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Chipping Campden - Scuttlebrook wake verse

1915
CHIPPING CAMPDEN
YE OLDE WAKE OF SCUTTLEBROOKE

The "Church and State" and Scuttlebrook Wake
Have into conflict come,
"This dreadful Wake it SHALL be stopped"
Says Leysbourne's 'Peeping Tom'.

We'll have a committee terror strike
At the root of this innocent fun
And make the promotors feel that we
Are like the German Hun.

They shall have their festival once more
And woe to those who say,
That Scuttlebrooke Wake for old times sake
Shall live another day!

So, wake up, Campdonians, as of old
And stick to your colours true,
And let them see that the good old Wake
Shan't be smashed by a Committee that's only a
fake, For we are fighters too.

Now there's "good old Bob" as has done the job,
And kept the Wake alive,
But "the goodies" say its time that we
His "honors" do divide.

So just let our brave lads know at the front
And the kiddies they've left behind,
That good old Campden's flag still flies

So just let our brave lads know at the front
And the kiddies they 've left behind,
That good old Campden's flag still flies
For the sake of "Ye Olden Times"!!

This timely piece of verse has appeared among the Campden & District Historical and Archaeological Society (CADHAS) archive records and we wondered what the story was behind it. The Evesham Journal records reveal nothing but the minutes of the parish council for llth May 1915 appear to tell the story:

"After a lengthy discussion on the subject of Scuttlebrook Wake on Whit Saturday, the clerk was directed to write to Mr. Lucas and say that the council recommend the inhabitants of Leasbourne and others interested to form a strong committee to carry out the arrangements - particularly the finance side - on strict businesslike lines, so that any damage which may be done to the grass or otherwise, may be met by funds received from the stallholders or other sources".

It has been suggested that the possible opposer to the Wake was Mr. Charles Lucas, who lived in Leysbourne, and was clerk to -the solicitor family of Griffiths at Bedfont House. Mr Lucas was also clerk to the magistrates and rent collector for the Earl of Gainsborough's estate, a role which did not add to his personal popularity. The defender of the celebrations may have been Mr. Robert (Bob) Coldicott, who kept The Kettle, also in Leysbourne. A balance sheet, signed by Mr. Geo. Ebborn on behalf of the committee, was presented to the parish council in June 1915 showing reserves of £1 after expenses had been paid!

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(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

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