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Opening the Temperance Hall
Bletchley's Temperance Hall in George Street was
founded at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sunday Citizen

In 1889 three plots of land in George Street, Bletchley, became available, and opportunely, on behalf of the Good Templars two of these, 'on reasonable terms', were purchased from Mr Willis of Leighton Buzzard by Mr Kirby.

After a period of two years, as the time allowed for payment, plans for a Good Templars Hall were projected by the leaders of the movement and eventually those furnished by Mr JJ Stone, an architect from Leighton Buzzard, were approved.

With the building work entrusted to Mr TW Clarke of Fenny Stratford, when complete the hall could seat around 200 people, having cost about £370 to construct.

Supplied by Cheshire and Co, a set of six Harp lamps, complete with opal shades, adorned the roof of pitch pine.

For the opening ceremony, in 1892, the hall was decorated with evergreens, flowers and flags and with Mrs Heley presiding, also on the platform were Mrs Flowers, Miss Laws and Miss Leon.

'Temperance workers toil away', sang the choir, followed by Mr Kirby's solo rendition of the anthem 'Seek Ye the Lord'.

At the conclusion of these celebrations Mrs Flower, in her speech, declaring the hall open, proclaimed that 'Every village should have its temperance hall and coffee tavern'.

Mrs Heley, in her address, declared that all Christians should be abstainers and then at 4.30pm a well patronised tea was held at the Salvation Army barracks.

In the evening, prominent members of the order, resplendent in their regalia, attended a public meeting held in the new hall, which was preceded by singing and prayer.

As the secretary of the organisation, Mr W Sutherland, giving details of the movement, said that with a Red Indian as their chief, he was proud to serve under him.

A hymn and the benefaction then brought events to a close.