Singular’ event as church choir goes on first outing

This newspaper report appeared in the Ipswich Journal 20th July 1895.


The Redlingfield Church choir were taken for a trip to Yarmouth on Thursday. This, singular to say, is believed to be the first time that an event of the kind has taken place in the history of Redlingfield, and it was entirely due to the efforts of Mr. R.H Rump, of Eye, who has for several months past taken an interest in the choir, that the excursion took place.

The party – a small one, of course – were astir and on the road for Eye betimes on Thursday morning, and, having reached the ancient borough, the happy day was commenced by the party being entertained at breakfast by Mr. and Mrs. Rump at their residence, “The Beeches”. Afterwards they were conveyed, accompanied by Mr. Rump, in one of Mr. William Bullock’s brakes to Harleston station, where they took train for Yarmouth, the “Peoples playground by the sea” being reached shortly after ten o’clock. Here a long and enjoyable time was spent in various ways. Amongst those who subscribed towards the expenses of the trip were Sir Hugh Adair, the Rev. A.J. Spencer, Mr. David Reeve, J.P., Mr. Rump, and several others.

According to an earlier report in the Diss Express, Robert Rump was conducting services as a Lay Reader at Redlingfield Church in the absence of the Vicar of Eye and had been attracting “large and appreciative congregations”. On the census for 1891 and 1901 he is described as a bank cashier living at Beech Grove, Castle Street, Eye.

Unearthed by Linda Hudson (Published in Athelington, Horham & Redlingfield News Spring 2022 issue No 56).