Lytham St.Annes Coat of Arms
Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England



The Preston Guardian, Saturday, January 16, 1864


The trustees of Ribby-with-Wrea Free Schools, viz :—Rev. J. S. Birley, Messrs. T. L. Birley, R. Cookson, H. Fisher, and W. Cookson, at their annual meeting, on St. Thomas's day, agreed to present their schoolmistress, Miss Noblet, with a substantional testimonial for her long and faithful servitude.

The present decided upon, consisted of a silver tea and coffee pots, sugar basin, and cream jug. The quality is massive, and the design neat. Thursday evening was fixed upon to present this very handsome testimonial to Miss. Noblet.

A very excellent tea was set out in the boys' school-room, and the trustees, together with many invited guests, partook of the same about five o'clock. Amongst the assembled guests we observed the Rev. J. S. Birley, and Mrs. Birley, Mrs. T. L. Birley, Rev. S. E. Wentworth, and Mrs. Wentworth ; Mr. and Mrs. Fisher, and family ; Mr. and Mrs. Cookson and family ; Mr. W. Cookson, and Miss Cookson, &c., &c.

After tea, Rev. J. S. Birley was called to the chair, and in a very eloquent speech, presented the testimonial in the name of the trustees, to Miss Noblet, the lady in question. The coffeepot bore the following inscription :—"To Agnes Noblet, who for the long period of 45 years, has faithfully discharged the duties of schoolmistress with undiminished ability, and unabated zeal, this service is presented by the trustees of Ribby-with-Wrea Free Schools, in acknowledgment of her public worth, and in testimony of their personal esteem, December 31st, 1863."

Miss Noblet made a suitable acknowledgment, and thanked the trustees for the very handsome present. The meeting was also addressed by the respected pastor of the village, the Rev. S. E. Wentworth, by Mr. Fisher, and other gentlemen, the purport of the addresses being all on the same theme. The meeting was a very lively one, and broke up about half-past seven, all well pleased with the entertainment.