bowl on plinth. The address was follows :
“In commemoration of Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Vincent’s attaining their Golden Wedding Celebration, April 12th, 1866—1916. We, the undersigned, parishioners of Ditcheat unite in conveying our sincere congratulations, also our best wishes for a lengthy period of normal health to still enjoy the pleasure of life which providence provides, together with a silver rose bowl as a small token of remembrance and esteem for the many acts of kindness and consideration which it has always been their pleasure to afford for the general happiness and welfare of the parish. In Mr. Vincent we boast and claim and rejoice to possess a friend indeed, with amiable, jocular and sporting disposition, full of tact, ability and energy, as well moral example who has naturally won our unfeigned and everlasting respect. Amongst the many important posts, which entailed much arduous work, has honorarily and competently filled are, for number of years churchwarden; for many years and still a member of our Church choir and captain of our Church bell ringers; also organiser and chairman of our Ditcheat Harvest Home fete ; chairman of the Parish Council for a considerable term; and always first consideration in all events of interest amongst us. We also express our gratitude to Mrs. Vincent, who has always been pleased to prompt her beloved husband in exercising his devotion in creating a friendly unity between all classes in the parish.”
Over 200 names followed, practically list the adult, residents in the parish, there being not more than one person, even if there was one, in the place who had not willingly and cheerfully subscribed. The silver rose bowl alluded to was inscribed :
“Presented to Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Vincent by 135 parishioners of Ditcheat, on the occasion of their Golden Wedding, April 12th, 1866 1916.”
Mr. George Look said they were met there that evening as parish to offer their heartiest congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent the celebration of their golden wedding, and to support their worthy rector in presenting their behalf the objects before them, as a token of the gratitude of the parish for the many kind acts of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent towards them all through his life (applause). He was expressing the sentiments of all the subscribers and contributors whose names were on that address, when he said how pleased they were with the opportunity of expressing their thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent for all their kindness (hear, hear). No speech of his could exaggerate, and no words praise be too great for Mr. Vincent’s many good acts (loud applause). Mr. Barber and himself found it a very great pleasure collect the money for that presentation, through the hearty manner and the liberality of everyone whom they called. The general disposition everybody in the village to give what they could spoke volumes in praise of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent (applause). He asked the rector to make the presentation. The Rev. C. E. Leir, in a genial and conversational way, remarked that he did not think much more could said than had been by his friend George Look, who had taken the wind out of his sails. He believed that the feeling of all there, including heir dear old friend Tom Vincent, was that it was more, blessed to give than to receive (laughter and applause). He had asked Mr. Vincent which of them felt in the greatest funk at. speaking on the occasion, but they could not decide (laughter). They would all agree that it gave them great pleasure to see Mr. Vincent on that occasion, and ask him to accept that testimonial of the good will of the parish. They had been living good many years together. He had been in touch with Mr. Vincent himself for years, and had always lived very happily with him. They had all found it very pleasant to have nice people to live with, and they had always got along comfortably there in the parish, and a lot of that was due to Mr. Vincent. He quoted the sayings of some of his clerical friends as how careful they had to with the people in their parish, and how glad he was to get back always amongst them and think that thanks to Mr. Tom Vincent's help, he could generally keep the balance pretty well. Their dear old friend Tom Vincent used his genial influences not only in their own parish, hut he found that got about elsewhere, at Castle Cary and Shepton Mallet, and it was always the same sort of thing one heard about him (applause). He enlarged the many good points of Mr. Vincent in the parish work, alluded to in the testimonial, and congratulated all who had to do with the getting it up. was something Mr. and Mrs. Vincent would be proud to have in their new villa, and for the young folk to be able to look at. They would hand it down to posterity, and it would show the rising generations of Vincents that their forefather was jolly good sort, and that they had a name they could proud of for his character and the work had done. They wished Mr. and Mrs. Vincent every kind of happiness and good health and prosperity and long life (loud applause). Mr. T. G. Vincent, who spoke with much feeling, warmly thanked all who had had with that testimonial, and especially those who had taken all the trouble get it up. and the Rev. Leir coming there and making such kind remarks about him. He could not really express all the gratitude felt that night his dear old friends there. He felt that, it was the most memorable occasion in his life their giving him and his wife such a handsome present. could look back with pleasure over the whole of the fifty years that it had been his privilege to live in Ditcheat. He had many happy reminiscences of his earlier days the parish. but had never spent a happier time than felt that night, surrounded by many old and new friends. He thanked them from the bottom his heart for that splendid testimonial. During his career in Ditcheat. had done nothing more than he considered his duty, and nothing deserve such honour they had paid him. He sincerely trusted that in the time which might be remaining to him he might still have opportunities to do a little for the good of the parish of Ditcheat. He thanked one and all, on behalf of himself, his wife and family for that present, and especially the Rector. Mr. Look, Mr. Barber and Mr. Knight.
Some formal votes of thanks were passed, and congratulations exchanged, and the meeting closed with the singing of “For they are jolly good people,” in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent, and the National Anthem, led off, many previous occasions, Mr. Vincent.
Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 12 May 1916
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