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The old English festival of harvest home was held on the Glynde Park Estate on Saturday. The weather was befitting the occasion. The sun shone out brilliantly, but the heat was tempered by a refreshing breeze. The proceedings commenced with dinner, which was served in a tent erected near Lord Hampden's mansion. His LORDSHIP took the chair, supported by Mr Sturgis, Master Sturgis, the Rector (Rev G Averill), Mr D Aylwin, and Mr H Colgate (manager of the dairy factory). Mr Pickard (manager of the Home Farm) took the vice-chair. Besides the labourers on the estate, the school children, to the number of 98, were entertained. They were waited on by Lady Hampden, the Hon Mrs Bevan, Miss Thomas, Miss Talbot, Miss Lawrence, the Misses Sturgis (3), Mrs Averill, Misses Norris, and Miss Julia Campion.
The repast was of a thoroughly English character, commencing with Sussex puddings, followed by roast beef, boiled mutton, etc, and concluding with plum puddings. The whole of the dinner arrangements were under the able supervision of Mr and Mrs Foreman, the butler and housekeeper. Grace before and after the meal was sung by the children. The cloth having been removed,
The CHAIRMAN gave 'The health of the Queen', which was drunk right loyally. THE HEALTH OF THE HOST
The Rev G Averill proposed 'The health of Lord Hampden, Lady Hampden, and the family' (applause). He was away last year on the occasion of the harvest home, and he was very glad to be there today and to see Lord Hampden in what they might call his usual health, for silver weddings and golden weddings passed over him, and left him as fresh, as vigorous, and as genial as ever (applause). They all trusted his lordship's good health would long continue because, at any rate in this place, his life was most important and most valuable. A most remarkable thing was that the older Lord Hampden became the larger seemed to be his ventures, for in his new dairy he had got a big thing on hand, and they were all glad to think it was flourishing, as it employed so many (hear, hear). They all ought to be greatly obliged to Lord Hampden for having found this new outlet for home labour, and for having started an industry which ought to help agriculturalists, who were still suffering from depression. The parsons felt it, for tithes went down with the prices, and every year his little became less. Digressing, the reverend gentleman said he had been to Switzerland for a short holiday. Farming in that country was carried on differently to agriculture in England. Every little bit of ground was planted with corn, and patches of corn could be seen on the sloping hills almost up to the snow. He described the handploughs in vogue there, and said the women did as much work as the men. It was wonderful the perseverance and patience shown in getting the land in such a condition so as to get a crop. He again submitted the health of their host and his family.
The toast was received with enthusiasm, the men giving three lusty cheers.
Mr H COLGATE acknowledged the complimentary reference of his lordship, and said he had received valuable assistance from Captain Brand. Upon his return from his holiday he should be pleased to offer any gentleman in the farming interest, or to those engaged in the work of the factory, any information he could glean respecting the foreign butter trade (applause).
Mr STURGIS submitted 'The health of the Vicar', who they were all pleased to see come back looking so well (applause). He had told them they farmed little scraps of land in Switzerland, and he confessed he should like to see larger allotments and what they called small holdings (applause). He believed such a system would render the cultivation of the soil more profitable.
Mr AVERILL, in reply, said he sympathised with Mr Sturgis. He was not a large farmer; he had three acres (A VOICE: And the cow – laughter); well, he had been a long thinking, and was going to have a cow (laughter). With his family he was afraid there would be no surplus of milk, but what there was left, after supplying the home, he should be very glad to send to the dairy (laughter). His children had a peculiar objection to separated milk, they would have the real thing, and he was afraid when he got the cw they would all want cream (renewed laughter).
* red clover
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