AN EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT OF A CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE
We are very pleased to inform you that during the present Festive Season ,our poor friends ;the inmates of the Sheppey Union ,the Workhouse, have not been forgotten , for on Christmas Day they were provided with meat, plum pudding, etc. etc in great abundance.
The following articles were supplied for the dinner on Christmas day , 160 lbs of beef, 24 lbs of suet, 50lbs of flour , 250 lbs of potatoes, 224 lbs of carrots , 90 lbs of currants and raisins, 12lbs of sugar , 8lbs of peel, 50 eggs, 40lbs of bread, and 20 pints of milk. One pint of ale was provided for each adult with snuff and tobacco
The children were bounteously supplied with nuts, apples and oranges .
There are about 130 inmates in the workhouse and we are glad to enjoyed the good things provided and chronicle that all of them , were thoroughly loud in praising the untiring exertions of Mr.L Knight the highly respected and excellent Master of the House.
We think it would have softened many a hard heart to have witnessed the pleasing spectacle which these poor people presented on Christmas Day.
building was most elaborately decorated by the inmates under the personal
supervision of the Master.
On entering the house at the front door was the word Welcome in white wool on pink ground and passing through into the Chapel which had lately been nicely painted and coloured with new hangings, and on the left is the text Glory to God in the highest whilst on the right Peace on earth and goodwill to all men. There were several ornamental crosses etc on the walls
On entering the Infirmary on the female side was the text I was sick and ye visited me and on the wall of the male side Blessed is he that considereth the poor
In the old man s day room over the fireplace was the words Welcome and on each side Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
The old womens sick ward was decorated in first class style .It was a pitiful sight to see so many in the room but it must be very gratifying to the ratepayers to know that they are so well cared for. Over the mantelpiece was the text Speak not evil one of another with a plume of feathers underneath with the words Ich Dien on it over which was the motto God bless our officers with a beautiful cross under them.
In the young men s sick room were the texts Love one another The gift of God is eternal life and The wages of sin are death with a plume of white feathers over the mantelpiece and various Scripture mottoes on the beautiful white walls.
The young womens sick room in which there were several young people ,the text I am the Good Shepherd could be seen over the door and on the walls were texts
The old mens ward also presented a most beautiful appearance and although many of the poor old folks were suffering with intense pain we were favoured by a violin solo. On the mantelpiece were artificial flowers under glass shades ,nice vases etc. The girls day room which contained about 30 children whose ages ranged from five to fourteen . . Over the mantelpiece was the motto A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. with two pink flags underneath , and round the room various texts were displayed
chains extending from corner to corner and several texts over the fireplace
.The room presented a most handsome appearance and reflects
the greatest credit on
In the boys day room were chains from corner to corner with a Chinese Lantern hanging from the centre
The mottoes and the dark crimson flags were very neatly made and presented a pleasing spectacle.
At the officers placed on the pillow of each inmate a letter containing am illuminated card with texts also pictorial tracts and other instructive writings , These were the gifts of the House Chaplain .Great pleasure was manifested , more especially among the children at finding missives in the morning .
It was also
of note the same week that
A person named Stone applied for permission to have her deceased sisters child with her at Christmas as she thought the child would be better in the House .This was refused.
A letter was read from the engineer stating he had caught 28 rats in the
A labourer from Halfway attended the Board and asked for relief .He was 46 years of age and had a wife and three children .He had been out of work for five weeks. He was granted 2 &1/2 gallons of bread and 1/- worth of groceries by way of a loan.