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Turvey has always been a sociable village, with many clubs and societies for its residents. On these pages we explore those organizations and other aspects of village life. You can use the buttons on the left to go to pages dedicated to various aspects of village life.
Many of Turvey’s clubs and societies were founded by Charles Longuet Higgins.
The first Turvey Brownie pack was started in the early 1960's by Ethel Umney. In the following years the church organist, Enid Wandsworth became the Brown Owl with Gwen Wooding as her Tawney.
There was also a Scout pack which from 1928-
Just found out that I can’t com out today Missus just tolded me because she is going out to tea I think she might have said so before I don’t know wether you will get this be 4 oclock but I hope so She did not tell me while 11:15 this morning
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Picture postcard sent from Turvey to Miss G Roberts of Bedford, dated 1.05 pm on February 13th 1906.
Please note that the spellings are as the original.
Villagers had their own ways of saying things.
With many postal deliveries throughout the day, people could once send postcards where we would now use a telephone. I know that one could certainly not post a postcard in the middle of the day in Turvey now and expect anyone in Bedford to receive it before 4pm! There is now only one post a day.
Turvey had a branch of the Bedford District of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
It was called Victoria Lodge and was formed in 1842. Between 1926 and 1932, members could receive a payment of 2/ per week if they were unable to work because of sickness.
The Friendly Society was formed to help villagers with burial expenses and when wage-
The 1919 Turvey Cycle Club
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The Turvey Horticultural Society began its Annual Flower Show in 1875. Competition was tough and a large proportion of the village would turn out to see the exhibits.
Here are the Committee members as of Monday 18 August, 1879.
Turvey had a busy Temperance Society -
Senior Branch -
The secretary was E Harley
Junior Branch -
The secretary was M E Foskett
More recently Turvey has had a particularly good theatre group -
They were founded in 1980 and have done some excellent productions (I know this from personal experience!)
To find out more about their latest productions, why not visit their website -
Nuns march from the Parish Church carrying embroidered banners from various local church groups.
Turvey had its own
Policemen. Find out more
on the Law and Order page.
An 1883 newspaper article mentions that Turvey also had the “Tinkers Club”, the “Old Women’s Club” and the “Queens Club” which were managed by Mr CL Higgins.
On 17 October 1962 the Mixed National School building was designated as Turvey Village Hall.
Mr Len Savage undertook a lot of work to get the building back into good condition, including fitting new steel window frames, replacing the leaded glass with clear, adding a suspended ceiling and improving the kitchen.
The Village Hall was run by a committee composed thus:
• 2 members of the Parish Council
• 4 members of the Parochial Church Council (1 Mothers’ Union, 1 Young Wives, 1 Turvey Girls’ Club, 1 other)
• 2 members of Congregational Church (1 from Pleasant Wednesday Afternoon Group)
• 1 member of Turvey Recreational Club
• 1 member of National Federation of Women’s Institutes Turvey Branch
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