Thomas Fidler

Date published: 06/02/2013
© Newbury Weekly News





           A gathering of friends connected with the Temperance cause, as well as those who had been actively  engaged in promoting and working the late Bazaar, took place on Friday evening, at the Temperance Hall, which had been nicely decorated and supplied with carpets, couches, chairs etc. An excellent tea was provided, after which it was decided, on the suggestion of Mr. Ingram, that the articles remaining unsold at the late Bazaar, should be offered for sale after Easter in the Temperance Hall. Mr. Midwinter, as Treasurer, expressed the pleasure it gave him in announcing that their hall was debt less.


          Mr. Marychurch said that the present occasion was deemed suitable for presenting Mr. Fidler,- to whose energy much of the success over which they were met to congratulate one another was due- with some recognition of his services. They could not but admire his untiring efforts in the cause of Temperance, his high character and the unselfish and energetic manner in which he had worked. In the testimonial which he now presented to Mr. Fidler, he would recognise an appreciation of his labours (applause). The address which was handsomely engrossed and illustrated in vellum, contained a sketch of the Temperance Hall.

          It was as follows:



          We the undersigned Trustees and Members of Newbury Temperance Societies, desire hereby to express our high appreciation of the valuable services rendered by you in all departments of Temperance Work, and notably in the conception, erection, and release from debt of the Newbury Temperance Hall. The tax upon your time and strength imposed by your incessant labours, together with the pecuniary loss  involved in the diverting of your energies from business pursuits, are proofs of your disinterested conduct and unswerving obedience to the dictates of conscience. The flourishing state of many of our Societies, the wide-spread interest manifested in the Temperance cause, the increase in the number of adherents (though not necessarily united with us), and the blessing of those “ready to perish” are some of the results of your consistent advocacy and wise counsels. In the hope that your valuable life may long be spared, and that you may see the accomplishment of your cherished desires, we have this day subscribed our hands.”


          Mr Fidler, in responding, said he had not previously received the slightest intimation of such an honour; at the same time he could not but feel gratified. What he had done was with the sole object of benefitting those living around him, and with no idea of reward save that which God had given him, and which if if unemployed he would have to answer for at the last great day. He fervently prayed that himself and those around might hear the gratifying words “Well done good and faithful servant.” Let their motto be “Faithful unto death.”

          The subsequent proceedings were of a pleasing character, and music and various amusements were engaged until eleven o'clock.


Newbury Weekly News January 30 1879



Sources:Newbury Weekly News 30 January 1879

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