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A photo from 1910. The marquee was erected here between Beckett House and the lake. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams

Entertainment at Beckett in 1913

Faringdon Advertiser
Sat 20 Sept, 1913
Entertainment at Beckett. On Thursday afternoon many of the villagers of Shrivenham and Watchfield, together with the railway staff at Shrivenham Station, were kindly entertained at Beckett by Lord and Lady Barrington. A large marquee had been erected on the lawn in front of the house, and about 180 men, women and children sat down to a bountiful tea. At the conclusion a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Lord and Lady Barrington, on the proposition of Mr L. Knapp, seconded by Mr H. Olliver, and to which his lordship suitably responded. Several kinds of amusement had been provided for the visitors, consisting of bowls, skittles, and boating on the lake, all of which were well patronised. Prizes were afterwards presented by Lady Barrington, and toys given to the children. The Band of the Royal Wilts Yeomanry under Bandmaster H.J. Morris, was in attendance, and gave selections during the afternoon and evening.
After the cricket match that was played between Shrivenham and Highworth, to celebrate a win by Shrivenham of 100 runs to 68, Lord and Lady Barrington entertained the winning team. 
On Tuesday evening Lord and Lady Barrington kindly entertained the winning team, and other players in the competition matches to supper at Beckett. After due justice had been done to the excellent spread, Lord Barrington passed a trophy round as a loving cup. A hearty vote of thanks to Lord and Lady Barrington for their hospitality was proposed by Mr T.B. Foard (Captain), seconded by Mr R. Kent (Hon Sec), and given with musical honours. His lordship acknowledged the compliment on behalf of Lady Barrington and himself, congratulated the club on their victory, and expressed the hope that they would win the cup for the next two years. The remainder of the evening was spent in harmony, interspersed with a few toasts.
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