In 1894, following the Local Government Act of 1894, a Public Meeting was held in the Old Town Hall, when 13 councillors were elected. Among them was Ted Sallows, grandfather of Stanton and Geoff Sallows. This was the first ‘Parish Council Meeting’. Ted Sallows continued to serve on the Parish Council until 1923.
His brother -in -law, William Stanton (who Stanton was named after), was elected on to the council in 1897 and he continued until 1910.
Ted Sallows’s son Percy was also a Parish Councillor from 1934 and served until the 1950's.
Stanton Sallows was elected to the Parish Council in 1967 and is still a Councillor today, some 42 years on. Also, in 1967, Geoffrey took on the post of Clerk to Wrentham Parish Council and served in this capacity for 17 years. Later he became a Parish Councillor and is still serving today as a Parish Council member some 42 years later.
Both Stanton and Geoffrey also served on the Old Town Hall Committee.
In September 1962 the late Sir Robert Gooch chaired a meeting of the Wrentham Town Hall Committee, which for the first time included eight representatives of local groups, which took over the working of the Old Town Hall from the then Parish Council Town Hall Committee .
Stanton Sallows represented the Badminton Club and later was involved with the arrangements for the acquisition of the site for the New Village Hall and Trustee arrangements with the Charity Commission.
Today Stanton is currently Treasurer of the Village Hall Committee and is also a Trustee.
Geoffrey was appointed as Secretary to the Town Hall Committee in 1965. Later, in 1980, he was elected Chairman and chaired the 1st Annual General Meeting of the New Village Hall on May 9th 1996. Later he again became Secretary to the New Village Hall Committee.
Today, he continues over 40 years on, as a Trustee and Bowls Club representative.
He was also Secretary of the Bowls Club for 25 years and is currently its Chairman.
Another aspect of life in Wrentham where the Sallows family has been closely involved concerns the Churches in the village. James Sallows, Great-Grandfather of Geoffrey and Stanton, was a founder member of the Primitive Methodist Church in the High Street to which he presented the large stained glass window as a memorial to his mother (this has been retained and the church has been converted into a private residence).
Stanley Sallows, Geoff and Stanton's father, was for the greater part of his life a Deacon and Secretary of what is now the United Reformed Church in Chapel Road and Geoff is still active in keeping this much loved place in use.
Stanton was for nearly 40 years a member of the Parochial Church Council of St Nicholas Church, 20 years as Church Secretary and 10 years as a Church warden. Geoffrey and Stanton are also currently Trustees of The Wrentham Parish Charities and their support to our village life is a credit to all of us who live in the Parish of Wrentham.
To record and acknowledge their outstanding service to our village, on behalf of the Parish Council, the Chairman of the Parish Council, David Reeves, presented to each of them an engraved Silver Salver to mark this special occasion and to their wives, Ann and Brenda, each a bouquet of flowers.
[by Mr. David Reeves, Chairman of Wrentham Parish Council]
“It is believed that there have been Sallows in Wrentham from at least the end of the sixteenth century and it is a fact that James Sallows (1794-1886) was a Master Thatcher. He had two sons, James and John, the latter becoming a gardener whilst James (Junior) (1820-1909) went into his father's trade of thatching. He eventually married and had four sons one of whom was Edward (1861-1942) who, besides becoming a thatcher, was also a shoemaker as his father insisted that his sons had two trades to ensure themselves a more stable future. Edward also had a pony and trap which he used to convey people and packages to and from Lowestoft before motorised transport became readily available to the public. Edward's son Stanley (1901-1979) turned out to be the last Wrentham thatcher as both his sons, Stanton and Geoffrey, took up other work. Geoff recalls that his father started as a thatcher as soon as he left school aged fourteen, and during his long career had thatched countless buildings throughout North Suffolk. Indeed, said Geoff, he thatched everything from church roofs to the little shed at the bottom of the garden.”
[The above is an extract from the book ‘Threshing and Thatching’ courtesy of the author, Mr. Pat Freeman ]
In 1914 when hostilities started,
Many brave hearts from their loved ones parted,
For many responded when the call rang out clear,
"England, young England, will you volunteer?"
In a small place named Wrentham, down Lowestoft way,
A gang of young fellows were walking one day,
When a picture of Kitchener came into view,
And these words "Your King and Country need you."
Said one to the other 'He's pointing at me
And can I refuse, No! a soldier I’d be,
I will answer his call and cross over the foam,
To fight for my Country, my King and my Home'.
On September the seventh, 1914,
Had you been in Wrentham, you would have seen
About thirty brave men going off to war,
While a mother in tears stood and watched by the door.
Would her boy ever live to see Wrentham again?
As she thought of the question it filled her with pain,
But she would not murmur, she’d be so brave hearted,
For these were the words of her lad, ere they parted.
"Now Mother, don't worry, I shall be quite alright,
I know how you feel, and your burden's not light,
But remember our ideal is one which is pure,
And we'll gain it, yes, of that I am sure."
So night after night she her burden did bear,
And her eyes filled with tears as she gazed at the chair
Where her boy used to sit, in the days that were past,
She wondered how long the conflict would last.
While the lad out in Flanders, where the great guns do boom,
Sat down in the trenches and thought of his home,
He could picture it plainly, then his eyes became dim,
For he knew that his mother was thinking of him.
Thus matters went on, and others did go,
To deliver a blow 'gainst the terrible foe.
And other poor Mothers and Wives were denied,
Of having their loved ones so near to their side.
But sad to relate, some fell in the strife,
While others were wounded, and crippled for life.
They gave of their best. What more could they have done?
They were men to be proud of, a hero each one.
When we've finished the fight, and laid low the Hun,
When our goal is obtained, and our kingdom is won,
And it's written in gold how we fought the mad crowd,
Of her share in the glory, Wrentham ought to be proud.
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‘Heroes All!’ by Percy Sallows of Wrentham, East Kent (Buffs) Regiment
(the uncle of Geoff and Stanton and reproduced here with their permission)
First written in the trenches in Flanders.
For the past 42 years Geoffrey and Stanton have been involved in our Parish life in lots of many and various ways.
Parish records show that the Sallows family involvement in our parish life goes back over many years.