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1919 was an important year for the development of organised social life in Newton. With the end of the terrible First World War came a feeling that there must be improvements on the old pre-war style of living which had meant considerable and widespread poverty and, in the countryside, isolation as well.

A Women's Institute was started in Cambridgeshire in 1918, and by October 1919 it had been decided to form an Institute in Newton. Miss Cranfield, the teacher, played a prominent part in the formation and running of the Institute. The first meeting was held on November 5th. and thirty-five members enrolled.

In 1919 there took place the first meeting of the Social Club for Men and Boys. They met in the School in October and decided to continue. Miss Cranfield helped to organise this also.
In September 1920, Sir Charles and Lady Walston presented the Village Hall, built by Mr. Jude of Harston and designed by Architect Sir Ambrose Poynter. The construction included a thirteenth century beam from an ancient abbey, given by Mr. Hurrell. This may be the beam over the main door.

1920 also saw the unveiling of the War Memorials, one in the Church and the other in front of the Village Hall. The latter is said to have been designed by Lady Walston.

These are extracts taken from the set of three booklets. 'About Newton, the Five Went Ways' , 'About Newton, Town Street' and 'About Newton People'.by Jessie Hall, Copyright 1987.

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