On February 28 1922 Princess Mary, the only daughter of George V, was married to Viscount Lascelles. The wedding was notable for its splendid pageantry and for the fact that it was the first time the daughter of a reigning sovereign had been married in Westminster Abbey. Somerset had a special interest in the ceremony because one of the bridesmaids was Lady Mary Thynne, daughter of the Lord Lieutenant of the county, the Marquis of Bath.
In 1922 the Church of England School in Timsbury received a visit from Rev. H.J. Ker-Thompson, the diocesan inspector and achieved an excellent report. “The children were turned out neat and tidy”, it said. “The tone and discipline were very good and the atmosphere pleasant. The lower standards did all their work well and the upper standards contained some very intelligent children who gave me some thoughtful answers. A very good school indeed”.
The church clock was erected in memory of Rev. Leigh Thomas Rendall who had been rector in the parish for twenty years. The handsome clock had been financed by the Rev. Rendall’s family while public subscriptions enabled a beautifully executed brass tablet to be placed in the chancel. The dedication service was conducted by the Rev. Meade-King.
Mr. Price of North Road retired after twenty-seven years as stationmaster at Camerton. During his life he said he had seen many changes including the laying and opening of the new Limpley Stoke line. The establishment of the Timsbury and Dunkerton collieries led to an increased volume of goods and mineral traffic at Camerton station.
A fire occurred at Hillside House (now Rosewood Manor) at the home of Mrs. Speakman. The residence was in the process of being redecorated and brought up to date with electrical lights and central heating installation. Radstock Fire Brigade eventually arrived conveyed by Mr. B.C. Maloney’s motor lorry but found that the fire had already been extinguished by local people.
Alfred Smith, head of the firm Smith and Sons, plumbers in The Square, was found dead in a hayloft over the stables attached to the residence. Dr. Bevir, the local G.P, said that in his opinion death had been caused by concussion from a fall producing insensibility which under the circumstances brought about suffocation of the face being buried in the chaff. Mr. Smith had for fifty-two years been a local preacher on the Wesleyan circuit.
The village said goodbye to its District Nurse Rich who was leaving after four years. A presentation of a lady’s fitted dressing case with ebony fittings with initials engraved and a travelling ink-pot was made by Mrs. Meade-King, the rector’s wife and President of the Mother’s Union. Nurse Rich also received a beautiful despatch case from Dr. and Mrs. Bevir.
The Timsbury Co-operators held their annual fete and demonstration in the village, an event promoted by the Radstock and District Co-operative Society. The children assembled in the Square in fancy dress and a procession was led by the Clutton Brass Band. Heavy rain prevented a sports’ meeting taking place but in the evening a public meeting was held in the Church Room presided over by Mr. J. Bryant, the President of Radstock Co-op.
Timsbury Tennis Club was officially opened on May 15 1922 by Captain Sheriff of Pendogett (Parish’s House). The members had managed to rent a piece of land in North Road and after much labour two good courts were produced for the benefit of its forty plus membership.
Finally on the football front Bernard Adams, the Timsbury goalkeeper, signed for Bath City and made his debut against Torquay Utd. Bernard who was later to become caretaker at Timsbury Secondary Modern School and whose son Bryan and grandson James were both to play for Timsbury Athletic was considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in the area. The village side meanwhile was to lose 6-2 away to Radstock Town in the Somerset Senior Cup but on Good Friday notched up a notable 3-1 win away to Paulton Rovers in the Midsomer Norton and District Charity League.