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when he stood for election for the vacant Old
Worcester Park Dairy on Coombe Road, close Malden seat on the Urban District Council.
to the railway station. Graham Spicer took over His opponent Harry Woodgate polled 54 votes
the group later that year together with Dr Hugh
HISTORY
to Spicer’s 33. The electorate in that area at
Cran, and moved the class into a room above the time only amounted to 110. However, he
a shop owned by Mr Nicholas Pearce a draper, did not have to wait long as the following April
forerunner of Mr Tudor Williams the founder (1913) he was elected unopposed onto the
of the present High Street store. It wasn’t until council for three years, serving on Finance
September 1911 when the Holy Trinity Church and Establishment, Highways and New
closed down, that he (Spicer) was able to buy Roads, and Public Health Committees. His
that building, and turn it into the institute which political ambitions soon reached national levels
stood next to the Town Hall. when he was adopted as the
prospective Liberal candidate for
In June 1912 the Bible Class had the Epsom District (which at that
an exciting trip to Brussels. In time [February 1914] included
those days travelling abroad was Old Malden). Of course the war
something that not many boys intervened, and when it looked
had done. The journey each way as though it might possibly come
took around 12 hours. Mr Spicer to a close (May 1917), he was
had spent a few years in Belgium adopted as the prospective
working in industry, and this was Liberal candidate for Enfield (a
going to prove useful in the war more winnable seat?). In January
years. 1915, he had resigned his seat on
the local council and paid his fine
Political life of one guinea (for not completing
That month also saw his first foray into politics
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